Jacky Chen had his bike stolen in Vancouver after travelling more than 5,000km on his around the world trip

A rider attempting to complete an around the world journey by bike saw his dream destroyed late last week, after his bike was stolen during a stopover in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

Jacky Chen, from Taiwan, locked his bike up to a fence last Friday, having already been on the road for three months. When he returned however, the fence had been broken and his trusty steed stolen.

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Chen set-off Anchorage, Alaska on June 5 having left his job as an electrical engineer in his native Taiwan to take on the mammoth challenge.

The 37-year-old has been staying with hosts he met over the internet on the journey which will take in more than 100,000km and 100 countries.

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Chen’s round the world map (Facebook)

But now Chen is appealing to the person who stole his bike to return it, which also holds a certain level of sentimentality for him.

“The first thing I thought was, how am I going to continue my trip?” he told the Vancouver Metro. “I rode this bike for three and a half months. It’s meaningful for me.”

“My bike is not worth a lot, but it’s priceless for me,” he added. “If I can get it back, I would be very grateful.”

Chen leaves for the next leg of his trip to Seattle this week, with dozens of offers reportedly coming in to give him a new bike after he announced on his Facebook page that it had been stolen.

It touches my heart,” he said on the offers. “Some of these people I will never meet, but they feel just like my family.”