88-year-old cyclist loses ‘faithful friend’ after bike he’d ridden since 1949 is stolen at Christmas

Rotrax bike had been ridden for more than 300,000 miles before it was stolen on night of December 23

The Rotrax bike which was stolen over Christmas

(Image credit: Elizabeth Lovatt/Facebook)

An 88-year-old cyclist from Nottingham suffered the loss of a "faithful friend" over the festive period after a bike which he'd ridden since 1949 was stolen from a garden shed between December 23 and 24.

The cyclist's daughter, Elizabeth Lovatt, shared the story of her father's stolen bike on Facebook, together with a photo of the Rotrax tourer, which has since been shared more than 1,600 times on the social media site.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.