Twitter helps to recover stolen bike

£3,000 bike stolen in London turns up in Spain, but is reunited with owner after being spotted by Twitter user

James Vernon's stolen Parlee

A London cyclist is back riding his rare bike worth upwards of £3,000 after a social media post helped to trace the stolen back in Spain.

James Vernon was left devastated last July when his precious Parlee Z1 was taken from his Islington flat between daylight hours of 8am and 1pm, with the Metropolitan Police unable to find the perpetrator and the cycle.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.


Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.


He lives in Valencia, Spain.