Watch: Behind the scenes at the European Bike Stealing Championships (video)

How they made one of last year's most memorable cycling videos

Remember the excellent European Bike Stealing Championships video? The people behind the video that attempted to find the European city with the most light-fingered bike thief have now produced a ‘making of’ film that shows how they did it.

The premise of the original video by We Love Cycling was to catch bikes thieves in the act in three major European cities – Rome, Amsterdam and Prague.

A bike was left in a public place, tantalisingly left unlocked. A hidden camera would then film the bike, waiting to see which shifty individual would pinch it first.

As soon as a thief starts to walk away with the machine… well, we won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but let’s say it’s an embarrassing experience for the perpetrator.

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Although the end product was hilarious, the video’s serious side is to highlight the prevalence of opportunist bike thieves: around 40-50,000 bikes each year are reportedly stolen in Amsterdam alone. The film took quite an effort to make, and involved a fair bit of planning and hanging around, and now you can see how they did it.

We’re hoping that the 2016 European Bike Stealing Championships will return next year to shame more bike nickers. Maybe it’ll pay a visit to London.

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