Tim Burton, a Bath cyclist, was this morning pulled over by a police constable for not wearing "appropriate gear" for riding a road bike. The PC was concerned Burton might have been a bike thief. Burton was riding a fixed wheel bicycle.
"Just got stopped by the police for ‘not wearing Lycra’ but being on a road bike," tweeted Burton.
"The PC said I wasn’t dressed in appropriate gear to be riding my bike so had I stolen it?"
Burton added: "I was clipped in. No scruffy trainers but clean(ish) SPD shoes. Maybe I didn’t look hipster enough? Apparently there have been some shed break-ins locally. The bike looks too good for me to own, obviously!"
The PC did a background check on the bicycle’s frame number, and on Burton, before letting him go.
Burton was philosophical about the request to stop: "It is nice to see them looking out for pinched bikes, I told [the PC] I appreciated it."