When buying a second-hand bike there are a few tips to help ensure it doesn’t belong to someone else.
Mr Butler said: “Treat it like a car so ask for a proof of purchase, servicing receipts, that sort of thing.
“Generally you can tell as there are a few giveaway signs, so if it’s really cheap it’s going to be to good to be true and also check for security tags as well.
“A lot of people will also leave identifying features in the seat tube and under the handle bar grips.”
You can also get ID tags for bikes however these work in a similar way to microchipping a dog – you can’t track the bikes location but retailers can check if it’s on a database for stolen bikes.