Extreme biker, 68, makes appeal after cycle stolen

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823066)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823108)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823223)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823251)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823260)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823353)

David Power, 68, extreme biker, who had his two top bikes stolen. Here he is a Cwmcarn Drive. (8823455)

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A 68-YEAR-OLD extreme mountain biker, the oldest in South Wales, said he has lost his lifeline after his two mountain bikes, worth more than £5,000, were stolen.

Dave Power from Newport is the oldest mountain biker to ride at BikePark Wales, the UK’s first full scale mountain bike park in Merthyr Tydfil, which is popular with world champions.

But Mr Power may now be forced to give up on his dream to compete in mountain biking competitions after thieves stole his two specialist bikes on July 9.

The thrill-seeker, who is offering a reward to anyone who returns the bikes, said: “It’s not the value of the bikes as such, it’s my life line.

“When you get to my age a lot of the people you know are dying or ill and you are looking to do something full of life. I’m not particularly fit but I love it.

“You have to wear body armour and a helmet when tackling the trials. They start high on the mountain and go downhill.”

Anna Walters, Director at BikePark Wales, said: “Older people who come often ride the mellow tracks but Dave always did the black runs, the most extreme.

“There is a risk of broken bones, especially if you’re older, but Dave used to ride about four times a week.”

Mr Power, of Laurence Hill Avenue, discovered thieves had smashed the back passenger window of his blue Renault Estate and pulled out the two mountain bikes during the night.

The bikes, a silver Giant Reign adult mountain bike and a green and white Trek Session 8 Downhill mountain bike, are worth a total of £5,700 in total.

Councillor Allan Morris, of Lliswerry, said: “I do feel for him. These bikes are specialist, they’re not very good to anyone else other than him. These bikes cost as much as a car.”

Police are urging anyone with any information to call 101 and quote log 44 09/07/14.

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7:08am Fri 1 Aug 14

amandadavies8 says...

Aarrgghhhhh makes me so angry....feel for you.... My son rides his bike to work, and had his stolen on Tuesday... He works hard and then someone ( who probably don't work) just comes along and takes what's not his just so he can make a fix off my son and this mans back.... I absolutely hate thieves.... I hope you get your bikes back...😪
Aarrgghhhhh makes me so angry....feel for you.... My son rides his bike to work, and had his stolen on Tuesday... He works hard and then someone ( who probably don't work) just comes along and takes what's not his just so he can make a fix off my son and this mans back.... I absolutely hate thieves.... I hope you get your bikes back...😪 amandadavies8
  • Score: 24

9:36am Fri 1 Aug 14

b3talover says...

I totally feel for you and I hope they catch this scum and and return your bikes. I can't help feeling you shouldn't leave £5000 of bikes in your car overnight though. Especially in that area. I don't leave anything on show in my car. Not even a biscuit! Some scum in Newport would steal the fillings from your teeth to sell to a scrap merchant!
I totally feel for you and I hope they catch this scum and and return your bikes. I can't help feeling you shouldn't leave £5000 of bikes in your car overnight though. Especially in that area. I don't leave anything on show in my car. Not even a biscuit! Some scum in Newport would steal the fillings from your teeth to sell to a scrap merchant! b3talover
  • Score: 15

11:04am Fri 1 Aug 14

pauldenham says...

I know exactly how you feel. My Ridgeback Hybrid bike was stolen on Wednesday as well. Its not so much the cost of the bike that hurts, but the sentimental value. I've riden over 7000 miles on the bike, several of which were for charity cycle rides. I only hope that the culprits are caught and dealt with accordingly.
I know exactly how you feel. My Ridgeback Hybrid bike was stolen on Wednesday as well. Its not so much the cost of the bike that hurts, but the sentimental value. I've riden over 7000 miles on the bike, several of which were for charity cycle rides. I only hope that the culprits are caught and dealt with accordingly. pauldenham
  • Score: 11

5:39am Sat 2 Aug 14

MikeVandeman says...

You are better off without them. So is the environment.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/487
84297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb_dangerous
.htm .

For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities, such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.
You are better off without them. So is the environment. Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/487 84297. In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb_dangerous .htm . For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtbfaq.htm . The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities, such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system. MikeVandeman
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11:28am Sun 3 Aug 14

smokintheweed says...

MikeVandeman wrote:
You are better off without them. So is the environment.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho

st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho

st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/487

84297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfsho

st.com/mtb_dangerous

.htm .

For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho

st.com/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities, such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.
You are joking surely.
[quote][p][bold]MikeVandeman[/bold] wrote: You are better off without them. So is the environment. Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/487 84297. In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb_dangerous .htm . For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtbfaq.htm . The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities, such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.[/p][/quote]You are joking surely. smokintheweed
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