Four Bikes Stolen From Danny Hart and Matt Walker at Hotel in Sheffield

Nov 5, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
Danny Hart
Danny Hart's Saracen Myst World Champs bike.

Matt Walker and Danny Hart had four bikes stolen overnight from the Kenwood Hall Hotel in Sheffield. The missing bikes are Hart's World Champs Saracen Myst, a Saracen Aerial, and a Saracen Traverse. Walker's Saracen Zenith was also taken. Keep an eye out, especially if you're in that area.


bigquotes3 bikes of mine have been stolen from the Kenwood Hall Hotel in Sheffield, we believe at around 5am this morning. Please share the shit out of this! Let's find these scumbags!Danny Hart


Danny Hart
Danny Hart
Hart's World Champs bike is truly one of a kind.



133 Comments

  • 198 6
 STAY ON YOUR BIKE DANNY!
  • 11 13
 comment of the day!
  • 17 4
 it looks like it's the world championships of bike thefts
  • 23 1
 Amaury is at it again.
  • 1 1
 That whip
  • 3 1
 @pipomax: “With balls that big...”
  • 32 2
 Thieves chose the wrong bikes, especially the world champs bike. The are so easy to spot and everyone knows what they look like. Good luck on finding 'em and keep your spirits high. (Also, lock your bikes. Even if they're inside)
  • 26 2
 That bike is already stripped for parts and the frame repainted.... it's a shame too because that's a beautiful paint job.
  • 5 1
 They'll take the parts off and sell them then chuck the frames. Good money and hard to trace.
  • 23 33
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 5, 2019 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Mattysville: Frame repainted? It is not cheap to repaint a frame and if thief does it himself he will lose all value. He may as well throw it to the bin.
  • 10 1
 @Mattysville: Why not just steal the whole vehicle, it has to be worth a lot more? Are they really making out stripping parts off a bicycle and reselling them?
  • 4 1
 @apneaaddict: Vehicles are hard to steal these days - you pretty much have to put it on a flatbed.
  • 1 1
 @g-42: Even then they pretty much have a GPS for each possible part on it.
  • 35 3
 Please tell me you didn't leave 3 bikes worth more than the van in the van. My $3000 street bike sleeps next to my bed in any hotel.
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: some sanding and black spray can paint job and you are good to go. Might as well delete/restamp the serial number while you do that.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: That's the current generation of Ford Transit which is the most stolen van in England.
  • 4 0
 Funny.... don't think they recovered Gwin's bike or any of the other bikes stolen recently. These teams need to learn.... don't be lazy. Bring the bikes INSIDE. No different than bands leaving all their shit in vans overnight at hotels.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:

Can repaint that frame a nice single color for under $600... and that's in California. If they have an organized ring they can probably spray it much cheaper... Or just scrap the frame and sell off the parts.

It's like a car... frames just end up in a ditch somewhere.

But I really wouldn't put a respray past someone. Selling that thing unsprayed would be stupid as hell.
  • 16 1
 @onemanarmy: that and maybe the UK police could stop arresting people for saying mean things on Twitter and start finding bike thieves (and hopefully they would be held accountable... gotta do something to make the thievery not worth it...) Most UK cities are wired up to 1984 levels with CCTV, seems to me they could do more to find thieves.
  • 2 14
flag lateandsweaty (Nov 5, 2019 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 Theyre stealing they're own bikes for insurance claims and decrease supply and hype the demand, its the ol' make it seem more desirable than it is sales trick. Luckily the ousted prince of Nigeria has shares for bothe the insurance and bike company, but needs a trophy for the real worlds he will be hosting to become a participant and competitor the ousted prince only asks for bank statements with accounts numbers along with personal identification and any outstanding credit you hope racing will make dissappear. Grand prize is a bike recovered from one of the princes rivals.
  • 3 5
 @onemanarmy: dude thw tools alone to cut through a door that cleanly without causing a ruckus is upwards of 500$ at least they probaly already had where it was going after lined up, be ready for shirtless Putin put in in laps while the commander in cheffers putters about putting in on the mini course.
  • 9 1
 @lateandsweaty: oh god dammit. Why are you here? Go back to your hobbit hole you goof
  • 7 15
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 5, 2019 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 @lateandsweaty: Putin? Putins garage has a Mi24 Hind and the thing next to it with 36 in the name is not a Fox. It’s a Sukhoi. And if you don’t like it you may get Christmas card with ricin. So.. you still think he’s into bicycles? His nephew, owner of a network of gyms in St Petersburgh though... styay on dye bayk Harri! Yuri, Yuri, film my nepfyu, film my nepfyu with di droun. - Dat iys nuot a droun Mr Pryesidnt. Drounsrun out of byatteri... Cyka Blyat! Uwot do we have Yuri? - Mikhojan 28 with 6ton 500 gigapixels, 5d stabilyayzd syuper comra. - Harasho! Harri! Rayd dye bayk tuword dye helicoptyer!
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: no thanks I will like rice putting with an old rasPUTIN stout and to top it all off I would like to ask why are there 13 full moons and 12 new moons to the solar calendar? This does not make sense to me and how does that accurately track and record seasons and years? And Putin can keep his24 and sukkey 36 and I'll be happy with my lyriks rhythm.
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Maybe you should take up creative writing or novels? 'The chronicles of waki', 'the world according to waki', 'A day in the life/ step inside wakis mind'?
  • 5 2
 @zyoungson: this just in waki is a bot
  • 3 0
 @lateandsweaty: hi dude, no molly tonight?
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you are completly right sire!
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: Exactly what some dum f#@€ck did without my bike: and now I have it back, luckaly!
  • 29 4
 Been a lot of pros getting their bikes jacked lately. Which sucks. Feel like these guys aren’t keeping a close enough eye on their bikes.
  • 32 0
 I feel like they're posting their whereabouts and itineraries on social media then leaving bikes unattended. They're being targeted for sure. Fine line between constant content creation and privacy these days for elite athletes especially in the off season.
  • 9 22
flag lkubica (Nov 5, 2019 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 A conspiracy theory believer might be tempted to think that free commercial on PB and other medias are worth > than those stolen bikes ...
  • 6 0
 Same shit that happened to gwins bikes. Left them in a van ..it's stupid. Too many things that could be done to stop it but aren't.
  • 5 0
 What would be cool is a bike beacon that sends the GPS location. Replace a small battery every six months or so with the beacon in the seat tube. I found this online. Could fit inside the steer tube with a plug at the bottom.

It just sucks to have bikes stolen and there is little that can be done to track it.


smartgpstrackr.com/products/mini-gf07-gprs-car-gps-tracker-locator-anti-lost-recording-tracking-device-voice-control-can-record?variant=16111214428234&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk4HP27XT5QIV7R-tBh1CkAZTEAQYBCABEgJHk_D_BwE
  • 2 0
 @vjunior21: www.sherlock.bike/en

And like I said lock it in place with lockon grips then replace the bolts with tamper proof bolts that require a special tool.
  • 2 0
 @reverend27:
Yup that looks good too. What ever helps to track a bike and is not so obvious that it is disabled as soon as it is stolen.
  • 1 0
 @vjunior21: I think thieves may be clever enough now or in the near future to discover those beacons.
  • 3 0
 @Buddler:
Human sized mouse traps?
  • 3 0
 I mean, they're not exactly discreet with their bright colors and fancy vans, and whatnot. If I was a gangster from the 'hood, these guys who are flaunting all their fancy shit are the exact ones I'd target.
  • 2 3
 I don't think the pros actually give a shit as they have not paid for a single bike part in years. It is us the consumer that pays for their bikes. Still bike thieves suck donkey balls and hopefully karma comes their way.
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: I’m sure he cares about his one of a kind worlds bike. Just because they get them for “free” doesn’t mean they don’t care greatly about them. Not only that but a lot of riders consider their bikes part of their salary. They earn their bikes, it’s not like they sit at home watching tv all day and are rewarded with new bikes.
  • 3 1
 @nateisgrate: Of these sponsored riders cared about their +10k bikes the way I care about my 10k bike there is no way they would leave one of them (never mind four) inside an unwatched vehicle overnight.
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: it’s a pretty sad day when you need a brinks truck to carry bikes in. Most people don’t expect their vehicle to be broken into, that’s a pretty extreme case of bike theft albeit it seems to be happening more and more often. However, if he wasn’t a sponsored rider and people weren’t aware of the bikes he owns maybe he wouldn’t have been targeted.
  • 24 1
 Bad hombres stealing bikes in Mexico last week. Bad lads stealing bikes in the UK this week.
  • 21 3
 Can't imagine leaving 40K+ worth of bikes in a VAN, or a hotel room without additional locking. Too easy. I feel for these guys, but come on... these vans should have custom lockdown setups, alarms, wireless connections to phones etc for the value of what they are hauling around. For all the technology and security options available, don't let a dick with a prybar and bolt cutter walk away with your joy!
  • 13 1
 or just a really mean dog
  • 20 0
 They've already been spray painted without taking the wheels off and are being ridden around by a bottle picker.
  • 13 0
 Isn’t it standard practice to bring your bikes in the hotel rooms whenever you travel? My friends and I do and we have Walmart bikes!
  • 8 0
 This happens way to often. Gotta think there's a huge opportunity for developing smaller GPS tracking devices for bikes.
  • 5 0
 There are GPS devices that would already fit, they just don’t bother adding them. Hell, use a Tile (or equivalent) and you’d have a chance.
  • 2 1
 thief has a better chance of finding the tile an throwing it away
  • 2 0
 @nicktee89: Yeah that's limited to the range of bluetooth though. I would think if you're that close to your bikes, you would hear someone taking them anyways. I haven't found a small, reliable gps device that could be hidden somewhere on the bike...
  • 2 0
 @jawzzy3: I had one for my car keys, bloody thing was a hassle. Constantly disconnecting with no warning an ate batteries again, no warning when the battery had run out.
They can find stuff anywhere by using any ones phone who has the app but, this depends on every one having the app. I reckon google could come up with a viable system if they wanted
  • 2 1
 @nicktee89: as it is easy to find the bike with GPS locator, it is also very easy to find out the bike has one
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: Good point... What about on with a motion-activated alarm?
  • 2 3
 @nojzilla: Sherlock. Look it up.

Put it in your handlebars it has proximity alarm and GPS tracking.

To make it harder on the thief to remove it use lockon grips and replace the bolt with a tamper proof bolt that needs a special tool to remove it.
  • 2 0
 @jawzzy3: that could possibly work if the gps would start running after some motion detected in frame, but not being active when not, so you would need another sensor to detect the motion and then activate GPS, otherwise they can easy find its equipped with a tracking tool.

My mom is using Trackito on her eMTB. This works based on GPS so it will run alarm on your phone when the GPS detects movement, but the in this case the GPS is still running when it is on, so I believe it is easy to find out on the bike. However it is installed in steered tube so taking it out can take some time.

Having the bikes in car overnight...well that is not so good idea, everybody knows. But when stolen from hotel, I would suppose they have bike storage or a space for that which should be under insurance.

Here in Czech if a hotel/restaurant etc have space for bikes/skis/whatever (not only bike storage, let´s say even a coat hanger in restaurant) and something happens, it is their responsibility then as they "pushed" you to use it.
  • 1 0
 @reverend27: and you can buy GPS jammer for around 60 bucks
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: Hotels here with bike valets have liability release disclaimers iirc. So if bike gets stolen, they'll at least attempt to dodge responsibility. Don't know how well it would hold in court though. I'll check out Trackito, cheers!
  • 2 1
 @bok-CZ: and you get an alarm to your phone the minute it is touched.

The alarm would have been sent far before they could gotten all the bikes out.
  • 3 0
 @reverend27: Sherlock needs to open up shop in the great white north!
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: Tile is about to release littetiny thin tiles or so they say in an email they sent me (I got some Tiles for xmas - saved my ass a few times).
  • 1 0
 @reverend27: thief just ditches the handle bars
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: how is he removing the handlebars without setting off the motion detector?
  • 1 0
 An this the problem with bikes, as opposed cars motor bikes even mobilitE bikes. Professional Thieves are good at what they do, they know all the security systems an the ways around them. An with bikes it's simply a case of finding the tracker device an getting rid of it. Hell, thieves will even cut through a frame that's weaker than the strongest lock to strip the bike for thousands worth of €£$ parts.
  • 1 0
 @reverend27: with the jammer which you have in pocket the signal is screwed before they even get two meters or more around, just saying...
  • 1 0
 Sorry, its 10 meters with the 60 bucks one
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: exactly, look at that, they haven't used a grinder because of too much noise, shears... That means they were ready pretty well
  • 6 0
 No alarms on the vans then?
never ever EVER! leave bikes unattended in a van or anywhere!
even when I'm asleep in a tent next to my car the bikes are locked with multiple locks to as many solid anchor points as possible.
  • 2 0
 Same here. Can never be too carefull.
  • 3 1
 Just brought my bike into the Airbnb. And I purposely took it off the rack, and put it inside my car when I rolled into town. No need to go flaunting my fancy bike to the locals, which is exactly what these pros are doing.
  • 8 0
 When will people learn to never leave bikes in a van overnight?
  • 6 0
 Damn...So they cut through the metal of the side door, peeled open the fake window and then opened the door from the inside?
  • 2 0
 Looks like it.
Sheet metal cutter? Damn thats next Level.
  • 1 0
 Actually, the part that I don’t get is why on the first picture of the van, the damage to the door is much bigger than on the 2nd and 3rd picture. Why would they damage it even more?
  • 1 0
 @cvoc: it‘s not the same car.
  • 3 1
 Those Mexicans move quick! (This is a jab at a couple stupid users that commented on Jesse melamed's stolen bike article.) The mentality of thieving does not discriminate on race or location, btw I'm from Mexican descent. But back to joking, I believe those "bad hombres" in Mexico sold the transitions and Rocky bike, got plane tickets to Europe so they can hit the big leagues.
  • 2 0
 Most of the comments here seem to think that those bikes will be sold on for lots of money.

The sad fact is they’re likely to be sold on for only a couple of hundred at the most. So a crap paint job won’t mean anything.

As a few have pointed out very likely stripped for the parts and the frames in the bottom of a canal somewhere.
  • 3 1
 Fucking hell, put a trackers on your bikes people !!! In the UK this is the third major theft this year, has no one learned something, this starts to look more like organised crime targeting famous people...
  • 1 0
 Super shitty human beings in this world. But as a pro biker with very expensive bikes you should know to keep your shit locked down and alarmed. Not saying this would've kept them from being stolen, but it definitely would have deterred the thieves.
  • 4 0
 I really like Pedal House of Laramie, WY's slogan: "We Still Hang Bike Thieves in Wyoming".
  • 1 0
 I feel for you Danny,
However if it were my limited edition, one of a kind, irreplaceable anything, it would be kept in sight at all times and definitely not left in an auto.

And since this same thing happened to Mr. Gwin....well umm...you get the point.

Oh yeah, and F$#k thieves, bike or otherwise.
  • 1 0
 I had a bike stolen from my car overnight. It was hidden by a cover so probably followed from trails or something. I still can't work out how someone can only smash the rear window and remove a large 29er out of a car without an alarm being triggered. Vehicle manufacturers need to step up their security as well as us. Insurance company wouldn't cover it because it wasn't attached to anything! In fact they said it would've been covered if chained to a lampost!
  • 2 0
 Sentry Mode on Teslas is brilliant, and has been catching loads of vandals - check out the YT videos. I'd like to see it standard on all vehicles.
  • 1 0
 Two things I learned from this, 1. You can use tin snippets to open a van like a tin of bake beens and 2. People will steel anything, I mean it aint like those bike were V10 or Giant bike where they could blend in at any bike paint with fresh paint.
  • 4 0
 I’d say bring them into your room, but bikes like that deserve their own room..
  • 1 0
 Christ ive thought my bikes to be safe in the back of my van, when parked off road at a decent hotel or bb. Always chained to the van as well. But it looks like these cnuts had the tools & would have cut through any sort of locks. How the hell did they do that without making noise?
  • 2 0
 That is some serious ball baggery to peel open a van like that. Bike theft happens here but is more opportunist type of thing, might snip a lock & take someones bike off a rack. Going after a van like that is next level.
  • 1 0
 Not in the uk it’s not. Pretty run of the mill.
  • 1 0
 Its probably pretty easy to find out where these guys and all their bikes and stuff are via good ol social media.All you people posting everything you do and where youre doing it at is pretty dumb considering theres probably some scumbag studying when and where youre going to be to jack your shit!
  • 1 0
 I don't know if its wise to show all this detailed pictures of this event online, looking at them, i thought, that was easy, could have done it my own. And yes, bikes should be secured to something in the van, if they leave it there, even in daylight!
  • 5 0
 Death to bike thieves!
  • 4 0
 Sheffield....what can I say?!
  • 2 0
 When you're on the road to bike, bikes don't get left in cars. They either come inside or are locked outside with beer bottles balanced on them... Quit feeding the theives!
  • 4 0
 Who leaves bikes over night in an auto?
  • 1 0
 Social media and social rides advertised on social media are what's doing it around me,people posting there rides that start at there houses.All done in innocence but the thieves are clever and sneaky.
  • 2 0
 unfortunately im not surprised, this is now the norm in the UK, the number of c*nts seems to be growing at an exponential rate.
  • 1 0
 Who in their right mind would steal a world champs bike, you couldn't sell it, you couldn't ride it, it would essentially be worthless and you're just gonna get caught, these are some stupid thieves
  • 1 0
 It could be so simple. Hidden gps for exactly this, within the frame. You're sponsored for god sake. They could make it happen for emergency next day use, to find and punish these pricks.
  • 1 0
 Ask/provide any kind of invoice/proof of purchase for any used bike/frame/part you buy/sell, and magically bike stolen numbers would drop significantly... we are part of the problem, even if don’t want to admit.
  • 3 0
 New rule: Bikes stay in your hotel room overnight.
  • 4 0
 That rule is three decades old for me.
  • 2 0
 It's not just bikes. I'd say maybe don't leave anything worth 10k+ in a vehicle overnight.
  • 4 0
 Steal City, innit?
  • 5 6
 They got exactly what they deserved. Leave your stuff out, get it stolen. I have zero sympathy for stupidity. Good thing they get all the free bikes they want to leave laying around unsecured and then complain on social media. Stupid is as stupid does.
  • 1 0
 How did the bike thieves know there were bikes in the van in the first place? Looks to be an un logoed van no?
  • 1 0
 Surely they have those gps trackers inside them after seeing all the other thefts this year...?
  • 1 0
 Dang they can have the freaking car just PLEASE OH PLEASE don't take my bikes.
  • 1 0
 You wonder if he gets in trouble with his sponsors for this, or even a "talking to". Haha
  • 1 0
 Damn they cut into the side panel of the van... that is a whole lot of effort just to steal bikes.
  • 3 2
 All the security ideas are good - but a better measure would be to gas people that steal other peoples stuff.
  • 4 1
 Or send them to a distant island
  • 1 0
 That looks like it was done with a pair of p[ower snips and a thick pair of gloves, no expensive thiev ery kit there.
  • 2 0
 Sheffield: "The Proud British Partner of Mexico"
  • 1 0
 damn and I thought south america was dangerous...
  • 2 1
 That really sucks! Will keep an eye out in Wales
  • 1 0
 Did they learn nothing from Gwin!
  • 1 0
 not only in Mexico bikes get stolen... this sucks!
  • 1 0
 Oh no alarm then! Danny where are you going next I need some gear!
  • 1 0
 UK is turning into a crime capital. Great work.
  • 1 2
 the UK will have capital punishment eventually once the erm culture shift happens. steal bike lose hand.
  • 4 0
 Maybe they should snip the thiefs index fingers & make them ride down a world cup track?
  • 1 0
 Steal is real
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