Thanks m2cyclone1. I never said the price was too low. I said, "Seller clearly doesn't know what they've got". I've always thought £450 on the high side for my 2005 bike.
Plenty of people who saw the full ad (with shonky, low res shots) thought it was dodgy. I'm not discounting what, I think, may be the remote possibility that someone bought the bike, without a hint of suspicion, in circumstances that the police tell me are quite likely to conform to the "in a car park/back of the pub" stereotype.
I suppose what is more likely is that someone on here sees a "friend of a friend" roll up on my bike one weekend and decides to do the decent thing. This in some round about, possibly even karmic, way may prevent - their own property being broken into, spouse frightened for the security of our home and safety of our baby, and hard earned possessions being taken from us by lowlife.
I may have been a little scathing in the tone of some of my posts. But if you nicked my bike or bought it under the likely circumstances described to me by the police you are part of the problem not the solution. If the circumstances are different, perhaps the seller did invite you into their home and appeared completely plausible, then "sorry" you've very likely got my bike and that doesn't make you an idiot, we can all be conned. I'd be hopeful and grateful if you're able to value your principles above what you paid for it and contact the police.
There seems to be a degree of defeatism on here about bike theft. Or maybe, more likely, my bike theft . However, as I've said, the value of the bike is a relatively minor issue in comparison to the principle that some ne'er do well felt able to come onto my property, break into my home and take what didn't belong to them. I'll not be apologetic about doing what little I can to catch the feckers.