Police stop cyclist for 'not wearing Lycra'


Police stop man cycling in Bristol for 'not wearing Lycra'

A cyclist was stopped by police in Somerset on Thursday for not wearing the right clothes.

Tim Burton was riding his bike in Keynsham when he was pulled over by an officer for not wearing Lycra, ITV News reports.

He tweeted: "The PC said I wasn't dressed in appropriate gear to be riding my bike so had I stolen it?"

According to the Daily Mail, PC Keith James, of Avon and Somerset Police, explained that Mr Burton was riding an expensive bike but not wearing any cycling clothing so he needed to check that it was not stolen.

"Bike thefts are a priority for us in this area as we've had a number of garage and shed break-ins," he said.

"I'm a cyclist myself and it was unusual to see an expensive bike being ridden by someone in non-cycling clothes and without a helmet."

After carrying out the bike check, Mr Burton was waved on his way.

He told his Twitter followers: "I thanked them for stopping me. I was just amused at the reasoning being that I wasn't Lycra-clad.

"I don't think it needs a complaint against @ASPolice. I'm not wearing normal attire and it probably looked dodgy."

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