Renowned wine writer Michael Broadbent has had his bicycle and Decanter safety helmet stolen.
The legendary Decanter columnist went to his garage early one morning and discovered it was missing.
The exact make is not known but Broadbent described it as, ‘a very old, white Dutch ladies’ bike with a basket on the front and back.’
Broadbent has had the bike, which dates back to the 1950s, for ten years.
‘I wouldn’t have thought anyone would want to pinch it, it’s so distinctly old,’ Broadbent told decanter.com.
‘I miss it enormously,’ he added.
The bike became world famous after a photo of Broadbent riding it became the regular image to appear alongside his monthly column in Decanter.
‘It was recognized all over the world because of that shot in Decanter,’ said Broadbent.
‘I recall walking into a winery in New Zealand that I had never been to before and the girl behind the reception asked me if I had brought the bike with me.’
His Decanter-branded helmet – which Decanter’s Publishing Director Sarah Kemp gave to both him and fellow cyclist Steven Spurrier after Spurrier was knocked off his bike by a delivery van outside the Victoria & Albert museum in September 2007 – was also stolen.
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Written by decanter.com staff