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Ontario man cycling across Canada gets new bike after having his stolen in Regina

Peter Ledingham said he wasn't looking to get a new bike. Instead, he just wanted to get his old bike back which was given to him nearly two decades ago from his father.
Peter Ledingham said he wasn't looking to get a new bike. Instead, he just wanted to get his old bike back which was given to him nearly two decades ago from his father. Brandon Gonez / Global News

The 41-year-old Ontario man who had his bike stolen in Regina last week while on a cross-country cycling vacation received a special gift Thursday morning.

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Peter Ledingham, who is from Sudbury Ont., was gifted a new bicycle from Regina-based Dutch Cycle after numerous residents partnered with the business to help the man.

“It’s definitely great to help him out and get him going and I can tell he’s really excited about this,” Dutch Cycle owner Fred Vandelinden explained.

“The new bike is awesome. I had a chance to ride it around the street a little bit and it’s a major upgrade.” Ledingham said.

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Ledingham said he wasn’t looking to get a new bike. Instead, he just wanted to get his old bike back which was given to him nearly two decades ago from his father.

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A picture of Ledingham’s bike in front of a canola field in Saskatchewan
A picture of Ledingham’s bike in front of a canola field in Saskatchewan Global News
“When I put the ad up on Kijiji it was just an idea we came up with at the hostel in hopes that somebody out there might have seen it [the bike] and help me get my bike back,” Ledingham added.

However, Ledingham said he’s extremely grateful and said he wants residents to know that the theft has not ruined his image of Regina at all.

“At this point I think it just shows how awesome the people of Regina really are,” he said.

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“I’ve had a great time here, experienced awesome things and people have been awesome and I just want to let you know that’s what I’m taking away.”

Ledingham left Regina Wednesday and says he will continue his journey east.