After Jenni Morton-Humphreys discovered that her £800 stolen bike was being advertised for sale on Facebook for £100, she tricked the thief into letting her take the vehicle for a test ride, before pedalling away as fast as she could.
"I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike", Morton-Humphreys said.
They arranged a time for Morton-Humphreys to meet a friend of the seller on a street corner of Stapleton Road, Easton, once known as the most unsafe street in Britain.
The man contacted the seller saying his sister - Jenni - was interested in buying a bike and wanted to look at it.
And there's an even happier end to this story. I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.
She said: "I made sure I didn't have any other possessions on me in case they said "why don't you give us your phone, or give us your money or bank card" or something". I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said "here, hold my stuff".
'That meant he let go of the bike for the first time. I wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it.
Angry, the seller confronted her co-conspirator, with whom he had been dealing online.
A woman who had her bike stolen by a group of thieves has beaten them at their own game. "She went 15 mins and ain't come back". My main thought was that I was anxious because I didn't really know where I was, where I was going, or the area at all, and I was anxious that I might have to go back that way or end up going round in a circle.
"She's probably took it straight home", her accomplice replied. He obliged, so she took off on the bike and obviously never returned.
"Lesson to be learned son".
She also said she was more anxious about her bike's safety when she came face to face with the culprits, in case it was vandalised.