08/03/2012 11:00 EDT | Updated 10/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Muslim cyclist's plan to visit 30 mosques complicated by bike theft

A Toronto Muslim who has pledged to cycle to 30 mosques during Ramadan has been forced off the road.

Himy Syed had received a new bicycle as a Ramadan gift from his brother and sister-in-law so he could blog and tweet stories about the various Muslim communities.

But after attending early morning prayers at a downtown Toronto mosque recently, he walked outside to find his bike had been stolen.

"It is the ideal way to do Ramadan, going to different masjids because you have to pray at 4:00 - 4:30 in the morning. Prayer ends if you stay till the end past midnight. You can't do this on transit. So bicycle allows one to just zip in, zip by. I can just pray here, I can go here. It was a good bicycle," he said.

Syed says he went to Toronto police to report the bike stolen.

He says he'll still continue visiting mosques during Ramadan, but he'll have to find a different ride.