Obree bike sells for £10,000

Bike used in world hour record project sells on eBay

by Mat Brett   January 10, 2014  

Obree bike

One of the bikes that Graeme Obree used in his world hour record bid in 1993 sold on eBay yesterday for £10,000.

The bike is a copy of Obree’s self-built Old Faithful. He attempted to beat the record on this bike in Hamer, Norway, but missed the mark. With the track booked for 24 hours, he returned the following morning to claim the record on Old Faithful, racking up 51.596km, beating the existing record of Francesco Moser by 445 metres.

The bike was sold by Vic Haines, Obree’s manager from that time.

"I had modifications done at [Mike] Burrows, but he did not make it," Vic Haines told us last week. "I own the bike because I paid for it and a lot of other stuff to get Graeme Obree accepted as more than a circus act."

The original Old Faithful is displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Obree rode both his world hour records in his ski-tuck position, with his chest horizontal and positioned very close to the bars and his upper arms against his sides.

Bids in the last two minutes of the online auction took the price from £5,202 up to £10,000.

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I would have bid on it if it had Cafe Roubaix wheels rather than Spacialized

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
10th January 2014 - 11:56

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Pub bike

posted by karlowen [65 posts]
10th January 2014 - 12:01

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The original Old Faithful is NOT displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The replica bikes, one for each position built (I believe by Obree himself) for the Flying Scotsman film are on display. There are a couple of difference to the original bike - standard forks and bottom bracket.

I'm 90% certain Obree destroyed Old Faithful - sure I read this in his book.

posted by jimdgreen [11 posts]
10th January 2014 - 16:11

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No, that's the real one in the Museum of Scotland. It has the shoes bonded to the pedals among other things that only the original has. Obree wanted it for an event and the museum refused to let him have it. The replica bikes from the film were on display in the transport museum, not sure if they are now that it's moved.

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posted by SamShaw [276 posts]
10th January 2014 - 16:29

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Ah - I'm getting museums confused!

posted by jimdgreen [11 posts]
10th January 2014 - 16:38

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