Chris Froome’s 2012 Pinarello Dogma team bike is up for sale on eBay. The bike was won in a competition but is being auctioned on eBay because it is too big for the woman who won it. All the proceeds will go to a children’s charity.
It’s the fourth time we know of that someone who has won a bike used by Froome or Team Sky colleague Sir Bradley Wiggins has decided to sell it.
As of Friday lunchtime, the bidding stood at £5,300, with another nine days to go until the auction closes on the evening of 22 June.
In the description to the item, the Edinburgh-based seller says: “Fancy turning up to the summer club run on Chris Froome’s number two bike or perhaps you want to have a proper piece of modern art on the wall?
“Whichever it is here is your chance to buy Chris Froome’s bike from 2012, the year he assisted Sir Bradley Wiggins to be the first British winner of the Tour de France.
“This isn’t just some look-a-likey, this is the real deal! Scratches, wear marks, name badges, Team Sky mechanic modifications and all. As you’d expect for an official bike that’s come straight out of the team's service.
“Of course, the bike has been tidied up so the bartape, chain rings, chain and brake pads have all been replaced.”
She adds: “We won this bike in a Cycling Weekly competition, but it is too big for us to ride so we have decided to sell it and donate all of the proceeds to the following charities - St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Carer UK, Cerebra and Action for Children (who will allocate the proceeds across the 4 charities)."
In a comment to this article, the woman who won the bike, road.cc site user jacx, said: "I know how it's a bad thing... I won the bike, it's a beauty, far too good for the likes of me.
"Thing is, looking at it for the last few months made me want a better bike, so I bought one, then I felt guilty, so I bought a bike for my husband.. it's wound up costing me a fortune.
"Also, I'm so freaked out about the bike getting damaged in transit, I'm paying my LBS to help me pack it up before it gets dispatched, just to make sure....
"Overall though, what the hell, I got 2 more nice bikes out of bike envy."
It’s by no means the first time someone has won a Pinarello used by one of the two Sky riders to have won the Tour de France and then decided to sell it on.
Last November, a Sky customer who won one of Wiggins’ bikes decided it made financial sense to sell it, but only after taking it for a spin instead of his usual bicycle, describing the experience as “like going from an Escort to a Ferrari.”
Days later, a second Team Sky Pinarello – this one ridden by Froome – turned up on London Cycle Exchange with an £8,000 price tag, put up for sale by the winner of a competition in The Times.
In 2011, road.cc site user Bill Webb put another of Wiggins’ bikes up for sale on our forum after winning it in a competition – one of the rider’s spare bikes from the 2011 Tour de France, it came in Rainforest green livery.
Here’s the specification of Froome’s bike on eBay:
• Pinarello Dogma 2 full carbon fibre frame set (56cm – Chris Froome is 6' 1”)
• Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group set (programmable electronic gears) Chainset 52/36, cranks 175
• Battery built into the frame, comes with charger.
• New chain
• Shimano Dura-Ace calipers
• Shimano Dura-Ace C50 carbon fibre wheels
• Veloflex tyres
• Pro Vibe carbon fibre handlebars and headset (125mm stem)
• Fi’zi:k Antares carbon fibre saddle
• 2 x Elite Custom Cages
• Weight : 7kg
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.