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Fancy a bike that’s been ridden by an Olympic champion? The Wiggle-Honda Colnago C59s used this year by Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell are up for grabs on eBay.

All three bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS components and Campagnolo hyperon wheels, a spec that would nudge into five figures if you bought it new.

The finishing kit comes from Deda, with fizik saddles, Look pedals and Vittoria tubulars. Extras include chain catcher, K-Edge number holder and Tacx bottle cages.

Along with each bike there’s a Wiggle-Honda team jersey signed by all three riders.

At the moment, Trott’s bike is trailing in the bidding at just £1,650, perhaps because it’s the smallest pf the three, a size 42s. King’s bike is a 52cm frame and Rowsell’s a 54cm and both are sitting at around £2,000.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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Are they being auctioned for charity?

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sm [390 posts] 2 years ago
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jarredscycling wrote:

Are they being auctioned for charity?

Yes, the charity being women's cycling. I wish this tongue in cheek reply was true however it would seem to be a private sale.

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zanf [859 posts] 2 years ago
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Joannas one took a bit of a beating when she crashed in the RideLondon criterium.

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chokofingrz [407 posts] 2 years ago
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I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

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VeloPeo [309 posts] 2 years ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

They'll almost certainly have been given them by Colnago as part of their sponsorship. Everything they get for selling them now goes into next year's budget - can't see them selling them without having a similar deal lined up for next year. Their budget is quite small (as in fractions of a Froome for the whole team) - at that level every ££ counts

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landcruiser [6 posts] 2 years ago
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Anyway, it's an auction and with a few days to go yet, I would think these bikes will achieve a lot more money.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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**Insert crass, mindless sexist comment here**

Ta.

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jollygoodvelo [1477 posts] 2 years ago
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Seller kaz_n_jai, location Australia? Gilmore?

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notfastenough [3709 posts] 2 years ago
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Be awesome to pick one of those up, although a bit small for me.

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Nick T [949 posts] 2 years ago
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That's a lot of extra kit I'll have to buy just for the saddle fnar fnar arf arf and so forth.

Teams selling old bikes isn't exactly a new thing is it?

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crazy-legs [795 posts] 2 years ago
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chokofingrz wrote:

I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

There will be an agreement on what happens to the bikes at the end of a season - sometimes they go back to the sponsor/manufacturer for assessment and R&D, sometimes they get given or sold to team staff/hangers-on, sometimes they get scrapped if they've been crash-damaged. And occasionally they get sold to the public.

You get more money for them that way, especially when the riders concerned are Olympic and World Champions. That money will go back into the team pot.

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md6 [181 posts] 2 years ago
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so for about £2k i could buy £6k worth of components...if only i had some spare cash lying around for it. Hopefully they'll get a good amount for each to help fund next season