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.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.