If you enjoy bargain-hunting or are looking for something that's hard to find in bike shops or the usual online retailers, eBay is the place to go.
But as well as wonderful and almost forgotten gems like those, eBay also has loads of sections where bike shops and bargain specialists clear out gear at (sometimes) knockdown prices. Some of these are online specialists, but many are sales outposts of proper bike shops like Deeside's well-known Graham Weigh Cycles.
You can find all of these eBay cycling shops here.
The range and level of discounts on offer varies between dealers, so a bit of digging and browsing is required, but we've found good deals on soft goods like bags and clothing, and consumables like chains and cassettes.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.