Catering to the cycling community’s curious obsession with the world’s biggest online auction site, we’ve put together this new feature highlighting some of the very best bargains and oddities we’ve spotted on eBay this week.
The most seasoned of cyclists will flaunt eBay feedback numbers that seem as high as their yearly Strava mileages, and will inevitably ride a bike that seems improbably nice or, on the other hand, it’ll be a hodge-podge of bizarre nicheness.
Here are five weird and wonderful picks from eBay that you can potentially add to your collection of cycling crap.
Oh look, someone has plated a bike in gold and it’s hideous. What a surpriseeBay
Sorting items by the highest priced first is bound to be amusing in pretty much any category on eBay, but cycling seems to throw up a whole different level of nonsense.
Case in point is this hideous gold plated bike, priced at a princely £60k.
You’d expect a gold plated bike to be a Colnago, Pinarello, DeRosa or some other practically unobtainable lusty Italian steed, but close inspection reveals that it’s a mere entry-level alloy Giant road bike.
If you’ve come this far and still fancy a full 10-Pitch groupset, you could always hold out for a deal similar to this one, when an entire groupset including hubs, bottom bracket and chains went for a staggering £1,800.
Why do so many barely used, very expensive bikes end up on eBay?eBay
It always amazes me — and perhaps in equal measure makes me despair — when I see listings for insanely lush bikes that look like they’ve only been ridden for mere hours.
This rather lovely 2016 Santa Cruz Hightower is a prime example. Dressed to the nines in XO this and Pike RC that, the bike is pretty much dream spec for a lot of folks and a halfway decent bargain — if you can ever describe a £3k bike as a bargain — to boot.
Here at BikeRadar we’re rather fond of e-bikes — yes, even e-bikes that look a little like motorbikes — but this one just looks… wrong.
It also looks as though it might ride rather wrong, not least because it uses a coaster brake — a bloody coaster brake — on the rear.
While it’s hard to tell from the photos, I’m also fairly sure that brake lever isn’t attached to a brake and is likely acting as a throttle, making the bike doubly illegal on UK roads as e-bikes must be pedal assist and have at least two brakes. One best avoided I suspect.
Quite possibly the ugliest car of all time, the Fiat Multipla has had a place in my heart for years for its utilitarian yet naff looks.
This 2004 model has a mere 63k miles on the clock and an MOT right through ’til August next year. Take out the rear seats and I reckon you’ll have the ultimate — albeit nasty lookin’ — bike transporting #adventurewagon.
With three seats up front, you can also get cosy with your riding buddies and you won’t have to go nuts at them for mucking up the upholstery or the dash as it’s hideous and knackered already.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been at BikeRadar for three years now and is regularly testing an esoteric mix of weird and wonderful bikes.