Sometimes , when you meet someone who is not a cyclist and they ask how much your bike is worth the reaction can be quiet amusing . In general , the information that a regular guy or girl has a ‘bicycle’ worth anything from two to twelve grand is responded to in a tone of incredulity . eg : ‘Four grand for a bicycle !! , sure you’d buy a fine car for that .’
Last week in the shop when I was showing a customer a hybrid with a price tag of €399 he replied ‘ Ahsure ’tis only something for knocking around that I’m looking for , sure me car isn’t even worth four hundred euro ‘
What , I wonder would ordinary people who think a bike is something ‘for knocking around on’ think of the prices paid for some of Lance Armstrongs’ bikes at an auction in New York last night .
First up came the ‘Hirst’ bike which he rode on the Champs Elysees whilst finishing third in this years tour .
This sold for $500,000 !!!!!
Next was the Kenny Scharff TT bike from the Giro ,
a bargain at $45,000
Then the Nara which he rode during the Annecy TT at this years tour .
This made $200,000
After that was the ‘Shep Fairey’ ( sounds a bit like little bo peeps sheep dog ) .
sold for $110,000
The ‘Stolen’ TT bike which was recovered after being stolen at the Tour of California
sold for $130,000 ! ( It would have made $100 on the Streets of San Jose )
This Ferrari is for sale on carzone at present for €65,000 ,
Sure , you wouldn’t even get a bicycle for that !!!