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EBAY of the day...$10,000 trek!(40 posts)

EBAY of the day...$10,000 trek!ClydeTri
Nov 13, 2002 11:31 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1580135014
Reserve not yet met!McAndrus
Nov 13, 2002 11:46 AM
There's one bid and the reserve is not yet met. Wow! What's the reserve?

Whoever wins this thing --- well I have some excellent, oddly painted things to sell for six times their street value also. I suspect it's a dummy bid by a friend of the seller.
It's not about the bike...TJeanloz
Nov 13, 2002 11:55 AM
It would be worth that kind of cash if it were:

Actually ridden at the TdF, by Lance Armstrong.

Maybe in a real stage. But I think the victory lap bike is probably worth about that much.

This is just an OCLV with a really fancy paint job.
It's not about the bike...mohair_chair
Nov 13, 2002 11:59 AM
The real 1999 victory lap bike was sold for $35,000 at a silent auction at the 2000 Ride the Roses. It was mostly yellow and looked nothing like this one.
Lance memorabilia..............Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 12:15 PM
I have the Oakley " Impossibility Defeated" poster. I paid $10 from Oakleys website right after the 1999 TDF. After Lance won this year, they were selling for $150 on Ebay. I'm sure they've dropped down in value, but anything with his name on it commands big bucks.
It's about the decals...Ouch
Nov 13, 2002 12:29 PM
Strange. The "professional" painter applied the decals upside down. Seems like a rookie mistake to me.

Also:

"This isn't the garish yellow retail bike Trek later offered in 1999, but the twin of the actual bike ridden in Paris by Lance Armstrong during his victory celebration. "

My memory might be a bit fuzzy but I though the bike he rode on the final stage in 1999 was all yellow. He even had spray painted his wheels yellow. Am I remembering the year right?
I think you're rightMcAndrus
Nov 13, 2002 12:59 PM
I think you're right that his '99 bike was yellow as were the wheel rims and spokes.

Also, if the eBay bike is a "twin" of Lance's bike then it would be yellow also - but I quibble.
What exactly constitutes a "twin" OCLV?Bonked
Nov 13, 2002 6:26 PM
The bike being sold isn't painted the same, so couldn't any OCLV be sold as a "twin?"
It's not about common sense, either. (nm)Allez Rouge
Nov 13, 2002 12:04 PM
Its Beautiful!Kristin
Nov 13, 2002 12:21 PM
I wish I could have it!!!! Its so pretty. But golly, I don't have much use for a 58cm frame. Bummer, I don't have a spare 10G at the moment either. If only I hadn't purchased those three C-40's last week. Doh!
Where'd the picture go?Kristin
Nov 13, 2002 12:22 PM
Where'd the picture go?mpm32
Nov 13, 2002 12:30 PM
I always bid on high ticket items when a seller has 0 feedback. not.
I've got a Kelme jersey that would have been worn by Oscar . . .Look381i
Nov 13, 2002 12:33 PM
Sevilla, Aitor Gonzalez or Santiago Botero, I am sure, if only Nalini hadn't shipped it to me instead. It's 2002, not 1999, no upside-down labels or unusual coloration, so I'd be willing to start the bidding at a mere $300. In fact, if you like it that much, I can offer a lot more jerseys with the same "special characteristics" at that price.
i've sean kelly's jerseymike r
Nov 14, 2002 5:13 AM
ive a jesrey that belonged to sean kelly. its his local club's jersey (carrick wheelers)
a friend of mine borrowed it from him and forget to return it and he gave it to me.
i'll have to get him to sign it when i see him next.
I have a mouse padmoneyman
Nov 13, 2002 12:39 PM
From Bikes.com with a picture of LA riding on the pave' of the Champs Elysee (?) toting a US flag, wearing sneakers, the maillot jaune, and a podium cap, riding atop a bike that looks exactly like that. The seller says it is a twin, so perhaps it is.

I take particular offense at his description of the Yellow bike that Trek made in 2000 as a commemorative item of LA's victory in 1999 as "garish". Considering I own such a bike, "garish" is a word that I have never used to describe it. Colorful, maybe. But taste is such a relative matter.

$$
Should be "bike.com" nmmoneyman
Nov 13, 2002 12:56 PM
nm
Yup, this is the VICTORY LAP bike...brider
Nov 13, 2002 1:06 PM
not the one he rode in the stage. I do agree that the decal being upside down seems like a rookie mistake. But then again, maybe it was a rush job (the decals, I mean).

Also, I'd be willing to bet that first bid was made by the seller.
How much you want for that mouse pad?Ouch
Nov 13, 2002 2:32 PM
kidding...

Thanks for the clue. Makes some sense. This was a bike that was made solely for a victory lap. Huh. Why would they do that?
Special today - $10,000moneyman
Nov 13, 2002 3:45 PM
Its the twin to the one Lance has on his desk.

Why would they make a bike like that? Advertising.

$$
I worked for bike.com!!teoteoteo
Nov 13, 2002 6:42 PM
We had thousands of those things. Promo pieces for ride for the roses. It was when Bike.com was in Austin, Lance was a shareholder. After going under the URL was sold to Excel.

I had the forsight to take another tech job that layed me off, I got more severance than I had employment time I rode a lot and went to the Tour.....
That was a cool site before it flamed out...Gregory Taylor
Nov 13, 2002 7:19 PM
As for the mouse pads, I grabbed a bunch of them at Ride for the Roses and gave them to folks that contributed to my Peloton Project fundraising. I've still got a few lying around...
About those mousepads...MVN
Nov 13, 2002 8:40 PM
I'd love to take one off your hands. E-mail me if you'd like to get rid of one. Here's my address:

macn@bayou.com

Thanks,
Mark
Thanks, but I've only got two left...Gregory Taylor
Nov 14, 2002 11:10 AM
...one is mine, and I've given the other to my son.
$7500 for a PAINT job. I don't think so.RickC5
Nov 13, 2002 1:43 PM
We recently bought one of the "garish yellow" 1999 commemorative bikes for my wife for $2400. While I think she might like this bike's color scheme better, even she would agree that $7500 is too much for an "incorrect" paint job. I'm bookmarking this one!
ummmm.......CARBON110
Nov 13, 2002 2:10 PM
This is a joke right?
Of course its a joke.RickC5
Nov 14, 2002 6:24 AM
Asking over $10K for a bike that has no actual provenance (Lance didn't even RIDE the thing) is a much bigger joke IMHO.
The ad copy says 58cm doesn't Lance ride a 56cmjhr
Nov 13, 2002 2:01 PM
I seem to recall that when Trek auctioned off one of Lances old team bikes it was a 56cm (I am sure Tyler's were 54cm,Levi's 52cm, and Georges 60cm). Since he is 5'9" or 10", I don't think there is anyway he is on a 58cm frame (he has a lot of seatpost showing).

Unless the seller misread the size(or the 58cm size is a misprint) I don't see how or why this bike would be intended for Lance. Anyway if you are going to spend 10k on a collectable it ought to come with a certificate of authenticity signed by somebody (Lance, Troy Lee, USPS mechanic).

jhr
lance rides a 58...merckx56
Nov 13, 2002 2:38 PM
remember that Trek has their own special way of measuring!
A 58 has a 56.5 top tube in Trek's world. And the 58 cm measurement is to the top of the seat collar.
My TREK 58cm has a 57.1cm TT. (nm)jtferraro
Nov 13, 2002 4:03 PM
Lance rides a 58cm nmelviento
Nov 13, 2002 4:20 PM
100% sure it's a 58teoteoteo
Nov 13, 2002 6:52 PM
I work at Armstrongs Trek dealer in Austin. Not sure of authenticity of THIS one but have seen one that looks just like it in pictures.

Lance is reeeaaallly careful now on anything regrding memorabilia and still gets stung. Was chatting with an aquintance from his agents office who told me a guy with press creds stung him at San Fran GP.
re: EBAY of the day...$10,000 trek!FrankDAfish
Nov 13, 2002 2:04 PM
The bike in the picture has vector comps, not the vector pros indicated in the description. There is one more reason not to send this guy 10g.
Anyone here think it's Weisel?PseuZQ
Nov 13, 2002 2:21 PM
who's auctioning this? After all, the aution of a number of his objets d'art was pretty well publicized....
I like the way you think ;-) - nmMcAndrus
Nov 14, 2002 5:08 AM
The Actual Bike used by Lance...Gregory Taylor
Nov 13, 2002 2:43 PM
...was auctioned off in 2000 to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The Auction was part of the Ride for the Roses weekend. I was lucky enough to go. The winning bid was way heftier than $10k. Ditto for a signed yellow Jersey. Other interesting stuff was one of Eddy Merckx's personal bikes (nothing historic, but not new either - it looked like it was pulled from his garage) and a Pinarello that had been ridden by Miguel Indurain over the weekend.

This bike is simply a curiosity.
The Actual Bike used by Lance...desmo
Nov 13, 2002 3:49 PM
The bikes and stuff auctioned for charity will always bring huge prices, as it's about the charity not the item. You can't base the value of this "almost a historic" bike being sold for the gain of the seller from charity auction prices. Everybody should "ask the seller a question", lots of of them too.
The yellow jerseymoneyman
Nov 13, 2002 3:55 PM
Went for $100,000. It was the real deal - with LA's sweat on it. Not a replica from the LBS. I was there too.

That's me with the beard. People confuse me and Mig all the time.

$$
I could be mistaken but....Lone Gunman
Nov 13, 2002 5:30 PM
I think the Lone Gunman appears in this pic over Indurain's right shoulder, not sure though, pic is a little too loose with the pixels to be 100% certain.
That was a great evening, wasn't it? (nm)Gregory Taylor
Nov 13, 2002 6:16 PM
Looks like a Colnago with Trek/USPS decals!!! (nm)Iwannapodiumgirl
Nov 13, 2002 4:29 PM