ANDREW Oosterweghel does not intend to ride the Cadel Evans replica bike he bought for the price of a small car – but at least he has taken it out of the box. The bicycle shop owner said he had sold another of the Evans replica bicycles to a businessman, and that one is still sitting in the box waiting to be assembled.
”He’s a busy finance guy, overseas a lot,” Mr Oosterweghel said.
The BMC bicycles – costing $17,999 – are a replica of the yellow bike ridden by Evans when he rode down the Champs-Elysees last year. Just 141 were made, the number worn by Evans in the race. Twenty were delivered to Australia. The bicycles are all numbered and autographed by Evans.
Echelon Sports, BMC distributor in Australia, said 18 had been bought by or via bicycle stores and just two remained unsold at its warehouse.
Mr Oosterweghel, who owns Kaos Custom Bikes in Caulfield, said most of the bicycles were bought by store owners as they were among the greatest enthusiasts. He said the bike was too expensive for most serious cyclists, who usually spent between $6000 and $10,000 on a bicycle. ”It was probably out of my range, too, but I had to have it.”
Mr Oosterweghel has his replica on display in the store for the Tour de France, which began last night.
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