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Old 07-15-06, 06:23 PM   #1
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Where do all those bikes end up?

Does anyone know what happens to all of the bikes the pros ride throughout the year?
I can't imagine them sitting around in a warehouse somewhere.
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Old 07-15-06, 09:50 PM   #2
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I think it's a good question. My guess was that the team sold them; I do know some pros get sponsored, and sell their bikes every year, as well. So maybe the riders sell them?
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They get sold, donated, auctioned etc. I've heard that after a year of being ridden hard by pro riders, most bikes are in pretty tough shape.
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Some get sold. Some members keep them. Some go back to the factory.

When I went to Italy, I got the chance to tour some of the bike factories, and I saw some of the pro team bikes just laying around. Super cool.

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The team will try to sell as much as possible at the end of the season from their euro base, or service de course, which is basically a big warehouse. It's a business, so they always try to get something back for used equipment.

Riders can also buy their bikes if they're leaving the team and need one, sometimes they are gifted.
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I would imagine the manufacturer wants some back. It would be a good way to test frames for R&D.

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Last year's race bike are generally this year's training bikes.
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I would imagine the manufacturer wants some back. It would be a good way to test frames for R&D.

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This is ongoing throughout the year, not just end of season.
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