Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn covets a £475 Raleigh Criterium, according to a column he wrote for Stylist magazine, but the Telegraph think this is a bit pricey

If you could choose your ultimate bike, what would it be? A Canyon Aeroad? A Pinarello Dogma? A Raleigh Ultimate?

If you’re Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn then the answer is the latter of the three – a road bike retailing at £475, although according to Telegraph reporter Helena Horton this is a bit pricey for a Socialist leader – although the remark was later removed from the end of the piece.

In light of the pseudo-scandal of Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon turning up to flood-hit areas in a pair of £130 Hunter wellington boots, scrutiny is on the excesses of party leaders.

David Cameron opted for a pair of £12.99 boots for his trip to the floods, but Corbyn’s dream of purchasing the Raleigh – one of the cheapest bikes in the Raleigh range – is sensationalised as being a little excessive.

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In a guest column for Stylist magazine, Corbyn revealed the Raleigh bike was his “ultimate object of desire”.

“This aluminium-framed Raleigh Criterium, like my own trusty red Raleigh, is light and therefore fast, but comfortable for longer rides too – I recently rode mine with Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins (shameless namedrop) and it ensured I kept up with him,” he wrote in the column.

At the start of the story it is stated that Corbyn’s current old-school red Raleigh bike retails at £475 – a conclusion reached because he said his dream bike is ‘like’ the one he currently owns, “so it’s likely to cost a similar amount”.

The Prime Minister recently branded Corbyn ‘the real conservative’, which prompted the reporter to say his dream bike was certainly not a conservative choice.

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Lucky that JezCo didn’t choose a £7,000 superbike as his dream machine, or he’d have been hounded out of Westminster.

If you head to the Telegraph story you can also take part in a wonderful poll, asking whether a true Socialist can covet an expensive bicycle. One of the three options is that Corbyn’s bike should cost no more than Cameron’s £12.99 wellies. If you find one that price, let us know!

  • Diesel Cummins

    The Torygraph!

  • Diesel Cummins

    There is a Facebook group that raised over 6 grand in donations for JC’s bike to put a stop to the Nazi media making capital from this, and JC donated the money to various charities. Put a fiver in myself. And yes I am a fan and he will be our next Prime Minister.

  • bowwow rapha

    I’m left of your position, but I bought the bike three times your outlay, only difference is, I paid £350 less than you, for almost all entirely new stuff, put together by a man who broke his arm arm wrestling while drunk,it is like an Exocet, but only kills other riders. The whole idea of cheap and cheerful dies when you ride a superbike!! The guy I bought from had 30 grands worth of bikes, I would have bought them all. p.s. R3 , Sram red 22 and DA wheels with 3T and FSA light Cranks. Heaven!!

  • David Roberts

    Hey! I’m a life long Socialist, my politics are way to the left of the Labour Party, my current road bike (more than one bike of course) is worth about £2,500, and I covet one that costs 3 times that. Tory media understands nothing especially where cycling is concerned!

  • ian franklin

    So he managed to keep up with Sir Brad. Brad must have been on a bad day!

  • Rich Wake

    Of course its a bit pricey, I mean he can have a Carerra Subway for £30!

  • TrevorHoldsworth

    Personally, I think his ultimate bike should be any bike as long as it is the right size.

  • A Dufour

    Isn’t the whole point of a dream is that it is currently unattainable? So the bike may be hundreds or thousands of pounds. In fact, £475 is a modest price to pay for a decent bike nowadays, and it’s an even more modest dream. I’d happily stump up some cash to realise Jezza’s dream, but I suspect that he wouldn’t take it.

  • Mike Prytherch

    If he is buying it out of his pocket and it hasn’t come from government funds then who cares how much it is.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    The Telegraph has been running endless hate articles against Jeremy Corbyn day in day out – for month after month. Even regular readers have complained that the newspaper has descended to it’s lowest ever level.

    I’ve already pointed out to the Telegraph that £475 for a bike is very modest. Obviously they’re out of touch on a number of topics!

  • That’s not much money for bicycle which will last for decades. Compare its cost to the cost of a car, which is 30 times more and depreciates in value every year, becoming near worthless in 30 years. The cost of this bicycle probably wouldn’t even pay for an upgrade to power windows on a car.

  • Winston Thomas

    How can anyone’s “dream” anything be regarded as too expensive? Isn’t that the whole point? Reporting by the British Press these days is become less palatable by the day. Always some snide angle, always a swipe or a dig. School yard bullies with a laptop. Pathetic.

  • Marc Debenham

    Even if it was a £12k piranello it is still a damn site cheaper than any car that MPs will be claiming on expenses

  • Ian Carter

    It’s his ‘Ultimate object of desire’ so what does it matter what it is or how much it costs. It could be an Airbus Dreamliner for all I care. Nor does it matter what job somebody has or what their salary is. The only thing you can complain about is that he can actually afford his ‘ultimate object of desire’ and not because he’s on megabucks, but because it’s so cheap!

    Believe me, I’m no fan of the bloke, but I actually feel a bit of sympathy for him because of how he’s treated by the media, constantly mocking him and trying to make him look like the villain.

  • dourscot

    The Telegraph is fixated on Corbyn – they seem terrified of him.

    Now add the fact he cycles and you have a cocktail of conservative anxiety in one topic.