How a bike made from parts bought on eBay won the National Hill-Climb Championships

New hill-climb champion Lou Bates won on a bike made up of parts from the auction site eBay. Photos by Andy Jones


Lou Bates (Velochils-Interbike) became the women’s national hill-climb champion in Matlock at the end of October aboard a bike built by her partner with products from eBay.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.