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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Bates was the only female to post a sub-three minute time on Bank Road in what was her last hill-climb before retirement.

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Her second-hand Cervélo R3 48cm frame was bought off eBay a few years ago, and the total weight of the bike tipped the scales at just 5.3kg.



Bates was using a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and a 36-tooth chainring. The sprockets she used on the climb were 18, 19 and 21.

Wheels and tyres


Bates’s carbon-rimmed wheels were hand-built for her several years ago. The tyres she rode were Vittoria Corsa SC.



Hylix is also the product of choice for Bates’s handlebars, which weighed in at 150g. She has a Planet X stem.



Bates’s Kurve alloy brake calipers were bought seven years ago. However, Planet X now does a similar model.

Saddle and seatpost


Both the saddle and seatpost are Hylix, bought from eBay. The saddle weighs 90g, and the seatpost 150g.

A Shimano Ultegra Di2 battery has been drilled into the seat tube.