Wiggle exchanges man's old car for new bike

Wiggle car/bike swap

If you don't ask, you don't get. What started out as a cheeky tweet turned into a dream come true for Jonny Heneghan.

Heneghan challenged retailer Wiggle to take his ageing MG car in exchange for a new Mekk Poggio Ultegra-equipped carbon road bike. So they did.

The Manchester man travelled down to Wiggle's headquarters in Portsmouth at the weekend to make the swap. Heneghan wants to use the bike to commute to work instead of using his old car, but due to saving up for his forthcoming wedding simply didn't have the spare cash to buy the bike and keep the car.

Heneghan saw that someone had managed to get a free holiday via posting a similar message on Facebook, and thought he'd try his luck.

"My fiancé's Brother and I just thought ‘let's tweet a bike shop and see if they're game!'," said Heneghan.

"I decided I wanted the Mekk and with Wiggle being one of the biggest bike retailers and a supplier of Mekk bikes they were the logical choice!"

Needless to say, Wiggle have received several other tweets asking for a similar swap, although some individuals have offered the family cat and even their mother-in-law for exchange rather than a rusting banger.

"Jonny's request struck a chord with us here at Wiggle," said Wiggle's Social Media Executive, Daniel Loots.

"Many of us here have swapped our cars for bikes to try and cut our commuting costs and keep fit, it's much better than sitting in traffic wasting petrol and it's great to be able to help him do the same! It'll not be a regular occurrence and we don't intend on making a habit of swapping goods. Jonny got lucky." 

Jonny with his new bike

Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.