You know when you have one of those great ideas and you think “I can’t believe no one has thought of that”. A few months ago I was thinking about how annoying it is that so many stolen bikes get sold on eBay and Gumtree. What someone should do is create a bike auction website that connects genuine sellers with buyers. That would be perfect – thieves can’t sell bikes and people have a good, cheap, reliable place to buy a second hand bike. Excited I searched the internet and came across a holding page for goingoingbike.com – someone had beat me to the punch! The site is launching next week on the 13th for sellers and 20th for full trading.
It will allow people to sell bikes and spare parts. To prevent stolen bikes appearing on the site there will be a requirement to upload the frame number. Uploaded frame numbers can then be checked against the BikeRevolution database to be sure they are not stolen.
It will work much like eBay with GoingGoingBike keeping 5% of the sale price of each bike (up to a maximum of £40).