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David Byrne Auctioning His Bike Off
Ben Hewitt , August 11th, 2009 09:46

Talking Heads singer also releasing cycling book

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has put his trusty bicycle up for auction on eBay to celebrate the release of his book Bicycle Diaries.

The book, which is full of stories from Byrne's cyclying trips around the world as well as tales from his days in Talking Heads,is available now.

And fans can also bid for Byrne's Montague folding bike which has accompanied him on trips to London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila, New York, and San Francisco.

Byrne has offered the following sales pitch: "It's been around the world about four times and surprisingly, it's all still working, though it's scratched up, rusty in spots and there are pieces of travel stickers all over the center post (Manila and Roma are still pretty much intact). If I were a sentimental guy, it would hold sentimental value — but for me personally it would be nicer if that sentimental value were transferred to cash money that will be donated to the London Cycling Campaign, an appropriate cause.

"The frame folds in half easily, in seconds, which allows the bike to go into the luggage compartment of a tour bus, or the back of a van or hatchback car. I changed the original handlebar stem to one that goes a bit higher, for better city riding. If the front wheel is removed with a quick release, it will fit into a small car trunk or taxi.

"It's well-made, though not as lightweight as some. I just rode it all around Roma, and no problems — but watch out for those scooters!"

Click here to join the bidding.