When you submit your bicycles for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your lots and encourage them to bid. Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, with all relevant information displayed clearly.
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). This should be thorough and honest, and should follow the guidelines below.
If you use our website to upload your lots, fields will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields you fill in present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read and search by.
The required lot information includes:
- Model type
- Frame size (see below)
- Year of manufacture
- Frame number (if available)
Please describe the condition of the following parts:
- Frame, paintwork and decals
- Wheels, spokes and tyres
- Gears, shifting mechanism and chain
- Brakes, brake levers and cables
- Saddle, handlebars and other relevant parts such as lighting
In the description field, you should provide a full description of all aspects of the bicycle, including any signs of wear. The description must cover the following topics:
- Is the bicycle in good working order?
- Has it had recent maintenance?
- Is it fitted with all original parts or has it been updated?
If you decide to set a reserve price, make sure to base it on the market value.
How to measure your bicycle:
- A - Top tube (horizontal) (cm)
- B - Seat tube (vertical) (cm)
- C - Stem (cm)
- W - Wheel size (inch)
- S - Standover (cm) (from ground to top tube)
For bicycles, we recommend giving both the option to pick up from your location and the option to ship to the buyer.
Giving the option to pick up is useful because a bicycle is a large, bulky item that can be difficult to ship.
However, we recommend also offering affordable shipping, because offering shipping opens your lot up to international buyers.
If you include the option to have the bicycle shipped, include the costs as well so that bidders have a good idea of how much they’ll need to pay.
Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ attention, ensuring they bid on your lot.
Buying online means bidders don’t get a chance to see your lot in person. So detailed and high quality photographs are very important.
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we need:
- At least 12 high-quality photos.
- Photos showing a 360 degree view of the item.
- Photos showing important details, according to the guidelines below.
- Photograph your clean bicycle in front of a neutral background.
- Provide images of the front, back, left and right.
- Take your photos in the early morning or late afternoon to get the best natural lighting.
Side profile (left and right) - These should show 100% of the side of your bicycle. Keep the camera 60cm above the floor.
¼ and ¾ view - Include these views for both the left and right side. They should show 25-75% of each side.
- Include close-ups of the following: both sides, the saddle, handlebars, brakes, gears, decals/badges and frame number.
- Provide images of any damage or parts that need work, as mentioned in the description
Front and back - Straight down the front and back line of the bicycle.
Close-up of relevant details - Make sure to photograph any blemishes and/or damages to avoid after-sale cancellations.
- Avoid any people in the image.
- Avoid shadows and reflections, and don’t use flash.
- Don’t photograph parts that are not included in the lot.