WigginsBradley Wiggins wearing the Yellow Jersey during the Tour de France in July 2012.
As Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott pedalled their way to gold in the first week of London 2012, Victoria Pendleton retired with a silver and Sir Chris Hoy celebrated his sixth gold medal in the velodrome this week, thousands of people across the UK have taken to get their hands on their own set of two wheels, reports Female First magazine.
Gumtree.com saw individual searches for bikes for sale peak at 30,887 in the last week of the games, almost a 34% since the opening ceremony.
Bradley Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 99 years, only to snap up Team GB’s second gold medal at the London 2012 Games less than two weeks later. Sir Chris Hoy is Britain’s most successful Olympic cyclist and the first British competitor to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since 1908.
Hamish Stone from Gumtree.com said: “The UK has always had a love affair with the bicycle and pride for Great Britain’s new national cycling heroes such as Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy is encouraging an increasing number of budding-British cyclists who don’t already own a bike, to get their hands on one.
“When buying a bike, we advise Gumtree.com users to put safety first and pick up a helmet and bike lock at the same time to make sure their cycling experience is a fun and safe one.”