Would you swap your car for a bike?
It’s a question that we often ask ourselves when we’re feeling particularly guilty about polluting the planet– could we swap our car for a bike? For many the answer is probably: “Yeah, for the commute, and a bit of shopping but I still need the car to drive to next weekend’s sportive…” Anyway, we’re not sure if Jonny Heneghan is an eco-warrior but he has swapped his car for a bike. Literally…
A few weeks ago Jonny, from Godley in Manchester sent a cheeky tweet to @wigglebikeshop asking if the online bike shop giant would would swap his old MG for a bike. Wiggle called Jonny’s bluff by replying, “Sounds like a fair trade.” And last weekend Jonny travelled down to Wiggle‘s Portsmouth HQ and traded his MG ZR for a Mekk Poggio (and a Kask helmet…which is probably what I would have given him for it…)
Jonny decided to approach Wiggle after reading about a man who blagged a holiday via Facebook. He’d started cycling to work – rather than driving – to save money for his wedding. After losing three stone he felt inspired enough to buy a new bike but didn’t want to use his wedding savings. “I didn’t have the money and I barely used my car any more so I thought I’d try and sort out a trade. My Fiancé was dead happy that Wiggle agreed as she knew how much I wanted a road bike but was holding off to save up for the wedding!”
Before you get excited about the idea of swapping something you don’t need for a new bike, Wiggle is keen to point out this is strictly a one off. “Jonny’s request struck a chord with us – many of us here have swapped our cars for bikes to try & cut our commuting costs & keep fit,” says Wiggle Social Media Executive, Daniel Loots. “It’ll not be a regular occurrence and we don’t intend on making a habit of swapping goods. Jonny got lucky!”
Wiggle haven’t said what they’ve done with the MG but if you’ve got a bike you’d like to swap it for maybe drop them a tweet…
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