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Global IT company creates bike from redundant IT hardware to celebrate UCI Cycling Championships

Global IT company creates bike from redundant IT hardware to celebrate UCI Cycling Championships



Techbuyer is welcoming the UCI Road World Cycling Championships to Harrogate this month with its unique bike sculpture, which is made from almost 1000 redundant IT parts. The project also celebrates the value of used IT hardware.

Harrogate sculpturist, Steve Blaylock spent 100 hours making the bike, using a heatsink for the pedals and seat, copper stripped from cables make up the handle bars and a server fan to create loveable green eyes on the front. The sculpture also includes five redundant HP BL460c Gen8 servers on the base, SFPs, CPUs and server memory as the spokes, weighing an impressive 60kg.

“Every year around 50 million tonnes of e-waste are produced worldwide,” explains Astrid Wynne, Sustainability Manager at Techbuyer. “Data centre and networking equipment will inevitably make up a significant part of this.”

“We refurbish excess and redundant IT equipment so that more IT hardware is reused rather than thrown away before its end of life. The bike is a fun and creative way to show the importance of reusing equipment, which is what Techbuyer is all about.”

Techbuyer is committed to providing greener IT solutions and has contributed to a number of sustainable projects. One example is the WindCORES pilot project in WestfalenWind, Germany, where a data centre built inside a wind turbine required environmentally friendly IT equipment. Techbuyer supplied quality refurbished HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 servers with a three year warranty in order to meet WindCORES’ sustainable targets.

The bike has been attracting crowds as it tours the best landmarks in Yorkshire including Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey. The bike will also be joining the Harrogate crowds towards the finish line in Harrogate once the UCI Road World Cycling Championships start.


Techbuyer is a global leader in the buying, refurbishing and selling of data centre equipment. The company sells brand new IT parts, and also buys used parts such as servers, memory and storage and turn them into low-cost, quality refurbished IT equipment. Founded in Harrogate in 2005, Techbuyer has grown from a company run by just two people, to seven sites in three continents. It now stocks huge global inventory of over 225,000 IT parts including big brands such as HP, Dell, Intel, IBM and Cisco and delivers to over 100 countries worldwide.

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