The Bicycle Auction is a biannual tradition at UC Davis, held in May and October. Hosted by the Bicycle Program and part of Transportation Services, approximately 300-400 abandoned and unclaimed bicycles are auctioned off by a live auctioneer. Among the bicycles community members may bid on are cruisers, road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, single speeds, and kids’ bikes. Winning bidders may pay for their bicycle(s) with cash, checks, Visa/Mastercard.
Upcoming Auctions: COVID19 has limited our ability to run our local in-person auctions.
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October 2020 Update: In order to maintain impounding operations, most bicycles which are eligible for auction are being sent to California Auction Company, a Stockton, CA based auction house who holds twice monthly auctions. For information about their auctions navigate to www.calauctioncompany.com.
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Public viewing is available the morning before the auction. While you are unable to ride the bicycle, or pick them up, you can inspect them closely and speak with some of our bicycle experts who will be available to answer questions. Note down yard numbers of the bicycles you like and consider their value.
People who know what they're bidding on tend to find the best deals (and the best bicycles for them).