Every now and then, you'll find the old rusting remains of what is an ancient bicycle in your basement, a bequeathal from your grandparents of which you would probably be less concerned about than the dust collecting in your laptop keyboard. However, it pays to take a second look at these objects because they could very well turn out to be a gem, or one of those rare classic vintage bikes that sweep a lot in value these days (think museum, or even EBAY!). Are you just going to stand there doing nothing when a mini-treasure just sits there right under your feet? Then maybe you should quit complaining about not having the cash flow for your next season.
Okay. So you did take a second look at the bike. You asked a few people around and found out that its a Netherlandish or nederlandish design from the days when your greatgrandpa had more teeth, and that it has a good amount of value. Then the next important question is, what do you do with it? Do you restore or recondition it?
Vin Vullo, apart from having strong opinions on the ills of modern bikes and cyclists wearing tight fitting clothes (see Wheeling Through History, The Boston Pheonix May '08), has also been buying and selling vintage bicycles since the 1960s. In 1995 as the internet gained in popularity he founded Menotomy Vintage Bicycles and moved his business to the web at OldRoads.com. His company's web site has many tools and resources for people interested in vintage bicycles, including a picture database, an online price guide, serial number charts and a dozen discussion areas where collectors can post questions and provide answers for other bike collectors.
I've collected a series of nice video presentations he gave on vintage bikes through Expertvillage. He walks us through from an introduction to vintage bikes, to the question of restoring vs reconditioning.
While you're at it, also pay special attention to design elements in the common style of vintage bikes, for a lot of those elements have carried on and are seen in present bikes as well. For example, apart from the double diamond frame design which I already talked about in a previous post, the remnants of the cantilever frame design has also stuck in road bikes and cruisers. Another point of interest is the front fork design. You may see a relation between the front suspension of Jeff Jones' Monster Truck MTB and vintage fork designs of balloon tired bicycles from the 1930's. Nothing extremely 'out of the book', if you ask me :
Enjoy the presentations.
Intro To Vintage Bicycles
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What Makes Vintage Bicycles
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Why Do People Collect Vintage Bicycles?
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Styles of vintage bicycles
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Balloon Tire Bicycles (1940's)
Popular Vintage Bicycles: 1940s -- powered by ExpertVillage.com
Middle Weight Bicycles (1950's)
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Sting Ray Bicycles (1960's)
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3 Speed Bicycles (1970's)
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English 3 speed bicycles
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English Rod Brakes
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English Bicycle Cable Brakes
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Pre and Post War Vintage Bikes
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Vintage Bike Serial Numbers
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Vintage Bicycle Rims
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Vintage Bicycle Hubs
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Vintage Bicycle Tires
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Vintage Bicycle Reflectors
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Vintage Bicycle Accessories
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Vintage Bicycle Head Badges
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Vintage Bicycle Literature
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Do You Restore Or Recondition A Vintage Bicycle?
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Restoring A Vintage Bicycle
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