Vintage bicycles. Questions and Answers. Part 3.
Following the last 2 posts regarding questions and answers concerning vintage bicycles, we are having a look at the Origin and Identification of Vintage Bicycles as the third most important sub-category.
Just to summarize we were putting together some answers to a wide array of questions we get from our customers in the following sub-categories.
List of topics regarding vintage bicycles:
- Vintage Bicycles spare parts
- Vintage Ladies Bikes and Accessories
- Origin and identification of your Vintage Bicycle
- Prices of Vintage Bicycles in second hand market
We did comment on the first two points and henceforth continue the list.
3. Origin and identification of your Vintage Bicycle
A good number of questions concerning the Origin and Identification of Vintage Bicycles derive from people finding an old forgotten vintage bicycle in the attic or some remote corner of granpa’s garage.
Vintage Bicycles can have a good value in the market if they are in nice condition and if they can be considered antiques. That is common sense. And that is also the most common reason why we get so many questions about the Origin and Identification of Vintage Bicycles. Owners or owners’ grandkids wanting to know what the name and the value of that treasure is in order to advertise it properly when selling in second hand market.
Most of the times the vintage bicycle found is nothing more than an old rusty piece of steel and consequently the possibility of doing that great sale business is not really there.
In any case we recommend to look for the name of the manufacturer anywhere in the frame of the vintage bicycle and contact them directly with some pictures. Most of the manufacturers have a reasonable interest in helping out customers identify the bike and even providing local contacts to take care of any refurbishment which might be required to bring the vintage bicycle back to good working condition. Take into account that a vintage bicycle on the street is like a rolling ad talking about quality, endurance, style for any brand. It is their interest too to get the vintage bicycle on the road.