Not sure how old a bike needs to be in order to be considered vintage, but value depends on the quality of the bike/components, as well as rarity, and of course its history. Even a crappy old Huffy would have some value if it was Lance Armstrong's first bike.
I know in cars minimum of 25 years old before considered a classic but as Hack said it really depends on the bike. There's old crap with bikes and bikes some guys would purely kill for I would think lol
This question also haunts me. Usually when I'm surfing Craig's List and I just clicked on the 12th pile of cat sh*t bike claiming to be "vintage".
I do in home hospice care and I have been in a lot of elderly people's garages and have seen some outstanding bikes just hanging from the ceiling unused. One of my regular patients has a nice SS Western Flyer hanging in her garage that would be nice to have.
Well vintage stuff, is an indicator of age and not quality me thinks. Witness the two shows, "American Picker" and "Pawn Stars". If older than 25 years works for cars and motorcycles, as determined by licensing in most states, I think that could work for bicycles.
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