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What year is a bike considered vintage. How can you tell if a vintage bike is worth anything or is junk?

Sorry for the newb questions, just trying to learn
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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trouble is what books can you get that tell you which ones are which???

There's a wealth of info bout old bikes on the net pretty much one of the best sources there is. ya know?
 

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thecabe.com is a great site to
 

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There is a lot of information on types of bikes, some about repairing old bikes, but old roads is the only place I have found that would put a number on an old bike
 

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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.
 

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Just for fun, look up "vintage" and you will wonder what dimwit first equated the word with old cars and such. It has everything to do with grape crops and wine.
 

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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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Hi Dean, that works too. Any chance this is covered in any books on classic bicycles? I mostly have the books associated with my Schwinn.

Vintage as an adjective: Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic
 
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