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    Motobecane Powder Pink Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    Motobecane Powder Pink Classic.. Motobecane Powder Pink Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    56.5 cm
    French parts. Elegant paintjob. Lugged f.. French parts. Elegant paintjob. Lugged frame.
    -13%
    Special Price €699.00
    Regular Price €799.00
  2. New
    MBK Mirage Classic Road Bike 1990s
    MBK Mirage Classic Road Bike 1.. MBK Mirage Classic Road Bike 1990s
    56 cm
    Shaped tubes. Advanced frame. Shimano pa.. Shaped tubes. Advanced frame. Shimano parts.
    €799.00
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    -14%
    ABA Special Italian Road Bike 1970s
    ABA Special Italian Road Bike .. ABA Special Italian Road Bike 1970s
    57 cm
    Original condition. Shimano Dura-Ace 1st.. Original condition. Shimano Dura-Ace 1st gen. Cinelli stem and bars.
    -14%
    Special Price €1,199.00
    Regular Price €1,399.00
  4. New
    -24%
    Faggin TSX Road Bike 1990s
    Faggin TSX Road Bike 1990s Faggin TSX Road Bike 1990s
    59 cm
    Columbus TSX. Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed... Columbus TSX. Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed.
    -24%
    Special Price €1,299.00
    Regular Price €1,699.00
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    -20%
    Gazelle Champion Mondial
    Gazelle Champion Mondial Gazelle Champion Mondial
    56 cm
    Reynolds 531 Conpetition. Top class fram.. Reynolds 531 Conpetition. Top class frame. Original condition. Gazelle shifters!
    -20%
    Special Price €559.20
    Regular Price €699.00
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    -20%
    Colner Road Frame 1970s
    Colner Road Frame 1970s Colner Road Frame 1970s
    59 cm
    Refurbished frame. Refurbished frame.
    -20%
    Special Price €439.20
    Regular Price €549.00
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    -20%
    De Rosa TSX Classic Road Frame 1980s
    De Rosa TSX Classic Road Frame.. De Rosa TSX Classic Road Frame 1980s
    58 cm
    Columbus TSX. Refurbished frame. Chromed.. Columbus TSX. Refurbished frame. Chromed fork.
    -20%
    Special Price €1,039.20
    Regular Price €1,299.00
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    Battaglin Classic Steel Road Bike 1990s
    Battaglin Classic Steel Road B.. Battaglin Classic Steel Road Bike 1990s
    53 cm
    Nice condition. Campagnolo 8-speed. Nice condition. Campagnolo 8-speed.
    €899.00
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    Nishiki Olympic 12 Like New Road Bicycle 1987
    Nishiki Olympic 12 Like New Ro.. Nishiki Olympic 12 Like New Road Bicycle 1987
    62 cm
    Mint condition. Tange tubes. Suntour shi.. Mint condition. Tange tubes. Suntour shifting.
    €999.00
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    Peugeot Virenque Team Festina Replica Bike 1990s
    Peugeot Virenque Team Festina .. Peugeot Virenque Team Festina Replica Bike 1990s
    53 cm
    Triple chainring. Team paint scheme. Cam.. Triple chainring. Team paint scheme. Campagnolo 8-speed.
    €749.00
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    Mercier 787 Futural by Vitus Road Bike 1980s
    Mercier 787 Futural by Vitus R.. Mercier 787 Futural by Vitus Road Bike 1980s
    57 cm
    Monostay. Sachs parts. Aluminium frame. Monostay. Sachs parts. Aluminium frame.
    €699.00
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    Roberto Motta 105 Road Bike 1980s
    Roberto Motta 105 Road Bike 19.. Roberto Motta 105 Road Bike 1980s
    58 cm
    Cinelli spoiler bb. Shimano 105. Origina.. Cinelli spoiler bb. Shimano 105. Original condition.
    €899.00
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    Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1990s
    Colnago Master Olympic Road Bi.. Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1990s
    62 cm
    Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed. Ambrosio rims.. Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed. Ambrosio rims. Refurbished frame.
    €2,499.00
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    Colnago Super Saronni Large Road Bicycle 1970s
    Colnago Super Saronni Large Ro.. Colnago Super Saronni Large Road Bicycle 1970s
    62 cm
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Refurbished fra.. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Refurbished frame.
    €2,799.00
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    M. Monti Classic Road Bicycle 1970s
    M. Monti Classic Road Bicycle .. M. Monti Classic Road Bicycle 1970s
    53 cm
    Original condition. Campagnolo Record. M.. Original condition. Campagnolo Record. Martano rims. Universal brakes.
    €1,499.00
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    Peugeot Competition 531 Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    Peugeot Competition 531 Classi.. Peugeot Competition 531 Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    56 cm
    Reynolds 531 tubing. French parts. Reynolds 531 tubing. French parts.
    €799.00
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    Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2001
    Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2.. Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2001
    55.5 cm
    Campagnolo Centaur 9-speed. Triple crank.. Campagnolo Centaur 9-speed. Triple cranks. Great for climbs.
    €1,299.00
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    Viner Special Professional classic Road Bike 1980s
    Viner Special Professional cla.. Viner Special Professional classic Road Bike 1980s
    56 cm
    Columbus SL tubes. Shimano Dura-Ace. Pan.. Columbus SL tubes. Shimano Dura-Ace. Pantographes.
    €1,499.00
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    Gazelle Champion Mondial Classic Road Bicycle 1987
    Gazelle Champion Mondial Class.. Gazelle Champion Mondial Classic Road Bicycle 1987
    62 cm
    Reynolds 531 Competition. Shimano 600 "T.. Reynolds 531 Competition. Shimano 600 "Tricolore". Large size.
    €990.00
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    Peugeot PA-10 Classic Road Bike 1970s
    Peugeot PA-10 Classic Road Bik.. Peugeot PA-10 Classic Road Bike 1970s
    54 cm
    French parts. Steel lugged frame. French parts. Steel lugged frame.
    €999.00
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    Francesco Moser Forma Steel Road Bike 1990s
    Francesco Moser Forma Steel Ro.. Francesco Moser Forma Steel Road Bike 1990s
    57 cm
    8-speed Camnpagnolo groupset. 8-speed Camnpagnolo groupset.
    €999.00
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Vintage Bicycles

What is a vintage bicycle?

Vintage bikes are typically defined as bikes that were produced between the 1920s and the 1990s, although the earlier date is open to debate. Mostly they are bicycles that have been made by hand and constructed with steel. In the past, steel was widely regarded as the best material for bicycle manufacture as it was considered the most responsive, hard-wearing and versatile material that was readily available. 

 

What is the difference between an antique bike and a vintage bike?

There are, of course, bikes that out-date vintage bicycles; often referred to as antique bikes, these will be even older and come from before the 1920s. Some of these antiques can still be ridden, but because of their age, they will serve you far better as being a collectible item that you leave out on display. The difference between a vintage bike and an antique bike is that a vintage bike can still be used frequently, provided they are in good condition on purchase and are cared for once you own them.

 

So is a retro bike a vintage bike?

Many of the companies that operated between the 1920s and 1990s are still producing bikes today. Lots of modern companies, founded outside of this era, are looking back to the golden age of racing bikes for inspiration for models. These modern reproductions are referred to as retro bikes, they may look like a vintage bike, but they will be kitted out with modern componentry and won’t provide the same level of joy as sharing someone else’s piece of history. 

Here is a beautiful example of a retro bike: the Bottecchia Leggendaria. It has the classy style of a vintage bike but has been constructed with modern parts. 

 

Why should I buy a vintage bicycle?

There is nothing quite like the connection between you and the road as you get from riding a steel vintage bike. Steel is such a forgiving material and is not only capable of surviving the test of time, it also provides one of the most comfortable rides you can get. 

 

What makes a steel frame so good?

Bumps or abrasions on road surfaces are met with ease on steel vintage frames, making a steel vintage bike a great choice as a commuter bike or a leisure bike for weekend rides. Vintage bikes with steel frames can weigh as little as 8kg! Although steel is considered a heavy alloy, in bicycle manufacturing it provides a great balance between strength, durability and weight - and if you’re bike is your prized-possession and you want to display it in your house, it won’t pull a wall down!




There are however other things that make vintage bikes brilliant investments:

 

  • Use in everyday life: Due to the high build-quality, vintage bikes can be great companions for everyday riding. 
  • Aesthetics: The attention to detail and original designs that comprise vintage bikes can turn them into real gems. Quite often collectors hang their bikes on the wall to display it as though it is a genuine piece of art.
  • Driving quality: The sophisticated construction combined with high quality processed steel frames result in low rigidity and a pleasant driving experience.
  • Memories: Almost all vintage racing bikes represent a certain era of cycling. An original bike from this time is a tangible reminder of the glory of the past.
  • Quality: All vintage racing bikes are handmade, made of steel and constructed with high quality workmanship. There was no facility to make things with automated machines, so every inch of each bike was carefully looked over by an expert when constructed. Qualities that are valued highly these days.
  • Collectibles: By definition, vintage racing bikes are limited editions as they are no longer in production. Many models were only produced in finite numbers, some were even released as rare editions. This combination is particularly appealing to collectors.
  • Environment: By purchasing a vintage bike, no new resources are used in construction and of course, less waste is created. A win-win. 
  • History: Many bicycles are inseparable from famous cycling teams or cyclists. Vintage bikes can therefore offer you the chance to share the same saddle as one of the greats. 
  • Value: Since the 1990s, prices of handmade steel bikes have consistently increased, with no end to the growth in sight. A lot of the bikes, therefore, can be used as a wise investment.
  • Historic bike events: For participating in historic bike races like L’Eroica, a vintage bike meeting certain criteria is mandatory.




The most famous vintage bike brands

Here is a spectacular example of a Colnago. On show here is the Colnago Mexico TT from 1981, which was used by the USSR Olympic team in the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. 

 

Name:

Founded in:

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Description:

Reasons to love them:

Recognisable by:

Bianchi

1885

Milan, Italy

One of the oldest bicycle manufacturers. First brand to introduce equal sized pneumatic wheels.

High quality Italian pioneers - many famous riders succeeded on Bianchi bikes in the 19th Century.

Signature ‘Celeste’ colourway featuring somewhere on the bike, said to represent the colour of the Milan sky.

Colnago

1952

Cambiago, Italy

Founder Ernesto Colnago was a medical equipment engineer who pursued bicycle manufacture after an injury ended his own racing career.

Ernesto was a mechanic as well as manufacturer and assisted many champions, such as Merckx and Masi.

Their logo is something similar to the ‘clubs’ symbol from a deck of cards.

Eddy Merckx

(Eddy Merckx Cycles)

1980

Belgium

Founded by one of the greatest cyclists of all time: Eddy Merckx after his retirement.

The bike’s have been deemed worthy of use by a true champion of the sport.

Merckx’s initials blend together to produce a cyclist for their logo.

De Rosa

1953

Milan, Italy

Before entering into frame manufacture, Ugo de Rosa, the founder, was an amateur racer but wasn’t satisfied by merely racing so created his own business.

De Rosa teamed up with many champions throughout the years, proving just how well built and reliable his bikes are. 

The de Rosa logo is a heart, either featuring in the ‘o’ of Rosa, or around the ‘D’. 

Peugeot

1882

Mandeure, France

Founded before the car side of the business, Peugeot were a trusted and sturdy European brand manufacturing high quality bicycles. 

Peugeot supported mainly French manufacturers of componentry even though the market was broadly dominated by Campagnolo.

Featuring a pouncing lion on most items they produce, they also enjoy a black and white checkerboard design.

Gios

1948

Turin, Italy

A father-son business that gained notoriety in the 1970s after many successful years of professional racing.

One of the most distinctive brands who will sell you a bike in any colour you want, as long as it is blue!

The Gios bright blue comes from a partnership with Brooklyn chewing gum in 1972, and since then the colour has remained. 

 

Nevertheless, there are many more classic vintage brands out there that are excellent too!





How much is a vintage bike worth?

 

Vintage bikes can vary greatly in price, but that depends on how many of the bullet points above are met. For example, a bike that meets all the criteria could cost in excess of €30,000.  Normally though vintage bikes will cost between €2,000 and €10,000 - but  you may also be able to find less costly bikes for around €1,000.

However, if you’re extremely lucky, you might be able to source a gem for around €400-€500, these bikes would have been made for comfort and city travelling as opposed to speed. Often, they will be referred to as Mixte or Randonneurs and provide an interesting and reliable alternative to a more expensive vintage road bike.