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  1. New
    Wilier Triestina Ramata 50th Anniversary Bicycle 1980s
    Wilier Triestina Ramata 50th A.. Wilier Triestina Ramata 50th Anniversary Bicycle 1980s
    54 cm
    Refurbished frame. 50th Anniversary grou.. Refurbished frame. 50th Anniversary groupset. Beautiful frame.
    €5,499.00
  2. New
    Colnago Super Krono Time Trial Bicycle 1980s
    Colnago Super Krono Time Trial.. Colnago Super Krono Time Trial Bicycle 1980s
    54 cm
    Very rare. Campagnolo Super Record and C.. Very rare. Campagnolo Super Record and Colnago parts. Collectible.
    Best Offer
  3. Colnago Master Olympic Classic Road Bike
    Colnago Master Olympic Classic.. Colnago Master Olympic Classic Road Bike
    53 cm
    Campagnolo Chrous groupset. C-Record hub.. Campagnolo Chrous groupset. C-Record hubs.
    €2,499.00
  4. New
    -15%
    Marastoni Artisan Road Bike 1970s
    Marastoni Artisan Road Bike 19.. Marastoni Artisan Road Bike 1970s
    54 cm
    Fine frame. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Pan.. Fine frame. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Pantographed, drilled and drilled parts.
    -15%
    Special Price €2,199.00
    Regular Price €2,599.00
  5. New
    Colnago Mexico Gold Plated Road Bicycle 1980s
    Colnago Mexico Gold Plated Roa.. Colnago Mexico Gold Plated Road Bicycle 1980s
    54 cm
    Gold plated fork and stays. Rare. Collec.. Gold plated fork and stays. Rare. Collectible.
    €5,999.00
  6. Cinelli Supercorsa Yellow Road Bicycle 1990s
    Cinelli Supercorsa Yellow Road.. Cinelli Supercorsa Yellow Road Bicycle 1990s
    60 cm
    Top model. Columbus SLX. Rare yellow ori.. Top model. Columbus SLX. Rare yellow original paintjob.
    €2,599.00
  7. -25%
    CBT Italia Executive Classic Racing Bike 1980s
    CBT Italia Executive Classic R.. CBT Italia Executive Classic Racing Bike 1980s
    60 cm
    Artisanal frame. Crimped tubes. Shimano .. Artisanal frame. Crimped tubes. Shimano 600 Ultegra.
    -25%
    Special Price €899.00
    Regular Price €1,199.00
  8. -29%
    Cannondale CAAD3 Road Bike 1999
    Cannondale CAAD3 Road Bike 199.. Cannondale CAAD3 Road Bike 1999
    60 cm
    Profiled aluminium tubes. Shimano 105 gr.. Profiled aluminium tubes. Shimano 105 groupset. Carbon fork.
    -29%
    Special Price €999.00
    Regular Price €1,399.00
  9. -25%
    Peugeot Ventoux Classic Road Bike 1987
    Peugeot Ventoux Classic Road B.. Peugeot Ventoux Classic Road Bike 1987
    60 cm
    Nice condition. Reynolds tubing. Nice condition. Reynolds tubing.
    -25%
    Special Price €599.00
    Regular Price €799.00
  10. Colnago Super Roma Collectible Road Bicycle from 1968
    Colnago Super Roma Collectible.. Colnago Super Roma Collectible Road Bicycle from 1968
    53 cm
    Extrem Selten. Erste Gen. Colnago Super .. Extrem Selten. Erste Gen. Colnago Super Modell mit Originalausstattung aus 1968.
    Best Offer
  11. -18%
    Nevi Titanio Excellent Road Bike
    Nevi Titanio Excellent Road Bi.. Nevi Titanio Excellent Road Bike
    54 cm
    Italian titanium frame. Dura-Ace 7800 gr.. Italian titanium frame. Dura-Ace 7800 groupset. Carbon bars.
    -18%
    Special Price €1,799.00
    Regular Price €2,199.00
  12. -21%
    Cinelli Supercorsa Classic Road Bicycle 1982
    Cinelli Supercorsa Classic Roa.. Cinelli Supercorsa Classic Road Bicycle 1982
    60 cm
    Last version with the long 3-dotted lugs.. Last version with the long 3-dotted lugs . Campagnolo Super Record. Cinelli parts.
    -21%
    Special Price €2,599.00
    Regular Price €3,290.00
  13. -30%
    Cinelli S.C. Super Corsa Classic Bike 1960s
    Cinelli S.C. Super Corsa Class.. Cinelli S.C. Super Corsa Classic Bike 1960s
    60 cm
    Early version. Campagnolo parts. Refurbi.. Early version. Campagnolo parts. Refurbished.
    -30%
    Special Price €3,399.00
    Regular Price €4,890.00
  14. -17%
    Pavarin by Vanni Losa Road Frame 1980s
    Pavarin by Vanni Losa Road Fra.. Pavarin by Vanni Losa Road Frame 1980s
    54 cm
    Columbus SLX. Chromed fork. Original pai.. Columbus SLX. Chromed fork. Original paintjob.
    -17%
    Special Price €499.00
    Regular Price €599.00
  15. -40%
    Méral Grand Prix Classic Road Bike NOS
    Méral Grand Prix Classic Road.. Méral Grand Prix Classic Road Bike NOS
    53 cm
    NOS condition. Steel lugged frame. 1980s.. NOS condition. Steel lugged frame. 1980s design.
    -40%
    Special Price €599.00
    Regular Price €999.00
  16. Romani Large Size Road Bike NEW and NOS
    Romani Large Size Road Bike NE.. Romani Large Size Road Bike NEW and NOS
    65 cm
    Just NOS and New parts. Suited for tall .. Just NOS and New parts. Suited for tall riders.
    €999.00
  17. Wilier Triestina Superleggera Ramata Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Wilier Triestina Superleggera .. Wilier Triestina Superleggera Ramata Classic Road Bike 1980s
    54 cm
    Pantographed parts. Columbus SPX. Cinell.. Pantographed parts. Columbus SPX. Cinelli lugs.
    Sold
  18. Di Lorenzo Performance Road Frame Set
    Di Lorenzo Performance Road Fr.. Di Lorenzo Performance Road Frame Set
    53 cm
    Pantographed stem and shifters included... Pantographed stem and shifters included. Columbus tubes. Original condition.
    Sold
  19. -54%
    Berma Professional Aero Frame Set 1980s
    Berma Professional Aero Frame .. Berma Professional Aero Frame Set 1980s
    54 cm
    Artisanal frame. Columbus air fork. Refu.. Artisanal frame. Columbus air fork. Refurbished.
    -54%
    Special Price €599.00
    Regular Price €1,299.00
  20. -22%
    Faliero Masi Special Classic Road Bicycle 1960s
    Faliero Masi Special Classic R.. Faliero Masi Special Classic Road Bicycle 1960s
    54 cm
    Early Record groupset. Universal, Nisi, .. Early Record groupset. Universal, Nisi, Brooks. Refurbished frame. Rare.
    -22%
    Special Price €2,899.00
    Regular Price €3,699.00
  21. Scapin KS-25 Road Frame Set 1990s
    Scapin KS-25 Road Frame Set 19.. Scapin KS-25 Road Frame Set 1990s
    54 cm
    Internal lugs. Campagnolo headset and bb.. Internal lugs. Campagnolo headset and bb. Size 54.
    €599.00
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Vintage Bicycles

What is a vintage bicycle?

aVintage 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. 

 

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. 

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 your 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. 

 

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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

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. 

The most famous vintage bike brands

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.