Vintage bicycles are a unique investment. They draw excitement from bicycle enthusiasts and now forward thinking investors because they do not lose their value over time, but simply increase in value year upon year. Often, many of the rare bicycles were only manufactured for a year and rode by cycling legends, they are few and far between and their history is much more interesting than the stock market. At Steel Vintage Bikes we have been lucky enough to have been graced by many of the rarest and most valued bicycles in the world. Therefore, we present to you the 10 most collectible bikes at Steel Vintage Bikes... A little insider knowledge we want to share with you!
The aesthetics of this bike are so gentle on the eye and the craftsmanship has allowed the bicycle to stand the test of time. This is one rare beauty and with each passing year they become harder and harder to find.
The ‘lugs’ give the Colnago a very distinct look and the frameset is shaped to maximize the advantages of steels riding qualities. This produces an unforgettable ride on quite simply a most beautiful bicycle. Right, just the problem of finding one now….
Ramata translates to copper coated and it is this that gives these bicycle frames their distinct finish. Just look at it, absolutely impeccable, if you look you can even see your own reflection. This is the Wilier Triestina trademark and if these bicycles are anything to go by, Bassano Del Grappa is most definitely worth visiting.
What really separates this bicycle from the rest is that it paved the way for the future of cycling. It was one of the first bikes to fit the double standard chain-set and have the first cable operated Campagnolo derailleur. Additionally, one of the many factors that contribute to this bicycle being so rare is that it was only manufactured for one year. Due to Coppi’s winning ways, the model and name were changed to reflect this.
A breakthrough in workmanship, this bicycle embodies the nature of its hero; Fausto Coppi.
Designed and engineered in their Moza workshops in Italy, the Casati Gold Line is a top of the range model. The workmanship is exquisite. The Gold Line is made of Columbus SLX tubes with added details, such as chainstays with typical Casati ribbing, brake bridge and lugs with Casati engravings. Of course, the finishing touch is the real gold plated forks and chainstays.
Luckily for you, SVB have this masterpiece of a bicycle waiting to go to a new home. If attention to detail, excellent and refined craftsmanship is what you look for in a bicycle, then the Casati Gold Line is for you.
This impacts the rider by allowing them to have more control, becoming completely intertwined with the bicycle. The twin tubes placed on the outside edges of the bb-shell provide a rigid structure that is second to none. This bicycle really comes alive on hill climbs and sprints, leaving the rest behind in its dust trail. The bright yellow and green shine of the bicycle becomes a spec on the horizon, as we question ourselves for not buying such a wonderfully designed bike.
Handcrafted and equipped with only the best components of its time, Italians just seem to have a way with bicycles. This epitomises vintage cycling. It is difficult to choose whether to hang this bicycle from the wall or to find the nearest open road and simply relive 1940s racing. At SVB the open road would be too much temptation with this bicycle!
This bicycle frame is super light but stiff from the Colombus SLX tubes which feature the iconic Diamante Chainstays. An instant classic steeped in history, that’s made with love from Italy.
Legnano would be a company that no longer exists without Bianchi or Freust & Wolsit. That makes this bicycle extra special, made within the glory days of Legnano dominating the sport. A truly historic piece of work, that allows the rider to seamlessly go back to a classic cycling era.
Keep your eye out on what bicycles we have in store, as when one of these beauties passes through our workshop they certainly don't stay around for long!