Vintage Bicycles

  1. Lapierre Classic Road Bike 1997
    Lapierre Classic Road Bike 199.. Lapierre Classic Road Bike 1997
    53 cm
    Ovalized tubes. Triple chainring. Ovalized tubes. Triple chainring.
    €799.00
  2. Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bik.. Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bike 1980s
    59 cm
    Reynolds 531. Nice parts. Reynolds 531. Nice parts.
    €899.00
  3. Peugeot Performance 5003 Road Bicycle 1997
    Peugeot Performance 5003 Road .. Peugeot Performance 5003 Road Bicycle 1997
    53.5 cm
    Reynolds 553 tubing. Festina team colour.. Reynolds 553 tubing. Festina team colours. Triple chainring.
    €799.00
  4. Motobecane C4C Classic Road Bike 1978
    Motobecane C4C Classic Road Bi.. Motobecane C4C Classic Road Bike 1978
    54 cm
    Columbus tubing. Titanium derailleur. Columbus tubing. Titanium derailleur.
    €1,399.00
  5. Toni Redl Classic Road Bicycle 1978
    Toni Redl Classic Road Bicycle.. Toni Redl Classic Road Bicycle 1978
    54.5 cm
    Reynolds 531.Full Campagnolo Nuovo Recor.. Reynolds 531.Full Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Refurbished.
    €1,999.00
  6. Guazzini Zeus Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Guazzini Zeus Classic Road Bik.. Guazzini Zeus Classic Road Bike 1980s
    53 cm
    Refurbished frame. Nice Zeus parts. Tuni.. Refurbished frame. Nice Zeus parts. Tuning FT Bologna hubs. Regina Extra titanium freewheel.
    €1,699.00
  7. Peugeot Bretagne P15LS Mixte Ladies Road Bicycle 1989
    Peugeot Bretagne P15LS Mixte L.. Peugeot Bretagne P15LS Mixte Ladies Road Bicycle 1989
    50 cm
    Stable frame. Large rack. Stable frame. Large rack.
    €699.00
  8. Pinarello Gavia Banesto Classic Road Bike 1990s
    Pinarello Gavia Banesto Classi.. Pinarello Gavia Banesto Classic Road Bike 1990s
    57 cm
    Banesto team colors. Columbus tubing. Ca.. Banesto team colors. Columbus tubing. Campagnolo Record 8-speed.
    €2,799.00
  9. Peugeot PH15T Anglais Ladies Bike 1986
    Peugeot PH15T Anglais Ladies B.. Peugeot PH15T Anglais Ladies Bike 1986
    57 cm
    Nice original condition. "Anglais" step-.. Nice original condition. "Anglais" step-through frame.
    €699.00
  10. Legnano Tipo Roma Classic Road Bicycle 1952
    Legnano Tipo Roma Classic Road.. Legnano Tipo Roma Classic Road Bicycle 1952
    57.5 cm
    Legendary model. Original condition. Fal.. Legendary model. Original condition. Falck tubing. Campagnolo Gran Sport.
    €2,499.00
  11. Bianchi Campione del Mondo Road Bike 1950s
    Bianchi Campione del Mondo Roa.. Bianchi Campione del Mondo Road Bike 1950s
    57 cm
    Top notch model. Campagnolo Shifting. Re.. Top notch model. Campagnolo Shifting. Refurbished frame.
    Sold
  12. Wilier Ramata Classic Road Bike 1978
    Wilier Ramata Classic Road Bik.. Wilier Ramata Classic Road Bike 1978
    53 cm
    Original Condition. Campagnolo Record Sh.. Original Condition. Campagnolo Record Shifting. Cromovelato paint.
    €2,499.00
  13. Monark Blå Blixten Classic Rod Bicycle 1950s
    Monark Blå Blixten Classic Ro.. Monark Blå Blixten Classic Rod Bicycle 1950s
    58 cm
    Original paintjob. Simplex shifting. Fil.. Original paintjob. Simplex shifting. Fillet brazed.
    €2,399.00
  14. Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bike 1980
    Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bik.. Peugeot PVN10 Classic Road Bike 1980
    57 cm
    Reynolds 531 tubing. Nice condition. Reynolds 531 tubing. Nice condition.
    €899.00
  15. Camus Aero 7 Profil Road Bike 1981
    Camus Aero 7 Profil Road Bike .. Camus Aero 7 Profil Road Bike 1981
    51 cm
    Aero-tubing. Shimano 600ax parts. Aero-tubing. Shimano 600ax parts.
    €799.00
  16. Mercier Mixte Torpille SJ300 Ladies Bike 1970s
    Mercier Mixte Torpille SJ300 L.. Mercier Mixte Torpille SJ300 Ladies Bike 1970s
    48 cm
    Original Paint. Stable frame. Original Paint. Stable frame.
    €599.00
  17. Motobecane BC12 Diffusion Classic Road Bicycle 1980
    Motobecane BC12 Diffusion Clas.. Motobecane BC12 Diffusion Classic Road Bicycle 1980
    56 cm
    Reliable. Original condition. Reliable. Original condition.
    €699.00
  18. F. Moser FSB Classic Carbon Road Bike1994
    F. Moser FSB Classic Carbon Ro.. F. Moser FSB Classic Carbon Road Bike1994
    50 cm
    Carbon fiber tubes. Steel lugs. Campagno.. Carbon fiber tubes. Steel lugs. Campagnolo parts.
    €1,599.00
  19. Wilier Triestina Superleggera Ramata Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    Wilier Triestina Superleggera .. Wilier Triestina Superleggera Ramata Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    58 cm
    Refurbished Ramata paintjob. Aero routin.. Refurbished Ramata paintjob. Aero routing. Campagnolo Super Record.
    €3,199.00
  20. Francesco Moser Leader AX Road Bike 1991
    Francesco Moser Leader AX Road.. Francesco Moser Leader AX Road Bike 1991
    57 cm
    Fillet brazed frame. Shimano Dura Ace. Fillet brazed frame. Shimano Dura Ace.
    €1,999.00
  21. Colnago Mexico Saronni Red Bicycle 1980s
    Colnago Mexico Saronni Red Bic.. Colnago Mexico Saronni Red Bicycle 1980s
    52 cm
    Saronni red. Campagnolo Super Record. Or.. Saronni red. Campagnolo Super Record. Original paintjob.
    €3,499.00
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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:

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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.