No pictures but I've been wondering:
Mostly every bike (or object for that matter) goes through a devaluation cycle throughout it’s life span whether it’s a Schwinn Varsity or a Colnago.
So what is the magic year where a bike’s value plateaus and no longer goes down in value and when does it go back up (if it does)?
Naturally there are many factors that make the answer less apples to apples like:
- condition of the bike (visual and structural damage, new old stock / never used, new in box)
- replaced, removed or upgraded components
- inflation - of course a 20 year old bike that on average sells for $150 and still does (hypothetically) when its 30 years old actually did go down further in value
But for the sake of keeping it simple let’s say the bike is in good used condition (no structural damage, minor scuffs & scratches) with the original setup and newer disposable items like tires / tubes, bar tape.
As a C&V bike lover I’m always playing this out in my mind when I see something interesting on CL or Ebay and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So what do you think? 15 years, 25…
P.s. forgive me if this question has already been discussed