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Old 07-27-06, 03:39 PM   #1
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Is My Bike Worth Something?

How can you tell if your bike is a classic worth money or just an old classic? I have found a couple of bikes at my Grandpa's house that look to be eather worth something or just a pice of old crap. The internet is not helping me much. The better looking bike is not very used. It has a AMF decal and is made in England.

Should i sell them for $15 or clean them up and sell them for more money?

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I don't recall AMF as a high end manufacturer... My vision of AMF is department store level... But, I have no direct knowledge, just a gut feel.

In general (with a few exceptions) the only old bikes that are worth a lot of money were also worth a lot when they were new.

A Schwinn Paramount is worth a lot of money... and it cost a lot new. As you work down the Schwinn line they cost less new, and are worth less now. The same with most of the other makes.

You won't get much selling a bike unless it is obviously something from long long ago (I am talking 1940's or earlier) or you had a member of the family who was an avid cyclist and invested in a high quality bike.

If they are some old 10 speeds that people bought during the 70's and 80's they are not worth much, even if they may be perfectly fine bikes and great to ride. They just won't have the modern equipment that some people want, nor the allure of a Reynolds 531 or Columbus frame that some others would want.

There is a chance that you will run across a bike that has value because many people want one like they used to have... the nostalgic effect, but that is a crap shoot. For example, old Schwinn Stingrays are one of the exceptions. Relatively inexpensive when new, but a little pricey now, because many people have fond memories of when they had one (or wanted one) as a kid.

Pictures may help, and you may want to try the Classic & Vintage forum for specifics about old bikes.
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Old 07-27-06, 05:01 PM   #3
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After 1950:
Easy, grab the frame in the middle and lift up. Is it light wieght? Expensive bikes are very light.

Beyond that look for names stamped on parts and see if there are any of the usual top names. There may be a part worth a few bucks on a bike that is worth $0.

Before 1950:
You are talking real and close to antiques. These might take research.
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Easy, grab the frame in the middle and lift up. Is it light wieght? Expensive bikes are very light.
That's a pretty ****ty test by the way. A picture would be a million times more informative.
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Post this in Classic and Vintage, you'll get some info on the AMF from England. AMF was a common bike brand in the U.S. for a long time, I had a banana seat AMF bike back in the sixties, and my aunt actually worked at the AMF plant that made the bike. We're not from England, heh, heh, at least not recently. Anyway, the AMF bikes are generally department store quality as stated above. But I do remember something about Raleigh (think Nottingham, England) making some bikes for AMF and rebadging them as AMF's. That's probably what you have. Probably not worth much in dollars, but maybe kind of a cool part of bicycling history. Lots of Raleigh buffs in C and V............One other note about AMF, they bought Harley-Davidson back in the early '70's (some Harley folks think this was a dark period for Harley, I believe), but they no longer own the H-D brand. Good luck with the bike-
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Thanks for the help! I am trying to get pictures but the bikes are up at my gandpas house. He is trying to send me the pics. but he is old and cant use a computer He said they where not top of the line bikes but where made in Europe some ware. it is a bike that has alot of child-hood memories to most older people.

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Your AMF bike is probably a Hercules which was owned by Raleigh at the time and sold under the AMF brand. I bought one in about 1973-4. It came with Huret Alvit derailleurs, a Wright leather saddle, and a steel cottered crank. It weighed about 34 pounds, but it taught me to love riding.
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Your AMF bike is probably a Hercules which was owned by Raleigh
Yes! I do not have much details on my AMF bike. But i have just found out that it is a hurcules. Made by somebody else. It is heavy, very! I hope to have pic. and more details tommoro.
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i have more info on the bikes. there where bought at a gas station/food store. my grandpa paid $10 for the both of them. They are cheap and worthless. I talked to a bike collector in Door County and he said they where cheap. I think I might've gotten a little exsited with these bikes. I am going to bring them home and clean them up. They still look pretty cool. sorry for not knowing what im doing.

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