Just about everything that applies to Rene Herse
also is applicable to Alex Singer. The frames were actually constructed by Singer's nephews, Roland
and Ernst Csoka. The bikes Roland
built seem to be somewhat more desirable. In fact, one can still order a frame from the company at their Paris shop today! Singer bikes have all sorts of fun racks and bags and neat brazed on fittings. Of course, there were many race bikes built that lack these features. They do, however, have a level of elegance that few other bikes can ever hope to attain. For the most sought after bikes from the 70's with all sorts of neat proprietary touring goodies, value
s nearing $4000 are possible. Race bikes seem to fetch quite a bit less, perhaps $1500 to $2000. Many Singer bikes came into the U.S through the Cupertino bike shop. Under the guidance of Spence Wolfe, many of these bikes were fitted with parts rather uncharacteristic of French
bikedom - lots of Campy and plenty of Phil Wood. Because of this, Singer bikes can be fitted with just about anything parts wise and still pass accuracy muster. For the bike to be valuable to overseas buyers, though, this parts goofieness just won't do. Because many Singer bikes don't catch the fancy of the will-heeled overseas set, they remain relative bargains in the U.S. Large frame examples, those without just the right goodies, and race bikes, are hard to sell for top dollar. These bikes are so handcrafted and so gorgeous that it is only a matter of time before the second tier gems from the 70's take off in price. In some years only 50 bikes wire produced!
From Sheldon Brown
in the Alex Singer section. You might have something special.