Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Serial Numbers?

Old 03-27-10, 05:59 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Serial Numbers?

What information, if any, can a serial number provide about a bike?
Claude7629 is offline  
Old 03-27-10, 04:12 PM
Thrifty Bill
wrk101's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,360

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 90 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1169 Post(s)
Liked 780 Times in 528 Posts
Depends on the bike, often not much.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 03-27-10, 04:22 PM
Picchio Special
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 5,060

Bikes: '39 Hobbs, '58 Marastoni, '73 Italian custom, '75 Wizard, '76 Wilier, '78 Tom Kellogg, '79 Colnago Super, '79 Sachs, '81 Masi Prestige, '82 Cuevas, '83 Picchio Special, '84 Murray-Serotta, '85 Trek 170, '89 Bianchi, '90 Bill Holland, '94 Grandis

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Sometimes serial numbers can be deciphered. Sometimes they're purely sequential, other times they use a system that includes dating and/or sizing information. They can also incorporate letters in addition to numbers that can have meaning. To give but one example, Raleighs that have an "SB" serial number prefix are upper-level frames crafted at Raleigh's famous Special Bicycle Developments Unit at Ilkeston. Therefore, one of the first questions to ask upon spotting a frame or bike in the famous Ti Raleigh red-black-yellow livery is, "What's the serial number?" I was just talking to someone yesterday about the system used on the 7-Eleven team bikes, and I believe we've learned something new about dating those. Learning serial number systems and their meaning goes on and on - though sometimes there isn't much meaning there.
Picchio Special is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Classic & Vintage
07-22-19 01:35 AM
06-26-19 10:16 AM
08-15-17 12:20 AM
Classic & Vintage
07-25-15 02:46 PM
Classic & Vintage
10-11-11 04:45 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.