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Old 01-07-11, 01:54 AM
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Classic bike or good used ride

I think that I posted in the wrong place.
I am a newly interested rider. I am looking to purchase a 1992 Cannondale Super V2000. I found one on craigslist for $450. But it sold before I could purchase it. Now I am looking at one that is about the same only the owner says that it is worth $1500 because it is a collector's item. Whaat?

What makes a bike a "classic" or collector's item anyways?

Thank you in advance for your comments.
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"Classic" - it's subjective, really, like the phrase "old school." Some folks might say it's a bike made before 1990, while others might say pre-1980, etc.

Some typical aspects of a "classic" bike are:
- friction shifting or early indexed (no brifters or thumbies)
- no disc brakes or V-brakes (cantis, center-pulls, side-pull calipers are common)
- made of steel, usually lugged
- frame handmade by a well-known and respected builder or marque (not a mass-produced production bike)

i'm being as broad as possible here.

what is a "collector's item"? Either a bike with a unique, prove-able story (such as it was ridden in the Tour De France, with documentation that backs that up) or a bike with a known community of enthusiasts. For example, Bridgestone bikes of the Grant Petersen era, Japanese Keirin track bikes, 70's era Italian road bikes, Rene Herse randonneur or touring bikes, etc etc.

good question to ask yourself is, "do i really care if it's a collector's item"? if you're not a collector, or interested in re-selling it to a collector, then you should be more concerned with finding a bike you want that's in your price range.
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