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Old 09-25-19, 08:19 AM
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Finally going to fully document my collection

I have some time to finally get this done and I want to make an organized list that documents the important information. Also, thoroughly photograph each one.

Columns:
Year
Make
Model
Size
Serial #
Style
Purchase price
Appraised value
Notes

Anything i should add to that?

Here's the list of bikes I'm documenting:
1917 Davis Sewing machine Co., truss frame
1935 Wards-Hawthorn Duralium
1936 Colson, long wheelbase
1946 Schwinn New World
1949 Wards-Hawthorn Comet
1950's Rochet, mixte
1950's Bianchi Milano
1962? Schwinn Continental
1963 Rene Herse Sportif
1966 Hetchins Magnum Opus
1969 Alex Singer Touring
1971 Benotto, touring
1972 Schwinn Paramount p13-9
1972 Raleigh Super Course
1972? Motobecane Grand Record
1975 Schwinn Paramount Tandem
1978? Mercian Vincintore
1978 Bianchi Rekord 748
1979 Jack Taylor Tourist
1979? Austro-Daimler Vent Noir II
1981 Guerciotti frame
1982? Olmo
1982? Bob Jackson touring
1982 Colnago Super
1982 Trek 610?
1982 Woodrup Touring
1983 Richard Sachs
1984? Razesa Elite
1984 Univega Rover Ten
1984 Centurion Pro Tour 15
1984 Bridgestone Blouson
1984 3Rensho Super Record Export
1985 Trek 510
1985 Mongoose MTB BMX
1985? Raleigh City lite
1985 Medici Pro Strada, timetrial
1985? Specialized Allez SE
1986 Alenax TP-250
1986 Alenax MX-5000
1987 Sparta Cornwall
1987 Somec Air
1987 Cannondale SR800 Black Lightning
1991 Columbine, touring
1991? Pinarello Montello frame
1992? Land Shark
1992? Jan de Reus
1993 Serotta Colorado Ti
1993 Specialized Epic Pro Carbon
1993 Klein Quantum II
1993 GT Team USA
1994 Kona Hei Hei
1994 Schwinn Paramount Series R-30
1995 Trailmate Funcycle
1995? F. Moser Leader AX frame
1997 Schwinn S-20
1997 GT LTS-3
1997 Cannondale Super V 2000
1999 Cannondale Silk Path 700
2001 Klein Quantum
2001 Giant Prodigy DX
2002 Giant Simple
2004 Giant Simple
2004 Merlin Cielo
2005 Kestrel Evoke
2010 Mercier Kilo Pro TT
2012 Masi Speciale Fixed
2013 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod
2015 Surly Disc Trucker
2015 Electra Moto1
2016 Foundry Overland
2016 Cannondale Contro 3
2016 Cannondale Bad Habit 1

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Old 09-25-19, 09:33 AM
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Last service
known or estimated age of tires

code the purchase price- often not relevant
would just reduce any insurance claim
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Component set, last serviced, outstanding requirements.
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Need to see that GT LTS, they are beautiful but hard to find too
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Originally Posted by Nahuel_B58 View Post
Need to see that GT LTS, they are beautiful but hard to find too
Still on my to-do list
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Old 09-25-19, 10:53 AM
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Still on my to-do list
gorgeous.
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Maybe more than you want to hassle with, but what about -

ST length
TT length
Cstay length
wheelbase
head and seat angles
trail
fork rake

I have recently started recording that information with recent acquisitions and need to go back and get the rest of my little fleet's numbers.
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Old 09-25-19, 11:02 AM
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That's quite a collection, more so if most are ridable.
Especially intriqued by 60s & 70s.

I occasionally miss my 72 SuperCourse.

Very few have a 70bike+frame collection.
How many of the roadies are close to 60cm?

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Old 09-25-19, 11:22 AM
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Damn, nice collection!

Add a URL link to pictures - Would love it if you were to post to Flickr or some other photo share site!
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Thanks everyone!

Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Very few have a 70bike+frame collection.
How many of the roadies are close to 60cm?
Only a few aren't rideable. All of them, I ride a 59-62cm
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+1 for photos. Would love to see all the pre 1970s
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Originally Posted by Nahuel_B58 View Post
Need to see that GT LTS, they are beautiful but hard to find too
Here's my LTS2 that was given to me. All I have done to it is change the brake pads
My granddaughter riding my GT LTS2
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Here's my LTS2 that was given to me. All I have done to it is change the brake pads
My granddaughter riding my GT LTS2
Those are beautiful bikes, i broke my wrist but as soon as i get well i'm looking hardly to buy one. Here in Uruguay i only saw one for sale in facebook, for about 80 dollar, fully original, but i did not have the money at that time. As i like to hammer every bike i have, i'm planning to do that in a safe and sporty way so as soon as i get a LTS i will start to practice and learn about downhill and mountain biking
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Originally Posted by M A V View Post
Only a few aren't rideable. All of them, I ride a 59-62cm

O...M...G!

What city are you in?
doG, please be PNW USA.

Let me check to see it there something I have, you don't.
Likely something to visit with and 'trade for a day'.
And too many of mine are 58s for ya, but with long stems.

I've totally missed your pics, and not one to search a person's threads.
Chapeau to you.
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It's important to document your collection.
I use Pedal Room, and need to go back there and update almost everything.
There are places for pics, the group, serial #, etc.
Great help in case of a fire, theft, damages, etc.

I read this thread last night and documented my wheels, frames, groups, and full bikes.
Then I had to go out and get someone to beat some sense into me.
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Are you going to use a spreadsheet, database, text document?
C&V #2 pencil and paper?
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
It's important to document your collection.
I use Pedal Room, and need to go back there and update almost everything.
There are places for pics, the group, serial #, etc.
Great help in case of a fire, theft, damages, etc.

I read this thread last night and documented my wheels, frames, groups, and full bikes.
Then I had to go out and get someone to beat some sense into me.
The problem comes in with the bikes that don't have a S/N.

I track:

S/N (when present)
Brand
Model
Year of manufacture/model year
Frame material
Primary color
Wheel size
Tire size
Nation of origin (gets complicated when it's something like a Palo Alto, or Koga Miyata)
Primary component group
Handle bar style
Whether it has racks/fenders
Overall condition
Identifying features
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WOW, now that's a collection.

Where do you keep them all???

If you had the time, you could create a website to document them all.

Main page could be a Brief intro, Group Photo if possible, then a spreadsheet listing them by year, then Brand.

Each bike on spredsheet would have a clickable link opening a new page, showing several pics of the bike, specs and any interesting facts, thoughts and experiences with the bike.

This would be really easy to do, one main folder, sub folder for each bike, with pages and pics in each folder. While in college I was taking a class on HTML and we had to make a site for something. At the time I was in a pretty big Custom Car/Truck Club. We had 18+ members and went to shows almost every weekend during the season. I did a website for our club, its members and Vehicles.

It got a surprising amount of hits and comments.
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My suggestion: Flickr. Text is fine, but pictures are what we want to see. If your goal is to have a personal database, do whatever you want. If your goal is to share the information, pictures!

Flickr will allow you to post up to 1,000 pictures for free, at full resolution, and you have plenty of text area to include all the information suggested, above. You could have a dozen pictures of each bike and still be under 1,000.

It wouldn't be a searchable database, however, if that's what you want.

But as you probably already know, pictures or it didn't happen!
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I documented my Colnago in Word with one DS overall pic. I will have to look it up. I think I included frame material/configuration (531 db, Columbus Alle, etc.) I also added text description. Don't know if I added history..... Nope. I did a complete multiple page doc on the Trek 610 capturing the metamorphosis up to a point with all the details. Flickr became my database by album, pictures are fast and typing is much slower.
There are other interests that need documentation as well, that way maybe someone will appreciate what I collected and why after I am gone!
Here is my Flickr page, should you want to be overwhelmed with useless pics. Most are bike related. They all are not the best pics but rather all the pics, semi organized! Not all bikes/parts pictured are still in the stash. Not all the stash is on Flickr.
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Thanks everyone. Yes, there will be lots of photos. The database will be for me, for insurance and my family, should I not be around to describe everything.

I like the idea of Pedal Room, I could throughly document everything in one place.

Here's a few of them in my basement.
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Wow my wife needs to see this! She will maybe think I am more “normal” than she does presently. Nice collection!
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Thanks everyone. Yes, there will be lots of photos. The database will be for me, for insurance and my family, should I not be around to describe everything.

I like the idea of Pedal Room, I could throughly document everything in one place.

Here's a few of them in my basement.
Holy!!! Looks like your own bike shop...
I dig it...

Also think, the "The Pedal Room" would be a cool name for a website chronicling your collection.
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If your goal is to share the information, pictures!
Yes. I don't see any point of writing anything other than year/make/model/dimensions with photo documentation. Its best for insurance or selling. Words are pretty much worthless.

And quite frankly, if you don't want your collection to be a burden on your family, get rid of it while it's your burden. A written database won't help make anything easier.
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