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Old 06-24-09, 09:24 PM
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My favorite is my mystery bike. No brand name or decals of any kind. Paid $40 on the strength of Shimano 105 group with Ultegra - Open 4CD rims. I'm not looking for brand names, I'm looking for downtube shifters, brake types, rims. I can walk by a rack of crap bikes and rule out the junk real fast.
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This is an interesting thread...

While "brand" might be a good starting point (like all those listed already), I'd first look for compoments and frame type. While we may all dream about finding a Campy equipped bike for $20, realistically spotting nice Shimano or Suntour components is a good sign, along with alloy rims and a nice seat.

I've noticed no one has listed Cannondale. While I'm not a huge fan of aluminium frames, Cannondale made some very nice bikes that are now 20+ years old and may be entering garage sale territory. Go back 30 years and add Motobecane and Raleigh to the list, too. Of course, I'd have to snatch up any old Austro Daimler!

Have fun shopping!
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Originally Posted by teambhultima View Post
This is an interesting thread...

I've noticed no one has listed Cannondale. While I'm not a huge fan of aluminium frames, Cannondale made some very nice bikes that are now 20+ years old and may be entering garage sale territory. Go back 30 years....
That's because finding a Cannondale road bike at a yard sale is close to hitting the lottery. In all the time I've spent going to yard sales and all the folks I know that go to yard sales in this area, I've heard of exactly three Cannondale road bikes showing up in the last four years. All three went to veteran flippers who are out looking for bikes by 6:30AM. I was lucky enough to find one of them (a 95 SR500) and I still have it as my #1 back-up road bike. I've taken it on several club rides this year. While vintage aluminum does not bring the bucks good quality steel does, the one exception (at least around here) is Cannondale. Even their old MTBs bring a few dollars more than the competition.
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Originally Posted by NinjaMilitia View Post
With this said, thanks again for those of you interested in advancing the body of knowledge for vintage bicycles. And of course variables such as condition, maintenance and original price bracket must be controlled for. But this is not a scientific measurement--just interested in what sorts of manufacturers and specific models--that may have been mass produced--you still see value in owning. That's all.
The important thing you can take away from this thread is that the brand name is the least important thing you can look for. The marques that are worth looking at are so numerous that it would be insane to try to remember them for the sake of having that knowledge at hand when you see a bike. Go see http://www.classicrendezvous.com/ . There's no way to keep that sorted except by living with the subject for years. Even then memorizing on a model by model basis is a waste of brain capacity.

All of the larger companies made bikes in such a wide range that each bike still needs to be evaluated on its own. There are some companies I really like for giving great value for the money, but when you're buying at a yard sale or pawn shop the top of the line will sell for about the same as the bottom of the line, so even that is out the window.

Bikes are made in such variety by so many companies that letting you believe there are a couple of brand names to look for would be a disservice. Unless you aspire to being the guy who pays too much because an eBay or Craig's List ad happens to mention a brand name you heard of.
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