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Old 10-24-17, 08:06 AM   #1
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NOS 1960's Bridgestone 161 Picnica

Can't seem to get any comparables or value on this bike. I picked it up yesterday. Are tires available and is it rare. The chrome fork and stay tips are still wrapped in factory paper coverings It is from the 1960's and has a 2 speed rear huband coaster brake combo. Any info will be appreciated
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Old 10-24-17, 01:34 PM   #2
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Yep gorgeous. I'm not aware of a nos vintage folding bike market. So value is not available as such. My own guess is you're looking at a couple of $100, perhaps as high as 5 if you're lucky and the right buyer is found.
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Curiosity?

I answered A CL add that simply said "Folding bicycle $100" , met and took it home.
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There was another model (sometimes also labeled Picnica) with belt drive that Bridgestone USA imported for a few years in the '80s. It was a quirky design that kinda collapsed back on itself to make kind of a "stick fold" like the Strida. The one you have is probably from Japan or Thailand, and probably one of hundreds of thousands. I doubt it carries much value in the US, but a brand new one would certainly be rare here. Keep it!

I think the tires are 16", you'll have to look for the numbers 305 or 349 on the sidewall to determine exactly which it is.
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There was another model (sometimes also labeled Picnica) with belt drive that Bridgestone USA imported for a few years in the '80s. It was a quirky design that kinda collapsed back on itself to make kind of a "stick fold" like the Strida. The one you have is probably from Japan or Thailand, and probably one of hundreds of thousands. I doubt it carries much value in the US, but a brand new one would certainly be rare here. Keep it!

I think the tires are 16", you'll have to look for the numbers 305 or 349 on the sidewall to determine exactly which it is.
It is from Japan has 12" tires and a 2 speed rear hub witha coaster brake
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Want a price, Why? you want to flip it for maximum gain? Auction site let the buyers compete for it.
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Yes but!!!!!! Shipping and endless complaints after the sale, I prefer face to face l would sell here but I hav'nt heard of much success . setting the price is difficult -----Nov 12 17, I robbed a set of 16" wheels and tires off a little kids bike so I can ride this thing with-out blowing the original tubes or tires. It will be a single speed instead of a 3 speed but I can get the feel for it

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Yes but!!!!!! Shipping and endless complaints after the sale, I prefer face to face l would sell here but I hav'nt heard of much success . setting the price is difficult
You could try $450 on Craigslist ;-)
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Yes but!!!!!! Shipping and endless complaints after the sale, I prefer face to face l would sell here but I hav'nt heard of much success . setting the price is difficult -----Nov 12 17, I robbed a set of 16" wheels and tires off a little kids bike so I can ride this thing with-out blowing the original tubes or tires. It will be a single speed instead of a 3 speed but I can get the feel for it
I am looking forward to comparing this to the old green Raleigh folders
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The used old folder market is pretty small. I think the collectors have a tendancy to buy them very inexpensively. Unless this bike had some sentimental value to a potential customer I doubt you will get a premium out of it. Good luck
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