Finally, as regards bike
> values, a very old and outdated list can be found on the web, and I
> have seen someone email CR about the preparation of a new vintage
> bike price list but, have never heard whether it was completed. Such
> lists are critical in other areas of collecting, especially those
> giving photos and auction values. In fact, even Internet services
> exist giving fine art values arranged by artist, date of sale, etc.
> A service with these features would be very helpful to the vintage
> bike collector, especially the novice.
Now I have finally figured out why this was such a hot topic for some.
The value of something has actually very little to do with the impetus
for collecting- except for those who are collecting with investment in mind. This type of collecting has been the bane of the art world since the fifties, keeping the average working artist from making a living wage cause of the investment concerns of the buyer. reproduction poster
sales exceed the sales of actual paintings, when the framing of these posters can exceed the cost charged by a local artist for a 'real' painti ng.
I guess this is why some collect bikes and don't ride 'em...
Most importantly, I collect them because each one presents a different experience in the saddle. They also look good hanging in the living room between rides. The social implications of the recreational bike are fascinating and experienced while riding. Bike making reflect the impact of technology and production methods and represent one of the few
disciplines where in some cases the hand is working in concert with the machine. Other collectors of bikes are interesting in their perspectives. these are some of the reasons why i collect them.
There are many ways of approaching collecting, pricing lists are certainly not critical for many collectors. It could be a really bad idea for the novice, dictating a profit formula for a collection rather than a love for the object. you can find that stuff on ebay if it is so important.