Re: [CR]Collector values of pre versus post 1980s bikes

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Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 11:46:47 -0400
From: "Ken Sanford" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Collector values of pre versus post 1980s bikes
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I fear you are correct in your musings. I don't collect (accumulate) primarily as an investment - although I don't mind turning a buck now and then! Mostly I buy what I like in my size.

So, if you (or anyone else) have any of those rapidly depreciating post-war up to 1960 or so British path racers that you need to part with, let me know! Kevin, I'd be glad to take that old Condor off your hands......

Also, I still need a chrome British made and British threaded headset in excellent or better condition to replace the Campag one presently on my '55 Claud Butler.

Ken Sanford
Kensington, MD

----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin Kruger
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 10:47 AM
Subject: [CR]Collector values of pre versus post 1980s bikes

> Know that's it's been discussed many times before, but in my opinion one
> can equate the vintage bike collecting market to the vintage auto and
> general antique value/interest trends --- i.e., older items loose their
> interest and value as time goes on, or in other words, people tend to
> collect items that remind them of their youth.
> Totally agree with Mike Kone's "collecting/value" perspective for the
> most part.
> For example, muscle cars have far surpassed much earlier cars in value
> (e.g., a Plymouth Road Runner vs. a Model T). I also live in an early
> 19th Century antique PA German brick farmhouse furnished with period
> antiques, with the value of each continuing to plummet as collecting
> interest declines.
> Now there are always exceptions to the above, but I have started to seek
> out 1980-90s vintage frames/machines as future "investments" --- recently
> came back with a HUGE SMILE on my face after riding my 1986 Serotta Team
> Murray (a truly fantastic riding Super Record equipped machine!!!).
> Suspect it's value will increase at a higher rate than my 1970s bikes at
> this point in time.
> Do I still personally love the pre-1980 bikes --- ABSOLUTELY, but
> understand that they won't retain their collecting value as time moves on.
> I'm not too concerned about many of my bikes future value, as I will be
> riding them until the day I die -- then maybe some unscrupulous dealer can
> attempt to scam my wife by telling her they are worthless since no one
> rides these things anymore.
> Things will always be worth what someone is willing to pay for them, like
> it or not.
> Regards,
> Kevin Kruger - Grantville, PA
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