[CR] was: speculating on Merckx's Hour Bike value >>> now: top priced vintage bikes

(Example: Bike Shops:R.E.W. Reynolds)

From: "Ben Kamenjas" <kamenjas@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <mailman.4509.1269235314.544.classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 02:48:03 +1100
References:
Subject: [CR] was: speculating on Merckx's Hour Bike value >>> now: top priced vintage bikes


On 22/03/2010, Don Gillie's wrote:
> One way to estimate the value of "The Hour" bike, is by trying to find
> the highest price anyone knows at which a modern bike has changed
> hands? What sort of value is the largest here? $10,000 ?? Maybe for
> a Renee Herse? Does anyone know of a vintage or used (on-topic) bike
> that has changed hands for more than $10,000 ??

Jack Walsh, a former pro track rider was offered $30k for a bike formerly owned (and imported) by Major Taylor when he raced here in Australia. He turned down that offer.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/02/1093939072042.html

I had the chance to see it hanging in his old shop which has since closed. Jack is still alive but with health concerns. I wish I had a chance to take pics and details back then and unfortunately I don't know his family well enough to enquire about the bike now.

Jack wasn't so much God fearing as Taylor, bet he certainly put the fear of God in other riders. Quite a character. http://www.jub.com.au/champions/images/1947scotton1a.jpg

ciao,

Ben Kamenjas
Kensington, Australia