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VALUE AND FRAME SIZE

Size counts.  Small vintage road bicycle frame sets are few and far between.  Not many ladies were into buying Ten Speeds in the early seventies.  Hence, fewer small frame sets.  But today, women are very into the vintage road bicycle scene.  Sadly, there are not enough, small frame vintage bicycles, to go around.  Be prepared to pay bigger for smaller frame bicycles, of bygone days.

Looking at the other end of the scale, one needs to consider the large frame vintage road bicycle.  Those with 60cm seat tubes and larger.  These frame sets are not all that common, but neither is the demand for them.  The population of interested buyers is limited, primarily to men and darn big men at that.  Thus, even with low supply, the low demand keeps monetary value down, at the time of this writing.

Basically, small frame vintage bicycles are those with a 50cm seat tube (measured center to center), or less.  Some vintage road bicycles even offered the sloping top tube, causing the frame to appear even smaller.  However, often times a very short seat tube, will be coupled with a higher bottom bracket.  When this is the case, the stand over height of the bicycle in question will be greater.

The most popular sized vintage road bicycles, fall into the 54cm to 58cm range, with interest declining, as the ends of the spectrum approach.  Bicycles, falling into this size category, target the average person's height.  Most males, five six to six foot, will be able to find something to fit, from this category.  And, to add even more cost value, these sizes fit many women, entering today's vintage bicycle market.  That, of course, equates to increased demand, and corresponding value increases, to boot.

Finally, the bike bike.  Those exceeding the 60cm seat tube measurement.  Not only are these bigger bikes harder to sell, but they often cost more to ship.  More to ship?  Yes, because shipping costs, today, are based on three things - size of the container, weight of the shipment and distance to be shipped.

So, when seeking a bicycle to purchase, know that it is a buyer's market just about every time, for big vintage road bicycles.  Everything else will be comparatively priced, the smaller frame sets, often times, being the easiest to sell.

Another size issue to contend with, sort of, is gender based.  Step Through vintage road bicycles lack the collectable value of their brothers.  This is not as applicable to the Mixte design, which though sporting gender like appearance, are, in fact quite popular with today's vintage crowd.  Expect to pay less for a single bar Step Through.  The Mixte, on the other hand can, and often does, mimic value diamond frame man's gender.  It should be noted, that in today's bicycle world, gender plays a much different roll.  A woman's bike is engineered for the female anatomy, yet looks no different than a man's bike.

Of course, in addition to make, vintage and location, and perhaps gender, at least one more characteristic will impact the value of a bicycle.  Condition.  What state of repair is the bicycle in?  The components?  Can it be test ridden, safely, as it sits?  Is it dirty?  Rusted?  Bent?  Dented? Or just cosmetically challenged?  Any of these situations will negatively impact value.

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