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When is a bicycle considered "vintage"?

Old 03-29-20, 06:14 AM
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When is a bicycle considered "vintage"?

And what factors are considered -

Age?
Design parameters?
Frame and component materials?
Other?

Just curious.

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Steel with downtube shifter bosses built before '91
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Steel with downtube shifter bosses built before '91
The problem is the Cannondale, which is vintage, but not "vintage". Alan and Vitus classics goof that up as well.

I think Cannondale and Vitus ushered in the new era with the big tube and glued carbon fiber. I have yet to ride a carbon fiber bike incidentally.
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For me, a bike that is 25 years old qualifies as vintage.
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When someone is willing to pay more than you think the bike is worth.
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
When someone is willing to pay more than you think the bike is worth.
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oh no, not this again.
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25 years according to the automobile industry..................... when you go to register that is.


IMO....it's anything up to 1980
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There is no answer one to this question.

Here on Bike Forums we're a pretty inclusive bunch. Post up pics of what you have.
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For me it's when mainstream manufacturers switched over from lugged steel for their high-end bikes to aluminum frames.
Depending on the sort of bike and manufacturer that can be as late as 1997 as can be seen in this timeline animation I made from the Koga-Miyata brochures for the SilverAce.

And even then it can be fun to see that some manufacturers continued to make aluminum frames with steel forks up until 2004.

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Nice slideshow JaccoW !

If I like it it's "Classic."
If it's older than my daughter it's "vintage."
If it's older than me it's "antique."

All moving targets.
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When it's old & red.
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Old 03-29-20, 11:01 AM
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When it looks like this....
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Old 03-29-20, 12:22 PM
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We already decided the cutoff is 1988.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
We already decided the cutoff is 1988.
I don't accept a date that is barely a year after I was born. At the very least let me get some bikes in from my youth.
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I don't accept a date that is barely a year after I was born. At the very least let me get some bikes in from my youth.
You're too young to know what vintage is.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
For me, a bike that is 25 years old qualifies as vintage.
I agree with this. "Vintage" specifies an age, not a criteria of someone's opinion about it's build, materials, or componentry.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
We already decided the cutoff is 1988.
"We"? Who is we?
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Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
"We"? Who is we?
The collective "c&v we." I'll try to pull up the thread where we all decided this very democratically and judiciously, but it may have been permanently removed to protect voter anonymity. Several votes didn't count for a host of serious issues, including lack of voting rights, gross lack of experience, and improper stable. You may have fallen in one of those categories or were out of town. The next vote on this topic is planned for 2032, so be sure to participate in accordance with our bylaws. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Marylander View Post
You're too young to know what vintage is.
I think this is the point where I say: #OkBoomer
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There's a certain smell.

Hard to describe, but you know it when it hits you.
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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
I think this is the point where I say: #OkBoomer
Hey, I'm not quite that old though (I'm Gen X)! I would agree with your timeline on vintage bikes though. That would cover the bikes I was riding when I was in my teens/early 20s (and that I traded for a 15" delta thicknessing planer during a period when I wasn't riding ).
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Vintage = When bikes were lugged steel. Better ones were butted CrMo. End of discussion.
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