Regina said:Hi there.
I picked up an old Schwinn Cruiser at a yard sale. The seller claimed it was 1950's vintage, but I didn't believe it. Since she took $11 for it, and it was a cool bike, I figured "What the heck."
I checked out oldroads.com, and saw that you can check the serial number of a Schwinn against a list and determine the manufacture date. According to the list (or rather, my interpretation of how to read the list), the bike was built in November, 1983 (just a bit off from the 1950's).
So, assuming I successfully uploaded pictures of it in all its dusty glory, is this bike really considered vintage, or is it just an old bike?
What makes an old bike vintage? Is there some magical age? Is it obsolete parts (like a 1" treaded headset)? What?
Some folks say down tube shifters, some say Campy Super Record. Others draw the line at about 1985/1986 when the louder fade frame paint jobs came into vogue.Dave Hickey said:
Exactly. My '85 Caprice Classic is certainly old, but I don't think I'd consider it a classic. Even though it thinks it is.SantaCruz said:i think of "vintage or classic" as bikes which are collectable, at least something more than just old.