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Retro Bikes Resources? Where to find?(3 posts)

Retro Bikes Resources? Where to find?funknuggets
May 16, 2002 6:24 AM
Hey all, my neighbor, knowing I was an avid cyclist rolled up on a 1948 Peugot 3-speed with the fenders, lights and all the works. It even had a bell, original leather seat and tires. Altogether a pretty sharp bike for its age. He wants to know what to do with it or how to value it. I have no clue, but I do know that the shop owner who just trued the wheels offered a ~$1000 new road bike for it. Any suggestions? (BTW, he got it for $45 at a garage sale and has since put $250 into it for new chain, tuneup, tubes, etc)
re: Retro Bikes Resources?SteveS
May 16, 2002 10:50 AM
Do a search on Sheldon Brown, his website makes some effort to price old bicycles.
re: Retro Bikes Resources? Where to find?Walter
May 16, 2002 12:23 PM
Don't want to shill for another site but has 2 discussion sites that could be useful. One is the Vintage Lightweight board that's quite active another is the English Roadster board that isn't quite as active but has a # of people who really seem to know their internally geared vintage roadsters. As the name suggests most of the people there collect Raleighs and other Brit bikes but I'll bet there's some Peugeot people around too.

FWIW a $1000 trade value surpasses anything I've seen an old roadster go for. I'm not real big into 3 speeds but really nice Raleighs from the '50s if not the '40s seem to draw a couple of hundred at best. I have seen some 531 framed dropbarred Clubman bikes attract serious $ and some of the rarer Sturmey-Archer stuff like their 3 spd fixed gear hub will also bring out the wealthy bidders. Your friend may well have something really unique or a really motivated buyer.