ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES COMPANY

ABOUT THE SPEEDBICYCLES VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES GARAGE

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES SERVICES

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES WANT/OFFER

ABOUT SHIPPING AND TRANSPORTATION

ABOUT DIMENSIONS AND MEASUREMENTS

ABOUT RESTORING VINTAGE BICYCLES

ABOUT COLLECTING VINTAGE BICYCLES

ABOUT USING VINTAGE BIKES

 

 

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES COMPANY

When Speedbicycles was founded?
2003. Speedbicycles company was found in Basel, Switzerland at the end of 2003. Speedbicycles company foundation was the result of long lasting activities and collection in vintage bicycles over two decades.

Is Speedbicycles a registered company?
Yes. Speedbicycles is registered at Swiss Trade Register by the name Speedbicycles GmbH. Speedbicycles brand and logos are protected by copyright laws.

 

ABOUT THE SPEEDBICYCLES VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION

Are the bikes from the collection for sale?
No. The bikes out of the Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION are not for sale. Most of the presented bikes had been sold already times ago or are loaned from other collections for a photo shooting.

Is it possible for to have a real view on the bikes?
No. The Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION could be visited only in the web is as its name already suggests. Speedbicycles has no showroom.

Is there a representing theme in the collection?
No. The Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION is based on any topic and may not represent a theme. It mainly includes exclusive and special road and track bikes from the last century. Displayed bikes had been purchased by Speedbicycles or provided by collectors or its owners for to take pictures.

When did the collection started?
In the 90s. Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION started in mid 90s as a take over of Stefan Schaefter's collection which was founded in the early 80s. How many bikes does the collection include? Plus 300. Actual there are some over 300 bikes presented in the Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION which is steadily growing.

Are the bikes in original conditions?
Predominantly. The bikes of the Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION are mostly in original condition. Original owners once often upgraded or changed equipmemt because of upgrade, repair or maintenance. Because of this it is not possible to claim the bikes as original delivery status. Speedbicycles tries to preserve found-conditions but will exchange inappropriate modifications.

Are all of the bikes restored?
No. Speedbicycles VIRTUAL MUSEUM COLLECTION bikes are mostly just preserved. They had been dismantled, checked, cleaned and reassembled. Damaged parts had been exchanged when suitable spare parts where available. Original owner modifications kept usually in place as a part of bike history. Radical restorations, repaintings, touch-ups and rechroming are avoided when ever possible. Please note that some bicycles are photograped in as-found-condition. Also lent bikes from other owners had been photographed as handed over.

 

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES GARAGE

Does Speedbicycles repair and maintain client bikes?
Yes. Speedbicycles offers skilled repair and maintenance service for vintage road and track bikes.

Does Speedbicycles restore client bikes?
Yes. Speedbicycles offers obverhaul and complete or partial professional restorations after client specifications. All expenses will be calculated and offered before placing the order.

 

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES SERVICES

May Speedbicycles support me in buying a vintage road bike?
Yes. Speedbicycles offers non binding price estimations on the basis of available facts. This advice service will cost a fee.

May Speedbicycle estimate the value of a vintage road bike?
Yes. Speedbicycles offers estimations of actual market values. Send available facts and informations about the bike. Non binding advice will be returned asap after payment of a consulting ticket.

Does Speedbicycles supply binding certificates?
Yes. Speedbicycles will make individual certificates for vintage road and track bikes. Such an identity pass is needful for high value and rare collector bikes und will assist at theft, accident, damage or resale. Speedbicycles will need significant detail descriptions and pictures. For a fee owner will receive certificate papers and a cocument counterpart will be filed at Speedbicycles office.

 

ABOUT SPEEDBICYCLES WANT/OFFER

Does Speedbicycles buy vintage bikes and/or parts?
Yes. Speedbicycles is always looking for and buying interesting lightweight bikes. We will be happy about every offer.

How much will Speedbicycles pay for a bike?
If Speedbicycles will be in interest for a purchase we will be happy for to give a fair price offer. This will depend an market value and expected effort and reactivation costs. Please contact us for our offer.

Does Speedbicycles sell bikes and parts?
Yes. Speedbicycles offers regular bikes, parts and accessoires via ebay seller "speedbicyclescom". Speedbicycles does not administrate a stock list but clients may ask if they are in need for something particuar.

 

ABOUT SHIPPING AND TRANSPORTATION

How much will cost shipping of a vintage bike?
Depending on the destination a bike shipping from Speedbicycles will cost an average of around US$ 150 (Swtzerland to USA).

To which countries Speedbicycles will ship bikes?
In general Speedbicycles will ship world wide.

 

ABOUT DIMENSIONS AND MEASUREMENTS

How determines Speedbicycles bike sizes?
Center-to-center. For the traditional diamond shaped road bike frame with horizontal top tube there are mainly two different options to describe the size. Against the italian center-to-top seat tube version Speedbicycles prefers to meter frame sizes from the center-to-center.

Which dimensions are important for a bike?
Beside the seat tube lenght the length of the top tube is significant. Length of stem and width of handlebar are important too. For to specify handling and purpose the frame geometry (angles), wheel base and some other details will be needed.

Which bike size fits to riders size?
For perfect, powerful and comfortable ride a matching bike size is important. But there is no standard size index list. Beside their body height people differ in extremities dimensions. Speedbicycles recommendes for to check a cyclists needs in a local bike shop.

 

ABOUT RESTORING VINTAGE BICYCLES

What is the most important point in a restoration?
Any radical changes of substance will happen fast and could be irrecoverable. A prudential and careful practice is highly recommended.

What will speak for or against a repaint/rechroming?
If the original paintwork is found in reasonably condition it is always recommended for to preserve or rehabiltate it. Generally an original paintwork will give a higher value that any repaint. A professional repaint could be very expensive. Fresh and shiny repaint will demand fresh and shiny equipment. These parts are often hard to find and costy.

 

ABOUT COLLECTING VINTAGE BICYCLES

What is important in a vintage bike purchase?
There is a rule that the more expensive buy is the better. For buying a high priced collector bike experience and sense is recommended. Note that there are a lot of shady offers on the market. Look out for serious sellers. Speedbicycles may support you in finding the right bike.

Which are the most sought-after vintage bikes?
Bikes with history. Bikes with documented story, competition success and from palmy cyclists. Here it is very important that the stories can be proved valid. Furthermore experienced collectors are looking for special designed or limited bikes from the well known makers. Generally there are always the top-of-the-range models which are wanted and and could be accordingly expensive.

Is there a recommended price guide for vintage bikes available?
No. There are some buyer- and price guides on the web but these are often not up to date or have poor research and are generalized. Recommended are routine market checks and comparisons. Vintage bike market is still not consolidated and prices vary from day to day and offer to offer. Please note that ebay auction results are not equatable to market values.

How could the value of a vintage bike be determined?
Difficult. Finding the right price demands experience. Many details matter like make, model, age, condition, state of repair, frame size, equipment, etc. Speedbicycles offers a skilled estimation service with price and comment advice.

Which frame sizes are preferred by collectors?
Many collectors prefer their personal matching frame size which will give the chance for to use a bicycle beside display only. In general a medium-large size of about 57cm center-to-center will be perceived as the most harmonic frame size. Very large or small sized frames play a supporting role in the collector market.

 

ABOUT USING VINTAGE BIKES

Could a vintage road bike be utilized for safe cycling?
Yes. All security relevant components and frame should be checked in detail and all systems should be aligned and tuned by experts. The cyclist should be always aware to use obsolete material and adapt operation characteristics.

What are the main differencies in use of a vintage vs. modern bikes?
Handling of braking and gear changing. Both matters will work fine on vintage bikes but braking needs a more powerful grip and shifting is less precise and fast. As long as the cyclist will not go for competition he could be very fast and good on a vintage bike.

What kind of tires should be used - tubular or clincher (wired-on tyres)?
Tubulars. There is less weight, better looking and better handling. Modern clinchers are on a par but to not agree to vintage look.

Where do i find spare parts for a vintage bike?
All on the internet. In recent years several specialized suppliers have established to deal with parts and accessoires for vintage bikes. Probably best source will be ebay where almost everything could be found and the prices are reasonable.