Are there any vintage bicycle fans who could give me some advice please? I tried to find out a bit more about it before, but it's been stuck back in our garage for a few years and has just resurfaced after a bit of a clear-out!
It's an old Raleigh bicycle that was in the loft of our house. The house was built in 1898 and the bike belonged to the daughter of the man who built it. She died in 1977 and the house was sold with the bike in storage.
It has what I think is the frame number on a small metal plate. The number is 442287, which from what I can make out from a bit of Google research, dates it to 1913, which makes sense as the owner would probably have been in her late teens or early 20s. The plate says it was made in Nottingham, which is a few miles up the road from us. It has no gears and lever brakes and a leather saddle stamped "Brooks Made in England".
Is the style consistent with that kind of age, which would make it over 100 years old?
I guess that pre-WW1 ladies bikes are fairly rare, but it needs restoration. Does it have any value?
They specialist in vintage Raleigh bicycles. Unsure which best auction houses for bikes. Suggest a quick search on thesaleroom.com maybe there a specialist bike seller lists from past sales?
Thanks Damon. Trouble is, if the bike sells for £50 at auction as daz says, then after commission I'd be looking at less than £40. By the time you've taken the bike to the auction house, unless it's local, it will cost more to transport than it's worth, so I'd be better off taking it to the tip (or sticking it back in the garage which is probably what will happen...again).
Post by thisbitterpill on Jan 30, 2017 8:01:08 GMT
As someone who just drove to Halifax to get my son's bike and having previously driven up to near the Angel of the North to get mine, I wouldn't worry about collect only!
Personally I would list it on ebay and see where it goes...Maybe with a reserve or higher starting price if you're worried about it going cheap, but like daz says, these things are rarely worth a lot. Big, heavy, impractical and if people want one for display or for a vintage event, they probably want a restored / minty one.
You may be able to determine the date if you can find a serial no.
Thanks Daz, I did find a serial number, which dates it to 1913 according to that website. It is possible that it is that old, but I'm not sure I believe it! Anyway, I've stuck it on eBay as you suggested, so hopefully someone who likes old Raleigh bikes will recognise it and want to restore it.
That other saddle you linked to is a pre-Brooks 'Wrights' model hence it's rarity...Mike's one is Brooks-badged one but juding by the little curly nose and the three springs it could be a really early one...Here's a similar one (Top right) in the 1899 catalogue: