Category Archives: modern

The value of things

This is the stickiest question in all of Vintagedom; How much is my insert vintage thing here worth?

And nobody likes it.

Most forums will have a separate thread for these questions to keep them out of the regular, useful, conversations.

But you can’t blame people for asking. The last thing anyone wants is to sell a part and then see it for sale again right away for 50% more.

I like to think that my knowledge of market value is above average, if for no other reason that I spent a lot of time looking at Kijiji. I see all of the bikes for sale here, and it’s pretty easy to see which ones are selling right away, and which aren’t.

So to that end, there’s this;

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The Longest Running Name in Bikes

Just in case you’re feeling some deja vu here, yes I have posted this before. I have a bad habit of changing blog platforms on a whim, so I have posts all over hell’s half-internet, on four different sites.

I’ve decided that this is going to be the home of TeamCow for the foreseeable future, so I’d like to get everything together. This is one of the many posts that I thought was quite good, or at very least, one that I spent a lot of time on.

I posted this nearly a year ago, so it’s still mostly relevant.

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Gravel grinders

I need to preface this by saying I’m not super serious about what I’m going to say here. I’m talking about a niche bike, that’s growing in popularity, and that’s good. The worst thing that could happen is for there to be only two kinds of bikes to buy.

All of these crazy new styles have existed in the minds of mechanics with imagination for years. Thankfully, when they found a way to put them on the roads and trails – even when most people around them thought they were crazy – other people took notice.

But still, some of these new styles are worthy of a little derision.

I give you the Cannondale Slate;

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Midfat bikes

We’re only in the middle of the year, and already it’s time to start looking at 2016 bikes. Which is odd because while some companies are moving towards eliminating model years, everybody else seems hell bent on getting next years bike out as soon as possible.

Kinda reminds me of the owners of professional sports teams begging for salary caps. Essentially asking their league for protection from themselves. Maybe you should get yourselves all on the same page hmm?

Anyway, what’s happening in 2016 is the midfat bike. Without trying that hard, I’ve found four companies bringing out these hardtails in the fall; Airborne, Orbea, Trek, and Specialized. They like the Boost hub spacing (148mm rear, 110mm front) and run 27+ or 29+ wheels with 3.0″ or 3.25″ tires.

Now, any time you try to say that so-and-so invented a bike genre, someone will invariably come out of the woodwork with a story about their buddy that built a bike just like that back in ’85, blah blah blah. Fully expecting that to happen, I’m going to say that Surly invented the midfat bike.

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