Vintage Bicycle Serial Numbers

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Bicycle serial numbers can be hard to locate and decipher. Learn how to read a vintage bicycle serial numbers in this free video from an experienced vintage bicycle dealer.

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So, we talked about how to identify the age of a bike by its style, balloon tire bikes, generally 30s to mid 50s, middle weight bikes generally mid 50s to mid 60s, muscle bikes, or sting ray style bikes, generally early to mid 60s, up to the mid19 70s. But say you want to narrow it down further, well you can look at the serial number on the bike. Bikes have serial numbers in all different places on their frames and companies used all different types of codes, coding for their serial numbers. A serial number generally will tell you the age of the bike but not necessarily the model. On these two Schwinns I have here, I'll show you two locations of serial numbers. The first is here, you may be able to read that, it's LG and a series of number. I just happen to know that that G means it's 1971. This is another Schwinn, very similar. This bike was made a year before that yet on this one, the serial number is down here. You may be able to make this out, the serial number is here in. But not all companies have serial number, have serial number charts that we can still find but sometimes if you can get a serial number you can determine the year.

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