At the end of the month, I'm helping out at a Car Show that has a new Bicycle division. They want me to judge because I work in the bike industry. I've never done this, and any recommendations would be helpful. We are doing two categories, Custom & Vintage, and I need help with what criteria to judge and how to weight it(points per category), and any other advice would be much appreciated.

  • I'd guess for vintage, the judging would be similar to a classic car.
    – Batman
    Jun 6, 2017 at 18:55
  • I'm thinking so too. And I'm pretty well-versed on old Schwinns and stuff, I'm just hoping people don't bring a bunch of wood-wheels or something I'm not too familiar with... It would be awesome to see, but it would be a bitch to come up with a quantifiable criteria for saying one is better than the other Jun 6, 2017 at 20:45

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Some things i would consider, some could possibly be grouped together. Perhaps others can add on with more answers.

Custom Class

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Function
    *Can you actually ride it semi comfortably or is it just cool looking
    *Can it do something normal bikes can't?
  • Use of colors or materials (could lump into creativity)
  • Wow factor
  • Overall theme

Vintage Class

  • Period correctness (50's era components on a 50's era cycle)
  • Original parts (as much as possible)
  • Cleanliness
  • Paint/Chrome quality (new or original)
  • Function (are all required parts present and in working order)

For your points system, decide on what things you would like to judge , using my list as an example you could give each a 20 point value, 5 topics totaling 100 points maximum - Highest score wins

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    Normally for classic cars, theres something like how well it runs. Not sure you can do that for a bike, but still.
    – Batman
    Jun 6, 2017 at 21:12
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    Yeah i thought about that as well, but wasn't sure how to apply it to the bicycle platform, i added function to the vintage class portion as well.
    – Nate W
    Jun 6, 2017 at 21:22

METHOD Write up your marking criteria before seeing any entries. That will help you not be swayed by bikes you like personally.

SCORE Allocate 100 points per entrant, with say 10 for finish, 10 for rideability/functionality, 10 for originality etc. Leave yourself 10 points for wow-factor, and 10 points for whatever you didn't expect.

That will help you be more objective, repeatable, and be able to defend your scores.

SHARE If there's a bunch of bikes, consider doing it as a tag team with someone else. Discussing the display will help show things you might not notice straight away by yourself.

TIME Use a timer - allocate the same amount of time to judging each bike... no less than 2 minutes and no more than 3 for example, will take you between 3 hours 20 min and 5 hours to judge 100 bikes. You want judging done by early afternoon so people can see the ribbons/awards. So start judging from 0900.

AWARDS Have shiny ribbons and certificates for the winners to take home and keep. If there are cups they tend to be returned after 10 months for the next year's winner.

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