The world is filled with technology that claims to make life more interesting, and communication more instant. Though the boisterous call of new innovations is hard to ignore, history and tradition is even harder to ignore. This is why certain dedicated individuals love to collect and utilize machines of the past. Not last among the most collectible machines, is the antique bicycle.
When most people think of vintage bicycles, a rough picture of handlebar tassels waving in the wind on and old 8mm reel comes to mind. If they think even further back, a newspaper cartoon of a suited man riding atop a three-wheeled monstrosity, featured at some far-removed world’s fair will emerge. The truth is, there is a variety of vintage two, three, and multiple-wheeled “riding machines” out there for collectors and historians to focus on.
As children, individuals have great experiences riding bikes. They grow to appreciate motorcycles and hot rod cars. Later, they teach their kids and grandchildren about the fun and adventures they had on these wonderful machines. Collecting vintage bicycles represents the presence of a nostalgic heart trying to preserve the spirit of a mechanical device responsible for generations of good times and memorable moments. There is nothing wrong with the fast-paced evolution of digital technology, but the physical connection of a rider and a bicycle can never be completely matched with most modern inventions.
Beginning a hobby of collecting vintage bicycles requires a little knowledge about some of the most desired brands. Some are rare, some are novel. Others were best sellers, or were cultural flops.
The love of great memories spent riding bikes keeps this collections niche vibrant. There is no shortage of old bicycles to buy and sell. The hard part is locating premier models, while knowing how to accurately promote them. Even with a collector’s learning curve, old bicycles are a fun and rewarding focus for people who appreciate unique collections.