Between 2007 and January 2011, www.OldBike.eu and www.BuyVintage.co.uk each received over one million visitors. Many more museum websites have now been added, featuring particular marques and styles of bicycles. These are previewed here for your convenience. The focus of this museum area is the evolution of the ‘safety bicycle.’
www.OldBike.eu is the easiest way for fellow enthusiasts to access information on vintage machines. Of course, it’s free.
Whoop la, out of the way
We come with lightning speed
There’s nothing like a rattling gait
Of the flying velocipede.
It never runs away
And it doesn’t take much to feed
It’s thoroughly reliable
The new velocipede.
Upon the way you work your legs
And feet depends its speed
And that’s about the total off
The new velocipede…
In these pages you can get a feel for life in the 1890s, when bicycles ruled the road. Magazines of the era, from America, France and Great Britain, tell the tale of cycling’s evolution in linguistic styles of the day. The main focus is bicycles from 1886 to WW1, photographed around Brighton and its environs, to illustrate the type of machines folks rode in the early days, plus a selection of iconic machines from each decade of the 21st century to see how the bicycle developed. Read about many new innovations, some that took off, such as flying bicycles, and some that didn’t, like river bicycles and railway bicycles.
There’s cycling music, period humour, scrapbooks, adverts and photos, and reports on various cycle runs. It’s arranged more or less chronologically, so you can read from start to finish, or just stab randomly at the page links at the top of each page. Perhaps I’ve modeled it on a backstreet antique shop, with ephemeral bits and bobs waiting to be discovered in the nooks and crannies of cyberspace? I’m adding more constantly (latest additions in the next page entitled NEWS) so I hope there’s enough here to keep you occupied for weeks to come.
Scroll your cursor over any of the titles at the top of the page to find further pages inside them.
Click on the desired page to read about bicycles, or to find links to other Online Museum websites.
Click on THE ONLINE BICYCLE MUSEUM anytime at the top of the page to return here.
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