VINTAGE BIKES FOR SALE

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IF IT’S TIME YOU BOUGHT A VINTAGE TREASURE… 

 You’re welcome to phone me on 0044-7866-126469 or email me at buyvintage@mac.com

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It all started when I purchased the contents of a farm museum. My storage filled up fast. Some of my local Veteran Cycle Club friends had similar problems. So we got together to hold a fabulous vintage bicycle auction and jumble in Hove, East Sussex. There were 100 bicycles and tricycles, and 50 lots of unique cycling ephemera. I put on my best suit (some friends didn’t recognise me out of my normal scruffy jeans) to become the auctioneer, and everyone enjoyed the day. With the success of the Hove auction, I’ve continued selling rare early vintage bicycles and tricycles through this museum website.

I occasionally advertise on ebay, but most are sold directly to fellow enthusiasts who have seen them here. (My email and phone number are displayed above and below). Each one has a comprehensive description, top quality photographs, and manufacturer and model history. I deliver worldwide. Subject to availability, there’s something for everyone…

WHY BUY A BIKE FROM THE ONLINE BICYCLE MUSEUM?

1. ORIGINALITY – A major part of a vintage bicycle’s investment value depends on it having correct original parts. During a century of use, many early bikes have had parts replaced. Parts are extremely hard to find, often impossible. I don’t resell vintage parts – I have to keep enough to fit them to my bicycles when needed.

2. QUALITY – I specialise in ‘quality’ bicycles, i.e. those made by the world’s top manufacturers at a time when only the rich could afford them. By the 1920s, prices and quality dropped, and bicycles became affordable for regular commuting. To understand the high price of pre-WW1 bicycles when new, consider annual wages in 1911: labourer £74; miner £83; skilled engineer £125; teacher £176; clergyman £206; surgeon £272; solicitor £1343. Compare prices of new bicycles: 1908 Lea Francis 16 guineas; 1911 Raleigh X Frame 15 guineas; 1911 Golden Sunbeam 14 guineas; 1909 Royal Sunbeam 12 guineas; 1911 Dursley Pedersen £12 17/- 6d; 1912 Royal Triumph £12; 1914 BSA £10. Multiply that by 100 for an approximate value today, eg 14 guineas 100 years ago would be around £1475 today.

3. DESTRUCTION – Many rogue dealers buy bikes from enthusiasts so they can strip them to sell their parts for profit on ebay. I detest this wanton destruction of historic machines. I urge sellers to be careful who they sell to, and ask higher prices for their early bicycles so it is not economically viable for the ‘strippers’ to buy their bike.

4. PRESERVATION – The Online Bicycle Museum is dedicated to the preservation of vintage bicycles. This is a full-time restoration business, rebuilding rare bikes so they can be used and enjoyed again. It can involve hours of research to identify the age and model of a particular bicycle, and months hunting for rare parts, assembling and servicing it in the workshops so it’s ready for another century of riding.

5. APPRECIATION – Such dedication takes a lot of time and effort. Each bicycle’s price reflects its rarity, and the amount of work required to present it for sale. It will always be offered for sale at a price that will appreciate in value. An enthusiast may buy an antique bicycle just because of its history and the pleasure of riding it. But there is nothing wrong in knowing that it will also increase in value each year. If you bought a bike from me over the past few years, I’d be happy to buy it back at the same price! Vintage cars and motorcycles have appreciated to ridiculous prices and, likewise, the value of historic ‘quality’ bicycles only ever goes up…

6. EXPERIENCE – I’ve been buying and selling vintage vehicles since the late 1970s. I owned and ran a garage restoration business in the 1980s, with vintage car and motorcycle auctions to sell them. I’ve been delivering vintage vehicles around the world since the mid-1980s, and can deliver any vehicle anywhere. I sell around 150 quality bicycles a year, and buy an equal amount to replace them.

7. WILL I BUY YOUR BIKE? – I’m very picky about what I buy. I prefer pre-1920 upmarket models, but I’ll consider any bicycle or tricycle with character or interesting features. If I like what you offer, I’ll make an immediate decision and can arrange collection. The best way is to email me photos, including your name, phone number and location. I buy vintage collections, closed-down museums, estate sales. I enjoy doing swaps with fellow collectors, and I often take interesting items in part-exchange.

8. AUTHENTICITY – Each bicycle for sale has its own page at the Online Bicycle Museum for your reference. After I purchase a bicycle, I take photographs of the highest standard showing everything you want to know about it, and these details remain on this website. Catalogue illustrations are provided so you can see its authenticity for yourself. This – the world’s largest vintage bicycle internet database – is created to encourage future generations to explore and enjoy our wonderful vintage bicycle hobby.

9. WHAT’S FOR SALE? – Half the bikes I buy and/or restore are for the Online Bicycle Museum; the other half are for sale. The Museum receives no public funding: everything on this website is the result of personal time, effort and passion. So each bike bought for the Museum requires a similar bike to be sold, to pay for its purchase. Regular customers keep an eye out for new bikes to be added this sales page. But they also often tell me what they’re looking for, and when I locate a suitable candidate I send them details and photos before adding it to this website. To make further enquires, please contact me as below.

IF IT’S TIME YOU BOUGHT A VINTAGE TREASURE…

 You’re welcome to phone me on 0044-7866-126469 or email me at buyvintage@mac.com

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1818/1819 Johnson’s Ladies Walking Machine

Working Metals Uckfield Picture by Jim Holden

1869 ENGLISH VELOCIPEDE

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1874 JAMES STARLEY ‘QUEEN OF HEARTS’ SEWING MACHINE

 

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1891 Performers (Trick Riders) Pneumatic Ordinary

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1891 Performers (Trick Riders) Pneumatic Monocycle 

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1897 RUDGE-WEDGE LIGHT ROADSTER [26″ Frame]

 

1898 BAYLISS THOMAS ‘EXCELSIOR’ [25″ Frame]

1899 HELICAL PREMIER LADIES’ TRICYCLE [24″ Frame]

1899 ‘ARMY & NAVY’ (QUADRANT) LADIES TRICYCLE [19″ Frame] 

1899 STEARNS SPECIAL FOR LADIES [23″ Frame]

 

1899 EADIE FITTINGS ROAD RACER [26″ Frame]

1900 CLEMENT LADY’S BICYCLE (18.5″ Frame)

1900 ROYAL ENFIELD TANDEM [23″/21″ Frame]

1901 RUDGE-WHITWORTH ‘No 31’ SPECIAL LADY’S TRICYCLE [21″ Frame]

1903 RUDGE-WHITWORTH ‘No 2’ AERO-SPECIAL [25″ Frame]

1903 SUNBEAM LADIES’ MODEL [25″ Frame]

1903 Ladies Sunbeam 05

1903 OSMONDE ROADSTER [25″ Frame]

1905-1910 TRUSS-FRAME TRACK TANDEM [21.5″/21″ Frame]

1905 L’ALBATROS (BSA FITTINGS) ROADSTER [23″ Frame]

1905 PREMIER No 7 HELICAL [26″ Frame]

1905 Premier Hellical 05

1905 SINGER LADY’S De LUXE [25″ Frame]

1909 MODELE RALEIGH ‘ROUTE’ [22″ Frame]

1912 SINGER PATH RACER [24″ Frame]

1912 ROYAL ROVER ROADSTER [24″ Frame]

 

1914 PREMIER No2 LADY’S SPECIAL[24″ Frame]

 

1915 TRIUMPH GLORIA ROADSTER [24″ Frame]

1915 WW1 MOTORISED BSA BICYCLE with WALL AUTO-WHEEL [24″ Frame]

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1915 RALEIGH with WW1 MILITARY FITTINGS [24″ Frame]

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1920s MANUFRANCE HIRONDELLE ‘PASSE-PARTOUT’ [21″ Frame]

1920s MAD FRENCH X FRAME [21.5″ Frame]

1920s CYCLES PAUL [22″ Frame]

1920s LE CHEMINEAU with DERAILLEUR [21.5″ Frame]

1920s EMBLEM ‘GREYHOUND’ JUNIOR [16″ Frame]

1924 RUDGE-WHITWORTH ‘No 6’ SPORTING AERO-SPECIAL

1926 SAXON CLUB [24″ Frame]

 

1928 STENTON GLIDER SUPER TANDEM [21.5″/21″ Frame]

1929 RUDGE-WHITWORTH No 28 LADY’S STANDARD BICYCLE [25″ Frame]

1929 HERCULES POPULAR GENT’S ROADSTER [23″ Frame]

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1930S CWS POST OFFICE BICYCLE [24″ Frame]

1931 RALEIGH GENT’S & SIDECAR

1934 HERCULES BOY’S JUNIOR MODEL [18″ Frame]

1934 Hercules Boy's Junior Model V

1935 ‘CURLY’ HETCHINS BRILLIANT No 2 VIBRANT [20″ Frame]

1936 MOLLER AUTO-CYCLE [21″ Frame]

1939 DAYTON ROAD RACER [24″ Frame]

1939 GERMAN HERCULES [24″ Frame]

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1950 Pashley Grocer’s Carrier Tricycle Model CT2

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1960s MOULTON F-FRAME TWS TRICYCLE

 

1966 HONDA S90 MOTORCYCLE (BEAUTIFUL RESTORED CONDITION)

 

1980s Hercules Cavallo ‘Swing Bike’

1990s TANDEM TRICYCLE ‘THE VICTORIAN’

c1901 Boer War / WW1 Lucas Cycloe Front Carrier Rack

Boer War WW1 Lucas Cycloe Front Carrier Rack

1901 War Office Pattern (WW1 WW2) Rifle Clips / Gun Mounts

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IF IT’S TIME YOU BOUGHT A VINTAGE BIKE…

 …you’re welcome to phone me on 0044-7866-126469 or email me at buyvintage@mac.com

 

1937 Steelcraft PLAYBOY & STREAMLINE TRICYCLE 4