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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 website.

I put some onto ebay, but most are sold directly to fellow enthusiasts who have seen them on this museum website. 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 (see the NEW BIKES page on the top left of the museum website) and then contact me if they’re interested, to ask if it’s for sale and the price. But I have now started adding sales bikes to this new page to make it easier for you. 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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1869 Horse Head Velocipede

1893 Columbia ‘Century’ Model 32 …with Ellipictal Gear

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1893 Columbia Model 32 with Elliptical Chainwheel (Original, unrestored)

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1898 Bayliss, Thomas ‘Excelsior’ Roadster

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1899 Peugeot ‘Bicyclette Lion A’

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1899 Quadrant Convertible Tricycle with Band Brake

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1900 BSA Lady’s Spring-Frame

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1901 Ames & Frost ‘Imperial’

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1901 Bicyclette de Dame ‘Georges Richard’

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1903 Sunbeam Ladies’ Model

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1904-07 Royal Enfield Tricycle Forecar

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1905 All-Black Royal Sunbeam Tricycle

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1905 Premier No. 7 Helical

1905 Premier Hellical 05

1905 Mead of Liverpool ‘Coventry Flyer’ de Luxe

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1905 Singer Lady’s de Luxe

1906 HARRIS ‘Master-piece’ Roadster

1906 Harris Master-Piece 05

1907 Royal Enfield Standard Girder Tall (28″) Frame

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1907 New Hudson John O’Groats Light Roadster

1907 New Hudson Racer 05

1910s Side-by-Side ‘Sociable’ Tandem

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1915 WW1 Motorised BSA Bicycle with Wall Auto-wheel

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WW1 Raleigh ‘Military Model’

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WW1 Style Roadster with Military Fittings

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1915 WW1 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1916 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1898-1918 Peugeot Capitaine Gerard Folding Bicycle

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1918 Royal Enfield Riche Duplex Girder Roadster (WW1)

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1919 Swift Cheylesmore Ladies Swan-Neck Cycle

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1921 Rudge-Whitworth No 1 Aero Special Roadster

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1924 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen 28″ Tall Frame
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1926 Columbia ‘Junior Roadster’ 50th Anniversary Model

1928 Bicyclette LUCIFER Homme Course

(Elliptical Chainwheel ‘Elan’)

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1929 Hercules Popular Gent’s Roadster

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1930 Hercules Heavy Duty Export Model

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1930 Ariel ‘Fleet’ Gent’s Roadster

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1930s Gazelle: Dutch Ladies Shopping Bicycle

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1934-37 Ingo-Bike ‘X-ercycle’

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1934 BSA Opperman Super-eeze

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1934 Hercules Boy’s Junior Model V

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1936 ‘Velostable’ Semi-Horizontal Velocar

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1936 Sun Special Aussie

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1937 ‘Curly’ Hetchins Brilliant No 2 Vibrant

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1937 Rudge-Whitworth Light Tourist Model 57

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1937 Raleigh ‘Hovis’ Tradesman’s Carrier

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1938 Claude Butler SWB Tandem

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1939 Herrenrad Hercules (Fahrrad Werke, Nurnberg)

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1946 Monark Silver King ‘Hextube’ Motorised Custom

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1946-1953 BSA Junior Parabike: Girl’s Model PJ/2

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1947 Velo La Perle Meca Dural Duralumin
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1947 Raleigh Superbe Sports Tourist Model 24

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1950 Pashley Grocer’s Carrier Tricycle Model CT2

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1950s Curly Hetchins ‘Brilliant’

1950s Curly Hetchins 67

1952 Nordap-Velmo Fahrrad-Motor (Empo Crossframe)

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1953 Raleigh Lenton Sports ‘Reg Harris Road Model’

1953 Raleigh Lenton 25

1953 Rollfast Hopalong Cassidy Boy’s Bicycle

1953 Hopalong Cassidy 20 inch 60

1959 Velo de Course ‘Oscar Egg’

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1980s HERCULES CAVALLO ‘SWING BIKE’

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1983 Trussardi Folding City Bike (BSA ‘Parabike’ Style)

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 c1901 Boer War / WW1 Lucas Cycloe Front Carrier Rack

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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