* 1. Why an Online Bicycle Museum?

https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk

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Why an Online Bicycle Museum?

I meet many other collectors of old vehicles. Some bicycle collectors turn their houses over completely to the display of their collections. Those with larger varieties of vintage transport store them all over the place, having outgrown the storage capacity of their own premises. Which beggars the obvious questions – having assembled these collections, what to do with them? And who is going to see them?

The usual answer is that it’s only other collectors who get to see them.

Sometimes rarer items may be loaned to museums. Though a chap I know had a shocking experience when the vintage motorcycle loaned to a museum 20 years before was kept by them after Dad passed away. They would not give it back, and said that because they’d spent money restoring it they felt it was now theirs. I understand how easily we get attached to these wonderful old beasts, but I helped him get it out of their clutches.

An Online Museum would seem the ideal solution. You get to see my collection for free without having to leave your own house. And I don’t have to put up with you traipsing around my garden or make you cups of tea.

This blog is the first incarnation of the Online Bicycle Museum, created in 2007. In 2011, I created a much more comprehensive website version http://www.oldbike.eu – Unfortunately Brexit in January, 2020 has caused difficulties because that’s a European website domain. So I’ve now moved the content to a UK domain –

https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk

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Who is Colin, author of this website?

My main vintage interest was previously old cars, motorcycles, scooters, three-wheelers and cyclemotors. I’ve been a transport enthusiast since my earliest years …though in those days my collection was limited to a dozen dinky toys. At age 16, I bought my first scooter. From the late seventies to early nineties, I started and built up a business restoring and selling vintage cars and motorcycles. Some diehard veteran cyclists may cringe at the word ‘cyclemotor,’ but having owned those odd contraptions for 30 years or so, my interest in vintage cycles slowly developed through such cycle attachments.

In the 21st century, ebay added a turbodrive to our vintage vehicle hobby, and many enthusiasts have delved into new areas of interest. With more information available via the internet, it’s now easier to research and buy different types of old vehicles. I particularly enjoy learning about areas of the hobby that are new to me.

One aspect of old vehicle ownership is insight into the era of its manufacture. 100-year-old cars and motorcycles are prohibitively expensive, but veteran cycles are still just about affordable. Old bicycles represent a very practical introduction to vintage ownership, and by riding them and taking care of them you can get a real taste for times not so long past when even basic road travel was still very much a pioneering adventure.

I hope you enjoy the Online Bicycle Museum. And if you don’t yet own a vintage bicycle I hope this might encourage you to find one and discover the joys of vintage vehicle ownership for yourself. Here’s my vintage bicycle sales page –

https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk/tour/vintage-bikes-for-sale

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Published on October 27, 2007 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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