Bicycle Collectibles

Bicycle collectibles are a wonderful way of travelling back in time, quite literally. Not only can you choose to store and increase your collection of bicycle collectibles, you can also spend quality time with your children or friends in restoring them and reliving the marvel of invention and innovation. Bicycle collectibles come in all sizes and the best part is that a successful restoration or purchase can be immediately followed by a wonderful ride in the local park.

Bicycles were first invented in 1817 by Baron Karl von Drais and were called Draisines or hobby-horses. Two in-line wheels mounted on a wooden frame were pushed along by the feet, the front wheel being controlled by the rider. Soon the design changed and the front wheel became larger, with a crank shaft in the middle to propel it ahead. The bicycle was made of iron & wood and is considered the father of the modern bicycle.

With technology and materials improving rapidly, bicycles became lighter, more user-friendly and mass-manufactured.

Today, bicycles are made of light-weight materials such as carbon fiber and have special tyres and shockers that can counter almost all known terrain.

Collectible bicycles, however, mainly refer to the older models, especially from the early days of the bicycle. There are a number of models that vary depending on the person/company who made them as well as the era they were made in.

Early bicycles are rarer and getting your hands on one of them can be quite difficult. However, if you can find local collectors who are willing to part with it, you might be in luck although they can be quite expensive. It is quite unlikely that you will find someone placing an ad in the newspaper to sell these collectible bicycles but it isn't a bad idea to keep your eyes open for something.

How to restore your Bicycle Collectibles

In case you buy a broken collectible bicycle or one that requires restoration, then you will enter another exciting area of this hobby. While restoration is best left to specialists, you can also learn the tricks of the trade from people willing to share their knowledge and it is quite rare to find someone who doesn't want to.

Once restored, you can have them placed in your very own museum, or ride them out into the park as many choose to do. You get special bicycle stands to place your collectible bicycles on them and these range from extravagant glass cases to wall mounts and the plain & simple floor stands.

Whether you are a serious collector or just someone looking out for that one model that you fancy, stepping into the world of collectible bicycles is like walking through a time-machine.

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