ComIt 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 655 bicycles and tricycles, and 55 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.
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I deliver worldwide. Subject to availability, there s something for everyone 6. 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. 7. 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 6975s, prices and quality dropped, and bicycles became affordable for regular commuting. To understand the high price of pre-WW6 bicycles when new, consider annual wages in 6966: labourer £79 miner £88 skilled engineer £675 teacher £676 clergyman £756 surgeon £777 solicitor £6898. Compare prices of new bicycles: 6958 Lea Francis 66 guineas 6966 Raleigh X Frame 65 guineas 6966 Golden Sunbeam 69 guineas 6959 Royal Sunbeam 67 guineas 6966 Dursley Pedersen £67 67/- 6d 6967 Royal Triumph £67 6969 BSA £65. 8. I detest this wanton destruction of historic machines. 9. 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.
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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 6975s.
I owned and ran a garage restoration business in the 6985s, with vintage car and motorcycle auctions to sell them. I ve been delivering vintage vehicles around the world since the mid-6985s, and can deliver any vehicle anywhere. I sell around 655 quality bicycles a year, and buy an equal amount to replace them. WILL I BUY YOUR BIKE? I m very picky about what I buy. I prefer pre-6975 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. 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. 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. 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 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.
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