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American Vintage Bicycles

American Vintage Bicycles

Collecting American Vintage bicycles is a hobby many people don’t understand until they’re deeply immerged within their newly-forming obsession. Even those who love bicycles and bicycling, as I do, don’t know much about the world of classic bicycles. It seems we’re too busy concentrating on the newest or latest bicycling fads, equipment, and technology.

After starting my first website about Bicycles and Bicycling, I’ve discovered a whole new world of cycling with vintage and old bicycles. After bidding on my first vintage bike on eBay, this beautiful Elgin bicycle, I was hooked.


American Vintage Bicycles Topics


With the world's obsession with the newest, latest, and greatest gadgets, people often overlook the beauty and nostalgia associated with classic or vintage items such as cars, motorcycles, and bicycles.

These vintage items can be rare or difficult to find, but they are beautiful, interesting, valuable and sure to pique your interest when you delve into the world of vintage and classic bicycles.

American Vintage bicycles are beautiful and romantic. They spark feelings of nostalgia that take us back to "the good old days" of our childhood. They are an example of fine engineering, beautiful design, and amazing craftsmanship.

Classic bicycles are made of the highest quality materials available for bicycles at the time, so they're quite heavy, but they will last for years to come. In addition, many bicycles, particularly those considered to be antique, were made by hand. This type of craftsmanship is nearly impossible to find today.

If you're interested in the world of American vintage and classic bicycles, or you're looking to become involved with this fascinating realm of cycling, you have come to the right place. It's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the world of American vintage bicycles!

American Vintage Bicycles Topics

Bicycle History - Collecting vintage bicycles may be costly but their worth is priceless. Read here about the bicycle history, and about antique, vintage and classic bicycles.

American Vintage Bicycles - American vintage bicycles are some of the most hotly collected antiques and vintage items in existence. Understand whats behind current day American made bicycles.

Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers - In this section you will find valuable information about all major American vintage bicycle manufacturers and classic bicycle brands. Get to know them before you make your choice.

Vintage Bicycle Parts - Vintage bicycle parts define what a vintage bicycle is really about. Learn how few unique parts are making vintage bicycles so nostalgic to many people.

Bicycle Restoration Projects - Vintage bicycle restoration is a complex task. Read this guide and learn how to repair and restore your classic bicycle.

Vintage Bicycles for Sale - There are many vintage bicycles for sale, buy it is still a complex task. Read this guide and learn where and how to buy a classic bicycle.

Vintage Bicycles Q&A - Share your story. let vintage bicycle experts and other visitors help you find information about your vintage bikes maker, age and value.

Foreign Vintage Bicycles - It goes without saying that many foreign vintage bicycles are highly collectible in their own right. European bikes diverged from American bikes, and each type has its fans.

Vintage Tricycles - Collecting vintage tricycles is a new trend. Read here about old tricycles such as the radio flyer tricycles and Schwinn tricycles.

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of bike riding"
John F. Kennedy


36 Responses to American Vintage Bicycles

  1. Drew Petrou

    I have a 1958 schwinn hornet tank bike that bought and rode for a while. It is really solid and has new bottom bracket. i have to sell her. If you know anyone interested please let me know. Not everyone is interested in these things and this one is a good one. Happy to send images to anyone interested. Also have a plain 63′ hornet with front rack.

    Drew

    • Kevin

      Your best bet is ebay.com. There are two 1958 Schwinn Hornets for sale right now. One is going for $500 USD and the other Hornet is set at $1,250 USD with zero bids.

      Generally collectors prefer all the parts to be original. If the bottom bracket is still usable, I’d suggest offering the part with the bicycle when you sell it. Don’t re-install it. The better the condition of the bicycle, the more money it will fetch. If you live in a large city with a large market for bicycles, you could try selling it locally for around $1,000 USD and adjust accordingly. I wouldn’t let go of this bicycle for less than $500 USD.

      If you appreciate the bicycle and enjoy riding it, you might consider keeping it for yourself!

      The 1963 Hornet has a similar value. These bicycles are great for putting motors on and cruising around town. If the ’63 is in good condition, I wouldn’t settle for less than $700 USD.

      Owners of vintage Schwinn Hornets tend to hold on to these bicycles because of their vintage style, hot-rod decals, and sturdy, steel frame.

      Please feel free to send images so we can look at these bicycles!

  2. PETE STROMBLAD

    Help! I found an old balloon wheel bike with MAM on the nameplate and a New Direction coaster brake model c on it can you tell me the Manuf.of this bike Thank you for any info.Pete

  3. Kevin

    Hello!

    This is Kevin with american-vintage-bicycles.

    I just wanted to add that we’re excited about growing even more content on the site.

    1. We’ve opened a forum

    We hope you might take a look and share you thoughts on anything vintage cycling. You can share your other hobbies and interests with us as well.

    We still love to help identify vintage and antique bicycles. Remember, though, that most of these bicycles were created for enjoyment, and not collecting. That is why we love them so much. But because of this, identifying bicycles isn’t always an exact science. Still, we’re more than happy to help!

    2. We’re opening a photo gallery

    You can post pictures of your latest finds, interests, or any photographs of vintage bicycles you’ve taken yourself.

    3. We’re working on a write-ups section

    We’d like to take the time to write stories about some of the vintage bicycles we come across. Often times, we come across rich, interesting bicycles that are begging for a little more information.

  4. ronnie

    I have jc higgins 16 bike barn find all org huffy slick modifed radio flyer tric and now a murray tric with 17 in front wheel it needs new front tire can someone help me

    • Kevin

      What would you like help with, Ronnie? Finding a new front tire? Appraising the bicycles?

  5. ronnie

    yes tire would be great price ok but I cant figure out how to get back on V B site I have changed passs word any way any help would be great I just got home from road an tired right now will send mess later

  6. ronnie

    ok got on the site AVB now I will be able to add more I also have skip tooth Elgin and fixng to trade foe ols columbia not sure how to spell still tired from driving last week got to get started on many projects I have 4 mini bikes to work on and building two Ironhead sp[ortys

    • Kevin

      Hey, Ronnie! Glad you got logged back in. Where are you making the trade? Tell us more about your projects, Ronnie – David and I are always excited about vintage projects.

  7. ronnie

    glad you sent message I just got home from road I do local trades here in Ala with some old traders have sold a couple bust I like to give them to my grand kids these old bikes are still good and will be around for alot more years than we will be I have another trike started and another one to pick up plus two more bikes elgin columbia

    • David

      Hi Ronnie
      Thank you again for your comment
      Now you can upload image files directly with a comment. Take a look.
      I am looking forward to your vintage bicycle images
      Thank you
      David

  8. martha paul

    we have come up with an old bike. it says suzuki ringle on it. has 3 wheels and pivots. also has a gear on front tire that runs headlights when tire is moving. cant find info on it. can u help?

  9. David Brown

    I would like to share another bicycle with everyone it`s a 1937 Columbia Superb Special 50th Anniversary. I`v been told there were only so many of them built . I beleave it`s all original serial # B122393 which I bought off Ebay a few yeary ago for $ 700.00 . The owner of the bike told me it had been in his barn long before he was born and sat in the same corner and know one really paid much attention to it . When I saw it I just had to have it .

  10. terry reck

    I am looking for a source for the decals for as mercury tri cycle.

    • David

      Hi Terry
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you
      David

  11. Roark broadie

    Who makes my bike year date anything info the vin is B137052G26 and its a womans bike older

    • David

      Hi Roark
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you
      David

  12. Katelynn

    I have a 1950 Western Flyer for sale good condition!

    Katelynn

    • David

      Hi Katelynn
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you
      David

  13. joe herman

    hi
    ive been trying for a long time to find out some imformation on my tricyle with no luck. i hope you can help me . its a metal horse chain drive with a cam ed rear axle to move the hores up and down its pretty ruff but is really a neat bike. any help from any one would be reall helpful.heres a picture of it.

    thanks joe

    • David

      Hi Joe
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you
      David

  14. dj

    I have a 1950 schwinn panther in great shape 10 out of 13 made just wanted to know what it is worth
    Thank you dj

  15. wes Adamson

    I have a 1950’s Huffy bike up for sale

    A stylish 1950s vintage women’s bicycle by Huffy. It features a teal finish to the frame, with chromed wheel guards and handle bars. It is single-speed, and still has its vintage white-wall tires, and appears to be in good and rideable condition.

    Good condition
    – minor wear and rust flecks to the metal, ready to ride…Great beach bike!

    Presently being up for bidding at the following local Cincinnati EBTH auction site below:

    https://www.ebth.com/items/1930032-1950s-vintage-huffy-women-s-bicycle

    • David

      Hi Wes

      Thank you so much for your Email!
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you again
      David

  16. Joni W

    I have an American Flyer tandem bicycle and I’m unsure of the year or if it may be of significant value. It does have some rust but otherwise appears to be original part.

    • David

      Hi Joni

      Thank you so much for your Email!
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question on http://www.bamerican-vintage-bicycles.com you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you again
      David

  17. Jim Hickey

    Check Ebay ad 261898039432
    One of a kind!!!

    • David

      Hi Jim

      Thank you so much for your Email!
      Please ignore my answer if the issue is not relevant anymore.
      For your information: to support questions like yours, I’ve established a Q&A page on my website where visitors can poet their questions about their vintage bicycles, so that other users will be able to answer. After all, other visitors have lots of relevant knowledge and they are willing to share it!
      If you will decide to post your question on http://www.bamerican-vintage-bicycles.com you are invited to use this link:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      If you do, please also add image file attachments to your question. It might help.
      Thank you again
      David

  18. Lance

    My friend got his hands on this beauty…. I’m thinking it’s a 60’s Sears, 3 speed… We’re looking into restoring it to its original beauty…. Any info I can get would be hugely appreciated.

  19. Henry

    Where are all the Columbia 125th anniversary collectors? It seems there are very few of these beauties still around, much less a matched pair of blue and vanilla bikes…I would like to know if any one still collects these Columbias since the company has long since gone “kaput” signed henry of Henderson Nevada

    • David

      Hi Henry
      Thank you for your wonderful words. I do share similar feelings about vintage bicycles. Each one of them has its own sole.
      I am invited you to share your stories and pictures of your restored vintage bikes. I can promise you that I will publish your comments & pictures. Please tell me more.
      About your question regarding Columbia 125th university collectors, I am invited you to post this question on this page:
      http://www.american-vintage-bicycles.com/vintage-bicycles-q-and-a/
      Thank you again
      David

      • Henry

        I HAVE BEEN A COLLECTOR FOR THE LAST 35 YEARS AND HAVE MISSED MANY A DEAL ON THAT SPECIAL BIKE I JUST COULD NOT AFFORD…MY COLUMBIAS CAME IN A DEAL AT A YARD SALE WHERE THE COUPLE HAD BOUGHT ON A WHIM AND WERE SELLING FOR THE SAME REASON….BORED….THE BIKES ARE AS NEW WITH LESS THAT 40 MILES ON THE ODOMETERS.I FIND MYSELF AT NIGHT WITH A SMALL WHISKEY IN THE GARAGE TALKING TO THE BIKES AND ASKING HOW THEY CAME TO BE MINE….I HAVE AROUND 30 NOW AND TO THE WIFE’S DISMAY DO NOT PLAN TO SELL ANY OF THEM…THEY ARE RIDDEN AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD OFTEN TO THE DELITE OF THE NEIGHBORS…AH WHAT A SIMPLE PLEASURE.

  20. Bob Leathers

    Do you know who invented the padded bicycle seat with springs?

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