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Old 01-09-20, 01:57 PM
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Bicycle Museums you have visited or know of?

Sitting here on a snowy morning.
Looking at Jan Heine's most excellent book
The Competition Bicycle, A Photographic History
Vintage Bicycle Press, Seattle.

Made me wonder.
Where in the World would I go to see a history of our sports' machines??

Give us pictures, links, locations of public collections.
And if you write, "There's one around here, .....downtown.". Tell us which Towne!






I can only offer inspiration, no museums.
And hope I have not violated a copyright



edit: Mods - if such a thread already exists (with a good searchable Title) please feel free to tie this in.

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Old 01-09-20, 02:12 PM
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Here's one in Davis, California: https://usbhof.org/

Another in Fairfax, California: https://mmbhof.org/
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Old 01-09-20, 02:23 PM
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The Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, Ohio:
THE BICYCLE MUSEUM OF AMERICA
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Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
Has the Wright Bros. shop and a bunch of other artifacts:
https://www.thehenryford.org/search#...e&tab=artifact
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Museum and chapel at Ghisallo in Italy: https://www.museodelghisallo.it/en/. Amazing place. The chapel looks like a cross between a church and a bicycle shop, because it's full of the bicycles donated by Giro d'Italia winners.
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Old 01-09-20, 02:41 PM
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Saw this when I was in PDX in 2013

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Old 01-09-20, 02:42 PM
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I'll give you another reason to come over to our side of the pond: Musée du Cycle, Arlon.
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Given how Roger prices many/most of his truly old vintage bikes, the Budget Bicycle used bicycle "showroom" may as well be a "museum". Yes, technically you _could_ purchase, say, an '82 Stumpjumper at the "closeout" price of $18,000. But such bikes are not exactly flying out the door. That said, there are some beauties there, some oddballs, along with a lot of marvelous old signs and adverts. Just no tasteful little informational plates next to each item.

Located on Regent St. in Madison WI. If you're in town this Saturday for the bike swap, and not daunted by the weather, it could be a eye-candy side trip.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Where in the World would I go to see a history of our sports' machines?
... Every time I go over to Rick's house (where you got that weird Frejus).

And hopefully, I can take a peek at Bob Freeman's collection again...
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Old 01-09-20, 02:51 PM
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https://bmxmuseum.com/
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I can think of two places close by with a lot of historic bikes - Recycled Cycles in the U district and I have never been but hear good things about classic Cycles on Bainbridge Island. I have also heard that that River City Cycles in Portland - I think the downtown store - has lots of historic bikes but the PDX folks can speak to that better than I can.

I have the hardcover of Rebour the bicycle illustrations of Daniel Rebour that I got myself a s birthday gift a few years ago I like to thumb through for classic road touring bikes.

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Old 01-09-20, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
... Every time I go over to Rick's house ......... And hopefully, I can take at peek at John Doe's collection again...
Ahhhh, the downside of extensive private collections. Sneek peeks for a lucky few.
If one were on Seattle's Eastside and beyond, a good location, that could accommodate a rotating collection of fine Bicycle Art, might be between east Redmond and North Bend. Favoring toward N.Bend.

Mind you, I'm not against private bicycle collections.
Private and large collections of vintage parts grinds my grain a little more. But it's a tough world with all types of collectors. Hence, museums.

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Lane Automotive Museum in Nashville, TN, is obviously a car museum but has a rather nice bicycle wing. I'm guessing 2000 to 2500 square feet for the bike part. (warning: that was 4 years ago, I presuming still in place)
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The National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh, had a nice display when I was there in 2017.
Here's a link:https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-co...eums-scotland/

I have pictures from that trip but would need time to dig them out.
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Mid-wales, Loved the ride and loved the museo.

http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/

One bike in my size one Harry Quinn.
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The Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum in Sparta WI:

https://dekeslaytonmuseum.org/
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The Smithsonian has the National Museum of American History with some bikes in the basement.
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In the SW Michigan town of Three Oaks is a small but interesting bicycle museum. Many in the Chicagoland area would know Three Oaks as the site of the Apple Cider Century. https://www.facebook.com/deweycannontradingcompany/

Museum and general store.


One of the bikes that Greg Lemond rode in winning the 1989 Tour de France is on display.
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What a great idea for a thread.

I have not been to it, but Bicycle Heaven looks like quite a unique shop/museum in Pittsburgh:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...nsylvania.html
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Originally Posted by AeroGut View Post
The Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, Ohio:
THE BICYCLE MUSEUM OF AMERICA
This one is very nice, I've been to it a couple of times. I believe at the moment they have some of Robin William's bikes on display.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
What a great idea for a thread.

I have not been to it, but Bicycle Heaven looks like quite a unique shop/museum in Pittsburgh:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...nsylvania.html
I was hoping someone would mention this Pittsburgh shop & museum I remembered from this BF post.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...le-heaven.html
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The "Deutsches Museum" in Munich is a huge museum for all things techological (think Smithsonian). It is spread out to several locations in the city, the "land transport" collection ("Verkehrszentrum") covers bicycles, trains and cars and is well worth a visit. https://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/v...m/collections/

(those interested in aviation should make sure to visit the Flugwerft Schleissheim, a truly amazing air and space collection located on the edge of town)

The "Technikmuseum Sinsheim" close to Heidelberg as a mindblowing affair in itself, and hosts a nice cycling collection as well. (Yes, that is a Tu144 in front of the concorde, and not a scale model either. They also have a "Buran")




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As stated above, the MMBHOF: https://mmbhof.org/
Some pics from my visit a few years ago.
IMG_1724 by 2cam16, on Flickr
IMG_1738 by 2cam16, on Flickr
IMG_1711 by 2cam16, on Flickr
Also visited the Specialized museum at their HQ last year: 15130 Concord Cir, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
What a great idea for a thread.

I have not been to it, but Bicycle Heaven looks like quite a unique shop/museum in Pittsburgh:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...nsylvania.html
It’s an interesting place. They’ve got the bike from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and more Stingrays than you can shake a stick at, also most of the Bowden Spacelanders stilli n existence. There’s a virtual tour on Google Maps but nothing like visiting in person. Here’s a bunch of pics from my visit there: https://www.flickr.com/photos/263825...57669831202541
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