Bicycles

Mainly because lack of space the emphasis is on bicycles before 1900. Around 1900 models, as we still recognize them, entered the market. In the collection there is always space available for technical interesting models.

Michaux replica

Michaux replica

Around 1864 the brothers Michaux, as first, edited pedals to a bicycle (till that moment only walking cycles exist). When they introduced and demonstrated the bicycle at the World Exhibition of 1867 in Paris, it was a huge success. Many vehicle manufacturers from different countries ordered a Michaux-bicycle as an example to copy it. Although gifted technicians, they forgot the patent their invention. The bicycle as shown on the photo is such a copied Michaux; it is produced in France.

Wooden boneshaker 1869

Wooden boneshaker 1869

This is a Dutch wooden boneshaker from around 1869. This bicycle is probably built by a vehicle manufacturer or a smith. In that time the bicycle was probably meant for a well-to-do, rich person, otherwise nobody could afford it. It was a Dutch bicycle, because of the comparison with Dutch horse chariot, they both have similar wood carvings.

Singer Challenger boneshaker 1886

Singer Challenger boneshaker 1886 Singer Challenger steering-head plate 1886

Nearby you see an 1886 boneshaker from the brand Singer from Coventry. The model is named Challenger. Next you can see the steering-head plate of the boneshaker with the brand name on it.

Peugeot tricycle 1889

Peugeot tricycle 1889

On the picture shown next you can see a tricycle of Peugeot from 1889. These tricycles were very popular at that time of high biís. Not everybody dared to sit on such a high bicycle. Therefore people preferred the tricycles.

Hirondel safety 1893

Hirondel safety 1893

This is a French sports bicycle from around 1893. It is probably one from the brand Hirondel. The shape is typical for this period; at that time an enormous progress was booked within bicycles. From than on air tires were massively used and the high bi lost popularity. Many bicycle manufacturers arise and the bicycle got more and more accessible.

Acatene Metropole 1894

Acatene Metropole 1894

Here you can see an Acatene Metropole (Acatene means without a chain, but with a crankshaft). The Belgian company FN made the first crankshaft bicycle in 1889. The bicycle on the photograph was produced by the company Metropole at rue 17th St. Maur in Paris. They made this bicycles between 1894 and 1898.

Lydia 1919 with wooden rims

Lydia 1919 with wooden rims

This is a Lydia lady bicycle with wooden rims and wooden wheel arches. Lydia was a Belgian (bicycle) brand. This piece is from around 1919 and typical for the Belgian bicycles of that time. They needed big balloon tires for some comfort on the many cobble stoned roads.

Gnome et Rhone aluminium bicycle 1950

Gnome et Rhone aluminium bicycle 1950

In the beginning Gnome et Rhone was an aircraft engine factory. After the First World War they started making motorbikes. They also made a small amount of bicycles. The aluminium bicycle was produced between 1932 and 1952. This one is from around 1950.

Union Strano compact bicycle 1963

Union Strano compact bicycle 1963

Here you can see an Union Strano from 1963. In that time Union was located in Den Hulst. Later on this was named Nieuwleusen. In 1963 Union advertised with the Strano-compact bicycle. Union claimed this design bicycle as their design, but in the forties the construction was already applied by an Italian. This bicycle was not a success, probably not more than 2000 pieces were produced and they only reached the dealers. Therefore the Strano's that are left, are most of the time in very good conditions.

Gazelle Kwikstep 1964

Gazelle Kwikstep 1964

In 1964 Gazelle presented their first compact bike, the Kwikstep. The Dutch economy grew quickly and more cars were sold. And so were the compact bikes. This bike is in original state. The bike can be folded by turning the bayonet on the seat tube. In 1965 Gazelle presented a lighter version of this bicycle and this one was sold for many years.