List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands

USA

Coast to Coast – Marquis brand.  Private labeled bikes for Coast to Coast hardware.  Generally budget bikes.  Ross made some of the early models.  Out of business.

Colson bicycles – Ohio company that began making bicycles in 1917.  Made Firestone and Goodyear branded bicycles most notably.  Stopped making bikes in 1962.

Huffy – founded at Dayton, OH in 1892.  Brand still active in big box stores.

Kent – founded at New York City in 1909.  Still active.

Montgomery Wards – Wards has been out of business a long time now, but it appears they branded some decent vintage bikes.  Some were made in Austria likely by Steyr.  Not very collectible due to branding.

Murray – founded at Cleveland, OH.  Started making bikes in the 1930s.  Don’t believe they are still offered.

Roadmaster – founded at Cleveland, OH in 1936.  Brand still active in big box stores.

Ross – founded at Williamsburg, NY in 1946.  Brand still alive.

Schwinn – founded at Chicago in 1895.  Was the largest of the USA manufacturers for most of the 20th century. Brand still survives for big box type stores.

Sears – Free Spirit.  See a lot of these bikes for sale in this area, many are considered nice bikes and are made in Austria by Steyr.  Later US made models not as nice.  Not very collectible due to branding.

Shelby Cycle Company – found in Shelby, OH in 1925.  AMF purchased Shelby in 1953.

True Value – Westpoint bicycles.  Like Coast to Coast, True Value had branded bicycles.  Some of these were made by Murray.  Generally low end bikes, not very collectible due to branding. 

Western Flyer – private label brand of bicycles started in 1931.  Some of these were made by Huffy and Murray.  Old ones seem to have decent collectible value.

Austria

Steyr-Daimler-Puch – was a large manufacturing company based in Steyr, Austria.  They began producing bicycles in 1894.  I see their name mostly associated with making the Sears made in Austria bicycles.

England

Raleigh – founded in Nottingham, England in 1887.  Brand still active.

BSA – began making bicycles in Birmingham, England in 1880.  It appears a company in India is now making BSA bikes with the same logo.

Dawes – English company founded in 1926.  Currently owned by Tandem group.

Hercules – founded in Birmingham, England in 1910.  Company was bought by Tube Investments in 1946.  Tube investments would go on to buy Raleigh in 1960 and form TI Raleigh Industries.  Hercules name was used as a brand for Raleigh and produced through at least the 1970s.

Humber – Thomas Humber made his first bike in 1868 and went on to build his manufacturing business in Nottingham, England.  Brand sold to Raleigh in 1932 and they used it into the 1960s.

Robin Hood – not sure when they were founded, but Raleigh purchased them in 1906 and used the brand at least into the 1970s.

Rudge – in 1894 Rudge-Whitworth cycles was formed when Rudge Cycle and Whitworth Cycle merged.  Company went defunct in 1946.  Raleigh bought the name and used the brand for a number of years.

Triumph – founded in Coventry, England in 1894.  It appears you can buy a Triumph branded e-bike now.

Viscount –hard to find info, but seems to be an aerospace company that made bikes in England during the 1970s.  Many came with a fork which was prone to breaking…

France

Jeunet – can’t find history on the company other than made in France, but often see them for sale.  Sounds like many are nice bikes.

Motobecane – this French company was founded in 1923 and became a large manufacturer of bicycles.  They went bankrupt in 1981.  Currently Motobecane USA is using the brand name.

Peugeot cycles – founded in Beaulieu, a suburb of Mandeure, France in 1882.  Brand is still active in certain countries.

This list is a work in progress.  This will never be a complete list of all vintage bikes, but I hope to make it a complete list of those you may run into on the market.  Only counting brands/companies that had strong production by the 70s. 

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