List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands

USA Coast to Coast – Coast King and 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.Continue reading “List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands”

Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges

One of the things I love about the old English bicycles are the really cool badges they all had.  Here is a collection of some of these badges and a little info about the company: Raleigh Founded in 1887 and started with a small shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England.  They would go onContinue reading “Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges”

Antique English Bicycle Wrenches

I’ve been looking for a good deal on some of these old English bicycle wrenches ever since I got my Raleigh bikes and finally found some.  Check these out: From my vast amounts of research, I have found out that these are basically old school multi tools you would get with your bike purchase.  EachContinue reading “Antique English Bicycle Wrenches”

A simple and brief early history of bicycles

The history of the bicycle is traced back to 1817 when German Baron Karl von Drais invented the running machine called the Draisine, or velocipede.  This was a steerable, human propelled machine nicknamed the hobby-horse or dandy horse.  It didn’t have a chain or pedals you sort of sat on it and walked or ran. Continue reading “A simple and brief early history of bicycles”