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Collecting vintage tricycles has increased significantly in popularity in the past several years. Many popular bicycle manufacturers created stylish tricycles throughout their previous production phases, offering collectors an interesting variety of makes and models to choose from. Tricycles are available in models from the pre-1900s onward, allowing collectors to round out their collection no matter their specialty.
Did you know…?
Did you know that the very first tricycle may have been powered using hand cranks?
Historians have found evidence that the world’s first tricycle was built by a German man in 1680 who was paralyzed from the waist down. It incorporated a three-wheeled design to help him maintain his balance and was powered by two hand cranks. 110 years later, the Frenchmen Blanchard and Maguier independently developed the first incarnation of the modern pedal-powered tricycle.
Just like in most other areas where fashion is concerned, retro designs are making a quiet comeback in the tricycle world. There’s just something about how they used to style stuff in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that tugs at your heart, especially if you were a child in those years. Vintage tricycles may have nothing on today’s trikes in terms of comfort and speed, but the sight of them brings a unique sense of nostalgia that modern ones don’t.
When you shop around online, you will be surprised at the sheer number of options available to you. You can get tricycles from the 1960s made by brands like AMF Junior Toy Co. It won’t take you much time to find such trikes that, although used, are in excellent condition. The designs you will find are quite impressive; one of the most readily available is a 1930s model with the trademark curved bar in the middle of the frame. This design can be found in a wide range of colors. Your little tyke will love the green vintage classic tricycle with the cute small Mickey Mouse illustrations. If you want to go retro, you can get a 1920s vintage tricycle. The ones available for sale are elementary and might need a paint job, among other modifications.
AMF Junior have lovely tricycle frames from the 1960s which you can attach handlebars to so that your child can use it. It comes with the original tires as well, and the entire frame looks as good as new though over 40 years old. There is another design from the sixties offered by Precision Metal, which is covered in metallic brown and whose seat is fixed to a straight, diagonal bar. Its front wheel is covered with a small metal hood as well.
Classic Tricycle Manufacturers
One of the most popular bicycle brands for riders and collectors is Schwinn. Vintage and antique tricycles from many classic eras are still being produced, so collectors will need to determine if they would like a new model or a vintage piece that they will upkeep and restore. A classic Schwinn trademark is the brightly colored frame with high arching details that make it an attractive showpiece as well as comfortable to ride.
Western Auto Supply
Western Auto Supply is most known for producing the Western Flyer bicycle line. This included several attractive tricycles that are worth a great deal on the collectors market. Western Flyers were known for constantly providing innovations to frame style and handling, making them easier to ride and more suitable for long-term riders. Because of this, there is a great deal of variety from model to model.
Big Wheels are often overlooked because they are a less expensive brand offering a plastic frame rather than metal or wood. However, these bikes are growing in popularity once again, making them valuable collector’s pieces. Those interested in classic tricycles can easily find a Big Wheel in good condition to round out their collection.
Trek bicycles are not commonly associated with offering vintage bicycles because their line of modern sportbikes is so popular, but there are several vintage models that are ideal for rounding out any collection. Trek offers a few tricycle models that are ideal for new riders to help learn how to control a bike without help. With such a distinct building style, a Trek cycle is sure to fit in with any collection.
Collecting American Classic Tricycles
Collecting vintage tricycles has become increasingly popular amongst bike dealers today. Most well-known bicycle brands offer a trademark tricycle that will fit into any collection. Shopping online can help you find tricycles from any vintage or maker so you can easily find new pieces that are offered at a great price, offering plenty of room to purchase more pieces later.
Those that are interested in buying vintage models that are very old may find that it is difficult to find tricycles online that are in mint condition at a reasonable price. If you are willing to put in a bit of work to restore old tricycles you can wind up with a high-quality piece that is sure to turn heads. Most American classic bicycle manufacturers offer replacement parts and helpful guides that you can use to help get your vintage bikes back to its prime condition.
Whether you are a newcomer to the bicycle collecting world or you have been collecting for years, vintage tricycles are sure to offer plenty of sales appeal for your collection.
Here are some sample Vintage Tricycles found on eBay
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