If you can imagine riding cobblestones in the 1800’s on a rudimentary steel bicycle with wooden carriage wheels, then you’ll know how The Boneshaker Bicycle got its name. This University Bicycles Antique Collection Tee pays homage to the early pioneers and their “crazy” ideas that helped shape the bikes we ride today. Text on back: The oldest bike in the collection! Also called a Velocipede meaning human powered land vehicle with two or more wheels. Coming from France and first manufactured by the Michaux company from 1867 to 1869, this marked a time of real interest in bicycles and was copied by many others. It fell out of favor after 1869 and was replaced in 1870 with a type of bicycle called "Ordinary," "High-wheel," or "Penny Farthing.
The 1936 Elgin "Robin” is a true snapshot of the era. This University Bicycles Antique Collection Tee captures the bike's style and the airship that inspired it. Text on back: A bicycle made for people who wanted to cruise in style. A Zeppelin inspired top tube tank and full fenders created this artful piece of cycling history. One of the many bicycle companies in the Chicagoland area, Elgin made bikes from 1890 to the early 1940's.
University Bicycle's Antique Collection Tee Our Swiss Army bike from 1950 is proudly displayed in our front entrance. Built between 1905 and 1989 by Schwalbe, Casar, Cosmos and Condor. Swiss bicycle infantry were phased out in 2001. Our Swiss bike has a plate stamped 2001 meaning it was in service for 51 years! This tee honors the unique military bike with a timeless design.
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