Old and pretty: The Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show

This '57 Huffy Radio Bike, has a 3-tube AM radio, and was just one of hundreds of interesting old bikes on display on a sunny Sunday.

2014 Vintage Bike Show

CBN hosts annual event in Trinity Bellwoods Park

Photos by Kyle Schruder

On Sunday July 27, 2014, the third annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show was hosted by the Community Bicycle Network (CBN) in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It was a beautiful, sunny day with tons of awesome old bikes on display. Scroll to the very bottom of this photo set to see some bikes from the turn of the century including a "Boneshaker" and a "Pony".

Greg Thomas poses with a '36 CCM Flyte with Endrick rims.

Some more bikes:

Stringed fenders.

Old school seat with air flow adjustment.

Viking with light.

CCM has a long history in Ontario.

"Speed Queen" with wooden rims and fenders.

"Speed Queen" with lovely wooden details.

1941 CCM with Montreal plate.

More really old bikes.

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Vintage saddle with 1947 license plate.

Burnt orange and cherry red two-tone paint, ape bars and black and white checkered seat. What???

Deluxe.

Super Deluxe. Monarch.

Crash bar for the Monarch seat.

..Shelby Flyer (below) being rebuilt.

Shelby Flyer fancy chain guard.

The amazing Schwinn Speedster.

Skyrider.

Huffy Radio Bike power pack.

Huffy Radio bike from the 50s.

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'46 Saginaw Powerbike. (Yikes! Is that a fuel tank under the seat?)

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'48 Wizzer RoadMaster 4 stroke motorbike. Hey wait... that's not a bicycle!

CCM Delivery Bike.

And now, we present, the real Old School two-wheelers:

Spalding Chainless - circa 1905 (above and below). The sign with the Spalding chainless  read (in part): The pneumatic tire was first applied to the bicycle by an Irish veterinarian who was trying to give his young son a more comfortable ride on his tricycle. This inventive young doctor was named Dunlop. [Yes, as in the tires.] Now that comfort, safety, and manufacturing methods had improved everyone clamoured to ride the bicycle. It was a practical investment for the working man as transportation, and gave him a much greater flexibility for leisure. Ladies heretofore consigned to riding the heavy adult sized tricycles could now ride a much more versatile machine and still keep their legs covered with long skirts. The bicycle craze killed the bustle and the corset, instituted "common sense dressing" for women and increased their mobility considerably…

… bicycling was so popular in the the 1880s and 1890s that cyclists formed the League of American Wheelmen who lobbied for better roads...literally paving the road for the automobile.

And something more suited to petticoats below...

...A very fancy adult-sized trike. This would've been what ladies would ride (pre "Spalding chainless" era.)

The "Pony" (below) was considered a safety bike, but, it doesn't look that safe to me...

Star "Pony" Safety bicycle circa 1885 (above) was considered an improvement on the high wheel or penny farthing. The sign with this bicycle read (in part): "Improvements to the design began to be seen, with small wheel in the front to eliminate the tipping forward problem. One model was promoted by it's manufacturer by being ridden down the front steps of the capital building in Washington DC. These designs became known as high-wheel safety bicycles. Since the older high-wheel designs had been known simply as bicycles they were now referred to as "ordinary bicycles" in comparison with these newfangled designs.

And below, we see an "ordinary" high-wheel style bicycle.

...The Gormully "ordinary" or high wheel.

And, last but not least, from the days of the dandyhorse, (but this one with very modern handlebars): The Boneshaker circa 1860.

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"Boneshaker" circa 1860, side view.

Thanks to Kyle Schruder for these dandy photos!

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