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Old 10-01-11, 02:53 PM   #1
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Would you donate your bikes to a museum?

Those of you that have collections of nice bikes - would you donate them to a museum? I'm thinking of starting a non profit bicycle museum and wonder if any of you would donate when it is time to stop riding. This is a serious question - and I'm not asking you to donate today, but if I build it, will your bikes come?
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Old 10-01-11, 03:13 PM   #2
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I won't care about my bikes when I am dead... hope you can wait another 50 years for my donation.

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Old 10-01-11, 03:29 PM   #3
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Funny you should mention it. The Velognome Bicycle Museum just opened in NJ....donations gladly accepted!

But, yes. If I had something of importance, I'd gladly loan it to a museum or gift it at my repose,
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NO! They're all going in the box with me!!
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Sure, and I'll be there in spirit, as my ashes will be poured down the seat tube.
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No. I have taken pictures in every which way of my bikes. If someone wants to look at them, they are on wooljersey, flikr and photobucket. No need to keep them behind a velvet rope. If they are rideable, someone should ride them.
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If I've amassed a collection good enough yes. If not, my loves ones can ride them afterwards. If I die in a situation lonely and destitute, without loved ones, I'd probably meet my end beside the only bike I have - an old utility bike loaded with grocery bags full of crap. I'll be happy to let it rust.

It all depends on which moment I have to jump ship.
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What an interesting question. I suppose, depending on the venue, I would donate a bike once I was done with it. Of course, it would have to be worthy of a museum I guess. What do you have in mind Custermustache?
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I have one bike I would like to see in a Italian cycling museum when the time comes, the rest are going to cash for my wife (who I know will outlive me).
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If it had historical value, sure.

I would loan my bicycle.

Why not, I have my 39 motorcycle on loan to one right now!
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If it had historical value, sure.

I would loan my bicycle.

Why not, I have my 39 motorcycle on loan to one right now!
Smart, you don't have to pay for additional storage facility...and someone will dust them off too.
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A fair question. My sons are too tall for my road bikes, and my wife is slightly too short for the 55cm Bianchi and Capos and prefers riding offroad, anyway. She could take over the Peugeot, which I originally custom built from a bare frame just for her in 1973.

The Capos might make nice museum pieces, but my first choice would be that they go to someone would would enjoy riding them, despite the risk of damage, theft, or destruction. I do want them to go to someone, be it a cyclist or a curator, who would care for them and care about them.
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I have something like the Barber Motorsports museum in mind; I'd like to get as many great examples of bikes as I can; of course they would all be rideable. I don't have too many "significant" bikes, but I know a lot of you do - and I also know that most of you cringe at the thought of someone else abusing your hard won bikes after you die (or can no longer ride - that day may come).

Every year here in Dallas we have the "retro picnic" that brings out the really cool stuff like Serotta Huffys, Rene Herse, etc. I would love to have a collection of those bikes that one could visit every day, rather than just every once in a while. In addition, I'd like some significant race bikes, literature, and even kit.

And while you have taken photos, and that is great, I think that an actual physical museum is better - because hopefully it would become self sustaining and rescue some old bikes than NEED to be in museums so people can see them, and so they don't just rot away.

I am seriously considering this, and would welcome any input - there are several motorcycle museums, but most bike museums are in our garages where they get few visitors. The thought of someone buying my all original International and then repainting it after I die makes my hair curl - and if is in a ,museum, the odds are slime that it will end up as a fixed gear or townie.
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Old 10-01-11, 07:35 PM   #14
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I don't think I'd do that...I'd rather see them given to something like our bike co-op's jr. racing team and my niece and nephew. I'll probably sell some for vacation funds down the road.
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Aaron, you wouldn't like your Triplet in a museum? I know it has sentimental value to you, and I am surprised that you wouldn't want it preserved for posterity.
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My son will likely sell them at a yard sale
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Nobody would want my Fuji's in a museum anyway but any bike museum without a good old hi-ten Fuji S-10 S...

Sheldon: "Fuji started the "invasion" with the S-10-S, the first Japanese adult bike designed successfully for the U.S. market, and later the first moderate-priced 12 speed."
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totally.. they could chop them up and weld them into display racks for the bikes that you should be displaying instead of mine.
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I think a Fuji s-10 would be nice in a museum - and a nice Varsity, both significant bikes in their own way.

Garage sales are what I'm trying to help you avoid.
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No. I have taken pictures in every which way of my bikes. If someone wants to look at them, they are on wooljersey, flikr and photobucket. No need to keep them behind a velvet rope. If they are rideable, someone should ride them.
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A fair question. My sons are too tall for my road bikes, and my wife is slightly too short for the 55cm Bianchi and Capos and prefers riding offroad, anyway. She could take over the Peugeot, which I originally custom built from a bare frame just for her in 1973.

The Capos might make nice museum pieces, but my first choice would be that they go to someone would would enjoy riding them, despite the risk of damage, theft, or destruction. I do want them to go to someone, be it a cyclist or a curator, who would care for them and care about them.
My feeling, too. Like a fine Stradivarius, they need to be ridden
by skilled and appreciative riders after I'm buried sitting in riding
position, upright on the chrome Paramount.

And like Velognome, I've just started a foundation to support
the Museum of 58 cm Columbus and Raleigh (West coast branch).
Our doors will open soon. Meanwhile, we expand the collection.
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No. Grandkids get 'em.
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I would definitely donate them to a museum!
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Not a chance.
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I'm surprised that no one has suggested that the will have their bikes melted down and cast into their casket or cremated with them yet.
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