Scott Wilke has been collecting, restoring, and preserving vintage American bicycles for over 20 years. Starting in 1988, Scott began his hobby by restoring the Schwinn Traveler bicycle that his mom and dad gave him when he was 10 years old. While looking for the parts to restore his bicycle (his brothers having removed the original 2-speed Bendix kickback wheel while he was in college) he discovered the world of vintage American bicycle collecting. Being a “collector” of things since he was 16, Scott was immediately “bitten by the bug” and the rest is history. Since that time Scott has acquired hundreds of vintage bicycles and now has many of them on permanent display at South Shore Cyclery in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Know as the Milwaukee Bicycle Museum, the main focus of the collection revolves around American-made bicycles manufactured between 1933 and the late 1950’s. This is generally recognized as the “Balloon Tire” era in American bicycling history. Also on display you will see bicycles from the 1960’s and 1970’s. In particular, the collection has many Schwinn Sting Rays and Krates from what is know as the “muscle bicycle”era.
His collection is on display and free to public viewing during the hours of operation of South Shore Cyclery. Located in Cudahy Wisconsin, South Shore Cyclery is a premier Independent Bicycle Dealer offering top-branded bicycles, accessories and expert professional repair services for over 20 years. You can visit their web site at: www.southshorecyclery.com or stop by at 4758 South Packard Ave., Cudahy, WI. (Near General Mitchell Field airport in Milwaukee, WI). We always welcome visitors and hope you will spend some time with us enjoying America’s bicycling history.