Vintage Bicycles We Love 'em.
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 1964 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, Scott "discovered" the world of vintage American bicycle collecting. Being a “collector” of stuff 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 original focus of the collection was American-made bicycles manufactured between 1933 and the late 1950’s. This is generally recognized as the “Balloon Tire” era in American bicycling history. But over the years we have expanded the collection to include bicycles from the 1960's & 1970's'. In particular, our collection has many Schwinn Sting Rays and Krates from what is known as the "Muscle" bicycle era.
Recently, (2012) we added a 1867 Boneshaker and a 1887 Rudge Ordinary (high-wheel) to the collection thus providing a specimen from every era of American Bicycling History.
The 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.