Vintage Bicycle Show celebrates five years

 

By Jolene Perron

 

After travelling to attend the Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show in Brantford, a local couple decided they could hold their own similar event in their own backyard.

“I have been collecting vintage bicycles for the last 17 years,” explained event coordinator and property owner, Mark McGuire, who runs the event with wife Cori. “The intent of acquiring our first bicycle was to add to the decor in our basement. As I began to research and learn more, my interest grew, as well as my collection. Canada has a rich history of the bicycle especially with CCM (Canada Cycle and Motor), which unfortunately met its demise in 1983. The history of CCM, the bicycle, and the political and manufacturing relationship between Canadian and the U.S.A. is fascinating. When CCM was established in 1899 through the amalgamation of five Canadian bicycle manufacturing companies, Canada was still looming in the shadow of the Americans trying to impose on Canadian industry. CCM sought to make Canadian bicycle manufacturing strong. At this time in history, the bicycle was a main mode of transportation.”

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his  personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

Event coordinator Mark McGuire shows off his
personal collection of bicycles at the 5th annual Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Show Sunday.

The show started as away for the family to show their interest, collection and share their history knowledge with others. Since beginning the show five years ago, they have attracted collectors from London, Brantford, St. Jacobs, St. Catherines and more who all display, sell and trade bicycles, parts and memorabilia from the past. They typically bring out more than 200 visitors and the number grows each year.

“Collecting antiques is in my blood,” explained McGuire. “My dad has an extensive collection of various antiques, specifically farm related. Ironically, he did not collect bicycles, so at least there was no competition there for me. Dad did enjoy coming out to our past bicycle shows. We enjoy sharing stories with all ages about people and their bicycles and bicycle history. Everyone has a “bike story,” whether it was given to them as a Christmas gift or whether it was a fond childhood memory or even a critical means of transportation.”

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

Rick Wolfe, who has one the largest pre 1900s vintage bicycles, demonstrates how to properly mount a Royal Mail, circa 1884, with a 54” wheel.

McGuire said the only requirement for the show, was for all visitors to have fun and enjoy themselves at the family friendly educational event for bicycle enthusiasts.

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