Vintage bike collectors host second Vintage Bicycle Open House

 

Jessica, Mark and Cori McGuire stand with their collection of vintage bikes at the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Open House held at their home in Amherstburg on Aug. 24. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea.

Jessica, Mark and Cori McGuire stand with their collection of vintage bikes at the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Open House held at their home in Amherstburg on Aug. 24. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea.

By Adam D’Andrea

 

For local vintage bicycle enthusiasts, getting old doesn’t necessarily mean going out of style.

The second Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Open House was held on Sunday with attendees travelling from all over Ontario to display, sell and trade vintage bikes. Organizers Mark and Cori McGuire, who hosted the event on their property in Amherstburg, both said the hobby is a great way to relate with people.

“Pretty much everybody grew up having a bicycle in those days and it takes you back to your childhood,” said Cori. “We’ve had such interesting conversations with people who have been moved to tears to see a bike and say, ‘You know, we couldn’t afford that bike. I wanted that kind of a bike when I was younger.’”

“The way my wife often puts it is that cycling’s becoming more and more prevalent and it’s a re-energized hobby for a lot of young people and old,” said Mark, who’s been collecting bicycles for 15 years. “This kind of shows the history of where bicycling came from, and it’s just a hobby for us and we enjoy it.”

Vendors and vintage fans from Essex County, Brantford, Woodstock, Kitchener and Guelph headed to the open house to view bicycles built by CCM, Schwinn and many more, some of which were from as far back as the 1930s. Jamie McGregor, who runs the Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show in Brantford, said he’s been collecting bicycles for over 40 years and continues to do so because of their quality and collectability. According to McGregor, it’s not just older riders who appreciate vintage bicycles.

“There are some younger guys getting into it too,” said McGregor. “They’re rebuilding these old bikes and riding them. If you go to Toronto a lot of people are riding old bicycles and they’re all rebuilt.”

As long as it remains successful, the McGuires plan on continuing to host the Southern Ontario Vintage Bicycle Open House as an annual event.

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