In June 1817 on the roads of Mannheim, Karl von Drais was the first person to ride on two wheels on his “running machine”, named the Draisine. As the forerunner of the bicycle, his invention revolutionised transport. This was the very start of individual mobility, long before the car became the symbol of individuality in the 20th century. In everyday life, leisure and above all in sport, the bicycle still plays an important role even in the modern age of motorised vehicles. Classic racing bikes with steel frames from the 1950s to 1980s are currently enjoying a revival. Students and hipsters ride the cult wheels to university, Ikea illustrates its furniture catalogues with the on-trend cycles and managers with a passion for collecting decorate their offices with in some cases extremely valuable models.
All this provides good reason to present to visitors and many classic vehicle collectors an exquisite selection of classic racing bikes during the Bremen Classic Motorshow from 2nd to 4th February 2018. It’s a good opportunity to admire, and also to buy iconic bicycles. For example, Wolfgang Hagemann will display pieces from his collection that illustrate “The development of derailleur systems on racing bicycles” as well as several exclusive time trial bicycles. Furthermore, Ivan Soj of the German Bicycle Museum will present racing bikes from the pre-derailleur age, and various exhibitors will offer an attractive range of steel-frame racing bikes for sale.