Welcome to the Sunbeam Bicycle Museum
1914 GOLDEN SUNBEAM LADIES TRICYCLE v 1909 GOLDEN SUNBEAM GENTS TRICYCLE
For a vintage enthusiast, owning and riding a Sunbeam bicycle is a rare privilege.
Not only is your machine very well-manufactured and, therefore, less likely to give you trouble, but its styling is very aristocratic. I think this combination of factors provides confidence, resulting in a sense of well-being when riding.
If you don’t believe me, then ride one yourself and see!
As a vintage collector, I admire a Sunbeam’s well-painted frame and durable transfers. Distinctive features such as the oilbath chaincase, and the little extras that you get with the Golden range, make the purchase of a Sunbeam an attractive proposition.
But what I particularly enjoy about all vintage vehicles is how, through owning and using them, we can tap into their history, perhaps to get a glimpse into the era when the machine was new.
Many classic vehicles have now appeciated beyond the budget of the most enthusiasts. But a Sunbeam bicycle from the Edwardian era, for example, is still just about affordable. To ride it is to experience the same sensations as the rider of around 100 years ago. It was an exclusive machine then, and it retains that feeling now. If I’d been alive then, would I have been able to afford a Sunbeam?
For a vintage machine to be in good condition so many years after manufacture, there has been a collaboration between its various guardians over the years. Each have cherished it. And it has outlasted most of them. It will outlast me too. I’ll look after it and it will pass to new owners. I hope that it will still be ridden in another 100 years.
That’s a hint of the privilege I describe. I hope this museum website allows you to share it…
THE SUNBEAM COLLECTION
I’ve spent many years refining my collection of vintage bicycles, none more so than Sunbeams. As a result I’ve sold many beauties, often regretting it later. Though my regular customers often try to buy my personal favourites, the Sunbeams illustrated below comprise the Sunbeam Museum Collection and are not for sale.
SUNBEAM BICYCLE LAMP