[WORLDKINGS] Fascinating collections in the world (P.45) - Pittsburgh’s Bicycle Heaven, own by Craif Morrow, USA.

12-08-2020

(WorldKings.org) Tucked away in an industrial park along the edges of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh’s Chateau neighborhood sits one of the city’s least-known museums: Bicycle Heaven.

Even before entering Bicycle Heaven, the mural outside, which enlivens an otherwise monotone building, tells you that you’re about to experience something special. Take some time to admire this beautiful painting which features a cityscape scene and makes you almost feel like Bicycle Heaven is located along a quaint street in a small town.

Despite having a very large collection of bicycles, the first room looks like a regular bike shop. However, look closely, and you’ll notice many vintage bikes along the floors and walls of this main room. One of the highlights of this first room is the Bowden Spacelander bikes hanging on the wall. Built in the 1960s, these fiberglass bikes have a space age name and look, but only 500 were ever made. Of those, only a small percentage still exist. However, visitors to Bicycle Heaven can see four pristine examples hanging on the museum’s wall.

The rest of the shop’s main room is filled with hundreds of bikes, many of which are collector items in their own regard. In fact, the shop is basically one large display collected by owner Craig Morrow. Morrow opened Bicycle Heaven in 2011 after running out of room for his collection at his Pittsburgh home. However, despite only having been open for a few years, Morrow’s collection represents roughly three decades of work.

The bikes here are special for a variety of reasons including age, uniqueness, and Hollywood connections.             

Pee Wee Herman's Bicycle

                                         

 According to uncoveringpa.com


Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings)

 

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