Vintage Tricycle | Antiques Tricycles | Vintage Tricycle Parts

by Antique Bicycle Enthusiast

Vintage Tricycle and Vintage Bicycles have become a very popular collectors item but unless you know what to look for it is very easy to purchase a Vintage Tricycle only to find out after the fact that it is not an actual Vintage Bike.

What confuses most vintage bike collectors is the difference between being an antique bicycle verses in this case a real vintage tricycle.

The difference between the two is not necessarily the age like one might think. A Vintage Tricycle would be a bicycle from a particular era and it would meet some specific criteria such as design or style.

Now to some this can be debatable but it is my understanding that an Antique bicycle must be 100 years old to classify as being an Antique bike. A Vintage Tricycle does not have to meet the 100 year requirement to be classified as a Vintage Bike.

Is It A Vintage Tricycle or An Antique Tricycle? Know What Bicycle You Are Buying.

Vintage Tricycle

Vintage Tricycle

You need to think of Vintage as being from a specific era, so a Vintage Tricycle could be one of the earlier Treks and you can find those to be only twenty years old.

I am trying to clarify the distinction between Vintage Bicycle and Antique Bicycle because all too often I will have potential customers or fellow collectors dispute the validity of what is being sold as an Antique Bicycle.

Just to add even more confusion to the discussion you can definitely have an Antique Tricycle that also fits the bill as being a Vintage Tricycle.

After all that I will give it to you in the simplest of terms. An Antique Tricycle will always be a Vintage Tricycle as well but a Vintage Tricycle will not always be an Antique Bicycle. How's that for clarification?

Vintage Tricycle Distinct Features

A Vintage Tricycle has adjustable seats and handlebars making it ideal to be used by children. Motorized tricycle can be powered with a variety of methods, including motorcycle engines, smaller automatic transmission scooter motors, and electric motors.

Tricycles are attractive for those with mobility or balance problems and for carrying multiple passengers. Tricycles machines are generally custom-built and often finished to a very high standard.

Emergence of the Vintage Tricycle

Bicycles first gained popularity towards the end of the nineteenth century, and have not decreased in popularity since then. Bicycle styles were altered, becoming easier to ride and more pleasing to the eye.

The Vintage Tricycle for many years remained a popular mode of transportation amongst the working class. Bicycles use declined and the bicycle was considered primarily as children's toys.

Kid’s tricycles were introduced just after the First World War by several manufacturers, such as Mead, Sears Roebuck, and Montgomery Ward, to revitalize the bike industry.

Safety Issue with The Vintage Tricycle

The Vintage Tricycle design elements appealed to kids. The Surfer plus tricycle designed became the first real bicycle.

Designed to be safe for young riders, it had fat tires that provided excellent traction for all terrain riding and were super stable. Limited turn radius steering restricted the handlebars and front wheel from turning more than 45 degrees to the left or right, radically reducing the danger of tipping over.

Later, this model was given iron tires and because it was ridden on the cobblestone roads of the day, it was aptly named the boneshaker.

Vintage Tricycle Models And Other Styles of Vintage Tricycles

Vintage 1930s Airflow Tricycle Full Size
Vintage 1930s Airflow Tricycle Full Size
$160.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage 1930s Child Tricycle
Vintage 1930s Child Tricycle
$120.00
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Vintage Schwinn 1970s Adult Tricycle Town  Country Excellent Duluth MN Area
Vintage Schwinn 1970s Adult Tricycle Town Country Excellent Duluth MN Area
$299.00
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1930s Tricycle Trike Vintage Rare Show Classic Concept Metal Midget Model
1930s Tricycle Trike Vintage Rare Show Classic Concept Metal Midget Model
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1930 Pedal Car Tricycle Rare Vintage Classic Red Model NOT a Child Ride On Toy
1930 Pedal Car Tricycle Rare Vintage Classic Red Model NOT a Child Ride On Toy
$449.00
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1930s Tricycle Pedal Car Vintage Classic Red Metal Model NOT a Child Ride On Toy
1930s Tricycle Pedal Car Vintage Classic Red Metal Model NOT a Child Ride On Toy
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Vintage Tricycles LOT OF 8 Pollo Radio Flyer Roadmaster Magic SHIPPING INCL
Vintage Tricycles LOT OF 8 Pollo Radio Flyer Roadmaster Magic SHIPPING INCL
$750.00
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1930s Tricycle Pedal Car Vintage Antique Disney Midget Model Not A Ride On Toy
1930s Tricycle Pedal Car Vintage Antique Disney Midget Model Not A Ride On Toy
$277.11
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Vintage Tricycle
Vintage Tricycle
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Murray Vintage Tricycles were originally produced by the Junior Toy Corporation in 1936. These Murray Vintage Tricycles amazing reproductions are a collector’s item in the years to come.

Designed for a beautiful function as well as safety, this classy heavy-gauge steel tricycle comes complete with brilliant red powder coat finish, chrome detailing, grip tassels, sealed ball bearings in the front wheel, solid rubber tires and an adjustable coil-spring seat.

Vintage Tricycle Unique Feature Ahead of Its Time

The Vintage Pedal Tricycle is equipped with an electric auxiliary motor, which helps pedaling, especially when going uphill. The pedal tricycle folding mechanism in the middle of the frame allows it to fold in half so that it can be easily transported in the boot of a car.

Hand-pedaled Vintage Tricycle models may be very popular among those who have minimal ability to use their legs due to illness or paralysis.

Recumbent tricycles are particularly suitable for long-distance use, including cycle touring and riding. Recumbent Vintage Tricycle models have become increasingly popular in certain forms of bike racing. An excellent resource for discussions about Antique Bicycles and more specifically the Vintage Tricycle is fact filled site called old roads.

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Tammy July 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Did Schwinn ever make a childs tricycle with a rear seat, blue color with the
number 505 on the fender and hard tires?
Bought one at auction about 10 years ago and it needs some repairs, but i can’t
seem to find out about it? Grand kids love to ride it.
Thanks for any info you can give

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Antique Bicycles July 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hi Tammy,
That’s pretty specific so it’s a good bet that they did however I could not verify that for myself but you might have some luck searching through our listings under the new tricycles category.

I wish you luck! Take Care!

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BOBBY EDWARDS July 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

LOOKING FOR HARD TIRES FORE TRICYCLES OR FRONT WHEEL AND TIRE THANKS BOBBY

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Antique Bicycles July 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for stopping by! If you look under the newest category “Tricycles” you should have no problem finding those.
Take Care!

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Everett Briley June 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

i have a Donaleson jocky cycle missing the rubber on the right rear tier and the bat that you hold on to.i would like to sell should i put the money in it to fix it or just allow someone else’s to invest and enjoy it ?

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Antique Bicycles June 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

Hi Everett,

If it were me I would just list it as it is on eBay because a collector is more interested in getting their hands on the item first and fixing any issues second. Be patient and hold out for top bid, see if you can find some comps on eBay so you know where to set your minimum asking/acceptance price.

Good luck my friend!
Take Care!

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