Friday, February 19, 2016

Past POIs - Bicycle Heaven [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA]

A quirky little 'museum' that you should visit while you are in Pittsburgh is Bicycle Heaven. It claims to be the World's Largest Bicycle Museum and Shop, and it certainly seems like they have a large collection, however it feels more like a collection than an actual museum.

From the outside, it looks like a regular industrial warehouse building until you go inside and even then, it looks like it is a shop that has a lot of bicycles. The magic happens when you go upstairs. Upstairs is where they have an enormous collection of bicycles and bicycle parts that would easily amount to well over 2,000 bicycles and over 90,000 bicycle parts.

Bowden Bikes is the most expensive item that they have and they actually have 17 of them out of 544 that were ever made. Just a few years ago in 2013, one of them was sold for $42,000 USD. Can you imagine a bicycle that costs that much? Why is it so expensive? It actually has a fibreglass frame, for something made in 1950, this was a really big deal. Fibreglass made the bicycle really light weight, however once damaged, they are basically impossible to fix.

Bicycle Heaven actually gets quite a bit of press coverage, CBS, Pittsburgh Magazine, New York Times, Associated Press and more, so do try to make it out here if you happen to be in the area. And best of all, it is free to visit, all they ask is a donation (which is optional). Your length of stay is entirely dependent on your interest. I would say that one hour is a good length of stay, there are a lot of really cool bikes to take pictures of, some of which you could even ride (well, pretend to).

Hopefully my photos give you a good idea of what is there. If you want more information, visit their site at

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!