Famous vintage bicycles include Schwinn, Proteus and Spectrum. These bikes are just a few of the hundreds of brands made over the centuries of bike riding. Bicycles have been around longer than cars have been on the road and were an important form of transport for many decades.
Schwinn is one of the most well-known names in bicycles, both vintage and modern. The American bike is a classic and recognizable almost by sight. The smooth lines and high-quality brakes made the bike very popular. The American, made from 1955 to 1965, was the only Schwinn bike made 100 percent in the United States. There were larger 24- and 26-inch bikes for older kids and adults and a 20-inch version for younger kids.
Spectrum bikes, crafted by Tom Kellogg, have been in production since 1976 when he set up his first shop in Allentown, Pennsylvania. National champions, world champions and even amateur medalist ride these bikes and have done so for decades. For a time, Tom worked with Ross bikes but, after a bad accident, reopened his own shop in 1982.
Proteus is another famous vintage bicycle and was an English brand of bike that was very popular in the United States in the 1970s.