More to Bicycles Than You Think!
- Pedaling History Bicycle Museum, in Orchard Park, New York, features
one of the world's largest collections of antique and classic American
bicycles, including thousands of items of cycling-related
memorabilia. From the antiques through the classics to modern bikes:
social, design, manufacturing, marketing, and sports aspects are
all reflected in our displays.
of the Bicycle
a brief history of the bicycle and how it impacted so many aspects
of our lives.
and Mission of the Museum
- How Pedaling History Bicycle Museum came about.
& Wait, (Requires a Video download time)
A Brief video tour of
the Museum with Carl Burgwardt
an recent unsolicited Visitor's Blog after his Museum Visit
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still working at it !
Buffalo has EXPIRED
George N. Pierce Bicycle Company
Pedaling History Bicycle Museum
CHAINTREUIL | JENSEN |
Museum INFORMATION UPDATE
Pedaling History Bicycle Museum
closed it doors on the 29th of November, 2009.
contents, the museum collection, including storage items
will remain in place for a limited time while various types of photographic
records will be made for various purposes and until a sale of the
collection has been completed. No individual items will be offered
or available for loan or public sale.
Bicycle Boutique Gift Shop remains actively on-line
as a part of this website: www. pedalinghistory.com
and for walk-ins by appointment (call 716-662-3853) while the museum
collection is still in place. We also are accepting orders through
our telephone, 716-662-3853.
notices of discontinuing gift shop sales, or information regarding
the collection's new owner and the collection's future will be posted
when appropriate. All future in-house programs, events and
reservations are cancelled.
limited number of weekday admissions may still possibly be accommodated
by mutual appointment, by calling ahead - 716-662-3853 - to arrange
a specific a time for a visit. Every effort will be made to oblige
a few of those requests.
thank all of those who have visited our museum on-line virtually,
or in-person, over our museum's eighteen years. It's been
a pleasure to have shared this history with so many and to have
met so many thousands of cyclists, tourists, historians, neighbors,
friends, many foreign visitors, and just those average folks who
found out through us, that historically, the bicycle is far more
than just a kid's transportation and toy. For those kids, and for
many of us adults, all over the years, the bicycle has been a turning
point in our own, or our children's early accomplishments, his or
her maturing, and in expanding their confidence and independence,
but we've more importantly learned that it's a history that
has changed the world. Nearly all of us have a fond
memory of a bicycle incident in our lives as a part of growing up
understand that in the mid 1990's, Horace Huffman, the
3rd generation Chairman of the Huffy Bicycle
Corporation , at the opening of his company's 100
th annual public Stockholder's Meeting, said:
we are indeed fortunate to be in this business…there are
three things marketed today as well as they were 100 years ago.”
continued, by saying: “the
light bulb, the telephone, and the bicycle.”
pedaling for your health and to help keep our world green…..
& Clary Burgwardt
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a Special Talk or Program for YOUR Group, Meeting or Entertainment
take it to you.
Burgwardts have several power point presentations available - Not
all about bicycles but also on Buffalo History and Music
Learn More about Our Earlier Vision above
of our Inner Harbor Possibilities….….
the PAST Lane"
Review of Buffalo's Transportation Heritage Potentials
power point presentation & short open discussion available
NEXT Presentation could be YOURS !
are invited to hear and see this 45 minute presentation at your
Western New York group meeting or function of 25 or more people,
at no cost.
try to keep this presentation current with the ever-changing, developing,
and ongoing progress of the Inner Harbor Historic District and lower
Main Street re-development scene. Monitor our vision's hopeful participation
and influence in that progress while we keep our dream alive.
first phases of the Inner Harbor Historic District are finally now
becoming a reality with the re-watering of the Commercial Slip already
here. Next year, the remaining site-work and landscaping of the
district will continue using the balance of the budgeted funding
to complete the funded portion of Empire State Development Corporation's
project. The result will then leave lower Main Street with a cleaned-up
cobblestone streetscape, some designated foundation relics, a re-watered
Commercial Slip, and a couple of new museum buildings for the relocated
Naval & Servicemen's Park but little more to support a successful
or dynamic tourism destination objective. Little has yet been announced
or even discussed for what's to follow in the numerous development
sites in the historic district. Buffalo
and Western New York's dynamic and historic transportation heritages
grew and spread from this waterfront leading America and the World
not only on the water but from rails to roads, and from sprockets
to rockets. Western New York could and should capitalize
and showcase this theme to the world as this historic district is
talk “Into the PAST Lane” is
presented by Carl F. Burgwardt generally
followed by a short discussion.
Burgwardt is the co-owner and director of the Pedaling
History Bicycle Museum in Orchard Park, NY, a life-long
Western New Yorker and a retired Buffalo executive who, with his
wife, is presently seeking to re-locate their museum to an appropriate
historic site at the inner harbor.
also have several
- Entertaining, Locally Western New York Historical, Educational
and quick moving programs to highlight your special meeting (or
716-662-3853 or email@example.com
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Events and Programs - Pedaling History Bicycle Museum
occasionally has events and programs throughout the year on little
known and interesting aspects of bicycling.
Programs are CANCELED
your name to our list of racers -
- - - Call or Email
for more information
If you've competitively
raced a bicycle anytime in the past 100 years, bring your mementos
and join our group sharing a couple of hours reminiscing with
your competitors. We want to hear your first hand favorite story
or memory of bicycle racing in Western New York or elsewhere.
Our Annual Spring Rust-Buster
- Starting from the museum at 9:45 A. M. - a 6 1/2 mile cruise
around the Village of Orchard Park on your old cruiser, new hybrid
or just your favorite bicycle. Anything
that pedals, goes....except
with training wheels [it's just a bit too long
for those to slow us down]. A
casual ride for every age visiting
historical sites around the village.
The Town Historian will provide background information at each
stop. Ride ends at the museum at noon with an informal "Cook
your own Hot Dog" picnic. $1.00 Hot dogs,
$1.00 Sodas - along with Chips, Garnishes, and Chat. Ride
supported by sag wagon with ice water and assistance as needed,
so don't fret - six miles isn't that far on a bike over two hours
time. Very casual, good exercise, a leisurely and non-aggressive
social ride for all ages - Families
get 1/2 Price Admission to Museum following lunch. Reservations
would be appreciated [so
we can plan food], but not necessary.
Books - Check out our featured bicycle books. And there are
many more bicycle-related titles in our online
Bicycle History Conferences -This annual event attracts bicycle
historians and scholars rom all over the world. The Conferences
are intended to advance our knowledge of the roots of bicycling
and to give due recognition to its pioneers. Much new information
has been brought to light, often surprising, sometimes controversial.
Store - We have many bicycle-related books and posters. More
bicycled-related items, including clothing, jewelry, and gift items,
are being added to the store all the time.
Wheelmen - The national organization of antique bicycle enthusiasts.
Links - A few general links and some regional ones for your
Going on at the Museum Right Now:
The bicycle and
story of Buffalo born, Buffalo Heritage Rider & National
bicycle racer Champion, Pete Penseyres makes this a celebration
of the 20th anniversary of his Record Setting Ride Across
America [RAAM] in 1986.
of Pete Penseyres
and his rides across America
All in the family …..
the 1970s Pete, the great grandson of William H. Penseyres (see
below), knew nothing of his family history when he met and
married Joanne, who talked him into riding bicycles with her, instead
of the motorcycle he'd been riding. Since then he's become addicted
to bicycling and it has captured his and his family's lives. Pete's
Two record setting wins
of RAAM (1984 & 1986),
the Race Across AMerica, leaving a 1986 record setting speed of
15.40 mph still waiting to be broken;
days, 14 hours, 55 minutes.
11 National titles in Road
& Tandem Racing with the United States Cycling Federation (USCF)
a 1993 RAAM Tandem Transcontinental
Record – still standing.
a 1993 US Master Road Championship
a 1996 Team bicycling cross
country record of 5 days,11 hours 21 minutes.
has crossed America by bicycle more than 12 times and
will be doing so again in 2007. A
few of these trips were with his brother Jim.
Century ago ….
the 1880s and 1890s William H. Penseyres (Pete's great grandfather)
and his brother John were prominent and successful bicycle racers
in Buffalo, New York. A National Champion LAW Tandem Racer,
William, later became a prominent Buffalo bicycle manufacturer,
owning the Globe Bicycle Company on Broadway. In 1897, before the
days of children's bicycling, he made a special bicycle 
for his 2½ year old son “ Willie ” (William
C.). Willie then was publicly promoted as the youngest
bicycle rider in the world when he rode that bicycle one mile on
racing training rollers in the front window of Globe Bicycles'
Main Street store. Years later, Willie joined in business
with his father, who had then already introduced and was operating
Buffalo's first Electric trolley cars on Main Street. Willie
expanded on that business by starting the Grand Island Transit
that later combined to be the Buffalo Transit Company (now the Niagara
Frontier Transit Authority, NFTA). Willie 's brother was
Eugene Penseyres, a Buffalo bicycle messenger in the early 1900s
and who a generation later was the father of Pete Penseyres
, Buffalo born in the 1940s.
rest of the Penseyres story …..
brother, Jim, is also an avid bicyclist and successful racer. Both
presently live in Southern California, both cycle daily and were
amazed to learn of the extent of their heritage in cycling.
th / 20 th Century -
William & John -Penseyres-
20th / 21st Century – Pete & Jim
This bicycle is also on
display in this museum along with other Penseyres family photographs
and Globe bicycles.
(every year) - Two Feature-length Movies
for Black History Month!
The Bicycle Corps: America's
Black Army on Wheels
Tracks of Glory: Major Taylor, the first black athlete to hold a
professional World Sports Title
2009 - May
is National Bike Month
above - FAMILY BIKE RIDE -
Hours & Location We
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3943 North Buffalo Road
(Rt. 240 / 277)
1:30 to 5:00 PM
Orchard Park, New York
(12 miles Southeast of Buffalo, NY)
Hours - from January 15 to March 21 -
Closed on Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
also Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day