Business Journal: Bike Museum In Davis?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 3, 2007
The largest antique bicycle collection in the West is looking for a good home. About seven years ago, the University of California Davis bought a collection of 60 bikes – many from the 1800s – for $500,000. Since then, the bikes have sat collecting dust in a university basement. The city of Davis and the university are discussing locations for a possible museum. It’s easier to find enough space on campus, but the city wants it downtown to attract visitors. However, the city doesn’t have available space downtown now. The museum will need at least 5,000 square feet. The collection, which includes an 1823 Draissine velocipede and a bicycle built for six, wouldn’t have much competition. There are two major bicycle museums in the country, one in New York and the other in Ohio.