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Expo "The Legendary Favorit" - NTM Praha, Czech Republic +++++

Text: author of the exposition Dr Jan Králik

The bicycle is a perfectly designed piece of sports equipment, means of transport and leisure activity. We have Karl Drais to thank for it; his two-wheeled “draisienne” was first unveiled on the 12th of June 1817. The history of the bicycle starts here, and from that point on, its designs have been as diverse as its principle is simple.

At first it was seen as a fun leisure activity, but it soon began to be used as a mode of transport, which then led, almost naturally, to racing. The first recorded velocipede race, on bikes with cranks and pedals on the shaft of the front wooden wheel (with spokes), took place in France on the 8th of December 1867. The winner completed the 17–kilometre course from Paris to Versailles in one hour. The first race to be held in the Czech lands took place in Kutná Hora on the 8th of August 1869. A race was held in Brno one week later.

Subsequent chapters in Czech cycling history were written by famous (and long forgotten) manufacturers, riders, trainers, managers, businessmen, mechanics, functionaries and journalists. The Favorit factory in Rokycany played a particularly exceptional role. Its roots, development, humble beginnings, growth, mishaps and decline is a fascinating story, but about which there are relatively few documents or written reports.  Former factory employees and racing cyclists are the main source of information, and although their memories may be clouded by time, their recollections reveal their love of the Favorit brand. Favorit was one very few companies to receive credit for both its quality and (non)availability during the era of blatant socialist experimentation.

Following the wild privatization after the fall of communism and dissolution of the company, it seemed that Favorit was condemned to slow oblivion. Only collectors breathed life into the old discarded bikes and admired the old metal frames.

But never say never. The brand has been restarted, and the manufacture of Favorit bicycles in Rokycany has come to life again.

The legend is back.

233 - The Legendary Favorit
233 - The Legendary Favorit
233 - The Legendary Favorit
233 - The Legendary Favorit
233 - The Legendary Favorit
233 - The Legendary Favorit

album: 233 - The Legendary Favorit

Seasonal exhibition– Mnichovo Hradiště, Czech Republic +++++

A nice exhibition with many bicycles from Standa Hnizdil‘s collection and memebers of local clubs and three bicycles from museum of town Mnichovo Hradiště. This exhibition was opened through summer 2018.

Contact:  http://muzeum.mnhradiste.cz

229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.
229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.
229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.
229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.
229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.
229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.

album: 229 - Mnichovo Hradiště - Czech Rep.

"Exhibition 2018" Brandýs n.Labem - Czech Republic +++++

A small local exposition. Very nice high wheels, many photos.....

Contact: http://www.muzeumbrandys.cz/cz/

225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem
225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem
225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem
225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem
225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem
225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem

album: 225 - Expo Brandýs nad Labem

Technic Museum Liberec - Czech Republic +++++

A small technic museum with a few bicycles local bicycles from privat collection. The place for bicycles was enlarget during summer 2017 and we can say "It is a regular cycling museum" now.

Contact:  http://www.technickemuzeumliberec.cz

198/B - Technic Museum Liberec
198/B - Technic Museum Liberec
198/B - Technic Museum Liberec
198/B - Technic Museum Liberec
198/B - Technic Museum Liberec
198/B - Technic Museum Liberec

album: 198/B - Technic Museum Liberec

An Exposition „The Bicycle 1817 – 2017“, The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec – Czech Republic +++++

A small and very a nice bicycle exhibition where many bicycles, posters and assesories were showed first time for public ever.

Contact: http://www.muzeumlb.cz

211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017
211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017
211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017
211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017
211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017
211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017

album: 211/A - An Exposition Liberec 2017

221/B - Posters - Liberec 2017
221/B - Posters - Liberec 2017
221/B - Posters - Liberec 2017

album: 221/B - Posters - Liberec 2017

Muzeum cyklistiky, Žíreč - Czech Republic

New museum was opened in the Czech Republic during summer 2017.

Over 150 bicycles from all time period.

Foto: Jan Bartoš

220 - Muzeum cyklistiky Žíreč
220 - Muzeum cyklistiky Žíreč
220 - Muzeum cyklistiky Žíreč

album: 220 - Muzeum cyklistiky Žíreč

 

Summer Exhibition - Čechy pod Kosířem, Czech Republic

A nice small exhibition in Moravia. We know there is possibity, that there will be long-term exposition of antique bicycles. These machines were borrowed from deposit of museum in Olomouc.

Contact castle museum: http://www.zamekcechy.cz

Museum of carriages there too: http://www.historickekocary.cz

Pictures from summer exhibition and a casual bicycle catalogue:

207/A -Čechy pod Kosířem
207/A -Čechy pod Kosířem
207/A -Čechy pod Kosířem

album: 207/A -Čechy pod Kosířem

Details of bicycles from display:

207/B -Čechy pod Kosířem
207/B -Čechy pod Kosířem
207/B -Čechy pod Kosířem

album: 207/B -Čechy pod Kosířem

Exhibition "Historic bicycle – collection M.Šindelář" – Museum Aš, Czech Republic

A small exhibition with many sport and race bicycles from local privat collection of Mr. Martin Šindelář.. This exhibition was opened through spring and summer 2017 in Town museum in Aš - the Czech Republic.

Contact: http://www.muzeum-as.cz

 

203 - Aš - Exposition 2017
203 - Aš - Exposition 2017
203 - Aš - Exposition 2017

album: 203 - Aš - Exposition 2017

Muzeum Jindřichohradecka - Jindřichův Hradec - Czech Republic +++++

A nice local musem in center of beautiful historic town where on display is only a few bicycles, but when we had an oportunity to see some machines from deposit we were happy. I hope you will be happy too with some pictures from our research tour.

Contact: http://www.mjh.cz

200 – Jindřichův Hradec – Czech Rep.
200 – Jindřichův Hradec – Czech Rep.
200 – Jindřichův Hradec – Czech Rep.

album: 200 – Jindřichův Hradec – Czech Rep.

Exhibition "The Story of The Bicycle", Pilsen 2016 - Czech Republic +++++

A big exhibition with many bicycles from member of local clubs. This exhibition was opened only in summer 2016 in Town museum in Pilsen - the Czech Republic.

Contact:  http://www.zcm.cz/

195 - The Story of The Bicycle, Pilsen 2016
195 - The Story of The Bicycle, Pilsen 2016
195 - The Story of The Bicycle, Pilsen 2016

album: 195 - The Story of The Bicycle, Pilsen 2016

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