Estonian Bicycle Museum Opening Soon ({{commentsTotal}})

A bicycle museum is about to open its doors in Väätsa, in central Estonia, displaying several hundred historical bikes from the private collection of Valdo Praust, the museum’s founder.  

Having begun collecting old bicycles some 15 years ago, he has amassed more than 500 and says the museum is an attempt to preserve Estonian bicycle culture and bicycle heritage, kultuur.err.ee reported on Sunday.

According to Praust, the zenith for bike culture in Estonia was the interwar period, because before that, few people could afford a bicycle. A bike could cost up to six months' wages, like one men’s bike, a Dürkopp, dating back to before the First World War. The republic had a sizable bike industry and for Praust, the models produced by it are especially cherished.

The collection features bicycles produced in Estonia, Sweden, Germany, England and the Soviet Union. They can be admired virtually on the museum’s website.