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Review of Bicycle Heaven

Bicycle Heaven
Ranked #4 of 181 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bicycle Heaven is the World's largest bicycle museum and bike shop.
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I read about this place online and thought I had a good idea of what to expect. I was wrong. I thought the first floor was impressive to say the least, but when I walked into the 2nd floor showroom, I couldn't help but gasp. In---CREDible! This display/collection of bikes is overwhelming. And what I found touching was, the owner kept, framed, and diplays some hand-written notes from those who owned a few of the bikes on display. One tells the story of how she came to donate her deceased brother's childhood bike to the museum...what a wonderful man and father he was, and how he would have been happy to see the bike he rode as a kid on display. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about how much sentimental value there is in the bikes we ride and love, especially "back in the day" when kids would see those shiny Schwinns in the store window and save up money from their paper route or, as one story said, their Confirmation, and would burst through the doors the moment they had enough money to buy the bike, knowing it meant what it still means to so many of us "bicycle geeks" today....freedom. This place was definitely worth going to. The bikes were amazing, the 2nd floor showroom layout and floors were beautiful, and one thing my husband noted...not a speck of dust on any of those bikes...even the ones on the ceiling. It is clear that there is a lot of pride there, as it should be. It's off the beaten path, and a little hard to locate, but ride on out there and follow those handmade signs. You'll be glad you did.

5  Thank LJ Z
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

If you love people who are passionate about their craft, this museum is for you. The employees very clearly love what they do, and it shows through their hospitality and work environment. An impressive museum for bike enthusiasts and novices alike. Be warned, it was a little hard for me to find. If you follow the tiny cardboard signs inscribed with "BIKES" off the freeway, you will find your way easily.

1  Thank Maria N
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Two floors full of bikes from every era. We had serious bikers in our group who really enjoyed seeing how bikes have evolved over the years. The owner is very friendly, and you can take as long as you like to explore. A very unique museum!

1  Thank Ellen D
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Top shelf. Walking through that door becomes a visceral sensory experience. Bikes like you would not believe. This place is more akin to a Willy Wonka for bicycle enthusiasts of every generation known to man. I'm not one for hyperbole, however somehow anything less doesn't seem to do this place justice. I think this should be in the top 5 things for anyone who comes to Pittsburgh to visit to see, and for anyone who claims to be a Pittsburgher and has not visited this truly unique establishment--a must see. The owner Craig is one of the most sincere people you will come across in life. One man's life-long passion for two wheels on display for the public to enjoy. Seriously stop by and support this business however you can!

2  Thank buttafuqua
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Just came back from my first visit to the Bicycle Heaven Museum. Unbelievable! Nostalgia at it's best. Thousands of vintage bicycles and accessories beautifully displayed in a warehouse sized building. If you think the first floor is amazing go on up to the second floor. Don't miss the Elvis Presley room and the Beetles room. And look up, yes that is a model train circumventing the room. Visiting Pittsburgh to plan a future big event here. The second floor can be rented, seats up to 300 people. Talk about a theme party, your guest will never stop talking about this one. Oh, yes, Pittsburgh has a few sunny days but if you catch us on a rainy summer day or a bitter cold winter day, not to worry, you have the Bicycle Heaven Museum to entertain you for a few hours.

1  Thank Julie V
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