‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Shows off a Great Depression-Era Bike Ahead of Tonight’s New Episode

by Courtney Blackann

“American Pickers” is back with more exciting pieces of history. Mike Wolfe keeps hinting at the newest episode via social media. One of his latest posts points to a Great Depression-era bike, which looks to be in fantastic condition.

In a post on Twitter, Wolfe shared an amazing Schwinn piece of history with a bicycle dating back to the 1930s. The bike itself looks to be in pretty immaculate condition, considering its age.

The Schwinn bicycle company is one of the oldest – and most notable- bike companies in U.S. history. They are known for their quality and endurance. Which is why it’s so cool to see the bike from that time period.

“Check out this 1934 Schwinn Aerocycle. This model changed the bicycle game so much that it helped Schwinn Company’s bottom line during the recovery from The Great Depression. Can’t wait to show you a closer look on tonight’s NEW @americanpickers. 9/8c @history,” Wolfe captioned the post.

The latest season of “American Pickers” kicks off this evening. You won’t want to miss out on all the new adventures.

“American Pickers” Mike Wolfe Thought He’d Sell Bikes Forever

The “American Pickers” star is known for his love of bikes. He once had a bike shop of his own. However, Wolfe discusses how it burned down after an unexpected fire started.

“My shop in Eldridge burned down. There was a fire in the apartment above me, and it all collapsed down into my store,” the “American Pickers” star told Bicycling. “The dip– I bought the shop from had gone on to sell insurance and sold me some crappy commercial policy…. It took me three years to get any money from the insurance company.”

He also added that:

“Even though the second shop was doing well, I could never get back what I lost. I was always behind.”

In fact, Wolfe’s love of bikes was so prominent, he thought he’d be working in that industry forever. The “American Pickers” personality described that love in an interview.

“If you would have told me that I would close my shop back when I was selling 400 bikes a year, I would have said, ‘No way, I’ll be doing this forever.’ It was my lifelong dream. I thought I’d be doing it until they threw dirt on me,” Wolfe explained.

But Wolfe describes his transition to selling more than just bikes and adopting his knack for selling antiques.

“But it didn’t make sense anymore, so I had a going-out-of-business sale, got a cargo van, a cell phone and a website and started Antique Archeology. I hit the road in 2000 buying and selling stuff, and have been on the road ever since.”