American Pickers host Mike Wolfe’s brother just gave fans a look at some incredible vintage vehicle finds. Mike’s Brother, Robert, took to Instagram to show off his latest finds.
“Hersey 2021 was Awesome. 1931 Chrysler cd6 1947 Indian Chief and soooo much more. Wonderful people some of my best friends and family travel safe home see you next Year!!” he wrote.
While both vehicles are impressive, the 1931 Chrysler looks absolutely stunning. It’s just one of many of Roberts’s impressive antique and vintage finds.
Mike Wolfe Likes a Nice Car, But Loves Vintage Bicycles
American Pickers has proved that these two brothers think alike. Mike also loves a good vintage car. In a 2019 episode, the host absolutely loved checking out a vintage Nash Healy convertible. However, cars aren’t even his favorite thing to collect.
Wolfe absolutely loves collecting vintage bicycles. His entire business was actually built from his large collection of antique motorcycles and bicycles. Wolfe has actually raced before and takes a lot of care when finding old vintage bikes. Wolfe competed in the RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) five times. He’s also won the Iowa state time trial championships.
He does prefer mountain biking to road biking, though the good stuff definitely wasn’t in Iowa. When he was a kid, he found an old mountain bike in a pile of parts, launching his love for mountain biking as well as collecting.
“On a mountain bike, you can blaze your own trail,” he said according to Antique Archeology. He noted it’s a different experience than with road biking, where you have to stick to a given path. “Mountain bikes have the ability to steer you off well-worn routes allowing you to call the shots for where you ride next.”
Wolfe’s Love For Bikes was a Catalyst for ‘American Pickers’
Before becoming a picker, he actually owned his own bike shop. He spoke about it in a 2011 interview with Bicyling.com. He became a picker after his bike shop burned down and it took him a long time to be able to collect any insurance. He started focusing on collecting pre-world war II era bikes, and everything took off from that point on.
When asked why such old bikes, Wolfe had a profound answer.
“I just fell in love with the early stuff. It was so archaic and primitive and mysterious. Just seeing a bike with wood rims and cork grips that is over 100 years old is so freaking powerful. I’m all about discovery, unearthing cool things, and finding the story behind them,” he explained. Now, that’s what his whole career is about.