Vintage Sissy Bar Bicycles

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2015-06-26 10:33:55

A Vintage Sissy Bar Bicycle is a style of bicycle with a bar attached to the rear of a bicycle or motorcycle that enables the passenger or rider to recline against it whilst riding.

History & Description

Sissy bars were originally intended for motorcycles but became a common feature on American cruiser bicycles, such as the Raleigh Chopper and the Schwinn Sting-Ray in the 1960s and 1970s. Inspired by their motorcycle counterparts, sissy bars on bicycles often extended three feet or more in the air and were decorated with novelty flags.

Sissy bars gave passengers something to lean their back on and hold onto, rather than putting their arms around the rider.

Guide for collectors

Vintage sissy bars for bicycles are not typically sold through auctioneers. However, prices tend to hover around the $50 to $100 mark. Collectors are more likely to purchase vintage sissy bars on online bidding sites, such as eBay. Prices on eBay tend to be significantly cheaper than at auction and vintage sissy bars are commonly sold around $20. However, examples have sold as high as $76.

Typically made out of chrome-plated steel with a foam padded seatback for added comfort, some vintage sissy bars were sculpted into novelty shapes. For example, on February 1st 2012, a Batman shaped sissy bar realised a price of $46 when it was sold on eBay.

Notable auction sales

On April 29th 2007 at Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Missouri, a vintage twisted iron cross sissy bar was sold for $70.

On March 7th 2012, a vintage Huffy Thunder Road BMX sissy bar was sold on eBay for $22.

On March 1st 2012, a vintage Schwinn Sting-Ray 1966 sissy bar was sold on eBay for $19.95.

On February 26th 2012, a vintage Swinger high-back seat and sissy bar, circa 1960s or 1970s, was sold on eBay for $76.

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