Any bicycle enthusiasts visiting Latvia should make plans to visit the country’s first and only bicycle museum. A collection of bikes, equipment and advertising from Latvia and abroad, the contents of the museum are worth making the trip out to the beach side town of Saulkrasti to see.
Guntis and Janis Seregins started collecting antique bikes in 1977, long before today’s cycling craze resurfaced. The museum shows the results of their hard work, collecting and rebuiding these beautiful bikes. While part of the collection is made up of models produced in England, Germany and other foreign countries, the majority comes from Latvia itself. From the very first “Safety” model produced in the Leitner bicycle factory, Latvia’s first, through bikes from imperial Russian, independent and soviet periods, this collection shows that a love of bikes is nothing new in Latvia.
To get to the Saulkrasti Velo Museum, simply catch the train to Pabaži (on the line going to Saulkrasti or Skulte). Exiting the train, cross the tracks and walk towards the beach. Reaching the main road turn left, the bicycle museum is one block further along. For the more active, rent a bike in Riga, take it on the train with you (don’t forget to buy a baggage ticket) and ride back via Carnikava and Sarkandaugava to Riga, after a swim in the Baltic sea.