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Subject: The oldest of the old bicycles
Entered on: Jul 17, 1997 14:18
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Message:
Have you ever ridden one of these?




Subject: 1891 Victor model A
Entered on: Jul 25, 1997 19:25
Entered by: Tom

Message:
I just aquired a Victor model A bicycle.It appears original including tires.It is in good overall condition with a slight patina with the thib black paint.I would like any additional info including any guides relative to value.Thanks-Tom W.




Subject: RE: Victor
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:01
Entered by: jj

Message:
Your Victor could be worth anywhere from $500 - $3000+.Please describe further: Wheel size. Condition. etc.




Subject: Looking for replica
Entered on: Aug 9, 1997 17:08
Entered by: Mike

Message:
Currently trying to locate a company(s)who build replicas of the Hi-Wheelerbicycles. Please email if you have anyinformation. Thank you!




Subject: Wanted: Hi-Wheeler
Entered on: Aug 18, 1997 22:15
Entered by: Rob

Message:
Looking for 52" Hi-Wheeler in rideable condition. First choice is original but would consider reproduction with original geometry.




Subject: saftey bicycles
Entered on: Aug 20, 1997 00:49
Entered by: tim

Message:
i have a 1910? crecent saftey bicycles this was my great grandfathers bicycle there is a battery box and light that mounted on the bicycle under the upper bar andseat post bar what held the battery box on the bicycle




Subject: saftey bicycles
Entered on: Aug 20, 1997 00:33
Entered by: tim

Message:
i have a 1910? crecent saftey bicycles this was my great grandfathers bicycle there is a battery box and light that mounted on the bicycle under the upper bar andseat post bar what held the battery box on the bicycle




Subject: saftey bicycles
Entered on: Aug 20, 1997 00:51
Entered by: tim

Message:
i have a 1910? crecent saftey bicycles this was my great grandfathers bicycle there is a battery box and light that mounted on the bicycle under the upper bar andseat post bar what held the battery box on the bicycle




Subject: saftey bicycles
Entered on: Aug 20, 1997 00:36
Entered by: tim

Message:
i have a 1910? crecent saftey bicycles this was my great grandfathers bicycle there is a battery box and light that mounted on the bicycle under the upper bar andseat post bar what held the battery box on the bicycle




Subject: saftey bicycles
Entered on: Aug 20, 1997 00:38
Entered by: tim

Message:
i have a 1910? crecent saftey bicycles this was my great grandfathers bicycle there is a battery box and light that mounted on the bicycle under the upper bar andseat post bar what held the battery box on the bicycle




Subject: wtb 48" or 50" Ordinary
Entered on: Aug 24, 1997 14:22
Entered by: Dan

Message:
I am looking to purchasr a 48" or 50" ordinary. If you know of any out there, please let me know. ThanksDan Riversslntsprt@inforamp.net1-800-661-7873




Subject: 1890-1910 Bicycle
Entered on: Aug 26, 1997 12:53
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I am on the lookout for a bicycle from 1890-1910 period to restore. Completeness is very important and condition is not as important. I would prefer and American bike, but English or French may do as well. Ideally, I would like a road bike or a track bike with front and rear wheels the same size. If you know of something that meets this criteria in the NH, VT, ME, or MA area, please let me know.




Subject: Boneshaker - Massachusetts
Entered on: Aug 28, 1997 06:46
Entered by: Niels

Message:
I just bought a boneshaker in Springfield, Mass., and I believe it was produced around Springfield area, Massachusetts. The bike has no brakes, no springs, has metal frame and steering wheel, and wooded wheelss. I would like to identify the manufacturer - do you know any names of manufacturer in this area or where I could look to information (preferably through the internet as I live in Denmark). I appreciate your help greatly.




Subject: RE: Boneshaker from Springfield Mass
Entered on: Aug 28, 1997 08:42
Entered by: jj

Message:
I think Pope, Columbia, Westfield and Indian bicycles were all built near Springfield, Mass. But Boneshakers are from the mid 1800s and I don't know if those companies existed back then.




Subject: Hi-wheelers
Entered on: Aug 30, 1997 16:06
Entered by: Bob

Message:
I know this isn't very specific so probably of not much use but recently I saw a farm/homesteader type catalog (they say they sell to the Amish) and it listed a reproduction high wheeler. Seems like it sold for about $1,200.




Subject: Hi-wheeler
Entered on: Sep 6, 1997 10:13
Entered by: Kevin

Message:
I am looking for a reproduction of ahi-wheeler bicycle. Is there anycompanies producing them? Please sendemail if you have any info. Thanks.




Subject: Shaft Drive
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:31
Entered by: jj

Message:
When were shaft drive bikes made, and how much are they worth. I'm looking at a Columbia.




Subject: HACKETT ROADSTER
Entered on: Sep 20, 1997 18:45
Entered by: MIKE

Message:
HI! I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A GIRLS BIKE CALLED A HACKETT ROADSTER SOLD BY C. W. HACKETT HARDWARE. ST.PAULTHE PEDALS ARE STAMPED 1898 HAS WOOD WHEELS REAR FENDER & CHAINGUARD CORK GRIPS KEROSENE FRONT LAMP HAS ORIGNAL SADDLE WITH B&W ON THE FRONT FRINGE. THE CHAIN GUARD HAS A VICTORIAN SCROLL TYPE METAL CENTER (ABOUT 10 IN LONG & 8 IN HIGH) ORIGNAL GREEN PAINT WITH HIGHLY DETAILED VICTORIAN ART WORK AT EVERY JOINT THE BIKE IS IN VERY VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH VERY FEW SCRATCHES & IS COMPLETLY ORIGNAL EXCEPT TIRES ANY INFO AS TO VALUE AND ANY OTHER INFO YOU HAVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED THANKS MIKE




Subject: high wheeler/pennyfarther
Entered on: Sep 22, 1997 12:47
Entered by: susan

Message:
I own a high wheeler/pennyfarther in great condition. I purchased it 30 years ago at an auction in PA. I'm looking to sell but I have no idea what the current market value is, does anyone have an idea?




Subject: RE: high wheeler/pennyfarther
Entered on: Sep 24, 1997 14:26
Entered by: jj

Message:
Could be anywhere from $500 to $5000. Give us more details: Brand? Nickle? 54"? etc etc




Subject: Rat Trap Peddles
Entered on: Oct 5, 1997 00:26
Entered by: Walter

Message:
I have an 1890's bike with wood handle bars in need of a pair of peddles. I would be interested in singles in nice shape. Also looking for a Racycle pacemaker crank. Can you help.




Subject: Rat trap
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 08:52
Entered by: ChrisE

Message:
Can't help you with the pedals, but it brings up a potentially interesting discussion topic: When did early bike improvements first appear? I thought the 1970's rat trap pedals with toe clips were hi tech at the time, until I saw an 1890 track bike. Just like a lot of kids today think 'Rock Shocks' were the first front suspension on bikes. What are some other examples?




Subject: RE: When did improvements occur?
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 11:05
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I think what we are seeing here is specialized, very expensive technology used by a select few for racing purposes making its way down into the maintream. We see the same thing in cars, computers, and any other for a technology. Aluminum alloy components were used almost exclusively by racers in the 1950's and early 60's. By the early 70's, even the $100 bikes sold in department stores had alloy components. Today, you can buy an alloy crank (not a good one) for $29.95. Other improvements and my guess at the dates they first appeared include: clincher tires (1920's), double-butted frame tubing (1950's), carbon fiber composite frames (1960's), tubular tires (1890's), metal rims (1910's), shock absorbing frames (late 1940's), chrome plating vs nickel plating (1920's), two wheels the same size (late-1890's), bicycle helmets (1880's), use of bike helmets by the masses (1980's).




Subject: 1898 L.A.W. National Meet
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 16:03
Entered by: Carol

Message:
I need copies or originals of anything pertaining to the 1898 LAW national meet held in Indianapolis. Pins, ribbons, especially the official programs. Will pay top $




Subject: Bike Improvements
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 00:56
Entered by: Walter

Message:
Dating technical improvements can always go back to the industrial revolution. I have a ladys 1898? bike that weighs 12 lbs. complete less rubber tires. Peirce had full suspension and shaft drive around 1900. Americans built aluminum frames around 1896. The french had deraileurs before 1900 although not that reliable until 1910. The English had a good 3 speed in 1902 which Raleigh bought in 1903 and they built steel rim clinchers by 1905. Everything new was old at one time if we look hard enough.




Subject: Old New improvements
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 07:52
Entered by: jj

Message:
Shaft drive. That didn't seem to last very long. The only bikes I've seen with it are turn-of-the-century safeties. Anyone seen any shaft drive bikes since then? Also, in the 1980s there was a bike that had pedals that worked with a rachet action. The pedals simply pump straight up and down. It reminded me of the ratchet action on early highwheelers and early full-sized trikes.




Subject: tanks
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 07:54
Entered by: jj

Message:
I think 'tanks' first started showing up on bikes in the 1920s, primarily as battery carriers or tool boxes.




Subject: Improvements con't
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 12:12
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman1)

Message:
I own a turn of the century Pierce that is fully suspended. Most of these bikes have a piston rear combined with a spring steel plate at the bottom bracket for flex. The more common version of the front suspension is a leaf spring fork, mine has a piston spring arrangement in the stem and the handlebar rides down on it through a hinge system. I may want to sell this bike but it does need a restore job.Wheelman1




Subject: OLD/NEW
Entered on: Oct 8, 1997 17:31
Entered by: Bill

Message:
Columbia had one of the first shaft drive chainless bikes for mass market in Oct. 1897. It was based on a similar mechanism introduced by the League Cycle Co. in 1894. Pope saw it as a way to regain sales being lost to cheap dept. store bikes (sound familiar?) Within a year other companies began to follow his lead with similar models.Most gave up due to poor sales but a few were made as late as the 1920's. Pope overlooked his real potential in 1898 which was the early coaster brake which he did not bother to advertise until 1900. Gormulley & Geffery had a clincher type tire on a metal rim as early as 1892 in the U.S.and Britain had the Westwood metal rim with clincher tire in 1897 or earlier.




Subject: Shaft Drive
Entered on: Oct 8, 1997 23:54
Entered by: Walter

Message:
I was informed by a dealer that worked on old shift drives that someone was trying to market a mountain bike with shaft drive in the early 90's near Ottawa Ontario




Subject: Pierce shaft drive
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 20:28
Entered by: mike

Message:
I am trying to find info and/ or history of a Pierce shaft drive bicycle. I believe Mr. Pierce made these bicycles prior to his first Pierce-Arrow around 1890 in Buffalo, NY. Can get more specific info if I know what to ask.




Subject: Pierce shaft drive
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 13:39
Entered by: jj

Message:
I think you should send email to oldbicycle@aol.com He knows a lot of history regarding old bikes. Maybe you can get him to answer your questions here so we can all read them?




Subject: help identify
Entered on: Oct 22, 1997 11:13
Entered by: David H

Message:
I have a fixed chain drive bike. It has New Departure Hubs, old persons saddle, racing bars, 26in tires.It appears to be a pre 1920 track bike.Can anyone give me more info on what it is or who to send pictures to.




Subject: Tech stuff and when it appeared
Entered on: Oct 24, 1997 17:59
Entered by: Russ

Message:
Actually, I think double-butted tubing goes back further than the 50s. Doesn't it go back to 1935, when Reynolds introduced 531? Or does it go back even further?




Subject: Hi-Wheeler
Entered on: Nov 8, 1997 13:19
Entered by: Bob

Message:
I have a Hi-Wheeler the front wheel measures 48". The front rim is Chrome. The brass tag reads Boneshaker 1166. I would like to know if it is origional and any thing else about it I can.




Subject: Coventry Rotary
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 16:33
Entered by: WesK

Message:
I am building a replica of a Coventry Rotary Tricycle made in the 1880, and would like to know where I can get 6'or 7' wheels for it. Has anybody ever seen a Coventry Rotary in the US or riden one?




Subject: Coventry Rotary
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 16:33
Entered by: WesK

Message:
I am building a replica of a Coventry Rotary Tricycle made in the 1880, and would like to know where I can get 6'or 7' wheels for it. Has anybody ever seen a Coventry Rotary in the US or riden one?




Subject: Coventry Rotary
Entered on: Nov 14, 1997 08:42
Entered by: kath

Message:
I've only seen them in books. I can't imagine where you could get 6 foot wheels or tires.




Subject: 6 foot wheels
Entered on: Nov 17, 1997 09:16
Entered by: nono

Message:
Try garden cart supply stores. They might be able to lead you somewhere.




Subject: Help on tubeless tire repair
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 14:43
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman1)

Message:
I would like to know how to repair small holes in tubeless tires from the 1920s era. I also would like any tips on leaky valve repairs.Thank YouWheelman1Ray




Subject: Technical innovations
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 19:34
Entered by: Russ

Message:
A while back, we had some posts on technical innovations and how far back they go. I am sitting here with photocopied pages from the 1911 ed. of the Encyclopedia Britannica before me. Among other tidbits of information, there are notes that a slightly downward sloping top tube makes for a stronger frame than a truly horizontal one; the use of true double butted tubes made of cold-drawn steel; internal lugging; both inner and outer facing bearing cups and the advantages of each; the cotterless Rudge-Whitworth crankset and its workings; the Sunbeam two-speed (crankset) gear; the Eadie two-speed coaster brake; the "Hub" two speed gear; the ubiquitous Sturmey-Archer; the greater importance of the front brake in coming to a stop; and a wonderful discussion of the differences between roller and block chain. There is also a lovely passage on tandems, with descriptions of those we are accustomed to and the connected steering version. While noting that connected steering is not so bad when dealing with two experienced cyclists, the entry notes:"Most passengers on a tandem with connected steering unconsciously give the steering a bias in one direction or the other, putting a nervous strain on the steersman which becomes almost intolerable towards the end of a long ride."




Subject: Old tech
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 11:24
Entered by: philsh

Message:
Russ, great information! Any chance of getting it on the web somewhere?




Subject: rubber repair
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 11:27
Entered by: philsh

Message:
It depends on how bad the tires are. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do. One thing we used to do was: 1) clean and wash the cracks/holes. 2) jam some rubber bits (from another tire or tube) into the cracks/holes. 3) melt the rubber with a torch and hope they fill in correctly.




Subject: Repairing Single Tube Tires
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 12:19
Entered by: johnB

Message:
Memory Lane Classics has Sampson brass plugs "for single tube tires when the hole is too big for rubber bands". They also have repair valves for "repairing single tube tires when the valve has pulled out and left a small opening" They're two bucks each, but the whole idea looks a little funky to me. Thank God and Ignaz for the Balloon Tire.




Subject: Tubeless Tire Tricks
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 15:29
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman1)

Message:
Can anyone tell me what the rubber band method is. Does it involve forcing the rubber into the hole and melting it as described above. How do the brass plugs work? Does anyone know if tire sealer in a pressurized can that you would use for car tire repair work for these tires?RayH




Subject: Cool info from the 1911 Britannica
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 22:52
Entered by: Russ

Message:
Philsh, et. al.,I don't know what the legalities of placing that material online would be. I am sure that is was copyright protected and all that. Drop me a line at rfitzger@emeraldis.com and we'll see what sort of arrangements can be made. For that matter, if anybody else has copies of other contemporary encyclopedias with that sort of info, do let us know. Everything else we have on the subject at the library I work in is from the 70s or later.




Subject: Eagle headbadge
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 00:42
Entered by: Michael

Message:
I found a headbadge at a flea market, the woman said it was from a high wheeler?The badge reads Eagle on top of three feather, surrounded by a wreath."The Eagle Bicycle MFG. Co.Torrington, Conn. I was longing for info, to justify my four bucks. Thanks




Subject: Union Cycle mfg. Company of "Highlandville" - Needham Ma.
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 20:50
Entered by: Rick

Message:
Hi,Does anyone have any information about the Union Cycle Mfg. Company of Highlandville ( the old name for Needham Heights Ma.). I live only a mile from the old factory site, and am attempting to write a short history of the company for the Needham Historical Society. If any one has information or can point me in the right direction for information it would be appreciated.Sincerely,Rick Hardy




Subject: Highlandville
Entered on: Nov 26, 1997 09:20
Entered by: kath

Message:
Try Bicycle Classics in Needham. (though I'd guess you already have!)




Subject: Wheelmans Leaky Tires
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 12:01
Entered by: johnB

Message:
I was flipping through a Sears catalog from the 1890's yesterday and noticed tire repair kits for bicycles. There were no instructions, but from the illustrations I could deduce the repair process.It's very similar to repairing a tubeless auto tire today. The tool looks like a large sewing needle with a screwdriver handle on the pointed end and the side of the eye is open like a 'C' rather than closed like an 'O'. A strip of rubber band is coated with vulcanising fluid, slipped into the eye of the tool, and slippedint the puncture about halfway. The tag ends of the rubberband remain sticking out of the tire, while the loop of rubber is inside. The tool is then rotated 90-180 degrees so the rubberband can slip out of the opening in the eye of the tool. The tool is then withdrawn, leaving the rubberband plugging the hole.




Subject: bell for Columbia Light Roadster
Entered on: Dec 3, 1997 16:08
Entered by: kelly

Message:
I have acquired a 1888 52" Columbia Light Roadster and it came with a bell on it. The bell is not like any that I've ever seen before, it is attached to the front wheel and rings when the bike is ridden or moved. There are no markings on this bell. I'm looking for some information and perhaps a ballpark figure as to the worth of it. Thank you.




Subject: The bell or the bike?
Entered on: Dec 4, 1997 08:20
Entered by: kath

Message:
Kelly - the bell might be worth $100-$200. The bike? I dunno!




Subject: the bell or the bike?
Entered on: Dec 4, 1997 09:12
Entered by: kelly

Message:
Oh sorry, I meant the bell...also it's a handcast bell, if that helps any! Thanks.




Subject: RE: the bell or the bike?
Entered on: Dec 8, 1997 13:35
Entered by: JimB

Message:
Bicycle bells are generally stamped and not cast. The reason is the bell ends up lighter and more durable than a cast one. Are you sure it's cast?




Subject: Re: the bell!
Entered on: Dec 9, 1997 21:06
Entered by: Kelly

Message:
Jim, I am not positive if it is handcast but I was told it was and that this type of bicycle bell is not a common one and it is VERY heavy!! Do you know how I would be able to tell if it was handcast. I have had a few people interested in buying it, it seems to be quite the conversation piece!! Thanks.




Subject: Saddle Needed for 1889 Columbia
Entered on: Dec 10, 1997 11:02
Entered by: Ken

Message:
Anyone know where I can get my hands on a saddle (preferably original but reproduction is okay) for an 1889 Columbia Hi-Wheeler? Please respond to kkliebar@kmz.com.




Subject: the bell
Entered on: Dec 10, 1997 11:36
Entered by: Bill

Message:
Kelly, it probably is cast, it is also very desirable. If you e-mail to me I will give you more info. Bill




Subject: Repair 189x tandam
Entered on: Dec 10, 1997 17:51
Entered by: TimH

Message:
I've been lurking around this discussion for some time and it seems the group may be able to assist me. So here goes. I purchased a much abused 1890's tandam that had languished in an old bike shop attic for years.It appear the bike was updated some, perhaps more than once,with items like clincher wheels and what look to me like 40's saddles. Anyway, the bike needs serious frame repair and I am looking for your recommendations. The steering mechanism joining front fork and rear steerer tube was clamped resulting in crimped tubes that need to be made round again. And the 3 "S" shaped downtubes (womens front) have buckled and need to be replaced. I've had the frame to 3 builders and each has failed to attempt the repairs after thinking it over for awhile. If you reply via email use "timh@market1.com". Thanks, Tim




Subject: Need Seat for #1 Crescent circa 1895
Entered on: Dec 13, 1997 08:37
Entered by: Bob M

Message:
Seat is for mens bike and could also use a post 1" diameter. Any leads on wood wheels would be appreciated




Subject: Help in IDing Pierce bike
Entered on: Dec 13, 1997 08:27
Entered by: Bob M

Message:
Have mens double top bar with wood wheels.Bike is an Army drab green(did they make military bikes?) with red and gold stripping. Need to establish year,and whether it had a tank on it.Also need taillight.Any help greatly appreciated




Subject: RE: the bell!
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 09:36
Entered by: JimB

Message:
A machined bell will have smooth surfaces both inside and out whereas a cast bell will usually have a rough (orage peal) surface on the side that does not show. The heavy weight also indicates you probably have a cast bell.




Subject: RE: Repair 189x tandem
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 09:46
Entered by: JimB

Message:
Get in touch with Peter Weigel in Connecticut (860-873-1671). Peter is a master frame builder and frame restoration specialist for vintage bicycles. He can repair as well as paint and pinstripe the bike.




Subject: RE: Need Seat for #1 Crescent circa 1895
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 09:49
Entered by: JimB

Message:
You are not going to find a seat for that bike, so you will have to make one. I just read a book on restoring vintage bicycles by Don Adams that describes exactly how to make a replacement seat for highwheelers. Any good bookstore can order that book for you.




Subject: RE: Help in IDing Pierce bike
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 09:51
Entered by: JimB

Message:
The book by Don Adams I mentioned in my previous message has some info on the Pierce. The olive green was a popular color around the turn of the century. I seriously doubt it was an army-issued bike.




Subject: ID. Pierce bike
Entered on: Dec 16, 1997 10:42
Entered by: Bill

Message:
Hi Bob, concerning your effort to Id. the Pierce I have to agree with Jim B. I've never seen a military bike with red & gold pinstriping. They didn't call it olive drab for nothing. I have seen Harley Davidson and a couple of other brands using similar color schemes. These had been built through the early to late teens, Pierce shows two dates for early use of Pierce name, 1890 and 1918. At this point it is my understanding that twin bar bikes were not seen until after 05' perhaps not until 1910-1912. I have an America from this era and the two top bars are very close together, less than two inches. Your Pierce may have had a tool box tank which would be super. Good luck, Bill.




Subject: Pierce
Entered on: Dec 23, 1997 08:21
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
There is a guy in Ware, Mass. his name is Jim Huntington (sorry, I don't have his phone or email). But he can probably help with any question on bicycles of this era.




Subject: Info on Colson adult hand lever driven trike1890s
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 08:37
Entered by: Bob (703)569-5240 VA (kbsiegel@juno.com)

Message:
Wanted: info on Colson adult hand leverdriven trike;1890s. A friend of mine has one.Bob Siegel (703)569-5240email kbsiegel@juno.com




Subject: Veteran Cycle Club
Entered on: Jan 16, 1998 17:46
Entered by: ANDY (ANDREW.GRAY1@VIRGIN.NET)

Message:
Hi folks, greetings from England.We have a large collection of cycles from 1884 up to 1980, approximately 80 machines at the last count. Do any of you belong to the Wheelmen Club ? If so does anybody want to swap memberships, i.e I will pay for your membership of the Veteran Cycle Club here in England and you do likewise for me in the US of A. Great to see that the veteran cycle movement is still as strong both sides of the pond. Bye.




Subject: veteran membership
Entered on: Jan 19, 1998 12:23
Entered by: Bill (Stillfotog@aol.com)

Message:
Hi Andy, I don't know if you received my e-mail, yes I can exchange memberships with you. Please contact me and we can work out details. Bill




Subject: Swap Memberships
Entered on: Jan 20, 1998 16:22
Entered by: Andy ()

Message:
Hi Bob, got your message, thanks. Have sent reply to your e mail but there may be more than one as bit of a hiccup with system!




Subject: William Andrews
Entered on: Jan 20, 1998 23:36
Entered by: Andy (andyb@oxford.net)

Message:
Does anyone know of the location of a bicyclemade by my greatx3 grandfather, William Andrews.He had a bicycle works in Birmingham,England in the 1870's to 1890's and manufactured various names including the SanspareilI understand he exported to the US and CanadaAny info or advice about where to look would be much appreciatedAndy




Subject: f/s: mead, ccm, peerless
Entered on: Jan 21, 1998 01:08
Entered by: calvert (cycletruck @ aol.com)

Message:
****************************************28 1/2" WHEEL/DIAMOND FRAME ****************************************1909 MEAD SENTINEL, men's, 24" nickeled frame & fork & nice badge....oversized tubing frame has a few dings call for the details...$100'teens PEERLESS men's, 24" frame & fork & nice badge...wheels don't match(lewis in front wood in the back)neither do the fenders but they're shot anyway....missing h/bars and saddle....$100 1894 unidentified men's diamond frame & frk....$501915 MEAD Ranger 22" frame & fork straight in scuffed original paint .....$35****************************************CANADIAN ****************************************'teens CCM 24" wheel size, truss frame (like the iverjohnson), lugged construction & fork & two NOS 24" US Rubber single tube tires.....$125Email me or for the fine details call me @ 816/363/4418eves or weekends.....




Subject: William Andrews
Entered on: Jan 21, 1998 14:55
Entered by: Andy ()

Message:
Hi Andy, have mailed details to you on leads relating to your great grandfather. Hope it helps.




Subject: VICTOR ORDINARY 54"
Entered on: Feb 1, 1998 08:37
Entered by: BOB (RPHOF@aol.com)

Message:
Looking for information on a Victor Ordinary 54" ,later type ball bearing front hub. Believed to be a 1886 model. Name plate reads- VICTOR-BOSTON-Patented-May 18 '80-Jul 4 '82- Aug 21 '83- Dec 4 '83- Ap'l 14 '85- Oct 20 '85-




Subject: ?? CYRUS bicycle, J. Lonn & Sons ??
Entered on: Feb 10, 1998 15:44
Entered by: KarlG (Karl_Gerken@Stortek.com)

Message:
I have a friend who has a wood wheel bicycle that he wants to sell to me. I have not seen it yet, but I am going over there tonight to look at it. All Iknow right now is the followinginformation. It is a ladies frame with wood rims and wood fender(s?). The grips are leather. It has a little tool kit between the two downtubes that has a couple of wrenches in it. Ithas pedals, chainguard, chain and seat. He tells me it could be ridden except that it has no tires. He described the paint and general condition as "great". It is dark green with goldpinstripes. Also, the wood fender(s?) has gold pinstripes. It has the skirt guard net over the top of the rear wheel. The head badge (he brought me a rubbing) is pretty ornate. It hasa crown at the top with curleys down the side that meet at the bottom. It says "J. Lonn & Sons Co." on the top, then it has "CYRUS" in large print, and at the bottom it has "LaPorteInd., USA".I am wonering if anybody has an idea of the value of the bike described above. I will probably buy it and want to be fair with the price.E-mail me or post a response on this page if you an assist. Thank you,Karl Gerken




Subject: Japanese Bicycle History Page
Entered on: Feb 12, 1998 00:01
Entered by: Bob Hufford (bhufford@mail.orion.org)

Message:
Check out this Web site of Japanese bicycle history! Full of many 1800's and early 1900's images and artwork. The English translations are fun too! http://www2h.meshnet.or.jp/~ootu02/




Subject: vintage
Entered on: Feb 15, 1998 07:26
Entered by: Lars-Åke (larsake.fredberg@skandia.se)

Message:
I'm from Sweden and plan to visit Phoenix i May/June to attend my son's> graduation after a last year in Moon Valley High School.> Since I have an interest in veteran bicycles perhaps you can help me to> get in touch with a club or a collector in the area?>




Subject: Need Tire
Entered on: Feb 15, 1998 18:20
Entered by: Larry (ljmalloy@maxhost.com)

Message:
A friend of mine has a high wheeler reproduction, and needs a new tire. Does anyone know where he can get one? Please e-mail me with info, ljmalloy@maxhost.com




Subject: Penny Farthings
Entered on: Feb 17, 1998 19:29
Entered by: Damien Mc Namara ()

Message:
I'm looking for any information on people involved in Penny Farthing , Riding , Racing , Touring.Classic Bicycle Club,Damien Mc Namara,49-53 Roxby St,Oamaru,South Island,New Zealand.




Subject: Old Bike
Entered on: Feb 18, 1998 13:23
Entered by: Brian (milbrand@visi.com)

Message:
I recently found an old bike in the atticof my barn. Its strange because it runs on a rubber v-belt, Can anyone identify it? the brand name is "HaFco" I can e-mail you apic if your interested.




Subject: Rhode Island bicycle
Entered on: Mar 9, 1998 12:07
Entered by: Bill (Stillfotog@aol.com)

Message:
Hi, looking for any turn of the century bicycle manufactured in Rhode Island. Anyone know of one for sale or swap? If not for sale would like to see or photograph for research. Any historical info or paper goods about R.I. bicycles wanted also. Any help is appreciated. Thanks Bill




Subject: Rhode Island bicycles
Entered on: Mar 9, 1998 12:22
Entered by: Bill (Stillfotog@aol.com)

Message:
Hi, looking for any turn of the century bicycle manufactured in Rhode Island. Does anyone know of anything for sale or swap? If not for sale I would like to see or photograph for research. Any historical info or paper goods about R.I. bicycles wanted also. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Bill




Subject: Hi-Wheeler Bicycles
Entered on: Mar 13, 1998 15:10
Entered by: Carol (netsters@swbell.net)

Message:
I have a pair of Towle silver "His & Hers Bicycle Clips." The box shows ahi-wheeler bicycle so I presume it isthat type. They are shown on the box asa clip to keep trousers from getting inthe spokes. Any idea if this is rare orvaluable? Any ideas where to sell thisto bicycle collectors? Thanks for your help.




Subject: 56" Ordinary
Entered on: Mar 18, 1998 17:18
Entered by: Joshua (seaop@iname.con)

Message:
Looking for a 56" ordinary in rideable condition. Victor or Columbia prefered, but will consider a repro.




Subject: 56" Ordinary
Entered on: Mar 18, 1998 17:22
Entered by: Joshua (seaop@iname.con)

Message:
Looking for a 56" ordinary in rideable condition. Victor or Columbia prefered, but will consider a repro.




Subject: Coleson Bikes
Entered on: Mar 18, 1998 17:27
Entered by: J. Powers ()

Message:
Just purchased a Coleson lady-front tandem (Mid-Twenties). Very Good Condition. Any idea on value?




Subject: BONESHAKER
Entered on: Mar 21, 1998 19:49
Entered by: FRANK (IREFRIGE@JUNO.COM)

Message:
I HAVE A 1870APX. BONESHAKER COMPLETE, I AM NOT SURE ,IF I SHOULD RESTORE PAINT AND WOOD WHEELS OR LEAVE AS IS BICYLE IS ALL IN ONE ,BUT NEEDS RESTORATION. WOULD LIKE SOME ADVIE ON WHAT TO DO




Subject: RE: Boneshaker - Leave it alone!!!
Entered on: Mar 23, 1998 08:48
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
No question - don't touch it!!




Subject: RE: Boneshaker
Entered on: Mar 23, 1998 13:00
Entered by: JimB ()

Message:
Before you do anything with it, read this book: "Collecting & Restoring Antique Bicycles", Author: G. Donald Adams, Pages: 369 6" x 9" pages, 350 illustrations & photos, A comprehensive sourcebook for the beginning hobbyist to the advanced collector. It covers the development of the bicycle from the earliest 1816 hobby horse through the elegant high wheelers, tri- & quadri-cycles, to safety bicycles & interesting twentieth century models.




Subject: Highwheel pedal drive system
Entered on: Mar 24, 1998 20:03
Entered by: Roger (su2403@eclipse.co.uk)

Message:
Greetings from Exeter, Devon (U.K.) I am interested in the pedal drive system depicted on the front of a prototype trading card, produced by the Bicycle Museum of America (Chicago), showing the '1800 Highwheel Extraordinary. I have read the message left by 'JJ' on October 7 1997 and I assume it is some form of ratchet action. I would appreciate any information,or clearer pictures. Thank you.




Subject: High Wheeler
Entered on: Mar 28, 1998 12:11
Entered by: Bill (wrials@dmci.net)

Message:
Have a dull nickel "ordinary" with pat. 5551 stamped on the lower fork end. Date is l877. Original red pedals (now hard as iron). 4l25 stamped on handlebar and frame. Composition handlegrips dated l877 (damaged). I can find no name plate nor any holes where one might have been located. I am interested in selling.




Subject: Hi-Wheeler
Entered on: Apr 1, 1998 09:10
Entered by: Bill (wrials@dmci.net)

Message:
I forgot to mention that I have no idea of the value of the Hi-wheeler that I posted initially. Perhaps someone could give me ballpark figures. I should also mention the front wheel is 55". Thanks...Bill




Subject: Information requested
Entered on: Apr 1, 1998 18:21
Entered by: Brad (btaylor@sco.edu)

Message:
I am looking for information regarding the following: The 1897 Blue Ribbon Bicycle manufactured by the Durant-Dort Carriage Company of Flint, MI. Any info regarding the 1890's American Machine Company Bicycle manufactured in Flint, MI Any info about the 1895 Webster Bicycle sold by the Webster Vehicle Company of Flint, MI e-mail me at btaylor@sco.edu or post it here. Thanks




Subject: Penny Farthings
Entered on: Apr 2, 1998 10:19
Entered by: Ahmed (ataleb@trekbike.com)

Message:
Hi, I will soon be relocating to Ireland for work. I am curious if there is any available sources for locating a Penny Farthing. I would also like any other information(price, years, etc.) that you may have. Thanks




Subject: BONESHAKER
Entered on: Apr 2, 1998 20:25
Entered by: FRANK ()

Message:
THANKS FOR REPLY JIMB AND KATH WILL GET BOOK AND DO MY HOME WORK TO FIND MANUFACTURER AND DATE OF THANK YOU FRANK C.




Subject: Hi-Wheeler prices
Entered on: Apr 3, 1998 08:34
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
Anywhere from $1000 to $3500+. Figure on the higher end for a 50+ incher.




Subject: Wood wheel question??????
Entered on: Apr 6, 1998 00:32
Entered by: John (coolbikes@webtv.net)

Message:
I just got a bunch of early parts.I have one of the wood wheels that is strange it is 28" but has 44 spokes all of the other wheels that I got are 28" 36 spoke The wheel is all wood it says Fairbanks -Boston laminated wood rim Alma Mich Have you ever seen a 44 spoke hub? Any ideas?




Subject: Cyclometer Question?
Entered on: Apr 6, 1998 00:44
Entered by: John (coolbikes@webtv.net)

Message:
One of the parts I got with the wood wheels was a Bridgeport Cyclometer it says Pat Dec18,1894 on the face on the back it says 30 is that the wheel size? It looks like it mounts on the axle was there something that mounts on the wheel? It is nickel plated and has a small bell on it that chimes when you go a mile. Any idea of the value of this. It looks and works good.




Subject: Value?
Entered on: Apr 9, 1998 18:11
Entered by: Joseph (jcsilva@ucdavis.edu)

Message:
Have a small Columbia "hi-wheeler" with a 23" front wheel and about a 12" back wheel. It was made in 1977 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Columbia bikes. Any idea of its value?




Subject: Penny Farthing/ Hi-Wheeler
Entered on: Apr 16, 1998 13:05
Entered by: Patrick (KELLI.SULLIVAN2@gte.net)

Message:
I am in possesion of an original 1870 Penny Farthing. In near mint condition and considering selling this bicycle if the price is right!




Subject: RALEIGH CHOPPER
Entered on: Apr 16, 1998 13:54
Entered by: Jimmy (jb26314@APPSTATE.edu)

Message:
I have a 1970 Raleigh Chopper and wanted to know of a place that sold parts for this bike. Thanks for your help.




Subject: Tubeless Tires
Entered on: Apr 19, 1998 14:39
Entered by: MartinH (martin.hanczyc@yale.edu)

Message:
I have a 1920's safety bicycle that needs a rear tubeless tire 28 x 1 1/2. Does anyone know if or where tires like these are available? I am primarily interested in riding the bicycle than restoring it at this point. Thanks for you help.




Subject: columbia shafties
Entered on: Apr 21, 1998 17:36
Entered by: dan (dfield@nebuladigital.com)

Message:
are there any columbia shaft drives for sale in the new england area at this time? Dan...




Subject: highwheeler
Entered on: Apr 22, 1998 01:48
Entered by: George (harrison@midcoast.com)

Message:
Would like to purchase reproduction high wheeler. For general information: recently found BSA collapsible parabike WWll vintage and curious if anyone else has one.




Subject: 28x1 1/2 tubeless tires
Entered on: Apr 30, 1998 13:39
Entered by: TimH ()

Message:
These "single-tube" bike tires are available from coker tire co, www.coker.com. But they are not gaurenteed nor recommended for riding (just display). And they are very expensive, expect $125 each. Tim




Subject:
Entered on: May 2, 1998 19:09
Entered by: Susan ()

Message:
I'm doing a project on pennyfarthing bicycles and I need some help. I need to know what the radius of the front wheel is and any additional information. Thanks!




Subject: Name for Bicycle?
Entered on: May 3, 1998 11:47
Entered by: Bill (Bill@ARBAPRO.com)

Message:
The Chicago Woodturners are building a collaborative "High Wheeler" bicycle turned from wood by 29 people. We don't want to put pedals on this bicycle and understand there is an accurate name for this bicycle. What is the name for a high wheeler bicycle with no pedals? Thanks in advance. Bill Hochmuth




Subject: Victor for sale!
Entered on: May 4, 1998 00:30
Entered by: John (ktjones@epix.net)

Message:
I am interested in selling a Victor Overman Wheel Boston - Patented December 1, 1885 - Museum Quality




Subject: RE: Name for it?
Entered on: May 4, 1998 09:15
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
I've never seen a hi-wheeler without pedals. How would it be operated??? Maybe you are referrring to 'boneshakers'. They didn't have pedals. There is a picture of one on Menotomy's web site under "Olds Maps and Pictures" (click at the top of this page)




Subject: Hi Wheeler name and diameter
Entered on: May 4, 1998 22:32
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman) (Wheelman@nac.net)

Message:
Sue and Kat, I have been reading up on these bikes for some time now. As for the diameter of a penny farthing front wheel. It varies greatly, most common are in the 52" to 56" range but there were several other diameters. As for the name of a bike without pedals there are several examples of this, here are two. The boneshaker had pedals, the bike you are thinking of is a Hobby Horse that was pushed along with feet to the ground. Another noteable pedal less bike is the Ingo bike from the 1930s.




Subject: Ooops, yes - Hobby Horse
Entered on: May 6, 1998 08:25
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
Thanks Ray. Yeah, the Hobby Horse is the one without pedals, not the boneshaker. As Maxwell Smart would say: "Sorry about that, Chief"




Subject: Franklin Bicycle
Entered on: May 10, 1998 22:47
Entered by: C.L. (starbike@webtv.net)

Message:
Has anyone ever heard of an early 1900's bike called a Franklin manufactured by the Tracy Wells Co. of Columbus, Ohio? It has 28" steel-clad wood rims that takes single-tubed tires. Thanks!




Subject: RE: Franklin
Entered on: May 12, 1998 08:58
Entered by: Marco ()

Message:
I think there is a picture of a Franklin in the book "Evolution of the Bicycle", 2nd edition




Subject: Pictures of Hi-Wheelers
Entered on: May 18, 1998 14:05
Entered by: jamie (jstinson@mail.ecarter.k12.mo.us)

Message:
I am looking for a print or painting of a hi-wheeler bicycle to frame. Does anyone no where I can find any one?




Subject: Velomobiles/Early Recumbents
Entered on: May 21, 1998 23:37
Entered by: Michael (Coulsonm@aol.com)

Message:
Want information leading to purchase of VeloCar, or early recumbent 1895 to 1940 era. Anything unusual or off-beat. Thank you in advance for your help Michael




Subject: RE: Pictures of Highwheelers for framing
Entered on: May 22, 1998 08:34
Entered by: Matt ()

Message:
Somewhere on the web there's a guy who sells pressed paper imprints of highwheelers. I don't remember what the process is called. Maybe embossed? but the pictures look pretty good. Maybe someone can provide his web site address.




Subject: cycleometer
Entered on: May 23, 1998 16:09
Entered by: Ila (jcraig@sginet.com)

Message:
I've recently found a New York Standard Watch Co. cycleometer in a family trunk--wheel size 28". It has a glass face cover, the dials are all workable, the star wheel is intact, with only a little rust on the mounting bracket. I'm interested in determining a value range. If you have any information about what that would be, please e-mail me. Thanks




Subject: Lovell Diamond
Entered on: May 25, 1998 21:05
Entered by: Sheila (Mitchfirst@AOL.com)

Message:
I have inherited an unrestored Lovell Diamond that has been sitting in an attic for decades. We have the original sales slip which says it was bought in May of 1898 for $45.00. I am interested in selling it, what is the best avenue? Is there any interest is this kind of bike? I understand it is an American Safety, am I correct? I would love to hear some suggestions.




Subject: RE: Lovell Diamond
Entered on: May 26, 1998 08:10
Entered by: PeterW (longtruck@hotmail.com)

Message:
DO YOUR RESEARCH before you sell it. In addition to getting input from collectors, check out some prices guides, and also the auctions on Ebay. Someone might email you and say its worth a couple hundred bucks, just so they can get a good deal.




Subject: Harley Davidson 28"
Entered on: May 27, 1998 14:59
Entered by: Joel Z. (zaj@iname.com)

Message:
I recently came across a 28" bike with a Hawthorn headbadge and a sprocket with H D initials in it. This bike is rusty and doesn't have much going for it except the headbadge and the sprocket. There isn't any tank, carrier or light. Is there any interest or value in this? Any help would be appreciated. Send email to zaj@iname.com. Thanks, Joel Z.




Subject: Looking to Buy
Entered on: Jun 2, 1998 12:42
Entered by: Joe ()

Message:
I am looking to purchase a reproduction high wheeler, penny farthing or ordinary. Let me know. Thanks




Subject: Can I find one to buy?
Entered on: Jun 3, 1998 21:46
Entered by: Bill (BillRefvem@InfoAve.net)

Message:
I would love to at least ride, but preferably own a Hi Wheeler. Our small town has two or three parades each year, and I would love to ride a Bone Shaker in them. What could a collector expect to pay for one, if one were available? Thanks, Doc Bony Bone




Subject: Need info on child's hi-wheeler
Entered on: Jun 4, 1998 15:30
Entered by: Laura (lauram@umd5.umd.edu)

Message:
Hi! I recently acquired at a country auction an old child-sized hi-wheeler. It is in good shape, with a separate metal stand that it rolls onto. It's brown (may have been repainted) and has wooden wheels with a metal band around the outside of the wheel. There is no obvious make or model name on it (although I haven't looked too closely, to be honest). Any ideas as to what I have here, or how I could find out would be greatly appreciated. Thanks-- Laura




Subject: research info needed
Entered on: Jun 5, 1998 16:02
Entered by: bill (gfip@aol.com)

Message:
Am looking for any information about the Western Mass. Cycle Path League that was in existence in the 1890's.




Subject: 1918 Indianapolis Bicycle License
Entered on: Jun 5, 1998 16:37
Entered by: Bill (gfip@aol.com)

Message:
Does anyone know who purchased the 1918 Indianaplis bicycle license at the April Copake Auction? Email me about this license or any other early license.




Subject: Iver Johnson Safety Bike
Entered on: Jun 11, 1998 00:58
Entered by: andrew (schwalm-k@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
I'm interested in becoming a bicycle collector, and as my first step, I am looking into an opportunity to buy an Iver Johnson Safety Bike. The ad reads as follows: "Turn of the century. Wooden rimmed whls. Bike in orig finish, compl down t the wooden hand grips." Is this bike worth the 400$ asking price? I am not near the person selling it and so will have to conduct any queries over the phone. What are the most important questions I need to ask? Thanks very much for your help, Andrew.




Subject: F/S Iver Johnson
Entered on: Jun 13, 1998 20:51
Entered by: Bill (WildBill@home.now)

Message:
Have a ladies early Iver Johnson for sale. Wooden rims, fenders, head badge, good seat all there bike complete. Needs nickel work. Call Bill at 908-688-4742. I do not have e-mail so please call.




Subject: Vintage Bicycle Aluminum
Entered on: Jun 16, 1998 22:17
Entered by: Pam (janeypam@aol.com)

Message:
I have a old aluminum bike. It is 99%orginal. My father in law wants me to sell this bike for him. I have pictures of it. If anyone is interested please E-Mail me and I can send a picture. It is very old. One of the first that they made.




Subject: Racycle
Entered on: Jun 18, 1998 12:07
Entered by: Bill (Stillfotog@aol.com)

Message:
I am in need of a Racycle right crankarm to fit early 1900's Racycle. The drive stub on mine is fractured and will not withstand any pressure. Is there a Racycle collector out there???? I would like to discuss my problem and hear any suggestions. Thanks, Bill




Subject: Turn of Century Pierce
Entered on: Jun 26, 1998 17:09
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman) (Wheelman@nac.net)

Message:
I am attempting to restore my Pierce bicycle and have a problem. The crank is not cooperating. It is unusual, the bottom bracket has two bolts that hold in the bearing cups in place which are also threaded into the bb. The bolts when loosened take the tension off the bearing cups because the bb is split on both sides. You cannot thread out the bearing cups because the crank interferes with them. The bb also has a capped hole dead center that when removed shows a slotted part that is connected to the crank but how I do not know. I believe this hole is the way you free up the cranks and the slot in the flange that you can see through the hole is the key. I attempted to place a piece of metal in the hold to bind the flange and then force the cranks. This to was not successful. Can anyone out there tell me what I should try. I need to remove the cranks to replate them and repaint the frame. Thank You Ray (Wheelman)




Subject: RE: Turn of Century Pierce
Entered on: Jun 29, 1998 10:17
Entered by: TimH ()

Message:
I believe your crank may be similar to that with which I struggled to disassemble on my tandam. If so the hole in the BB is for a "key" that you insert, a screwdriver or punch may work, to engage an impression in the flange of the crank axle. You can then rotate the crank arms, both together, to thread them free of the axle.




Subject: People helping People
Entered on: Jul 2, 1998 08:31
Entered by: Steve's ()

Message:
Love to see it!




Subject: Looking for Reproduction of Hi Wheeler/Ordinary
Entered on: Jul 5, 1998 11:27
Entered by: bob (bobwaldeck@compuserve.com)

Message:
Looking for a rideable Hi Wheeler. Specifically not interested in hi-value collectors item. Would consider building my own, any leads on plans or sources of supply?




Subject: high wheeler
Entered on: Jul 6, 1998 17:15
Entered by: ken (oskisan@pacbell.net)

Message:
I am looking for an old high wheel bike and other older bikes pre 1900. I have krate, stingray, balloner bikes and parts that I can offer as partial trade Ken




Subject: Wanted Denver Rambler or social bicycle club items
Entered on: Jul 13, 1998 21:28
Entered by: John (coolbikes@webtv.net)

Message:
I will pay CASH or trade I also want DBT (Denver) bicycle license plates top money for prewar plates Thanks John coolbikes@wbtv.net




Subject: Mr. America bicycle
Entered on: Jul 26, 1998 20:31
Entered by: Kriss (DADDYOS98@aol.com)

Message:
I would like to find a bike like the one I had as a kid in the early 70's, it was called "Mr. Amerca" and I believe it was bought at a Coast to Coast or Sears store about 1972 or so. It was a white bike with red and blue stenciling, and the banana seat looked like the American flag. If anyone has any info on this bike or you know where I could find one, please e-mail me. Thank you.




Subject: Some 1910 - 1920's era bicycles coming
Entered on: Aug 4, 1998 08:22
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles (menotomy@aol.com)

Message:
We just bought a large load of balloon tire bicycles, and in this load are some early bikes and frames. Watch our site toward the end of August. We should have some of them (Pope, Columbia and Mead) posted by then. --Vin




Subject: Turn of the century safety bicycle
Entered on: Aug 5, 1998 01:01
Entered by: Buck (sbuck@pcpartner.net)

Message:
I have an old safety bicycle. It has wooden rims that are still true and have all the spokes intact. The handgrips are leather. There is no coaster brake. There is a nickle plated tire pump mounted on the frame. This bicycle has the orginal black paint that is faded and stained, on the front forks and center bar there is some very ornate gold painted scroll type designs. One petal, the nameplate, 1/2 of the leather seat , and the chain and tires are missing. Pictures are available. Does any one have an idea what this bicycle is worth? I am very interested in selling.




Subject: Repro Ordinary (highwheeler)
Entered on: Aug 6, 1998 21:49
Entered by: Mark (packpats@aol.com)

Message:
For those seeking a reproduction ordinary, there is a builder in Defiance Ohio called Kennedy. I own one (52") and it is exacting in detail to the columbia. Several years ago the price was about $950.00. Not bad for a hand built accurate reproduction.




Subject: The Wheelmen Vintage bicycle club
Entered on: Aug 9, 1998 17:58
Entered by: Mark (packpats@aol.com)

Message:
I have received several responses regarding the last message I posted. I do not have the address of Lowell Kennedy of Defiance Ohio, But I have referred some people to "The Wheelmen" in hopes that they might be able to help. Regardless, "The Wheelmen" is a national club devoted to vintage bicycling enthusiasts and can be reached through Mrs. Marge Fuehrer, 1708 schoolhouse lane, Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002. This address is from 1984 so if you have any problems locating her, Email me and I will try to dig further.




Subject: repro Kennedy ordinary
Entered on: Aug 11, 1998 14:58
Entered by: Bill (Stillfotog@aol.com)

Message:
I have a more recent address for Kennedy bike but I think $950 was a bit more than several years ago. Be prepared for sticker shock. Lowell Kennedy RR1,19173State Route 18 West Defiance, Ohio 43512-9776 Good luck, Bill




Subject: HI-wheeler & safety bicycle replicas
Entered on: Aug 13, 1998 05:41
Entered by: Jim Divoky (jim.divoky@worldbet.att.net)

Message:
For replicas, check out Rideable Bicycle Replicas at http://www.hiwheel.com/




Subject: HI-WHEELER NOVICE
Entered on: Aug 29, 1998 22:40
Entered by: JOHN (FERRELLI@PRODIGY.NET)

Message:
VERY NTERESTED IN RESTORING A HI-WHEELER, BUT DON'T NOW WHERE TO START. THE FIRST THING I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS WHERE DO I LOOK FOR A BIKE, AND THEN GO FROM THERE. ANYBODY CQN E-MAIL ME TO GIVE ADVICE.




Subject: Penny Farthing
Entered on: Aug 30, 1998 15:16
Entered by: Judie (cuslater@yahoo.com)

Message:
I am married to an amature bicycle racer who would love to have a Penny Farthing in his collection. If you know where or how to locate one please let me know.




Subject: Needle in the haystack
Entered on: Aug 31, 1998 14:36
Entered by: Craig (msp@iac.net)

Message:
I am trying to obtain as much info as possible about my great grandfather, Stillman G. Whittaker a.k.a. "Whit", a.k.a. "The Little Yankee" born in Mass. 1862 - I have limited info from living relatives. I am racing cyclist myself and would very much like to find (long shot) or purchase one or several of the different types of bikes he raced on. If anything, have refurbished or replica.




Subject: Info on Applehans velodrome racer
Entered on: Sep 7, 1998 18:44
Entered by: Kevin (kbcooke@hotmail.com)

Message:
I had obtained a track bike in the early 60's from an old German gentleman who told me it was an a special series of 6 bikes or so built by a builder named Applehans (not sure of spelling). He said it was built Germany in 1906 for indoor track racing, it is copperplated (original) and one of six made. He had converted it to street use with metal rims and he gave me only one of the original wooden rims sans hub and spokes. Do you know where I can recieve more info on the bike and authentica parts to restore to original. Thanks for any help, leads, referrals you may be able to pass on to me. Kevin Cooke




Subject: hi wheeler bicycle
Entered on: Sep 8, 1998 11:24
Entered by: woody (ww6548@aol.com)

Message:
i recently purchased a bike in w va. its unusual the front wheel is 26 in. the rear wheel is 8 in. the spokes are large and seem to come straight out of the hub, which have the only markings on the bike and that is a 3 on each hub. the tires are wooden with a metal band. the whole bike is put together with steel rivets. the bike is made of 2 flat pieces of steel. the handle bars are cattle horn type with wooden grips. there are a couple of places with crude spot welding. the bike also has a stand. the only nuts and bolts are on the seat. there are two taps you can loosen and adjust the seat back and forth. the bike is in good condition. if you can offer any info on this bike i would greatly appreciate it. i purchased the bike at a good price and plan to sell it if i can find out a ball park figure to ask. thanks for ;your time.




Subject: Put up a picture
Entered on: Sep 9, 1998 09:06
Entered by: BikeTuna ()

Message:
Woody, put up a picture somewhere where we all can see what it looks like. Chances are good that it is a homemade job and might not be more than 20 or 30 years old. Some pictures would settle that.




Subject: For Sale 1885 Columbia Expert/1897 Klondike Mead
Entered on: Sep 26, 1998 09:47
Entered by: Stephen ()

Message:
For Sale 1885 columbia expert. 52". codition is ecellent price $5000.00 firm 1897 womens klondike mead. best of show winner. it is a beauty. $2000.00 firm if you are serious, give me a call. 517-629-7019




Subject: parts for 1894 Victor safety to complete
Entered on: Sep 29, 1998 10:05
Entered by: Mike (dba@cix.co.uk)

Message:
Ive recently purchased a Victor flyer, Im missing some quite important parts, a saddle - according to my catalogue Victor saddle no. 14 - seat clamp/clip to fit to the spring saddle post (I have the saddle post) 2 rat trap style peddles - bolt on into oval eyelets on the cranks 2 rims (32 hole 28 x 1 3/4 inch) wood or steel - dont care really and spokes and nipples to suit.... and the front spoon brake, lever and rod... and finally the strange adjuster for the chain tension that sits on the back axle.... any one who can help me with this I would be seriously happy with - I live in the UK and Id willingly pay Post and Packing as Im pulling my hair out here! I have a 40 hole black laquered 28 x1 3/4 Inch rim for swap (steel) and can get hold of either Continental or SWabia 28 x 1 3/4 " tyres (tires) with ease! Best regards Mike Dearing




Subject: The Wheelmen
Entered on: Oct 5, 1998 17:23
Entered by: Stev (Stev@sharks4hire.com)

Message:
For all the folks wondering...here's the straight scoop: The Wheelment is an international organization of antique (and otherwise, sometimes) bicycles. Many of them have a wealth of information on restoration and history of bicycles. We hope to have a website up and running soon. (It's in committee - ugh!) Membership information:Mary Peoples, 55 Bucknell Ave., Hamilton, N.J. 08619-2059. Membership is $20/yr and includes newsletters, magazines and member roster. The best $20 you'll spend each year.




Subject: H.B. Smith Machine Co.
Entered on: Oct 6, 1998 14:53
Entered by: Bill (cernetic@newave.net)

Message:
Inherited this bicycle and don't know anything about it. Looks backwards to me. Front wheel is 21" and back wheel is 42". Drive mechanism is not typical rotating pedal but a ratcheting leather belt drive. The last patent date is July 7, 1885 and brass plate has a production number of 2975. Unit is complete and was last ridden by my wife 30 yrs ago. I would appreciate any information anyone has regarding this bicycle.




Subject: Late 1800's Hi-wheeler
Entered on: Oct 6, 1998 18:06
Entered by: Cameron (chakka@fishnet.net)

Message:
I have a hi-wheeler for sale. My family has owned since 1915 in which it came out by a bicycle shop that we bought in the early 1900's. We have pictures showing the business and bike from the 20's. I would like to sell it. What is it worth. It has been on a wall for about 30 yrs. It is rusty and the leather seat has deteriorated. Any help would be great . Cameron




Subject: The Name Penny Farthing
Entered on: Oct 8, 1998 10:34
Entered by: Dennis (adamsd@ctrl001.compt.pitt.edu)

Message:
This may be a very simple question, but what is the significance of the name Penny Farthing? I am writing about the bicycle industry and need some historical information. I understand that these first bicycles were commonly known as the "ordinary" and the "Penny Farthing". How did these names originate? Any information would be appreciated.




Subject: cyclomeeters
Entered on: Oct 8, 1998 11:07
Entered by: jess (j sarafin@gte.net)

Message:
I need a high wheeler cyclometer size not important.




Subject: childs high wheel
Entered on: Oct 15, 1998 21:08
Entered by: mike (brewstermillantiques@mailexcite.com)

Message:
have a chance to purchace a very early childs high wheeler with a 30" front wheel, steel frame, in excellant shape. There is no badge or mfg marks, however there is a carbide light made in england and the seat made in spain. the tires are hard rubber, the wheels steel. the rear wheel is 10" . I am looking for an approx value the is asking $1000. and i wanted to know if that is reasonible.




Subject:
Entered on: Oct 16, 1998 07:57
Entered by: JC ()

Message:
That sounds reasonable if the bike is in good to excellent condition. Otherwise I'd stay away from it, since a child's bike doesn't have the cachet of a full sized bike.




Subject: 1910 Peerless & the hard-to-find 1919 Dayton-built Elgin Motor-bike...same frame as Chief & the Harey-Davidson
Entered on: Oct 17, 1998 00:14
Entered by: calvert (cycletruck@aol.com)

Message:
: $100 for the Peerless....(Evolution I, p. 49) funky (but restorable) wheels, no saddle, fenders rough....diamond frame & badge are sound and straight...............................................................................................................................$550 for the Dayton-built Motor-bike.....x-brace h/bars.......excellent and interesting lines & metal work(see p. 50 in the 1st Evolution book)......deepest crown fenders i've ever seen on a pre-balloon bike(rear fender needs rolling out on the top, front in good shape.....braces good,too)....Daisy chainwheel (okay, you come up with a better name for it)....saddle needs recovering & wheels need work....restore as a Chief (you'd need the badge and the skinnier mud-guards) & you've got a $15-2000 eye popper or restore it as a Harley which (you'd need the H/D chain wheel & badge) were bringing $3500 and up last year (i don't what they're getting this year but just try finding one for sale) shipping extra....photos a buck(why, yes, i am a tight-wad) but i'll pay the post...................................................... e-mail or call me @816/363/4418




Subject: boneshaker info
Entered on: Oct 26, 1998 10:18
Entered by: Damien ()

Message:
Is there a good source of information on what I think is the "boneshaker" model? There is one in our local museum I'd like to research. Here are a few details: Wooden spoked and rim wheels are the same size, with steel outer rim Pedals on front hub Sweat aboput 18 inches long steel forks and frame member between front a and back wheels. thanks




Subject: Hi-Wheeler Pictures
Entered on: Nov 2, 1998 10:44
Entered by: jamie (jstinson@mail.ecarter.k12.mo.us)

Message:
I am looking for a good quality photo,painting, or print of a hi-wheeler bicycle to frame for my mother this Christmas. I've been looking for three years and have been unsuccessful. Could you please give me any information you can?




Subject: Massey-Harris 17
Entered on: Nov 6, 1998 03:26
Entered by: Keith (keithmc@caverock.net.nz)

Message:
I have a 1905 Model 17 Massey-Harris track racer,98% original, tidy nickel,origial Dunlop-Welch rims,I'm understand it's Canadian, does anybody have any idea of it's value or where I can find info on it ? Thanks.




Subject: My Great Grandfather Invented The Bicycle
Entered on: Nov 9, 1998 19:45
Entered by: Jim (JCard1965@aol.com)

Message:
In 1843 my great grandfather, Alexander Lefebvre, built what what may be the first of the modern day bicycles. This velocipede still exists in the San Jose Historical Museum, donated there by my grandfather in 1959. While I do not have the bike I do have some interesting documentation, the major piece being a detailed drawing done by Mr. Lefebvres apprentice in 1896. The story behind the bike is a good one that I would be more than happy to tell. If you are interested in the story or possibly the documentation call me at 408-275-1823




Subject: Saddle for 1880's Rudge HighWheel
Entered on: Nov 12, 1998 15:54
Entered by: Steven P. ()

Message:
I own a Rudge Highwheel from the late 70's or early 80's. The saddle is not original and I am looking for somebody who would be able to make me a replica replacement. Without it I can't go for a ride. There are two holes for the fixation of the saddle. One in the reinforcement lug between the steer tube and the frame tube (traversal). Another single reinforced hole is located on the frame tube about 15" down the curve.




Subject: your boneshaker
Entered on: Nov 22, 1998 07:03
Entered by: mel ()

Message:
bob your hiwheel with the name BONESHAKER on the label was probably one of the first 50 made in cleveland or Columbus Ohio in 1974 or 75 .the company was sold to rideable Bicycle Replicas in 1976




Subject: Message to Cameron
Entered on: Nov 23, 1998 19:08
Entered by: ken (oskisan@pacbell.net)

Message:
Cameron, please email me a letter. I keep trying to get in touch with you through your email address but it keeps bouncing ken




Subject: Search for a sociable
Entered on: Nov 25, 1998 07:48
Entered by: Steven (s.maasland@ibm.net)

Message:
Can anybody help me in my search for a usable sociable. I have a collection of vintage and antique bicycles and would like to add a sociable. Any indications regarding the possible going prices would also be appreciated.




Subject: Age of Emblem track bike?
Entered on: Nov 25, 1998 21:42
Entered by: Craig (leitgebc@aol.com)

Message:
I have an Emblem track bike that I need to find some info on. It has wood rims that are maroon w/white pinstripes. The frame is maroon with white darts, and it has old-style racing drop bars The fork is the pre-dropout style that you have to spread to remove the wheel. It has a one-piece crank. Front hub is hour-glass shaped, but the rear hub is a New Departure Model D that was laced up to the old rear rim. I suspect it was a fixes gear bike at one time. One old tire is still on the bike, the size is 28"x1.25". The headbadge says "The Emblem Mfg Co, Angola, NY." The seat, which is not original, is a leather racing saddle stamped "Japan". It must be a replacement, but the "L" shaped seatpost is original. Any information would be appreciated, since I really don't know how old this bike is. Craig




Subject: Turn of the century photos
Entered on: Dec 7, 1998 12:21
Entered by: John (Kiskatimbe@aol.com)

Message:
Hello: I'm currently developing a business web page which has a turn of the century theme. I would like to find a source for pictures of bicycle races and bikes for this era that I could use on the page. I'm interested in both saftey and high wheeler type pictures that are either free to reproduce or available for a nominal charge. Your help is greatly appreciated. Please email me if you have any ideas. Sincerely, John




Subject: Birmingham Bicycles circa late 1890's
Entered on: Dec 10, 1998 18:07
Entered by: JOEL (jrobertson@icare.opt.uab.edu)

Message:
I have learned of a bike company located in Birmingham Al late 1890s that sold bikes under the name"Birmingham". I live in Bhm and have been collecting for years and have never seen one. Does anyone have one or any information, pics,ect...? Thanks.




Subject: Straightening Wood Rims
Entered on: Dec 15, 1998 20:07
Entered by: Gary (gramke@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
Someone gave me an old WAVERLEY bicycle with wood rims. I think it was made in the 1890s by the Indiana Bicycle Company.. It is in poor shape...frame rusted and wood rims badly warped. Can these rims be straightened? Should I soak them and bend them into shape? Does the bike have any collectable value?




Subject: BoneShaker
Entered on: Dec 22, 1998 12:47
Entered by: Rob (sgturbo@aol.com)

Message:
Hi! I'm searching for a mid 1800's Bone Shaker for an research project. Also can you tell me when the front forks changed fron straight to curved? Thanks!




Subject: 1891 Victor Model A Bicycle-Need value
Entered on: Dec 24, 1998 23:55
Entered by: Tom (tfw01@flash.net)

Message:
Have an 1891 Victor Model A bicycle and need to know it's value . Is all original and rideable. Has stirrup handlebar grips, original seat, pedals, tires,flat chain, Solar headlight,etc. Pat dates for example on pedals show as 1890. Bike is Mfg. by Overman Wheel, Boston. Bike color is a mixture of Black and patina. No rust. Bike has unusual Cantilever wishbone spring front end. The two missing pieces are the front fender and handlebar break lever. Very unusual and in very good condition, Would like approximate value for an interested party who desires to purchase. Emails are fine-Thanks-




Subject: persons majestic
Entered on: Dec 29, 1998 20:04
Entered by: mike (brewstermillantiques@mailexcite.com)

Message:
looking for info on mfg "persons Majestic" in worster, ma. This name is on a saddle on a childs high wheeler. i would like to know if the cycle was made by them or just the saddle. also info about when they were mfg. thanks




Subject: Denver Ramblers
Entered on: Jan 5, 1999 16:24
Entered by: Curtis (AllBicycles@webtv.net)

Message:
Wanted to meet other collectors in colorado. Would like to reform the Denver Ramblers.




Subject: Birmingham Al Bicycles
Entered on: Jan 14, 1999 11:43
Entered by: JOEL (jrobertson@icare.opt.uab.edu)

Message:
I would like any info/pics/ect.. about bikes made in Birmingham, Al in the 1890s. I found the following companies in the city directory: Loosely cycle co, Cooper Durham, Bhm Arms & Cycle co., Bhm Electric and Cycle Mfg co. All probably made safetys betweem 1892-1900. Would be interested in buying same.Thanks




Subject: Removing Cork Grips
Entered on: Jan 16, 1999 15:12
Entered by: Gary (gramke@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
I am restoring a late 1890s bicycle that has cork handgrips. The handlebars are rusted and need replating. My question is how to remove the cork grips without destroying them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.




Subject: coventry rotary tricyle is in the hiwheel catalogs replicas
Entered on: Jan 29, 1999 03:28
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
coventry rotary photos in hiwheel replica catalogs reprints from rideable bicycle replicas




Subject: hiwheels
Entered on: Jan 29, 1999 03:32
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
rideable bicycle replicas builds about 25 different models of hiwheel replicas




Subject: Hi-Wheeler
Entered on: Jan 30, 1999 09:20
Entered by: Bill (wmckin2051@aol.com)

Message:
Hi; I'mlooking for a good hi-wheeler. Can be vintage or would consider a replica.




Subject: jet powered hi wheel glider
Entered on: Feb 21, 1999 08:15
Entered by: melvin (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
just noticed your movie experience.If you get the chance check out the movie remake of the TV series "Wild,Wild West coming out in June or July. We made a special hiwheel for them which was made into a Jet Powered Hi wheel with glider wings(thru the miracle of digital photography) its pretty wild. Also some 7 foot diameter spoked wheels(holding over 1,000 lbs) for a combination stagecoach+? melvin




Subject: looking for pictures
Entered on: Mar 10, 1999 09:42
Entered by: Mark (makie@mail.dma.be)

Message:
hello sorry i never learn'd how to write English. How ever i do like to ask a question. I'm looking for sharp pictures of bicycle parts for the disign of my sollicitation- website. If you have them ore if you know some links, please let me know. if i'll use them i wil make a link to you'r site. kind greatings Mark Willems




Subject: Unknown Hi-Wheeler Price Needed
Entered on: Mar 15, 1999 16:01
Entered by: Judy (mied@cber.fda.gov)

Message:
I own an 1891 vintage British Hi-Wheeler. The paint is almost gone and the back wheel has been replaced. Big wheel measures 50". There is a #4868 on top and #50 on side bar. Anyone know a ballpark value estimate?? Please respond!




Subject:
Entered on: Mar 28, 1999 23:23
Entered by: Tim B. (toolttim@total.net)

Message:
I have two Penny Farthings ,,One belonged to my great grandfather and is about 50" ..The other one I built as a high school project and its about 58" ,,well ,the wheel has a 14' cer. If anyone would like to see pic's,they can be scanned easily.Im in Ont. Canada ,is there a bike club in the Toronto area for high wheelers??????????????? ....TTT....




Subject: 28" singletube tires
Entered on: Apr 1, 1999 16:31
Entered by: JOEL (jrobertson@icare.opt.uab.edu)

Message:
Does anyone know source(s) for 28" tires? Please post all that you know. Thanks! JOEL




Subject: 28" single-tube tires
Entered on: Apr 7, 1999 13:02
Entered by: Dave (dwalker@boulder.nist.gov)

Message:
Coker tire (www.coker.com) sells them. They're not cheap: $124 for the 28X1.5" and $150 for the 28"X1.75 size, but where else are you going to find them? Sometimes you'll find 'em at vintage bike swap meets, but if you actually want to *ride* the bike then I'd recommend you buy new tires as a safety matter. By the way, if anyone reading this needs 26" single-tube rims or tires, I've got two nice wood rims and one NOS single-tube tire. Please e-mail me.




Subject: 28" Singletube Replacement ???
Entered on: Apr 14, 1999 18:02
Entered by: JOEL (jrobertson@icare.opt.uab.edu)

Message:
Thanks for the info !!! I checked out Coker Tire's catalog. Only problem is they do not recommend riding on their $300 plus tires. (whats the point?) Are there any alternatives? I have seen these bikes with solid tires at shows. Does anyone have any info or experience with solid tires? Thanks.




Subject:
Entered on: May 2, 1999 07:07
Entered by: Richard ()

Message:
Seems that there is a lack of discussion in this area right now. I know that there are many people with really old(antique) bicycles out there needing help or are willing to help others. Lets develope some interesting discussion and get this area active. I need to know if there is anyone repairing old wooden wheels?




Subject:
Entered on: May 10, 1999 13:28
Entered by: Andrea (balian@fas.harvard.edu)

Message:
I would like to know of any repairers of high wheelers in the Boston area? I have a high wheeler that needs some tire work. Many thanks




Subject: wheel builder?
Entered on: May 13, 1999 21:28
Entered by: trout (ftrout@hotmail.com)

Message:
I am having some rough times locating a person to build a 56" wheel. For a year i worked at a bike shop in oly,wa. They had a repop that I road every day for lunchtime.The feeling of having some serious substance under me was just really overwelming! I do not own a car, but I've commuted on A 65 schwinn speedster for 2 years and still going strong. So here I sit with my own plans to build a highwheel, just dont have enough knowledge to create a wheel. Does anybody know wheel builder?




Subject: Shaft drives
Entered on: May 23, 1999 06:04
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
Shaft drives were made from 1897 to 1901 you can get a reproduction catalog from Rideale bicycle replicasb




Subject: hi-wheel bike
Entered on: May 26, 1999 19:21
Entered by: mike (mwitter@cvn.net)

Message:
Looking for range of values for Rudge Coventry 54" (60 spoke) bike, black frame, some small dents, seat and handlebars, no accessories. Big tire has piece missing, small tire isn't much better. Wheels somewhat rusty, although everything turns freely. Going at a public sale on May 29, so would like info soon. Would like very much to buy it, but suspect wealthier enthusiasts may enter the picture. Thanks




Subject: hi-wheel bike
Entered on: May 29, 1999 12:32
Entered by: mike (mwitter@cvn.net)

Message:
in reference to the last post asking for value of 54" hi-wheel, it sold for close to $3000.




Subject: Wanted Hi Wheeler
Entered on: Jun 7, 1999 17:05
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman@nac.net)

Message:
Looking for my first Hi Wheeler bicycle. I have about 3G's to spend on one and would like 54" or greater as I am 6-3. Not opposed to cleaning up a sound bike but no rust buckets or holy moleys. E-mail with your offers, oh an yea a big plus is having it here in the Northeast for transportation reasons.




Subject: 1894 solid gold National championship bicycle medal
Entered on: Jun 25, 1999 11:00
Entered by: Tony ()

Message:
I have come onto possesion of a solid gold medal awarded to E>C> Bald on august 16th, 1894 in Denver Colorado as national champion for the 1/2 mile safety race. It is approx 1 3/4 in. in diameter and is very ornate. The obverse also features the logo League of American Wheelman. It weighs just under 1 1/2 ounces of what appears to be very high karat gold. Any other information or evaluations would be appreciated




Subject: any size spokes
Entered on: Jul 6, 1999 06:18
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
to those looking for ANY size stainless steel spoke 4" to 48", .105, .120,.125 contact rideable bicycle replicas at www.hiwheel.com contact mel




Subject: 1880s hiwheel catalogs
Entered on: Jul 11, 1999 06:48
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
we haave 11 different hiwheel catalogs we got from the clyde nitz estate when he passed away. we printed up some copies then we moved to a bigger place and the catalogs got lost. We found them about 1 year ago and they are in fair shape check www.hiwheel.com for names of catalogs




Subject: 1880s hiwheel catalogs
Entered on: Jul 12, 1999 06:05
Entered by: mel (mbarron@barrongroup.com)

Message:
we haave 11 different hiwheel catalogs we got from the clyde nitz estate when he passed away. we printed up some copies then we moved to a bigger place and the catalogs got lost. We found them about 1 year ago and they are in fair shape check www.hiwheel.com for names of catalogs




Subject: BONESHAKER FOR SALE
Entered on: Jul 21, 1999 12:04
Entered by: VIC (AOL CANADA Lezah002 )

Message:
Would like to sell, do not have room to store it. Will e-mail photos appond request ASKING $3000.00 or best offer.




Subject: Hi-wheeler
Entered on: Jul 21, 1999 16:15
Entered by: Mark (blavatski@blavatski.free-online.co.uk)

Message:
I have recently acquired a childrens penny farthing. It appears to be very old and is in poor condition, however I would be interested to know if anyone can tell me whether these childrens versions were made at the time the originals were introduced (late 1800's) or whether it is likely to be a later replica. It has the original leather seat and looks like it has the original tyres.




Subject: Boneshaker Bicycle
Entered on: Jul 21, 1999 21:10
Entered by: Victor (lezah002@aol.com)

Message:
Further to advertisement of boneshaker bicycle above, please note email address is lezah002@aol.com. Any interested parties please respond to this email address with any questions or if you would like a picture of the bike emailed to you for viewing. Will consider any reasonable offers.




Subject: pls help me
Entered on: Jul 22, 1999 05:53
Entered by: tracy ()

Message:
pls help me some one i need to know some information abt i wheeler about the measure ment to its wheel and how fast it can go and to balance and how do uget on it some one pls help this is for a school project




Subject: To Tracy Hi Wheeler Information
Entered on: Jul 23, 1999 15:17
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman@nac.net )

Message:
Tracy, You can find some great information on the Internet for these bikes. Go to this site... http://www.bicyclemuseum.com/index.html I think you will be happy with all the pictures and information on high wheel bikes. Also get you parents to take you to a book store like Barnes and Noble and look under bicycles in the sports section. There is a great book on restoring antique bicycles. It has the entire history of these hi wheel bicycles and is a great source of information. I do not remember the author but the book is green in color and small like a TV guide. It has a picture on the front of people riding hi wheel bicycles. Good luck on your project.




Subject: Looking to Buy
Entered on: Jul 28, 1999 17:13
Entered by: Eric (eric.tara@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
I am looking to buy a hi-wheeler/penny-farthing in good condition. Can anyone help me?




Subject: 1935 INDIAN
Entered on: Jul 31, 1999 15:00
Entered by: JON (jenn_slim@yahoo.com)

Message:
LOOKING FOR 1935 INDIAN HUBS




Subject: vintage hillman racer
Entered on: Aug 1, 1999 21:31
Entered by: Cole (colwat@Start.com.au)

Message:
I was wondering the value of my dads bike




Subject: teens racing bike
Entered on: Aug 9, 1999 23:27
Entered by: stephen ()

Message:
I have a teens era racing bike with 28" metal rims and has a Cyclo Birmingham rear derailer. All the parts on the bike are made in England with brand names such as BSA and beyliss and Wiley. The crank resembles an early mead ranger. As for the name of the bike itself it doesn't have a headbadge -it has a decal of an owl. Does anyone know anything about this bike? Thanks, stephen




Subject: Wanted Rudge Info
Entered on: Aug 16, 1999 08:39
Entered by: Richard (potatoes@ihug.co.nz)

Message:
Have just purchased a Rudge 1935?. Can anyone help (by email) to identify year, or characteristics for guide to restoration.




Subject: help a beginner
Entered on: Aug 26, 1999 23:44
Entered by: Jerry (jerryliz@earthlink.net)

Message:
I am interested in purchasing a high-wheel bike to ride in parades and such. I have no idea how to obtain something like this, and I have no idea of the costs involved in restoration and maintenance. I you love these old bikes and would like to assist a young man with the knowledge and skills to carry on your knowledge please contact me. I think this will be fun. Jerry




Subject: Hi-wheeler reproductions
Entered on: Aug 28, 1999 15:18
Entered by: Elise ()

Message:
We are photographers and are looking for a reproduction of a child sized hi-wheeler. Can anyone help us? Thanks, Elise Damron




Subject: Hi-Wheeler availability
Entered on: Aug 31, 1999 17:35
Entered by: Leon (Goolsracing@hotmail.com)

Message:
I heard that there is still a company that produces hi-wheelers like they were built in the 1800's. If so, do you know the name?




Subject: RE: Hi-Wheeler replica
Entered on: Sep 1, 1999 17:33
Entered by: TimH ()

Message:
Hello Leon, One link to try is http://www.hiwheel.com/




Subject: harley bicycle
Entered on: Sep 8, 1999 16:22
Entered by: jeff (klaatu4@aol)

Message:
i am looking for a harley davidson bicycle or who made it thanks.




Subject: Hand Velocipede
Entered on: Sep 9, 1999 23:05
Entered by: Pete (pvptngl@rconnect.com)

Message:
I have aquired a velocipede in need of repair. Does any one know were I can get pictures or info? Almost anything would be apprciated.Feel free to Email.




Subject: clipper tandem, circa 1898
Entered on: Sep 12, 1999 17:55
Entered by: kevin c (irishhiker@aol.com)

Message:
I have a chance to buy a circa 1898 "Clipper" brand tandem, recently found in an attic. Entirely original, steers from front or rear, original leather saddles, filigree chainguard with "CLIPPER" cut out, but broken; original weird chains and pedals with wire toe clips. Frame is designed for a female rider in front, man in back. No fenders, I don't think it ever had any. I have no idea what something like this is worth. If you can help please email me. Irishhiker@aol.com




Subject: Homemade Reproduction (of sorts)
Entered on: Sep 13, 1999 13:22
Entered by: Keith (velohund@yahoo.com)

Message:
Over the weekend I took a modern roadster frame (made in India), and built it up as a simple fixed gear bicycle. No chaincase, no mudguards, no racks. Although several details are off (has newer vintage matress saddle, non-skip tooth steel crank, etc.), with the slack frame angles (about 67 degrees) and long wheelbase (at least 46"), the profile of this bike resembles roadsters of the late 1890s I see in various coffee table books of recent years. The ride is exceptionally smooth, due to the frame size, but the performance is better than the average British roadster, due to reduced weight. Investment so far -- $9.




Subject: RE: Home made repro
Entered on: Sep 15, 1999 07:38
Entered by: BGSchwinn ()

Message:
Keith, do you have any pictures we can see?




Subject: Budget Repop
Entered on: Sep 16, 1999 10:26
Entered by: Keith (velohund@yahoo.com)

Message:
BG -- sorry, no pictures. Guess I really need to get with the '90s before they're over. Anyway, the frame I used is similar to the one on the Indian roadster pictured in the September issue of Bicycling, except mine does not have the extra frame tube, and my bike is stripped down -- no chaincase, mudguards, or racks, in keeping with the pictures of typical 1890s bikes I've seen. By the way, the Indian frame I have is a copy of the frame used on a Raleigh DL-1 ("Tourist") roadster, a bike with rod-operated stirrup brakes and 28" wheels that Raleigh made from the 1920s(maybe earlier?) until the 1980s. The frame is huge -- 67 degree angles, 46" wheelbase -- and certain details resemble those I've seen in pics of some late 1890s/turn of the century bikes: rear facing "dropouts" for rear wheel, chain stays BOLT on with seatpost binder and at dropouts. The Asian roadsters are real dinosaurs. The ride is exceptionally smooth, due in large part, I think, to the monster wheelbase and frame angles -- too bad bikes with these frame dimensions are not more readily available.




Subject: Our new Discussion Area
Entered on: Oct 12, 1999 14:15
Entered by: Vin (Menotomy@aol.com)

Message:
Check it out


NOTICE: Big Changes Coming!!!

Menotomy Vintage Bicycle's web site is going to
G R O W !
We're moving to a new domain: oldroads.com

The new web site will:

  • Have a new and improved Discussion Area (you can start using it today!)
  • Have a greatly expanded Vintage Bicycle Picture Database (and it will be a true searchable database)
  • Have a lot more resources available to Vintage Bicycle collectors.
  • It'll be a while before we've made the new site reach it's full potential, but you can start using it right now: oldroads.com