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FOR SALE:   56" inch 1884 Columbia Expert High bicycle for sale on eBay posted by: Tim Gunn on 7/19/2004 at 1:36:56 PM
I have just posted on ebay, a c.1884 56 inch Columbia Expert High Bicycel, it is fully restored. Click on the link below to get to it.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2258173314&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT


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MISC:   Larz Anderson National Bike Show posted by: Peter Naiman on 7/13/2004 at 12:37:55 AM
It's time to remind everybody that the Larz Anderson National Bike Show is back again this year on Sunday August 8th, with set up time at 9:00AM, and actual show time from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. For full information please check our website at www.oldroads.com/show. Thank you once more to Vin Vullo of Oldroads.com for building and hosting our website for yet another year. Our Concour will again host bikes from all eras, from Antique to Balloon to Lightweight. All bikes are welcome, even your "old soldier". Trophies plaques will be given in numerous categories as in past year, and there will be a pre-show vintage ride at 9:00AM. Either check our website or please call me at my home phone @ 617-469-4581 for more information or to register a bike or more for the show.

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AGE / VALUE:   child's? highwheeler & tryke posted by: Dave on 7/7/2004 at 8:31:17 PM
Have bought two antique bikes but can find anything on mine. They are made for children have oak?wheels with iron rim, leather seat, wood handles w/wear marks. One is tricycle one 2 wheeler. Maybe 3.5 feet high, maybe 10 inch back wheels. Can anyone suggest how to find out more? Thanks

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   child's? highwheeler & tryke posted by Brian on 7/11/2004 at 5:38:11 PM
Bicycles like this have been reproduced, probably in Mexico and distressed and rusted to look old. If the leather and wood is all intact, they probably are "new". Check the "Wheelmen" webpage for pre 1919 bicycles. Leave a query under the message board.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   child's? highwheeler & tryke posted by Brian on 7/11/2004 at 5:39:25 PM
http://www.thewheelmen.com/




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WANTED:   Penny Farthing Front Tire Wire Rubber posted by: rolly peckus on 7/5/2004 at 8:24:24 PM
Looking for where I can purchase 9' length of wire rubber for the front wheel of my penny farthing.

Can you help?

thanks

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          RE:WANTED:   Penny Farthing Front Tire Wire Rubber posted by Greg on 7/6/2004 at 4:17:39 PM
Send me a number or give me a call and I'll see what I can do for you. I have both red and black rubber, wire and a little coil core left as well. 510-769-0980 gbarron@hiwheel.com

Greg Barron
RBR Inc

          RE:WANTED:   Penny Farthing Front Tire Wire Rubber posted by Victor on 1/2/2006 at 8:34:49 PM
I am looking for a front wheel to reconstruct a Penny Farthing for a school project in Cahors, France. Any condition. Do you know where I can get one?
Victor




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WANTED:   Wide WOOD Rims 1 5/8 and wider... posted by: George in Massachusetts on 6/29/2004 at 12:04:28 PM
Hello to all,
We are Looking for some 25" inch wood rims in 40 and 36 hole that are at least 1 5/8 in width. Email George in Massachusetts at oscarhedstrom@hotmail.com THANKS...

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          RE:WANTED:   Wide WOOD Rims 1 5/8 and wider... posted by Greg on 7/6/2004 at 4:19:40 PM
Last I heard, Jaqces Graber in Davis, CA. had a line on wooden rims. You can reach him through the Wheelmen site or I can forward a message on to him for you if you send one to me to pass along.

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.




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AGE / VALUE:   back wheel for Roy Cooper Hi-Wheeler posted by: beverly barnett on 6/25/2004 at 5:34:59 PM
I have a Roy Cooper Hi-Wheeler that is missing the back wheel. I want to buy a replacement wheel. Does anyone know where I can buy one? Also, can anyone give me an aprox value. Reply ASAP

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   back wheel for Roy Cooper Hi-Wheeler posted by marcello on 6/26/2004 at 1:57:36 AM
www.hiwheel.com ?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   back wheel for Roy Cooper Hi-Wheeler posted by DT on 6/28/2004 at 9:23:51 PM
It would bring 100 to 150 on ebay if complete. You're going to have to find a substitute rear wheel somewhere as I'm sure they are no longer made. Good luck. Try a bike shop, maybe a little scooter wheel or something.




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WANTED:   plans, photos, info posted by: Tom on 6/19/2004 at 1:01:52 AM
I am interested in building a replica hi-wheeler. I am trying to find plans, photos, books, descriptions, and information that would be helpful to me in building a rideable hi-wheeler that looks like an authentic antique bike. I am especially interested in hi-wheelers which were (partially) made of wood. I would appreciate any help that you be able to provide. Thanks, Tom P.S. I saw an ad for an inexpensive hi-wheeler that was supposed to be available soon. Any new info on those bikes?

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FOR SALE:   1890's 52" Singer High Wheel Restored posted by: Jim on 6/13/2004 at 8:53:03 PM
This Bike is Wonderful.Restoration Costs Exceeded $2500. Price $5200. Picture Upon Request.Also Have a 1890's Thomas Board Track Racer and a Three Wheel Fairy Pedal Bicycle. 313 565-6910 Ask for Jim. Thanks.

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          RE:FOR SALE:   1890's 52 posted by jim johnson on 7/6/2004 at 5:47:56 AM
could you please email pictures? is everything original? what in serial number?

          RE:FOR SALE:   1890's 52 posted by Don on 7/12/2004 at 2:50:20 AM
I am interested in the singer highwheel. Can you forward photos. thanks




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WANTED:   cork grips posted by: AJ on 6/8/2004 at 11:41:57 PM
does anyone know a good way to get cork grips off?does anyone sell them?anyone sell all white tires?thanks AJ

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          RE:WANTED:   cork grips posted by Lester on 7/11/2004 at 5:05:08 AM
Hi there from Lester Miller down in south FL. I make a nice set of cork grips with nickel plater ends for $85.00 they aren't easy to make and take some time but they are super when done just the thing to finish up that 1890's bike. This person will be able to help out with the tires repros of the 28" dia.




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AGE / VALUE:   shipping cases posted by: Mike on 5/25/2004 at 7:40:07 PM
Fellow wheelman. I am in the process of having travailing or shipping cases made for transporting high wheel bikes on air planes or by trucks. The one thing that stops me from putting My high wheel bike on a plane is the potential for it to be damaged when packed in the cargo holds of the planes. I have located a co. that can make shipping cases that will be large enough for our bikes. I am trying to find out how many of you out there would be interested in such a case to protect your bike when traveling.
IE: The upcoming Wheelman Meet in Kansas. I am in Ca. And with limited time in my schedule I would go to the Kansas meet if I could fly. But not to fly all the way there and have a damaged bike.
If there is enough interest, the cost for each case will go down so as to make them affordable, and a worthy asset for the modern day Wheelman.
stay on top
Mike

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MISC:   Highwheel homebuild posted by: Scott on 5/14/2004 at 10:18:49 PM
Has anyone tried to build a highwheeler from scratch? I have just started brazing up bicycles within the last year, and wondered if there were any homebuilts out there. I recently found a website for one individual who had done so out of cro-molly, and was then selling his product, but virtually no description was given to process and techique. I am of the philosophy that when one can build, one should. I am slowly learning the process of metal fabrication and such, and would love to apply these skills to a highwheeler. Sources?

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          RE:MISC:   Highwheel homebuild posted by marcello on 5/15/2004 at 3:48:45 AM
once I tried to do that. I found a backbone and after many many hours surfing internet and spending a lot of money finally I built mine, but it did not come out right.I tried hard to correct my problems but finally I gave up and I bought one , but still I have kept the one that I built.there are a few guys who built their own hiwheels and they did a good job. If u decided to do that u might get with Greg at www.hiwheel.com and get his advice and his help.Good luck
marcello

          RE:MISC:   Highwheel homebuild posted by Bill on 5/17/2004 at 9:20:23 PM
As Macello indicated, if you can afford it, buying is a nice option. I'm happily putting 11 miles a day on my homebrewed special and there are a few other ones around as well. You might find some of the archived/older messages on the discussion board at

http://disc.server.com/Indices/121240.html

useful and more directly oriented towards the modern builder. Take a look at the discussions over there--there's good stuff and a little chaff.

My journey building a quick-n-dirty penny farthing (called "The Inferior" in deference to Greg Barron's commercially available "Superior") is chronicled at

http://webfiles.uci.edu/robertsw/www/hiwheel/pennyfarthing.html

You will see that it required a couple of tries to find a combination of things that works reliably. Of course I get most of my enjoyment from the tinkering and pennyfarthings are a magnificent excuse!

And a more elegant bicycle dubbed "The Declesior Recycler" was built by a gentleman going by the screen name of Ourdee. He has some photos of his at

http://hometown.aol.com/onesoulonboard

I've bought parts from Unicycle.com and Hiwheel.com as well as machined/bent/welded/forged ones on my own. Depends how deep you want to go and the resources your are determined to marshal.

Best of luck and get out and make some chips. The guys in the 1880's were experimenting with what they had, so don't be afraid to experiment yourself. Also the links page on the wheelmen site and the ads in their paper newsletter are good sources for specialized parts (hollow rims, etc). Join the community.

Bill

          RE:MISC:???Highwheel homebuild posted by Bob on 6/14/2004 at 12:51:17 PM
I too wanted to build my own after seeing the prices on the repros and anything with a decent price was not a repro but a Look-A-Like using modern parts. We are building a prototype now of a repro of a 1887 Rudge Hi-Wheel. We are building them in Vietnam where we can get very good quality machine work for low cost and we plane on passing this savings to the customer. Our bike will sell for around $500 usd. Take a look at our website at:
http://tallbike.com




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AGE / VALUE:   Looking for info on bike part posted by: Kristin on 3/25/2004 at 2:31:45 AM
I have a bike part that I believe may be for a Columbia Bone Shaker bicycle, this part is flat metal that at looks like an oval with flat sides escept that one end is shaped like a bulb with a hole in it. On it is engraved "Standar Columbia Made By The Pope MFG. CO. Patented (with a series of dates from Nov. 20 1866 to Jan. 17, 1882). The part is approximately 4" by 2". Can anyone give me some information about this? Thank You, Kristin

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for info on bike part posted by marcello on 3/26/2004 at 2:21:49 AM
can u post some pics of that part on internet? that will help alot.
marcello




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FOR SALE:   Thinking Of Buying A Hi-Wheel? CHECK OUT TALLBIKE.COM FIRST posted by: Tallbike.com on 3/11/2004 at 12:35:54 PM
If you are thinking of buying a Hi-Wheel bike you might want to hold off till Tallbike.com gets their bike out!
We are a new company that will be making a High Quality Rudge Replica Hi-Wheel bicycle very soon. We are about 6 months away from selling bikes. Have a look at the parts page to see what we are doing. High quality machined parts are very close to the original 86/87 Rudge bike. Bike will have front brake. Recessed front hub. Tapered backbone. Townsend copy for seat mounted like the Original. Brass front bearing holders. Most parts in Stainless Steel that will never need expensive re-plating. And much more. Our Repro will look like an Original bike. We are NOT using modern bike parts. We are making all parts from Scratch! Because we are located in Asia and we are NOT dealing with middlemen we plan to sell our bike for around $500 USD, YES, '$500 USD. Again, If you are thinking of buying a Hi-Wheel bike you might want to hold off till we get our bike out.
Website at:
http://tallbike.com
Parts page at:
http://tallbike.com/tall/parts.html

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MISC:   Where to get Spokes posted by: Leo on 2/24/2004 at 12:05:06 AM
Hi folks.

I am hoping someone out there can share some info. As a winter project I have been making a Penny Farthing. I am in need of spokes, any suggestions? I am currently trying to make my own with out much luck to date. Would like to find a supplier ro at least someone who can offer guidance in making my own.

Thanks.

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          RE:MISC:   Where to get Spokes posted by marcello on 2/24/2004 at 2:34:44 AM
www.hiwheel.com good luck




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MISC:   Boneshaker Cleveland posted by: David Lindsey on 2/23/2004 at 12:40:14 AM
Just bought Boneshaker with a Cleveland sticker. Serial number is 4801070. When was it made? When did plant close?

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          RE:MISC:   Boneshaker Cleveland posted by marcello on 2/23/2004 at 4:06:27 AM
still they are making that bike, but in calif. get with Greg at www.hiwheel.com .
marcello

          RE:MISC:   Boneshaker Cleveland posted by Boneshaker on 2/27/2004 at 4:20:21 AM
Hi David,
Give me a call and I can fill you in on your bike. If you send me a picture it would help.
Greg
RBR Inc.

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