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MISC:   1894 - 1898 Macy's rear steer tandem posted by: John on 12/22/2002 at 7:08:29 PM
I have a ( Cyclone 80" Tandem ) made for macy's department stores in the late 1900's. This tandem is complete and in working order. The bike has been painted with house paint some time ago. Can the 28" wood rims be stripped down to wood safely without harming the rim ? What type of glue is used to mount the tire to the rim ? Any info would be welcome about this great old bicycle. Thanks John

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          RE:MISC:   1894 - 1898 Macy's rear steer tandem posted by Brian on 12/25/2002 at 4:00:48 AM
I would use paint remover with caution, not to heavy and a small area at a time. You dont want to soften the glue in the dove tail joints of the wheel. I have had good results using a single edge razor blade and small amounts of lacquer thinner. Then varnish to complete the wheel. I like to strip my wood wheels down to bare wood to show people that they really are made of wood. Tires originally were cemented on with shellac, I would use the same type of cement available for 10 speed sew up tires or use regular rubber cement.




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AGE / VALUE:   license plate posted by: marcello on 12/20/2002 at 2:57:24 AM
I am looking for a place to make me a nice license plate for my hiwheel , anybody knows where i can contact? thanks marcello

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   license plate posted by JimW. on 1/5/2003 at 10:58:58 AM
Marcello,
There is at least one company which makes stamped aluminum license plates in bicycle sizes. Unfortunately they are only available in large quantities of the same design. This is not a process which lends itself to one-offs, due to the setup processes involved. If you would be satisfied with a flat metal plate with printed-on letters, numbers, etc. a silk-screen printing shop is your best bet. If you must have raised letters, but don't mind plastic, a vacuum-forming shop can take care of it. A solid metal plate with raised letters can be obtained by using a photo-engraving shop. You can also get a rubber stamp shop to make a rubber plate with raised letters. A mold can be made from this, and used to cast the plate in plastic or metal. None of these processes will be cheap, however. Figure between $50-$100. The cheapest solution is to cut sheet aluminum to size, print out your computer graphic on glossy photo paper, and glue it to the metal. When the graphic fades from sunlight, print out another and replace it.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   license plate posted by Robert on 1/30/2003 at 3:25:33 PM
Might give this place a try.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2704101655&category=7298




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AGE / VALUE:   1890's fairy saftey tricycle, have one need info posted by: Dave, Skip on 12/15/2002 at 11:24:41 PM
I found an original 1890-s fairy adult saftey tri/cycle by the worthington company, #99. The frame and slide peddals are in working order and all original. The wheels are new. What is somthing like this worth more or less, please help.

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MISC:   Head Badges on eBay posted by: Roy on 12/12/2002 at 7:04:00 AM
I mostly only play with balloon tire bikes, but a note of interest, I found on eBay while searching "head badge", a number of older name plates that might be of interest to someone here.

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AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by: karl on 12/2/2002 at 5:33:32 PM
I bought this bike a whie back and have been trying to find information on it. Any ifo appreciated. You can view pics by typing the address in your address window.
www.geocities.com/opossum007/hiwheel1.jpg
www.geocities.com/opossum007/hiwheel2.jpg
www.geocities.com/opossum007/hiwheel3.jpg
Thank you, Karl

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by Greg Barron on 12/21/2002 at 5:23:23 AM
Kinda hard to see any detail but it looks to be an early Columbia or maybe Victor.

Greg

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by Bill on 12/25/2002 at 2:06:18 AM
It is clearly not a Columbia or Victor. I appears to be English.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by gbarron@hiwheel.com on 12/27/2002 at 8:45:41 PM
Hi Bill,
I'm wondering if you can tell me why you think the bike is English? There is a pretty good chance it is, but to look at the bearing case and lower fork end it has the Columbia/Victor style bearing. I was looking through all my english catalogs and couldn't come up with one that did the lower fork in the style so I figured the Col/Vic. The saddle spring isn't anything I could pick out either, too bad the pics weren't more clear. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this guys bike a little more.

Greg

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by karl on 12/31/2002 at 2:42:59 AM
I will try to take some better pics. The guy I bought it from brought it over from England in the 1940's. The bearing case is the only thing marked and has "Rapid" stamped into it. Thanks Karl

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by Bill on 1/7/2003 at 4:11:42 AM
Greg,
The reasons I feel it is neither a Columbia nor Victor are as followed: To the best of my knowledge neither Columbia nor Victor used brass hubs or bearing cases. This is typical of many English makes. In addition, the bike has radial spokes, which were used on some Columbia models but never on a Victor. The cranks are similar to Columbia in that they are adjustable by sliding up and down in an elongated slot, whereas the Victor has adjustment in only two separate wholes. The handlebars also appear to be a one-piece bar that runs through a bore in the top of the head and is brazed in place. Victors first used two bolts to hold the handlebar to the head, similar to the current “Victory” reproductions. They later used a clamp that slid over the top of the head to secure the bars. Columbia used two-piece bars that screwed into the head from each side and also a one-piece bar that used a wedge to secure the bar. Neither manufacturer used “T” grips as are found on this bike. Victors also used different versions of their “swing saddle” which was a hammock style saddle. The bike in question has a pan saddle on a spring. This again is more like some Columbia styles; however, the spring is shaped differently. While I feel the bike is most certainly English, there were so many manufactures in England that it may be difficult to identify the specific manufacturer. The bearings being stamped “Rapid” may be the best clue and someone more versed on English bikes may be able to help.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Info on High Wheeler... posted by teun on 8/4/2003 at 3:07:23 PM
Late - and you'll probably will have found out by now yourself - but non the less:
The "Rapid" stamp stands for 'New Rapid'. An english make producing very elegant Highwheelers.
The bike is a sporting model (new roadster or equivalent), dating at about 1888 - 1889. Most likely bought slightly too big because the spring has been altred to reduce saddle height.
Very neat head by the way... Look at 'Bicycles and tricycles of the year 1888' (can't remember the writer right now) for more info.
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AGE / VALUE:   One time sale posted by: Greg Barron on 11/28/2002 at 8:46:23 PM
Ok,
I never ever do this but since I need some money for the years end I am going to have a one time, short time sale. I am going to discount all the bike and part prices except the pedicabs, total custom work and lowrider by 10%, $300 dollar plus orders of lowrider will get the 10%. That means, until Dec 15th, 2002 anyone that orders something and cuts and pastes this notice to their order/email will get a 10% discount. This is just another wild air, maybe it'll work. Go look at the website and see if there is anything you need. www.hiwheel.com

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.

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AGE / VALUE:   Wanted information on Excelcsior Bike not Schwinn posted by: Darrell on 11/27/2002 at 1:34:13 AM
Can anyone tell me the years that Excelsior built bicycles, the company that later built motorcycles. This is not a Schwinn Excelsior. I have looked on the web and in couple of the Databases with no luck. Thank you, please email me directly at grasshopa@marshallnet.com

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wanted information on Excelcsior Bike not Schwinn posted by Cal on 11/27/2002 at 3:00:11 PM
I have it in a book at home, but I think Schwinn bought them out in around 1909, so your Excelsior would have to be older than that.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wanted information on Excelcsior Bike not Schwinn posted by Darrell on 11/29/2002 at 6:43:02 AM
Thank you to those who have e-mailed with suggestions as to the age of the bike. If anyone would happen to know a publication that has a picture of this bike I would appreciate you letting me know the name of the book and author. If you have an image of this bike I would really be happy to receive an image by e-mail. I will post a response when I get it all figured out. Thanks again, Darrell




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WANTED:   WANTED WOOD WHEELS posted by: Brian on 11/22/2002 at 4:51:34 AM
Wanted to buy: A good set of 28" wood wheels.

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AGE / VALUE:   What year is my bike posted by: Dan on 11/20/2002 at 2:15:06 AM
I bought an old looking Murray bicycle at a thrift store for
$10. it is a Murray Skybolt X-64. the only numbers I could
find on it are 11X64 and 228281 stamped on the frame just
behind the rear tire mount? Does anyone know anything about
this bike and where I can find some information on it.

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AGE / VALUE:   What year is my bike posted by: Dan on 11/20/2002 at 2:15:06 AM
I bought an old looking Murray bicycle at a thrift store for
$10. it is a Murray Skybolt X-64. the only numbers I could
find on it are 11X64 and 228281 stamped on the frame just
behind the rear tire mount? Does anyone know anything about
this bike and where I can some information on it.

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AGE / VALUE:   The price of high wheeler's posted by: KAM on 11/6/2002 at 4:09:13 AM
What is the best source, book or internet site to find out info highwheel bicycles, stlyes, prices. Please email me directly.

Thank you Kam.

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AGE / VALUE:   Interested in purchasing a HI WHEELER posted by: Juan on 11/5/2002 at 1:26:47 AM
Very interested and enjoy the Hi Wheeler style bicycles. Where does a person find them for sale? And what are the values of them? Any info available on any Hi Wheelers for sale in any condition would be very helpful. Never owned one, but I am serious about changing that.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Interested in purchasing a HI WHEELER posted by Greg Barron on 11/6/2002 at 7:35:09 PM
I offer a pretty good range of hiwheel bikes, go check out my website at www.hiwheel.com If you see anything you like then send me an email or phone number.

Best Regards,
Greg Barron
Rideable Bicycle Replicaas Inc.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Interested in purchasing a HI WHEELER posted by marcello on 11/16/2002 at 1:56:00 AM
hey juan I bought one of the bone shakers from Greg Barron he has really excellent hi wheels for sale, he uses hi quality stuff in his bicycle and I am sure that u will be very happy if u buy one, i really recommend his bicycles they built very strong and good.
regars marcello




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AGE / VALUE:   spoon brake wanted posted by: marcello on 11/1/2002 at 1:43:35 AM
i tried to get a spoon brake for my hi wheel buti have not have luck yet, any body knows at least how can i get a complete picture of spoon brake? there are some in Donald Adams' book(collecting and restoring antique bicycles) but they are not complete and clear.
thanks

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WANTED:   safety parts posted by: Al on 10/15/2002 at 8:36:36 PM
I'm trying to restore my great grandfather's turn of the century columbia. I haven't a clue where to look for parts. Any help would be appreciated...

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          RE:WANTED:   safety parts posted by sam on 10/20/2002 at 3:52:17 AM
What parts are needed? most bikes even very old ones if taken some what care of will not need a great deal of parts.Cleaning,greasing,etc.And tires--which can be bought new.Use care if it is a shaft drive.Don't take it apart!Ask questions here on stuff you don't know.Someone will help.

          RE:WANTED:   safety parts posted by Greg Barron on 11/28/2002 at 8:51:41 PM
I know a man that may be able to help you, he likes the Columbia Shaft drives and know a good deal about them. His name is Lorne Shields and you can reach him at Lorne Shields
E-mail Address(es):
vintage-antique@rogers.com
Business Information:
Phone: 905-886-6911
Fax: 905-886-7748

Good luck.

Greg




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AGE / VALUE:   aurelia highwheeler posted by: randy on 10/12/2002 at 10:00:46 PM
does anyone know anything about an Aurelia highwheeler, it has "special" on the seat on a metal plaque. The bike is light blue? I can't find anything out about this bike. Thanks for helping me.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   aurelia highwheeler posted by Greg on 10/18/2002 at 4:03:31 AM
I don't know if I'll be any help but send me a picture or 5
Greg

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