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AGE / VALUE:   spoon brake wanted posted by: marcello on 10/11/2002 at 2:26:52 AM
does anybody know how i can get spoonbrake for my hi wheel that has 48" front wheel please email me. thanks

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FOR SALE:   1885 COLUMBIA EXPERT 52" HIGHWHEELER posted by: Ralph on 10/8/2002 at 10:22:15 PM
Not all parts are original and missing brake mechanism, but
restored to an attractive rider. Scans available. $2,250.00 plus shipping. Ralph, San Jose, CA

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          RE:FOR SALE:   1885 COLUMBIA EXPERT 52 posted by greg on 10/18/2002 at 4:01:36 AM
Sent a message direct, let me know if you got it. I'll be passing through San Jose on Saturday morning.

Greg




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AGE / VALUE:   Murray Mar Ladies pre 1930? posted by: Ryan on 10/7/2002 at 8:01:46 AM
just picked up an early ladies bike. flat painted rims, intricate pinstriping and words on blue frame. name Murray Mar on tube. BSA coaster rear hub and english made front as well. of 2 horisontal bars bottom one is flat and top one is curved in middle and has a bar joining it to the bottom one. a 2 and a 3 digit code on either side of the top of the seatpost tube. i am guessing it is 1900 - 1920, does any one know any more, any help please?

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WANTED:   BAMBOO BICYCLE posted by: Ian on 10/7/2002 at 12:49:41 AM
Hi, can anybody give me any clues on identifying the maker of a bamboo framed bike with wooden rims? It is definitely bamboo not hickory or any other wood. I know from Donald Adams book that there were bamboo bikes made in both England and the U.S. Does anybody know the distinguishing features of each? Unfortunately there is no headbadge. I have arranged to buy it sight unseen and it would be nice to know what I have got! Thanks, Ian in New Zealand.

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          RE:WANTED:   BAMBOO BICYCLE posted by Mikeq on 10/8/2002 at 2:50:20 PM
Sight unseen? Watch out! There are junko bamboo bikes being made today in the far east for the local trade and for the export store display market. Make sure this is a real antique.

          RE:WANTED:   BAMBOO BICYCLE posted by Ian on 10/8/2002 at 6:22:29 PM
It has been in the family of a now closed cycle dealership for over fifty years so I am sure it is old but as it has no badge or markings it will be difficult to establish what make it is. As I did not pay too much for it I am happy to have it regardless of make. Thanks for the warning anyway. Regards, Ian.




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WANTED:   shaftdrive posted by: karl on 10/4/2002 at 1:48:16 AM
hello i am looking for an original condition shaftdrive bicycle. any leads would be great. thanx

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AGE / VALUE:   What is it? posted by: Bob Janes (London, England) on 10/2/2002 at 9:08:25 PM
I have just taken delivery of a penny farthing that I bought from an agent/auctioneer in Yorkshire; I understand that the bike was in a museum at some point, but I'm trying to find out more about it (ie age, maker).
These are the things I notice after an initial examination:
53" wheel. Adjustable length cranks. Hub assembly attached to front forks via bolted tabs. Grease nipples on hub each side. Spokes radiate directly from centre of wheel. Rim is triangular section.
Padded leather saddle (old, but not original as it is padded?). Single mounting step on left side of frame. Forks and straight handlebars are in one piece; handlebars tipped with wooden knob-like handles. Thin metal frame extends over wheel from back of head of forks (takes the outline of a short mudguard, but without the substance to stop any mud). Back part of frame connects to forks via a slot cut in the rear part of the fork head. Serial number on leaf type seat spring reads ‘N / 7164’. Spirit lamp attached via bracket to handlebars. No Brakes (!).
Weight of bike approx. 52lb.
Grateful for any help you can give.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is it? posted by Bill on 10/11/2002 at 2:05:21 AM
Bob, If you go www.thewheelmen.org there are sources of information there. Also in the U.K. if you can find a membe of the IVCA cycling group I am sure there is someone there who could identify the bike. The short "mudguard" is actually called the pantguard and is used to keep your pants from rubbing on the wheel and or getting caught in the wheel when you are making a turn! Depending on the type of seat it may have had padding and a leather cover on it-does it have a metal pan that is the frame of the seat? The spoking pattern is known as the Radial type and was generally but not always an earlier design. High wheels were popular from the mid 1870's until about 1892. Price depends a lot on condition and completeness of the bike. Most highwheels here in the U.S. are bringing 2-3 thousand dollars unrestored but mostly complete. Many are missing the brake system since they were mostly ineffective and dangerous since they usually rubbed on the front tire just in front of the fork and if you clamp down on the brake too hard it will throw you over the handlebars-Taking a header is the term! Another indicator of age are the types of bearings used-Ball bearing versus bushings. The ball bearings came later than the bushings, especially in the pedals. Bill

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is it? posted by Bob Janes on 10/11/2002 at 12:48:05 PM
Thanks for the info Bill.

The saddle is seperate from the seat spring, being attached by two bolts and a strap and spaced by a wedge of wood - difficult to see if the saddle has a metal pan as it is totally encased in leather, but will try to investigate further - same with bushes/barings. Wheelman site very intestesting as one of the pictures on their old Highwheel photos page is of exactly my bike (top row 4th from left)- it shows a rather short man in a three piece suit and bowler leaning casually against it. There seems to be very little info on what the bikes in the pictures are though...

Bob Janes

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is it? posted by Nick Bromage(Wolverhampton, England) on 10/31/2002 at 10:44:29 PM
Hi Bob,

From your description it would appear that your machine is quite early i.e. pre 1880. This is because of the 'triangular rim' which I would assume to be angle iron and also because the handlebars are straight. By 1878 Invincible were already marketing hollow rims and by the early 1880's a rim of this type would have been virtually onknown on a new machine.The straight handlebars would have meant that the handles were relatively high to the rider and later on the handlebars would loop over the riders leg and drop down to a point (on racers generally) which was sometimes below the top of the tyre. This gave the rider a better mechanical advantage. Hope this helps. Nick.




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MISC:   ND Model A Hub posted by: Tom on 9/29/2002 at 5:47:43 AM
Does anyone know the years when the New Departure model A hub was used. Does anyone have a picture of the breakdown of the parts. I have one that needs to be taken apart and cleaned.It is stuck in gear and doesn't freewheel.Also is there a place I can get tires for steelclad wood rims(glue on).

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          RE:MISC:   ND Model A Hub posted by Kevin C. on 9/30/2002 at 1:21:25 AM
Harper Machine Company in Dunbar, W.Va. makes the 28-inch single-tube tires for pre-balloon bikes.

          RE:RE:MISC:   ND Model A Hub posted by Tom on 9/30/2002 at 3:07:47 AM
Is there an email/website address for Harper Machine?

          RE:MISC:   ND Model A Hub posted by Marty on 12/21/2002 at 3:36:50 PM
Tom, Did you ever find out dates of mfg of the ND mofel A brake? If so please forward to me directly. Thanks, Marty

          RE:MISC:   ND Model A Hub posted by Marty on 12/21/2002 at 3:43:26 PM
Tom, Did you ever find out dates of mfg of the ND mofel A brake? If so please forward to me directly. Thanks, Marty




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AGE / VALUE:   wheelmen,s hat wanted posted by: marcello on 9/28/2002 at 6:29:10 PM
I am looking for a wheelmen's hat , where can i find it?

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   wheelmen,s hat wanted posted by Bill on 10/11/2002 at 2:09:48 AM
Got to the Wheelmen website at www.thewheelmen.org and in one of their listings there are several articles about clothing and suppliers of items for the wheelmen riders.




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WANTED:   Pear shaped handgrips posted by: Mark on 9/24/2002 at 1:19:53 AM
I am looking for a source for wooden pear shaped handlebar grips identical to the Columbia style. Would appreciate any leads.

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AGE / VALUE:   Le Cheval Mecanique posted by: Mark on 9/22/2002 at 5:28:14 AM
I just recently purchased an 1870s vintage "tricycle horse" made in France. I is in quite good condition. Can anyone tell me anything about it or have any idea who would be an expert on something like this. Thanks

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AGE / VALUE:   spoon brake wanted posted by: Marcello on 9/21/2002 at 1:10:39 AM
I am looking spoon brake for my bike I have replica 48"
email me with price and pic. thanks

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AGE / VALUE:   hi wheel wanted posted by: marcello luciano on 9/18/2002 at 1:14:03 AM
I am looking for used but good replica hi wheel bicycle . send me photo and price. thanks

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AGE / VALUE:   Replica highwheeler for sale. $500 posted by: Kevin C. on 9/17/2002 at 12:21:42 AM
Rideable Replicas highwheeler for sale. 48-inch front wheel. Like new. Beautiful bike, ready to ride. $500 OBO. Must be picked up in Lafayette, Indiana (between Chicago and Indianapolis)

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Replica highwheeler for sale. $500 posted by marcello luciano on 9/17/2002 at 1:36:17 AM
hi kevin
send me photo please. thanks

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Replica highwheeler for sale. $500 posted by Bob Purcell on 9/25/2002 at 12:04:27 AM
I am interested in a pennyfarthing. I will assume that this is the 48" classic without the front brake. If so your price seems rasonable.

Rap



          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Replica highwheeler for sale. $500 posted by Kevin C. on 9/29/2002 at 4:42:09 PM
BIKE HAS BEEN SOLD. Thanks, Rap.




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AGE / VALUE:   hi wheel posted by: marcello sam luciano on 9/15/2002 at 11:08:08 PM
I have a hi wheel that I bought the frame while ago and I started putting it together. the front takes 38" wheel (though I am using 37"because that is all I could find)and rear takes 13". I really do not know what kind of bike I have . even with 38" wheel there is almost 3" gap between tire and frame . Is there anybodywho can help me out and tell me what kind of bicycle I have?

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WANTED:   old hi-wheeler posted by: John Malcom on 9/8/2002 at 10:21:16 PM
Looking for an old original hi-wheeler for display in my shop. Doesn't have to be perfect, but rideable would be nice. Is this realistic? (I'm not really a bicycle guy, just love the looks of the things.) How do I find what's out there & what might I expect to spend?

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          RE:WANTED:   old hi-wheeler posted by Greg Barron on 9/9/2002 at 9:16:13 PM
Might be able to help you out John, go look at my web site at www.hiwheel.com and let me know if there is anything there that fits the bill for you.

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.

          RE:WANTED:   old hi-wheeler posted by Greg Barron on 9/9/2002 at 9:16:15 PM
Might be able to help you out John, go look at my web site at www.hiwheel.com and let me know if there is anything there that fits the bill for you.

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.

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