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WANTED:   Columbia classic 100 year anniversary , 27" mini high wheeler posted by: Erick on 10/15/2001 at 6:36:20 AM
Hi , I am looking for a columbia mini high wheeler, 27" front & 12" rear with hand brake , I believe they were made in 1977 , on the bike it says Columbia 1877 classic 100 year anniversary , the one I saw was red in color , if anyone has info on this bike get back to me , thanks

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FOR SALE:   Wooden rims posted by: DBean on 10/4/2001 at 8:00:15 PM
Some wooden rims ("NOS") on ebay that look nice in the pictures.
Item # 1011148934

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WANTED:   28" Metal Clad Wooden Rim posted by: JOEL on 10/1/2001 at 6:26:23 PM
WTB: a 28" metal clad wooden rim, 20s-30s era to complete a bike.

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AGE / VALUE:   identification/evaluation help posted by: todjob on 9/13/2001 at 9:00:55 PM
i have 3 pre balloon bicycles and in this area i am totally lost ,looking to find a person to send pics. to to identyfy and also interested buyers as well 1 looks pretty good the other two might just be parts

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification/evaluation help posted by Jeff on 10/2/2001 at 6:50:59 PM
How do you know they are pre war?
Give us all some specs, man.




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MISC:   Dating my Singer posted by: Bob Knight on 9/11/2001 at 3:37:32 AM
Just over a week ago I posted a message requesting technical information on my recently purchased Singer Penny Farthing. I've had some very good off list discussions with several people that have been most helpful, thank you. I'm now making an appeal to help me get an accurate date for my machine. I have taken a series of 20 digital photos of all parts of the bike with the exception of the rear hub (I left it at my Dad's house by mistake). I've zipped up these photos into a single 564KB file. If you would like a copy of this file to help me date the bike, or purely for interest, then send me an email to the address above and I'll forward the pictures.

Note that I live in the UK so you may not get a reply until the next day.

many thanks in advance

Bob Knight

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          RE:MISC:   Dating my Singer posted by Greg Barron on 9/14/2001 at 10:51:28 AM
Hi Bob,
Mailed out the catalog copy yesterday for you, look to the mail. Hope it helps out. While I am not familiar with the Singer bikes I can say the open head design was an early design. Sorry I can't be more help. Try going to this site and asking there http://disc.server.com/Indices/121240.html
It's another Hiwheel site.

Greg Barron

          RE:MISC:   Dating my Singer posted by tim elder on 10/25/2001 at 2:06:50 AM
I believe my bike to be a singer but am not sure. I would like a copy of your picture file to help identify mine. thank you, tim elder




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AGE / VALUE:   High wheeler bike posted by: Tom on 9/7/2001 at 1:02:55 PM
Could anyone give some onfo on what I think is a 1890 Penny Farthington high wheeler bike. I think that was the name on it. It is in excellent shape. Spokes were all there tires were on it but I didn't look close at them. Seat was complete but shows wear. Wood grips were on it and were nice. The pedals went up and down on some kind of lever system. It is not mine but I was asking if it was for sale and the older fellow said everything is for sale. Could someone give me an aprox value of a bike like this. I know nothing about them. This one is museum quality.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   High wheeler bike posted by Paul Aslanides on 9/9/2001 at 7:55:15 AM
There is a similar machine on display in Canberra, a lever-action high-wheeler.
http://www.ctuc.asn.au/bicycle/
There may be a note or two also, in Achibald Sharp's book
'Bicycles and Tricycles'.




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MISC:   wompa wompa aka ingo? scooter posted by: cindy on 9/7/2001 at 3:12:09 AM
I have two of these scooters and have a ball riding them. I get all of the attention I missed when I was young. Can anyone tell me something about these marvelous scoots? Someone said they were called Ingo scooters. Mine has a name on it "Joyful". I am sure with the exercise craze that they would be very popular today. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, Cindy

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          RE:MISC:   wompa wompa aka ingo? scooter posted by Cal on 9/10/2001 at 6:31:35 AM
What size are the front and rear wheels?
Ingos were made in the 1930s and go for BIG BUX!

          RE:MISC:   wompa wompa aka ingo? scooter posted by JOEL on 9/10/2001 at 9:42:48 AM
I have 2 of these that I am restoring. I'd be glad to share the info I have gathered.

          RE:MISC:   wompa wompa aka ingo? scooter posted by Ray on 10/1/2001 at 7:27:41 PM
The only info I need is where to get a tire for the front wheel?




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MISC:   Help on documentary posted by: Annik Lussier on 9/5/2001 at 1:33:19 PM
Hello,

I am working on a documentary about a legendary bike journey
that took place during the Nome gold rush from Dawson City
to Nome in 1900. Two gentlement completed the journey: Ed
Jesson and Max Hirschberg.

I am looking for any information anyone might have on this
or on bike use during the gold rushes.

I am also looking for Frank Cameron who wrote about the topic
in 1983 in Wheelmen Magazine.

I appreciate your help with this.

Regards,
Annik Lussier
Researcher
Alan Handel Productions



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AGE / VALUE:   Tire attachment posted by: Ron on 8/29/2001 at 4:25:23 AM
What`s the best way of attaching a solid tire to wood rims? Hopefully I`ll ride this c1900 many miles and would like to minumize any tire problems.Thanks.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Tire attachment posted by Paul on 9/9/2001 at 8:08:24 AM
Ron - How could you? And Why? Perhaps the best way to minimise tyre problems is to walk. (No offence intended).Surely solid rubber tyres will shake your rims to pieces in no time flat. If the rims are old, they may even start delaminating, coming apart at the joins. If you know or can determine the Bead Seat Diameter of your rims, then you can obtain the correct tyre to fit. I don't know where from, but I do see these new tyres often, on new wooden rims, at a local antique collector's. They are of the 28 inch family or tyres, usually 700c, but much wider and heavier. Cheers.




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MISC:   technical advice needed posted by: Bob Knight on 8/28/2001 at 6:55:09 AM
I made a deal with my wife, she would allow me to buy a High Wheel and restore it IF I finished making her new kitchen first. Six months ago I bought a 54" Singer c1878
and stashed it away, out of sight, out of mind. Anyway 2 weeks ago I finished the kitchen and pulled the Singer out of storage and took a good look at it. Generally it appears to be in remarkably good condition for its age. It was clearly an expensive machine in its day and the quality of the workmanship is apparent. I have decided to give it a full restoration since it had no original paint on it. I would rather preserve than restore, but this was too far gone in terms of surface finish. Both wheels have spokes missing and the front axle is slightly bent. Last night I dismantled the rear wheel and came upon a puzzle. All the remaining spokes unscrewed easily from the hub, but I cannot remove them from the rim. The spokes are butted or swaged with the thicker (threaded) end at the hub. The rim end is of a smaller diameter and has the end peened over to stop it pulling through the rim when tightened up. The hole in the rim will only fit the smaller diameter not the larger threaded one. I would like to know how this wheel was built up and how to replace the spokes? I'm assuming that the new non peened over spokes are inserted through the rim holes and then the end peened over (with heat?) to the correct length, before being threaded into the hub and tightened?
The second question is regarding the grade of steel used in the front hub. I know how to remove the bronze hub flanges from the original axle, but does anybody know a modern equivalent grade of steel that will be suitable to machine the new one from?
Third question, sorry, does anybody know of a source of the type of spoke described above? I want to rebuild with the correct butted spokes. I can cut/roll my own threads but I need a source of blanks of the appropriate length.

many thanks

Bob Knight

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          RE:MISC:   technical advice needed posted by Greg on 8/29/2001 at 5:59:15 PM
As to the spokes, I can make you stainless straight pull spokes up to 4 feet long as long as the thread is a 40tpi and the wire thickness is .120. I can do .105 and .125 in lengths to 23.75" with the same 40 tpi. They aren't the stepped/ground/swaged type but they are good spokes. Since I've never seen a Singer up close and personal I can't tell you how the wheel went together and all the catalog says is direct spokes, but try asking some other wheelmen at www.wheelmen.org You can also try Victory in Florida at Victorybikes.com . They make an excelent reproduction and can probably make all the parts if you give them a sample.
As to axle steel, use a high tensile cold rolled steel or stainless steel shaft. If you are lucky you can straighten the axle you have. Hope this helped.

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.

          RE:RE:MISC:   technical advice needed posted by Bob Knight on 8/30/2001 at 2:49:05 AM
Thanks for the advice Greg. The threaded butted portion of the spokes is more like a British 8 gauge (.160), pretty hefty. I think I'll have to approach some motorcycle spoke manufactures to see if they can help. I took a good look at the axle last night, It's bent into a slight 'S' shape, all in one plane, I suspect from past falls where the pedals have struck the ground. The axle is very hard steel and probably quite brittle by now, for safety I intend to replace this part rather than try and straighten the original.
You mention that "all the catalogue says is direct spokes" does this mean that you have access to a Singer catalogue? I would be interested to know what year etc..

many thanks

Bob Knight

          RE:RE:RE:MISC:   technical advice needed posted by greg on 8/30/2001 at 12:28:44 PM
You might try Buchanan Spokes, 626-969-4655. They make motorcycle spokes and might be able to do yours. I don't think they can do a spoke with a peenable head though. Is it possible that the spokes are just expanded from rust and won't go back out the rim hole? The cat. info I have is from 1880, Singer & Co. Coventry, England. It's part of a compilation catalog I have of European Bikes from 1877 to 1886. As to the axle, you can have another made or you can have yours straightened and retempered. How are you pulling the hub flange off? The steel quality is probably pretty high and you can probably retemper without any trouble. Heat it and relieve it. Talk to a heat treater in your area. Or not... British 8 gauge, leave it to the English to make something a screwy size! Let me know how it goes, love to see pics when done.
Greg




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MISC:   Cannon Ball Bicycle posted by: Alun Hughes on 8/24/2001 at 8:10:54 AM
I am researching the history of the Cannon Ball bicycle, which was manufactured in Thorold, Ontario between 1895 and 1898 by Thomas Jones, a jeweler by trade. From 1896 the bicycle had a wooden frame (which easily supported Jones' 240 lb weight), and the 1898 model was selected for display at Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations in England. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information about the company, especially if they can tell me where I can find a copy of a catalog (the 1897 version had 24 pages), or a picture of a Cannon Ball, or even an original Cannon Ball. Many thanks.

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FOR SALE:   pre 1900 bikes posted by: Gilles on 8/21/2001 at 6:37:44 PM
I have an 1895 Franklin, restored and a Deflange, made in Chicago. For details phone Gilles at 450-475-8043

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WANTED:   Hi Wheeler posted by: kelly on 8/20/2001 at 4:10:28 PM
Looking for either an original or replica hiwheeler for someone who is 5' 11"...please email me at cinderella1982_@excite.com...thanks...

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          RE:WANTED:   Hi Wheeler posted by Annette & Greg on 8/22/2001 at 12:38:16 PM
Please check out our website at www.hiwheel.com. If you view the antique replicas I think you will be able to find something you like. Let us know if you are interested and we'll see if we can't help you out.
Thank you




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AGE / VALUE:   EVANS INTERCEPTOR 100 posted by: JEFF on 8/19/2001 at 12:50:44 AM
ANY INFORMATION ABOUT 24IN. EVANS HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE ON WHAT I HAVE. PLEASE HELP

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   EVANS INTERCEPTOR 100 posted by tom on 9/2/2002 at 10:25:37 PM
My family had two Evans Interceptor 100 26" when I was young.
My older brothers bike was red and had square cross section
fenders,and was probably purchased in 1959. Mine was red,
with round cross section fenders circa 1962. Wheel rims
were white painted steel. Evans was a popular bike, but not
quite the quality/durability of Schwinn at the time.




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AGE / VALUE:   Female Rollfast posted by: David Trnka on 8/16/2001 at 7:25:40 AM
I ran across a female Rollfast bicycle s/n: C362472 stamped
on the rear axle area of the frame, along with an SE in a
circle. The color is blue with white pin-striping, and what
looks like white boomerangs on the small tank. The bike is
complete, and just couldn't see it go to scrap, any info ie:
age, worth would be great. Thanks

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