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MISC:   Solid core tires posted by: Warren on 4/19/2001 at 6:33:22 PM
I'm a vintage lightweight/roadster guy who just found someone who has some solid core tire stock and seaming equipment. Is this what you guys need? I could probably buy it if there was a demand.

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          RE:MISC:   Solid core tires posted by Tom on 4/20/2001 at 12:49:25 PM
I'm intersted.

          RE:RE:MISC:   Solid core tires posted by Warren on 4/20/2001 at 10:03:27 PM
I will let the list know if I can procure this setup and maybe have some more details.

          RE:MISC:   Solid core tires posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/28/2001 at 12:06:10 PM
This is also called "Cab Tiring" and it is worth getting especially the "Seaming equipment" The tools that mount it are worth getting especially




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MISC:   Great site here posted by: Greg Barron on 4/19/2001 at 1:03:02 PM
I just thought I'd say that this is a really great site here, a really good resource for Hiwheel bikers! Vin, good job and I haven't forgotten the W/F stuff, I just haven't had time to pull it out of the back room and take pictures for you.
Greg

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AGE / VALUE:   Bridgestone Highwheeler posted by: Dany Tremblay on 4/15/2001 at 3:07:24 PM
Hi, I own a Bridgestone model DEKO highwheeler. The front wheel is a 26.5" diam. the rear one is 12". I guess it's a replica but I couldn't find any info about it until now. Is there someone who knows the age and the value of this bicycle?

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AGE / VALUE:   Swap Meet June 24, Boston, MA posted by: Joe Rapoza on 4/14/2001 at 8:47:15 PM
Summer Bike Show Sunday June 24, 2001. Weekend after Fathers Day Annually.. This show is free to all vendors and the public..

Boston Show Directions: Interstate 93 North or South approximately 1 mile North of Downtown Boston. Take exit 28 Sullivan Square Exit go around the rotary “Under the Bridge”

For more information and show details please contact me.

Thank you, Joe

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WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by: Clarence on 4/9/2001 at 8:35:45 PM
I am new to this,I was looking at the hi-wheeler,boneshaker bicycles and they look like they would be great to ride.Not to mention owning a piece of the past.I was wondering how much can I expect to pay for either a replica or one that is in rideable shape.Can they be shipped UPS ,Etc... or are they to big?Any info would be appreciated.

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          RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by dave on 4/15/2001 at 12:43:49 PM
I paid $3,200 for my 1888 Columbia Expert. It was restored, and ready to ride. Nickel plated models or rarer models will be more. I rented a small U-haul drove about an hour to pick mine up, and would not trust UPS to ship one. I ride mine all the time (I was just on it an hour ago). I'm 5'11', and a 52" wheel is about perfect. Don't get one too small. Good luck....dave

          RE:RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by clarence on 4/16/2001 at 6:30:22 PM
Dave, Thanks for the reply. How can you tell what is the right size.I am 5'9" with 30" inseam.Would a 48" be too small?

          RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by dave on 4/17/2001 at 4:36:08 PM
There are some old guides for inseam/tire size out there, can anyone here help? A 48" will almost certainly be too small, and your knees will hit the handlebars. You might try for a 50" wheel. The 52" wheel seems to fit my 33" inseam just about right. You can always ask the seller what size rider will fit the bike he is selling, but I really think you'll be disappointed with a 48". I hope you find one!! they're a little dangerous, but lots of fun!.......dave

          RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by dave on 4/17/2001 at 5:12:13 PM
I found a wheel guide -- It looks as if I was wrong, and maybe a 48" will work!
48" wheel for 31" leg
50" wheel for 32" leg
52" wheel for 33" leg (i know that's right)
54" wheel for 34" leg
56" wheel for 35" leg
58" wheel for 36" leg
i got this from a "Wheelmen" publication (Bulletin #1) - The Wheelmen is a noble club worth joining.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by Clarence on 4/17/2001 at 6:57:16 PM
Thanks alot Dave.The information is really appreciated.

          RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by Greg Barron on 4/18/2001 at 5:10:31 PM
You had asked about sizes and how they are selected. With my replica bikes I recommend for inseams under 28" my 38" bike, for inseams between 28" to 34" my 48" model bike and for those tall people with inseams 35" and longer my 52" model. Since my replicas use a modern cycle headset, the frame rides higher off the wheel and as such there is a little more room for leg. I can't really speak for the original stuff but what the other gentleman said is probably about right. According to your measurements you would ride my 48" bike. Unfortunately these bikes are to large to be sent by UPS and as such have to go by standard freight carriers like GI, Roadway, Estes and so on. If you are going to get an original shipped then I suggest a plywood crate and interior stuffing! We ship our stuff in a heavy cardboard carton and about 99% of the time there isn't any problem. It is the one percent that kills, that's why I wouldn't think twice about plywood for an original. My 48" bikes start in at $849 plus freight. Right now in the US freight for coast to coast shipping is around $185 for commercial shippers. Non industry might be charged more. Hope this helped and if you want to reach me then email to gbarron@barrongroup.com or hiwheel@barrongroup.com or call 510-769-0980

Greg Barron
Rideable Bicycle Replicas

          RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by Greg Barron on 4/18/2001 at 5:15:14 PM
Oh yah, you can check out my site @www.hiwheel.com

Greg Barron
RBR Inc.

          RE:WANTED:   Hi-Wheeler,Boneshaker Bicycle posted by Bill on 4/18/2001 at 7:19:39 PM
In regards to the wheelman bike sizing chart the leg length is talking about the TOTAL length of your leg, from your crotch down to the sole of your foot, NOT the inseam of your pants. I wear 31" pants inseams but ride a 54" bike. A ridable Replica is a great beginning bike-solid and indestructable, and if you enjoy the sport you can move up to an antique bike later. Check out the Wheelman web site at www.thewheelmen.org




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WANTED:   Charles and Sain Info posted by: John on 4/8/2001 at 4:46:54 AM
I am looking for some information on a Charles ansd Sain Special 1898. It is a bike with a big basket on it. Any and all info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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AGE / VALUE:   Swap Meet April 8, Swansea, MA posted by: Joe on 3/31/2001 at 7:39:12 PM
The swap meet is Free to vendors and the public, indoor and outdoor. Push, pull or drag it to the show. We want to kick the spring off with a great start. Email me for information. Email everyone you know...

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FOR SALE:   1885 Gormully and Jeffery, 48in highwheel bicycle posted by: Bev Carter on 3/25/2001 at 2:17:34 PM
Theis is an excellent highwheeler, completely restored, riddin only a few times since restored, has perfect nickle plating, If interested we have pictures and we can email them to you.

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          RE:FOR SALE:   1885 Gormully and Jeffery, 48in highwheel bicycle posted by Demi on 4/8/2001 at 8:15:36 PM
Hello, I am interested in your High Wheeler bicycle. Could you please send a photo and any other information including asking price.

Thank You.

Demi




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MISC:Wanted: Penny Farthing demo in MN posted by: Dick Reinke on 3/20/2001 at 4:48:09 PM
Wanted: Penny Farthing in MN, June 11-12
> Tue Mar 20 12:57:27 2001
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> The Minnesota Masonic Home is looking for a Penny Farthing complete with
> rider for exhibit and demonstration during
> this year's Chautauqua on June 11-12 in Bloomington. The theme for this
> year's festivities is "Wind, Wheels, and
> Whistles" as in hot-air balloons, antique vehicles, and railroad things.
> If you're in the Upper Midwest and interested,
> we'd like to hear from you.
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> Thank you.
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> Dick and Joyce Reinke
> 11130 Harrison Ave. So.
> Bloomington, MN 55437-3250
> (952) 888-7065

<dreinke@unique-software.com>

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MISC:   Cyclebration 2001 posted by: Greg Barron on 3/20/2001 at 10:24:14 AM
Point of interest to anyone in the Northern CA. area. U.C. Davis is having their annual Cyclebration Sunday May 20th. It is usually a good time and for those with Hiwheels, there are races to ride in. 200m dash, slalom, slow race, straight and narrow and the Davisville mile. Those interested in more information should email David Takemoto-Weerts at University California at Davis, dltakemotoweerts@ucdavis.edu
You can also see more at http://www.taps.ucdavis.edu/cyclebration.htm

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FOR SALE:   1888 Elliot Hickory posted by: Bill McHenry on 3/19/2001 at 10:16:46 PM
I have an unrestored bike,identical to the one on page 41 of"The American Bicycle"[Pridmore&Hurd],it`s missing the leather seat top,the chain guard,one wood hand grip and the lantern[I have a lantern from a slightly later date].One spoke is broken[repaired],all mechanical parts are working.The wooden parts are what appears to be original,or very old paint.I have ridden it once,and other than a light oiling of the mechanicals,and a gentle dusting it is untouched.I have been approached by Sotheby`s,but I do not wish to put this up for auction,or even ship the bike.

I would consider selling it to the right person,or to a museum,someone who would care for it properly.My interest
is in early motorcycles and trades may be considered.Any offers?Overall, it is in very good,solid, condition for something over 112 years old.I am in southern New England and I do have a rough idea what it is worth,so please,seriously interested parties only,and ONLY to a very good home.

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MISC:   repair highwheel tire posted by: rick on 3/15/2001 at 12:22:31 PM
HI I HAVE 20YR. OLD LOWELL KENNEDY HIGH WHEELER THE RUBBER ROLLED OFF AND CAME APART HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING ANYONE TO FIX IT FOR ME HERE IN NORTHEAST PA. HELP RICK

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          RE:MISC:   repair highwheel tire posted by Tom on 3/16/2001 at 6:27:33 AM
Check out Greg Barron's(of Ridable Bicycle Replicas)post of Feb. 27th. He has given several names and numbers of folks that can help you find and install your tire rubber. Good luck!

          RE:RE:MISC:   repair highwheel tire posted by tom on 3/16/2001 at 6:30:43 AM
Oooops....that post is dated 2/26/01 not 2/27.

          RE:MISC:   repair highwheel tire posted by Bev Carter on 3/25/2001 at 2:10:22 PM
Ray Rittenhouse Huntington Indiana, has rubber for highwheel bikes, He has tired our bicycles before.

          RE:MISC:   repair highwheel tire posted by Greg Barron on 4/19/2001 at 1:02:26 PM
Ray is a good source in the midwest, his rubber might be a bit less expensive too. I probably shouldn't be saying that.




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MISC:   Monocycle posted by: Christian Hoy on 3/14/2001 at 8:51:30 AM
Have any of you ever heard of a monocycle? It's a huge wheel about 7ft tall and the rider is inside the wheel. I've seen drawings of these in old bicycle books, and I have a photo of a home-built one. They can get to speeds of about 20-25 mph, but are difficult to stop, since the rider will spin up-side-down inside the machine. I think I have a solution to the stopping problem. Have any of you seen, heard of, built one of these machines? They are a fantastic sight to see.

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          RE:MISC:   Monocycle posted by JOEL on 3/16/2001 at 2:41:46 PM
I have only seen the original (and to my knowlege--THE ONLY) one pictured in one of my reference books. I believe the inventor was seriously injured testing the prototype. Has someone else built one of these? If so, please post some information.

          RE:RE:MISC:   Monocycle posted by Cam on 3/19/2001 at 6:08:38 AM
I've seen 2 different styles. One was a lithograph of a monocycle from the late 1800s, and another was something that looked like it was from the 1970s.

          RE:RE:MISC:   Monocycle posted by Cam on 3/19/2001 at 6:08:43 AM
I've seen 2 different styles. One was a lithograph of a monocycle from the late 1800s, and another was something that looked like it was from the 1970s.

          Monocycle Photo! posted by Christian Hoy on 3/19/2001 at 8:32:24 AM
Here is a picture of a monocycle that was built in the 1990's. Follow this link: http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues96/sep96/circular_jpg.html

          RE:Monocycle Photo! posted by JOEL on 3/19/2001 at 9:06:24 AM
Wow, cool link. So how would you propose to add brakes to this machine (or is it a trade secret) ?

          RE:MISC:   Monocycle posted by Greg Barron on 3/20/2001 at 10:23:17 AM
Christian,
I saw one just recently on The Discovery Channel. I forget which program it was, sorry I can't help more. Try going to Discovery.com and checking there




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AGE / VALUE:   2 used Hiwheels posted by: Greg Barron on 2/26/2001 at 6:57:04 PM

Today I had a former customer email me to say that her husband had died in October and that he had two Hiwheels. She no longer wants them and would like to sell. she is in Corpus Christie, Texas. If anyone is interested in contacting her then send me an email. I have no idea of their condition or history and this is not an endorsement of the bikes but I am trying to help her out if I can. I'd just as soon sell a new one but customer support is a good thing.

Greg Barron
Rideable Replicas

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   2 used Hiwheels posted by Greg Barron on 3/2/2001 at 1:02:51 PM
My old customer says thanks, looks like she found a buyer in Texas for her husbands bikes. If I hear of any other used bikes I'll put them up.
Greg Barron




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FOR SALE:   early 1900 pneumatic safety bike posted by: Tom Hanson on 2/24/2001 at 7:52:07 PM
just acquired an old lugged frame bicycle - 59cm (c-t) but a very high bottom bracket puts the stand-over height at 34.5" without a front tire. CyclArt feels it is 1900 to 1920 era. Will e-mail jpeg attachments so you can check it out. Info and offers are graciously welcomed. Tom

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