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MISC:   Americane' Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival posted by: Tim Potter on 5/12/2009 at 7:54:32 AM
Pls. consider coming to the “Americane' Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival” on this July 11th & 12th at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve got planned and a link to our press release:

• Swap Meet (both days, in the Bloomer Park Velodrome infield)
• Vintage Bike Displays (personal, shops, museums)
• Track Racing/Riding (mainly on Jul. 11th during the NAS-Track 3-Day events, national-level pro track racing)
• Road Racking/Riding (Jul 12th a.m. TT followed by a tour)
• Further info... Press Release:

Be sure and complete our short survey to help us better prepare: http://doodle.com/h93deh4cmwgrw4yy

This is a non-profit event w/ any proceeds beyond expenses going to the Mike Walden Velodrome Fund administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.

Hope to see you there,


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MISC:   Larz Anderson Bicycle Swap Meet & Show posted by: Peter Naiman on 5/11/2009 at 5:41:43 PM
Hello all,

Contrary to rumors going around, the LARZ ANDERSON BICYCLE SHOW & SWAP MEET is a happening event this year and scheduled for August as always, but since Cirque comes before Larz, out of respect for the great group that hosts Cirque, we purposely say little about LARZ until after Circue.

As usual the show will be on a Sunday, but because we've not decided on a date the show is not on the Larz Anderson Museums lawn events schedule as yet, but most likely the show will be scheduled for Sunday August 9th.

We're hoping to get this show back to where it was several years ago as one of the premier Vintage Cycling events that everone wants to attend. Is recent years Larz has not been quite the same, mostly because former staff at the Museum decided to cancel the Swap Meet against the wishes & objections of both Maurice and myself. But the Museum has a completely new, supportive & enthuisiastic staff that are in favor of a swap meet.

Again this years show will be as always an all inclusive Vintage Show for all eras of cycling, and we encourage you to bring any era bicycle to our show. We are a little late in planning due to health issues I've been undergoing these past six weeks, but I'm back on my feet and we're looking forward to a better than ever year at Larz.

If anyone in the New England area would like to volunteer their help with Larz, or presenting a lecture it would be greatly appreciated !!

More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Best regards from the both of us !!

Maurice Bresnahan & Peter Naiman
Milwaukee, WI & Boston Mass, USA


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AGE / VALUE:   Penny Farthing posted by: Sandy on 5/10/2009 at 6:54:12 PM
I have a penny farthing with a marking 'Manufactured The Coventry Machinists Co Coventry. Can any one tell me anything about the penny farthing.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Penny Farthing posted by jj on 5/11/2009 at 3:55:02 AM
Lots of info on them in the archives here.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Penny Farthing posted by walter branche on 5/21/2009 at 12:35:30 PM
hi, send some photos to me and i will tell you about the coventry,, measure the front wheel..thanks wbranche@cfl.rr.com walter branche

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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Callie on 4/30/2009 at 10:52:24 PM
Here is the picture.


          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by DT on 5/1/2009 at 7:20:32 PM
60's and almost nothing

          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by ken on 5/5/2009 at 2:58:19 PM
Does that hub have three red stripes?
If the rear hub is a Bendix AutoMatic, it's worth more than the rest of the machine as it stands.
Your bike was made by Murray. Current value is low, to be sure, but it's the sort that you can repaint without felling guilty, and correct parts aren't hard to find since there are several brands that share the distinctive Murray handlebars, stem and rims.

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AGE / VALUE:   None posted by: Callie on 4/30/2009 at 10:48:35 PM
Hello, I have a Hiawatha bicycle that I was given for Christmas by a friend, and I was wondering if anyone would know what year it is. I've tried looking on the internet for it but have had no luck. It is really rusty and I was wondering if anyone has a picture of what it would have looked like originally. Any help or info would be great. Thanks.
<a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg256/missmacydarling/l_ffcb13c5bea7425a98193964c15dd150.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>


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AGE / VALUE:   Colson tires posted by: Dave on 4/28/2009 at 3:30:25 PM
Anybody know where I might find a couple of tubular tires for a Colson Bike from the 20's. Wood rims with steel shell. Trying to keep the vintage look. Thanks

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Colson tires posted by DT on 4/28/2009 at 5:38:06 PM
Go to the Wheelmen website forums and search Harper Machine

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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn typhoon posted by: lh on 4/25/2009 at 10:54:31 AM
I have a schwinn typhoon, 2 speed internal hub, serial ed51813 which I can't find any info about. Anybody know anything about this bike, year, value?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn typhoon posted by jj on 4/26/2009 at 9:56:33 AM
Loads of info on them in the archives and price guides at the top of this page.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn typhoon posted by Patrick on 4/26/2009 at 6:43:05 PM
Hi,It's a May 1968 bike. Is it in nice shape? If you're selling,I may want to buy it. Patrick

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WANTED:   seatpost / seat clamp posted by: brian on 4/17/2009 at 1:19:19 PM
i recently bought a prewar bike frame which requires a 5/8 inch seat tube. does anyone know where i could find a clamp to fit the seat to the seatpost?
if an actual clamp is unavailable is there another way?

          RE:WANTED:   seatpost / seat clamp posted by ken on 4/20/2009 at 10:17:02 AM
Brian, do you mean the clamp assembly that secures the saddle rails to the seat post?

          RE:WANTED:   seatpost / seat clamp posted by brian on 5/24/2009 at 5:00:44 PM

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AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by: Dave Bennett on 4/10/2009 at 9:44:54 AM
Well, my dad gave me his old bike...a 1898 ACME KING distributed by Sears and Roebuck. And after doing just a little bit of research: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/outsidelink.html/http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HBS.BAKER:413360

I've decided that I will not be doing any of the preservation work. Rather, I'm going to farm it out and I need some help because, while I can handle a pre-war and newer, I believe that the importance of this bike ups the ante.

The wheel is all original and is stocked with all of the upgraded options available at the time. Yes, the leather saddle is a mess---but beautiful.

The only flaw is a a broken crank arm...but when my dad bought this at auction 25 years ago, the estate also gave him unbroken period cranks. Oh, it's also missing the rat trap pedal that was attached to that crank.

The bike is retired and I want to preserve it the right way, as is (except for the crank, which I want replaced). I need this community's help to accomplish that. Please email me directly or post here.

Because I had to bring it back from Iowa in my miniVan...along with a few other bikes, I had to remove the elm wheels and chain and I don't want to put it back together until I know exactly what I need to do to preserve this one.

IJ the meantime, I'll take some photos and post this weekend.

Thanks in advance!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by Dave Bennett on 4/12/2009 at 11:57:26 PM
I'll try and organize the photos better when I get more time...but for now, here is what I have: http://s689.photobucket.com/albums/vv257/IowaBoy1970/?newest=1

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by DT on 4/13/2009 at 6:53:14 PM
Preserve that bike, don't restore it. It is too nice, and you will never get your money back if you restore..

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by kevin on 4/22/2009 at 7:27:39 PM
hi dave, great bike. i have one that i think is very similar. have a look at it at http://oldroads.com/d_ltw_def.asp?rec_count=1 RE:AGE / VALUE: c. 1910-ish lightweight: Need ur help w/ I.D. posted by kevin on 4/14/2009 at 10:41:01 AM
photos available at http://s640.photobucket.com/albums/uu127/KL2_photos/old%20bikes/

i think your saddle may be an elyria and the seat mount looks similar although i cant see the rear of the seat tube. the crank looks to be the same brand as mine - possibly "Fauber" according to keith who seems to know a ton about these things. would love to see more pix.


          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by Keith Body on 4/23/2009 at 1:04:06 PM
Thanks for the reference, Kevin, but my knowledge of these bikes was virtually zero until a few days ago. I am trying to research these after seeing the Sears catalog for 1898. How these beautiful bikes had developed from the early safety in a few years, only to disappear, probably priced out of the market, is a great shame, then cycle design went backwards. Apart from the clatter of a block chain, these would roll along easily at 20 mph on a 74 inch gear. The 1900 Canadian components catalog I downloaded was very useful, http://www.archive.org/details/bicycleaccess00riceuoft (42MB).
The internal lugs, and fully brazed frame with upright angles, and drawn tubing, which was faily expensive to build,was soon replaced by the heavyweight roadster with bolted on seat stays, a travesty, and highly sought after in the english roadster section. (Why?)
I think the borax brazing flux probably rusted the joints internally, and parts such as tyres would have been unobtainable, so very few have survived. The half inch roller chain came in 1899, also the earliest bowden cable brakes.
I was a UK cycle retailer and racing cycle specialist in 1950's /60's, but the UK market did not get bikes like this. When I first saw the pictures I thought they were specialist path racers, but apparently Sears sold 100,000.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by Dave Bennett on 4/23/2009 at 3:44:46 PM
Kevin...yes, they are very similar. But I cannot pull up your oldroads post. The saddles are very close...the "comfort hole" in the "KING's" slips all the way through. I've also seen a sears ad from either 1899 or 1900 that had the same bicycle repriced at $23 for post crash market...still pretty spendy, though. The spare cranks that I have (see photos) are from the early 1890s. And it looks like your pedals are very similar to the one pedal I have.

I got on the horn with an antique aircraft restorer looking for advice on how to preserve it (they work with the same material) and he was saying that the saddle is most likely filled with curled horse hair. However, he said that he's at the end stages of a mezerschmidt restore(sp?) and wouldn't be able to get to my photos until next week

One thing on your frame that has me puzzled is the is the rear-facing hole that looks like the south end of the top tube. What's that all about?

Keith-100,000-Wow. So it's fair to say that this was one of the earliest bicycles with modern design that was mass produced and distributed? About the internal lugs and rusting...is that something I should pay special attention to. While there is some very minor rusting/discoloration where the paint has chipped away, it doesen't appear to be badly weathered...perhaps a roto-rooter cam that I could run down the inside of the frame would help determine this?

Also, I was under the impression that this was a safety bike. What's the difference between this and a safety? Forgive the my obvious questions...I'm still learning about the "KING."

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1898 ACME KING-Sears & Roebuck posted by Keith Body on 4/24/2009 at 2:54:06 PM
Kevin, not sure where I saw 100,000, but might have been Sears, so not too reliable.
The original safety cycle is well documented, 1885 to 1890 the original Starley type were produced, then rapid advances to 1898, this might be interesting: http://oldbike.wordpress.com/
Starley also invented the differential gear, the principal is still used in car transmissions.

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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Serial Number C 058 posted by: Jennifer on 3/28/2009 at 4:35:12 PM
Hi all,

My dad picked up a vintage bike. it is child size blue with "LIL Tyke" on the cover over the chain with the serial number C 058 5C19 on the handle bar post. It was mfg by Columbia mfg in Westfield, mass. I can find no info on it and was wondering if anyone could help. Thanks!


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AGE / VALUE:   Why? posted by: Kev on 3/24/2009 at 4:03:56 PM
Hey guys,

I was interested to know why there were certain colors (green, red) jewels on carbide lamps. Some I've noticed with mixed green-red, others just all green or all red. What are they for? Thanks.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Why? posted by coondog on 4/12/2009 at 9:58:32 AM
My guess is that it comes from the practice of ships using a red light on the port (left) side and a green light on the starboard (right) side.

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AGE / VALUE:   information posted by: david on 3/20/2009 at 6:51:02 AM
i have a bike i got at a yard sale about 6 years ago cant find any info on it . it is a ross on the frame and chaingaurd it says tor-o-nado. it is a 3 spd int. hub free wheel twist grip shift. front and rear hand brakes, spring seat.ser.#r661055732 any info would be helpful thank you.


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MISC:   info posted by: marco on 3/18/2009 at 11:04:36 AM
I would like any information and advice regarding Roamer D.P.H. Mfg. NY One of the tubes sayes next to wings, with a wing between the words(in small print "trade mark") It is a womans model with tubular rims and tires, the chain is double pitched, the gaurd has circular cut outs though it, fenders have holes for string (dress protector),the seat post is L shaped with leather troxel seat?, stem clamp faces the rear,the chain has a small screw and nut though the link, is this correct? What I'd realy like to see is a picture of another, should I restore or leave in present condition? Any help gladly accepted Sorry no photo. Thank You

          RE:MISC:   info posted by ken on 3/19/2009 at 11:16:34 AM
D. P. Harris Hardware and Manufacturing Co.
Look them up under Roamer on the bicycle brands listing at
The Wheelmen also have a fabulous links page. One of the museums may be able to help with the chain question.
I thought a picture would be easy to find, but had no success.
It's only original once. Don't do anything you can't reverse- just clean and lube it. Please take and post lots of pictures.

          RE:RE:MISC:   info posted by marco on 3/20/2009 at 3:56:45 PM
Thanks; Ken all advice is helpful! I couldn't find too much from The Wheelmen site or their links. except the hardware store date 189'. This site had a few vague searches however I know there must be other experts or sites out there. Thanks again! Anyone else out there? If not I'll start the bidding for my original one of a kind Roamer at, shall we say at $100,000.

          RE:MISC:   info posted by DT on 3/21/2009 at 4:57:21 PM
Rare doesn't mean valuable....

          RE:RE:MISC:   info posted by Marco on 3/23/2009 at 5:30:13 AM
Thanks DT: I knew there was helpful advice out there.

          RE:MISC:   info posted by Keith Body on 4/20/2009 at 12:27:09 PM
When I was young it was still quite common for chain connecting links to have a hardended screw and square nut, the side plate would be threaded and the nut just locked the screw in place. I believe this was the original method with inch pitch block chains.
Any chance of a picture?, what happened to these superior light bikes from about 1900, to become the dreadful cheaper roadsters of a few years later.
http://www.archive.org/stream/bicycleaccess00riceuoft/bicycleaccess00riceuoft_djvu.txt is Rice Lewis and Son, Canadian cycle wholesalers catalog of cyles and components, including frame building parts from 1900. I downloaded the .pdf of 41MB.
I found this an amazing book, as my own experiences are as a UK lightweight cycle retailer and repairer 1950's and 1960's.

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AGE / VALUE:   Brantford posted by: Bill Rennie on 3/2/2009 at 10:25:12 AM
Canadian Cycle and Motor Company - Brantford Model 534
I recently purchased this old bicycle and am interested in finding the date of manufacture. It unfortunately has had the rear wooden wheel replace with a somewhat newer steel wheel. Any idea where I could track down a replacement? Also a source for cream coloured 28x1-1/2 tires. Thanks for your help.


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FOR SALE:   high wheel bicycle posted by: walter branche on 2/20/2009 at 9:26:21 AM
52 inch victor ,52 inch columbia light roadster all original,ready to ride,, wbranche@cfl.rr.com 407 656 9840


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