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WANTED:   ROYCE UNION FOLDER posted by: Stephen on 3/11/2010 at 8:21:42 PM
I have a 1970's royce union folder that i need pictures of, or the stickers for it. It would also be nice if i could get some info.
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MISC:   More info desired posted by: Jenn on 3/9/2010 at 7:41:45 PM
Hi '

I have a rather old dual steering lady-front tandem bicycle that I'd like to restore and am trying to find out more information about it. For the life of me, I can't seem to find anything on-line remotely close to what this bike is....

My Dad says the following:
"The bike was built between 1910 and 1920. It is a Workmaster (or Taskmaster) but the mfg plate was riveted to the front fork and fell off when [my brother] and I had it out on a bike club tour. The last I knew they were making industrial trikes with large cargo trays over the front wheel. I used to ride one when I worked at Ford [in Indianapolis in the late 60's]. This bike originally had wicker chain guards. I looked it up and it was old enough that Wilbur and Orville could have worked on it. It was the only one that I could find that had a movable rear handlebar connected to the front one by chains and sprockets. It uses "medium" balloon tires which probably need to be replaced by now. It is a direct drive (no gears, derailers, etc.). And it is HEAVY. It is made out of what appears to be iron water pipe brazed together at the joints. I could not find anything on the web. I did my research 30 years ago at the library and with an owner of a bike shop who used to ride a high-wheeler at parades."

So...this bike has been in my family for awhile and I'd really like to restore it to it's original glorious deathtrap condition that I remember from my childhood :). But I'll be darned if I can find any info on it. I'm begining to wonder if it's a one-of-a-kind contraption.

What I know? It's heavy. Really freeking heavy and has always been pretty difficult to ride because of the dual steering. And the steering mechanism is rather complicated that does not seem to have been replicated in mass production.

I'd love to find a picture of this thing in it's original state so that I can better return it to it's glory. Anyone know anything about this bike?

Thanks,
Jenn
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          RE:MISC:   More info desired posted by Jenn on 3/9/2010 at 10:31:29 PM
I think my Dad may be mistaken on the name now that I've done some more research. Based on what he's saying, I'm beginning to think this bike is an old Worksman tandem. A VERY old Worksman. Thought's?
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          RE:RE:MISC:   More info desired posted by ken on 3/12/2010 at 12:00:20 PM
That sounds likely, especially given your Dad's memory of industrial bikes. Worksman claims to be America's oldest bicycle manufacturer. They also claim 'our bicycles and tricycles have been hand-crafted in the USA for over a hundred years,' but I had one of their Atlantic Coast tandems ca. 2000 and it was clearly marked made in Taiwan (IIRC; it might have been China). That said, their current products are interesting. I'd be interested to see any links to Worksman history you turn up.
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          RE:RE:RE:MISC:   More info desired posted by Jenn on 3/13/2010 at 12:11:11 AM
Thanks for the reply. Just to keep you posted, I decided to write the Worksman company in hopes of further info or an old advertisement or something that they may have on file for bikes thet were creating in that era. Here's hoping that it will spark some curiosity on their part, but I'm not holding my breath for a reply. Cross your fingers for me. I'll be sure to post any info I get from them on this just in case, but will still be looking from pics from y'all out there for some similar old tandem you might have.

Thanks
Jenn
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   More info desired posted by ken on 3/14/2010 at 12:39:00 PM
I'll watch for news. They do seem like nice folks. I should make a retraction: I saw, after my last post, that their website makes it clear that their Altantic Coast models are imported.
Meanwhile, I looked for Worksman on the Wheelmen list but didn't find it, a little surprising since Worksman dates to 1898.
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MISC:   MAGNEET folder 20" posted by: thomas on 2/24/2010 at 1:26:58 PM
I have a folder,on the seat square stem it has the following: Made by MAGNEET WEESP Holland. COLUMBIA is imprinted on the back of the leather seat---seat square stem has a circle with the name COLUMBIA-since 1877 on it. It needs some work,so I'm trying to find a manual,and or parts for the restoration.
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          RE:MISC:   MAGNEET folder 20 posted by david on 10/1/2010 at 10:08:38 AM
looking for magneet folding bike for parts
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FOR SALE:   markenrad folding bicycle posted by: marcia on 2/11/2010 at 10:07:45 PM
have a old markenrad folding bicycle not sure what its worth any ideas pretty good shape


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MISC:   INFORMATION WANTED posted by: RICHARD on 2/6/2010 at 8:19:34 PM
I Have 2 Unique 3 Wheeler Trikes That If Anybody Knows Anything About I Am Curious. They Are Made By Suzuki At Least One Has A Head Badge Saying So. They Both Lean Over When Ridden. They Are Both 12 Inch But One Has A Torsion Bar Down The Middle The Other Has A Spring Loaded Spriral Wound Shock At The Rear End. I Will Try To Post Pictuers Later. Any Info Would Be Helpful Price Years Anything. Thanks Richard.
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          RE:MISC:   INFORMATION WANTED posted by francois Poisson on 10/22/2010 at 10:33:42 AM
These bikes sound very interesting. Could you send some pictures? Any interest in selling them?
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MISC:   What is this? posted by: Richard H. on 1/5/2010 at 5:12:56 PM
This is my friends bike, he has recently aquired it and we have no idea what it is. It does have a serial number, which is Z298711.


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          RE:MISC:   What is this? posted by Richard H. on 1/5/2010 at 5:17:08 PM
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FOR SALE:   Folding Bikes posted by: Robert Peacock on 1/3/2010 at 2:29:44 PM
Two JC Penney vintage 1972 auto mini folding bicycle, with owners manual. some rust, must be put together has all parts. email me for offer at rs.peacock@yahoo.com
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WANTED:   Year of Manufacture posted by: John on 12/27/2009 at 6:52:59 PM
Hello: Can anyone help identify the year of manufacture of my Schwinn Town & Country Tandem made in England serial number T 002731. Thank you. John
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WANTED:   Year of Manufacture posted by: John Chamness on 12/27/2009 at 6:52:59 PM
Hello: Can anyone help identify the year of manufacture of my Schwinn Town & Country made in England serial number T 002731. Thank you. John
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          RE:WANTED:   Year of Manufacture posted by David on 1/5/2010 at 9:33:04 AM
The Schwinn serial number chart on this very website suggests that 1955 is the year. BTW, the bike is Chicago-made (fillet-brazed from chrome-moly tubing) but outfitted with many English components. My 57 had English saddles, BBs, and cranks and German brakes.
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MISC:   folding bike info posted by: Bill on 12/8/2009 at 9:20:33 AM
I have a folding by that has the name "Kalkhoff" on it and I'm trying to find out where it's made and where I might be able to get parts. The rear axle on the left side appears to have been stripped. It has SA 3 spd hub on it and a rack on the back. It seems to be in good working order except for the stripped axle. Can anyone help me? Thanks. Oh, I'll get a picture of it and try to post. I haven't been able to post any pics, so it may be a couple of days.
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          RE:MISC:   folding bike info posted by David on 12/12/2009 at 3:30:32 PM
Kalkhoff is a big German maker. With any luck, you have an axle nut with the wrong thread. See if the right one screws on properly. You can find new ones at many older bike shops.
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          RE:MISC:   folding bike info posted by andy on 4/12/2010 at 4:31:12 PM
Kalkhoff. The best bike built. It started in Germany in 1919 and is still in existance today. Look up their web site. I had a Kalkhoff back in the 1970's when I was a teenager. I ran in many of races back then with my kalkhoff. I sold the bike when I bought my first car in 1975. I regretted selling it every since. I searched high and low to find another one like it for 10 years. Finally, one came up on ebay and I was the only bidder. I guess I was meant to have it. Do some research and you will find what you need. Good luck.
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MISC:   My new Hawthorne/Rollfast Tandem posted by: Tommy on 12/7/2009 at 6:24:00 PM
Hello all, I bought this 20" Rollfast built Hawthorne tandem about 6 months ago, but it has been stored at my brother's house since. I just got it home a couple weeks ago. I collect musclebikes and this tandem is a great addition to my collection. I took it apart before I even rode it, I am in the process of replacing all the bad chrome parts and am cleaning up the rest. The paint is not that bad and will shine up nice. I had never seen one like this before I bought mine but have since seen another just like it for sale on Ebay. It sold for 5 times what I paid for this one. That made me feel good, but I do not plan to sell it any time soon. Anyway, enjoy the pics. I can't wait to have it on the road again and in good condition. My wife and I look forward to riding it together.


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WANTED:   SCHWINN MINI TWINN posted by: RAMON OQUENDO on 12/3/2009 at 6:07:14 PM
HI I WANT A REAR FENDER AND SISSYBAR LONG LOOP FOR MY SCHWINN MINI TWINN I NEED FOR COMPLET MY BIKE AND RESTORER THANKS
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          RE:WANTED:   SCHWINN MINI TWINN posted by Tim on 12/5/2009 at 4:54:05 AM
Try the Schwinn forums. Those guys have anything you could ever want that is Schwinn.
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MISC:   what year is my columbia twosome? posted by: teddy B on 11/12/2009 at 2:30:09 PM
i have an old Columbia twosome with big fat balloon tires. red frame with gold-flake seats and hand grips. the only number i can find on it is TR 13905. any idea when this was built?
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WANTED:   Schwinn twinn posted by: Tim on 11/10/2009 at 6:13:10 AM
Has anyone ever upgraded the derailer on a 5 spd Twinn? I keep having problems at the worst possible times ( like when going up a steep incline) and I`ve had it.

Tim
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn twinn posted by Suntour on 11/10/2009 at 8:09:26 AM
There's no reason why you couldn't swap in a good-shifting 70s Suntour. It should shift a lot better than the standard derailer.
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn twinn posted by Tim on 11/11/2009 at 5:57:42 AM
Suntour? I`ve seen that name before. Did that come standard on high-end Schwinn`s?
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn twinn posted by David on 11/11/2009 at 7:17:23 AM
Suntour derailers were used in the 70s on just about everything below the absolute top-end racing bikes. Better shifting than anything European. You should be able to find a little-used Suntour GT/VGT at any bike shop that's been around for a few years. There are zillions of them.
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FOR SALE:   Rixie tandem posted by: dave on 11/2/2009 at 8:08:10 AM
I'm trying to find out more information on this bike and how much it may be worth. It's pretty old and not in that bad of shape. We still ride it, it is a single speed.
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Rixie tandem posted by dave on 11/2/2009 at 8:29:57 AM
RIXE, spelled it wrong sorry.
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Rixie tandem posted by Joseph Gauci on 1/2/2010 at 11:49:51 PM
hi could you send me some pics of the tandem to see it. I am interested to buy another tandem to continue mt collection of tandems best regards joseph
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