Restoration began in May 2017 and was completed in September 2017. The 1899 28" Ladies Crescent Model No. 18 Chainless/ Shaft Drive bicycle is one of the rarest early shaft-drive bicycles. It has a direct bevel-gear drive without a coasting feature. Braking is through its front wheel compression hand-brake lever. The leather saddle was produced by the Hunt Bicycle Saddle Company; the rims and rear fender are hard Maple with several coats of marine varnish. The tires are Universal Tires "button pattern" show tires; the pedals are original Crescent Script; the fender skirt-guard is laced with coffee-dyed 3/32" braided cordage; the spokes are double-butted 14-gauge stainless steel with nickel plated nipples. The frame and fork are finished in computer matched hand rubbed dark green enamel (51% black) and pin-striped in gold acrylic paint. The bright work has been stripped and nickel plated to show quality. The hand grips are turned white oak with dark tanned leather wrapping.
1898 Men's Fleetwing Touring Roadster
Manufactured by The Buffalo Cycle Company in Buffalo, New York, the 1898 Men's Fleetwing Touring Roadster has arare "Clincher" model coaster-brake hub, one of the very earliest of this type. The rims and rear fender are varnished Maple; the saddle is a reproduction 1900's touring model. The pedals are Duraluminum Gibson's with reproduction black rubber foot pads and the carbide "Eclipse" headlamp was produced in Rochester, New York. This bicycle was purchased for a full restoration project at the 2012 Copake Bicycle Auction Swap Meet and the restoration work was completed in the summer of 2017.
1899 MEN'S 28" "GREAT EASTERN" ROADSTER
This extremely rare men's road bike was purchased at an antique bicycle swap meet in 2014; its full restoration was completed in 2016. The headbadge, in my view, is one of the most stunning from this period and is prized by headbadge collectors. The Sager saddle was restored by The Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida and is unusual because of its leather undercarriage treatment. The tires are an extremely rare set of NOS chain-treads and mounted on reproduction Maple rims laced with stainless steel double butted spokes to nickel plated nipples. The pedals are the original rat-trap type, the White Oak hand grips are leather wrapped, and the polished nickel Carbide headlamp is fully functional.
Restoration completed May 2015.
1899 MEN'S 28" "IVER JOHNSON" TRACK ROADSTER
One of a number of different roadsters produced by Iver Johnson during this period, this was found at the Trexlertown Bicycle Swap Meet in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. The saddle is the restored original as are the Gibson Duraluminum pedals. The hand turned Maple hand grips are suede leather wrapped. The polished brass headlamp is the oil fired type. Tires are Universal Show/Display type mounted on reproduction Maple rims w/ stainless steel double butted spoke tied to nickel plated nipples. Frame mounted functioning brass tire pump.
Restoration completed March 2012.
1917 26" MEN'S INDIAN ROAD BIKE
This bicycle was produced for the Indian Motorcycle Company by the Columbia Manufacturing Company in Westfield, Connecticut and restored from a partially complete "as found" frame. It includes Gibson Duraluminum pedals, the restored original Troxel leather saddle, maple rims on which are mounted Universal Show/Display white tires, period correct domed lens brass electric headlamp with Delta script frame mounted battery canister, functional Ah-ooga horn, parking drop stand, flared leather mud flap on original rain gutter fenders, correct 11 spoke sprocket, correct reproduction frame tank with Indian script logo, and a frame mounted functioning brass tire pump.
Restoration completed August 2008.
1917 LADIES 28" PENNANT
Produced by the Acme Cycle Company in Reading, Pennsylvania, the builder of the renowned Reading Standard Bicycles and Motorcycles. Found at the Copake Antique Bicycle Auction Swap Meet in 2009 as a great candidate for a full restoration. An unusually robust frame that had been stored for more than 90 years in an upstate New York barn. The restoration included the reproduction of the original White Oak rims, fenders, and chain-guard, as well as the turned Maple hand grips. The original Hunt saddle was restored by The Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida, the pedals are reproductions of the Person originals, the brass oil headlamp is period correct, and the tires are smooth tread white single tube safety types made by R.D. Tire Company in Albany, West Virginia.
Restoration completed in during the summer of 2010.
1927 BOY'S 26" BALLOON TIRE "RICK" BICYCLE
Originally produced for Rick Bicycles by The Emblem Cycle Company in upstate New York. Rick Bicycles remains in business still today at the the same Buffalo, New York location. This bicycle was found at a swap meet in Essex, New York and restored during the Spring of 2010. The paint and detail patterns match the original in design and color. The Troxel Saddle was restored by The Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida.
The electric headlamp and its battery canister are period correct. The bicycle head-badge is one of the more beautiful designs of those from the 1920's. The hand grips on the bike were on the bike when found and they are Columbia script versions but are probably replacements of the originals.
Restoration completed May 2014.
1900 LADIES 26" CRESCENT MODEL No. 4
Produced by Western Wheel Works in Chicago, Illinois. A direct drive/fixed gear model with front tire compression hand brake pivoting on nickel plated front fork. Reproduced from originals are the Maple rims, fenders, chain-guard and leather wrapped hand grips. Crescent script pedals, NOS chain tread single tube tires, original Crescent script saddle restored by The Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida. The polished brass tire pump is frame mounted and the extremely rare searchlight oil headlamp is fully functional.
An extremely rare Truss Frame model that Columbia manufactured for the Winchester Arms Company for sale as a promotional item and made available to select dealers for Winchester Rifles and Shotguns. Found at the original owner's grandson's estate sale in 2005 in New Jersey. Restored to original condition with an accessory oval shaped Delta headlamp and battery canister. Reproduction white oak rims are fitted with black R.D. Tire Company smooth tread single tube tires. Saddle restored by an Indiana based motorcycle saddle restorer, with period correct rear parcel carrier and leather wrapped Maple hand grips. Paint color is computer matched to its original as found beneath the headbadge.
Restoration completed summer 2009.
1908 LADIES 28" VICTORIA BICYCLE
Fixed gear/direct drive model with front tire compression hand brake. Hygienic open center saddle restored by the Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida. White Oak and Maple rims, fender, hand grips, and chain guard, Universal white display/show tires, extremely rare electric headlamp with domed round lens, Mahogany battery case with switch, and Delta battery canister. This bicycle utilizes a 1" block drive chain and hide fender skirt guard lacing.
Restoration completed February 2010.
1918 BOYS 28" PENN YORK TANK-TYPE MOTO BIKE
Manufactured in Elmira, New York by The Elmira Arms Company. With White Oak rims fit with 28" Universal show/display tires, double butted stainless steel spokes and plated nipples. Frame-mounted tool storage tank, domed lens Delta electric headlamp wired to frame mounted Delta battery canister, extremely rare rear-mounted spring cushions passenger/package carrier. Messenger men's saddle restored by The Saddle Shop in Edgewater, Florida, restored original pedals with correct white rubber foot pads, Morrow coaster brake hub, adjustable front fork struts, and frame mounted brass tire air pump.
Restoration completed September 2010.
1898 LADIES 28" PENNANT TOURING MODEL
Manufactured by Acme Cycle Company in Reading, Pennsylvania, the makers of Reading Standard bicycles and motorcycles. Frame, fork, and chain-guard finished in color computer matched to original. White oak varnished rims, fender, and leather wrapped hand grips; font tire compression hand brake, white Universal display/show tires, wooden handled brass tire/air pump, restored original saddle, Eclipse fork mounted brass carbide headlamp.
Restoration completed summer of 2009.
The 1897 Crawford has a beautiful headlamp.
This Western Union delivery bicycle is one of Dick's best. It harkens back to an age gone by. I can see the ghost of the Western Union delivery man in uniform, riding with his pouch of telegrams slung around his back, delivering urgent messages from the front lines of WW1 and WW2. Brings a tear to my eye.
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GORMULLY & JEFFREY RAMBLER
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What a beaut! Please tell us about this bicycle.
1901 LADIES HARTFORD
This is a lovely red bicycle from 1901.
The Pierce. Notice it's fine lines, it's shiny headlamp, it's lovely shaped saddle and the beautiful leather pouch.
COLUMBIA LADIES WITH CHILD'S SEAT
A unique model, with child's seat. To be written about shortly.
ALBERT & J.M. ANDERSON
I'm so sorry, Uncle Albert.
The sleek lines of a bengal tiger, the streamlined design for racing. The Bengal Racer. Restored by 'ol Dickie.
The Mead Cycle Company of Chicago, IL was booming in the midst of the America's first cycling craze in the last 1800s.