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Old 06-21-06, 11:19 AM   #1
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old southland bicycle

this is a friend's bike, he just acquired it and wants to know what he has...any info?




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Old 06-21-06, 11:35 AM   #2
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i havent a clue but def worth researching. that bikes in pretty decent shape looks like it could use a new paint job after smoothing out the rust pits if thas what it is im seeing in the photo. Again do research first. Some times antiques are worth more damaged than they are repaired/restored. Original even damaged more than restored carefull what you do with such finds.
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I don't have any info either, except i noticed how similar the frame is to a Major Taylor design made by ANT and based on an Ivor Johnson truss frame:
http://www.antbikemike.com/images/Bi...r/iver2big.jpg
What's old is new again...
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I don't have any info either, except i noticed how similar the frame is to a Major Taylor design made by ANT and based on an Ivor Johnson truss frame:
http://www.antbikemike.com/images/Bi...r/iver2big.jpg
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Yeh is a older lady in her mid 60 early 70s who rides around on a red one like that. She rides at a pretty good clip and at a fair rate up some pretty decent sized hill. Every time i see her i think to my self damn i hope i can still ride that good when im her age. They cant be all that low of gearing ither. When i pass her im doing 18ish and pass her up pretty slowly so id say shes doing 14 to 15 give or take.

as for frames like that i had one i turned in to a 10speed and kept the rest original. Handle bars seat (style) tires were all original. Friend redid the spkes for me to lace in the free wheel hub etc. I can tell the op i sold a similar bike missing the head badge (the one i converted) for 350 localy. Part of that is likly because it was a converted bike part could have been antique value.
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as cudak888 would say.. "its worth nothing, send it my way"

Man thats beautiful, I believe that frame style is called a "truss frame".. Id love to get my hands.. feet and ass on one of those.
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here's a pic of Major Taylor's Truss bike, (one of them) it
was up on ebay a while back for a starting bid of a kool $10k
(or something outrageous like that).
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I was intrigued to see Atlanta, Georgia on the badge so I Googled around a bit. I found several references to Atlanta bicycle manufacturers in the late 1800s, but no "Southland." Googling "Walthour and Hood" gave me a link to a collection of commercial photographs housed at Georgia State University, my former employer. Couldn't view the photograph, but it says it was taken in 1947. If your friend is truly curious, maybe someone at the Atlanta History Center could help find more information on the manufacturer: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/
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