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Old 06-22-11, 10:47 AM   #1
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Turn of the century content: Wright Van Cleve copycat? Ferrier fork? (PICTURES)



Been working around this thing for the last two days. It's not a Wright Van Cleve, but it looks like one, right down to the Ferrier (?) fork crown and blades. Same seat lug binder and rear stays too.







Not the Wright badge; and I'd be surprised if it were a Wrights to begin with:



Pedal threads are stripped, and the headset has been buggered up as well - both fixable with some brass to the headset threads (plus re-threading) and helicoils to the crankset. Someone stuck a sleeve in the seatpost too, as if they didn't understand the hex binder used back then.

Otherwise, it's pretty solid - save for the severely warped wood rims.

Straight-pull spokes - and folks thought that was innovative in the 1980's. Hardly:



No luck on getting them to sell, and no - I can't tell you who owns it. Sorry.

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Old 06-22-11, 12:24 PM   #2
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Wow, that is really cool, and it looks to be in pretty fair condition too. A part of me is intrigued with the antiquity of these kinds of bikes. I see some nice bikes of similar vintage and style show up at tweed rides and have always wondered how they ride.
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Wow, that is really cool, and it looks to be in pretty fair condition too. A part of me is intrigued with the antiquity of these kinds of bikes. I see some nice bikes of similar vintage and style show up at tweed rides and have always wondered how they ride.
I'll bet that it rides equal or better than a 531 upright bar Super Course - it couldn't weigh more than 25 pounds, despite its appearance. Trust me - it is surprisingly light.

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One of these days I'm going to get an opportunity to buy a century old bike that will fit me. I will buy it and I will ride it.

I don't know anything about the bike you posted, Kurt, other than that it is awfully cool.
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One of these days I'm going to get an opportunity to buy a century old bike that will fit me. I will buy it and I will ride it.

I don't know anything about the bike you posted, Kurt, other than that it is awfully cool.
I would have taken it for a spin had the pedals been installed correctly, but I wasn't about to take a chance.

A shame too - it is my size, and Mike Terraferma was ready, willing and able to do the repairs on the steerer tube.

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No love for this thing?







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What, are you kidding? I love these old bikes. it's about 1915-1920 I would guess. Does it have seamless frame tubes? Are the bearing races grooved or square?

My antiques weigh about 29 lbs.
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That's a seriously cool old bike, The saddle is great!

I could spend a day just looking at the little details.
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I love the looks of bikes from this period, I'd love to get one anywhere close to that shape. Straight pull spokes to boot... is the lamp gas or battery?
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There was a complete Racycle near me a year or two ago, that an antique dealer was selling. I sometimes regret not picking that up. Most of the time, though, I'm glad I didn't.
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Kurt,

Don't you love the hubs? If you remember the 1892 safety I found at the dump had hubs which held the spoke nipples. The lacing was radial.
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What, are you kidding? I love these old bikes. it's about 1915-1920 I would guess. Does it have seamless frame tubes? Are the bearing races grooved or square?
No idea - didn't fiddle with it enough to find out; in fact, I was asked not to service this one, as opposed to the rest of the middleweights.

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Gas lamp.

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Kurt,

Don't you love the hubs? If you remember the 1892 safety I found at the dump had hubs which held the spoke nipples. The lacing was radial.
I love the whole thing. I'm still wondering what they would let it go for, if I pressed the question.

Did you notice that the spokes are tied too? Interesting stuff.

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