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    The bike I didn't know I had

    I went into my attic to mount a new antenna and found this. I bought the house almost a year ago and the house has had several owners (built in '62).

    This little crank-bike has a bum wheel and the tires have seen better days. I'm guessing 50's or 60's. It's backwards...steer with the feet, propel with the arms.



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    That looks like it could be a nice kid's toy. Are you going to refurbish it?
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    It's an early row-bike! Cool!
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    I hadn't considered refurbishing, but it wouldn't take much. New spokes and rubber. Judging from the color mismatch, I'm guessing the front tires were replaced. I considered throwing this to C&V, but it's not a bicycle in the traditional sense. I didn't know what to call it either. I've tried keywords - vintage, antique, crank, row, child's, toy. No luck. This might be one for the Antiques Roadshow. It's a tank at 31lbs...metal, wood, and rubber.

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    That is so cool. Quite a rarity.

    I'll guess it's a bit older than '50s. I'd even date it back to the turn of the 20th Century. Back in the '50s all we had were pedal cars.

    Here's the equivalent design for a '50s push-pull pedal car. Notice the simpler and less rugged design.



    Here's a link to something from the '30s. Looks like the generic term for that is an Irish Mail Cart.



    http://antiquecarsz.com/antique-irish-mail-car/

    Here's a more comprehensive link.

    http://www.mth.msu.edu/~drachman/cycle/irishmail.html
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    Champiot
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    Wow, thanks for help ID'ing it...and the links. Never would've guessed Irish or mail for terminology. There are no identifying marks on it other than a faint '3' (?) on a bracket that's just inboard of both front hubs. Guessing their purpose is to keep the feet from sliding into the spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Guessing their purpose is to keep the feet from sliding into the spokes.
    I think so. You can see similar guards on the Champiot pic.

    The name is odd. I just found the picture and went from there.
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    Wow, how's that for a bit of Americana? Hugh Hill, the inventor of this style of toy, named it. "The toy needed a name and the company decided to call it the Irish Mail, after the Irish Mail train, the fastest train in the world at that time". linky
    The Hill-Standard Company also made playground equipment. It went out of business during the Depression. more linky

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    Looks like a good winters project to help keep you out of trouble.

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    I love antiquing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    And they come in tandems.
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