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Old 10-31-18, 10:04 AM
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Racycle

This is a Racycle I thought I'd do something with...but never did. I believe all the parts are there. The wood rims all twisted. Any guess as to value?










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Old 11-01-18, 07:03 AM
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No ideas? $4-500?
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Old 11-01-18, 09:18 AM
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Dang that is a cool bike. I'm looking forward to reading / learning more about it.

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Racycle is a very desirable brand of TOC bicycle due to the technologically innovative crankset using an early form of outboard bearings. However, the crankset design is almost entirely proprietary, making parts acquisition difficult. Consequently, values are highly dependent on crankset condition. Assessment of this one is probably better suited for the members at The CABE.
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Old 11-01-18, 11:51 AM
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Dang that is a cool bike. I'm looking forward to reading / learning more about it.

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Yea that is a dream project for the right person.
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Old 11-01-18, 11:52 AM
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Do you mean whether the pedals can be turned easily?
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Old 11-04-18, 03:16 AM
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Value?’s

Hope this all helps! Ok... so you have a pretty good Racycle Roadster! There are a number of VERY desireable parts there! If the crank spins pretty good, odds are better that it’s internals are fine which is a major bonus as hinted to above... the crankset is really the defining part of a Racycle, this one has the small “roadster” chainring that isn’t worth as much as the huge Pacemaker ring but it’s still a desireable item, generally, assuming everything is good there, you’re looking in the 200.00 range pedal to pedal (not including the pedals... add 75.00-100. For them), the handlebars are Kellys, without any major pitting, you’re looking at 200.00 - 300.00 all depending on how hungry somebody is! The badge looks like it’s in really good shape (these were often butchered (mine was)) because of the “Iron Cross” stigmata even though the bike pre-dates all of that.... figure your badge if it’s as good as the one image looks to bring in the range of 200.00. The saddle appears to possibly be the desireable “Racycle saddle, figure 300-450 because of condition, get some leather oil on it and try to save the top, if the Racycle script on the top and the crosses comes up on each side, value dramatically goes up! The chain looks like a generic inch pitch, if it’s still flexible, 30-40, if you can clean a couple of links and determine who made the chain, if it’s the really rare Racycle labeled chain, it’s worth more than the rest of the parts combined! Bare frame sets are 150-250.... some of the small parts on yours are in good shape too ie: (the bolts that hold the crankset in the frame are original, specific to Racycle and rare!)... those bolts along with the nuts are worth 25-50.. the headset cups are in the 50 range too.... fenders are rare but not necessarily desireable... I’ve seen them going in the 150-250 range for a pair the hubs you have, I believe the rear is a mussleman arm-less (75-150), the front, can’t tell all said and done, more value by parting it out but personally, I think it would be a shame.... she’s been “together” for 100+ years.... let some one bring her back to the beautiful wheel she once was... if you take less than 800.00, I’d say you’re short-changing yourself, there are always folks on the CABE looking for projects like this, this one would be an excellent starting point!

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Originally Posted by Wcben View Post
Hope this all helps! Ok... so you have a pretty good Racycle Roadster! There are a number of VERY desireable parts there! If the crank spins pretty good, odds are better that it’s internals are fine which is a major bonus as hinted to above... the crankset is really the defining part of a Racycle, this one has the small “roadster” chainring that isn’t worth as much as the huge Pacemaker ring but it’s still a desireable item, generally, assuming everything is good there, you’re looking in the 200.00 range pedal to pedal (not including the pedals... add 75.00-100. For them), the handlebars are Kellys, without any major pitting, you’re looking at 200.00 - 300.00 all depending on how hungry somebody is! The badge looks like it’s in really good shape (these were often butchered (mine was)) because of the “Iron Cross” stigmata even though the bike pre-dates all of that.... figure your badge if it’s as good as the one image looks to bring in the range of 200.00. The saddle appears to possibly be the desireable “Racycle saddle, figure 300-450 because of condition, get some leather oil on it and try to save the top, if the Racycle script on the top and the crosses comes up on each side, value dramatically goes up! The chain looks like a generic inch pitch, if it’s still flexible, 30-40, if you can clean a couple of links and determine who made the chain, if it’s the really rare Racycle labeled chain, it’s worth more than the rest of the parts combined! Bare frame sets are 150-250.... some of the small parts on yours are in good shape too ie: (the bolts that hold the crankset in the frame are original, specific to Racycle and rare!)... those bolts along with the nuts are worth 25-50.. the headset cups are in the 50 range too.... fenders are rare but not necessarily desireable... I’ve seen them going in the 150-250 range for a pair the hubs you have, I believe the rear is a mussleman arm-less (75-150), the front, can’t tell all said and done, more value by parting it out but personally, I think it would be a shame.... she’s been “together” for 100+ years.... let some one bring her back to the beautiful wheel she once was... if you take less than 800.00, I’d say you’re short-changing yourself, there are always folks on the CABE looking for projects like this, this one would be an excellent starting point!
Extremely helpful! I will head over to the CABE and post there. I don't want to part it out. Hoping someone wants to restore it. I'll investigate some of the parts to see condition. Thank you again!
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Really cool bike - thanks for posting!
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Hi Led,
I sent you a PM. @gtdohn is the member from TheCabe I was talking. Many years member there, respectable person.
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Old 11-08-18, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by gtdohn View Post
LED, if by chance you see this, get back to me with a response please. I can't send pm's yet. I'm very interested in the Racycle.
Thanks,
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Sent you a pm on thecabe. I didn't see these posts until today as I was just adding to the thread on thecabe instead. Sorry.
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Sent you a pm on thecabe. I didn't see these posts until today as I was just adding to the thread on thecabe instead. Sorry.
Left you a new message on the CABE. Please read it and get back to me.
Thanks,

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