Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Very old bike, in my grandpa's garage

Old 08-04-10, 12:48 AM
  #1  
yodelingisfun
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Very old bike, in my grandpa's garage

My grandpa is very curious as to any info on this bike, worth if any too. Really though I think he'd be thrilled to just get any info at all about it. He found it in his garage attic in Houghton Lake, MI. The tires say Firestone and it's belt driven. Here are some links to photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebareba/4855506767/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebareb...n/photostream/ Metafilter sent me over here, thanks in advance for any information!!
yodelingisfun is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 02:30 AM
  #2  
ftwelder
Senior Member
 
ftwelder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: vermont
Posts: 3,091

Bikes: Many

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hi, here a few ideas. I don't think you are going to find much searching through bicycle information. I have been working on a couple of antiques and found the best source of information to be the local library. Back in the day, most folks shopped through mail-order catalogs. Our local library has several available for viewing (no borrowing of these allowed). It was likely sold through sears and roebuck or montgomery ward. Based on it's construction it may have been made by a farm supply or tractor company.

I am interested in learning what you are able to find out about this bike, keep us posted!
ftwelder is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 04:03 AM
  #3  
ron521
Senior Member
 
ron521's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The handlebar/stem assembly looks like the same part used on kids tricycles, so perhaps was made by a trike manufacturer. Have never seen anything like this though, none of the kids I grew up with had one. Apparently a sidewalk bike for very young riders. Very cool belt drive...nothing new under the sun.
ron521 is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 05:28 AM
  #4  
cb400bill
Administrator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 16,441

Bikes: Fuji SL 2.1 (carbon fiber), Pinarello Stelvio (steel), Cannondale Synapse (aluminum)

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1250 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 28 Posts
Pic of OP's bike.

cb400bill is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 11:44 AM
  #5  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,650
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Vintage tricycles tend to fall into the "general antique" field more so than the "antique bicycle" field, and I suspect this would be the same.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 11:56 AM
  #6  
garage sale GT
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 2,078
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It could be home made from tricycle components. Maybe someone had a welding torch or brazing torch but no money to buy their son or daughter a new bike when they grew out of their tricycle. I wish we had more closeups of the joinery especially of the frame members pertaining to the single rear wheel.
garage sale GT is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 12:21 PM
  #7  
Bianchigirll 
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 25,633

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1265 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 29 Posts
looks like something from Giligan's Island *he he*
__________________
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape
Bianchigirll is offline  
Old 08-04-10, 01:13 PM
  #8  
yodelingisfun
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the thoughts so far, I'll go dig through some old catalogs and see what I can find. My grandpa's theory is that it was used in a Firestone showroom since the tires are Firestone. I guess I could try e-mailing them....
yodelingisfun is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
dloszews
Bicycle Mechanics
7
10-15-12 05:42 PM
unrooted
Mountain - Plains
2
08-12-07 10:31 PM
FatBomber
Bicycle Mechanics
4
07-13-06 11:24 AM
baiskeli
Advocacy & Safety
13
06-15-06 09:54 AM
Twitchology
Bicycle Mechanics
4
09-06-04 08:10 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.