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Old 08-04-10, 12:48 AM
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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, and Metafilter sent me over here, thanks in advance for any information!!
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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!
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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.
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Pic of OP's bike.

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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.
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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.
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looks like something from Giligan's Island *he he*
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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....
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