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Old 11-28-18, 03:49 PM
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Really, really, really vintage

A friend of mine restores bikes from the late 1800's, and here's a 1895 Columbia he's currently working on. He re-nickels some parts, has others fabricated, and sent out this saddle to an expert leather worker.
Every bike he's done is bought by a collector in Europe, sight unseen!





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This is (obviously) an Iver Johnson, from the same era, waiting in his queue.


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the headbadges were art
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the headbadges were art
beautiful!
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Love it. Absolutely beautiful, and a great service being done, restoring these. Please do share more photos!
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Love it. Absolutely beautiful, and a great service being done, restoring these. Please do share more photos!
Hand crafted American "industrial art" at its best. I assume the rims are actual wood?
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I assume the rims are actual wood?
Interestingly, he explained that on this model there is a steel rim beneath the wood one, in order to accommodate the clincher tire.
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Please do share more photos!
1898 Ladies Pennant Touring Model


1918 Columbia Truss-Frame, Winchester Promotional Bicycle


Stormer


Gormully & Jeffrey Rambler
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Here is the link to his website, with more photos of his unbelievable work.

https://www.timemachineslimited.com/
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That is wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing. Even more great stuff on that website!

Does anyone still make a retro 28 inch tubular tire for antique bikes? I've seen people use cyclocross tires, but it never looks quite right.
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Interestingly, he explained that on this model there is a steel rim beneath the wood one, in order to accommodate the clincher tire.
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Does anyone still make a retro 28 inch tubular tire for antique bikes? I've seen people use cyclocross tires, but it never looks quite right.
Tell us more about the rims, if you can. They almost look like the usual painted Velocity Blunts that allow you to use modern (700c/29"/28" clincher) tires, but the lack of spoke nipples point to something different.

EDIT: Not sure what I was looking at for those nipples. I haven't found a source for good, rideable 28" tubulars for the old wooden or tin clad wood rims.
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Awesome restoration and not just art, but functional too, priceless.
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Thanks for the link to Time Machines. My favorite vintage bikes are from the early years. So simple, yet so much going on and so mechanical!
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I would like to find something with nickel plated parts, fixed gear and a cool crank set.
The tires on the bike presented... look a bit young in type. But I have not focused on this era at all.
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Regarding questions about the rims, or 28" tires - I have absolutely no idea!
The gentleman snowbirds in our park, and I've seen some of his work, but it's all new (and fascinating!) to me.
Perhaps you could shoot him an e-mail with specific questions? My guess is that he would be glad to share...

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Just Wow

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1898 Ladies Pennant Touring Model


1918 Columbia Truss-Frame, Winchester Promotional Bicycle


Stormer


Gormully & Jeffrey Rambler
Wow, I mean just wow - love a duck - even the damn grass is perfect.

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