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Western Wheel Works, Chicago, Crescent No.15

Old 04-12-07, 05:46 AM
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Western Wheel Works, Chicago, Crescent No.15

Hi,
i'm new in this forum and writing from Germany, so my english is not to good.
Does anybody knows something about this bike: Western Wheel Works from Chicago, Model "Crescent No.15". It's maybe a trackbike and built about 1900. I would look foreward for some information.
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Old 04-12-07, 07:55 AM
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If you can post a photograph showing the lug & component details you will get more response.
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Old 04-12-07, 09:29 AM
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well here are some pics
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Old 04-12-07, 09:43 AM
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Hi there! very beautiful bicycle you have there! Pop on over to https://www.thewheelmen.org/default.htm they can help you out as I just came from there and there is a bit of info on both your bike and the maker, it really is a sweet old bike, be sure not to do anything to it before asking these guys, they know their stuff! wooden wheel set? if so the wheelmen can tell you where to get nice reproduction tires for it, leave it as original as possible dont change a thing! not even the paint! Please take good care of that fine antique bike! heres a little poster I found on Google.


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Old 04-12-07, 09:57 AM
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Wow. As we Americans say, dude, cool bike.
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The crescent 319 I have is a sweedish bike from 1970. Let me know what you discover!
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Old 04-12-07, 10:18 AM
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Curious myself, so I did a Google search. Came up with these hits:

eBay listing of an old advertisement

Blurb from Wikipedia:
Bicycle historians often call this period the "golden age" or "bicycle craze." By the start of the 20th century, cycling had become an important means of transportation, and in the United States an increasingly popular form of recreation. Bicycling clubs for men and women spread across the U.S. and across European countries. Chicago's immigrant Adolph Schoeninger with his Western Wheel Works became the "Ford of the Bicycle" (ten years before Henry Ford) and by rigorous use of sheet-metal stamping and mass production made his "Crescent" bicycles affordable for working people, and massive exports from the United States lowered prices in Europe.
Blurb from a website advertising a tour guide for Chicago:
By the late nineteenth century, industry in Chicago had expanded well beyond food processing. Clothing, shoes, furniture, and a myriad of other products were manufactured in small and large plants across the metropolitan area. While whole districts were dedicated to industry, neighborhoods and suburbs also evolved which integrated factories and other enterprises into already established residential and commercial areas. The Western Wheel Works (1889-1891) (C8) manufactured bicycles in its first decade of existence. The very latest production methods were employed, but the company failed.
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Great bike, I see drillium chainrings were the rage long before the 1980's.
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From what I know, the Crescent bike company started out in the US but was later (not sure when) bought out by a swedish company, thus most of the Crescents we now know come from Sweden. If you look at the headbadge of this example and one from Sweden in the 70's/80's there is a striking similarity in design.
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Cresent track frame

Hello,
A very nice interesting bike you have.
I have the track frame shown in the attached pictures.
The person I got it from advised me that it is a Crescent frame, if so I would like to verify this and restore it.
I have been advised that it is doubtful that the Swedish Crescent company ever made any track frames, (if so they are very rare).
The holes in the headtube of my frame look like they may be spaced to accept a badge similar to those fitted to vintage Crescent frames.
If possible I would appreciate if you can send me some good resolution images of the badge on your frame.
It would also help if you can send me the diameter of the headtube and the dimensional position of the badge attachment holes.
I may have to make a badge if I cannot locate one.
Best regards

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Tony, you found a thread that is more than five years old! So, not much hope of the original poster from then getting back to you, as he only contributed those few posts then disappeared.

But it's a cool bike you have and maybe others will chime in with helpful info.
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