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Old 01-03-11, 06:12 PM
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Picked up today *Early 1900's Bike*

So i drove 3 hours to pick up this gem of history and couldn't believe my eyes! I believe this to be around a 1910, unfortunately from what i understand...there isn't much information thus far. However in one end of the handlebars was a small piece of paper which appears to be a corner off of a receipt and it's penciled in 1910, the words "Recieved", and
"Gruger & Son
MFR of
BRUSHES,
Mic"
Luckily i have a great 7 year old that loves scooby doo mysteries helping me find more clues as we speak...hold on we just found a series of numbers stamped across the bottom of the bottom bracket shell "25919"

You may not be able to tell from the pictures however it has wood rims, hubs with grease ports, skip tooth chainwheel, skip tooth cog, skiptooth chain, fancy pedals, wood seat, one wood handle grip, "Lucky 7" seatpost!

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Wow. That's REALLY on topic. neat.
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Cool find! Those cranks are beautiful! You will be "lucky" if that seat post isn't stuck.
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Amazingly both wheels and one pedal have come off with ease! From what i understand...this was a barn find. I am waiting on a reply email from the old owner to see if he can supply me with any other info on the bike.
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Very, Very cool!
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Very intriguing !

BTW,Those pedals look like they are period correct -
Check out the Speedplay pedal museum here and any markings that might be extant on yours.
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Very cool. You can verify a prewar era Schwinn by pulling the cranks, the spindle will be marked A S if it is a Schwinn. Lovely Peddals and handle bars. Good luck with the refurb. Not so sure it's a Track bike, the rear "track-like" drop-outs are typical of all bikes of that era. These are from 1905.
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Good looking out! It appears that my bike has the "Torrington Star 1920's" which would also make sense with the description! BTW I picked this up just about 60 miles north of you!
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
Very cool. You can verify a prewar era Schwinn by pulling the cranks, the spindle will be marked A S if it is a Schwinn. Lovely Peddals and handle bars. Good luck with the refurb. Not so sure it's a Track bike, the rear "track-like" drop-outs are typical of all bikes of that era. These are from 1905.
True, my 1890-1900 rear steer tandem frame has the same drops, as did my 1910 Racycle Roadster. Really nice find OP. =0)
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Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
True, my 1890-1900 rear steer tandem frame has the same drops, as did my 1910 Racycle Roadster. Really nice find OP. =0)
ahhh good point fellas! This is the first bike of that era that i've come across...any other information would be more than welcomed!

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I'm adding you to my buddy list if you don't mind. I wanna watch this project from start to finish. Scoobby dubby doo!
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Originally Posted by F4iGuy View Post
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Good looking out! It appears that my bike has the "Torrington Star 1920's" which would also make sense with the description! BTW I picked this up just about 60 miles north of you!
So I spotted the pedals but how'd I miss the bike?
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Originally Posted by F4iGuy View Post
Auchencrow,
Good looking out! It appears that my bike has the "Torrington Star 1920's" which would also make sense with the description! BTW I picked this up just about 60 miles north of you!
To me, yours look exactly like the Torrington #1 1880's pedals.

Nice find!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
So I spotted the pedals but how'd I miss the bike?
Actually i was wrong on the pedals and am not even finding an exact match on Speedplay....I'll take some close up photos throughout the week and continue to post! This bike was in Port Huron...the guy listed it on their local craigslist and i happened to find it listed on ebay....he had no idea what he had in his possession!! BWAHHAHAHAHAHA!
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I've seen the Chainring before, I think? I'm thinking it was on a Baker but that bike was 1898 if I recall. Interesting to see if the Chainring or Spindle is marked.

What is the mfg. of the rear hub? Can you get a close picture if it?
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
I've seen the Chainring before, I think? I'm thinking it was on a Baker but that bike was 1898 if I recall. Interesting to see if the Chainring or Spindle is marked.

What is the mfg. of the rear hub? Can you get a close picture if it?
hmmmm interesting! I had to work on it a bit tonight to get it packaged up and shipped to my real workshop in DC, both pedals and seat came out with ease! I'll be posting up pictures in just a few minutes. As far as the hubs go...they'll need some light scrubbing to be able to see any markings...they're both just lightly rusted enough.
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The seatpost bolt came loose without any issue and the seatpost pulled right out! Notice the nice looking chrome on the seatpost!
The cog and chanring are both very heavy duty and obviously arent too worn.
The handlebar grip is really nice but weathered and will need replacing, luckily i have a wood worker in the family!
The rear dropouts are as horizontal as horizontal can get...
Man i really can't wait to get this all together with some brand new wood rims and cruise to work on it!!
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
Not so sure it's a Track bike
That was my thought. Most bikes in that period had wood rims, skip tooth chains and were fixed geared.

Cool bike though!
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Are you sure it is a Schwinn?
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Interesting. I never see bikes this old. Now, I want to.
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Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
Are you sure it is a Schwinn?
No actually i'm not...however the fork crown instantly made me think Schwinn.

The headbadge is missing...though there is a side post still in one side and it's a pretty decent distance from the other hole....
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In 1900 there were 1000 bike brands in the states. I have three built before 1910 and two of them are extremely high quality bikes. The one in the photo weighs 20 lbs. Torrington was a big supplier of butted spokes, rat trap pedals and precision bearings and American saddle produced ergonomic saddles in the 1890's. I think that most cycles at that time were either a high quality unit or not and all high quality bikes were also suitable for racing or performance riding by flipping the handlebars. I have read many 1890-1910 cycle catalogs and bikes were specified with name brand components like today.



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Cool tall bike ftwelder, I've been working on what I think is a Loomis Lightweight mfg. in Mass between 1989-1905. Internal pinned lugs, BB pressed from a single tube and internal expanded seatpost, very light construction. I really dig the early diamond frames. I'm missing alot of the original parts so in may be come an "interpretation" rather than a restoration.


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Nice! That will be a fun re-build too!

Any idea if the old skip tooth cog will fit on a fix hub of today???

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Velognome, how does the seat post get fixed at a specific height without a seat tube bolt?
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