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Old 01-06-11, 06:18 AM
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Who on this forum has the oldest bicycle??

Just out of interest who on this forum thinks they might have the oldest currently rideable bicycle and who has the oldest in any condition? Pictures and stories please!
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Old 01-06-11, 07:30 AM
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ftwelder is my guess.

I had an 1892 safety built in Coventry, England. It was not road worthy. I found it at the dump but had no need for it, so I sold it in an auction.

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Old 01-06-11, 08:18 AM
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My '37 Raleigh Sports is road ready (rehabbed after this picture), but I believe there are older functional bikes floating around on this forum:



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now this is a cool thread - waiting to see some cool old stuff
mine is a 71 so i'm out already
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I seem to remember someone having an ancient pennyfarthing. Can't quite remember who it was though.
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I saw this thread title and a similar thread from a few years ago came to mind. I remember in that thread Sheldon posted this bike and said, "I've got you's all beat!" or something similar. I miss that guy. https://sheldonbrown.org/ranger.html

I did a search, here's the page in the thread where Sheldon posted his Mead Ranger:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...wn+oldest+bike

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Old 01-06-11, 10:06 AM
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Only 1915 or so, but I have ridden it.

More pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/5461623...7624987130587/
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Originally Posted by well biked View Post
I did a search, here's the page in the thread where Sheldon posted his Mead Ranger:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...wn+oldest+bike
I miss that guy!

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Actually, since I took the photos, I've built her a really weird front wheel--half radial, half cross 3--but the split isn't left/right, but along the "equator" of the wheel.

There's no technical reason for this, it's just a hack.

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Originally Posted by Otis View Post


Only 1915 or so, but I have ridden it.

More pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/5461623...7624987130587/
WOW! I may need some advice from you on rebuilding my antique. I just picked it up and have started tearing it apart. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-s-Track-Bike*
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Another interesting way to look at this would be to see who has had a bike for the longest time...did anyone's mom not throw out their stingray? Any 3 Speeds been in the family since the 30s?
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Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
I seem to remember someone having an ancient pennyfarthing. Can't quite remember who it was though.
Citoyen du Monde has one from the 1870's.
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Originally Posted by sciencemonster View Post
Another interesting way to look at this would be to see who has had a bike for the longest time...did anyone's mom not throw out their stingray? Any 3 Speeds been in the family since the 30s?
Oh I might qualify for that one! My CCM Flyte was bought second hand by my great Uncle and given to my father who gave it to me. So the same bike, the same family since about 1940? About 71 years
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Correction to that... just spoke to my father and he said that uncle Owen would have bought it new for sure.... so that's 73 years if he bought the 37 model new in 1938 (a year to get to NZ and be sold).

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[Only 1915 or so, but I have ridden it.

More pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/5461623...7624987130587/[/QUOTE]

Otis, that is just stunning!!!
Wow,.... I think it's is WELL worth going to the flicker link and checking out this bike, the standard of restoration is just fantastic! The plating, the paint and pinstripes!!

I am inspried now to make my CCM look as good as that,.... if I can!
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This one was in the teens. I sold it last year. It was ridable but I was scared of breaking one of the tires and they're expensive. It's a 24" seat tube. I was really tempted to keep it as it's my size. I just happened to meet a guy who was looking for something just like it for his lady.




Never did get that old lock off of it.
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Those chain tires are awesome!

My oldest is a '51, so I'm out. As far as having kept one the longest, I still have my first bike - a 16" BMX that my parents bought me in '89.
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Only 1915 or so, but I have ridden it.
Why?
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Not all that old, 1956 tank, but fun to ride because there are no hills here. I added the basket and front roller brake.
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1905- currently dismembered....but someday!!!!
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1905- currently dismembered....but someday!!!!
What make and model is it do you know and do you have the rest???
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Anyone in my area wants a really old project bike, I suspect this one may be older than he thinks, but not sure. Skiptooth and the whole shebang.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bik/2146793235.html
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