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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: c1890 Convertible Safety
« on: April 24, 2020, 09:56:58 PM »
Psycho ad from April 12, 1889 issue of Bicycling World and LAW Bulletin:

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: c1890 Convertible Safety
« on: April 24, 2020, 09:39:06 PM »
It looks a lot like a 1889 Psycho. Catalog images and period ads are very close except do not show the curved brace at bottom of frame, but this could have been added after catalogs were printed. For 1889 they made a men's and ladies' versions which looked similar except men's had 30" wheels and ladies' had 29" wheels. 1890 version has a full curved dropped frame.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Mystery Wood-frame Bike
« on: March 28, 2020, 02:13:25 PM »
1896 Huseby by Huseby Cycle Company in Milwaukee WI. The company was incorporated January 1896. The company failed and went into receivership August 22, 1896.
The wood is rock elm. Three models were offered - a racer, a roadster and a women's pattern.
A period article said they produced 40 bicycles a day.
George Huseby was born 1865 in Norway and moved with his parents to America in 1871.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: c1900 Crescent Model 16
« on: February 24, 2020, 07:34:50 AM »
1899 Crescent Model 16:

Crescent ad from December 8, 1898 issue of The Cycle Age & Trade Review:

Wanted to Buy - Original 1898 Tribune Catalog (Black Manufacturing - Erie PA). I have a PDF scan, looking for an original.

My 54” x 22” Columbia Expert Rational is serial number 13715.

Looks like 1892 Lovell Diamond per this ad from August 12, 1892 issue of The Referee & Cycle Trade Journal:

Star serial numbers from Carey Williams:

Craig Allen made an Eagle replica: Search "Eagle highwheel bicycle for sale" on CABE Message Board to see photos of it.

Classic Cycle Bainbridge website has a Museum tab on their website They have a replica Star.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Stearns Yellow Fellow
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:42:50 PM »
The Wheelmen Library has the following Stearns Bicycle catalogs:

    1893  29pg G
    1896  52pg E cd
    1897  29pg VG cd b&w
    1898  14pg G   cd b&w       
    1898  18pg VG
    1899  11pg VG cd b&w
    1900  29pg F
    1901  18pg VG

Contact Bill Smith at to purchase PDF scans.

Looking through the October, November and December 1895 and January 1896 issues of "The Bearings", the name "The World" was selected in November 1895 for the Arnold, Schwinn & Company's 1896 first model year of production. Because of this timing I would say there was no 1895 catalog issued.

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