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This is a photo found on ebay. Valve stems are visable on front and rear rims so pneumatic tires for sure.
Radial spoked wheels make it look out of time period with the advent of the later pneumatic tires on the rims. I realize Columbia Standard and Expert models kept their radial spoking throughout their manufacturing time line but don't know of other makes retaining this with pneumatic tires.
I had a 1892 Victor 52" high wheel bicycle with cushion tires and tangential spoked wheels which was late in high wheel period but this photo throws me a loop.
Anyone want to name it and post the year. Is it American or European manufacture?
Mike Cates, CA.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: c1890 Convertible Safety
« on: April 25, 2020, 04:19:14 PM »
1890 Starley Psycho Catalog models.
Mike Cates, CA.

Over 50 original head badges for sale. Will sell all or individually $50 - $250 depending on rarity and condition.
Note the interesting Indian Bicycle Company factory bicycle registration tag with script on both sides, how many of these have you seen?
The US BICYCLE shown at the bottom of the second photo is a coat lapel pin.
A few sample photos are attached but I can send close up photos of other badges.


Mike Cates
Phone:  (760) 473-6201 Voice Calls Only and No Texts


Complete ca. 1890-91 Western Wheel Works JUNO hard tire safety version I sold from my collection so you can see what missing parts would look like. Love the curved brace at the steering head tube.
I still have antique bicycles, candle oil carbide early electric lamps, cyclometers, bells, over 50 name badges and original catalogs not advertised yet so inquire.
Mike Cates, CA.
(760) 473-6201

I have two more original CLEVELAND head badges like the one shown for sale if interested.
Mike Cates
(760) 473-6201 Voice Calls Only and No Texts Please

Here is a trick I have used on safety bicycles that are going to be ridden to stop seat posts and handlebar stems from slipping down. Basically it is an internal spacer.
(I realize that makes/models/years/designs of antique bicycles vary greatly but read the steps below to see how to fix a current or possible problem, especially on a restored antique bicycle with shiny nickel plated parts).

1) Set up your comfortable heights of seat and handlebars.
2) Place some tape to mark the junction at the seat post and seat post frame tube OR at the handlebar stem and front fork stem/steering head.
3) Remove the seat post and handlebar stem and measure from their ends to your tape mark. Write down measurements.
4) Using a tape measure or stick, internally measure from the top of the seat post clamp/top down to the crank bracket. Do the same from the handlebar clamp/steering head down to the fork crown and write down measurements.
5) Subtract the measurements you got in (3) above from measurements in (4) above to get length(s) for your new internal spacers and write down measurements.
6) Get a piece of plastic sprinkler pipe, wooden dowel, etc that will be strong enough and the outside diameter should just barely slide into the seat post frame tube or front fork stem/steering head. You want a sliding fit "if" you want to easily remove it in the future. If internal diameters of seat post frame tube or front fork stem are odd internal diameters not matching the diameters of the plastic pipe or wooden dowel, you can file/machine down the outside diameter of a slightly larger diameter flat washer that will slide into this odd inside diameter and use a smaller diameter pipe or wooden dowel that you slide in first and then place the washer at the top so the seat post or handlebar stem will bottom out on it.
7) Cut pipe, wooden dowel, etc to the measurements you got in (5) above and slide in your new cut to length internal spacers until they bottom out.

Lastly, slide in seat post and/or handlebar stem until they bottom on the internal spacer, align them and tighten in place.

You now have stopped the sliding down problem you may have been having or could eventually experience. The good part is you don't see this "fix" from outside the bicycle!

Mike Cates, CA.

I am now being informed from David Brown on the CABE that CLEVELAND had their own ball end spokes with rather large diameter ball ends that may have directly fit into the staggered holes in the hub and NOT use the porcupine barrels as Columbia did.
If anyone can chime in to help this issue with photos or catalog descriptions, that would educate us all. My catalogs on CLEVELAN only go up to 1897 and David feels this bicycle is later about 1900 or 1901.
Thank you,
Mike Cates, CA.

CLEVELAND BEVEL GEAR CHAINLESS SHAFT DRIVE LADIES BICYCLE (Exact year still to be determined) manufactured by the H.A.Lozier Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Older restoration started but never completed. Frame and forks are in gloss black automotive enamel paint and all other parts are nickel plated as originally done.

I have the nickel plated handlebars somewhere and am looking for them.

Missing are: rims, spokes and tires that will complete this rare shaft driven bicycle.

It is the complimentary match to the Man's model of the same year.

Note, the staggered holes in the original hubs that are approximately 3/16" diameter. This is similar to a Columbia direct pull porcupine hub but the original porcupine barrels from this bicycle are missing They would not be a hard part to make by using a 3/16" steel flat head rivet that could be cross-drilled for the spoke diameter and counter sunk for the spoke head.

This bicycle would have 28" diameter tires front and rear.

The seat is uncommon with the lateral or transverse flat spring and is unique in it's design.

Bike is dusty from storage and is waiting for YOU to bring it back to life.

$3850.00 plus shipping cost.

I ship world wide and have a 100% POSITIVE SHIPPING RECORD for years from my buyers.

I can pack in regular bicycle cardboard boxes OR make a wooden crate and only charge for the plywood, 2 X 2's and screws to make it. I DO NOT CHARGE an additional labor charge to do this.

I can get shipping insurance if requested that will be added to the cost.

Mike Cates, CA.
(760) 473-6201 Voice Calls Only and I DO NOT TEXT.

I have the DEMOREST catalog.
Mike Cates
(760) 473-6201 Voice Calls Only and I DO NOT TEXT.

Most Wheelmen that are in the club are in it for either collecting, restoring, researching and riding antique bicycles or a combination of these interests. Some long-time members don't even have antique bicycles but enjoy the history of the bicycle and are intrigued with the information found in the quarterly Newsletters and Biannual Wheelmen Magazines.
Being involved with antique bicycles for years and then joining The Wheelmen in the mid 1970's, I have learned A LOT from members, publications and research.
My personal interest is in bicycles pre 1910 but I appreciate later built bicycles.
I started out in my younger years by riding high wheel bicycles and it was fun. Along with the high wheel bicycles there were also the amazingly interesting hard tire safeties that were so short lived in their time but yet ridden right alongside the high wheel bicycles at the time.
When I joined I started to see the trend of members that started getting older begin to ride hard or cushion tire safeties as a natural progression due to their ages or physical abilities. What ever made them progress to safeties, they still had the spirit to continue to ride and I applaud them for that.
 I am finding myself now, many years later since I became a Wheelmen member, that the hard tire safeties are equally as fun as a high wheel bicycle and you still get the feeling of riding an historic vehicle that someone rode more than 100 years ago. you also get the lookie-loos that haven't seen anything like your machine before and are proud to educate them about it.
I hope you join our club as there is a wealth of knowledge to be learned and it never ends as to uncovering something new about antique bicycles. You will meet folks that will become lifetime friends and this friendship carries on into their children also taking the reigns and continuing the interest and are always there to contact or rely on as a resource and are truly interested in antique bicycles.
Help The Wheelmen keep this spirit going for future generations to enjoy by your joining.
Mike Cates, CA.

I bought two of these Victor brake handles from Greg a few years ago and they are very nice.
Mike Cates, CA.

I have the 1894 and 1896 PREMIER original catalogs from my huge inventory of catalogs for sale if interested.
Anyone else that is interested in original catalogs for your bicycle contact me via email and I can email you a PDF of the inventory compiled so far that is for sale.
Also PLEASE ASK ME if a catalog is NOT LISTED on the PDF you receive as I am still finding more catalogs that aren't listed yet.
Email me your WANT LIST.
Mike Cates
(760) 473-6201

In researching through my catalogs concerning my 1890 LOZIER & YOST GIANT NO. 4 hard tire safety that I currently have For Sale, I came across the continuation of the H.A. Lozier company now offering this 1892 CLEVELAND NO. 1 cushion tire bicycle with double diamond frame and also using the Bolte front fork springing. Does anyone have one of these bicycles and if so, please share some photos for all of us to see and learn from. This CLEVELAND NO. 1 is an interesting hybrid of using the design of the COLUMBIA double diamond framing and the Bolte front fork springing of the LOZIER & YOST GIANT NO. 4 hard tire safety.
Also the use of the YOST patent saddle on both bicycles.
Mike Cates, CA.

WANTED - Hand brake lever and pivot, Brake spoon and return spring to fit my 56" 1884 Columbia Expert I have For Sale on this site.
Will buy outright OR trade for original antique bicycle catalogs that I also have for sale.
Mike Cates, CA.
(760) 473-6201

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