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On January 16th, after posting an ad on our website for the sale of a restored 1902 Hartford ladies bicycle I found that the pictures I had included in the ad failed to make it into the post. I assumed the reason had to do with the number of pictures I had included (24) so I re-typed the post with half the number of pictures (12) and that failed as well.  A while ago I posted and ad for a TOC ladies Parker bicycle with more than a dozen pictures included and that worked without any problems.  In trying to figure out what the problem might be my wife asked "is your membership current"? I thought it was but soon realized it was not.  Checking my check register I found no indication I had paid my 2020 dues.....Whoops.

Immediately I sent in  my 2020 dues payment through Paypal....that was yesterday 1/18/20.  Today is Sunday so I assume it will be a few days before my membership is reinstated but questions remains for me:  Does our website not allow pictures to be included in ads posted by none members? Is there a fixed limit to the number of pictures that can be attached to an ad?  I'm hoping someone reading this might be able to advise me on this; I'd really like to share the pictures I've take of this restoration with fellow Wheelmen. I can also be reached by email at ( ) or by phone  (518-339-7867 ).

For sale is this recently restored 1902 Ladies Hartford Model 32 bicycle.  The restoration was completed by Time Machines, Ltd. and was done to a very high standard.  The frame and fork has been hand stripped to bare metal, carefully prepared for refinishing, given 3 coats of primer followed by 7 coats of gloss black Lacquer - hand rubbed between coats  afterwich was applied a very fine-lined hand pin-striping in gold enamel.  All bright metal has be re-nickel plated including front and rear hubs. The Maple rims were produced by Noah Stutzman and have inserts imbedded that allow beaded tires with inner tubes to be fit so the bicycle can be safely and smoothly riden when inflated to 50 PSI or up to 75 PSI. The rear fender (also produced by Noah) has received 6 coats of gloss lacquer. The wheels are laced with S.S. double butted spokes fit to 1" nickel plated nipples. The tires are black wall models made by Amsterdam Electra, they have no contrasting colored logos so they appear very period correct.  The leather handgrips are beautiful reproductions of the originals with polished brass ferrules. The Maple rear fender and chainguard have skirt guard lacing using tea-dyed 3/32nd parachute cordage in laced in the original pattern. The saddle is the original Garford Hygienic model that is in astonishing condition. Accessories include a period correct Majestic model carbide headlamp made by the Edward Miller Company; there is also a functioning seat-tube mounted tire pump.  The bicycle is a fixed gear model and it's Serial Number (as found near the top of the seat-tube) is #1276. The patent date (embossed on the brass head badge) is Nov. 12, 1888.

The price of $4,000. includes disassembly and  packing for shipment. Shipping charges to your zip code via are not included in the price.  Plan on between $200. to $400. depending on your distance from my zip code 32058 on the East coast of Florida. The bike may also be picked up fully assembled which would lower the selling price by $150; international shipping is also available via Prices will be quoted upon receipt of destination information.

Please feel free to ask any questions about the bike either on this website, or my email (address: or by phone ) 518 339 7867

About a year ago I completed the restoration of a ladies TOC bicycle on which I installed a set of 28" solid creme colored tube-type tires which I found on the internet and bought them primarily because they did not have the makers logo imprinted on the sidewall or a sidewall stripe in a contrasting color.  I had Noah Stutzman produce a set of Maple rims that accepted the tires beads and was very satisfied with the results as was the bike's new owner.  I'd like to order a few sets of these tires for future restorations where I know the bikes will be ridden regularly.  The problem I've run into is that I lost or misplaced the sellers contact information. Might anyone recognize the manufacturer from the attached pictures that show the tread pattern? Better yet might know where I could purchase duplicates.  My recollection is that the seller was in California.  The tires were not made by Schwalbe but might have been produced in Holland like I understand most Schwalbe tires are. 

Posted on my local Treasure Coast - Florida Craigslist page:
Up for sale is one of my recently restored bicycles which I purchased from member Glenn Eames late last year. Aside from materials and services from outside sources: Saddle restoration, nickel plating, spokes and nipples, oil headlamp, and brass tire pump; I have over 85 hours in the process.  In younger days I probably could have done the work in 70 hours but might not have enjoyed the process as much.
I have it priced at $4,200. but am certainly open to reasonable offers by a fellow Wheelmen member.

Board for buying and selling Wheelmen goods and services. / PRICE REDUCTION
« on: December 24, 2018, 01:50:38 PM »
The price for this fully restored 1897 Ladies Pope/Columbia listed for sale here on December 7th has been reduced to $3,000.  It is a ridable showpiece, restored to a very high standard.


For sale: a recently completed full restoration of a 28" ladies TOC Pope-Columbia bicycle. Restored by; Time Machines Limited during the fall of 2018.  The frame and fork are finished in dark green ( 65% black ) sprayed enamel - hand rubbed between coats and and then polished with progressively finer 3M polishing compounds to a soft luster appropriate for the bikes age.  All brightwork has be re-nickel plated, the rims and rear fender were made by Noah Stutzman, rims replaced with Stainless steel double butted spokes with new nickel plate nipples. The bike is a fixed gear model with appropriate rear axel threaded mounting peg and the front fork is fitted with adjustable nickel plated coaster pegs. A period correct Lucas Nicke plated brass carbide lamp is attached with an extended neck mounting bracket. The rear fender skirt guard and chain guard are laced with tea-tied parachute cordage. The frame and fork are hand pin striped in gold-leaf enamel.  The front wheel compression hand brake functions perfectly, the original Pope Columbia pedal have be re-nickeled and fit with new reproduction Columbia rubbers. The leather wrapped hand grips are the originals and in excellent condition. The original block chain is slightly stretched but still has a way to go before it would need to be replaced.  As found, the bikes head badge, while still attached, had split vertically; it has been repaired using epoxy which provided a strong bond however the irregular seam can still be seen.  I've got "feelers" out trying to find an original badge but thus far none has surfaced.  While the bicycle is restored to show / museum quality it is also a reliable rider being equipped with rims fit with an internal full diameter aluminum insert made with a profile to accept, and lock in place, a modern 28"- (700 x 40c ) tire that can be inflated to between 60 and 70 psi.  The tires I chose are period correct all-creme color with no sidewall stripe or logo imprint. The tread pattern while not period correct is not obtrusive and actually look pretty good.  The rims were carefully ( and tediously ) finely pin striped in a black; and like the rear fender are finished with many coats of hand rubbed clear coat. Finally,  there is frame mounted functioning polished brass high quality tire pump.   

The price for this bike has been lowered 25 percent  to  $3,000.00. Shipping is available to anyplace on the planet via  My charge for disassembly and careful packaging of the bike for shipment is $200.00.  There is also the option of customer pick here in Sebastian, Florida.

I'd be happy to provide specific detailed pictures to prospective purchasers who will include their email address with their request.

I'm looking (to purchase) a head badge for a Pope-Columbia Model No. 41 -  ladies 28" bicycle.  Estimated date of manufacture: 1899.  If you have one for sale or know of someone that does please email me directly at:

I have an ad running on Ebay for one of my restored bicycles, it's got 2 days to run but I will renew it if unsold.
Access the ad by simply typing in the number:  11326351553 in the search window.

Dick Rath

Time Machines, LTD.
Phone:  518-339-7867

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