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A newish Wheelmen member is in need of cranks for an '85 / '86 Columbia Light Roadster.
Does anyone have a pair (or one?) sitting around?

Asking for a friend.


General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Advice on threads
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:56:41 PM »
I am working on a ca 1896 Lenox safety and have trouble with the rear axle.
I thought the threads were 3/8" x 24 but the nut doesn't thread onto a new bolt of that size.
The axle threads are 'rough' so it's hard to get an accurate count and my thread gauge doesn't have every pitch. I have 20, 24, 27, and 28. 
The threading is close to 24 and a new 3/8" x 24 bolt goes about a thread or two into the nut.
Was a 22 pitch or 25 pitch usual back in the 90's?

This chain is on a ca 1884 Mascotte tricycle.  The chain is comprised of steel cylinder sections connected by U-shaped rods, flat plates, and tiny cotter pins.
It has a tendency to roll off the sprockets and jam. I have tried re-aligning the front and rear sprockets and also measuring the pitch to see if it is 'stretched'.

Has anyone else had experience with a chain like this?

From Walter Branche on FaceBook:

Today  is very upsetting, my friend PAUL GRIMSHAW PASSED AWAY this morning. He was a true friend, very talented, REAL as you could ever be, loved by everyone he ever met, we rode our 1880s highwheel bikes across America together. This has punched me in the gut, like I have never felt. I LOVE ya my BROTHER OF THE WHEEL AND LIFE!

Alan Ponder has ascended to the rank of State Captain in Connecticut.
Welcome aboard, Alan!

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Fixed gear safety ride
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:27:47 PM »
Many riders have followed Thomas Stevens' route on high wheels, now who would want to ride across Canada and up to the Arctic Ocean on an old fixed gear bicycle?  Well, this fella used a modern fixed gear bike, but it just as well could have been an 1894 Columbia or Victor or G&J.
Short Vimeo 8 minute video. Montreal to St Johns to Vancouver and then north to the Arctic Ocean.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Aurelia boy's high wheel bicycle
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:00:43 PM »
I added another high wheel to the stable yesterday.  A lonely Aurelia (Italian) boy's high wheel was looking for a good home at a auction show yesterday.  I accomplished some cleaning and readjustments today but have some questions for those who are familiar with them.

Rear: Has anyone had to replace the back tire? If so, where did you find one?  As you can see from the photo, the rear tire is broken. It is not wired on but rather is a 'donut' with the inner edge a square shape to fit in the rim. I'm thinking of lightly wiring it on OR putting on a 7/8" rubber for now to get it going. 
Front: 22 x 1-1/2" pneumatic -  Has anyone replaced the front tire and/or the tube?  This tire and tube are working pretty well for now.

The front wheel 'bearings' were 'tight' so I took it apart and cleaned the nylon sleeve pieces. Clamping back together and the wheel still was sluggish. I ended up adding a washer at each of the four bolts holding the bearing pieces together. This loosened the clamping force on the nylon sleeves. Now, the wheel turns with 'reasonable' drag.

Above the back wheel are two 'flanges' for clamping something on the front of the back fork. Any ideas what they are for?

The rear wheel spoking is rather simple.  Looks like the spoke were simply 'pushed' through the rim.
It even has a cool (albeit plastic) tool kit.- empty, but cool.

Another suggestions or hints are welcome.

By the way, this is NOT replacing my 56" Expert. I have some grandkids about the size for this.

What Sara Campbell contributed about this photo in a FaceBook item:
Photo above was taken on the steps of Recitation Hall on Wittenberg University campus. A re-enactment of an 1880’s League of American Wheelmen photo.... complete wit a young boy in the front!

The second photo shows names and location information contributed by Wheelmen.

Can anyone add some names to the unnamed?

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Good memory from 2012 - The Stack
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:56:31 PM »
We had 156 high wheel riders astride their steeds for a gigantic stack during the 2012 Wheelmen Meet in Findlay, Ohio.
Watch a YouTube video:

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:24:29 AM »
This time of year is renewal time - unless you renewed for 2 years last year!
If you haven't sent your renewal in yet, before you send it in, please review your renewal action a year ago. Did you sign up & pay for the (new) 2 year option?  If so, you don't need to renew for 2019!

I am working on a method of reminding people next fall if they are renewed for the following year.

For those who have renewed, THANKS!  I'm buried under a pile of renewal forms!

Richard DeLombard

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Sad news about Phil Scott
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:05:26 PM »
I have learned that Ohio Wheelmen Phil Scott suffered a stroke a day or two ago.
His condition is serious.
He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

What was posted on FaceBook:
For those that know him I just wanted to let my fellow bicycle friends know that Phil Scott of Ohio suffered a stroke over Thanksgiving and I'm told he is not doing well. Please join me in sending him all the positive energies and prayers you have available.
For those that don't know his handle is shoe3 on the CABE, he's a very knowledgeable bicycle man.

Here are the tentative plans for the annual Memorabilia & Swap Meet at the Bicycle Museum of America.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 to 3:00 pm.
We'll be looking for a couple of Wheelmen for informal presentations about pertinent topics. Any ideas?
We'll have the presentations after a break for lunch.
Would you like a table to show your collection of memorabilia or a selection of your collection?
Would you like to sell some of your extra items?

Wheelmen viewing Lorne's 3-D images from his talk at the 2010 meet (Bill Smith photo):

If the weather permits, bring a bicycle for a ride around town afterwards.


Richard DeLombard

I have an 1885 Columbia Expert with a 56" front wheel that was re-worked decades ago and made unfit to ride. The rest of the Expert is fine and I've ridden it over 3,500 miles before tire wires started breaking.
Does anyone have a usable 56" Expert front wheel they would be willing to let go? Maybe part of an Expert with a questionable backbone or fork. This wheel could be part of a swap to make a display bicycle from unrideable parts.


An Ohio Wheelmen has acquired a Columbia Expert that is missing pedals.
Does anyone out there have some available pedals that would work?

Saddle and handlebars exist, missing pedals.

Does anyone keep track of Star serial numbers?
As seen in the photo, the latest date is 1885 and the serial number is 3195.

I've had the opportunity to learn to ride this Star and have been requested to ride it in parades and exhibits next year.
After spending a bunch of time this afternoon re-learning mounting and dismounting, I'm ready for a maneuvering session sometime in the next few weeks (before the snow flies).

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