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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Karma rating?
« Last post by Bjd. on May 22, 2019, 08:44:03 AM »
What is this "karma rating" and who does the rating and why?
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the image attached is for a chain adjuster that was manufactured in 1893 for an 1894 catalog of a USA mfg. What I am hoping to learn is when this style of chain adjuster first came into use. (imported or foreign parts included)
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Hinged steering heads were used on high wheel bicycles and then were the first type of steering used on hard tire safeties. They were on the earliest Rover hard tire safeties circa 1885. They were on various other makes until circa 1894 when the ball bearing cones and bearing cups took over in popularity and have stayed that way since.
Mike Cates, CA.
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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / How to dress like it is 1880!
« Last post by atorpey1 on May 21, 2019, 10:10:48 AM »
We all realize that all most Wheelmen need is a pair of knickers, a shirt and suspenders.  But if that is all you are after you are really missing out.  Hosting the 52nd Annual Wheelmen meet, Sedalia has one of the best, most comprehensive Victorian costume shops in the United States.  Be sure to visit Nostalgia Vintage Apparel at 515 S. Ohio Street in downtown Sedalia.  This shop also sells jewelry and antiques and has a museum of clothing through the years.
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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: E Bay Cabinet Card Photos
« Last post by Wayne Batten on May 21, 2019, 08:04:09 AM »
Wow,  Good eye. I do recall a family growing up. I remember the family well. I knew them as the Chlorine family. There was a set of twin boys, Joey and Johnny Chlorine. Unfortunately the boys were split up at the age of 11. The parents were unable to care for both boys. I believe Johnny was the one sent to an orphanage in Arizona. Unknown what ever happened to the family after Johnny was sent away. I think the family may have moved south towards Florida.
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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / E Bay Cabinet Card Photos
« Last post by Keith Pariani on May 21, 2019, 06:25:47 AM »
Interesting Cabinet Cards on EBay
Same Childs HTS Bicycle, one from Detriot,Mi. and the other from Oakland, Ca.
Same Child with his bike????

First card listed as: Ca. 1890 Large Cabinet Photo of Family with Early Safety Bicycle

Second card listed as: Antique Cabinet Photo Unusual Bicycle Early Bike Gibson Studio
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I posted an request earlier on the buy/sell tab to help identify an early hingehead cushion tire safety that I'm beginning to restore. No info so far, but here is a detail that may help narrow the possibilities. Where the spokes cross, they are soldered, but not wound with wire as usually used. There is a small figure 8 brass tie that holds the spokes together.
Anyone recognize a brand that used this process??
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BTW, word from the Wheelmen Membership Chairman is that this Museum just joined the Wheelmen! 
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General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Rutgers Head Badge
« Last post by NVHIWHEEL on May 19, 2019, 07:44:47 PM »
I have a nice head badge, but haven't found any information on the internet and it's not listed in the List of Bicycles on this website.
Any help is appreciated.
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Board for buying and selling Wheelmen goods and services. / Tintypes
« Last post by Russell Mamone on May 19, 2019, 10:31:49 AM »


For sale: collection of 42 tintypes with bicycles, including high wheels, hard tire safeties, boneshakers, Star, etc. and all sorts of men, women, children from 1880s.  Price:$2500 including shipping.  Contact me for Xerox of offering, etc. 202-244-7435, but no answering machine, so be patient.  Russell Mamone, Washington DC.
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