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I am looking for two crank bearing cups for a G&J Rambler bicycle circa 1897. I expect a few years prior/post will likely use the same cups.

Strangely enough as far as I can tell both cups are right hand threaded which doesn't make sense to me because it seems like one should be left hand thread but maybe Rambler did not start using left hand threads on crank bearing cups in 1897.

The crank bearing cups measure 1.4218 (1-27/64") on outside of the threaded area.
Threads per-inch aligns perfectly with 26TPI on a thread gauge.

I found this information on the internet:
Raleigh: 1 3/8" x 26 TPI and other brands like Rudge.
Chater Lea: 1.45" x 26 TPI another old British spec.

Both Raleigh and Chater Lea use the same 26TPI but neither seem to be correct for diameter.

If anyone else has dealt with this problem of replacing crank bearing cups on a Rambler bicycle, what did you use for replacements? Did you find a modern equivalent that worked if you could not find original cups?

If anyone has the proper cups or possibly a parts Rambler to sell please let me know.
email: year1890 (at)
Or send me a message through the Wheelmen website
Richard, Thank you for your response however, after trying again to post 12 pictures of the ladies Hartford Model 32 I recently restored and wasting another hour of my time the results were the same again. I clicked on "POST" and after about 5 minutes the following message appears in the center of my screen: THIS PAGE ISN'T WORKING
                                                  The is currently unable
                                                   to handle this request. 
Please note that this message refers to the old .org designation while I alway use only the .com designation when I sign on.  To say this is incredibly frustrating would be an understatement.  After reading Wayne Batten's reply here I'm beginning to agree with him.  One of the reasons I belong to our organization is the ability to buy and sell items on our website;  however not being able to post pictures of items wanted or for sale takes much of the value out of this feature. If I am doing something wrong or missing something in the posting procedure please let me know.

I just made a post with five photos on the SALE side of the message board.
No problem.  The file size for each one was small, less than 100 KB each.

As for current membership status vs posting - there is no connection. There are 'members' on this message board that are simply 'members' of this message board and NOT formal, dues-paying members of THE WHEELMEN.

Dick Rath, since I am the membership chairman, I'll get your membership status updated tonight. Thanks for renewing!

Richard D.

An antique dealer sent me these photos of a Heubach lady bicycle figurine that is for sale at $650. She stands about 16" tall (judging by the ruler in the one photo.)

If any member of THE WHEELMEN is interested, I will furnish the dealer's contact info.

This is NOT mine nor do I have any interest in it nor will I receive any kickback or commission.

Send me an e-mail if you are interested.

Richard DeLombard

Yes Dick,  You are not the only one with the inability to post photos on this sight. If a census was taken, probably 75% of the membership is unable to post attachments. That being said, I will bet you a cup of coffee nothing will be done to rectify this problem. It has been going on for a long time. Now, this is one reason there is no activity on this site any more. You are better off posting on the CABE. Man I will tell you that site is the best to post, read etc. with no difficulty at all. If this issue is not rectified, The Wheelmen may as well shut this sight down and save the money and effort put forth. Hope your doing well Dick.

  Wayne R.Batten
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 ).
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Thistle bicycle decal photo needed
« Last post by Bjd. on January 19, 2020, 03:48:39 AM »
The late James McKensie was a collector of lady bike racing information, and it might be that Susan might have some information in his files.
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Thistle bicycle decal photo needed
« Last post by atorpey1 on January 18, 2020, 11:16:49 AM »
Tillie Anderson, one of the most iconic women racers of all time.  Tillie raced on the road and track from 1896 through 1902, entering 130 races and winning all but 7. 

We are helping the Frazier History Museum prepare for an exhibit and reenactment of Tillie, and would like to get a photo of the head tube decal to "recreate" if possible.

James Allen has loaned the Frazier his 1897 or 1898 Thistle bicycle, which he partially restored.  Sadly, the head tube decal is missing.  We have found a fuzzy photograph of the decal on line, but need a clearer image.

Please check your collection of antique bicycles and take a photo of your Thistle head tube decal.

Thanks for the assistance, Alison and Carson Torpey
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
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