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Any Connecticut Wheelmen available to surprise Donald?

U.S. Navy veteran Donald Langlois, Sr., has been selected to marshal Branford’s 2018 Veterans Day Parade.
Now retired, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, WNHC Radio and TV, Armstrong Tire/Pirelli Tire, and R & D Special Performance Tire Design and owned his own printing company for 28 years.
This high wheel may be sold in the future and I am not going to hide it's 'history'.
After a year and a half of installing the tire, the front tire broke while riding slowly on a trail.
New wire put on by a different person.  That lasted five months or so and broke while riding easy on a flat residential street.
New wire put on by yet another person. That lasted 366 days and broke while riding along a fairly level park road.
Nothing spectacular occurred leading up to any of these breaks. 
The wheel was re-built long before I bought it and it was not ridden for 20? years and sat in a house. The single wall rim is an original (I assume, but perhaps not with this particular machine?) and new spokes were 'reversed' by a head in the hub and spoke nipples at the rim.

good tip Craig, for those of us who don't have a lathe, a drill press will suffice, as the thing spins you can carefully hold a file against the surface you want to remove, be careful and stop periodically to examine the results.
This works on spoke nipples too!
Trying to loosen up spoke nuts that haven't turned in 100 plus years can be an exasperating experience especially when patience is running thin. When spokes break off, they have the irritating habit of breaking flush or nearly flush with the end of the spoke nut. Except for the spoke, all is not lost. The spoke nut can be chucked in the lathe and turned down just a little on the end to expose part of the broken spoke. Cutting off 1/16" to 1/8" should be plenty. It's important when turning down the nut not to cut into the spoke. While still chucked in the lathe, you can use a torch to heat up the nut. You don't need to get it red. Usually a black tar like substance will leach out which indicates the broken spoke piece is loose. Use a good vise grip to grab hold of the exposed spoke and it should start unscrewing out very easily.
Richard, your description of this high wheel has me wondering why do you feel it needs a new wheel? After riding it 3,500 miles it seems it has proven itself. Tire wire breaking to me doesn't seem to indicate the need for a new wheel. What am I missing? ? ?    :)
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.

F/S The first 30 issues -- Vol 1 #1 Summer 1970 -- #31 November 1987
1 issue missing  Vol 4 #1 --  all original not a copy
F/S  49" Columbia Light Roadster $5500.  front wheel has 3 broken spokes, the wheel is still true and solid, and was ridden many years in this condition,
New Leather seat 50 years ago
Original paint and pedal rubber, NO missing parts, NO shipping unless you arange it.
Adjustable step 1888-92 Expert, Light Roadster,and v0lunteer
Tubular new style rear fork 1887-92 Expert and Light Roadster (square shoulder)
Spade Handles standard equipment 1889-92 (optional in1886)
Located in San Francisco Bay area California
I do not answer phone numbers I dont recognize
Board for buying and selling Wheelmen goods and services. / Re: Victory rims
« Last post by Diane Blake on November 02, 2018, 02:14:00 PM »
I will get the 18" out next week and let you know when we can roll the 48's.  It might be a while, so please don't hold your breath waiting.
  Craig,  The Homer bicycle was also produced in Vineland. But I am not sure if they were a manufacturer or if they assembled generic parts and put there own head badge with a homing pigeon as there logo.

Thanks, Wayne
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