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DelombardR

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Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« on: October 15, 2018, 12:56:46 PM »
A New Rapid needs new grips.  We've been helping get a New Rapid back to rideable condition for the son of a late Wheelmen member.

Who makes replacement grips for a New Rapid? 

« Last Edit: October 16, 2018, 05:26:16 PM by DelombardR »

Craig Allen

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 04:46:09 PM »
Dick, Check out the new and revised Wheelmen restoration bulletin.

DelombardR

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 05:39:48 PM »
Forgot.
https://www.thewheelmen.com/sections/publications/bulletins/03a-Restoration-Data-Sheet.php

Maybe my real question ought to be what shape was a New Rapid grip? Pear shaped?
I do not have access to the bike, it's someone else's and is 60 miles away.

Craig Allen

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 07:26:49 PM »
The catalog states they had pear, spade, and T shaped vulcanite grips. The T grips were basically the same cigar shaped grips as the spades except they screwed directly onto the handlebars minus the metal frame that customarily was used.

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2018, 07:36:05 PM »
Hello Richard

Here are some pics of grips for a similar New Rapid.

Hopefully I am posting the pics correctly .

Glenn
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DelombardR

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2018, 09:21:07 PM »
Thanks, Glenn and Craig.

55inchwheel

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2018, 01:48:55 PM »
Interesting information on grips. I must say I've never seen T grips even though I've seen hundred of High Wheels over the last 20 years, never too late to learn something new.

Does anyone one have a T grip photo they can post?
TIA

mike cates

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2018, 01:25:06 AM »
I had made a mold years ago to cast Columbia Double Girp right and left hand grips. If an original T-grip is located, someone should make a mold off of it to produce it as a replacement part.
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Craig Allen

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 12:01:09 PM »
There is a photo of the T grip in the winter 1974 Wheelmen magazine.

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2018, 11:48:39 PM »
This is an original New Rapid T Grip

David Toppin

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Re: Need repro grips for New Rapid ordinary
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 04:50:30 PM »
Ed Lee can make pear grips, which that bike probably had.  You need to give him the thread diameter and pitch. 

There are other T grips besides what Christian is showing, they can easily be made out of Delrin, to clarify what Craig has said, they actually have a hole perpendicular to the center, the bar has a hole drilled from front to back, and a shaft with special nuts goes through it to hold it on.