Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle $3800

Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle $3800

20th March 2017 (No Comments)

Little is known about the Thistle Bicycle except that the Thistle was manufactured by Fulton Machine Works and had ties to Excelsior Cycle Supply both in Chicago around 1892 to 1900. What is known is that Quite Possibly the most Iconic Early Women’s Racer, Tillie Anderson aka ” The Terrible Swede ” Rode a Thistle Bicycle. Tillie Anderson a Swedish immigrant raced in a brief era where women were allowed to race in Road and Track 6 Day races. Tillie entered 130 races and won all but 7, quite a dominating performance and career. Unfortunately women’s racing was taboo and the “LAW” League of American Wheelman abolished Women’s racing in the early 1900s and Women’s Racing would set back for decades. This Antique Thistle Bike is is Quite an Exquisite Piece of Machinery only trumped by Tillie Anderson Racing Accomplishments.

 The Construction of the Thistle Bicycle is quite amazing, it is a fine piece of machinery. The Bicycle was restored true as found and from research and press photos of Tillie Anderson on this Thistle Bicycle, pretty sure it is from 1898. This Bicycle is possibly my Favorite bike, with it’s Light Smaller Tubing and Construction, Unique Parts, and Original paint with remnants of Filigree. It is quite the Show Stopper to be Appreciated. This Thistle had a decal badge which faintly remains after years of use and age. This Old Thistle has been Lux Low Patina Restored and Resuscitated. The Bike is adorned with unique parts: Integrated Stem Racing Handle Bars, Unique Thistle Crank and Hanger, Racing Pedals, Block Skiptooth Chain, and Early Hygienic Leather Saddle. The wood wheels are Beautiful Patina refinished original wood rims laced to original Early Barrel Hubs. The Rear Hub is Fixed Gear ( bike is Pre Coaster brake era ) and the Tires are recycled old tires. This Bicycle is possibly my Favorite bike, with it’s Unique Parts, Original Paint paint . It is quite the Show Stopper. This Thistle is a Grand looker, with a Great Story, the Wood Wheels and Original Patina is Beautiful and although completely rebuilt, I would say she is more of a show piece than 100 year old Rider, although it would be ridable with new tires.

This Amazing Bicycle is Rebuilt, Cleaned, and Sealed.  This Bicycle would Be Perfect For a Collection, Conversation or Decoration. Click here for Details of the Lux Low Vintage Patina Restoration Process on this Bike.

Local Sale: Cash Pickup in Golden, Colorado. Cash Price is Lower than our web posted prices.

Non Local Sales: You will be billed through Paypal and Shipping is: $150 Bikes with out Fenders & $200 for bikes with fenders to most of the US.

Display Stand Not Included, But may be purchased in our store.

 

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