14th September 2014 ()
Vintage Columbia Archbar / Truss Bridge Bicycle made by Pope / Westfield Manufacturing. Columbia’s Description in 1921 was “The Columbia Archbar is another Westfield product made up to the same exacting requirements and quality standards that have made Columbia bicycles universally preferred and accepted as “Standard of the World”. Note the famous Columbia roadster type two-piece crank hanger and other important details of up-to-the minute equipment. The extra truss bar not only adds to the attractiveness of the mount, but gives additional strength where bending or fracture is likely to occur.”
02nd September 2014 ()
Antique Reading Standard Wood Wheel Bicycle made by Great Western Manufacturing Company of La Porte, Indiana around 1917. The Reading Standard started Manufacturing Bicycles in Reading Reading Pennsylvania at around 1906 to 1910, as the Bicycle industry suffered, companies were merged or bought to survive the hard times. Great Western Manufacturing Company acquired Reading Standard and was the second largest bicycle manufacturing company to survive the downturn, Second to Pope’s American Bicycle Company Trust (ABC). Great Western Manufacturing Company of La Porte, Indiana Produce some Amazing Bikes built with Quality.
23rd August 2014 ()
The Beckley Ralston Company was a large Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Automobile Supply Company out of Chicago Illinois. It seems the company may of started as a bicycle supplier and added Motorcycle and Automobile parts as they were invented. Beckley Ralston sold high grade bicycles and parts, early on they carried the Davis Sewing Machine built Dayton Bicycle Line and also had their own Private label Bicycles.
10th August 2014 ()
This Vintage 1935 Elgin Falcon prewar bike was made by Columbia / Westfield manufacturing for the Sears department stores. The Falcon was one of Elgin’s first fat tire cruiser bikes, boasting a smooth soft balloon tire ride, and motorcycle styling. As you can see, the styling on this antique ballooner bike is unmatched. The Falcon has a streamlined automobile type Twin-bar frame, a hanging tool box tank, rugged rear carrier, deluxe bucket saddle, crossed braced handle bars, rear drop stand, light, speedometer, and siren.
09th January 2014 ()
This Antique Schwinn Track Bike belonged to U.S.A. Olympic Racer Chester Nelson Jr. and was taken to the 1948 London Olympics, unfortunately it was a back up bike and was not raced. The 1948 US Olympic Cycling Team was coached by Chester Nelson Sr. (Father), who also raced in the 1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands Olympics for Team USA. The Bike is well used, loved, raced, and came out of a barn of an aging Chester Nelson Jr. about 20 years ago.