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Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle $3800

20th March 2017 (No Comments)

Vintage 1898 Thistle Racer / Roadster Wood Wheel Bicycle $3800

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 an Tillie Anderson Racing Accomplishments.

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Antique 1919 Simmons Hardware Autocycle Wood Wheel Bicycle $1400

17th January 2017 (No Comments)

Antique 1919 Simmons Hardware Autocycle Wood Wheel Bicycle $1400

This Vintage 1919 Autocycle Motorbike was the Top of the Line Bike offered from the E. C. Simmons Hardware Stores. Simmons Hardware was founded by Edward Campbell Simmons in the 1870s in St. Louis, Missouri and grew to a highly successful nationwide hardware chain. Simmons hardware flourished up until 1922 when it was acquired by Winchester Repeating Arms Still Badged Simmons and then acquired by Shapleigh Hardware Company in 1940 Most Likely no longer Simmons but Badged Shapleigh. Simmons Hardware offered few different Bike models and parts to go with them. Some Later Simmons Bicycles were made by Colson Corporation, but this early one remains a mystery, to the best of my knowledge it is made by Michigan City Excelsior. Simmons was a well trusted hardware store and sold a lot of bikes that are unique with quality construction.

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Antique Beckley Ralston Co. AEROCYCLE Wood Wheel Motorbike $2500

16th April 2015 (No Comments)

Antique Beckley Ralston Co. AEROCYCLE Wood Wheel Motorbike $2500

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.

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Prewar 1936 AS Schwinn Century Motorbike Straightbar Klunker

21st March 1936 (No Comments)

Prewar 1936 AS Schwinn Century Motorbike Straightbar Klunker

Antique 1936 Arnold Schwinn made Century Straightbar Fat Tire Klunker Cruiser Bicycle. This Straight bar Frame is the same frame that is used on Schwinn’s Cycleplane and some Motorbike Bikes, Sometimes called the Excelsior which is considered a Klunker and the beginning of the Mountain Bikes. This Bike is built to provide you with a Beautiful piece of History and a Quality Prewar bike that is 70 Plus years Old with New Paint, Nice Original Parts, Rebuilt and Preserved, Ready to Be ridden every Day in Style and Comfort.

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Excelsior Mfg. Co. Michigan City Motorbike Ballooner Bicycle

25th January 1935 (No Comments)

Excelsior Mfg. Co. Michigan City Motorbike Ballooner Bicycle

Vintage 1930s Excelsior Motorbike Bicycle made by Excelsior Manufacturing Company Michigan City. This Excelsior is a H P Snyder made frame and I believe its from 1934 to 1938. This Early Ballooner Motorbike is a Crossover 28″ wheel Motor bike frame with a true 26″ ballooner truss fork. This Crossover Motor bike was built to make use of older stock and manufacturing setup and was common to some company’s first endeavors in to the balloon tire bike market ( 1934 – 1936 ).

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