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    Need some info on these high wheelers

    I am searching for some information on these Penny Farthing's. I have searched quite a bit but not much info on these 2 specifically....

    Anyone have some links or knowledge on these ?

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    You should speak with Joe Breeze at the Marin Museum of Bicycling. They have two very nice examples, and Joe is an expert on them.

    Yours looks like a child's model. Must be fairly rare.
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    Check out the CABE forum
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    I spent time with people who restored bikes like these (when I say restore, I don't mean touch up but make new helical gears) and went to a few of their get-togethers. Try this website: The Wheelmen - Antique Bicycles

    They had their spring social and had lots of these bikes. I displayed some of my Kleins, which were 100+ years newer than a lot of the bikes shown. We both say about our bikes, "It's from the early 90's" But they meant 1890.
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    Pinguin is right on.

    Those guys will be your best bet in terms of sheer volume of knowledge.

    Agreed, childrens models.

    Yours? Not jumping the shark here, but if they need homes, keep me in mind, they'd look fantastic with the other antiques in my shop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Pinguin is right on.

    Those guys will be your best bet in terms of sheer volume of knowledge.

    Agreed, childrens models.

    Yours? Not jumping the shark here, but if they need homes, keep me in mind, they'd look fantastic with the other antiques in my shop!

    That is the goal here. To get them to the proper people / person / museum / shop that will display them in all their glory. First we need to find out what exactly we have here....

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    Awesome.

    In the mean time, care to share the story of how you came by them?
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Awesome.

    In the mean time, care to share the story of how you came by them?
    Sure.

    So my good friend John shows up at my house with these last week. His Aunt and Uncle have been antique collectors for many many years. They purchased these 2 bicycles at auction in the 70's and were on display at their home in Sacramento ever since along with many other fine items.

    Uncle has long passed and now Auntie is getting older and passing these cool items onto family members. Unfortunately she cannot come up with the original auction paperwork, at least as if yet.

    John, being a custom bike builder, avid cyclist and one of the most insane custom home builders I've ever met, felt that these 2 deserved a good home where they could be appreciated by all.

    So here we are. He came to me to help on this journey because I am the "internet guy" who also happens to be passionate about cycling and love all things mechanical.

    -Adrian

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    Cool

    Well, be it my place, or someplace more professionally "Museumy" I hope they find a good home, do post back when you find out more about them. Rochester alone had over 15 bicycle factories back at the turn of century, I have a trike that was made here. Weighs more then a modern DH rig, no wonder that generation was so tough!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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