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    Wright Bros.Single Speed (cool find)

    I went to the Air and Space Museum for the first time last weekend and this was the coolest thing I found! Never knew the Wright Bros. were singelspeeders! I especially dig the wooden rims! Was water involved in truing them? Maybe this is old news but I thought it was a cool piece of SS history. I am from Utah, so my apologies to those of you from the east coast who are like what's the big deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    I went to the Air and Space Museum for the first time last weekend and this was the coolest thing I found! Never knew the Wright Bros. were singelspeeders! I especially dig the wooden rims! Was water involved in truing them? Maybe this is old news but I thought it was a cool piece of SS history. I am from Utah, so my apologies to those of you from the east coast who are like what's the big deal?

    wasn't everyone a singlespeeder back in the day?

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    probably a fixed hub too.

    I think it's pretty cool.

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    no problem bro

    The bikes from that era, if I'm not mistaken, were actually called "safety" bicycles. The Highwheeler was really dangerous because of the tendinacy to tip forward when stopped too fast. These bikes, w/ the wheels the same size, wouldn't be so prone to endo's. There's alot of info about these kinds of bikes at the library (remember those?). I could be wrong on some of the facts, but I think I'm pretty close... I think?
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    The perfect all round single speed? Ok on the road and track.

    Anyone know its weight?
    "The man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest" Henry David Thoreau (obviously a single speeder)

    "...everytime you throw something away your load gets lighter..."

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    You need to check out Cycles Gaansari (sp) Out of Ohio. They build a replica Wright Bros. ss, and a bunch of other cool stuff.
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    Nice!

    Yep, there is loads of info out there on old bike designs, Jeff Jones is really keen on checking back through the archives for ideas.

    I really must get down to the British Road Transport muesem in Coventry, birth-place of the British bicycle (Singer brand....also known for their sewing machines!) :-) Apparently they have a big collection of old bikes and stuff.

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    I really enjoy reading/ digging up information on the old bicycles and motorcycles (turn of the last century).
    To see how far they have come is pretty amazing.

    My brother in law collect vintage motorcycles/bicycles, mostly british, and ride mtn bikes as well.
    He has a shaft drive Raliegh (SS) bicycle from the 1900's.

    Really cool, I love that stuff.

    Here is a pic of the 1903 Harley, the engine was used as a supplement for getting up hills.
    Hmmm, if they didn't have the engine other crap on there, wouldn't it be easier to get up a hill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    I especially dig the wooden rims! Was water involved in truing them??
    There still is one guy in italy who makes wooden rims:
    https://www.kinopio.com


    I don't know if he'll ship them, but you can buy all models at his shop for ~50 Euros each.
    For Tubulars only.

    Long time ago, wooden rims were "high end" because they were lighter than steel rims. Also, the first aluminium rims had wooden cores.
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