Friday, December 25, 2015

Its been a long time since I have written anything in this blog.
I have been writing more on individual bike pages. The most recent is my 1929 Elswick Hopper page
1929 Hans Ohrt Elswick Hopper
Check out the clothes from this Italian manufacturer

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Video: Industry in America - Making Bicycles

The swap meet that we just had on Sunday was a total success. There were 8 vendors not counting myself. One buyer bought everything that one vendor brought. The next swap will be on April 7 from 8-10 AM at Via Sessi in San Rafael.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

1903 Racycle Catalog

Today, I added a 1903 Racycle Catalog to the  Fat Tire Trading Post Catalog Archive .

Miami Cycle claimed the Racycle to be  "America's most expensive wheel". The first thing that a person notices about the Racycle is the size of its front sprocket.

But what people don't notice at first glance, is what Miami emphasizes, the crank hanger. On a Racycle the bottom bracket bearings are in the crank, in line with the sprocket. Miami claims that "the proper place for the front sprocket of any machine is between the ball bearings, just as the right place for a man's nose is between his eyes." They go on to say that:

The driving mechanism is the vital part of every bicycle. It is here that the rider's strength must be wasted or saved according to the perfection of its design. The Racycle Crank Hanger is the only one in the world in which the ball bearings are furthest apart and in a direct line with the center of the cranks. It is the only construction which permits the sprocket to turn between the bearings, thereby cutting off all side leverage from the crank and the side pull of the chain. As the sprocket revolves the chain has a direct pull on the shaft, and thus reduces the presure on the bearings exactly 27%. Only three fourths the muscular energy is required for pushing the Raccycle as is required for other bicycles.

I will have to wait until I have my Racycle restored and rideable, before I can comment on the energy savings, I am skeptical. I do think that the position of the bearings could extend bearing life. As you can see in the picture below, My Racycle needs a complete restoration. This photo shows my Racycle and a Rollfast in the yard of their previous owner.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

1894 Crescent Catlog

Today I added an 1894 Crescent Catalog to the  Fat Tire Trading Post Catalog and Literature Archive. 1894 was the first year that Crescents were made.
The top of the line model was the Scorcher!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well, I have been really busy this year, and have not had much time for old bikes. Anyway, to keep you all entertained here is a video that I discovered today, La Bicicleta Blanca, The White Bicycle!