Stelber Bicycles

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  1. #1 Posted Nov 4, 2009
    Monark52

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    I picked this one up a few weeks ago. I`ve heard of Stelbers before but i don`t think they were very popular or high quality. The info i found out on them says that the mens models are kinda scarce. I like the style of this one and it was cheap. If anyone has more info on this bike please post it here.

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    sailorbenjamin

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    Was that the one that was for sale in NY (or maybe Jersey) not long ago? That guy had several interesting bikes for sale.
    Maybe we're neighbors?
     
  3. #3 Posted Nov 4, 2009
    Monark52

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    The bike was about 2 hours south of me. I`m just outside Albany,NY.
    I went there for the Stelber and i ended up taking home a prewar ladies JC Higgins and a Schwinn American along with it. So much for clearing out the garage for the winter!
    The American is for sale if anyone is interested.
     
  4. #4 Posted Nov 5, 2009
    Beaverdam

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    I don't know anything about Stelber, but it sure looks cool! I like the shape of the chain guard and rack, and the graphics on them.
     
  5. #5 Posted Nov 6, 2009
    Adamtinkerer

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    I have a ladies' version: [​IMG] [​IMG] Stelber was tapped by Sears to build JC Higgins bikes during a factory strike in 1956. They were one of few European co.'s to build middleweight bikes, along with Royce Union. I don't think they were ever very successful, but there are a few survivors out there! My RU: [​IMG]
     
  6. #6 Posted Nov 6, 2009
    Monark52

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    Yours looks great. What do you think of the way they ride? I put air in the tires on mine and took it for a short ride and didn`t like it much. It has a very "cramped" feel to it. I definately need to grease it as the crank is very hard to turn. As you can see, it has the three piece crank. I hear they are a pain to take apart. Does anyone have some tips on how to take these apart for cleaning and greasing?
     
  7. #7 Posted Nov 7, 2009
    sailorbenjamin

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    Some bike shops have a cotter press (in the old days they all did). You can buy one for about $60.
    If you have a stout C clamp and a socket, you try to squeez it out (the socket goes in between the crank and the clamp so the cotter has somewhere to go). Once you've applied all the squeeze you can with the clamp, you tap it (the clamp) with a hammer and it (they cotter) will usually pop out.
    You can also cut a piece of pipe to just the right length to reach from the floor to the crank and pound the cotter down into that.
    You can just tap it with a hammer but if you tap too hard without backing of some sort you will damage the bearing races.
    If you're still fighting it, go to bed. next evening when you're not shaking mad at it, drill it out. Remember, it's flat on the side that faces the spindle so aim a little off center with the drill.
    If you're passing through Spring Valley, (near NYC) bring it by and I'll get out my cotter press.
     
  8. #8 Posted Nov 9, 2009
    Adamtinkerer

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    "What do you think of the way they ride?" Actually, these are untouched as of late, with flat tires, old grease, etc. But, looking at my ladies' bike, it does look set up for a short rider. So, I probably won't fit on it. Perhaps parts for another project...
     
  9. #9 Posted Feb 9, 2010
    barstoolman

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    I actually had a Stelber in the late 50's that I rode through the early 60's. I'm preety sure my Dad picked it up for me from Sears as his factory was near the largest Sears on the West Coast back in the day. It was red but the tank was white with a rocketship/shooting star/planet theme (you know that was all the rage back then). Been looking for one forever...........can never find them or even much info on them.
     
  10. #10 Posted Feb 13, 2010
    pangloss

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    PCHiggin

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    Is it a Deluxe,with the headlight and tank?

    Pat
     
  12. #12 Posted Feb 15, 2010
    Monark52

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    I think it`s a 65. No light or tank but it`s still a nice bike. I can send you a pic if you`re interested.
     
  13. #13 Posted Jul 9, 2011
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    you are correct they were of very poor quality mainly sold in appliance stores the forks bent back easily there were no bearings in the crank just bushings the 3 spped english style were of much better quality i suspect they were made by an english manufactuere
     
  14. #14 Posted Apr 20, 2014
    Honestherman

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    Does anyone know what year was the First Stelber Bike. I have several of them. They look more like 30's-40's rather than 1957 1960. All of mine ride great. Help
     
  15. #15 Posted Apr 20, 2014
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    here's my 56 stelber 20" ballooner.
     

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    Honestherman

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    Stelber

    Does anyone know what year the first Stelber was made. I have several, But they look much older than the bikes in this post.
    I guess mine are 30's 40's
     
  17. #17 Posted Apr 25, 2014
    TammyN

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    This is a 56 Stelber JC Higgins, probably made when Sears' U.S. manufacturers were on strike. The tank and chain guard look the same to me as some of the U.S. made J.C. Higgins.[​IMG]


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  18. #18 Posted Apr 26, 2014
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    I also have an old Stelber.. (in background)...
     
  19. #19 Posted Apr 26, 2014
    Adamtinkerer

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    Adding a few years' knowledge to an old thread. Stelber actually was a NY import co., and they didn't manufacture any bikes. Most were imported from the Daimler/Puch/Steyr group in Europe. They also sourced from their NY neighbors, Chain Bike/Ross, and I've seen a few that seem to mix Euro and Ross parts.
     
  20. #20 Posted May 6, 2014
    Honestherman

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    I have three of them. Two of them are obviously American and one is from Europe.
     
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