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Classicriders
01-19-2009, 09:11 AM
I have been wanting to start a thread on specific makes for some time now. So, I thought I would start with Rollfast. D.P. Harris distributed many bicycle brands over the years, their signature brand being Rollfast. They also distributed many many other brands, such as Yale, Winchester, Black Beauty, to Roamer, Harvard, Keystone, Pilgrim, Standard, Overland, Gold Medal, Athlete, Peerless, Purity, Crown, and Royal FLyer, to name just a few. H.P Snyder was the manufacturer of all D.P. Harris bicycles as well as others, such as Hawthorne and Sam-Sco for example.
Anyways, I wanted to start this post to encourage collectors to post pics of their D.P. harris/H.P. Snyder bicycles. I will start things off with two bikes. First is a very nice Sam-Sco, circa 1941 100% original. The second bike is a 1951 Rollfast that is absolutely beautiful and all original.
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/01/SamsCo01-1.jpg
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/01/Rollfastgrn02JPG-1.jpg

eazywind
01-19-2009, 01:30 PM
1936 Speed of ease

http://www.easywind2.com/images/rollfast.jpg

1930's Overland

http://www.easywind2.com/images/overland1.JPG

Classicriders
01-19-2009, 02:46 PM
Beautiful bikes Marc! What is the badge on the Speed and Ease bike?

balloontirecruiser
01-19-2009, 03:00 PM
Wow, beautiful bikes, and I really like this idea! Here's a picture of my HP Snyder made Hawthorne (at least, that's what research suggested- please correct me if I am wrong). This is far from original :rolleyes: but I really enjoy it. I'm still playing with the two speed setup, drum brake wheel and will soon be adding the correct tank.

http://i42.tinypic.com/20auryp.jpg

Easywind, do you recognize the Bendix two speed rear wheel? ;) It is working great.

eazywind
01-19-2009, 04:24 PM
Royal Flyer


Beautiful bikes Marc! What is the badge on the Speed and Ease bike?

old hotrod
01-19-2009, 09:14 PM
Here is another to add to the list...My 4th of July special...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/david-quickpic/3109153224/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/david-quickpic/3109153744/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/david-quickpic/3108321017/

Classicriders
01-20-2009, 01:42 PM
Nice bike Hotrod! How did you get it so shiny? Ever consider putting a red, white and blue Standard badge on that bike?

CR

old hotrod
01-20-2009, 06:35 PM
I wish I could take credit for the bike's condition but alas...I cannot. I bought the bike from Mart Mullins and he, or whomever, kept excellent care of the old ride. As for the badge, are you offering? I have not seen one but would be interested if one was available.

Classicriders
01-20-2009, 07:50 PM
I do have an NOS one, but it is the only one I have. A Yale badge would work too, since they are red, white, and blue. Same manufacturer, holes would line up and everything. I have a really nice one if your interested, I could send you a pic.

old hotrod
01-20-2009, 07:54 PM
Go ahead and send me a picture of what you have. I am not really wild about changing the "name" even if the holes line up but I am open to taking a look. Please include a price too. Thanks...

Adamtinkerer
01-27-2009, 04:09 PM
Two of mine, a 30's Rollfast 28"er, and a 41ish Hawthorne. http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2008/09/adamtinkererscollection007-1.jpg http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/01/adamtinkererscollection004-1.jpg

STRADALITE
01-27-2009, 09:14 PM
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/01/3097j10-1.jpg

Here is my '41? Rollfast. My first resto about 8 years ago
Josh

Strings-n-Spokes
01-28-2009, 09:51 AM
Here is my craigslist 1935 Zenith. Original and complete except hand grips.

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2008/11/11408fuji088-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/01/11408fuji092-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2008/11/11408fuji089-1.jpg

Classicriders
02-01-2009, 09:22 AM
Some nice looking bikes!

nick the greek
02-06-2009, 08:02 PM
Nice bike Hotrod! How did you get it so shiny? Ever consider putting a red, white and blue Standard badge on that bike?

CR

hi mate,I have been looking for information on a bike,I belive its a 40`s standard bike in pristine condition never been pulled apart,anyway,you are the first in weeks of looking,that even knew what a standard is,and the red white and blue,can you tell me anymore about these bikes,if this were a 66 year old car,I would say it had 500miles on the clock,even original tyres,if you can help please leave me a message or call me on 0416635797 nick,thanks yes thats right,never been taken apart,ever,screws still have the factory paint in them,its the best unrestored bike I have ever seen,thanks for your time.

Flat Tire
02-09-2009, 02:00 PM
"American Flyer" Rollfast - got up to 60 degrees today so thought I'd take a pic of my Rollfast. Just added the knuckle guards I picked up from Scott M. at the recent Indy bike meet.

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2008/03/IMAG0003-1.jpg

sm2501
02-09-2009, 04:45 PM
Looks great Don!

sm2501
02-09-2009, 04:49 PM
Here's my addition to this thread. Nice 1 owner bike (well, 2 owner now)

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/02/RollfastHarvard1-1.jpg

This bike is original down to the checkered sidewall tires. The tires were flat on the bottom from sitting on the ground, and were rock hard. I set the wheels in the back of my truck for the afternoon on a hot and sunny Texas August day and in the matter of a couple hours they were soft enough to inflate and round out nicely. The original tubes even hold air.

redline1968
02-09-2009, 05:23 PM
heres mine a 1952 hoppy


mark

JRE
02-09-2009, 07:26 PM
Sweet bike Scott.Marks Hoppy is even nicer in person.

PCHiggin
02-10-2009, 06:49 AM
Love that Hoppy bike. Is it a 24" or 26" er? What was the other cowboy bike made back then? Pat

redline1968
02-10-2009, 09:45 AM
thanks, it is a 26 inch. it did turned out nicer than i thought. there was a gene autry bike also. I've never seen one in person. i don't think they made them in 26inch. mark

rjs5700
02-10-2009, 09:48 AM
redline1968 check your PM

Classicriders
02-10-2009, 10:42 AM
There was also a Davey Crockett bicycle. I saw a photo of it about ten yrs ago on the web, but never saved it, and can;t find it anywhere now!! It was original too.
Would LOVE to find the pics of that bike.

redline1968
02-10-2009, 08:11 PM
john, here's some pictures of the rails that you requested it dusty but hope this works. mark

rjs5700
02-10-2009, 08:17 PM
Thanks Mark. I appreciate your help.
John

pedal alley
10-03-2009, 08:10 AM
bumped this thread for Matt .
welcome to the forum .

Dryden Bicycles
10-03-2009, 04:20 PM
Thanks Thomas!

Great bikes to all!

pedal alley
10-03-2009, 07:04 PM
Thanks Thomas!

Great bikes to all!
Matt,
are you building a ROLLFAST ?

supper15fiets
10-07-2009, 08:16 AM
....here is my 1936 rollfast...
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/10/herfstrollfST-1.jpg

Strings-n-Spokes
10-07-2009, 08:45 AM
Ronald, was that the bike badged as a Sam-Sco? I picked up a pretty sweet Sam-Sco last night, hope I wasn't bidding against one of you guys.

supper15fiets
10-07-2009, 03:06 PM
..yes that is the Samsco , i was trying to restore the badge but i don't have the
patience for it :o right now, along i found this originele almost nos rollfast badge and now it is rollfast, maby one day i find me a nos samsco, but for now i like this one....and i wasn't bidding on that badge!:rolleyes:

Strings-n-Spokes
10-07-2009, 03:34 PM
It wasn't just a badge:D

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380163542445&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

old hotrod
10-07-2009, 07:48 PM
That is a cool bike...the stainless trim really sets it off. I was interested in it but decided to let it go thinking I would have a hard time finding a tank...or info on one...curious, would it also have trim on the tank?

ram.1950
10-07-2009, 08:00 PM
I drove 4 hours to St. Louis to pick up a 1941 Western Flyer and while I was there I picked up a bike for $40 off Craigs List. The guy didn't know what brand it was due to the repaint but as soon as I saw the painted head badge I figured I got a winner. Also has a Bendix kick back. Have no idea what year or model it is but I figure I still got one heck of a bargain.

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt99/Road-Master/37-5-09.jpg

Strings-n-Spokes
10-07-2009, 08:04 PM
The sprocket seems weird being a half inch pitch and having the R's on it, possibly a conversion.

But I like the bike and I think it will be a great rider.

old hotrod
10-08-2009, 06:30 AM
Not that weird...mine is 1/2in pitch too...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/david-quickpic/3109153224/in/set-72157602356066779/

Classicriders
10-08-2009, 06:51 AM
Search ebay for "Rollfast Book" and buy it. It will have all of the models in there, including the Rollfast version of your Samsco bike.
Both were Snyder built for D.P. Harris, which was the supplier for Samsco.
The tank is the long version and did have stainless strips on it with horn gills in the front. Most likely a 38/39 due to the straight down tube. The 40/41 bike had a curved down tube and the tank had no horn gills. Also, the stainless fenders were not offered on 40/41 models. Here is a pic of my 41 Samsco.
http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2009/10/SamsCo01-1.jpg

Strings-n-Spokes
10-08-2009, 07:13 AM
Thanks CR!! I am gonna have a heck of a time finding the correct tank:(

Classicriders
10-08-2009, 07:49 AM
Finding a tank with the horn gills is tough enough, but finding it with the chrome pieces is the real challenge!!

filmonger
05-25-2013, 09:36 AM
I just picked this up....shame I didn't see it on e-bay earlier as I would have saved some dough. I thought there would be more info avail for 1920's HP Harris Bikes - but what is out there is rather slim. Does anyone know what the correct colour scheme for this bike might have been? I would like to repaint it correctly. Any other information for it's restoration would be very helpful.

97770

97771

97772

97773

fordmike65
05-25-2013, 09:50 AM
No pics....

filmonger
05-25-2013, 11:17 AM
Should be able to see them now!

old hotrod
05-25-2013, 06:06 PM
Glad this thread got reserrected...I can add my 35 to the list...9778897789977909779197792

filmonger
05-26-2013, 07:57 AM
Nice bike Dave! My question is..... Does the colour chart below from 1934 apply to my Roamer from the 20's?

97832

babyjesus
05-26-2013, 11:54 AM
Wow old thread - my Rollfast Zep with it's own airplane:

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2013/05/Zep-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2013/11/ZepFr-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2013/11/ZepFr2-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2013/05/ZepTnk-1.jpg

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2013/05/ZepRe-1.jpg

catfish
11-26-2013, 05:41 AM
Anyone ever seen this chain ring on a bike???

babyjesus
11-26-2013, 06:46 AM
Anyone ever seen this chain ring on a bike???

wow! .....no I haven't.

32jones
06-02-2014, 09:58 PM
Not much activity on this thread given the many different badges H.P. Snyder built for. This is my late '20s early '30s Keystone found locally on craigslist. Most of the original finish had been stripped off and repainted rather poorly so I ended up stripping it. I found the truss fork on eBay but i do not know it's origin. I also added the seat and handlebars to replace what came with the bike so I could make it rideable and somewhat representative of it's original equipment. I'd like to see some similar bikes to get an idea of the paint colors and schemes that it would have come with. Does anyone know how to date it from the serial number? Any other information would be appreciated.

Adamtinkerer
06-03-2014, 04:33 PM
Not much activity on this thread given the many different badges H.P. Snyder built for. This is my late '20s early '30s Keystone found locally on craigslist. Most of the original finish had been stripped off and repainted rather poorly so I ended up stripping it. I found the truss fork on eBay but i do not know it's origin. I also added the seat and handlebars to replace what came with the bike so I could make it rideable and somewhat representative of it's original equipment. I'd like to see some similar bikes to get an idea of the paint colors and schemes that it would have come with. Does anyone know how to date it from the serial number? Any other information would be appreciated.

Great bike! Unfortunately, so serial info for these. There is a Rollfast book, created by Classic Bicycle News. It has quite a few vintage ads going back to the early 30s. It's probably available in the Cabe book store.

32jones
06-03-2014, 08:57 PM
Great bike! Unfortunately, so serial info for these. There is a Rollfast book, created by Classic Bicycle News. It has quite a few vintage ads going back to the early 30s. It's probably available in the Cabe book store.

Thanks, I'll see if I can find it. Some later model Keystones have turned up on the CABE but I haven't seen anything this early. It does seem to have a lot in common to the Rollfast frames.

kelvinwo
06-03-2014, 09:23 PM
Very nice bike, I have a friend who has collection of vintage bike, he has a 1940's Rollfast similar to this one.

32jones
06-05-2014, 08:52 PM
Very nice bike, I have a friend who has collection of vintage bike, he has a 1940's Rollfast similar to this one.

Post some pics!

bikiba
07-08-2014, 10:56 AM
I seriously love the RF bikes. One of my two rollfasts.

I just started cleaning the red one and got new tires for it. I bought the RF book, but neither of my models were in there. I am guessing mine are mid to late 50s. Any info on later RF models is appreciated!

http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2014/07/IMG2014042600017_zpsd13f9406-1.jpg (http://s1293.photobucket.com/user/nycbusi/media/RED%20ROLLFAST/IMG-20140426-00017_zpsd13f9406.jpg.html)