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  1. Brian R.

    Please help me identify this teens/20s bicycle #1

    What does the underside of the bottom bracket look like? - any semi-circular cut-outs like this?:
  2. Brian R.

    Bicycle identification if possible

    I think it's unusual to have 4 bikes from the same manufacturer in the same club photo, and I believe this provides your biggest clue. You said your great grandfather lived in Philadelphia, and I'm willing to bet he and his 3 friends wanted to buy a locally made bike. It's even possible one or...
  3. Brian R.

    Help identifying 1920`s era bike

    I knew I had seen that chainring before. I finally found it in old pics of a bike I traded 2 years ago. The badge just said Viking but It was decided it was Westfield-built (Pope/Columbia). You can decide if these photos provide any clues:
  4. Brian R.

    Three Crown Questions - Year, Badge, And Hubs?

    Very cool, thanks for the explanation! Yes I believe the holes are 3" apart.
  5. Brian R.

    Three Crown Questions - Year, Badge, And Hubs?

    Update. Here is the badge I found that I will put on this bike. I thought it was pretty cool.
  6. Brian R.

    i.d. help 1899?

    The saddle looks really great, and expensive if sold separately, but I don't think it's original to the bike. It looks like the heavy, chunky kind you'd see on a 1920s "Motobike" style bicycle. Here are two pages from the 1900 Rice Lewis & Son catalogue available online that show the American...
  7. Brian R.

    Great Western Serial Number Letter Code?

    In older posts, fellow Cabers helped me identify this double top tube bike as being made by Great Western, possibly with a Crown badge (3" vertical badge holes). I also found a Cyrus by Great Western with the same fork crown. It came with a Fauber crank set and the BB has semi-circular cut-outs...
  8. Brian R.

    Help i.d. TOC bike

    Here is a pic of that bike I mentioned, with the broken badge screw that was hidden from view under rust. The top screw is still there. Let us know if you found the hole in yours.
  9. Brian R.

    Help i.d. TOC bike

    You probably know this already, but the fenders are not original to the bike. Besides being a different colour, "dropside" fenders came into fashion in the 1920s. Everything else on the bike says 1890s. It even has a block chain which was obsolete by 1900. The coaster brake was probably a later...
  10. Brian R.

    Is the hobby dying again?

    There is a movement happening now to reject "stuff" in general. Millenials are spending their money on travel in competition with their online "friends" over taking the best selfie. They're posting photos of restaurant food on their plate instead of their new bike. From their point of view, a...
  11. Brian R.

    1904 Morrow Hub Questions

    Yes Dave, you're right! I made a mistake. I saw Morrow in the CCM catalogue and confused it with Musselman - the both start with an 'M'! That settles it then, the early Morrows did not have the same problem as the CCM hubs! Sorry about that. p.s. This thread is still of value to me and I'm...
  12. Brian R.

    1904 Morrow Hub Questions

    That's a sweet ride!
  13. Brian R.

    1904 Morrow Hub Questions

    Thanks Mercian for the great link. Here is a photo of the drive teeth on an early CCM Hercules hub brake. Is this similar to the early Morrows or did they have larger teeth? It's hard to tell from the diagrams.
  14. Brian R.

    1904 Morrow Hub Questions

    The first picture is the hub brake CCM (Canada Cycle and Motor) was using in 1904, and probably for the next several years until they came out with their "Hercules" which I believe was a version based on the Morrow design. The early Hercules hubs were flawed in that the teeth for the forward...
  15. Brian R.

    TOC Ball End Spokes

    If you're planning to sell them, don't worry about the length, just make them long and people can have them cut and threaded as needed. I would be a buyer for 4 sets if selling is your plan.