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    Need some help on this one guys

    My bike is the blue one pictured higher up. The dark one immediately above with dropped bars is for sale by Caber Carlitos60. Assuming your rims are original, then some day I would like to restore my Snell similarly with wood clincher rims. Like I said I do have a pair of wood TOC clincher...
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    Help i.d. TOC Pedals Please?

    These are certainly very early pedals because they are "nutted" and don't thread directly into the crank arms. I'd say before 1895. I think "rat trap" is a loose term for any open frame pedals with grip teeth and no rubber blocks, so these would count. The tapered center tube reflects the...
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    Need some help on this one guys

    Here is another Snell, that is currently for sale. It interests me that the seller says the bike originally had 30" wheels! My frame and forks are relatively tight around my 700x38C tires. Slightly larger 28 x 1 1/2" TOC tires would certainly fit, but I can't see 30". I wonder if these...
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    Need some help on this one guys

    I think you all have identified my own favorite bicycle. I bought mine as a frame-set fifteen years ago and built it up as a rider for Wheelmen centuries. Mine also has the original Fauber cranks and large chain ring of a different pattern. The frame details and compression fittings at the...
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    Block Chain parts or Repair

    I've had a conveyor chain on my 1893 Featherstone Road King for about ten years, and I've raced the bike and ridden it on centuries. The bike has a small chain ring and rear cog, which actually increases the load on the chain. I am a light older rider, but a strong friend who weighs more has...
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    Columbia Model 40

    The Morrow rear coaster brake is a great hub. It was made in that form from the very early 20th century until mid-century. The New Departure front hub is a common one, and yours is a newer style. Both of your hubs may be WWII "black out" hubs from when chromium was rationed for the war.
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    700c to 700a tire surgery *For display only... do not ride

    A 700A rim is a really big 642 mm diameter rim. A 700C tire is much smaller, only 622 mm. A traditional 28 x 1 1/2" roadster tire is closer in size to the 700A, at 635 mm, and I have found them in both white and cream. They usually have the traditional English roadster tread.
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    Please help identify this TOC 24" racer... Hendee Indian?

    Since racing bicycles are relatively rare, I'm curious why we're assuming the bike is a racer. All TOC bikes were lighter and more sporting than 20th century machines, and TOC frames show fewer clues to their purpose than modern ones. In this case it's hard to tell from what I see. TOC...
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    Lion Victorieux Cycles?

    Do know the connection between Lion Victorieux in Thielt, Belgium and British B.S.A.? I'm sure the similarity to French Lion d'Or and this bike's B.S.A. chain wheel are more than coincidence.
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    Lion Victorieux Cycles?

    I don't read much French but there are a number of early advertisements showing what must be this brand of cycle, although under the name "Lion d'Or" (Gold Lion) not "Lion Victorieux" (Victorious Lion). Both brands clearly had connection to B.S.A. and both head badges featured a gold lion. It...
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    I.D. on this TOC pedal, crank arm & chain ring ?

    1897-8 Columbia 2-piece crank and sprocket.
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    Block Chain parts or Repair

    Sometimes, a block chain's "master link" was just a screw that took the place of the last pin. It had a smooth shank like the other pins, and there were just enough threads to screw through the final side plate and receive a thin lock nut. You might be able to improvise that. You would have...
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    Early TOC - the Electric?

    Interesting! If the electric was a juvenile machine, that would explain its technology being a couple years obsolete. By 1889 adult bicycles had closed-head steering, and by 1890 they had diamond frames. But children's models often lagged a few years behind.
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    Early TOC - the Electric?

    Open head, cross-frame. 1886-1887? Cool bike, and I love the name and badge!
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    Early Child Seat for Bicycle

    Here is a similar seat in the 1922 CCM catalog. Unfortunately the woodcut illustration doesn't show the clamp in great detail, but it does confirm your general idea of how the seat mounted. Also notice the safety belt! I have a slightly more complicated TOC child seat that can mount either on...