1880 American Star

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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
365
Erie PA
What is the serial number (located just under front side of handlebars) and overall diameter of rear wheel (they are sized in 3” increments 39”, 42”, 45”, 48”, 51”, 54”)?
 
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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
365
Erie PA
Yours is a 1885-93 Special Star. Serial number will help date it per list below compiled by Carey Williams:
1239112

Here is where the serial number is located from one of my Stars:
1239127


From 1889 Star catalog:
1239114


1239115


Yours looks to be original except for saddle and handlebar grips. Here is the correct saddle and grips:
1239120


1239121


Thanks for posting yours here. I have more information if there is something specific you would like to know. They are fun to ride. If you want any work done to it contact Craig Allen in New Jersey at [email protected] or here on CABE @Craig Allen. Here is comparison of my 42" Special Pony Star (with radial spokes) and 48" Special Star (with tangential spokes):

1239129
 
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
So she's an 1889 then, or Jeff is that your serial 3303?
 
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Woodman7100

On Training Wheels
Jul 31, 2020
5
50
Colorado
Yours is a 1885-93 Special Star. Serial number will help date it per list below compiled by Carey Williams:
1239112

1239127


From 1889 Star catalog:
1239114


1239115


Yours looks to be original except for saddle and handlebar grips. Here is the correct saddle and grips:
1239120


1239121


Thanks for posting yours here. I have more information if there is something specific you would like to know. They are fun to ride. If you want any work done to it contact Craig Allen in New Jersey at [email protected] or here on CABE @Craig Allen. Here is comparison of my 42" Special Pony Star (with radial spokes) and 48" Special Star (with tangential spokes):

1239129
are the seat and handle bars available still?
 
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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
365
Erie PA
The closeup of serial number in my post above is from one of my Stars. I was using it to show where the serial number is and 1889 is correct.
The seat and grips would need to be made. Craig Allen can do that. He worked on my Stars and made any missing pieces from scratch. He does great work!
 
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