Sold 1890s TOC Ladies Richmond Model B safety bicycle

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Price
$1,449
Location
Massachusetts
Zipcode
01950

lgrinnings

I live for the CABE
Here's a real sweetheart of an early ladies' safety. This Richmond Model B, manufactured by the Richmond Bicycle Co. of Richmond, Indiana features all original paint and nickel throughout. I bought this bicycle for my wife to ride, but she's not keen on the direct drive and inability to freewheel. This bicycle will benefit greatly from a solid cleaning and polish as I have done neither. This bicycle is still dusty from over 100 years of storage.

When I got this bicycle, there was enough of the original skirt lacing remaining that the lacing pattern and method were clear. But because the lacing was incredibly fragile and falling away, I was quick to restring it in an identical color. The wooden fender and chain guard are both in outstanding condition. The original nickel on this bicycle is exceptional. Even the nickel screws shine bright. That said, there are a couple of small areas where the nickel has peeled away. These spots are; in front of the right grip on the handlebars (visible in picture 1), and the fork crown (visible in picture 2). The brake handle has light surface rust that will be easy to remedy. Speaking of the brake handle, the front brake mechanism below the handle is missing. And while many wheels of the era were also available without a front brake, I couldn't bring myself to remove an original, although incomplete, component from this wonderful machine. On the topic of original components, the bell appears to have been with the bike since the beginning, so I couldn't bring myself to remove that either. It is a super clean and very early New Departure bell that rings loud and clear courtesy of a small hammer (see picture 14).

The wheels are in gorgeous shape and spin fast and true. The "Plymouth" rim stamp is clearly legible on both wheels. The tires, made of closed-cell urethane foam, were manufactured by my father in the 90s as a replacement for difficult-to-source single-tube pneumatic tires. They are lightweight, rideable, and will never go flat. Both hubs are clean and feature oiler ports. the original matching pedals are straight and spin freely. The block chain is clean and free-moving. The cork grips are in fantastic shape and complete with all celluloid intact. The leather saddle is soft and comfortable although there is some splitting on the rear edges that you may want to repair.

Here's your opportunity to grab an attractive, rideable, hassle-free TOC bicycle at a solid price. Simply reassemble it upon receipt and ride it down the road. $1,449 shipped in the US. Payment via PayPal family and friends is preferred.

Please review pictures closely and message me if interested or with questions.

-Lester

P.S. Check out my other listings by clicking here: https://thecabe.com/forum/index/sell-trade-bicycle-parts-accessories-ephemera.4/?starter_id=9157

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johnny d

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Here's a real sweetheart of an early ladies' safety. This Richmond Model B, manufactured by the Richmond Bicycle Co. of Richmond, Indiana features all original paint and nickel throughout. I bought this bicycle for my wife to ride, but she's not keen on the direct drive and inability to freewheel. This bicycle will benefit greatly from a solid cleaning and polish as I have done neither. This bicycle is still dusty from over 100 years of storage.

When I got this bicycle, there was enough of the original skirt lacing remaining that the lacing pattern and method were clear. But because the lacing was incredibly fragile and falling away, I was quick to restring it in an identical color. The wooden fender and chain guard are both in outstanding condition. The original nickel on this bicycle is exceptional. Even the nickel screws shine bright. That said, there are a couple of small areas where the nickel has peeled away. These spots are; in front of the right grip on the handlebars (visible in picture 1), and the fork crown (visible in picture 2). The brake handle has light surface rust that will be easy to remedy. Speaking of the brake handle, the front brake mechanism below the handle is missing. And while many wheels of the era were also available without a front brake, I couldn't bring myself to remove an original, although incomplete, component from this wonderful machine. On the topic of original components, the bell appears to have been with the bike since the beginning, so I couldn't bring myself to remove that either. It is a super clean and very early New Departure bell that rings loud and clear courtesy of a small hammer (see picture 14).

The wheels are in gorgeous shape and spin fast and true. The "Plymouth" rim stamp is clearly legible on both wheels. The tires, made of closed-cell urethane foam, were manufactured by my father in the 90s as a replacement for difficult-to-source single-tube pneumatic tires. They are lightweight, rideable, and will never go flat. Both hubs are clean and feature oiler ports. the original matching pedals are straight and spin freely. The block chain is clean and free-moving. The cork grips are in fantastic shape and complete with all celluloid intact. The leather saddle is soft and comfortable although there is some splitting on the rear edges that you may want to repair.

Here's your opportunity to grab an attractive, rideable, hassle-free TOC bicycle at a solid price. Simply reassemble it upon receipt and ride it down the road. $1,449 shipped in the US. Payment via PayPal family and friends is preferred.

Please review pictures closely and message me if interested or with questions.

-Lester

P.S. Check out my other listings by clicking here: https://thecabe.com/forum/index/sell-trade-bicycle-parts-accessories-ephemera.4/?starter_id=9157

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