1891 New Mail Gentlemans Light Roadster


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dfa242

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2011
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2,702
Wrentham, MA
#3
Wow - very nice...

Thanks for sharing the goods, Walter - it's nice to see rare cycling history in color.
 
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pnfkwfl

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 25, 2008
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Ryderwood, United States
#6
1 of 6 known in the world 7/8ths hard rubber tires, ball bearing trigwell head,30" wheels, telescopic spring front forks,
Wow it is done. Walter she is to die for.

Have you been riding her?

Later,

Scott
 

walter branche

I live for the CABE
Dec 12, 2006
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45
A, A
#7
yes,, the ride is like butter

this is one of the nicest early hard tired safety's ever made.. It goes like the wind , the spring front forks make it float , with no side to side play like most early springforked machines. i use to race the 5th one ever discovered, there is a story about the races in sports illustrated in 1991 ,. the International Hard Tired Safety Races - I came in 2nd .. thanks wpb
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walter branche

I live for the CABE
Dec 12, 2006
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#12

Wayne Z

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 6, 2012
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#14
Just a w.a.g. from a novice but prolly get 10-20k just on -bay, maybe more at the right auction? I could see someone like Jay Leno easily wanting it enough to give that for it.
 
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walter branche

I live for the CABE
Dec 12, 2006
1,412
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#15
thanks

thanks again for all the interest in this very nice hard tired safety ,, good idea about jay leno ,,i have his home phone number so i might give a call , in reality i do not have any intention of selling the new mail. i have museums and private collectors all over the world who are trying to make things happen .. one collector has tried to obtain the bike..,, and offered a bike that he has for sale for 12,000.00.. and that scene was rejected , i am not hungry, and have more stuff to sell-- unusual items--hard to find-historical-i will probably sell my highwheel bicycle that i have owned since nov. 75, and rode across america in 1984 -raced at indy ,gainsville dragway, taken to europe 2 times -the list goes on and on .. the new mail is sculpture-art etc. to me ,. in 1991-i sold the 5th one of these type new mails for 6,500.00,this is the 6th new mail of this type known in the world ,. If you know of a similar machine , please let us know so it can be included and studied,.. if you want to see the only 1 with pnematic tires ,,check out Glenn Eames @ old spokes home his shop in burlington vermont ,, ,, also if you want to see some detailed photos ,they can be seen at the velocipede salon website ,, sign up and search 1890 new mail=thanks again,, walter branche - searching and selecting for over 40 years,, home of velocipede ventures and florida cycle forensics,,,,,..... charlie stewart -reno nevada,, bicycle museum of america- new breman ohio,--glenn eames burlington vermont,, jim spillane ,,con..,walter branche -ocoee florida ,, there is another that i forgot who or where it is ..
 

Zephyr

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 5, 2010
375
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Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
#16
Very nice machine. It's a piece of art. Hard to believe that this is over 100 years old.
 

Auctionjunkie

On Training Wheels
Jun 23, 2019
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19
50
Princeton Indiana
#17
So I was just looking around to try and find some info out about one of these New Mail light roadster bicycles I just picked out of a garage here in Indiana and wow what a surprise. We do estate auctions and we just find one of these bad boys in the garage of an estate we are going to be selling. Had no idea they were this rare. Curious as to how many are known of now in 2019. We have not unloaded it yet but as soon as we do I will post some pictures of it. Any other info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to any who reply.
 

Auctionjunkie

On Training Wheels
Jun 23, 2019
2
19
50
Princeton Indiana
#19
So I was just looking around to try and find some info out about one of these New Mail light roadster bicycles I just picked out of a garage here in Indiana and wow what a surprise. We do estate auctions and we just find one of these bad boys in the garage of an estate we are going to be selling. Had no idea they were this rare. Curious as to how many are known of now in 2019. We have not unloaded it yet but as soon as we do I will post some pictures of it. Any other info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to any who reply. Several have asked. Auction will be held July 21st at 11:00am at 120 E.Spruce st Princeton Indiana. Phone and absentee bidding are always welcomed.
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