1896-98? Sterling

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corbettclassics

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I believe this bicycle is likley an 1897 model. I completed, in 2000, a full restoration of an identical Sterling and my research at the time lead me to belive the bike was manufactured in 1897 or possibly 1896. The bike I retored I had purchased from the late Jim Huntington a former member of The Wheelmen who lived in Palmer, Mass. The purchase led to a long term friendship Jim right up until he passed away a few years ago. The bike had it's original and complete front-wheel compression hand-brake, it's original color was the same pea soup green as yours however I chose to restore it with the Sterling company's optional gloss black finish with gold leaf pin striping. My records show I purchasd the bike in 1998 for $300. and that my restoration costs totaled $3,463. which included all new ball-end spokes, complete re-nickel plating of all brightwork, new tubuar tires, a nice Carbide headlamp and roughly 120 hours in labor (mine @ $35. per hour - now.....20 yeqrs later $50. per hour. After the bike won Best In Show at the 2003 Lars Anerson Transportation Museum's Concours De'Elegance Antique Bicycle event I sold this bicycle in a 3 bicycle package deal to the owner of University Bicycle's in Boulder Colorado where it remains today. If you would like to see pictures of the restored bike go onto my website: timemachineslimited@aol.com Also on the website are pictures of another Sterling ( an 1895 men's model ) that I restored as a commission for Peter Zheutlin who had recently published his book "Around The World On Two Wheels" documenting his Great Grand Aunt Anne Kopchovsky's journey aronnd the world in 1894 on her brand new men's model Sterling bicycle that the factory finished at her request the bikes frame in Gloss White with gold leaf pin striping. Peter intended the restored bicycle which I found and purchased at the 2001 Copake Bicycle Auction's annual Swap meet, to travel with him as a display on his initial Book Tour in 2007. About 10 years later Peter consigned the bike, on loan, to the The Technical Museum of Jerusalem in Israel for an exhibition titled "Women in Sports". The Exhibition was so successful the Museum sent the entire exhibit on a world tour that lasted until just recently. So Anne, who used the last name "Londonderry" in honor of her major sponsor of her ride, "Londonderry Spring Water", a company based in the state of Maine, had the duplicate of her bike circle the globe 120 years after she embarked on her ride.
Dick - the link to your website that you added takes us to an email and not the actual website ( thought you should know so you can change it )
 
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