1898 Tinkham Adult Trike - Bars??

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 14, 2018

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    For almost 2 years I have been attempting to correct the sins past owners have inflicted on my 1898 Tinkham Adult Tricycle. Now I need advice on the last part of this puzzle. What type of handle bars would have been used on a 1898 bicycle or adult Tricycle? In my mind it seems like they should be a simple crescent arched shape all on the same plane without belding up or down. At any rate I would love to get suggestions on the correct bars and it would incredibly cool if someone here had a set for sale.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
     
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    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Howza bout a foto of the machine, Ed ?

    thanks ...

    ...... patric
     
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    Here it is Patric. What do you think do the bars look period correct? I know the stem was hacked together so I replaced it.


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    I think your bars look good. Here is a photo of a Tinkham tricycle from October 20, 1898 issue of The Wheel. Below is an article about Stearns buying controlling interest in Tinkham Company from the June 22, 1899 issue of The Wheel.

    1898.10.20 - The Wheel - Image of Tinkham Tricycle.JPG

    1899.06.22 - The Wheel - Stearns buys Tinkham.JPG
     
  5. #5 Posted Apr 15, 2018

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Bars look good, Ed !

    That has got to be the BIGGEST trumpet-mouth
    fitting I has ever seen ... where the downtube
    attaches to the headtube. WOW ... that feature,
    on your machine is gi-groh-tus ... and I did figure-
    in a couple o'three go-hoag-uns ... that's the
    impression that I get.

    Noticed the machine is equipped to handle the
    Fauber ring and crank set ups. Fauber rings go
    up to 32-teeth ... with a modest adjustment to the
    rear cog. Also noticed there is only one tube
    connecting the crankcase area with the entire aft-
    section of the trike. O.K. -- O.K. ... bad habit o'mine.
    always wanting to upgrade the chainring size .....
    fahgettaboudit ... looks good as presented.

    Maybe I'm wrong ... anyone know if there was class
    of tricycles built for racing application ?

    Good Schtuff -- your machine .....

    ....... patric
     
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    My first thought after seeing the photo was the handlebars look fine...and if not original...at least they look period....
     
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    Thanks Patric, blue streak, and Carlton. That is super helpful. Blue streak thanks for the article. I had seen a lot of articles but not that one, What is cool and rather ironic is that my Tinkham did not have the correct fork. in fact someone had cobbled one together. Every Tinkham I had ever seen had a Sterns Fork. Now it makes sense after learning about the relationship between the 2 companies. I was able to find a Sterns front fork, thanks to a cabe member and will be using that as I reburish this machine.
     
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