1915? Great Western Manufacturing Co American

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by 1959firearrow, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. #1 Posted Jun 2, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    From a little research I've managed to come up with a single ad from 1915 that shows a bike with the same chainring as mine but what else is original? Truss rods?seat? Handlebars the have a single hole drilled,front wheel is all metal? Front rim measures 25 inches. I'm excited as I never figured I'd find another one this old.

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  2. #2 Posted Jun 2, 2018

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    To me, it looks like everything is original, except maybe the pedals.
     
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    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    If not original, they look like good ones. Possibly Ideals? Block shafts are threaded on both ends and 2 piece end plates.
     
  4. #4 Posted Jun 2, 2018

    I live for the CABE

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  5. #5 Posted Jun 2, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Great western made some cool frames....cool bike, nice find. Thanks for sharing. 222E11A0-343D-4BB0-9507-84C1755A12AA.jpeg 5495D4F1-CF84-49A7-9AFF-28B2CFF110AC.jpeg
     
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  6. #6 Posted Jun 8, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    What's crazy is to at least get it to roll I put an old skiptooth morrow 26 wheel with a 2.125 tire and it clears. I've got a matching front. If I can get the adjusters loose I can at least get it rideable. One of the adjusters is broken clean off though.
     
  7. #7 Posted Jun 17, 2018 at 4:51 PM

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    The chain ring and crank look like they may be William H. Fauber patented "Fauber Special".
    They appear to be the type with a drive pin in the spoke arm, round from what I see in the pictures.
    I have seen another version, with the round drive pin hole on the opposite side.
    Maybe also check the bottom bracket set for peculiar cups; e.g., threaded or notched (?).
     
    #7 Archie Sturmer, Jun 17, 2018 at 4:51 PM
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