1920 ish excelsior deluxe

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medinajeanette

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Aug 2, 2018
12
10
53
pueblo. co
#1
So..I came across this bike...and no matter how hard i try ...I cannot find one that looks like it...these are my issues...the bar across the handle bars..mine doesnt have one..and no sign that is was once there and removed...and only one bar..curved ..between the handle bars and the seat..again no sign that there was ever one there...here are some pics..I own and antique store and my partner is always bringing in bikes.
Any info on if it is a deluxe..and what the value might be..or if i am just guessing..which ..i am..also..the wheels are wood...any info will be appreciated
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
17,206
26,504
East Los
#2
Nice single bar. Looks Excelsior built to me. Can we get a good close-up pic of the headbadge?
 

kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
2,367
4,106
49
Santa Cruz
#5
Welcome to the Cabe! Cool single bar roadster. Is it an Iver Johnson?
 

medinajeanette

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Aug 2, 2018
12
10
53
pueblo. co
#8
But I cannot find any bike that have the single bar...and they all have the bar across the handlebars too...any ideas on the model
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,597
1,591
Rochester Hills, MI
#10
SINGLE BAR ROADSTER, SOME PEOPLE CALL IT A CAMELBACK BECAUSE OF THE SLIGHT "HUMP" IN THE BAR.
I HAVE A COLUMBIA THAT IS VERY SIMILAR...

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The bar across the handlebars was an accessory, not all bikes had it.
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,597
1,591
Rochester Hills, MI
#11
By the way, it's a great old bike in really nice condition with a lot of original paint. Someone would love to have it if you are moving it on.

Mike
 
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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,597
1,591
Rochester Hills, MI
#13
I'm not great at valuing bikes. The wood wheels are what was put on almost all bikes of the era this one was produced in. Very common for the age. Most are in too poor condition to use and require special tires that are glued on the rims. Tires are available but are expensive and only if the wheels are in really great condition should it be considered. Most people that are going to ride these oldies (me included) replace the wood wheels with metal ones of the same size (28").
 
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Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
289
214
Los Angeles, CA, USA
#16
The bars may be of a work bike style; (forgot what the exact term is).
I like those seat posts shown with that obtuse angle; I believe made to lean back, but not down.
Looks to me like the seat post was put in backwards, just to get the seat higher, (on first bike).
 
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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,597
1,591
Rochester Hills, MI
#17
The seat post is one used on the early bikes. Someone dubbed it "lucky seven" because of the shape (not sure why the lucky part). Very common for that era. There were many different shape handle bars used. I see nothing wrong with the ones on the bike.
 

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