1920's-Pre-1933 Shelby Bicycle Thread

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blasterracing

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Badge holes look to be 2 9/16”. Yes, I completely disassembled the bike before the restoration, but I can’t remember what markings were on it.
 

Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Threads dedicated to this era of Shelby are few and far between, thankful for this perfect venue to post this "Shelby Made" motorbike badged "Flash" by Abraham & Strauss of Brooklyn NY

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jimbo53

I live for the CABE
Just picked this up in Greeneville TN. It was listed as a 1922 but have no idea. Really nice dusty and sweaty but paint and pins are nice. He gave me a set of 28” rims and ND hubs to replace the 26’s and also threw in a set of 28” x 1 1/2” Goodrich Silvertown Especiale tires. Will take better pics when I get home Mon
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Archie Sturmer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
The Shelby cycle history page does refer to Shelby making bicycles for the Chicago Cycle Supply Co.
It also shows various fits and starts of the company, and even a Mead (see sprocket) connection. Maybe the “A” serial numbers might start in 1923?
Or was it like 1925-A, and skipping some letters such as “L” and maybe “I”?
 
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jimbo53

I live for the CABE
The Shelby cycle history page does refer to Shelby making bicycles for the Chicago Cycle Supply Co.
It also shows various fits and starts of the company. Maybe the “A” serial numbers might start in 1923?
Serial # is 14114
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New Mexico Brant

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
The Shelby cycle history page does refer to Shelby making bicycles for the Chicago Cycle Supply Co.
It also shows various fits and starts of the company, and even a Mead (see sprocket) connection. Maybe the “A” serial numbers might start in 1923?
Or was it like 1925-A, and skipping some letters such as “L” and maybe “I”?
Thanks for posting the link to this timeline Phil! It certain helps clarify what was going on with Shelby in the 1920's.
Does anyone have period literature from the 20's they can post?
 

jimbo53

I live for the CABE
Just picked this up in Greeneville TN. It was listed as a 1922 but have no idea. Really nice dusty and sweaty but paint and pins are nice. He gave me a set of 28” rims and ND hubs to replace the 26’s and also threw in a set of 28” x 1 1/2” Goodrich Silvertown Especiale tires. Will take better pics when I get home Mon
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Here is the serial number
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jimbo53

I live for the CABE
Just picked this up in Greeneville TN. It was listed as a 1922 but have no idea. Really nice dusty and sweaty but paint and pins are nice. He gave me a set of 28” rims and ND hubs to replace the 26’s and also threw in a set of 28” x 1 1/2” Goodrich Silvertown Especiale tires. Will take better pics when I get home Mon
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Based on the shop decal this was sold by Walters Brothers Motorcycle and Bicycle Shop in Galesburg, IL. Based on the shop’s website,

https://waltersbroshd.com/about-us

which is still in business as a Harley Davidson dealer, the shop was founded in 1921 as Walters Brothers Motorcycle and Bicycle Shop, but in 1922 changed the name to Walters Brothers Harley Davidson, divesting itself of its bicycle business.
Based on this shop decal and the timeline, I think this could definitively be dated as a 1921 Shelby, which could also explain the non-alpha serial number.
I welcome any learned opinion from the forum graybeards, esp Jesse McCauley.
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