A.G. Schladitz Albina, Dresden...1890's?...Just Got It

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HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Working on her. Pedals came out pretty good so far, but check out how the crank arm is attached. First time I've seen one like this. 🤨

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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
That is looking nice! How do the crankarms attach? Are they some kind of self pulling cranks, like a 1970s Shimano 600 Arabesque or the screw them on to the taper and good luck getting them off German Glockenlager? The latter was very common until the 1950s.
 

HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
That is looking nice! How do the crankarms attach? Are they some kind of self pulling cranks, like a 1970s Shimano 600 Arabesque or the screw them on to the taper and good luck getting them off German Glockenlager? The latter was very common until the 1950s.

Hi Andrew. From the two small holes, I'd assume that some sort of tool with "pins" would go into it, and then unscrew it. I'm still trying to find info on the bike, proving to be like finding hens teeth.

But I did reach out to the Rotax company in Austria after sending them some photos of the bike and rear hub, and they were very kind in responding to me. This was their reply:

"Hello Fred, your hub was produced in the time between 1918 and the mid 20s. As before this time it only said Rotax on the hub and after 1925 it said Rotax Patent 3010 on the hub. Hope this helps you!
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Best wishes Johanna".

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HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Getting close to completion, except for tires. It wan't all that bad removing the semi-petrified ones, and at some point I'll purchase replacements. But I will keep the rest of the bike as a Preservation, including the tattered string guards.

What I found amazing was the green wide stripe, down the center on the black rims. First time I've ever seen this. Usually it's pin striping along the outer edges of the rim. 🙂

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HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
BTW, the tires I hacksawed off say WARDS RIVERSIDE MATE. Any idea what time period they were from? I know they can't be original.

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HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
What metal plating was used on the handlebars? You can see where it's chipping off.

Under the brake bracket, it was nice and shiny, but the rest is very dull and so far not to conducive to shining up.

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