Alvin Drysdale Oscar Egg Derailleur


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Dweber

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 22, 2012
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#1
Saw Shawn's thread on the Bianchi with the Cambio Corsa derailleur. Thought I would show one of my latest acquisitions. Early Alvin Drysdale with bolt on rear stays. Equipped with a Oscar Egg derailleur. Nice original bike. I believe the bike is from the late 1930"s? Trying to identify brakes? Any info. appreciated! Dave

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kccomet

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#2
I love Drysdales, I've had a few over the years. I've never seen one with bolted rear stays maybe early. very cool set up, don't know about the brakes but they are wild. there is a separate thread on Alvin Drysdale on the cabe
 
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fat tire trader

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#4
Hi Dave,
I was watching that auction on Ebay.
I think the seller's title and description was a little confusing to some buyers.
Your model is called an Alvin.
The catalog specs say your model should have Philco brakes, but those are not Philcos, that does not mean they are the wrong brakes, just that they do not match what the ad listed. I do not recognize the brakes on your bike.
I currently have 5 Drysedales.
There is an article about Drysedale here
https://www.ebykr.com/drysdale-mid-century-mystery/
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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#5
Saw Shawn's thread on the Bianchi with the Cambio Corsa derailleur. Thought I would show one of my latest acquisitions. Early Alvin Drysdale with bolt on rear stays. Equipped with a Oscar Egg derailleur. Nice original bike. I believe the bike is from the late 1930"s? Trying to identify brakes? Any info. appreciated! Dave

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Awesome bike! Do you know what year that shifting mechanism was first used? How many cogs on the freewheel? I'm assuming you can just shift on the fly unlike the Cambio Corsa set up. V/r Shawn
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
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#6
Oh, yeah!
That one is magnificent.
Thank's for posting those links guys.
That was perfect reading for a Sunday morning.
Akin to a religious experience.
I don't know, if an Alvin Drysdale bicycle can be compared to the Holy Grail, but that one certainly seems to be close to it.
 
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dnc1

I live for the CABE
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#9
Are the brake calipers aluminium, or painted steel?
They look a little French in design.
The "Lauterwasser" style bars are certainly very '30s. The longer reach of the bars negated the need for a handlebar stem with a long extension; to counteract stem breakage problems due to poor quality early aluminium stems.
Your handlebar stem looks a little off-kilter in the photo.
Great bicycle!
 

dnc1

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#11
I eat my words re. the stem, I see now it wasn't in properly.
Looks fantastic, love the Osgear components. Love to hear how it rides, when it's ready?
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,398
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#14
Your brake looks very much like a Musselman caliper brake. I am posting photos of a NOS Musselman brake and lever for comparison.

I was thinking the same thing, when I first saw the brake set, but wasn't sure, so I held my opinion.
I looked through some of my old catalogs, but couldn't find anything exactly like what is on the Drysdale bike.

I do think, you nailed it though.
Musselman seems pretty likely.
 
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rhm

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 1, 2015
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#15
I didn't see this thread until now, so pardon my belated reply!

The bolt-on seat stays suggest an "Alvin" model, but the decals clearly say "Velox." Velox was the name of Alvin Drysdale's bike company in the 1930's, but it was also the name on one of their models (along with Ace and Alvin). I cannot recall having seen another Velox with bolted on stays, but I don't always notice such things.

There may be a serial number under the bottom bracket and on the back of the fork crown. All the Drysdale serial numbers I've seen were six or seven digits. The first was always a 3, the second a 6, 7, 8, or 9. I assume the first two digits indicate the year (so, 37... means 1937) but I cannot confirm this.

The serial numbers that I've seen were evidently stamped on before paint, and may be difficult (or impossible) to see through the paint. If so, don't worry about it. Don't mess up the original paint.

What's the saddle?
 

Dweber

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 22, 2012
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St. Louis, MO.
#19
Here is my saddle. Cant guarantee to be original to the bike. Seemed he used Brooks B15 & B17
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saddles a lot.
 

rhm

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 1, 2015
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#20
Oh, I think it very likely that saddle is original. It certainly could be, the date is correct.

Those Persons saddles sometimes have a number stamped on the underside of the cantle plate (the C-shaped steel part of the frame). The number appears to be a date, such as 1940. I don't suppose yours has that?
 
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