Anyone here own a Miami Flying Merkel Bicycle?

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by American Vintage Bicycle Supply, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. #1 Posted Oct 22, 2013

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    The FLYING MERKEL Thread.

    I love the Flying Merkel bicycles and motorcycles alike.

    Post your Pictures and knowledge here.

    Thanks,
    Tyler

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    There are a few out there

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    1917 Merkal Bicycle

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    1917 Merkel Bicycle w /rear motor @ $13,000.00
    eBay
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    What is that spacelander-ish thing Carlton?
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Huh, I didn't know there was more than one model.
    Thanks for cluing me in Nick/Darcie
     
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    Awesome stuff guys. Keep it coming
     
  10. #10 Posted Oct 23, 2013

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    1912 Flying Merkel Motorbike

    My pride and Joy .........................

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    Acquired this speciman in the late 1990's ... earliest example known ... Miami Cycle Manuf. Co.
    acquired The Light Manuf. Co. and began producing the Flying Merkel Motorcycle in 1911.

    .............. patric

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    Patric...very cool bike! I've spent the last few days studying this rare bike. Is it possible this is a Merkel built bike and not a Miami Cycle build? It doesn't have the Miami signature drop outs and the split bottom bracket. Yet it replicates the Flying Merkel motorcycle.

    Joseph Merkel was among the most innovative of the pioneer motorcycle designers developing a patented spring front fork and the monoshock rear suspension, and your bike certainly has those winning characteristics; the rear mono spring, the sandwich bottom spring, the front spring actioned fork, plus that unique seat post...these all replicate the Merkel motorcycle!

    "Miami Cycle Mfg. Co. began producing the Flying Merkel Motorcycle in 1911"

    My research differs:

    1900 Joseph Merkel started in the bicycle business manufacturing bicycle parts.

    1901 Merkel began attaching small motors to the bicycles and the Merkel Motorcycle was born.

    1902 Merkel set-up shop producing single cylinder motorcycles.

    1905 Merkel engaged in competition and produced several racing machines.

    1909 The company was purchased by the Light Manufacturing Company and moved to Pottstown Pennsylvania, producing machines with the "Merkel Light" and subsequently "The Flying Merkel".

    1911 The Miami Cycle Manufacturing Company purchased Merkel, and transferred all operations to its Middletown, Ohio headquarters and continued building the Flying Merkel motorcycles and bicycles
     
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    Miami built motorcycles under their name until 1909. In 1909 they bought the Merkel-Light Motor Co. and produced The Flying Merkel Motorcycle Through 1913.
     
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    This has turned into an awesome thread
     
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    Bicycles from a century ago...

    indeed it is truly "awesome"...

    Thanks !
     
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    Respectfully I disagree, here's documented evidence that supports my suggested dates.

    1908 –Joseph Merkel was manufacturing motorcycles.

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    1909 – Light Motorcycle partnered with the Merkel Company
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    1910 – The company is still under the name Merkel-Light Motor Co.
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    1911 – Note the name hasn't changed, not until September!
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    Then there's this 1911 article!

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    I love the line, "Why is the spring frame Merkel the only motorcycle which does not increase the revenue of the dental profession?"

    Great thread fellas, and great Bike Patric!
     
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    I love dat line too. Thanks Carlton....
     
  19. #19 Posted Oct 24, 2013

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    Thank you all for those swell comments. Carlton, the bicycle DOES have the split bottom bracket .. none of
    the fotos reveal the hardware. There is enough info remaining on the headtube decal to indicate the bicycle
    is a Miami-Built Merkel. Also .. there is a brass, Model Tag above the decal .. can't remember the model number.
    Miami Cycle rides often .. but not always .. have threaded chain-adjusters as part of their construction ... AND ...
    Miami Cycle Rides often .. but not always .. have a split bottom bracket.

    Here are a few more pics from the Cabe .. a few have been leaned-on with Paint.Net ... Scott Mc snapped the pics
    when he visited my home a half-dozen years ago. Also, the Cabe Archives has this ride listed as a 1913 .. in reality
    it is a 1912 Model.

    Carlton .. thank you for all of the literature you posted .. Good Stuff !!!!!!

    ................ patric


    Post Script ... The SHORT rear fender is made that way ... the port and starboard, edge under-bends are mitered at 45 degrees .. top and bottom.
    An interesting footnote .. when I picked up the bicycle, (delivered to a Perrysburg, Ohio - MLC Spring Swap Meet in the late 1990's) .. I found an exact-
    replacement, NOS, rear fender for this ride ... on the "fender-boneyard-shelf" inside MLC. The newer-fender is intended to replace the original that had
    acquired a bunch of welds in the area between the fender bridges .. sometime during it's lifetime. During the exact moment I spotted that NOS fender ..
    a big-bosom lady with a Dutch accent informed me I had a square of toilet-paper sticking to my shoe .. and I heard a bell ring.



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  20. #20 Posted Oct 24, 2013

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    Patric, I'm obsessed with your bike, maybe because it's just so unusual? I found this ad but it's rather straight forward, lacks the uniqueness yours offers.
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