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TRUEBLUE1981

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 29, 2012
138
Orange Ca, United States
Here’s a shop sticker off one of my 78 spitfire! Called the phone number it’s disconnected unfortunately no address on sticker

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mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
916
Auburn, California
This is a funny topic but I have an interesting one-not a sticker but a decal of the bike shop. It was on a 1935 ranger motorbike and was in Louisiana(I think in Sheveport). There was a phone number so I called and someone answered. I explained how I got the number so as to not freak them out and asked what was the number for... the person answered it was for a rest home for old black folks. They knew nothing about a bike shop though.
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Transfer worn by a Meteor Franco Suisse ca. 1964.

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Views of balance of machine -

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John Siemsen, Meteor bicycle downtube transfer .JPG


Interesting story here anent this cycle, the marque and a personal connection for me to the shop.

Machine is a Carlton under another name. The Meteor of Britain marque had been defunct for a number of years by the time of this cycle's manufacture. Rights were held by Raleigh and it was relaunched in order to push more product into a given crowded market. There is an account of how this came to be given here -

"Since Raleigh Industries of America already had a west coast distributor, shops outside its dealer network were now cut-off from buying Carltons through WCCSC. It was one of the few regions in the country where the demand and number of dealers overtaxed the existing arrangement so in a perfect example of TI "branding", a solution was quickly found. One of TI's long dormant marques was the Meteor brand, originally made by Starley & Sutton of Coventry and dating to the late 1880s. It was arranged for WCCSC to import Carltons badged as Meteors, but otherwise identical to the stock machines sold as Carltons. As with Raleigh initially, the model used would be the Franco-Suisse and it was decalled as such and sold as a complete machine with Campagnolo components."

The shop was begun and operated by Irish immigrant Charlie Harding. Westwood, where the shop is located is in Los Angeles, and is best known as the home of the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1965 I was a student at the university and went in to the shop to get a bicycle. Purchased from Mr. Harding a new white Peugeot model U08 - me first "tenspeed."

IIRC Mr. Harding closed or sold the shop about 1991 whereupon he moved back home to Ireland for his retirement.

In recent decades when one strolls the streets of Westwood, or visits a cafe, it is just as likely to hear Farsi spoken as English. The community has become the centre for the Iranian immigrants of southern California.

As appears today -

https://www.google.com/maps/place/1449+Westwood+Blvd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90024/@34.0545179,-118.4411943,3a,75y,236.99h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snOR99JLRPbFvdAjO68lFNA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c2bb7f34dc5f4d:0x269cbfe2cc421464!8m2!3d34.0543807!4d-118.4413523
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,507
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
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Transfer worn by a Meteor Franco Suisse ca. 1964.

John siemsen, Meteor bicycle, bike shop transfer .JPG


Views of balance of machine -

Meteor Bicycle, John Siemsen .jpg


John Siemsen, Meteor bicycle headplate .JPG


John Siemsen, Meteor bicycle downtube transfer .JPG


Interesting story here anent this cycle, the marque and a personal connection for me to the shop.

Machine is a Carlton under another name. The Meteor of Britain marque had been defunct for a number of years by the time of this cycle's manufacture. Rights were held by Raleigh and it was relaunched in order to push more product into a given crowded market. There is an account of how this came to be given here -

"Since Raleigh Industries of America already had a west coast distributor, shops outside its dealer network were now cut-off from buying Carltons through WCCSC. It was one of the few regions in the country where the demand and number of dealers overtaxed the existing arrangement so in a perfect example of TI "branding", a solution was quickly found. One of TI's long dormant marques was the Meteor brand, originally made by Starley & Sutton of Coventry and dating to the late 1880s. It was arranged for WCCSC to import Carltons badged as Meteors, but otherwise identical to the stock machines sold as Carltons. As with Raleigh initially, the model used would be the Franco-Suisse and it was decalled as such and sold as a complete machine with Campagnolo components."

The shop was begun and operated by Irish immigrant Charlie Harding. Westwood, where the shop is located is in Los Angeles, and is best known as the home of the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1965 I was a student at the university and went in to the shop to get a bicycle. Purchased from Mr. Harding a new white Peugeot model U08 - me first "tenspeed."

IIRC Mr. Harding closed or sold the shop about 1991 whereupon he moved back home to Ireland for his retirement.

In recent decades when one strolls the streets of Westwood, or visits a cafe, it is just as likely to hear Farsi spoken as English. The community has become the centre for the Iranian immigrants of southern California.

As appears today -

https://www.google.com/maps/place/1449+Westwood+Blvd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90024/@34.0545179,-118.4411943,3a,75y,236.99h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snOR99JLRPbFvdAjO68lFNA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c2bb7f34dc5f4d:0x269cbfe2cc421464!8m2!3d34.0543807!4d-118.4413523
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Love the finish on that bike....Is that one of the "Sanction Cities"? I didn't think Iranians believed in divorce.
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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In Raleigh/Carlton terminology this type of finish is termed "acrylichrome."

The common term for it in the industry is "chromo-luxe" or "chromo-velato."

While it looks great it has the downside of not being scratch resistant.

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Wanted33

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 6, 2019
75
66
Concord, NC
I don't have a picture, but the shop sticker on my '80 Swhwinn Collegiant shows "Ormond Schwinn Cyclery", 205 S. Yonge St., Ormond Beach, FL. A quick google search shows it's a KG Kitchen Gallery now.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,976
Costa Mesa, California. United States
We did a little beach cruising this weekend, and were surprised, when we came across this old Schwinn shop on the way down there.
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It’s called Carson Cyclery now.
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But, they still had the original display board up.
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Pretty cool to see.
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This frame was hanging on the wall, with a shop sticker from another nearby store.
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Unfortunately, we had our own repair work, when one of the chainring positioning pin holes gave out.
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But, the hat says Ride, not Go Home, so with a little roadside repair, and some good fore thought from the boys at, Arnold Schwinn & Company, we were back on the road in no time.
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You see, they gave you two more chances, by punching three holes in the spider, instead of just one.
Thanks, Mr. Schwinn!
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Ahh! Finally at the beach!
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And now for a little cruising.
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Another perfect day along the coast.
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The scenery is alway pretty spectacular down here.
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No repairs necessary this time, but we stopped at another long time local bike shop.
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This ones been handling the beach cruiser scene for quite awhile.
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Sun up, to Sundown.
Just the way I like it!
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Thanks very much fer postin'!

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This be whar ah went t' skool as a youngin'.

An' yes, the motor cars had to be hand cranked t' git 'em started. :grinning:

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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,976
Costa Mesa, California. United States
There’s a remnant of a point of purchase decal on the downtube of this old 1923 Indian.
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Not much of it left, but. I struck pay dirt, when this old brochure showed up on eBay.
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Oddly enough, this Indian dealer was right in the heart of Harley Country!
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I’m not sure if any of these buildings are what’s left of Jim Clark, The Motorcycle Man’s dealership.

They look pretty dilapidated, so it’s possible that this was the place.
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It looked full service, with a gas station on the corner, but time has not been kind, to The Badger State Motorcycle Company.
 
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,507
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
1972 Collegate
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1978 S. Callhoun St location
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Today...appears vacant
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The North Anthony location is for sale
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