Ca. 1895 Pacemaker Bicycle Co - Stunning Survivor


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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
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Wanted to share this really clean bicycle that I took as an opportunity to add a few accessories I had in the stash.

Ladies Pacemaker Bicycle Co
Corbin bell
“Royal” saddle
Earliest Fairbanks stamped rims I’ve seen
Wild dropouts, single factory chain tensioner on the drive side only closed dropout in reverse!
I plan on weaving the fender skirt with original lacing pictured but I want to take my time with it.

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Rambler

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2011
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Auburn Hills, United States
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Very short life of the Pacemaker Bicycle Company, Des Moines, Iowa

"The Bearings Trade Supplement", February 5, 1892, Vol 5 No 1, Page 3:
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"Iron Age", April 12, 1894, Volume 53, Page 714:
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"King's Daughters Cook Book", July 9, 1894, Page 43:
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"Stoves and Hardware Reporter", January 9, 1896, Volume 26, Page 23:
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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#10
Thanks @Rambler
I'd seen some of that lit, I think we talked about how interesting it was that they failed amidst the big boom.

The article written at the onset of their work I hadn't seen, it makes sense though given the quality of the build, they really were shooting for the moon.
 

Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#12
PS- I hope everyone took time to read the badge -
The subtext is impressive - "We know what a good machine is and we know how to build one"
 
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MildandFire

On Training Wheels
May 14, 2019
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Wow! This post is an incredible find for me. Thank you for sharing this. This bike was designed by my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Ernest D. Kenyon. Our family is currently looking for one of these first generation bikes, as it has a huge sentimental value to us. Surprisingly, the company that ultimately took over the Kenyon Bicycle Mfg. Co. is still in business today known as Barr Bikes. https://www.barrbike.com/articles/our-history-pg182.htm

Here's a picture of Ernest D. Kenyon:

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And one of the original flyers:

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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
1,828
3,244
Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#16
Wow! This post is an incredible find for me. Thank you for sharing this. This bike was designed by my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Ernest D. Kenyon. Our family is currently looking for one of these first generation bikes, as it has a huge sentimental value to us. Surprisingly, the company that ultimately took over the Kenyon Bicycle Mfg. Co. is still in business today known as Barr Bikes. https://www.barrbike.com/articles/our-history-pg182.htm

Here's a picture of Ernest D. Kenyon:

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And one of the original flyers:

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Very cool family connection!!
I bought and worked on this bike because I was impressed by it and I knew it deserved it, I don't need to keep it forever.
I PM'd you, we can talk about the potential of reuniting this bike with the family.
 
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