Comet Cycle Co., Toronto, 1896

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Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
346
589
Toronto, Canada
#1
I recently acquired this 1896 Comet. It rides very nicely on new Stutzman wood rims with metal inserts, and a first year Eclipse Morrow hub brake in place of the original fixie hub. With a 25 1/2 inch frame getting on and off takes some practice. The funny thing is, this is the medium size frame, not the tall frame! The tall frame has a 27 inch seat tube. The smallest size available was 24 inch. The paint, front hub, stem and bars, crank and pedals are original (not sure about seat). The way the seat mounts on the seat post is unusual - I've never seen this type before. It varies from the 1896 catalogue image, which makes me wonder if this bike could be a year older or newer, or the post and seat were added later. It succeeds in getting the seat a bit lower which is helpful on this bike. The head badge is a decal, not metal, which makes me think there must be some mystery bikes out there that are Comets, in Canada at least. The fork crown looks unique so that would be a good identifier.

The Comet factory was at 17-19-21 Temperance Street in downtown Toronto. I will add pictures from an 1896 brochure (photocopy, I don't have the original unfortunately), a couple of cabinet cards, and period ads I found on the 'Net. The Dunlop Trophy Race referred to in the ad was the first one, held in 1894. The last race was held in 1926.

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Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
346
589
Toronto, Canada
#3
Thanks Filmonger. I'd like to suggest, if anyone in the world has a Comet and is on the CABE, please post photo(s) here. I know there are some very, very expensive wooden ones out there, but I'd like to see other steel ones too.
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,199
17,027
Evans, GA
#5
Obviously a different maker but I have this badge and can't find anything on it. I've searched both bicycle and motorcycle without any luck. V/r Shawn

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,314
1,330
Canada
#9
I recently acquired this 1896 Comet. It rides very nicely on new Stutzman wood rims with metal inserts, and a first year Eclipse Morrow hub brake in place of the original fixie hub. With a 25 1/2 inch frame getting on and off takes some practice. The funny thing is, this is the medium size frame, not the tall frame! The tall frame has a 27 inch seat tube. The smallest size available was 24 inch. The paint, front hub, stem and bars, crank and pedals are original (not sure about seat). The way the seat mounts on the seat post is unusual - I've never seen this type before. It varies from the 1896 catalogue image, which makes me wonder if this bike could be a year older or newer, or the post and seat were added later. It succeeds in getting the seat a bit lower which is helpful on this bike. The head badge is a decal, not metal, which makes me think there must be some mystery bikes out there that are Comets, in Canada at least. The fork crown looks unique so that would be a good identifier.

The Comet factory was at 17-19-21 Temperance Street in downtown Toronto. I will add pictures from an 1896 brochure (photocopy, I don't have the original unfortunately), a couple of cabinet cards, and period ads I found on the 'Net. The Dunlop Trophy Race referred to in the ad was the first one, held in 1894. The last race was held in 1926.

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I love Comets.
But you know that this is not the original headbadge decal right?
 

David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
396
331
Kitchener, Canada
#11
The original badge is under the badge . It is a very close copy as I took it off the cabinet card. I should know as it was my bike. Brian I will try and get you a picture of another Comet that was mine and is in Denmark now. A friend there has it, same year but different seat post. Also wood bars
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,314
1,330
Canada
#13
The original badge is under the badge . It is a very close copy as I took it off the cabinet card. I should know as it was my bike. Brian I will try and get you a picture of another Comet that was mine and is in Denmark now. A friend there has it, same year but different seat post. Also wood bars
Yes I know David, just saying .... it's still a reproduction!
BTW, who did it for you? How long ago was it? Was it a water-decal?

Did you have the original hubs for this Comet? or just those replacement wheels?
Max
 

David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
396
331
Kitchener, Canada
#15
Hi Max The head badge decal is not a water Decal. But it worked for me never said it was a original. Had that made about 18 years ago. Front hub is original. Rear is early first year Morrow coaster. I like to ride them so much nicer to ride in traffic and safer.
 

shoe3

I live for the CABE
In Memoriam
Feb 2, 2011
1,098
892
Springfield, United States
#17
So sweet a ride, tall frames are tight man, ride it, enjoy it, feel it, HAPPINESS!!!!
 

David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
396
331
Kitchener, Canada
#18
This is my other Comet i had. This bike is in Denmark now and has been for about 9 years. The picture was taken in my back yard. These are the only Comets
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like this that I know of. This is the fellow that has it now.
 
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David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
396
331
Kitchener, Canada
#20
No there was no paint at all left on this Comet . Also pedals and wheels where missing. Wood bars where there as shown. Ever thing else was the same as other Comet.
 

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