Comet Cycle Co., Toronto, 1896


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Brian R.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 16, 2015
315
533
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
315
533
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
15,050
14,775
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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