early Opel Bicycle

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    20170929_145120 (1).jpg I bought an early Opel Russelsheim bicycle. Looks early 1900's. Does anyone know anything about these or have ant resources. Thanks
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Cool! Can we see a close up photo of the badge?
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Looks European.........?
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    German.
     
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    Looks like a Miller kickstand though! V/r Shawn
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Would like to see more photos please? Any frame numbers?
    It does look like an earlyish example, but there wasn't much change stylistically from the TOC to the 60's really with many German cycles.
    Nice find!
     
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    20171010_073714.jpg It is German. The research I've done the started making late 1800's. The name Russelsheim refers to the factory they were made which would help date the bike, I think its one of the earlier ones
     
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    Opel, as in Opel the carmaker?
     
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    I think later they may have started making cars not sure

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Like most European car manufacturers, they started out as bicycle, or sewing machine manufacturers. Even MG started out as a bicycle business.
    One exception is De Dion Bouton, who made cars first, then bicycles, but that's a whole other interesting story!
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Here's a 1911 example for comparison, from the Thomas Hillgärttner collection. C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_DSC_1582.jpg
    And an early ad..... C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_1585.jpg
     
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    So, the million dollar question. What do you think it's worth? Anyone interested?
     
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    I'm no good or fun at that, I always say whatever is paid for it, plus I'm cheap before I build up... Tempest was $50 and $70 or so for shipping from New York State and Germaine my 1995 Schwinn was a gift. All my money until last year was going into parts and accessories. It's definitely a great find and I really appreciate the care you put into it.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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