Elliot Hickory


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Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,205
1,610
Dahlonega Ga.
#1
This bike was picked up a few weeks a go with a few others from a former museum. It's suppose to be an 1887-92 Elliott Hickory. I brought it out into the sunlight to go over this machine trying to find identifiers. I can't find any markings, dust cover/badges. There are 2 holes I found but that would appear to be for a wooden chain guard which is missing.

While researching I discovered an article written the former owner Jeff Archer, see below.

This bike features a 31-inch rear wheel and 25-inch front wheel with a step-through frame design. Originally, the frame was marketed as a unisex design but Elliot also sold a traditional diamond frame for men. Since the safety bikes were new to the market, there weren’t the standardized parts like we see today. You didn’t buy off-the-shelf parts to assemble into a bike.
Unique parts can be found in almost every area of this bike. The wheels use wagon wheel technology with hickory rims, spokes and hubs. The framework aft the crank is also constructed from hickory. The lower chain stays would flex giving a more comfortable ride on the wagon-rutted “roads” of the day. The built-in hickory fender is also the sole support for the seat mast assembly which again would absorb vibration. The rear spoon brake is operated by a small chain running inside the frame which runs over a series of rollers inside the stem, head tube and frame. Since the chain stays are a fixed length, the crank assembly has built in adjusters to remove the slack from the chain.

I posted a few picture the night I brought the Hickory home here are more and with a bit more detail. So, if someone owns one does yours have any markings to help with it's identification and actual year built.

I need a seat and chainguard!!!

This bike was used as an advertising tool and maybe in a vaudeville act in it's former live. I have attached a picture showing a gentleman Sam Shands with the bike in an unknown year. The bicycle also came with a very tattered golden colored silk suit.
Mike

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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
145
482
Erie PA
#3
Your Elliott Hickory is shown in 1890, 1892 and 1893 Elliott Hickory catalogs. I do not have a copy of the 1891 catalog:

From 1892 Elliott Hickory catalog:
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From 1893 Elliott Hickory catalog:
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As found circa 1892 Elliott Hickory (parallel bearings) with what appears to be most of an original saddle but no chain guard:
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Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,205
1,610
Dahlonega Ga.
#11
You probably could. Try to find a perfect asphalt patch.
Are the rims true? Anything (spokes) loose?
They spin true but the hard rubber has a few flat spots, I don't think I will ride it. Spokes are all there and none are warped.

So you have a seat repo???? I will buy it would be better then what's on there for now, can you send a picture or 2? Will a postal MO work? I live in Georgia 30533 get me a price to ship and I'll send you the money order.

Thanks,

Mike
 

Phattiremike

I live for the CABE
May 16, 2016
1,205
1,610
Dahlonega Ga.
#12
Your Elliott Hickory is shown in 1890, 1892 and 1893 Elliott Hickory catalogs. I do not have a copy of the 1891 catalog:

From 1892 Elliott Hickory catalog:
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From 1893 Elliott Hickory catalog:
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As found circa 1892 Elliott Hickory (parallel bearings) with what appears to be most of an original saddle but no chain guard: View attachment 863712

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I would love a scanned copy for information about this bike. My email is mike@waldenco.com Looks like I found a repo seat, for now I'll take it. Any lead on a chainguard or seat please keep me in mind.

Thanks again,

Mike
 

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