First post in the antique forum; 1908 Peerless.

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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
Fresh purchase from a fellow on RRB. Almost untouched original. Only incorrect part is the rear wheel. Original paint matches the 1908 catalog description in every way, down to the black/ivory on the front wheel. He had the seat confirmed by some wheelmen as correct as well. It's missing stitches and stiff but it's all there. Block chain. Bar appear to match the catalog. Crescent tires are hard but supposedly held air for a short stretch of time. Tall frame 21+ inches. Missing one grip and half of a pedal. Plans are to make a rider.

If anybody has one of these grips or one of these pedals, please let me know! I have the pedal shaft so it wouldn't matter which side since I can just swap onto the shaft. Also, a further longshot, a wood hoop that can be made rideable in black with ivory skunk tail down the center.

Thoughts on using original wood wheels to ride on? The front has a wobble but it appears very solid and seamed well. I'll have to look into straightening too if anybody has advice. Memory Lane sells very nice Amish hoops so that's an option too. Thanks for looking!

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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,374
Chicago area west
I'm having new grips like those made as we speak. I might do a partial trade on your existing one.
Great pick, by the way! Rear wheel was likely swapped out to aquire coaster brake.
 

jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
I'm having new grips like those made as we speak. I might do a partial trade on your existing one.
Great pick, by the way! Rear wheel was likely swapped out to aquire coaster brake.
Ah yes, I do remember seeing about the grips. I'll keep that in mind. It will be staying original so I don't want anything to stick out too much, but I doubt I get to be picky with it. Did you make an exact amount for orders you received?

I'll bet you're right on the rim. The catalog advertises a deluxe version which included a Peerless coaster brake but standard would have been fixed. I never thought I would have regretted selling that TOC fixed hub..
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,374
Chicago area west
Ah yes, I do remember seeing about the grips. I'll keep that in mind. It will be staying original so I don't want anything to stick out too much, but I doubt I get to be picky with it. Did you make an exact amount for orders you received?

I'll bet you're right on the rim. The catalog advertises a deluxe version which included a Peerless coaster brake but standard would have been fixed. I never thought I would have regretted selling that TOC fixed hub..
I'm having 5 pr made, 3 pr spoken for so far...
 
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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
to ride those tires
I don't know that I plan to. I want to make something that can be actually ridden instead of ridden to prove a point up and down the driveway. They seem very nice at a glance; perfect for a display bike at the very least. Good tread.
 
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jkent

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 3, 2012
3,961
44
Toney, Alabama
I talked to the guy about that bike. I hadn't been on RRB in a while and jumped over there to see what was going on and seen it. I like it! But I was too late and it was already spoken for.
Nice bike! GL with it
JKent
 

Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
Guy had a decent price on it. I saw it and talked myself out of it pretty quickly but great buy!
build a wood clincher rider wheelset for it and save the original equipment for show.
 

Coaster Brake

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 5, 2012
995
Nice bike, it looks like its a few years older than mine,
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The peerless coaster brake was essentially a rebranded musselman armless, like what was used on the racycles and such.
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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
Not to make you feel bad but you just missed a pair of pedals on ebay by 2 days. It might be worth contacting the seller to make sure the buyer actually paid up.
Ha, that's typical! Thanks for the heads up.
 

jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
Nice bike, it looks like its a few years older than mine,

The peerless coaster brake was essentially a rebranded musselman armless, like what was used on the racycles and such.
That it does; same paint scheme and all, in about matching condition too. When looking around, that chainring seemed to turn up around 1912-14?

Riddle me this--is your rear wheel a steel clad too? I'd be shocked if this was an original feature of the "deluxe" bike mentioned in the ad. I get adding a coaster brake, but to have two different rims? Also, did clad hoops exist this early? I'd be thrilled to find this was original.

Here's the ad I keep referencing:

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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
It looks like the couple years' difference in our bikes consisted of a change in the Peerless hub. Here's that same 1908 ad:

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Coaster Brake

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 5, 2012
995
Both wheels are steel clad, the front one was painted at some point and that protected the nickel.
I wish whoever painted the front would have done them both...
I think mine is around '10-'14 ish
 
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