Flying Merkel


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Blunderbuss

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 5, 2019
19
27
26
Santa Cruz
#1
Hello, I’m a motorcycle collector and I ended up with this bicycle with some Merkel motorcycle parts. I was told that it’s a Flying Merkel Bicycle, it’s got a Merkel decal with it, and someone put a ton of money and time into paint and nickel work. I’m not really a bicycle guy. What can you tell me, value, rarity, how difficult are parts to find. Apparently it came from a big bicycle collector before I got it.

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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,911
17,466
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#6
Welcome to the Cabe!
It looks like you’ve inherited a really nice project.
It’s nice that most of the cosmetic work is already done.
Although that time and expense, doesn’t necessarily translate into value.
It’s value is in its historic content, and most of that has now been stripped away.
The value it has now, is in what it is.
Others here, can attest to that, much better than I.
A Flying Merkel, any Flying Merkel, is a wonderful thing, and what you have there, looks to be the rebirth of something very wonderful.
Enjoy!
 
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dave the wave

I live for the CABE
May 22, 2006
1,511
505
planet earth
#7
that bike looks familiar.did the guy who restored it live in lincoln,Neb. name is scott? they sold Flying Merkel bicycles in lincoln. it might very well be a flying merkel circa 1912-1913,but we need more input from other owners to maybe confirm it.i use to have a picture of the business that sold them back then.value? $8000-$12,000 as it sits.but i am willing to bet it is a real merkel.
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
3,843
5,628
Fairborn, Ohio
#8
I was told that it’s a Flying Merkel Bicycle ......

What can you tell me, .....


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Young man ... I take no joy in sharing with you, that I truly believe
your machine is a WWI Columbia Military Model Bicycle ... and ...
the Chainring (front sprocket) is of a design not used by Miami Cycle.


Many collectors would like to own this frame ... and build it as a
Columbia Military model. On the other hand ... there are those that
walk among us that would build that very machine as a Flying Merkel
''Tribute Bicycle''.


Whatever identity you choose to impose on this machine ... well .. you
are in possession of a beautiful ''starter package''.


patric cafaro




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Blunderbuss

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 5, 2019
19
27
26
Santa Cruz
#9
It is from Lincoln Nebraska and I’m fairly certain the chainring isn’t original to the bike. There’s a small pile of other rear hub sprockets and other hubs, after reading the Merkel thread (all 37 pages) it seems there was quite a variety to these Flying Merkel Bicycles. Other than a chain ring, that isn’t on the bike, are there any other proofs?

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Blunderbuss

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 5, 2019
19
27
26
Santa Cruz
#10
that bike looks familiar.did the guy who restored it live in lincoln,Neb. name is scott? they sold Flying Merkel bicycles in lincoln. it might very well be a flying merkel circa 1912-1913,but we need more input from other owners to maybe confirm it.i use to have a picture of the business that sold them back then.value? $8000-$12,000 as it sits.but i am willing to bet it is a real merkel.
I don’t know the guys name but he wanted some very rare bicycle off of my friend who’s mostly into motorcycles so he traded him a Flying Merkel Bicycle for whatever the other super rare bicycle was. But all that did take place in Nebraska.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
4,921
3,465
Seattle, United States
#12
Patric is right ...it’s Columbia the drop outs and the sleeved lower tube through the seat tube is a columbia/pope trademark sign. The frame on mine is Hercules tubing.....I'm not sure on the military bike but the crank is in correct it’s made for a chaingaurd. The fork is wrong for Miami for sure but not sure on Columbia but I’m thinking wrong too.. I love those rims ....very nice...but the brake hub is not Miami ...some one put some $$ in it for sure...I own a merkel of the same frame design.... it’s in project a project stage. Got too many projects so pics are tight but you’ll get the idea.
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Blunderbuss

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 5, 2019
19
27
26
Santa Cruz
#13
What’s the approximate value of it as a tribute or Columbia project? Considering how nice the parts are and the brand new tires.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
4,921
3,465
Seattle, United States
#15
No dog legs for men’s bikes....
Not sure stem, saddle and dog-leg crank are correct.
Won’t pass for merkel. The Cost is easier for a nice double bar Columbia. Just new paint or keep it like it is and stripe it..crank, chain ring and fork replacement... you won’t get hassled for that. I don’t know what it would be worth someone else might know.
What’s the approximate value of it as a tribute or Columbia project? Considering how nice the parts are and the brand new tires.
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
3,843
5,628
Fairborn, Ohio
#16
No dog legs for men’s bikes....

Won’t pass for merkel. The Cost is easier for a nice double bar Columbia. Just new paint or keep it like it is and stripe it..crank, chain ring and fork replacement... you won’t get hassled for that. I don’t know what it would be worth someone else might know.
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Totally agree !!

..... patric
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
3,843
5,628
Fairborn, Ohio
#17
@Blunderbuss

Not quite ready to shut the door on this frame
and parts .....


The badge below would be very appropriate in
building a Westfield Flying Merkel. Will also
need a 26-T Miami Clover-Leaf chainring ...
(see Entry #8) ... and Westfield single-plate/
crown fork (these nearly litter the Earth).


An honest evolutionary-example in the F-M line.

..... patric


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