Great Western Manufacturing Company La Porte, Indiana U.S.A Crown Bike 19?? HELP !


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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
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#2
Great bike. My guess would be late teens, as I believe since it is an Indiana made bike that is why I have seen Johnson Motor Wheels mounted on them. They were from Terra Haute.
 

s1b

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 8, 2011
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#3
Over on The Wheelmen site it says 1918 as the last year of Crown, GWM.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
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Chicago area west
#6
It is considered a Motorbyke. I'd buy it for my Johnson MW, but I flat broke from buy'n too much CABE member stuff......lol.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
21,946
6,758
Chicago area west
#9
I have a 1948-1950 Scwhinn DX or the Running travis engine, but not both. A circa Teens Shapleigh Special racer style, and two different 1936 Elgins...similar to this blue one.
 

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Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
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Bismarck, United States
#12
Headbadge

Can you post a good pic of head badge, it will help date the bike. Looks like the front fender is a rear converted.
 

cyclejunkies

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Nov 5, 2012
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#14
looks exactly like the one you posted,the top fender brace broke off and someone flipped the existing one upside down ,front fender has the manufactured indention and hole for the fork that is on the bike.
 

Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
4,967
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Bismarck, United States
#15
on the head badge, Does the "R" and "W" script run low into/thru the blue underline?
 

CrownKing

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 10, 2011
34
0
Indianapolis
#18
date

View attachment 72385 View attachment 72391 I Just acquired a Crown Bicycle Was Wonderimg if any body had any info on this beauty ......


AWESOME FIND!!

This one is a transition motorbike. Date according to the badge variation is late 1914-1917. My educated stab is 1915. This frame wasn't made for more than a year. Incorrect parts are both fenders, the h-bars are dealer-installed or added by someone. Rare accessory and valuable in their own right. Metal seat pan means wrong/newer seat. Added pedals.

It is also rare to find a GW-frame with the curved bars this close together, or on such a compact diamond. I have seen one, but almost 100% of all curved-bars are further apart and it is THOSE frames that were the spec-bikes for Johnson Motor Wheel attachments...this one was not...and of course the first JMW didn't debut until 1918.

Very nice find!...and quite exciting for me(as the GW historian) to see this "living-example"...frames from this specific period before WWI are the most interesting within this company's history...and the most short-lived.

Please post more photos..close-ups if possible...of sprocket, and bottom of crank housing.There were some subtle changes to these areas around this time...

Thanks for posting.:D

Richard
 

CrownKing

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 10, 2011
34
0
Indianapolis
#19
date

View attachment 72385 View attachment 72391 I Just acquired a Crown Bicycle Was Wonderimg if any body had any info on this beauty ......


AWESOME FIND!!

This one is a transition motorbike. Date according to the badge variation is late 1914-1917. My educated stab is 1915. This frame wasn't made for more than a year. Incorrect parts are both fenders, the h-bars are dealer-installed or added by someone. Rare accessory and valuable in their own right. Metal seat pan means wrong/newer seat. Added pedals.

It is also rare to find a GW-frame with the curved bars this close together, or on such a compact diamond. I have seen one, but almost 100% of all curved-bars are further apart and it is THOSE frames that were the spec-bikes for Johnson Motor Wheel attachments...this one was not...and of course the first JMW didn't debut until 1918.

Very nice find!...and quite exciting for me(as the GW historian) to see this "living-example"...frames from this specific period before WWI are the most interesting within this company's history...and the most short-lived.

Please post more photos..close-ups if possible...of sprocket, and bottom of crank housing.There were some subtle changes to these areas around this time...

Thanks for posting.:D

Richard
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
21,946
6,758
Chicago area west
#20
Richard, please share more of you knowledge and research with us on these cycles.
 

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