Info & history for "the Fowler"


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gtdohn

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 30, 2011
2,436
1,361
Gilroy, Ca.
#1
Does anyone have any interesting history or information on the Fowler bicycle. This one is about 1896. There isn't much out there to study. I don't remember seeing any for sale either, at least in quite some time.
Anything you might have would be appreciated,
Thank you.

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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
1,776
3,013
Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#3
I've seen a handful of them, I think there is one on letgo right now for too much money. Cool bike, I imagine they rarely experience seat tube failure? Anyway the only contribution I can make to the conversation is that Fowler made a mark in the racing tandem world with their "sextuplet" and they seemed to use it for branding purposes.

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corbettclassics

I live for the CABE
Feb 11, 2012
1,299
2,196
Burbank, United States
#8
I’ve got tons of stuff on Fowler!

What exactly do you need?

Is that the bike that came from Reed a while back? Or maybe Glenn’s bike?
 
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gtdohn

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 30, 2011
2,436
1,361
Gilroy, Ca.
#9
Basically I just want to learn about them because they are never discussed. I find the design fascinating and wondered why it didn't continue. Did Fowler or America claim the design patent?
I'll take anything you want to share.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,385
20,537
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#10
It looks to me like Hill mfg/Fowler was the first to patent that frame design, and Ignaz Schwinn took it with him when he formed International/America.
Was Ignaz the designer?
It seems like he held the patent rights.
 

fat tire trader

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 29, 2010
2,922
1,167
San Quentin, California
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#13
It looks to me like Hill mfg/Fowler was the first to patent that frame design, and Ignaz Schwinn took it with him when he formed International/America.
Was Ignaz the designer?
It seems like he held the patent rights.
So do the Fowlers with the split seat tube predate the Americas? Were they both made at the same time? I'm trying to confirm that my bike is an America.
Thanks,
Chris

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corbettclassics

I live for the CABE
Feb 11, 2012
1,299
2,196
Burbank, United States
#14
I’m pretty sure that’s an America. I have some info on that etc but won’t have access to that until tonight or tomorrow. I don’t believe that’s a Fowler.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,385
20,537
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#15
So do the Fowlers with the split seat tube predate the Americas? Were they both made at the same time? I'm trying to confirm that my bike is an America.
Thanks,
Chris
Yeah, I think by a couple of years.
It looks like the Hill Mfg./Fowler was being made in at least 1891 with the start up of the International Mfg./America in 1893.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,385
20,537
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#16
It's an interesting connection between the transient tradesmen of Fowler, to America, and then ultimately the formation of Arnold Schwinn & Co.
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It sounds like Ignaz Schwinn took the best of each company with him.
Snake moves all the way! Lol!
 
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dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#18
There's a photo of one on the UK V-CC library site described as a "Hill & Moffatt" Fowler from 1896.
But sadly no.further information other than an 1896 Fowler ladies model.
 

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