Ladies Factory wood frame Iron Lugs


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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#1
Here is an interesting bike I’ve been playing with a bit.

I added the seatpost / saddle / hubs and cleaned it lightly.

26” wheel frame with some factory paint details hanging on.
Appears to have been red and green once upon a time.

Lots of oddball features:
- very tight opening for the wheel & tire at the chainstays
- extension? at the bottom bracket with no explanation
- fork blades mounted like axe handles
- Badge that is obviously missing some vital backer, but cool!

Anyone have any insights?

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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
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#3
That’s really nice!
Have you seen a similar wooden frame on eBay?
It’s a men’s prototype and has bronze lugs.
 

oldspoke

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2010
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Burlington, United States
#6
Interesting frame ! I wonder if the extension to the upper down tube is to capture more of the wood frame dowel to add rigidity ? It wouldn't make mechanical sense for the joint to be flush . Cool find . Amazing it still shows stencil and some paint !
 

Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
1,687
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#8
What a killer bike! So it originally was painted red and had filigree decoration, where was the green? Any remaining paint on the lugs?
I'll try to get a clear photo of the paint hanging on. When I pulled the fork the steer tube has "splashes" of both red and green as well so I think they were both factory colors but I'm not really sure in what configuration.

I like the idea of a farm implement company "branching" out (haha womp) into wood frame bicycles.
Some credence lent to that theory given the primitive build style.
 
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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
1,687
2,610
Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#10
And just for kicks, as found :

Bars were broken off in the steerer but I found a very close match in my stash.

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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,365
1,392
Alameda, California
#11
The Ames Shovel Company traces its origins to 1774 when Capt. John Ames began making iron shovels at West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. His son Oliver Ames, Sr. moved the company to North Easton in 1803. ... Expansion of the shovel factory continued over the years until 1928.
 

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