Picked up a pair of these really nice single tube red re- pro's. Grabbed them at Dudley, in the parking lot, on the way in. I was in the swap meet , combat (you all know what I mean) mode & didn't notice that they were solids till I was loading more stuff on top of them, in the truck later. One was loose, the other mounted on a metal clad (photo two). Nice graphics & the tread pattern is spot on. Wasn't able to locate much info. on these. Want to put them on my 1901 Nyack (photo one). Mounted the front tire yesterday. I've mounted a fair amount of tires with varying degrees of difficulty, anywhere from, piece of cake, to, a real bitch. I started w/ the loose one, soaked in in a hot, hot bathtub for an hour, then tried to wrestle in on w/ my standard priers till the wood was creaking & a spoke went off like a gallery shot. Regrouped, ran a hotter bath, added boiling water, let soak & found a new spoke. Brought out the big guns, lower right , photo two. That nail puller got the tire on & that big screw driver helped get the nail puller out. It was close, could've gone either way. Finished very cleanly, considering. An experience, on the degrees of difficulty chart, I'd go with "real motherf*%#er". Not looking to do the second one too soon. Plan to lick my wounds & wait for warmer weather. Any input or advise on these would be appreciated. http://thecabe.com/forum/threads/wood-wheel-tire-mounting.107478/
Wheels are wood :>} Handles are ivory, silver plate and gold leaf accents.
This bike ?
From the Scientific American Feb. 20 1869 :
" The Messrs. Pearsall have introduced their pupils to some very difficult performances recently, the latest one compelling them to mount an inclined plane. A miniature hill has been thrown up at one side of their riding-room, about five feet high, rising at an angle of nearly forty-five degrees. Many of the pupils have succeeded in passing over it safely, but the majority of them, ;thus far, have reached the bottom, sadly mixed up with their velocipedes. Mr. William H. Henriques rides, at Pearsall's school, a velocipede built by Wood Brothers, of the most elegant finish, we have seen. The guide handles are of solid ivory, and the mountings combine both gilt and silver plate. Its cost was $165 ".