Musselman Armless Coaster Brake

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  1. #1 Posted Mar 17, 2013

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    Looking for any info I can gather on this Musselman Armless Coaster -

    No luck looking up the patent info, any insights?

    Also, what is the function of the elongated "nut" on one side of the hub axle?
    I have seen it before, generally on a 3 speed internal hub, but what is the function with a coaster single?
     

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    The long axle nut is for "hopping up on" the bike easier. The armless musselman hub was used late teens to early 20's on Miami built bikes and other makes. Someone else will chime in with more accurate info
     
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    I should add, dont try and hop from coaster peg to saddle. Youll crush Your Axle nuts.
     
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    Miami owned Musselman originally and most of, if not all of the Racycles built

    had these hubs, front and rear. The rear step on this hub is rare and cool, keep

    them together. These were a throwback to "Ordinary" bicycles and "safety" bikes

    were mounted from behind as in the old fashion. This went out of style when it was

    more convenient to just throw a leg over.
     
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    Comeon now, lets see the rest of your Racycle....we see see the edge of the chainwheel in one shot!
     
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    But you can still buy them today in most bicycle shops because the BMX kids love them!

    Also they were popular in pairs for giving rides so you did sometimes see them used on 20s tur 50s bikes.
     
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    OK, Musselman & that chainring, very early Racycle?????? Interesting to say the least.
     
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    Just don't count on that armless brake to stop you in any sort of hurry...
     
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    Patent info?

    I'd love any further frame-study indicators about how to identify an early Racycle, not something I'm very well versed in but I'm learning steadily.

    Does anybody have any information about the Musselman patent info? Any ideas why I'm having little to no luck w/ the number stamped on the hub?
     
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    A good excercise as you can see the pat no

    try google search us patent ... and see what you find!
     
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    Jesse, I'll try to find the patent tomorrow. I'm pretty adept at sleuthing the US Patent site.
     
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    Musselman Coaster Brake

    Gary,
    I have the same Musselman coaster brake on my Iver Johnson Truss Bridge.
    I'm beginning to believe that the IJTB was manufactured around 1902.
    The IJ serial numbers are #136554.
     
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    I have one of theses hubs too attached to 26" wheels on a girls bicycle that had an Indian crank on it. Of course it did to have the long axle nut. That is cool yours does. Cannot for the life of read the fine stamping. Just Pat. and numerous numbers that I can vaguely make out. That is an early rear hub. I assumed it was a little later. What would a Mussleman front hub look from the same era? Any know? Not trying to highjack this thread . found it interesting. Thx



    I found an ad for the hub and neat site.

    http://racycle.blogspot.com/2009/08/majors-story-racycle-odyssey-100-years.html
     

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    The front Musselman hub is unstamped and quite average.

    I have one going on my Racycle build.
     
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    Thank you. That is what the front one looks like on my front wheel.
     
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    What's the patent number? Alvin Musselman sometimes used his Cleveland mechanic/test shop assistant's name in the patent.
     
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    1911 American Motor Cycle Co

    American Motor Cycle Co 1911 catalog:

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    I have both the old style rear Musselman armless and the later one. The old one has 1907-08

    patents and the newer one says model 1931? It's older than 1931 I believe. I'll post pics of my

    front hub and rears......
     
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    Older version...

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