Musselman Armless Coaster Brake


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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
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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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pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
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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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Larmo63

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Aug 17, 2010
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San Clemente, Ca
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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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Wcben

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 11, 2012
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Comeon now, lets see the rest of your Racycle....we see see the edge of the chainwheel in one shot!
 

sam

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May 24, 2006
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San Antonio, United States
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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.
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.
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
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Buford GA
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OK, Musselman & that chainring, very early Racycle?????? Interesting to say the least.
 

Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#10
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?
 

bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
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A good excercise as you can see the pat no

try google search us patent ... and see what you find!
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
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Jesse, I'll try to find the patent tomorrow. I'm pretty adept at sleuthing the US Patent site.
 

GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
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Alameda, California
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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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fatbike

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Jun 26, 2009
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Portland Oregon
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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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Larmo63

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Aug 17, 2010
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San Clemente, Ca
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The front Musselman hub is unstamped and quite average.

I have one going on my Racycle build.
 

Minkey

On Training Wheels
Jun 5, 2012
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What's the patent number? Alvin Musselman sometimes used his Cleveland mechanic/test shop assistant's name in the patent.
 

chitown

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 21, 2010
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1911 American Motor Cycle Co

American Motor Cycle Co 1911 catalog:

 

Larmo63

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Aug 17, 2010
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456
San Clemente, Ca
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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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