Need help identifying this bike

Discussion in 'Antique Bicycles Pre-1933' started by Cast Iron guy, Dec 19, 2017.

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 19, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    Purchased this bike while picking for cast iron and Texas pottery. Without cleaning it up, it appears to be a Davis Sewing, 1915, black and red paint (appears original), “The Lester” sprocket pat. 1911, wood wheels. Appears complete, no fenders?

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  2. #2 Posted Dec 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Needs fenders they are missing. Nice bike though.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I am going with Davis sewing machine. Awesome find. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Can we see the bottom bracket?
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I think this is the badge. 2F311450-7DA2-41B8-B3EB-E3FC10347C9E.jpeg
     
  6. #6 Posted Dec 22, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    That surely is the badge, cause Davis made bicycle for Shapleigh for years.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I purchased the bike today; the seller thought it was 1915 but the bike has a block chain which makes me think it is earlier.
    What year is it?

    The numbers on the bottom bracket appear to be faintly stamped 1385

    Does anyone have a spare seat clamp they would part with? I would like to reassemble the saddle and mount it as-is.

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Check/remove more paint under the bottom bracket. Check more in the center, away from the rim. Any single numbers or letters? There “MAY” be more digits. Thanks for sharing. That is an awesome frame! Hope this helps. Congrats
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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  11. #11 Posted Dec 23, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Here's a 1910 Shapleigh catalog page showing a similar model. IMG_20171116_003338.jpg
     
  12. #12 Posted Dec 23, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Maybe something there? That ad cds2323 posted looks exactly right! Thanks for sharing that! 20C3C708-2AE9-428C-A9BA-4E43B1204C21.jpeg
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    When did switch from block to roller chain take place?
     
  16. #16 Posted Dec 23, 2017

    Saint Lactose The Tolerant

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    Thank you for the heads-up .. rollfaster !!


    Both machines, Cast Iron guy (first machine) AND petritl (second machine)
    are both Davis-Built. Second machine has no information as to who the
    distributor was ... could be another hardware company like, Mumford & Son
    Hardware Co.

    Davis may have wholesaled the same model and color scheme machine to
    seventeen different distributors.

    cds2323 provided what appears to be a 1910 catalog illustration of the same
    (as above) bicycle. The illustration features the same pedals, saddle, handle-
    bar, and round-in-cross section crank.

    The machines differ in the chainring design compared to the illustration.

    Also ... Cast Iron guy's machine features a crank locknut that is of the pin-
    spanner
    variety ... the illustration and petritl's crank locknut are not shown.

    CORRECTION as of 10:44 P.M. EST ... it has now been photographically-
    established that petritl's crank locknut is of the pin-spanner variety.


    Waaay kool to see two survivors in roughly the same degree of survival.

    ....... patric

     
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