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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
2,064
Richmond, Virginia
Very cool, looks like somebody got a little carried away with the spot welder eh? Nothing that can’t be fixed for sure , what’s truly impressive is the gear cover remained intact through all the monkeying!


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David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
453
Kitchener, Canada
I don't think there is two much bottom to that gear cover from what i can see. Must have parked it over night in the rain. I use to make the gear covers for Pierce and a lot of other chainless bikes some time ago out of Fiberglass. All are gone . Was a labour of love.
 

Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
2,064
Richmond, Virginia
I don't think there is two much bottom to that gear cover from what i can see. Must have parked it over night in the rain. I use to make the gear covers for Pierce and a lot of other chainless bikes some time ago out of Fiberglass. All are gone . Was a labour of love.
Good eye David, the shadow of the underside of that gear cover does look toasty


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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,896
Alameda, California
I don't think there is two much bottom to that gear cover from what i can see. Must have parked it over night in the rain. I use to make the gear covers for Pierce and a lot of other chainless bikes some time ago out of Fiberglass. All are gone . Was a labour of love.
I remember seeing those for sale....
 

ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
149
haysville, ks
Yes, the bottom of the gear cover is rusted out... I think there is enough metal left I can re-create the bottom half. Amazingly enough, the gears still turn and the hub actually works!

Finally found the serial, looks like 94090, any help with dating it?

I noticed there is an entry on page one of this thread that serial number 76088 reports no shackles on the spring forks (none on mine either) and rear hub is a New Departure / P&F Corbin, all I know is mine dont look like a New Departure model A.

I would checkout the Wheelmen link from the first page, but it appears to have gone dormant.

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ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
149
haysville, ks
Here's more pics of the rear hub, any ideas what it is? The brake arm reads:

Pierce
New Departure
Patented

But... the hub shell bears no resemblance to the model A. It looks more like a model D, but even then it's really not the same.

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ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
149
haysville, ks
Interesting! So does this have a model # or name? Will that help date the bike?

Edit... I just found the info on this hub on the Corbin & New Departure hub dating project thread. First made in 1901, any idea when it was phased out?

Edit#2 Looking at the chart showing the different changes over the years, Im deducting my bike was made 1902-1903 It has the Type 3 badge, spring fork (no shackle), Pierce New Departure brake first used in 1902. Am I wrong?
 
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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,896
Alameda, California
Interesting! So does this have a model # or name? Will that help date the bike?

Edit... I just found the info on this hub on the Corbin & New Departure hub dating project thread. First made in 1901, any idea when it was phased out?

Edit#2 Looking at the chart showing the different changes over the years, Im deducting my bike was made 1902-1903 It has the Type 3 badge, spring fork (no shackle), Pierce New Departure brake first used in 1902. Am I wrong?
That brake was first used in 1901. Your Pierce is 1902 model.
 
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,126
62
Utah - United States
FYI: Pierce-Emblem made motorbike- Heavy Duty. 28" narrow crown fork. Most likey Angola factory, Pierce characteristics. Unusual 1-1/8" tubing. 400K serial suggests late 20's to early 30's.
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
1,667
59
Sanger, TX
Hello all from Australia. Here is a Pierce cushion frame chain-less from a local museum that I am building some wheels for. Frame number 76031. I don't know who rebuilt and painted the bike. The front fork is from a 1920s Humber! I have color matched some rims to make it a rider.

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that is a sweet fork.

nice bicycle.
 
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Leadheavy52

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Aug 24, 2019
22
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Albuquerque
Hello all,

New here to the forum and wanted to share this unusual Pierce Racer I recently picked up off CL locally. Serial Number: 195749. It has a The Pierce Cycle Co. Buffalo, NY badge. It looks to have raced extensively and has lots of period upgrades to it (Bianchi crankset, Brooks B19 saddle, Major Taylor style stem, frame-mounted pump). I have never seen one with the truss in the frame like this one. In addition, it has a screw-on cap for an oil port on the top of the BB. Finally, it has a plate welded and drilled at the back of the chain stays near the seat tube. This is all very well done and appears to be factory. I wonder if this was a custom-built racer that someone ordered, if if this was to be the new design for the Racer model before the ill-fated split of the company. In review of serial numbers already listed, it places this bike right at the end of the Buffalo-built line of bicycles. Finally, someone seems to have varnished it or lacquered it before it went to storage. What looks like rust simply flakes off or comes off with a little soapy water/elbow grease combination. I would love some more information from anyone more versed in these bikes than myself. Lots of experience with 60s, 70s, 80s road bikes, but I have never messed with anything this vintage and don’t want to screw it up. It looks as though the whole front of the bike would have been nickel plated with he rest of the frame, behind the head tube being a burgundy/maroon color. I would be happy to take more pictures for anyone interested.

Thanks in advance,
Austin

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