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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
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Fairborn, Ohio
Not mine but looking for any info - would be much appreciated.

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Kato ... that is a Shelby-Built Davis.

Shelby purchased Davis sometime in or after 1923.

That frame could be badged as a Dayton or Yale ...
notice it has a Shelby, truss fork of the era.

That Davis badge was the final badge Davis used
on a bicycle from their factory. It was originally
of the bottle-cap variety.

....... patric
 

Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
Patric - Thanks as always for the incredible info.
I wasn't sure about the headbadge based on where the holes were - sort of at a weird spot at the bes of the circle / almost on the edge
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,332
14,094
Costa Mesa, California. United States
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Here's some fresh pictures of the 1918 Davis made, Harley Davidson Motorcyke.
Now outfitted with rideable rubber on its original rims.
Catalog correct, Long Hand Horn, Bridgeport frame pump,New Departure "Zoo Series" Turtle bell, Delta battery powered light kit, pre1923 Wald, jeweled glass reflector made in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Bulldog stitched leather grips, Troxel Motorbike saddle & tool bag, & Veeder Trip Cyclometer.
 

rustyspoke66

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Feb 2, 2010
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595
Spokane, WA
View attachment 441904 View attachment 441905 View attachment 441906 Here's some fresh pictures of the 1918 Davis made, Harley Davidson Motorcyke.
Now outfitted with rideable rubber on its original rims.
Catalog correct, Long Hand Horn, Bridgeport frame pump,New Departure "Zoo Series" Turtle bell, Delta battery powered light kit, pre1923 Wald, jeweled glass reflector made in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Bulldog stitched leather grips, Troxel Motorbike saddle & tool bag, & Veeder Trip Cyclometer.
OK, I have to ask what is the ISO of the tires you put on there?
 

rustyspoke66

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Feb 2, 2010
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Spokane, WA
Kewl, I just sent them a message asking what the ISO dimension is. They look like the older 635mm and all the G&J rims I have are 630mm.
 

rustyspoke66

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Staff member
Feb 2, 2010
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Spokane, WA
Just a heads up your rims need to be 635mm ISO for the tires above. Easy way to check the rim is to take it to a bike shop and see what fits. 27" tires are a 630mm ISO. Like I said above most but not all of the early steel G&J clinchers are 630mm.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,332
14,094
Costa Mesa, California. United States
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I tried 27" road bike tires, but even they were not ideal for this type of rim. They were too narrow, and didn't seat properly.
The bead design that these rims were made for snapped in place underneath the edge of the rim, so that once mounted, the tire encases the tube, much like a single tube or sew up tire.
They are a little unruly to mount, but once the beads are snapped in place, they are very secure.
See examples above.
 

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