Velo-King Tricycle


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ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
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Leonardtown, United States
#4
Yes, Velo King used the same paint scheme as seen in the photo on the last post for several years. Out of the two tricycles shown above, the one in the first post is the earliest. Somewhere in the 1940s the shape of the head was changed from the earlier pointed head to a bulb shaped head. Both are nice finds!

Dave
 

Wayne Adam

I live for the CABE
Feb 13, 2011
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Stillwater, New Jersey United States
#6
Nice Find. Here are some pictures of the one I bought several years ago at an antique shop ( yes I have the other wheel).
I think that this one is a little older, and it has the original tear drop pedals. Dave ( Ridingtoy) is the expert on these. I will be restoring this eventually.
Good luck with your trike!

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ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
1,597
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Leonardtown, United States
#7
Wayne, one of these days I'll get to restoring mine. One has teardrop pedals (the larger model like yours) and the other two have standard pedals. I have old photos purchased on ebay that show both styles of pedals used.

Dave
 

ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
1,597
152
Leonardtown, United States
#9
This is one i picked up at a Estate Sale Missing some things and has a Bent Wheel View attachment 783843
Charles, your Velo King shows the one weak point of their design on models from the 30s and 40s - the front pedal cranks. The hub has a square opening which the squared off pedal crank ends fit into, held together with the long bolt and nut. After years of heavy pedaling, the pedal crank ends tended to wear and round off until the ends could actually turn inside the hub, so the cranks would end up being other than 180 degrees out from each other. This could possibly be corrected using sheet metal shims inside the square hub hole to snug things up again and keep the crank ends from turning in the hub.

Dave
 

Charles Fitch

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 6, 2018
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Waterford, MI, USA
#11
Charles, your Velo King shows the one weak point of their design on models from the 30s and 40s - the front pedal cranks. The hub has a square opening which the squared off pedal crank ends fit into, held together with the long bolt and nut. After years of heavy pedaling, the pedal crank ends tended to wear and round off until the ends could actually turn inside the hub, so the cranks would end up being other than 180 degrees out from each other. This could possibly be corrected using sheet metal shims inside the square hub hole to snug things up again and keep the crank ends from turning in the hub.

Dave
It's not Worn Out. I had it apart for shipping and just put Them Back on to keep the parts together. The tire is shot and the rim is bent
 

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