What's it? 1890's Accentric Dropouts

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Dave Stromberger

I'm Afraid I Can't Let You Do That
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Picked this up at the Iron Ranch swap meet yesterday. It was in Alan's collection. I know I've seen one of these recently, either it was here on the Cabe, or on eBay... not sure. Can anybody help identify this machine? I've seen a few other threads discussing the dropouts, but didn't seem to be exactly like this.

Thanks!

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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
I’ve seen quite a few mfgs use the same dropouts and spacer hardware leading me to think they bought from a wholesale components mfg.

That Manson that was recently on fb and purchased with Sanger bars and a bunch of teens stuff on it had eccentric dropouts I believe very similar/the same.


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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,637
QC
this is a very nice invention, I have 3 different brand bikes with it, one being a Eagle like yours.
it works very well to adjust the chain tension
it's amazing that I have never seen a broken rear dropout of one (being so thin)
 

Dave Stromberger

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this is a very nice invention, I have 3 different brand bikes with it, one being a Eagle like yours.
it works very well to adjust the chain tension
it's amazing that I have never seen a broken rear dropout of one (being so thin)
Nice. Do you have some pics of your Eagle that you could share?
 
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corbettclassics

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Feb 11, 2012
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I'm glad I was able to help Jesse identify this bike when he contacted me yesterday. I didn't see this thread or I would have posted my findings.

The ads posted in the thread here don't show this particular model. And I think your forks have been hit as they have a slight bend backwards.

: - > I believe the bike is an 1899 Model 50. The fork crown is the giveaway and you also have the 28 tooth chain ring.

Here's what I think it is: ( again, check your wheelbase but straighten the fork out first )

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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Mar 5, 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Bill always on top of it, short list of go-to guys


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Dave Stromberger

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I'm glad I was able to help Jesse identify this bike when he contacted me yesterday. I didn't see this thread or I would have posted my findings.

The ads posted in the thread here don't show this particular model. And I think your forks have been hit as they have a slight bend backwards.

: - > I believe the bike is an 1899 Model 50. The fork crown is the giveaway and you also have the 28 tooth chain ring.

Here's what I think it is: ( again, check your wheelbase but straighten the fork out first )

Thanks Bill!

That sure looks like it. I'll measure it up when I get a chance. Yes it's been wrecked, the frame has a crude repair to the top tube and there are some issues with the stays too. It needs some serious TLC that is beyond my abilities. If I decide to build it, I'll have to learn how, or find somebody.
 

Dave Stromberger

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Looks like the wheelbase measures 43" with the bent fork, so probably a good guess that it'd be 44" when fixed. Also, the height is 24". If I build this, I've got a rare 40 spoke hub and rim to find! D'oh!

@corbettclassics do you happen to have the features/options pages from that 1899 Eagle catalog to share?
 
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