Actually, calling this a “city” bike is like talking about an “acoustic” guitar. Check out the saddle on this bike. This bike is from the late 1940′s, an era that saw the Lazzaretti brothers return to their bike racing roots. Jeff Groman, who owns these bikes and much of the rest of our museum collection, didn’t realize that he had two Panthers. This bike was really the find of the 2013 Bainbridge Island rotary auction. Two cables operate the derailleur. Made in vast quantities using Schwinn’s electro-forging process, the Varsity became the bicycle world’s VW Beetle. Great care was taken to design simple and elegant luggage racks for the bike (check out the integrated headlamp cage). “Diadrant” fork with fender and light mounts, Single speed durability in the geared era. Probably the most interesting tokens on this bike are in the cockpit area. The Omelenchuks had quite an influence on athletics in the midwest. This Lazzaretti shows off some of the most spectacularly detailed Italian craftsmanship found on racing bikes from the ’40′s and ’50′s. This elegant chrome track bike is named after Sid Patterson. Into the recycling went the chain, pedals, and wheels. To the serious bike collectors out there:  We don’t care if the saddle on our 1972 Colnago isn’t “period correct.”  Enjoy looking at the collection or don’t. Bill Jacoby coached John, and considered him to be a good sprinter. Schwinn dealers received training on everything from repair and bike assembly to what parts to stock, suggested store design, service area set-up and selling techniques. on your own. Rod brakes pull up on the underside of the rim. This is another bike that was made by George Omelenchuk for his wife Jeanne, an Olympic-level champion cyclist and speedskater. Feeling an obligation to at least try to keep people riding bikes past their teenage years, Schwinn made adult bikes for a nearly nonexistant U.S. market during the bicycle bust decades of the 1940′s, ’50′s, and 60′s. The Doctor’s Song (tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat) I use a stethoscope To listen to your heart. 1949 was a famous year for Italian cycling, with Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali battling each other for the win first in the Giro d’ Italia and again on the dusty mountain roads of the Tour de France. There is a funny story about collecting things that goes along with these bikes. That little knob is a grease port for the headset. It could be exactly the same as a 2019 model, and may not get sold until 2023. By bracing the spokes together, the wheels resisted twisting forces better, and spokes broke less frequently. Notice a trend here? Jack Senior, Jack II, and Jack III all together had multiple national records, championship medals, and olympic berths (there is a Jack IV, and he is making his way as a bike racer too). The T.I. After his cycling career had finished, Charlie was one of Raleigh bicycle’s first two traveling sales representatives. Perfect for the first-grader who wanted to beat the school bus home. This Flash bicycle is part of the legacy of Eddie Barron, a champion for the sport of cycling in general, and of bike racing in Western Australia in particular. Converting English industry from war material manufacturing into peacetime products was the name of the game. An ugly saddle. The motor car production and bicycle producing arms of the company eventually split, with automobiles joining the Berliet company after World War II, and bicycle production continuing under the Rochet name. The box lining, panels & pin stripes are great, the decals are intact after all of these years and the stove-baked enamel finish is unbelievable. The cable continues on to the rear derailleur, The Cyclo shifter manages a single tooth difference among the two Fortress chainrings. These little items made for an extremely versatile bike, and they are features that bike companies rarely get right even today. This particular bike came out of Desimone’s Cycle and Toy shop in San Jose. In 1951 it was pretty awesome to have the brake lever, the 3-speed trigger and a bell all within a few inches of the handlebar grip. It’s just as easy today as it was sixty years ago. Tubing angles could be custom, the joints were smooth and plenty strong. He was the winner of the 1942 “To Hell With The War” unofficial national championship race held at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. You can tour all of these, check out the great meeting hall, see a war catapult and buy Viking-made handicrafts. The stainless steel fenders are so highly polished you would swear they were chrome (like the rack and chainguard). Bikes are simply worth what someone else is willing to pay for them. Who needs panniers with a seat bag this big? The lightweight triple butted alloy frame at its heart makes the Dimension 20 ideal for small riders who like to cycle more often. Claud was an innovator, and he pioneered many of the designs that we still use today. This Paramount was most likely built by Ovie Jensen, the frame builder that Schwinn had in the Paramount division during this era. There are a couple of myths surrounding the origin of Bianchi’s signature celeste paint color. In-house bicycle production started in 1928, and was quite brisk leading up to the war, when the shop was contracted to produce pins for Bailey Bridge construction. Road bars on a track bike. Well, actually, forty years after they stopped production on this model, Bianchi started building reproductions for folks who just need a “bike”. George cast the aluminum hub shells himself, producing hubs that were extremely wide by the standards of the day (heck, they’re wide by today’s standards, and we pack 11 cogs onto modern rear hubs). I think Claud Butler actually preferred to bronze weld tubing together when he made frames. Ever wonder what bike to buy for yourself? He loved building bikes. As for the drivetrain, the Simplex Touriste derailleur in back and rod-actuated front shifter manages a staggering 6-gear spread. This bike was hefty enough to keep you safe in the event of a tornado. One started in Melbourne in the 1890’s, and another was founded by T. W. Henderson of Sydney (this is the Carbine related to our bike). The 2 wheels need to be taken off and there is a compart As in “Take this bike and see what America has to offer”. The wheels are customized for Jeanne and very hand-made. Then again, tandems are rare enough that there are relatively few “standards”. Since all of the tubing sizes, angles, and junctions are each a little unique, Andy brazed the tubes together without using custom lugs, as Trevor Jarvis would later utilize on his more ornate Flying Gates. This particular bike was purchased by Bart Fowler of New York City for seventy-nine dollars in 1948. You make people think about exploring the countryside and seeing new things. The bike's namesake, cycling star Carlo Galetti, This small secondary bottle was for "energy" drinks and tonics. € 449.00 Viking Urban S Aluminium 21 speed with disc brakes. By building this tandem with clamp-on brakes, and tucking short chain-stays under the stoker, this bike handles great when raced on steeply banked tracks, and is still safe and comfortable to leisurely ride on the open road. The bright red finish was anything but subtle, but I’ll bet it brightened up many grey Vancouver days. As one of a very limited pool of athletes to excel at multiple disciplines, it shouldn’t be surprising to know that Arnie is an inductee in both the U.S. bicycling and skating Halls of Fame. Mid-century Schwinns were beasts. The Blue Streak missile program ran in Britain and Australia from 1955 to 1972. Probably built with a few different riders in mind, it was eventually ridden at the summer games by Jack Hartman and David Sharp. The second cable rotates the pulley arm, fine-tuning the chain tension. Butler modernized frame design by shortening wheelbases and shifting the bike more upright from standard 69 degree seat tube and fork angles. The current design of the existing bike rack (each with inside openings of 2.25") makes it impossible to safely secure bikes with fenders, disc brakes, or balloon tires. I also have a couple of friends that used to do the Alaskan Iditarod bike event back in the early 1990’s. Squad getting 9th place with a best time of 5:22. On the top tube we have an event medal, perhaps from Paris-Brest-Paris (it’s a bit worn and hard to make out) and on the handlebar stem we have a circular nameplate that identifies the rider. They use an editor. As an example, our quick disconnect system allows riders to hang a variety of luggage solutions on a motorcycle, then dismount or mount this luggage quickly and effortlessly. Tough as nails, the LJ543 could handle up to 5 cogs on the back wheel with a 12 tooth spread. These features seem like gimmicks, but were in fact actual improvements. If you can’t get throught this post without making crude jokes maybe you should skip ahead and look at the Schwinn Stingray instead. The unusual Schwinn head tube badge looks extra radiant (goes well with the ”radiant coppertone” paint) with a thick plastic crystal covering the lettering. Birmingham Small Arms is probably better known for the weapons and motorcycles that they produced, but they should get a lot of credit for their wide range of wonderful military and civilian bicycles. Since the original owner of this bike is unknown, it is most fun to imagine the bike far behind Bartali and Coppi at the Giro, under some struggling anonymous domestique…. Not just pick-out-the-parts-and-lace-them-up hand made either. Updated: 21 Jan 2021, 09:53 AM IST HT Auto Desk. This model is a club racer type, built for more discriminating riders than the entry-level models. Like the frame shapes on modern carbon fiber bikes, the unusual Bates tubing gave the lightweight steel frame some nice rigidity. Don’t call us and try to describe it over the phone. Sure, it’s hard to get a tricycle going over 4mph when your legs are only 18 inches long, but with this spoke-less design you had the added benefit that with no spokes you were less likely to get your shoelaces stuck. A Brooks saddle stabilized the trajectory. The Schwinn Panther was an awesome bike that had it all. This particular Black Phantom is a reproduction from 1995. Check out this photo that Jeff unearthed from the 1940’s. Fred Hanstock founded Carlton Cycles in the North Nottinghamshire village of While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding vintage Schwinns like this one, the fact of the matter is that this Continental was a beast. The parts are an assortment of brands, a greatest hits package from the late ‘40’s and early ‘50’s. Through trips to Europe and in consultation with professionals, Hill Cycle became the premier shop in the area, full of the latest top quality products that no one else had. In 1949 he won the world amateur sprint championship in Copenhagen, and in 1950, the world amateur pursuit championship. The “New World” meant America. No welds. George, a skilled gunsmith and clockmaker, had legendary machining ability. Simes partnered with his protege Jack Heid and tore up the track with this bike. The post binder goes right through the stays. Hey, all of you Randonneurs out there are going to love this bike. These bikes were so coveted and awe inspiring that no kid would even consider riding the Black Phantom on his newspaper route. The front hub is as wide as the back one. 100 years later and Legnano survives under the ownership of Bianchi. Schwinn re-badged this particular bike as a B.F. Goodrich, and the tire company sold them at their chain of auto parts stores. You have to get on a painter’s schedule (some have months-long backlogs), and it takes a while to get chrome done (Art’s is actually quite fast). Campagnolo furnishes some of the equipment (of course) with their hubs, shifters, and Gran Sport derailleurs managing the ten gear choices. But these guys all look lazy compared to George Omelenchuk. Nearly every part of this bike was built in-house. Simplex derailleur managed a 4 tooth gear difference. George, along with brothers Walter and Tony, operated one of the most outrageously capable bike and sporting goods shops in the country. The Varsity should be remembered for more and better reasons than these. tricycles and power assisted cycles but does not include Motorcycles.For bicycle parts, see List of bicycle part manufacturing companies.. Here is a terrific import from the land down under, and although this bike is from the southern hemisphere, it still goes counter-clockwise around a velodrome. Promoted by Britain’s greatest cyclist of the era (and Raleigh spokesman) Reg Harris, the Lenton was a popular ride. The list of SEIKEL’s refinements on the VW Crafter 35 4Motion is impressive: chassis lifted by 30 mm, rock sliders, continuous underbody protection, snorkel, transmission vent and 410 Nm torque. When you're ready to access the interior compartment of these bags, the easy locking system gives you the ability to quickly unlock. Serial numbers do not help. This Reg Harris signature model has a lot of great bits. Harold Gulbranson, Ray Mazelli, and Danny Morris at a Hill Cycle event, Charlie, shaving so he looked good for the fans. For decades the ad copy has been nearly the same and every bike company claims that   ”Our bike is laterally stiff and vertically compliant.”. Knowing bicycles and bicycle people, I’d say that the story about it being a mixture of surplus navy paint makes the most sense. Glad you asked. When Fausto set up the Carpano-Coppi team, he equipped the squad with bikes labeled with his own name, produced by the Fiorelli Brothers (Rinaldo, Mario and Lino). Take pictures straight on in front of a blank background, and take close-up photos of areas that may generate interest (or confusion). Sid won world championship titles on the track while an amateur and as a professional. This model is from a high water mark in the 1950s. For seventy-five years the BSA conglomerate took extraordinary care designing bicycles for every application. Twenty-five years ago Jeff made a vacation trip up to Vancouver Canada. The Paris Galibier model has a certain elasticity which allows it to flex in such a manner that the shocks received by the wheels are efficiently damped, and this noticably improves the holding of the road at racing speeds”. The hex bar Silver King is constructed of hexagonal shaped aluminum tubes. We aren’t exactly sure of the reason for this little touch, but it’s possible that it was merely a bit of track racing superstition (like not having tire labels on the right side of the bike). Little port holes on the head tube, hubs and bottom bracket shell allowed bearing lubrication without disassembly. Carlo won the Giro d’ Italia in 1910, 1911, and 1912. Still an Italian classic, this is Bianchi’s second-tier bike from 1961. The great Italian champion Fausto Coppi once rode on a Fiorelli. This bike was so iconic that a replica was produced in the late ’90′s (seen here) to capture the imagination (and dollars) of the adults that had wanted one of these bikes as children. Not saying we could personally do better, but if you’re going to “restore” something you need to restore it to how it was originally. This one is considered a “Path Racer”, meaning that it would be equally at home on the velodrome as it would riding on the roads or dirt racing ovals. This is a chromed steel bicycle, but it doesn’t look like any typical bit of chromed steel. Installation of any Viking Bag is easy. Club racers like the Lenton could do it all. Rides so smoothly, so fast, so responsively, that you’ll have to ride it to believe it. Our friend Ted Ernst was an American bike racer making his way in Europe back in the late ’50′s. Claud Butler started as a London bike shop owner and frame-builder in 1928. Sold by Ace Cycles in Vancouver B.C., this classic steel rig would have turned heads as it rolled down the street. As always, it's not perfect, and there are a few things we'd like to see tweaked. This green beauty has a lot of cutting edge features for a bike in its sixties. In the late ’50′s and early ’60′s kids typically had to choose between small balloon-tire bikes and mid-weight “English Racers”. A simplex Tour de France model rear derailleur managed five gears on the back wheel, while the Simplex Competition lever-style derailleur managed two chainrings up front. George would take materials that were already on the cutting edge of technology, re-work the material and design from scratch, just to squeeze a little more performance out of them for just one rider. There is the Simplex Tour de France derailleur on the back, managing a spread of 4 whole gears (by the way, we actually have the chain routed incorrectly through the derailleur in our photos. Most of our Viking luggage is waterproof and features an airtight seal around the closure, whether it be the zipper system or chrome polished buckles. Kennis built this bike in the late 1940′s for our friend Bill Jacoby. So, if you only have one pair of motorcycle saddlebags and wish to use them with a number of different motorcycles when needed. Outfitted with Simplex’s LJ543 derailleur (named for Simplex chief Lucien Juy), a rod-actuated front derailleur, light weight racing wheels with Super Course rims and silky smooth hubs. It features thin walled steel tubing resulting in a twenty-one pound racing bike. They’d fix it. Just plug the tubes into the socket. This is the mid-level Competizione model. The 1950s saw the creation of the British Cycle Corporation under the Tube Investments Group. It is equipped with Campagnolo’s famous Paris Roubaix shifting system, made famous by the fact that you had to disconnect the rear wheel while the bike was moving in order to operate the derailleur (it was lovingly nicknamed the suicide shifter). We also carry New & Pre-Owned ATVs, Sport Motorcycles, Scooters, UTVs, PWC and offer Parts, Accessories, Apparel, and More! The components and design are tough and well used, but not very elegant. Looking at this Competizione, you can almost feel the epic rides that were undertaken and the great stories that were told after the fact. Following his service in World War II, Eddie returned home to Midland, a suburb in the Perth area of Western Australia. Although mainly Mag wheels, they also made frames and complete bikes for a brief period. Legnano was the bike Bartali rode when he dueled with Coppi. The 2-speed was a deluxe option that he was pretty sure he never had! The “World Traveler” was a great bicycle name to sell Americans in the latter half of the 20th century. Hey, check out the Campagnolo model Brooks saddle! Olympic Rings for various British team members. An excellent regional level racer, Warren won a national amatuer title, and won the Pennsylvania state championship multiple times. Something broken? Pedaling and balancing in bicycle mode is a bit tricky given that the pedals are directly attached to the front wheel (pedaling action will fight steering input and vice-versa). In the aftermath of WWII, England needed some fun. An extensive search of the storage held the answer: 2 bikes. When they started building bicycles, a creative switch was thrown and Monark became known for designing some of the most wonderful balloon-tire bikes of the era. Young street racers will often strip the heavy accessories off of their bikes, or leave crash-damaged and dented parts where smooth perfection once sat. Bikes for paratroopers, bikes for children, components for racing bikes, motorized bicycles, three-speeds designed for utility, racing bikes designed for speed. To be a Schwinn dealer really meant something. Later eras saw British bikes that were more specialized. You just take a look at the bike a retired pro picks for himself (and pays for with his own cash)…. That’s okay, because reproducing great (or at least pretty good) work over and over again was how Bianchi did things in the 1960′s too. This bike is for sale from the museum collection. When it comes to sophisticated styling and weather resistant construction, Viking is at the very edge of the industry. This particular Flying Scot was originally owned by Oscar Juner, founder of American Cyclery in San Francisco. While we don’t really care if a restored bike is “as original” or if someone gives their bike the hot rod treatment (chroming everything, making the bike better than it ever was when new), we do care that the restoration does no harm. The wheels were beyond repair. The frame is built out of Reynolds 531 butted steel, and features internal cable routing for the Hiduminium brakes and the Cyclo Benelux rear derailleur. Cheap, durable, and appealing to lots of different riders, the Varsity is a still a popular bike, even today. Two brothers, Remo and Romolo Lazzaretti, opened a small bicycle and sewing machine repair shop in Rome during World War I. Remo’s great entrepreneurial talent turned the little commercial venture into a thriving business, capitalizing on the racing exploits of brother Romolo. Tying and soldering spokes used to be a common wheel building procedure. No angry bike-nerd emails please). 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