1898 -1910 SINGER TOURIST - Singer Bicycles est 1875
Manufacture of Bicycles and sewing machines
UPDATE: February 15th 2015 - CORRECTION It is A SINGER TOURIST
UPDATE: May 13th 2013 - It is an ELSWICK
February 15th 2015; NO IT IS NOT - Though close, and many are from this era - 1898 -1910 After taking off 100 plus years of paint, dirt, rust, petrified grease.... ha ha ha. And researching for a weak or two I have discovered with out a doubt this bike is a Singer.
I found photos and information on a 1899 mens, a 1905 ladies, and a 1910 mens. They are all very much alike, as well a mine. These photos are on a excellent site called oldbike.com. At any rate after taking the old cranks to a shine the scribed in writing came clear. The name on both cranks is Singer. The cranks on the 1905 ladies bike that I found also have what look to be the same scribed Siger on them. The frames are much the same, and if you look at mine you will see the positioning and bolt for the rear rod set. They have the same head, and head set and stem. Also the 1910's cerial # is just under 10,000 before. The 1910 on oldbike.com is 242305
My bike - - - - - - - - - - - is 255470
I also discovered it was George Singer who came up with the; well then, the curved fork. I will provide some links further down.
I will get some photos up soon, I am having dificulties at the moment.
MAY 12 2013:
It was 1917 or so, roughly 35 - 40 years since the Diamond frame, and 30 years since two of the same sized wheels were able to operate on bicycle and work.
So here I am with a little bit of a mystery, and one I have gone through with Mr. A for about a year now. What is this bike?
I met up with Mr. A again on the highway yesterday morning as I happened to see him on the way to an appointment. I had not seen Mr. A for the past 6 or 7 months. After sitting for a while and having a nice chat, I asked if he still had his old 1917 kicking around. Like a couple of others I have gotten from Mr. A in the past, it is as if they are just waiting on me. He then surprised me and proceeded to dig it out of his trailer. Well, after some negotiation we came to a real decent bargain that worked great for us both and then I loaded the 1917 (?) in my van.
Umm?? is it a CCM perhaps, they are 28" wheels Canadian fit but looking at the chainring 6 pointed triangle, or 6 pointed star shape it looks a lot like Elswick? So I will have to do some digging. If you look at the close up of the right crank you will see some script writing. So far I cannot make it out, it looks like Peter something? Or Racer? Umm if you have an idea please let me know... Thank you.
The bike is cool though. Rod brakes, 28 x 1 1/2 wheels, original every thing. But, it looks like the rear rod brake assembly is missing all together, except for the guys that attach to the rear chain stays. The front has been modified with an after market stem bolt on type lever. The rod, the stirrup, and the guys are all there. The rear hub is an Edie Coaster - either put on after the rear brakes failed, or broke or whatever happened to them. Or maybe it came with a coaster as well? The later I doubt.
The saddle is not what was on it. Originally it had a larger leather sprung saddle on it called a Leppier. I am sure it was the correct one to its originality. Alex says he still has it, so perhaps the next time I run in to him I will acquire that one.
I am going to take this bike down to frame, then have it sand blasted. By the way, it rides well just as it is now! I did air up the tires, made sure every thing was tight, and I did take it for a little spin... ha, ha, ha... Not everyday do many take a 1917 for a spin huh?
Well, then at any rate, after sand blasting I will have to look at the head very careful. It has been rewelded. I will either reshape using the existing weld, or I will have it all cleaned off, and the rewelded.
After the frame and fork all ready for paint, I will prime it grey. At this moment I am undecided on the color. Once I get the fork off, it should reveal the original color of the bike. Also, once I strip other parts they too may reveal much more about this awesome Antique. I always try to stay to as close to original as I can, so like the others this one will be no exception.
As far as the rear rod brakes, I am going to construct my own. Well at least give it a good shot. I think I have enough materials around to do so, being that the guys are there is probably the biggest step. Though the carriage that wraps around the bottom of the head may be tough. But if you look at the bolt/pivot system on the down tube just away from the head, it may be that I can manufacture the bridge with an eyelet of some type. Like anything else, once I get there I will figure it out.
I am going to photo this project step by step. Doing this is very time-consuming, and at times tedious. Though once all completed I think the over all project is going to be a real shocker.
" WELL THEN LET'S HAVE A LOOK "