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Antique Originals Available for Purchase

RBR is pleased to announce that some rare original bikes are available for sale on occasion. These antiques are usually hard to come by, and their conditions vary from poor to very good, depending on how the bikes were treated over their life spans to date. Some bikes are more desirable than others, some bikes are higher end than others. We will try to give a description that accurately describes the bikes, the approximate year of production, the manufacturer if known, the size and model, condition, whether repairs are needed or not, and estimation of condition.

Bikes are posted as they become available, and mark them as sold if purchased. If interested in any of these bikes, please call for a quote and availability. We can ship worldwide. Original bikes may be had in different conditions so let us know what you're looking for. We tend to describe these bikes in a range of conditions or combination of conditions. As found condition, not rideable, poor condition, original rideable, partially repaired, rideable refurbished, older rideable restoration, older restoration refurbished, mostly restored rideable, restored rideable.

If you have questions, please let us know.

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Current inventory:

50" Royal Mail Bike

50-inch Royal Mail Bike

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50" Royal Mail. Circa 1884-1889 est. Read & Son Co. Boston, MA. Original unrestored bike. This bike is imported by William Reed and Sons Baltimore, manufactured in Birmingham England. The bike retains some interesting paint work with a pinstripe on the frame and an owl painted in gold on the fork legs below the head. This may or may not be the original paint the bike came with and would need to be researched. The bike is burgundy which is unusual for hiwheel bikes as most came black or nickeled as a rule though a very few builders did offer a color choice. Read & Sons offered a hollow rim early on though in this case they were subjected to moisture and rusted out from the inside and collapsed. Both front and rear rims will need to be replaced as will the spokes on the rear wheel and tires. It is possible with effort that the front spokes can be saved. This bike is mostly complete though is missing the brake parts, pan saddle and a couple small pieces as well. I may have a suitable pan replacement so ask. The bike was in the estate of a San Francisco Bay Area man and had been in the family for close to 100 years I was told when I bought the bike at the estate auction..

Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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55" Columbia Light Roadster Model - Serial Number 350, Vintage 1885

55-inch Columbia Light Roadster

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Original and unrestored. This is Columbia's early Light Roadster model and the top of their line at the time. It is a 55" front wheel for a tall rider and has an aftermarket saddle, probably to replace the factory installed suspension pan type saddle. Saddles were often replaced by the bike owner to allow for more rider comfort. This bike is mostly complete original and intact save the saddle and replaced tires. The bike has a 64 spoke 2 cross front wheel and 20 spoke 1 cross rear wheel, moustache bars, pear grips and a nickeled head.

While this bike seems to be solid and sound original, the bike is in need of work in order to be made rideable. The front wheel is missing 1 spoke and the rear has several broken spokes. They should be replaced at the very least and all the rear spokes if you get ambitious. The bike is layered in multiple coats of paint and that can be left or chemically stripped to metal and repainted. The bars have been brazed in place most likely as the bar wedge was loose. The braze can be sweated out and a new bar wedge installed or the old one can be shimmed. The bars should be straightened if they are removed. The brake spoon has a wear spot at the front and the brake return spring is broken off at the mid point. The saddle will need new leather and a nose piece as well. The cotters are well seated and seem to be serviceable. The grips are in good condition and the majority of the bikes tiny small parts are in place. Overall, this is a good core bike for a tall rider.

This bike has been sold and is no longer available.
Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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American Star 52"

52-inch American Star

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52" American Star model safety style bike by the H.B. Smith Company. Approximately 1882-1884. Original unrestored. This bike is unique in at least two distinct points. The first is that this is a type of safety bike and the small wheel is in the front of the bike with the large drive wheel at the rear of the bike. This bike is also unique in that it has a treadle drive system powered by levers connected to ratcheting drums by leather belts. This style bike was pictured riding down the steps of the US Capitol Building to show how safe they were. Another desirable and rare bike. This bike has come from a bike shop where is hung as a display for nearly the last 50 years.

As stated, this bike is original unrestored though the tires were replaced at some point in the history of the life of the machine and are currently taped to the rims. The bike is complete as far as I can tell with the addition of a wide mounting step bolted to the factory step. The brake is functional. The ratchet drives work and retract. The bike does need work though to make it rideable and has some rust. The items needing repair are the front fork, one of the legs has been broken and repaired. The front hub is also in need of work to repair it though it does roll. The seat spring set is in place but needs leather at least and possibly has had some metal added to it lengthwise. The rubber grips are incorrect to the bike. Tires are needed as well as a complete tear down, cleaning and adjustment during assembly.

This bike has been sold and is no longer available.
Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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1886-1890 - 50” Springfield Roadster

50-inch Springfield Roadster

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Original, unrestored, mostly complete. Some work done. This is a Springfield Roadster bike in 50". This bike is powered by an unique and separate geared drive system on each side of the fork that allows the rider to pedal one side or the other or both simultaneously. The drive system was to help inhibit headers and is very interesting. As it is a geared sprag drive system, the bike does not roll backward, only forward. The bike has the complete brake and has very interesting rat trap style pedals. This bike has new rubber tires installed and seems to function well though it should be completely pulled down, cleaned, greased and adjusted. The things this bike needs to be completed. The lower mount for the saddle is attached as is the nose piece but there is no saddle top or spring sets with the bike. There is one bar clamp bolt missing at the head. The grip handles need work and the bars are bent. The brake spoon has been worn through at the front. It is missing the original rear wheel and has a custom made replacement rear wheel I built for the bike. The Pros to the bike. This bike is very sound, nice, and desirable. With a saddle, some maintenance and adjustments, it should make a very good rider for someone looking for this style hiwheel.

Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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54" Gormully and Jeffery American Champion

54-inch Gormully and Jeffery

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54" Gormully and Jeffery American Champion model. Serial number 5377. Approximate 1886 vintage.

Original, unrestored. Adjustable step. Lillibridge saddle. Good solid frame and fork. The bike is mostly original intact with step, hub and bearing oilers, hub clips, fasteners, dust shield and saddle. Some repairs have been made and some are still needed to make this bike rideable. Missing bar brake handle and pivot, Spoon and return spring, grips, and step rubber. The bike has a mismatched set of crank arms and pedals, and though similar, they are slightly different. The bar clamps have had the fasteners replaced with modern bolts. The handle bars are new unfinished replacements. The tire rubber appears serviceable but could be replaced. There is one spoke in the front wheel needing replacement. The bike needs a thorough cleaning and tuning. The bike has been repainted at some point in it's history but shows signs of being nickel plated on the frame and fork. Further repairs are being done and further parts are being replaced where possible, ad will be updated as repairs are completed.

Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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52" Victor Light Roadster

52-inch Victor Roadster

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52-inch Victor Light Roadster Model. Approximately '86-'87 vintage.

Two-in-one spoke in wheels. Victor type sprung saddle with original springs, adjustable step, spade grips, dust shield with lower clip, and rear hub oiler. This bike has what appears to be a sound frame and fork. It rolls okay and the wheels spin freely, but the hollow rims are finished as are the spokes. It appears that the wheels had rust damage and the front rim is badly collapsed with some broken front and rear spokes. The rear rim has a crack but is probably repairable. The handlebars have been broken and welded on one side as typical was for Victor handlebars. The seat nose cantle is missing, as is the entire brake assembly. The cotters are missing and the pedals appear to be later issue, possibly from an HTS bike rather than a hiwheel, though they do work, and bolt to the crank arms correctly. This bike needs substantial repairs prior to being rideable. It will need at least one new rim, new spokes front and rear, new tires, new cotter pins, one new trunion bolt and nut, one trunion nut, new seat leather, new cantle nose piece, and the entire brake assembly. Victor bikes were higher-end bikes and are desirable. This bike seems to be a solid core to work from and though it's a project bike to be sure, it's got good potential. This bike will include new tires front and rear, as well as replacement spokes for the rear wheel. Parts for this bike are available through at least one other outlet.

Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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52" American Sanspariel

52-inch American Sanspariel

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52-inch American Sanspariel, serial number 1450, made under contract by the William Andrews Company, Birmingham England for the S.T. Clark Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

This bike is an English built bike made specifically for export to the U.S. and the S.T. Clark Company. We have some history on this bike to go with it. The bike had been in the David C. Judkins Family of Cambridge City, Indiana, since the early 1930's when it was purchased at auction by David's grandfather. It was ridden by his father and grandfather. Later, in 1958, it went by way of David's father from Cambridge City to Anderson, Indiana, after the death of David's grandfather. In 1970, the bike was painted green & red, and had new tires installed. In 1978, David got the bike himself, and rode it for a while, but time and rough treatment had made the bike unrideable. By the time it came to RBR in 2013, it was badly in need of repair and restoration. The bike had gone through a few more repairs and paint jobs since 1970 and we redid the whole bike to bring it back to its former original appearance.

This bike has some classic styling, with an ovalized frame tube and double fluted fork legs. The saddle is a replacement or custom ordered and done in the 1880's by S.T. Clark, or the original owner, and is a 3rd pattern Kirkpatrick. This bike is almost completely restored, repainted with black gloss powder coat, and most all the small parts re-nickel plated. The front bearings are parallel type, and the cases still have the original plate work. The original spokes are all back in place, both front and rear. It has the original wood grips on the bars and brake handle. On the rear hub oiler, one grip brass ferrule is missing and the brake ferrule is split, but it's there. The bike has the majority of it's original parts as far as I can tell, though some items were replaced, such as cotter pins in the cranks, the trunion pins at the front forks, as well as the rear axle shaft with hardware side to side. The pedals are also replaced with a similar type for the bike. The saddle leather was installed in the 1970's but may be replaced shortly as the stylish trim cuts at the sides cause the rider to hang up and prevent a smooth dismount. The bike has new tire rubber front and rear as well.

Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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22" Ladies Pneumatic

SOLD -24-inch Falmouth Cycle

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Unknown ladies pneumatic safety bike. 22" frame. Wood rims, leather saddle. This bike is pretty basic, It's missing the headbadge so is an unknown builder but some research may turn that up. The bike will need some work to bring up to rideable condition and is missing parts.

This bike has been sold and is no longer available.
Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

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24" Falmouth Cycle

SOLD - 24-inch Falmouth Cycle

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Falmouth 24" frame men's Pneumatic Safety. Dated 1903. This bike came from the estate of a San Francisco Bay Area man and was claimed to have been in the family since it was purchased new. This Falmouth brand bike was built by the Davis arms Co. in Maine, and was equipped with the new for 1903, Morrow brand coaster brake. It was also a tall frame at 24" and has a frame protector, leather tool bag, bell, rat trap pedals, and very good condition wood rim wheels. The bike is is good to very good original condition, missing only the end caps off the handlebar grips. The nickel is still in fair to good condition, the wheels are true with good varnish on them and the coaster brake works. The leather on the saddle is still soft and usable and this bike would clean up well and make an excellent rider for someone. The tires would need to be replaced though as they have hardened and have flat spots. That is a shame because the tires are pretty cool with a 1903 patent mark and red side walls. If left alone, the bike would make an excellent display piece.

This bike has been sold and is no longer available.
Call (510) 769-0980 for more information.

 

 
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