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and it's not 11 or 12-speed, DuraAce, or DI2. The wheels ain't carbon fiber or aero, and the tires ain't sew-ups. It doesn't have drop bars, the saddle ain't level, but it is completely cool!



On the return leg of today's ride, I stopped into an old hardware store in a nearby small town to inquire about some supplies for my other hobby. I struck out on the supplies, but decided to photograph the neat old bike.

I've been in that store a few times before but had not photographed the bike until today. The proprietor said that it dates back to 1908. On an earlier visit, he said that a guy from another small town had actually ridden it on an occasion or two.

The bike appears to be in fairly good condition. On my various visits, I have not had presence of mind to check out the head badge. I'll get that done sooner or later.
 

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and it's not 11 or 12-speed, DuraAce, or DI2. The wheels ain't carbon fiber or aero, and the tires ain't sew-ups. It doesn't have drop bars, the saddle ain't level, but it is completely cool!



On the return leg of today's ride, I stopped into an old hardware store in a nearby small town to inquire about some supplies for my other hobby. I struck out on the supplies, but decided to photograph the neat old bike.

I've been in that store a few times before but had not photographed the bike until today. The proprietor said that it dates back to 1908. On an earlier visit, he said that a guy from another small town had actually ridden it on an occasion or two.

The bike appears to be in fairly good condition. On my various visits, I have not had presence of mind to check out the head badge. I'll get that done sooner or later.
That's my new downhill bikes 2nd iteration prototype. We tweaked it a bit on the final version.
 

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Nice fixie!

In those days, motorized doping was harder to get away withe because it was, like, a horse.
 

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I'll take the Rover Safety, thanks.
 

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He called it his Mt. Wilson Slayer. And slay Mt. Wilson it did, back in the day. Especially going uphill.
Nah. :nono: That was even before my time! Those were the days when men were men! They ate their bread and stew and got strong legs! Can y'all Imagine cranking that big gear? What's the rollout?

A shop mech friend out in Longview, TX, used to ride his high wheeler once a year in the event ride funded by the town. He had no problem keeping up, as long as there were no hills!

Getting on one of those things must be like hopping on the back of a horse, like in the old cowboy movies! They must have liked to be at horseback level, to stay up above the mud. Now ya gotta add a fender on these small wimpy wheels or you get sprayed on. :frown2:
 

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...for the trip up Mt. Wilson. Talk about a big ring.
Wouldn't have tried it.

Appears high wheelers had 70" wheels, and that's the standard for measuring gear inches to this day, from "70 gear inches."

So 70 gear inches would be closest to 44-16 on a 700C wheel. A little taller than 44-23. It woulda been harder, for sure! :D

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Appears high wheelers had 70" wheels
Not so. The standard front wheel was in the mid-50 inches, with a few 60-inch wheel bikes made. A rider selected wheel diameter so the wheel radius would fit his inseam.

Transposed to a 50/34 compact, riders turned the equivalent of a 50 x 25 or 34 x 17. Pretty small fixed gearing, which partly contributed to the high-wheeler's demise after its 15-year popularity.
 

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You found actual footage of Fredrico!
Yup, he won that race, and gave credit to his 'Mt. Wilson repeats' training.
 
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