1900's trick bike:

Built at the turn of the century for William Hoefler, a trick rider from New York State.  The bike uses nearly 1-1 gearing and is a fixed gear bike to pedal forward and backward.  The seat has a heavy duty reinforced frame and the wheels are built with heavy gauge spokes.  Everything was nickel plated since paint would have been easily damaged.  The plating was "peppered" when we got it and we spend a number of hours trying to restore the shine.  I have scanned an article about Mr. Hoefler from the Home Magazine of 1895.  We also have a second bike, wood wheeled unicycle, three pictures and a uniform of Mr. Hoefler's.  I'll try to get pictures up soon.

Cottered crank with block chain and wooden rim

Shows the joint work as well as the one piece bar and stem

Front hub with heavy duty spokes and trick pegs

Reinforced seat frame with a ridge to prevent the post from rotating

      click on thumbnails above for larger pictures

 

Frame Nickel plated steel
Fork Nickel plated steel with what looks like a cast crown
Rear Shock NA
Rims Wood 26"
Hubs Nickel plated steel, barrel shaped, grease port (front only) 36 hole
Spokes Oversize spokes 4  cross
Tires US Rubber No 76 Giant Chain Tread 26" single tube type
Pedals None
Crank 14 tooth, cottered, adjustable pedal slot
Chain Block type "skip tooth" 1" pitch
Rear Cogs 12 tooth cog, fixed gear
Bottom Bracket cottered
Front Derailleur None
Rear Derailleur None
Shifters None
Handlebars One piece bar stem combo, nickel plated
Stem One piece bar stem combo, nickel plated
Headset Steel
Brake set None
Brake levers None
Saddle Leather cover, heavy duty frame
Seat Post "T" type with ridge on the back to keep the post from twisting
Colors Nickel plate
Size 22"
Serial #   None


Parts marked with as * are known to be non-original parts.  Bikes were often customized at the time of purchase or were different as shown in the catalogs so exact specifications were subject to change.

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First Flight Bicycles/Statesville

216 S. Center St   Statesville, NC 28677

jeff@firstflightbikes.com

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