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Got Another Bike!!

by Bryn — last modified Apr 16, 2008 01:12 PM
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Well, sold my Felt and found a new replacement...

Sears Catalog - Elgin Motorbike c. 1910I've been wanting to get something "vintage" for a while now, and I've been looking at my packed full bike room going "Hmmm.... How am I going to cram anything else in here..."  Likewise I've been looking at my Felt going "Hmmm.... Really haven't ridden that in a while..."  OK, let's put 2 and 2 together!

My Felt left the stable just over a week ago now - it's gone to a good home over in Duncan on Vancouver Island to live with Amber's uncle... He fell in love with it a year or so ago when he was over visiting and I lent it to him so we could go out for a ride.  My goal was to sell it and find "something" vintage, preferably prewar.

Well, I never thought I was going to go for something like this, but I'm now the proud owner of an (allegedly) 1920's Elgin Motor Bike!  I say "allegedly" because I haven't found out what year it is EXACTLY yet, but the Motor Bike style bikes were around from the mid 1900's all the way through till the very early 1930's so "1920's" is pretty appropriate for this guy...

Haven't snapped any pictures yet - those will come soon of course.  In the meantime I snagged this catalog page to the right off of Nostalgic.net - my beast is missing the rubber flap off the front fender and the headlight/battery box, plus the wheels have been changed to a set of steel rims but otherwise is 100% complete with original looking bits anyhow!  Still has the stand, still has the struts, badges, etc.  The original rims were Maple according to the flyer - yikes!!  I think I'll stick with the steelies thanks...  It's got an original-looking New Departure Type-A hub, and the rear wheel seems to have been rebuilt so I think the previous owner kept the correct hubs with the bike when he replaced the rims... Nice.

As you can see in the fine print of the article "The term Motor Bike has reference only to the type of frame, meaning that it is built in the order of a motorcycle" - the idea was to make it look like the motorcycles of the 1920's.  Works for me!

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