Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Harley Davidson Bicycle

     This is a pretty unique bicycle we acquired over the summer. We thought it was a Harley Davidson model # 220. It has the HD chain ring and the arched top tube. Upon closer inspection and with the help of a collector, it turns out it may not be so. The fork crown is different and the rear brake bridge is straight, not arched. Also, the way the arched tube joins the seat tube is not quite right. We definately want to know more! If you can shed some light on these inconsistencies, I am all ears.
It also has an Atherton rear coaster hub, which is a rare piece.
Harley Davidson is of course famous for its motorcycles, but they also produced bicycles from 1917-1923 as a way of recruiting potential customers for their motorcycles, which were at that point, a fairly new thing. They were built in Dayton, Ohio by the Davis Machine Co. and discontinued by 1923 because of disappointing sales. They made a few different models, including ladies bikes, which are quite rare today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hill Cycle tattoo

     Well, I am back upstairs in the office now that our season is winding down on the ground floor. Sorry for the lack of posts over the summer time, but I was way too busy fixing bikes all summer! I was going through my phone and found a bunch of photos I forgot about from earlier in the season.
     Jerry Casale Jr. paid the shop a visit over the summer and showed me the commemorative tattoo he had gotten in honor of his father, Jerry Casale Sr. The Casale family owned Hill Cycle for several generations and had a huge impact on the Philadelphia cycling community and American racing. They started the Keystone open which became the Corestates race and is now the Sugar Hill cycling classic. it was one of the top American road races and still draws massive crowds to this day and is a part of most Philadelphians late spring conciousness.