Talk about all things Rat Rod Bikes.
These are the culprits, on the stem is a bolt and both sides of the bars are pinched where they join so they can swivel up and down.
http://flwrider.com/2010/02/02/1910-pie ... s-bicycle/
When I wanted that bike ,I looked for the bars too. They weren't real popular I guess , because after an extensive search I never found a set. Those have really cool bends , that make them work with the adjustability of the design. They have a thing welded on the front with the gear looking thing where they won't slide when you adjust them. I know someone could build a set. It might be hard to get the bends right. They are a cool looking.
Is everybody finished building yet?
Im surprised that they werent too popular, they are gorgeous! Man, what I would do to have a bike like that, it makes me sad to think that weve reverted from beutiful craftsmanship like that to those wally world china bikes
I found this article on line from back in the day
THE KELLY HANDLEBAR COMPANY.
Adjustable handlebars are now not only the usual equipment of highest grade bicycles, but the riders of medium and lower priced machines are coming to demand that the same convenience be allowed also to them. This is quite reasonable, since there are a number of makes on the market, and the additional cost is so slight as to be unfelt. A worthy pioneer is the Kelly, made by the Kelly Handlebar Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. Its introduction dates back to 1895. The essential feature of this design is a divided bar with sections
pivotally connected to the stem, and provided with serrations which engage and interlock with corresponding parts in the head of the machine, being held from slipping by means of a clamping bolt. This bolt has, for 1900, taken the place of the old-time cap-screw with good effect. All working parts are made from dropsteel forgings, and the stem is of metal untouched by fire after forging. Thousands of these bars are in satisfactory use in the United States alone.
EDWARD MILLER * COMPANY.
The makers of the Majestic and Everlit acetylene gas lamps brought to the cycle accessories field, five years ago, a half century's successful experience in general lamp manufacture. Oil lights were the sole output of this concern in the cycle line until the season of 1899, when the acetylene gas type was taken up, and so satisfactory has the latter proven that for 1900 it has entirely superseded the older models. In the Majestic for this year the water reservoir is built below the combustion chamber, where it is not affected by the upward radiating heat from the flame. The carbide cup has corrugations at the side marked to indicate the amount of fresh carbide needed for one, two, three or four hours' riding, thus enabling one to calculate very near the expected consumption of carbide and supply accordingly. By this means useless waste is guarded against, and the lamp easily cleaned after each ride without removal of accumulated refuse.
Respect the Middleweight
The funny part is they said the guy sold 2 million Kelly Bars and there isn't zip about the company. He changed the company and started making reamers.
Is everybody finished building yet?
Now that I've got this Racycle that I'm building, these Kelly bars have come big time onto my radar. After scouring the internet, I've decided to try to make a set. Maybe this bump will help me in one area, namely, in looking for those large washer pieces that have ridges and grooves to lock the handlebars in position.
Can anyone think of what I could use there to lock the bars in place, should I build them? Lars and I talked about using castle nuts turned towards each other, but that would be a clumsy version. There's got to be some other non-bicycle device that uses something like those. Take a look at these close up shots from The Cabe: http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthread ... handlebars
What could I use for those locking pieces? Ideas?
Troy Built garden tillers, and maybe others, use a sort of toothed washer to hold the handles at the angle you set.
http://www.partstree.com/parts/?lc=troy ... 0007100004
Maybe that will help. A particularly aggressive set of seat gut washers might work also. Something like this,
Keep us posted!!
Dang it!! where else have I seen those? Something cast, and a PITA to adjust. GRRRR. I'll remember about 2:00 in the morning!
Do not hope for an easy life, hope for the strength to endure a hard one.
Hmm. I wish that diagram was clearer. I can't make much out.
Yes, seat post guts have come up as an option. I've sort of come up with a design that would use them, but it would be kind of bulky. As you say, there's got to be something else that uses something like that.
Can't say I've seen that. Got any pictures?
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