Wednesday, September 30, 2009

History and Culture by Bicycle Part 192; History of a Bicycle Part 2: Schwinn American: Update 1

I have cleaned the entire bike of dust, dirt and rust. Right now the 4 chromed pieces are hanging in my garage drying after I painted them with silver metallic color spray paint to protect from further rusting. It will not be an exact match to the original chrome, but will be very close and still look good, especially for what the bike is going to be used for. I am not going to repaint the frame, fenders or other painted pieces of the bike. It needs to look like it has been well used.

The reason the painted surfaces will not be repainted or the chromed pieces will not be re chromed is the bike is going to be donated to the new Sioux City Public Museum as part of a transportation exhibit. I have been in contact with the Curator and she will gladly accept the bike as a donation.

It will be some time before the museum is ready for the bike. So in the mean time I am working on what refurbishing I am doing and will have the bike shop rebuild it with new white wall tires, chain, etc. I might even take it for a spin just to see how it handles before I turn it over to the museum.

I also have to work on researching the history of this particular bike and the history of bicycle transportation in this area and across the nation, past and present.

Here are some more photo's:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

History and Culture by Bicycle Part 191; History of a Bicycle Part 1: Hiawatha: Update 1

I have more information from my research on the Hiawatha I inherited. It was manufactured by Clevelnad Manufacturing Company sometime in 1946/47. The chainguard is not the correct one for this bike. It either never had one to begin with and this one was added or the original was damaged and this one replaced it. The box on the frame is a battery box for a headlamp, but the lamp is missing. The battery box was an after market accessory. The speedometer is also not original to the bike and was added as an after market accessory. The button on the tank is either for a horn or a headlamp, I will not know for sure until I disassemble the bike to inspect and clean it up to refurbish it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

History and Culture by Bicycle Part 190; History of a Bicycle Part 2: Schwinn American

A few years ago I purchased a Schwinn American from a friend of mine. I think he bought it at a garage sale with the intention of refubishing/restoring it and never got around to it so I bought it from him with the same intention. The first thing I did when I bought it is took it apart, scraped the chain, spokes, crank arms and pedals, these items were either in very bad shape or were missing parts/pieces. The bearings, nuts, bolts and other hardware I put into plastic baggies and labeled them so they can be resued, especially the rear hub, bearings and brake assembly. Then it sat in my basement until recently.

I have pulled it out of the basement and am working on refurbishing it. I have washed the frame, fork, rims, handlebars, fenders, etc. I am now working on cleaning the rust off of everything. The headlamp and rims have a lot of rust on them, the frame, fenders, etc. has a little. I am using CLR and steel wool to clean it off with out scratching the metal and it is working great. After I get everything cleaned of rust I will need to figure out how to protect the bare metal from rusting again. One Option I have is chrome colored paint for the chromed pieces, like the rims and headlamp and the correct color for everything else. Once I have that done I am going to take it to the bike shop to have it rebuilt so it can be ridden. Beyond this I do not know what I will do with the bike. I do not think I will ride it. Sioux City is having a brand new air and transportation museum opening soon, perhaps I will donate it to them with a write up about bicycle transportation in this area, both past and present.

Some of the features on this particular bike are it has a working headlamp, painted fenders which are still is good shape and a basket that is is good condition.

Here is a history of Schwinn:
Schwinn History
Ignaz Schwinn

The Scwhinn American was built during the 1950's and 1960's. It came in both boys and girls frames and a variety of colors as well as offered either painted or chrome fenders.

Here are photo's of the model I have as it looks before I started the refurbishing process:

Friday, September 25, 2009

History and Culture by Bicycle Part 189; History of a Bicycle Part 1: Hiawatha

This post is about a model of bicycle called the Hiawatha. I was unaware of such a model of bike until I met my in laws over 20 years ago. After my father in laws recent passing I have inherited his old bike.

Here is what I know about Hiawatha's:
1. They were built by Cleveland Welding Company and Shelby Manufacturing Company, with a few models made by Murray of Ohio and Huffman Mfg.
2. They were largely sold by Gambles Hardware stores.
3. There are several models of Hiawatha, some more sought after then others.

Beyond this I know little about them. I am trying to track down the type of model my father in laws bike who manufactured it, what year etc. I will post more when I find out more through my research.

I know I am going to at least clean up and refurbish the Hiawatha I inherited so it can be ridden. I do not know if I'll fully restore it or not.

Web site:
Hiawatha Bicycles

Here are photo's of the Hiawatha I inherited from him:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sioux City History and Culture by Bicycle Part 186; Church of All Nations.

The Church of All Nations is located on Sioux City's west side next door to Goodwill on West 4th st.

This historic structure represents two programs. The church was built in Dakota Territory in 1885 to serve a congregation which formed in 1861. It also serves as a replacement for the Church of All Nations which was founded as The Wall Street Mission in 1890.

The Wall Street Mission was the site of the first Church of All Nations , “A House of Prayer for All People” and was dedicated in 1937. It served as the spiritual center of the “South Bottoms”. The church was demolished in 1962 after a new highway and urban renewal forced the relocation of the persons it served. The Church of All Nations was revived in 1981 with the move of a former Richland (S. Dak.) Methodist Episcopal Church, to the property of the current Goodwill main offices. Regular church services are held on Sunday mornings.

Photos of the current Church of All Nations: