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Old Ariel bike with wooden wheels. Any ideas about worth ?(8 posts)

Old Ariel bike with wooden wheels. Any ideas about worth ?Underdog
Feb 22, 2002 11:06 AM
It has wooden wheels and the plate in front says Ariel and Goshen Indiana. It's in really nice shape for how old it must be. If any one knows someone or someplace that can give me some ideas that would be great. Thanx, Underdog
not ANOTHER dog???nm
Feb 22, 2002 11:13 AM
not ANOTHER dog???husker
Feb 22, 2002 11:26 AM
But this one has speed of lightning and roar of thunder...
re: Old Ariel bike with wooden wheels. Any ideas about worth ?guido
Feb 22, 2002 12:48 PM
Have you checked Sheldon Brown or ClassicRendezvous? They might have something on the make.
Is this what it looks like?High Gear
Feb 22, 2002 4:13 PM
Website featuring Ariel penny farthing ...Humma Hah
Feb 23, 2002 3:10 PM
http://www.science-tech.nmstc.ca/english/collection/bikes4.cfm

Doesn't sound like the same bike, from the little description. I don't find an Ariel in "The American Bicyclist" either.
I'll give you $100 for it ...Humma Hah
Feb 22, 2002 7:26 PM
... And I'd be guilty of grand theft. The last wooden-wheeled bike I coveted was a botched restoration of a hundred-year-old-plus fixie, many original parts missing, not original paint, and it was going for a mere $1800.

Hard to say. There are some websites around where you might ask. One of the leading experts, and a guy who has parts for these really old ones (including a stock of wooden rims) is Jim Cunningham of CyclArt, also runs the Vintage Bicycle Association.

cyclart.com
re: Old Ariel bike with wooden wheels. Any ideas about worth ?walter
Feb 23, 2002 4:34 AM
Alot of variables but it probably has value to a collector. Is it a high wheeler like the one pictured? If so it's worth legit money. Is it a diamond, or to use the then contemporary term, "safety" frame. Wood rims were common, particularly on fixed gear 6 Day racers thru the 1930s anyways. I've seen a few on eBay. The best was a beautifully preserved Oscar Watsyn (Schwinn Paramount builder) from the mid-30s. It never drew the 1500$ opening bid and that surprised me. The auction was not repeated. If it was it would have gotten at least 1 bid. Oldroads.com has discussion groups for various oldies, you might want to throw a line over there too.