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most valuable bike in history?(6 posts)

most valuable bike in history?DougSloan
Feb 21, 2003 2:27 PM
I'd have to say Eddy's one hour record bike. Could anything be worth more than that? What would you guess, $100,000?

Doug
here's a photoDougSloan
Feb 21, 2003 2:36 PM
http://www.rttc.org.uk/pages/derby1.htm
The Wright Van Cleve used for airfoil testing ...Humma Hah
Feb 22, 2003 10:27 AM
... would be my bet. I've seen a Van Cleve set up with a replica of the Wright's test rig, with a bike wheel mounted horizontally on the handlebars. I believe the original bike still exists in a museum, and if so, it is absolutely priceless.

The Paramount that hit 108 mph in 1939 is still intact, I believe. Schwinn sent it on tours of the US, its tires still melted to the rims from the heat produced in the two runs it did. That would be among the rarest, but not THE most valuable.
Hmm ... actually it was a Wright St. Clair ...Humma Hah
Feb 25, 2003 10:30 AM
... their economy model.

http://www.first-to-fly.com/History%20Images/Wright%20St%20Clair%20bike.jpg
I never would have thought of those, but you may be right nmDougSloan
Feb 25, 2003 11:04 AM
You got me interested ...Humma Hah
Feb 26, 2003 4:11 PM
This being the year of the First Flight Centennial, you got me thinking ... exactly how were the Wrights using that wheel mounted on the front of the bike as a poor-man's wind tunnel. The answer is, the always put two airfoils on it (one a flat plate, the other a shaped airfoil), and they adjusted the angle of each to the relative wind. Then they compared the lifting forces of one against the other by observing to which side the wheel swung when riding the bike into the wind. The wheel angled downward, evidently weighted so that it dropped to a rest position with no load on the airfoils.

It would make a nice science project for a kid. Maybe I'll build one myself -- I have all the same parts available.

Here's a link.

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/Missions/Rhonna/wright.htm