A Pierce spends a day with “family”

What are the odds that the annual meeting of the Pierce-Arrow Society would be held in our hometown of Minden, NV? Really, really small. Microscopic, almost.

Regardless, such was the case and it just so happened that, deep in the recesses of the collection, there resided an actual Pierce-Arrow bicycle. Coot had gotten it some years back and had been hunting for tires for the bike ever since. Alas, none had been found. With the discovery that the Pierces were coming to town, efforts were double and quadrupled to find tires so the bike could meet its kin.

Through the help of some 1920’s bike experts it was eventually determined that an older 27″ tire would fit the rim (barely, but they worked). A couple Michelins and 20+ hours of de-rusting, cleaning and overhauling and the Pierce was ready to go.

Below are photos of the meet. Heritage Park was plumb full of Pierces and as you can see, the bike was truly back in the arms of its family. From Coot’s standpoint, you couldn’t have found a nicer group of people; again, more like a big family than a mere group of auto enthusiasts.

(Many thanks to Ian Gubser for selling this bicycle)


Good wheel, bad wheel; wood wheel, clad wheel

This poor metal-clad wood wheel was squished by a car, so it needed to be rebuilt. Thankfully a match in almost the exact same condition was found.

Coot rebuilt the whole deal (after remembering how to washer a wood wheel) and the new one will go back on the 1936 Schwinn.

Be-jeweled JC Higgins

This ol’ gal has been in the collection for nearly 20 years. Sometimes Coot will sell one of the collection faithful, though.

This fantastic Higgins is off to its new home, where it will no-doubt be loved and cherished for many years to come.

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1941 Firestone out for a spin

It seems that a lot of older bikes fall under the term “cruiser”, but this Firestone was actually sold under that name. Also known as a Colson Bullnose, the Buzz Bomb version was displayed in a show last week and thus got a little street time.