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Reinforcing the stereotype....

icrider said:
I'm from chicago...where's this gold mine located at?
Just a hunch, but based on the pictures, that looks like a building on Clark Street. It's been a while since I've lived in Chicago, so my Windy City Architecture is a little rusty, but I'm going to guess that it's located somewhere in the 2400 block within 60614 area code. That would make the area code 773, I think.

I bet if you check out the home page of the picture link that Rick posted, you'll be brilliant, just like me.

http://www.cyclesmithy.com/

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Brilliant....

Day before last you said you posted the Dumbest stuff, now your brilliant? Seems like you suffer from something Ken!

Here's the link, looks like a different bike to me(check the chain ring).

http://www.cyclesmithy.com/images/rides_bikes/rides_bikes12.htm

I think this one is the New Bremen Ohio Collection bought from the Schwinn Family, pretty sure I saw it there last visit.

Either way, that dude must be quadzilla to push that gear, even on flat ground!

MC

Ken in KC said:
Just a hunch, but based on the pictures, that looks like a building on Clark Street. It's been a while since I've lived in Chicago, so my Windy City Architecture is a little rusty, but I'm going to guess that it's located somewhere in the 2400 block within 60614 area code. That would make the area code 773, I think.

I bet if you check out the home page of the picture link that Rick posted, you'll be brilliant, just like me.

http://www.cyclesmithy.com/

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Duh...

MellowCat said:
Day before last you said you posted the Dumbest stuff, now your brilliant? Seems like you suffer from something Ken!

MC
When I suggested that I was brilliant, it was tongue in cheek. There's no way anyone is taking my self appointed dumbest stuff poster title away from me!

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I can tell you that I was at the Sotheby's auction about five years ago when that guy from Ohio bought basically EVERYTHING that went up for auction. I also know for fact that a big portion of Mark's collection went up at the sale, including Ignaz Schwinn's tandem which included a built in baby seat between the two riders. The estimated price was about $18,000, but two people were in a bidding war all the way up to $96,000 (give or take). That was better than watching most sporting events; I needed a cigarette after watching it, and I don't smoke ;)

And yes, he owns Cycle Smithy, on Clark just north of Fullerton. He always has some cool old bikes on display in the front window. I used to work in the industry in Chicago for a very long time, and have met him a few times, but I'm sure he wouldn't remember me. Not too long ago he would let his employees take out a triple tandem on the LATE ride. I remember seeing them in the crowd, so I got on their wheel for a bit. The rear rider realized this, said something to the other riders, then turned to me, smiled, and waved byebye. I didn't see them again after that...
 

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Link...

All those bikes you saw get auctioned are at this place:

http://www.bicyclemuseum.com

I went there a few months back while in the area for work. Amazing collection, hard to believe its stuffed in this tiny little rural Ohio town now.

RickD. said:
I can tell you that I was at the Sotheby's auction about five years ago when that guy from Ohio bought basically EVERYTHING that went up for auction. I also know for fact that a big portion of Mark's collection went up at the sale, including Ignaz Schwinn's tandem which included a built in baby seat between the two riders. The estimated price was about $18,000, but two people were in a bidding war all the way up to $96,000 (give or take). That was better than watching most sporting events; I needed a cigarette after watching it, and I don't smoke ;)

And yes, he owns Cycle Smithy, on Clark just north of Fullerton. He always has some cool old bikes on display in the front window. I used to work in the industry in Chicago for a very long time, and have met him a few times, but I'm sure he wouldn't remember me. Not too long ago he would let his employees take out a triple tandem on the LATE ride. I remember seeing them in the crowd, so I got on their wheel for a bit. The rear rider realized this, said something to the other riders, then turned to me, smiled, and waved byebye. I didn't see them again after that...
 
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