H.S.B.&Co. Cruso - Now what?

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  1. Georgeediii

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    Well I went to go look at a 61' Karmann Ghia and came home with this instead. The headbadge says H.S.B.& Co. Cruso with a rooster on it. I don't know anything about this bicycle let alone this era of bicycle. All I know is that I probably overpaid but I have never owned a wooden rimmed bike before and these rims look like they are in pretty good shape, considering.


    Now the real question is what to do with it?

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    Both hubs have oilers and the rear has the world's oldest hub-shiner.

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    The seat came unattached up front but it is original to the bike and has Cruso marked on both sides.
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    Pedals look original as does the crank which has a dogleg on one side.
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    The grips are wood and leather.
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    If anybody has any info on this bike I am all ears.
     
  2. mos6502

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    H.S.B. & Co was a store, and they were serial re-branders, so who knows who actually made it.

    Obviously it would have been a skip tooth bike originally, but it looks like they kept the original coaster brake and wheels whenever they converted it so that is neat.

    Pretty cool - although I have to say that frame looks pretty fragile!
     
  3. blackchop1

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    very cool bike there. i think id just hang it up as a something cool,to stare at.
    bet the seller wanted a ton for a 61 ghia up there huh?
     
  4. Georgeediii

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    It had been customized 20 years ago with a new interior and the motor from a 914. Ten years later he parked it where it sits today. He wants $1900. I am still tempted.
     
  5. blackchop1

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    if it was all original - itd be worth 1900.
    but then again air cooled vws of any sort are high dollar up there in mt.
    good thing i live in az for now- as i will be buying myself another vw before i move back up there. cheaper that way.
     
  6. Bloodyknuckles

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    Your better off with the bike instead of the Ghia
     
  7. 1918 Ranger

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    H.S.B.&Co. Cruso - Now what?

    Beautiful bike. Love the pedals. Saw a set go on eBay for 100 plus recently. Great job.


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  8. kngtmat

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    Sweet Score.
     

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