Willy Appelhans
2698 Heath Ave.
The Bronx, New York City

Born in Osterode, Germany in 1889, Appelhans was a successful pro racer from 1911 until 1923. He immigrated to the USA, opened a bike shop  and made a name as a top bike frame maker.
An employee under Appelhans,  Lance Claudel , also became a well-known frame builder.
Willy had a sad ending; his son was convicted of a serious crime and executed. Subsequently, in the 1930s Willy himself committed suicide.


Photo courtesy Colorisation B. Paris

Wikipedia entry    Classic Cycles page   Updated 8.18.2018  Click images for larger view

Copper reack bike



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Willy on track

   

Ladies bike by Appelhans

                 

Jeff Groman's Appelhans track bike

                 

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