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.
Copper reack bike
In Classic Cycles collection
Willy on track
Wiily Appelhans on the track
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Jeff Groman's App-elhans track bike
Jeff Groman’s Appelhans track bicycle