wartime, "nonpareil" badged, original paint, lightweight.

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  1. #1 Posted May 19, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    picked this one up today at an estate sale. mismatched pedals, missing 1 chain adjuster, original seat?. who would be the maker on this one? anyone know an aprox value on these? would it have had a chain guard? paper badge? lots of questions on this one. forks are straight thou... IMG_2682.JPG IMG_2683.JPG IMG_2684.JPG IMG_2685.JPG IMG_2686.JPG IMG_2687.JPG IMG_2688.JPG IMG_2689.JPG IMG_2690.JPG IMG_2691.JPG IMG_2692.JPG
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    The bike was made by Manton and Smith. It would have had a basic seat like the one on it, but it probably wouldn't have had a white cover. The head badge is correct. Many M&S bikes were sold with that badge. May or may not have had a chainguard. If it did, it would have been a basic Wald one.
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    thank you cds2323!
     
  4. #4 Posted May 19, 2017

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    Most Wartime civilian bikes were produced without chain guards. You can turn it into a rider by putting Kenda K23 tires on that beauty!

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  5. #5 Posted May 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Very nice find
     
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    after. with non original pedals, seat and grips. IMG_2693.JPG IMG_2694.JPG IMG_2695.JPG IMG_2697.JPG IMG_2698.JPG IMG_2699.JPG IMG_2700.JPG
     
  7. #7 Posted May 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    It's always better when a great save turns into a vintage rider, not just a wall hanger.

    Times were tough when the original owner got it...rationing and fear for loved ones overseas, and of course the danger those loved ones faced.
    If bikes could talk.
     
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  8. #8 Posted May 21, 2017

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    Don't worry about the mismatched pedals. About 50% of the wartime bikes I come across have mismatched pedals. Howie Cohan role me years ago that his parents bike shop during WW2 often go a box of either left or right pedals of different manufacturers. That and bikes would show up from the factory would often show up without seats or pedals due to supply shortages.

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