Look Ma, No Hands!
There’s a few things about my 35’ Elgin that have been bugging me. This bike was found in the basement of a really old house, my guess based on the era of the rear delta lights that I removed was that it probably hadn’t been ridden since the 50s. The chain treads were petrified solid and the tubes literally turned to rock and crumbled. I’ve had it for about 4 months now and naturally I looked at every thread imaginable to find more information about it… from the photos that I saw, it appears to maybe have the wrong fenders and handlebars (the rollfast version has the fenders that look just like mine). This bike has a wise lock, a prewar E.A. Laboratories headlight, ND odometer, and ND front brake, and a Persons deluxe saddle which obviously shows that it was heavily accessorized, therefore the handlebars may have been catalog aftermarket as well since they are wider and more relaxed than the originals. It has about 3 layers of house paint but I can see the original red paint underneath in some areas but I can’t see red in any of the chipped areas on the fenders, it looks like they were originally black. I’ll include a picture of the sn but it’s hard to tell if the first digit is an N or not which would designate it as a 35’ Westfield built Elgin. Could it be a rebadge of something else???? Maybe the handlebars and fenders are just period aftermarket????