1938 Belknap BXL Restoration

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by bikemonkey, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Dec 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I live for the CABE

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    Nice work buddy.
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Really nice job!
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 11, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    LOOKS GREAT!
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 11, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Super job, love the color combo and the striping!
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Woooowww! Very nice!
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Somebody is going to be riding in style!
     
  8. #8 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    The best sort of restoration....where love of the bike, or personal significance outweighs
    collectibility status!
    Beautiful job!
     
  9. #9 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Bob,

    Your reupholstering of the saddle was the first completed part the owner saw. His comment was, "If the bike comes back near as nice as that, I will be happy". I could not believe it was the same saddle I sent to you - superbe workmanship!
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    All of your comments are much appreciated as I stand in awe of everything and everyone on this board. I wish I could take credit for the skills that painted and chromed it, those guys are masters of their craft.

    I'll share this if I may - on the Sunday it was assembled, the bike took on a life of its own. I became more awestruck as each part was replaced - I did stop and just look at her, I don't usually do that - and when I laced her up, I was in love.

    One more aside - the original owner of the bicycle, in her own right a family legend, suffered a major stroke the day after I assembled her bike. It is a bittersweet gift going to her granddaughter but I am glad to have been a part of helping to preserve a tangible part of her legacy.

    There are several memorable family stories associated with her and this bicycle - one involving a mule...
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Beautiful job, that's going to be a very happy young lady!