1940's Trusport?

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realsteel

On Training Wheels
Sep 11, 2019
3
59
PA
I inherited my Dad's bicycle recently and I am trying to identify exactly what it is and see if it is worth keeping / restoring.
The head badge says TruSport. It is a 1944 model (Dad said he grandfather took him to a Firestone store in suburban Philly in '44 and told him to "pick one out"
The bike is in fair condition and I think original except for the paint (Brush painted sometime in the mid to late fifties). It is missing the rear reflector and I think a headlight. There is a period correct SW speedo which is missing the glass. Any help in identifying model / manufacturer / value is greatly appreciated.
 

OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
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Sebastopol, United States
It’s a Colson bicycle. Tru Sport was a sporting goods hardware store in Philadelphia PA. Not sure how that dovetails with your family history of purchasing it at a Firestone store.
 

OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
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Also, it appears earlier than 1944, like 38-41. But I can’t make out the pics very well.
 
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Euphman06

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 17, 2011
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Cool man, definately came out of Philly area. What part of PA are you from? Im in Nazareth, had a Trusport bike just like this awhile back. I forget where it got to, but someone bought it from me.
 
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Pedaltherapy

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 26, 2018
14
59
Hudson OH
tjkajecj, really like the color on your 41! Looks great. Congrats realsteel, bikes are a cool piece of family history. My grandfather gave my father's bike to a scrap drive during the war after he ran away at 16 to the Navy. Dad wasn't happy to discover that when he returned in 47
 
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THEGOLDENGREEK

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 9, 2012
2,591
Earth
Nice colson saw it for sale at an estate sale a few days ago on craigslist...in Philly. Couldn't make it there but Nice buy! Colsons are great bikes and ride great.
 
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