1942 Elgin Lightweight '' Victory'' Roadster

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HUFFMANBILL

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 9, 2014
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#1
I thought someone may like to see some pictures that I took this past May of my Columbia built 1942 Elgin Lightweight ''Victory'' Roadster. The pics were taken at the Military Vehicle Rally at Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, MD. I love the simplicity and style of these WWII Lightweight Civilian Defense Bicycles. I own several of these, Elgin, Columbia, Schwinn and Huffman, but this is the only one that has those cool curvy front and rear fender braces.

Regards,
Bill

1942 Elgin Roadster @ MV Rally Ripken 5-9-18 2004-01-02 009.JPG


1942 Elgin Roadster @ MV Rally Ripken 5-9-18 2004-01-02 010.JPG


1942 Elgin Roadster @ MV Rally Ripken 5-9-18 2004-01-02 011.JPG


1942 Elgin Roadster @ MV Rally Ripken 5-9-18 2004-01-02 012.JPG
 

HUFFMANBILL

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 9, 2014
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#5
Is that a Westfield-built frame with pencil stays? Neat bikes.
Yes, the frame was produced by Westfield Manufacturing Co., for Sears, during March 1942 ( Frame date code is J3 ). Serial # G53334. ( From late 1941 - 1944 Westfield serial # prefix letter was G ).
 

Jon Olson

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 15, 2009
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#7
What size are your rims and tires? I just picked up a Columbia with 27x1.50 that is a H8 1941.
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HUFFMANBILL

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 9, 2014
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#8
The rim and tire size on the Elgin are 26x1.375. I also have a Columbia ''Sports Tourist'' with a Frame code of H 12 ( Dec. 1941 ) Pearl Harbor month. The serial number dates to early 1942. The rim/tire size also 26x1.375.

Regards,
Bill
 

HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
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#11
What is your tire size? I can’ t seem to find pre war tires that are 27x1.50 or 27x1 1/2. This is the size on my 1941(H-8)
Thanks,
Jon
Tire is the original GOOD YEAR, size is 26 x 1.375. Never thought to even look, and I've had this bike for probably at least 15 years. It's just been standing with the rest of my older bikes that don't get ridden...just looked at and dusted, lol.

fred
 
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
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Floral Park, NY, United States
#13
@s1b You can't keep them all. At least that's what I keep trying to tell myself every time I look back and lament on one I should have kept.
 
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slowride

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#15
Beautiful bikes! I noticed none of the bikes have chain guards. Was this to save steel for the war effort?
 

HUFFMANBILL

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 9, 2014
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#16
Beautiful bikes! I noticed none of the bikes have chain guards. Was this to save steel for the war effort?
Yes, the bikes that were sold after July 1, 1942 came without chain guards, kickstands and once prewar stocks were depleted head badges. Also, most of these bikes had little to no chrome to save on the substrate metals used to fuse the chrome to the steel. Of course this was all to save steel for the war effort and the result was a very slim lined minimalist bike.

Regards,
Bill
 

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