20 Inch Prewar Schwinn Aerocycle

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  1. #1 Posted Jul 8, 2016

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    I know this has been done before, but this is my take on it would like to try and capture all the coolness of the Aerocycle.

    I started this project about 2 years ago and kind of dropped the ball on it, and recently had a renewed interest in getting back into this project.

    I started off by making a drawing and wanted to use an original Aerocycle headlight but wasn't sure because it wouldn't be to scale, but it all looked good on paper so I was ready to move forward. I want to bring out features that stand out to me for instance the top tube of the frame doesn’t just have a hump it also has a gentle curve before the hump. So I have made a template of that top tube from my original Aerocycle and used it to form up a top tube for this project. Also, an important feature to me is the seat post clamp unique to DD’s and Aero’s so I have fabricated the seat post clamp. Now moving onto the tank; I have made templates from an original Aero tank at various locations. It was shaped to fit the profiles of the templates to capture the look I was after.

    I’ve recently had some extra time and have made some progress on this project; here are a few photos of the frame beginning from 2 years ago when I started to where I am now. The frame is all mocked up and ready to be disassembled. All the welds and brazing need to be ground and cleaned the metal work on the tank needs to be smoothed out. As you can see this project is a work in progress, I will be updating as I continue to make progress.

    I’m also looking for an original Aerocycle headlight bezel, if anyone out there has one in their collection and is willing to part with it let me know as I would be interested in speaking with you.

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  2. #2 Posted Jul 8, 2016

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Looking good.
     
  4. #4 Posted Jul 8, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Nice work
     
  5. #5 Posted Jul 8, 2016

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    Your right Cliff this has been done before but NEVER like this. Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is incredible.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Jul 9, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Awesome little build.
     
  7. #7 Posted Jul 9, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Hopefully soon I will get a chance to shake your hand and present you also with a winner's plaque at the Ann Arbor Classic Bike Show. PK
     
  8. #8 Posted Jul 10, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    That bike is looking awesome! Most of the ones I have seen before including the pic at AA have fell short in execution. Can't wait to see this finished! V/r Shawn
     
  9. #9 Posted Jul 10, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Nice job man!!! I love it!!!
     
  10. #10 Posted Jul 10, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Grate work on that tank
     
  11. #11 Posted Jul 11, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Very very nice! Can't wait to see the final rendition!
     
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  12. #12 Posted Nov 1, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Update- Made some progress 20inch aero 004.JPG 20inch aero 005.JPG
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    I like the blue! Very cool!
     
  14. #14 Posted Nov 1, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Wow Cliff, amazing results.
     
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    un-matched 20" aero hands down -
    Best in the hobby !!
     
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    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Awesome work and I like the color choices! I can't wait to see this complete. V/r Shawn
     
  17. #17 Posted Nov 2, 2017
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    What a beauty! Waiting to see the end result - Super nice project!
    REC
     
  18. #18 Posted Nov 2, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    A work of love, wow. I'm speechless.
     
  19. #19 Posted Nov 2, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Really cool build!!! Love the blue
     
  20. #20 Posted Nov 3, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Gonna be AWESOME---LOOK!!! It`s trying to FLY !!!------Cowboy