Am I READING this correctly? Could this be STANDARD?


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fat tire trader

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 29, 2010
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#1
Hello,
I traded a 1936 Schwinn frame with a locking fork and a Excelsior badge for this frame yesterday.

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So far the only bikes that I have found pictures of that have a brace like this are Reading Standards.

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I have also read that Reading was acquired by the Great Western MFG. Co. I don't know what year. Can anyone confirm that this is a Reading?

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Does anyone know of another company that made a frame with a brace like this? I read in one of the threads that Dayton may have made a frame with a similar brace in 1910.

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The fork is bent so gracefully. Is it possible that it was designed this way? Or is it gracefully damaged?

Some of you may have seen this at a swap meet recently. I got it from a Flipper.

Thanks,
Chris

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boardhoarder

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 5, 2014
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#9
1) I have no idea what that frame is, but it's awesome.

2) Thanks for posting that Flipper song...I haven't heard it in ages! I saw them at Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco back in '83, but that's a different story...
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
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#15
Gracefully damaged...I received it partially repaired. My buddy Steve got it back almost perfect after some coercing with a torch. Needs a lil paint touch up & patina to match the rest.
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
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#16
Update on this frame. Still not sure whether it is a Reading or Great Western. All I know is that it's badass. Leaving the crankset that is on it for now unless it's proven incorrect. Swapped in a set of Velocity Blunts/Corbin 2spd, looooong stem & Tillers to get it on the road again. Steve did such a great job straightening out the severely bent fork I was able to ride it no-hands for a bit at this weekends' ride. @Velocipedist Co.
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Archie Sturmer

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 13, 2018
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
#18
What badge was attached? I believe that the 6-petal Emblem sprocket would go best with an Emblem badge. Emblem may have had the side holes for badges. I have seen GWM ads on this site that described the 8-point snowflake sprocket as an R.S. design. GWM may have had the vertical holes for badges.
Mead (or Premier) offered a “circle bar” feature and had the side badge holes, but often used Mead chain rings.
 
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
18,586
31,939
East Los
#20
What badge was attached? I believe that the 6-petal Emblem sprocket would go best with an Emblem badge. Emblem may have had the side holes for badges. I have seen GWM ads on this site that described the 8-point snowflake sprocket as an R.S. design. GWM may have had the vertical holes for badges.
Mead (or Premier) offered a “circle bar” feature and had the side badge holes, but often used Mead chain rings.
Going by the OP's pics above, I don't believe this frame ever had a badge. Unfortunately, it looks like someone took it upon themselves to drill holes & attach a badge. Kinda bummed...tho it is a nice badge. The damage is done, so I'll leave it & patina the screws a bit to match. Pics to come later...
 
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