Amf Roadmaster flying falcon

Discussion in 'Middleweight Bicycles' started by Jeff Beilke, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. #1 Posted Oct 15, 2016

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    Can anybody give me some info on this bike. Real barn find. I believe it's a mid 50s bike but I can't find any good info on it. IMG_20160921_110156218.jpg IMG_20160921_153439885.jpg
     
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  2. #2 Posted Oct 15, 2016

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    Cool bike. Looks 60's to me.
     
  3. #3 Posted Oct 15, 2016

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    I like it! I'd say late 1950s, maybe 1958-1959. Does the rear hub have a date code stamped into it?
    More pics of the saddle please?
     
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  4. #4 Posted Dec 14, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I've got one that looks very similar to yours (Except a lot rougher) and the guy I bought it from said he thought it was 1956. The components on it look right for that period, but he wasn't certain and I'm not either. Nice bike!

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  5. #5 Posted Jan 2, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I would guess early 60s and looks all complete
     
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  6. #6 Posted Jan 3, 2017

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    Bendix manual shift 2 speed to me would mean late 1950s. Roger
     
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  7. #7 Posted Jan 8, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Cantilever frame on the black bike is '58 at the earliest, when Schwinn's patent on the design ran out. Green bike is the earlier '55-7 style.
     
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  8. #8 Posted Jan 18, 2017

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    That makes sense, Thanks! Does anyone know when Weinmann went from the squared off brake lever housing to the more rounded style?
     
  9. #9 Posted Jan 30, 2017

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    If the rear hub is a Sturmey-Archer, there will be two numbers on it, one for the month the hub was made and the other the last two digits of the year, for instance "61 5" for May, 1961.
     
  10. #10 Posted Feb 7, 2017

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    That's one of the cooler middleweights I've seen, good find.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Mar 25, 2017

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    This came up on EBay and I was the only bidder. It must be fate or something. And I was reading through the CWC Serial Number thread and they said AMF moved production from Cleveland to Little Rock in 1956. Is there an easy way to tell where this bike was made?

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  12. #12 Posted Mar 25, 2017

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    For Schwinn I believe it was during the 1957 model year, the 58's definitely had the new Weinmann levers.
     
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    That sounds right. I know the '54 Jaguar had the older style, so they must have changed over on the early middleweights but I haven't seen enough to know the year.
    Thanks!
     
  14. #14 Posted Dec 14, 2017

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    I wish this ad was clear, but the original wasn't great and then when I scanned it, it only got worse. But if you can read it, it's interesting to compare this to the pictures. And thanks to Floyd @WetDogGraphix for his help!

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  15. #15 Posted Dec 15, 2017

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    Now that is a handsome AMF!

    Bendix Aviation 2-Speed was out in the mid 1950's, and is definitely original to the bike.
     
  16. #16 Posted Dec 16, 2017

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    Thank you sir!
    And you're right about the two speed. I've been looking at old ads and it looks like they adopted the three speed for 1957, about the same time they moved production to Little Rock. If anyone has a 1957, I would like to see pictures!