An Alexander Rocket Bike

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  1. #1 Posted Mar 2, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    So here is the Alexander Rocket bike I bought. As you can see, it is in "as found" condition. One interesting feature is the B.C. Jiffy kickstand welded to the bottom bracket tube. The finish on the head badge is bubbled and crusty; it appears this bike went through the fire at Alexander's Paris, Texas workshop.

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  2. #2 Posted Mar 2, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    My first mock up the bicycle; there are still some small issues that need worked out. Some of the parts are not quite period correct but that will be addressed in due time.
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    Looking great!
    Congratulations, Brant, and welcome to the Cult of The Rocket :)
    I'm not done trying to convince you to leave that frame and fork the way it is. What a story it has.
     
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    +1,I'm with Scott on this one.
    Nice and shiny is cool,but this one has a history that should be preserved . Just my opinion of course.
     
  5. #5 Posted Mar 2, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I think history would frown on repaint on one of the few "burnt" finish Rockets left. Side by side this bike and a restored bike, this one would get all the attention from the serious bike geeks.


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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    I mocked mine up about 100 different ways till I settled on this. Catfish

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    it's only original once-that's original as it gets-do your self a big favor and do not paint this work of art.
     
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Thank you for everyone's input; I have no plans to repaint this as I am very pleased with how it currently looks. I am just looking for a few parts from the correct period and with more suitable patina/rust to compliment the frame/fork.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Mar 2, 2017

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    Glad to hear, you've decided to "leave it be"
    as the Rustjunkie says.
    The Rocket is a fantastic looking bike, and to have one with its legendary burnt finish is really something special.
    Just throw some wheels and handlebars on the fire, and you're all set.
    Love the New Mexico back drop.
    It sure looks right at home.
     
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    I just researched the fire,I had no idea just how extensive it was . You really do have a very unique part of history there,glad to see you are preserving it,I admire that.
     
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  13. #13 Posted Mar 3, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Can you post your findings? Or the link?
     
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  14. #14 Posted Mar 3, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    These are as cool as it gets. I wish I had something like that to play with. Though it goes against everything that I like to do (I love clean and shiny), I agree with the others and say I am glad that you are not painting it. It looks fine the way it is.

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    OK,thank you. Sorry about that,I just gave it a quick look and saved it .I should have researched it before posting .What year did it happen ?
     
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    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    OK,thanks. I remember seeing mention of multiple fires.I will do some digging.
     
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