Challenger

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by Evodog, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    This is my ride (pawn shop 25 bucks) it says challenger on tank and chain guard S/N mot 12x7..823494 i think it bf Goodrich cause of x7 but doesnt say any info would be appreciated 20171019_101016.jpg 20171212_114459.jpg
     
  2. #2 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Early 60's Murray, built for B.F. Goodrich Tire Stores. Looks cool!
     
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  3. #3 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Ty ride every chance i get i love it
     
  4. #4 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Wow nice buy! I've never found an old bike at the resale shops around here.
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    It was my lucky day :)
     
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  6. #6 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    So Murray was producing bikes for BFG during the same time Schwinn was? :eek:
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Seen on other thread mot was 54 ??
     
  8. #8 Posted Dec 14, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    I guess so!

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  9. #9 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Yes, but Murray's canti frame was introduced in '58, and around that time started to change their serial codes.
     
  10. #10 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I believe Schwinn only made BFG's through the mid '50s.
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    The purge took as long as the legal debacle. BF Goodrich's automotive and appliance stores were responsible for as much as 25% of Schwinn's sales at times throughout two decades that began in the Depression. But Goodrich sold Schwinns as a loss leader to get people into the store to buy appliances and car tires. Goodrich employees were not trained to properly assemble or display the bikes and the competition was hurting authorized dealers. Schwinn eliminated Goodrich's 1,700 locations from their retail network in 1962. From 15,000 possible retail outlets in the early 1950s, Schwinn was down to just 3,000 in 1967. The winnowing halted at around 1,700. At the end of the 60s, Schwinn had just 22 regional distributors to keep in line.

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    I've seen BFG badged bikes at least thru the 50's. There were not special BFG named models though.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Interesting!
     
  13. #13 Posted Dec 17, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Good looking rusty Murray! I spent ten wonderful days last april bicycling in FL on a rusty crummy Murray i overpaid for on CL. Have fun with yours! FB_IMG_1498324292293.jpg
     
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