First Classic Bike Buy for me

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Blast from the past

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 11, 2020
21
72
McGregor, TX
Ok so I missed out on the Monarch and the Rollfast, but today I bought a bike. Maybe not as classic as the other two or no where near to what I have seen some you riding. But I think its a good bike to start with.
Tell me what you think.
I'm guessing early 50's Hawthorn 5 tube, I think its all original right down to the tires.

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frankandpam

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 21, 2016
712
Tacoma Wa
Do you think the seat is original?
I have seen one other one with that seat.
Pretty sure that seat is original and is kinda hard to find. As far as tires, there's guys on here that sell reproductions of original style tires. A nice looking tire will make your bike stand out. I would stay away from used or nos tires only because they will cost more being originals and only worth it for display or high end bikes. Back to the tires the one I like is the reproduction Uniroyal tires. Look great, little extra cost for nice reproduction, but worth it. Or if on a budget, Kendra tires seem to work well and available almost everywhere.
 
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rustjunkie

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Jul 11, 2012
13,769
Monrovia, CA 91016
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cool bike!

 
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Blast from the past

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 11, 2020
21
72
McGregor, TX
cool bike!

I'm totally new to this, but here are my thoughts Walmart and everyone else has jumped on the band wagon selling cruiser style bikes of this style. I don't want a bike that looks like it just rolled out the door from Walmart. I want it to look as old as me and I'm soon to be 73.
If the paint turns out to be too far gone I had thought about going with a military theme. But I cleaned it up a little and put some boiled linseed oil on a few places and it has brought the color back.
I'm thinking of going over it lightly with a gray Scotchbrite pad and the linseed oil
 
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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,439
Los Angeles, CA, USA
What should I do about tires?
The 2nd picture of the head tube and fork crown makes it look like a middle weight bike that uses 26 x 1.75” tires; (harder to tell in the rear pictures). [Maybe the style itself could be middleweight?]. There are more options with the larger 26 x 2.125” balloon tires. Be sure to measure, or maybe the tubes might be labeled(?).

Looks similar to a bike on a recent “Hawthorne Colorado” thread.
 
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,890
Western North carolina
If there isn't any code on the BB, the rear dropout on the brake arm side should have the serial #.

A = 1959 ~ G = 1965
B = 1960 ~ H = 1966
C = 1961 ~ I = 1967
D = 1962 ~ J = 1968
E = 1963 ~ K = 1969
F = 1964
 

Blast from the past

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 11, 2020
21
72
McGregor, TX
If there isn't any code on the BB, the rear dropout on the brake arm side should have the serial #.

A = 1959 ~ G = 1965
B = 1960 ~ H = 1966
C = 1961 ~ I = 1967
D = 1962 ~ J = 1968
E = 1963 ~ K = 1969
F = 1964
That's interesting I found an 75 EH on the BB, but the serial # is C 181180 I read that this model was sold 1957 until 1970. So going by the EH 75 I was assuming that this is a Snyder built in 1957 but sold as a 1958.
 
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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,472
Shawnee, United States
Read some of the posts about soaking the bike in a solution of oxalic acid and water. A kids wading pool is the right size.

I think that your front rack is missing the rat trap. This one has a Schwinn mount, but you get the idea.

1219727
 
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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,439
Los Angeles, CA, USA
If there isn't any code on the BB...
I have also seen later 1950’s Snyder frames with the date-place code on the bottom bracket, and the prefixed serial number on the left drop out.
One example was a 1956 middleweight (1.75” tires) motorbike tank model stamped (lightly) 65SN on the BB, and a “C”-04x,xxx series on the rear.
 
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