First (prewar) bike..... Finally

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
36
Longmont Colorado
After 4 months of hunting and searching and obsessing over old bikes i proudly present the beginnings of what will be my 1934 Colson motobike. Thanks Mr monkeyarms for selling me the frame forks and crank/sprocket. I'm super excited. I have some good parts not shown. A skiptooth schwinn crank and chain ring. A persons deluxe saddle. A Colson badge with needed screws and Chain adjusters (thanks tye dye deb) . Obviously this scoot has a long way to go before it is close to where i want it to be but I've never really done things the easy way so I guess this is fitting for me. I need a ton of stuff to complete the project which I will need to save up for. I'm hoping to source some fairly close to accurate parts locally this summer but I'm sure there will be more here and there parts i will likely pick up as i go through the cabe. If you have anything to show off or that would match let me know but it might be a while before I can pull the trigger. My huge needs list includes rain gutter fenders skip tooth chain 28 inch wheels cross bar handlebars stem grips pedals..... Almost everything. Oh and a 3/4 inch Colson seatpost because believe it or not the purple one is not stock on a Colson but it is from the chair leg from a doc mcstuffins play table. Whoda known. Of course I will post updates as it comes along.

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Krakatoa

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 12, 2016
4,345
Bellows Falls VT
Hey Congrats on scoring your first cool Colson project!

Haha we really gotcha now!

You're in good hands with @Mr. Monkeyarms so to speak lol.

Btw an antique is 100 years old and that's only 84 years old, 1930's bikes are more accurately described as pre WW2.

I'd cut right to the chase and use the modern wheelset and tires and let everything else be it's correct self.

Welcome to the Colson Club here's your button!

N

@fordmike65

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
36
Longmont Colorado
Hey Congrats on scoring your first cool Colson project!

Haha we really gotcha now!

Btw an antique is 100 years old and that's only 84 years old, 1930's bikes are more accurately described as pre WW2.

I'd cut right to the chase and use the modern wheelset and tires and let everything else be it's correct self.

Welcome to the Colson Club here's your button!

N

@fordmike65

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All right then prewar it is. I'm good with that but will repost in celebration in 2034. I don't mind modern wheels and tires so long as the back is skip tooth. I wasn't going to go wood-clad.
 

Balloonoob

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Jan 24, 2019
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I'm having seat clamp / post problems. Doc mcstuffins is not working out and just got the purple b unstuck. I have friction tape but i would rather not go this route because it means possibly getting a purple one stuck again and might not work temporarily anyway. Haha. i believe i need a clamp like this for my persons saddle but I'm not sure what size i need (which size would fit on top of a Colson 3/4 inch seatpost) which i also do not have. Sure would like to sit on my new bike just about got him pedal capable.

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
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I think i figured it out. 3/4 post has 5/8 top and clamp. But could i use the kind of clamp i posted above with a lucky 7 post?
 
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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
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Sure looks good with the seat on it. It still needs a lot though. Coming along slowly. I think i need to locally source a pair of modern 28 inch wheels with modern skiptooth cog (where do i find these?) .. Skiptooth chain.... And Fenders i don't want to paint it until I know what fenders I'm going to have. Patience ain't easy.

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CURTIS L LINDGREN

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Dec 19, 2017
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I have a spare set of fenders , since I just swapped'em for another set. Their 28" fenders . Rain gutter style.................but, no stays. Were "Dummied up on my '34 Hawthorne Flyer. Was gonna hang onto them , But.....................

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
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Longmont Colorado
Put on a front fender i had laying around. It's a 26 inch middle weight fender on a 28 inch front fork so it needed spacers. Will need to swap rims as this is the old bent new departure from my Hawthorne.... Didn't realize how bent. Worse than I thought but still not too bad. Just bent enough to rub on the inside of the fender. Maybe I'll take one of the spacers... I mean skateboard bearings out. Put these other bars on just to see what they would look like. Don't think they will be staying. I decided that for now i just need to get some paint on it. It rides solid so getting it skiptooth and adding truss rods is my new priority on this one. Funny how things change.

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