First (prewar) bike..... Finally

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SKPC

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Feb 2, 2018
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As you move along with your project, I wanted to give you some insight as to what your bike could have looked like and what you are up against.(finishing it). You may never know what it had hung on it to begin with or what badge it carried, color, etc.
My 1933 26" ballooner still not finished but pretty close. I also have the original 26' wheelset that will replace these rider wheels.
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Balloonoob

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Jan 24, 2019
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As you move along with your project, you should at least know what your bike could have looked like and what you are up against. I wanted to give you some insight, but you may never know what it had hung on it to begin with or what badge it carried.
My 1933 26" ballooner still not finished but pretty close. I also have the original 26' wheelset that will replace these rider wheels.
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Nice ride. A Colson hi-lo flyer? Never seen a Colson motobike with those forks. Mine was built for 28 inch wheels but I'm rolling 26s for now. I don't think I'll ever really know exactly what this looked like when new. Just want to get it presentable in the short term and more accurate or complete once completed but that's a long ways away. I do have a very nice Colson badge but waiting for paint b4 i put it on.
 

SKPC

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Feb 2, 2018
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No, not a real 2-spd hi-low Colson unfortunately. Mine is a fake news high-low Flyer with another gear. The forks were typical on these diamond frame Colson's I think. Not too sure yours sported 28" wheels if made in 34/5.
 
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CURTIS L LINDGREN

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My bikes are always changing. I try things to see if it works. Like : Headlights , Boxes , Badges , Reflectors , Fender Ornaments .............the list goes on. Changing stuff up is part of it. Just put these new old stock cross braced handle bars on " The Sheriff" . And just added the crazy cool headlight on the 28" Hawthorne Flyer . Getting things to fit and getting the results you want take time , effort and money....................but hey................What else ya gonna do , Huh ? I can see your havin ' fun, and really for me............that's what it's all about ! Ride Safe :cool:

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Balloonoob

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I am having fun. Riding it a lot too. Not a lot of money or time to put in effort but i will find both eventually. Btw '' new old stock cross braced handle bars'' oh dddddaamn. Those are cool as piss. I want some a little rustier.
 

CURTIS L LINDGREN

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I want some a little rustier.
Funny you mentioned that ......................Been on the hunt for quite a while ..............Lookin' for the "Right" handlebars for that Hawthorne. Just haven't found 'em yet. I really want to take the bars off that are on it . It's good your getting in some miles. People need to see these bikes. Cheers :D
 
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mazdaflyer

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Feb 16, 2010
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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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I like what you are doing!
I used a new 700c wheelset from eBay with coaster brake hub (China) and a skiptooth adapter cog from Ichi Bikes (Des Moines, Iowa) and 700x45c tires. I made my own tank.
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Balloonoob

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Jan 24, 2019
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I like what you are doing!
I used a new 700c wheelset from eBay with coaster brake hub (China) and a skiptooth adapter cog from Ichi Bikes (Des Moines, Iowa) and 700x45c tires. I made my own tank. View attachment 1017021View attachment 1017022
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Man I dig it. The tank - and really the whole bike - turned out great. That just might be the cog i needed. Thanks.
 
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Blackbomber

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Agreed - bike is killer, and I’ll be using that cog on my upcoming Shelby Motorbike project. Thanks for the heads up on that, @mazdaflyer!
 
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mazdaflyer

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Feb 16, 2010
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Nice job on the Tank , It looks right at home . Where did the Battery Tube come from ? I have thought about making one similar to yours . Your Bike has a lot of personality ...............Good Job !

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Not meaning to highjack the thread @Balloonoob.
The battery tube was an emergency flare storage tube for an old over the road truck. I shortened it several inches, added a battery pack, cable and switch. Outside finish as found.


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Balloonoob

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 24, 2019
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Thanks!
Not meaning to highjack the thread @Balloonoob.
The battery tube was an emergency flare storage tube for an old over the road truck. I shortened it several inches, added a battery pack, cable and switch. Outside finish as found.


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Hey it's cool man. I was wondering myself. Very nice
 

Balloonoob

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 24, 2019
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I like what you are doing!
I used a new 700c wheelset from eBay with coaster brake hub (China) and a skiptooth adapter cog from Ichi Bikes (Des Moines, Iowa) and 700x45c tires. I made my own tank. View attachment 1017021View attachment 1017022
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So you have to change the hub out for a coaster brake hub if you have a multiple gear roadbike wheel you want to convert to skiptooth? I have a pair of modern 28 inch wheels with 26 spokes each so I would need a 26 spoke coaster brake hub and a skiptooth cog right?
 
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mazdaflyer

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Feb 16, 2010
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So you have to change the hub out for a coaster brake hub if you have a multiple gear roadbike wheel you want to convert to skiptooth? I have a pair of modern 28 inch wheels with 26 spokes each so I would need a 26 spoke coaster brake hub and a skiptooth cog right?
The adapter cog would fit Sturmey Archer, Shimano and KT. I’ve used all three.


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Balloonoob

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Jan 24, 2019
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Figured it was time to get cracking on the Colson again as my other bike has now taken it's place at the front of the stable and it was getting jealous. Tried the old grind every other tooth trick in an effort to convert to skiptooth. Looks like it just might work. For anyone thinking of trying this i recommend grabbing really low on the tooth to snap off as flat of a line as possible between the other 2 teeth to minimize the grinding needed. With modern wheels i think my cog was made of aluminum or some other cheapo weak metal so they popped right off with minimal prying. Only do this if you have an even number of teeth on the rear cog. I will post again once it's all assembled..... Hopefully it works.

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Blackbomber

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Aug 23, 2018
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My early 60’s Traveler had Schwinn S-5 rims, 597 bead seat diameter
Did you ever get rolling on the shelby motobike project? If so what wheels /cog did you go with?
No man - nothing more than dreaming at this point. I have a few other bikes, and they all need something. For my own sanity's sake I'm doing my best to try to sell the ones that are redundant, and then fix the issues with the ones I'll keep before working on the next thing. I'm not talking about cosmetics, but real issues. I tend to not mind riding bikes with problems (like only one working brake, out of adjustment derailleur, 51 year old tires with cracks, etc), but I really should get my crap in order. I actually put the Shelby frame for sale a couple of days ago for a ridiculous amount of money. So far no bites, and that's fine, because I like it a lot.

Keep it up - this thread is inspiring!
 

Balloonoob

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Jan 24, 2019
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No man - nothing more than dreaming at this point. I have a few other bikes, and they all need something. For my own sanity's sake I'm doing my best to try to sell the ones that are redundant, and then fix the issues with the ones I'll keep before working on the next thing. I'm not talking about cosmetics, but real issues. I tend to not mind riding bikes with problems (like only one working brake, out of adjustment derailleur, 51 year old tires with cracks, etc), but I really should get my crap in order. I actually put the Shelby frame for sale a couple of days ago for a ridiculous amount of money. So far no bites, and that's fine, because I like it a lot.

Keep it up - this thread is inspiring!
Thanks for the response. That bike is cool man. Lots of character. Glws. If you don't get what you are asking it will turn out great down the road.
 
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Balloonoob

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Commited to the 9 tooth ichibike cog today. My other bike is kind of a downtown slow ride cruiser so this will be my go fast and actually build some muscle bike. https://www.ichibike.com/product-page/ichi-bike-black-9-skip-tooth-sprocket-9?chargeId=85538bb1-f32f-4135-9018-36c54e2697f0. Even if the modern rear cog would have worked - which it seemed to - the teeth were too narrow and would have caused too much wear on the old skip tooth chain. Just cause you can do it doesn't mean that you should. ;) i guess this means the 34 won't be a wheely machine anymore. That's ok. I'm planning to put fenders on it at some point anyways.
 
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Blackbomber

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I have tall gearing on my DX and Motorbike. It’s kind of a chore to get the DX underway, but on the lighter Motobike, I actually like riding it in traffic, and don’t mind that it’s a single speed. I haven’t taken it on any group rides yet, but don’t doubt that I could hold a 12+mph average for 15 miles or more, which is what my Wednesday evening group ride shoots for.
 
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