First (prewar) bike..... Finally


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SKPC

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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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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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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

Finally riding a big boys bike
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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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#25
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

Finally riding a big boys bike
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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

Finally riding a big boys bike
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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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 1017021 View 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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mazdaflyer

Finally riding a big boys bike
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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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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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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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#33
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 1017021 View attachment 1017022
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/392051044547
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/223529947911



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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

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 16, 2010
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Mid-West
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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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