Good first bike for restoration?

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ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
23803
Hey everyone! I am new to vintage bikes and have been looking for an old cruiser to work on restoring. Looking for something with character and quality but not too expensive. Is the one pictured below, if rust is only surface, worth a project bike for a first timer? I love tank bikes and this definitely has character!
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lgrinnings

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 31, 2010
827
Newburyport, MA
That bicycle appears to be a more recent reproduction and not actually vintage just so you know. Some folks don't care, but some people would prefer something of original vintage that they can bring back. Just figured I'd let you know.

-Lester
 

ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
23803
That bicycle appears to be a more recent reproduction and not actually vintage just so you know. Some folks don't care, but some people would prefer something of original vintage that they can bring back. Just figured I'd let you know.

-Lester
Ok! What gives that away for you?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,003
Central Arizona
Think 150 is a good price?
 

lgrinnings

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 31, 2010
827
Newburyport, MA
The model and colors. I'm just familiar with it. Here's a post about one...
 
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ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
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The model and colors. I'm just familiar with it. Here's a post about one...
Ok. I had seen some in the same color pattern that were actually originals so I thought that was a good sign. Would getting him to find a serial number or something like that help? Also does this help

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lgrinnings

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 31, 2010
827
Newburyport, MA
There's no investigation necessary. You can see it in the photo. As mentioned in the referenced post, the bike is essentially a tribute bicycle. The tank mounts to tabs that are welded onto the frame which is completely different than the way period tanks mount. Again, it's not necessarily bad that it's not original, I just wanted you to know if you had your heart set on something vintage. We've all bought something at some point that didn't turn out to be what we wanted and it doesn't feel great. Just hoping to save you from a little post-purchase dissonance.
 

ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
23803
There's no investigation necessary. You can see it in the photo. As mentioned in the referenced post, the bike is essentially a tribute bicycle. The tank mounts to tabs that are welded onto the frame which is completely different than the way period tanks mount. Again, it's not necessarily bad that it's not original, I just wanted you to know if you had your heart set on something vintage. We've all bought something at some point that didn't turn out to be what we wanted and it doesn't feel great. Just hoping to save you from a little post-purchase dissonance.
The repros are still vintage age wise right? And is this a repro?

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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
20,915
East Los
Hey everyone! I am new to vintage bikes and have been looking for an old cruiser to work on restoring. Looking for something with character and quality but not too expensive. Is the one pictured below, if rust is only surface, worth a project bike for a first timer? I love tank bikes and this definitely has character!
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This bike isn't even really a repop. Its an 80's bike built to mimic the 50's style. It actually doesn't seem to be a bad deal at $150, so it would make a good first vintage-ish bike.
 
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ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
23803
This bike isn't even really a repop. Its an 80's bike built to mimic the 50's style. It actually doesn't seem to be a bad deal at $150, so it would make a good first vintage-ish bike.
Do you think this is a mimic as well or a legit old gem?

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Shawn Michael

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 3, 2012
746
Keizer, OR
Even if it is a more recent (1990-2000) bicycle I would say it's a good first bike to get going. It should just need a clean up, lube and new tubes and tires. The $150 asking price seems fair for that bike.
 

Shawn Michael

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 3, 2012
746
Keizer, OR
Personally I would choose the green bike over the red one, but that is just my bias towards the older looking tank bikes and not the middleweights. Buy what you like and keep anew eye out for something older.
 

Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,292
36
Longmont Colorado
Stare at the bikes on this site for a week and then decide what you are looking for. These old bikes are a fun hobby. Save up and buy something old and complete. I'm sure you'll find something vintage in VA if you keep looking.
 

bobcycles

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 30, 2006
4,797
13
so cal beaches
Green bike is 80's aftermarket junker... back when the whole Balloon tire bicycle craze took off.... mfgs started knocking
off all kinds of 'vintage' looking bikes. Quality on those green bikes is pretty horrible
 

ThePreacherMan

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 4, 2020
15
28
23803
Really liking this one
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Green bike is 80's aftermarket junker... back when the whole Balloon tire bicycle craze took off.... mfgs started knocking
off all kinds of 'vintage' looking bikes. Quality on those green bikes is pretty horrible
What about the red one?
 
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