Hawthorne Bikes--Manufactured By?? And Serial #?


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Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
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301
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
592
451
Henderson, MI, United States
#23
From an online 1953 Wards catalog: The men's match to my bike. It does appear to me that my chain ring and rear sprocket were "upgraded" to regular chain. If anyone has the skiptooth chain ring for this bike, let me know.

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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
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#24
From an online 1953 Wards catalog: The men's match to my bike. It does appear to me that my chain ring and rear sprocket were "upgraded" to regular chain. If anyone has the skiptooth chain ring for this bike, let me know.

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I wouldn't mess with it. Odds are it's original since Snyder started using 1/2" pitch drivetrains on some models in about '41.
 

TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
592
451
Henderson, MI, United States
#25
I wouldn't mess with it. Odds are it's original since Snyder started using 1/2" pitch drivetrains on some models in about '41.
Awesome! Thanks Mike! I just posted another thread because it would be nice to know this about all bike manufactuers. So, share your knowledge about it on that post, and about any other manufacturers that you are knowledgeable on. Thanks!!!
 

Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
396
301
Los Angeles, CA, USA
#26
I also wonder if/when Snyder changed their finish on bright work; it seems that 1950's bikes have what today appears as lightly-galvanized cranks, sprockets, hubs, (hot-dipped or electro-deposited); or maybe the chrome-plate was just very thin?
 
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