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raggededgge

On Training Wheels
Hello folks new to forum been into motorcycles my whole life my wife is interested in bicycles so here I am She has several vintage schwinns and oddities.
Would like some help with a new find. The bike serial number I believe is A1663 this is stamped on the bottom of frame.
Its odd to me because it has a lock on the steering head and the rear fender is laced with cord.
Thanks
 

Superman1984

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Post pics; the more the better. I assume if it's a Schwinn you could go directly to The Schwinn forum. Maybe some of those guys could tell you even what color it is before hand. I am going to guess though it's got a fork lock (locks the steering to prevent ride away theft) & a dress guard (woman's skirt doesn't blow back into the tire) by said information
 

raggededgge

On Training Wheels
Here a a few pics

bike side.jpg


fender lacing.jpg


headtube.jpg
 

Superman1984

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I am not sure what it is. I do see it does have the fork lock intact as mentioned, the cord dress guard, a 1" pitch skip tooth, a Morrow hub, & I think what they call rain gutter fenders. I don't think it's Schwinn; may be prewar but I'll let the experts step in
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Made in Chicago but not Schwinn-Manton Smith. V/r Shawn
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Welcome to our Group!!
 

raggededgge

On Training Wheels
Thanks guys. Is there a list somewhere with serial numbers by manufacturer? I know in the motorcycle world each manufacturer had their own serialization up until the late fifties or sixties when VINs were standardized. Is this the case with bicycles? A bicycle enthusiat here told me serial numbers starting with "A" would be sometime in the thirties
Thanks again
 

Superman1984

Wore out three sets of tires already!
There are for some makes like Murray, Schwinn & others. Usually stickied at the tops of their respective forums. Not all bikes are like that as the history was lost or never existed so it's based off info individuals have from books, documents, ads etc. Lmfao Pleeeassse Tell us which member here told you if it's letter prefix determines it's era. Some makers didn't use letters either before or after
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
I know of no list for Manton Smith. They were a fairly obscure manufacturer. Unlike cars and motorcycles a bicycle serial number is not a VIN and in many cases tells you very little if anything. The best way to identify/date a bicycle is by build characteristics and design features. V/r Shawn
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Here is a link to my website page of company histories. MS is at the bottom. V/r Shawn

BTW I asked the mods to move this to balloon tire section for better visibility.
 
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