Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Saw a Colson Snap tank about 5 or 6 years ago and I was hooked!
They still have quite a few hanging on the walls. The Bike Barn. About a mile away from me.I bought a 1961 2 speed Schwinn Tiger at a yard sale for $10 in 1995. Later that same year i was in a bike shop in Walla Walla WA and saw one like mine (except in green) and mine was nicer. They wanted $200 for their bike.
The shop owner saw me eye balling the Tiger and asked me if i liked old bikes. I answered in the affirmative and he then took me into the back room of his shop. Hanging in that store room was multiple old balloon bikes from the 30's through the 50's that he had taken in on trade over the years. I bought some of those bikes from him and also refurbished several for him. He gave me one bike free for every 2 i refurbished for him. He also reimbursed me for parts i had to get elsewhere to complete the bikes.
One bike i did for him was a late 40's CWC Roadmaster. That bike needed rims as the originals were nothing but rust. Somehow, i got connected with Jerry Germeau in Seattle, as he had a set of good rims for the bike. I had the new rims chromed and found the other needed parts and the rest is history...
At one time the shop had multiple bikes that i did on display in their showroom. They still may, but i have not been in that shop again for years.