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kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
2,948
50
Santa Cruz
I don’t claim to have any expertise in this area but the badge keeps getting my attention. They usually just painted over the whole bike including the badge. I don’t see any residual paint on it at all. I suppose they taped it off? Cool none the less!
 

frankandpam

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 21, 2016
644
Tacoma Wa
Here's my 2 cents ( and believe me all it's worth). I have an original chain ring. This one looks good but a couple red flags. One is the "sharp" (worn?) teeth. Seen that on re-pops. They usually square off more. The other is all the "imperfections" in the letters that the originals have, are present, but look's like filed to produce those imperfections. Also the head badge looks good, but the inner middle texture looks a little uneven in wear. If somebody did "fake" this bike they went to a lot of trouble, but for fifteen grand they mite have. I have seen vintage Fender guitars that were faked with patina and almost indistinguishable from a $30,000 original. It's a crazy world out there.
 

C M Gerlach

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 24, 2018
85
49
Buffalo, NY
Just my 2 cents as I have been working on and staring at one for a few months. It looks legit, but there's some little things that just don't make it feel like 15k, suppose it depends on how much you want one.
I'm having paint envy....looks like sun baked original....just my opinion.
I agree that if its it's fake then good job, but looks more correct than not.
 
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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,306
Fairborn, Ohio
@frankandpam
Here's my 2 cents ( and believe me all it's worth). I have an original chain ring. This one looks good but a couple red flags. One is the "sharp" (worn?) teeth. Seen that on re-pops. They usually square off more. The other is all the "imperfections" in the letters that the originals have, are present, but look's like filed to produce those imperfections. Also the head badge looks good, but the inner middle texture looks a little uneven in wear. If somebody did "fake" this bike they went to a lot of trouble, but for fifteen grand they mite have. I have seen vintage Fender guitars that were faked with patina and almost indistinguishable from a $30,000 original. It's a crazy world out there.



That ring is authentic ... compare to this other, Ethernet example

..... patric


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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
724
Alameda, CA
Seeing the second frame showing red and blue over khaki make me wonder if the popularity of khaki bikes quickly died after WWI and dealers or the factory repainted frames still in stock with a nice red to appeal to the market? It does seem like the catalogs that show color illustrations often have motorbikes/motobikes/motocykes in red. Nice catchy color for advertising.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,183
Chicago area west
Seeing the second frame showing red and blue over khaki make me wonder if the popularity of khaki bikes quickly died after WWI and dealers or the factory repainted frames still in stock with a nice red to appeal to the market? It does seem like the catalogs that show color illustrations often have motorbikes/motobikes/motocykes in red. Nice catchy color for advertising.
Nothing against Olive drab green, but I'm guessing after either(any) War, that color was the last thing folks/kids wanted to see... reminded them of a horrible time in their lives... rationing, death, constant war ads, etc...
 
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