J.C. Higgins mens bike.

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Lowjack'r

Look Ma, No Hands!
Hello I'm Jack from The Netherlands.
Today i've finaly got my second J.C. Higgins bike.

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This time it's this mens bike.
Which i've spotted for the first time a few years ago, in my hometown 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands.
This was during the time that i was restoring my J.C. Higgins ladies bike, which you can see on the following page.
About 2 years ago i've tried to buy this bike, from the guy who was the owner @ that moment.
He did use this bicycle as an advertising object for his restaurant @ that time.
(You can still read the text for his restaurant, on the side of the rear rack.)
And he was willing to sell the bike, but we couldn't agree on the price.

Today my son texted me about this bike, telling me that.
His girlfreind did have contacted the owner of the bike.
They wanted to buy the bike as a christmas gift for me.
But because they don't know, what to pay for a bike like this.
He asked me what i did offer for it, when i tried to buy it.
A few minutes later, he texted me that they have bought the bike for me.

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And now i'm the owner of this bike.
They finaly have payed € 30,00 for it, which is about $ 34.00.
What's the same $$ as what i've offered before, when i tried to buy the bike.

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The bottom bracket shows.
MOTS W (i think)
MOD 502 45460 (pretty sure of this)
177111 ( for sure)
If there somebody out here, who can tell me what these numbers mean.
I would apreciate all information.

I will post better pictures asap.
Like to hear what you think about it.
 

all riders

Finally riding a big boys bike
Someone will let you know about the numbers (the 502 just indicates it was built for Sears). The bike was built by Murray Ohio Mfg.(or just Murray) and it seems that your bike might have started life as either a Higgins Colorflow or Jetflow model from sears
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
The large stamping is just a serial number. The 502 + # is Sears then their part/model number.

And it looks like Adam ID'd someones bike with the same build period.

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Lowjack'r

Look Ma, No Hands!
Thanks you all, for your replies.
Looked at the bike again today, and made some new and detail pictures.
I've posted some questions below the pictures.

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Front rack, headbadge and handlebar.
Is this handlebar correct for this bike?
Which models did have this headbadge?
The front rack, could that be something from the USA?

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Rusty but working skiptooth chain, chainring & sprocket.

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After scraping off some paint, this decal showed up at the left frontfork leg.
Which models did have this kind of decals on the forklegs?

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Inscriptions on the rear hub.
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Can this hub be correct for the bike?

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Tires and rims, are these rims correct for this bike?
Tires are cracked but still do hold some air.
 

Lowjack'r

Look Ma, No Hands!
I've been looking around on the web.
I think i now what model my bike is or has been.

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Looking at some frames, i believe my bike has a Jet Flow Frame.
I think my bike has been build up with parts from different bikes.
Because, while searching the web on JCH Jet Flow bikes.
The frontfork showing stars on the legs, the peaked fenders & the skiptooth chain and cogs.
Don't show up on any of the Jet Flow bikes.

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All the Jet Flow bikes i could find, did have Beehive springer forks.
I would like to put a tank back on, but i don't believe i can find one anywhere.
And if I can find one somewhere, i'm afraid it will be way too expensive before it's in the Netherlands.
So now i need to make my mind up, about what i'm gonna do with the bike.
 

coasterbrakejunkie1969

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I've been looking around on the web.
I think i now what model my bike is or has been.

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Looking at some frames, i believe my bike has a Jet Flow Frame.
I think my bike has been build up with parts from different bikes.
Because, while searching the web on JCH Jet Flow bikes.
The frontfork showing stars on the legs, the peaked fenders & the skiptooth chain and cogs.
Don't show up on any of the Jet Flow bikes.

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All the Jet Flow bikes i could find, did have Beehive springer forks.
I would like to put a tank back on, but i don't believe i can find one anywhere.
And if I can find one somewhere, i'm afraid it will be way too expensive before it's in the Netherlands.
So now i need to make my mind up, about what i'm gonna do with the bike.
Yes Jetflow frame, I think Columbia forks not sure and those are Schwinn wheels
 

WillWork4Parts

Finally riding a big boys bike
Thanks you all, for your replies.
Looked at the bike again today, and made some new and detail pictures.
I've posted some questions below the pictures.

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Front rack, headbadge and handlebar.
Is this handlebar correct for this bike?
Which models did have this headbadge?
The front rack, could that be something from the USA?

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Rusty but working skiptooth chain, chainring & sprocket.

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After scraping off some paint, this decal showed up at the left frontfork leg.
Which models did have this kind of decals on the forklegs?

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Inscriptions on the rear hub.
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Can this hub be correct for the bike?

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Tires and rims, are these rims correct for this bike?
Tires are cracked but still do hold some air.
Nah frame serial would have to be a MOP or MOQ for that Morrow hub. 50(T) was also morrow's last run for hubs.
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The fork shape does look like Murray and I know I've seen Elgins with stars on the side of the fork like that, but I'm not sure I've seen them on JC Higgins. I'm thinking the last Higgins I had with a regular fork was the double crown(plates) type.
 

Superman1984

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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I generally try to use this with Sears/Murray bikes that have the MO- stamps. I can't say how accurate it is so you may need to 50/50 compare it to a specific year & model. Hope it helps some ....
 
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