Just Bought Chicago Flyer - Any Info Appreciated !!


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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
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Recently bought this Chicago Flyer - it sat in a barn for 50+ years. It looks to be original except for tires and 1 of the rims. The front is wood and the rear is metal clad. I'm not sure which is correct - guessing the rear?
Still has the leather mudflap attached to the front fender. I spent 10 mins with my WD40 / Naval Jelly concoction on a couple spots and it looks to be the Olive Drab green color I've seen on other bikes.
Rear tire spins straight and true and brakes stop instantly which amazed me !!

Cant't find anything on this bike other than a couple posting for the head badge.
Guessing it's from the 20's or 30's maybe ?? Any help / info much appreciated !!!


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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
617
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Cincinnati, OH
#8
Bump again.......going to start cleaning soon
I can't find any info on another Chicago Flyer anywhere
 

gkeep

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 11, 2014
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641
Alameda, CA
#9
Congrats on the nice find. I noticed those crusty pedals and wanted to tell you how I accidentally renewed the rubber pads on one of the pedals on my teens Pierce. I soaked the pedal in Simple Green for a couple hours to get really caked on grease off. When I checked it I noticed the surface of the rubber was slimy and seemed to be dissolving in the soap. I pulled it out and let it dry in the sun a couple days. After drying the rubber was shiny and hard to the touch, no longer flaky and crusty. You might want to try a spare bit of waste crusty pedal and see if it can revive those. I have not tried the method again but that's only because the left pedal was only a spindle. ;)

Good luck, looks like it will clean up with a nice patina finish.

Gary
 

Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
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713
52
Cincinnati, OH
#10
Been almost 2 years.......time to get on this one.
I have never seen this head badge in all of the searching I've done since I got it.
Anyone with new info on it...........????
 
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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
617
713
52
Cincinnati, OH
#11
So 15 mins worth of work and this...........is about exactly what I was hoping or.
I need to get the Elgin Cardinal finished and then onto this = Inspiration !!!!

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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
#12
I found this image of the head badge incase you want to restore the color to yours.

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I have no info on the bike but the car hiding under the cover is a Camaro.
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barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
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1,979
Rathdrum, Idaho
#13
Recently bought this Chicago Flyer - it sat in a barn for 50+ years. It looks to be original except for tires and 1 of the rims. The front is wood and the rear is metal clad. I'm not sure which is correct - guessing the rear?
Still has the leather mudflap attached to the front fender. I spent 10 mins with my WD40 / Naval Jelly concoction on a couple spots and it looks to be the Olive Drab green color I've seen on other bikes.
Rear tire spins straight and true and brakes stop instantly which amazed me !!

Cant't find anything on this bike other than a couple posting for the head badge.
Guessing it's from the 20's or 30's maybe ?? Any help / info much appreciated !!!


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Wow! I love the bike, I've never seen a used Chicago flyer badge before. Any chance I could get you to take a nice clear shot of the badge so I can put it in a book I'm working on about head badges. Thank you very much. Barry
 

barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
3,382
1,979
Rathdrum, Idaho
#14
Been almost 2 years.......time to get on this one.
I have never seen this head badge in all of the searching I've done since I got it.
Anyone with new info on it...........????
I have one and sold another to a friend last year. I also know of several Cabe members that own copies of that badge, but I had never seen a used one until I saw yours. I don't know anything about it either after researching it? Thanks for posting the photos. Barry
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
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4,255
Fairborn, Ohio
#15
1924 ... four Douglas World Cruisers sought to
circumnavigate the globe ... this voyage being
the very first attempt by anyone.


Led by the Chicago ... other members of the
adventure were the New Orleans .. the Boston ..
and the Seattle.


The whole story can be researched. I do not
know how to post a link.


..... patric


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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
617
713
52
Cincinnati, OH
#18
Wow! I love the bike, I've never seen a used Chicago flyer badge before. Any chance I could get you to take a nice clear shot of the badge so I can put it in a book I'm working on about head badges. Thank you very much. Barry
Barry,
No problem - I'll take a few pics of the head badge today / tomorrow and get them posted up.
I'm guessing you have a head badge and not a bike......can I get a few pics so I can put in with my info / PM is fine if you want to do that.
I am going to carefully clean it a little. Was going to start with some reg old soap and water, wipe it down and maybe a sodt bristle tooth brush and see what I get - go from there. Any suggestions / tips if you've ever cleaned one ????
Kato
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
3,485
4,255
Fairborn, Ohio
#20
Kato ... stop right there !!

Go no further ... or you will allow bright
and shiny to surface.


Right now the badge patina is in keeping
with the bicycle. The technology you used
has given a lot more character to the over-
all vision the entire bicycle provides.


We can see the badge ... we can see the bicycle.

Looks like they grew old together. Good Form !!

..... patric
 
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