King Size American frame build dates


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Pantmaker

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 1, 2013
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Scottsdale, AZ
#41
So I don't have any pictures, but I checked my friend Israel Gonzalez's serial number on his King Size American after we came back from the Ann Arbor Show, and you won't believe it, but it's C228398, one after yours. Crazy.
No freakin way!?!
 

Pantmaker

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 1, 2013
979
744
Scottsdale, AZ
#42
Long time lurker and haven't posted in a while. I have a blue KS frame that a buddy gave me years ago. Its just the frame and matching KS guard. I've since found a matching radiant blue fork and extended/grafted on a longer steer tube. The hard part was trying to find the fenders. Due to the larger geometry of the frame the fender mounting hole at the seat stay bridge aligns at a slightly different position radially on the fender (if that makes sense). Its like 3/8-1/2" off from a reg size middleweight fender.
The black KS above with the chrome fenders reminded me of this... quirky fun fact; Twinn (Tandem) middleweight fenders have the same hole position and fit a KS frame perfectly.
Man I love everything about this post and the gem about the fender parity is awesome.
 

Danny the schwinn freak

I live for the CABE
Oct 23, 2016
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Az
#44
We're there ever any king size models made other than the American? A friend has a speedster in original blue paint and he sent me some pics and it sure looks like it could be a bigger frame. May just be an illusion. Just curious what you guys new. I'm on the hunt for one of these big bikes.
 

rhenning

I live for the CABE
May 9, 2010
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326
69
Sharon wi United States
#45
There was more than one size Speedster frame none of which are called King Size. For than matter most lightweights camr in 3 sizes also. Usually 19, 21 and 23 inches. Some like the Varsity could also be also gotten in 25 and maybe 27 inch frames. Roger
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,474
6,046
Central Arizona
#46
We're there ever any king size models made other than the American? A friend has a speedster in original blue paint and he sent me some pics and it sure looks like it could be a bigger frame. May just be an illusion. Just curious what you guys new. I'm on the hunt for one of these big bikes.
As far as the cantilever frame goes, there were only two models post war that had larger frames for a short time, the American and the Heavy Duty.
 

island schwinn

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
May 10, 2010
4,132
4,013
58
Modesto,CA. 95355
#48

Arfsaidthebee

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 14, 2013
258
1,055
Fremont, CA, United States
#49
Yes...We rode up/down Niles Canyon, closed to cars all day. See post #7594 in "What bike did you ride today?" to see our ride...Lots of people riding, walking, skating, ...

Great day in Niles Canyon today!...
 

KingSized HD

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 23, 2013
433
586
Herndon, CA, United States
#52
Picked up another King Size F&F with the same frame date as my first one, 1-29-62. Both were originally Radiant Red (per fork steerer). May be tough but will try to bring this back to OG rad red.
New frame #A23452X
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ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 8, 2014
392
498
Evanston, United States
#53
Picked up another King Size F&F with the same frame date as my first one, 1-29-62. Both were originally Radiant Red (per fork steerer). May be tough but will try to bring this back to OG rad red.
New frame #A23452X
3/15/1962 is in the lead with 6 frames known, but 1/29/1962 is coming up fast with 4 now :).
 

Livmojoe

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 27, 2012
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15
Pleasanton, United States
#54
Had a chance to check the serial number on my Radiant Blue KS American. Chalk another one up for March 15th of '62. Mine is C228187
 
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Talewinds

I live for the CABE
Sep 13, 2010
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176
Newton, WI, United States
#58
Being 6'4", it's difficult to ride these old bikes I love so much. I probably need to find one of these KS's.
 

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