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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
7,742
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Those are great riding bikes.
The sky's the limit on what you want to do with it, but it was made to roll, so that's what it should do.
 

Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
5,155
53
Earth (Middle)
Should I build this thing as a rider , refinish it , or let it rot as a garden bike ? I think I have enough mismatched parts to build it as a decent rider
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Get the correct length fender braces and go from there, or sell those Schwinn fenders go from there.

And I think you KNOW how I feel about garden bikes that look repairable. I don't care if you RAT it, it would make a killer RAT.
 
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jacob9795

I live for the CABE
Sep 21, 2014
1,241
United States
Make an electric bike out of it....add a cup holder and rear rack too. I’m going to build one over the winter. Install wide pull-back handlebars and a big headlight. Ditch the fenders and install mountain bike tires, maybe convert to heavy duty spokes too. The possibilities are endless! Black/white with red pinstriping. I’d even go with eight ball valve caps...:p
 

ratina

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 21, 2009
919
Westmont, IL
Nice postwar Roadmaster. Great riding bikes, definitely fix it!
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,590
crown point<indiana
If its good enough to be a rider then thats what it should be.If it were rotted badly and not capable of riding then it should be garden art.
 

Farmboy1895

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 19, 2017
71
64
Lumberton, NJ, United States
Ride that bad boy just like it is. If you have never experienced getting the old pant leg caught between the sprocket and chain that`s a good one to try it on. Next, have a friend ride the bike with you on the handle bars, with your feet on the front wheel axle nuts. Accidentally shove your foot into the spokes. I will let you guess what happens next. The most exciting part is, we used to play demolition derby with those kind of bikes back in the 60s. Try all these activities, I did as a kid. Oh such fun, but I am still kickin.
 
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John Gailey

I live for the CABE
May 30, 2016
1,035
56
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Make an electric bike out of it....add a cup holder and rear rack too. I’m going to build one over the winter. Install wide pull-back handlebars and a big headlight. Ditch the fenders and install mountain bike tires, maybe convert to heavy duty spokes too. The possibilities are endless! Black/white with red pinstriping. I’d even go with eight ball valve caps...:p
If you do all of that, you better bring along some condoms because you are going to need them!
 
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