lets see those americans

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  1. #21 Posted Sep 14, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    '63 American I restored last winter. I have a blue '64 that will be done this winter.

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  3. #23 Posted Sep 23, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    1962 and 1964 Deluxe Americans. Great riders!

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  4. #24 Posted Sep 23, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I have one just like it!
     
  5. #25 Posted Oct 14, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    1963 IMG_8064.JPG IMG_8068.JPG " 100 percent American made" sticker still intact.
     
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  6. #26 Posted Oct 15, 2017

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    My 1962 in "as found" beater condition....but it still sports its front sticker too:blush:
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  7. #27 Posted Oct 15, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    heres one of my 55s,classic bike that was kept outside its whole life,i took the factory rim brakes to keep em out of the elements,still has the 2 speed manuel with the hard to fing og clamps,knob is not factory but fairly old PIC_0005 (1).JPG PIC_0004 (1).JPG PIC_0004 (1).JPG
     
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  8. #28 Posted Oct 16, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    here's my '64 barn find- cleaned it up as best as I could and threw some Wald Stingray style bars on it.

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  9. #29 Posted Oct 16, 2017

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    Here's a pretty nice "1955/57" American that sold on EBay last weekend.
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    I'm guessing that the first generation Americans with the manual two speed always came with rim brakes in front, but I've seen a lot with caliper brakes, like this one. Since the calipers weren't American-made, they must have been added later, but there are enough of them that it looks like the forks must have already had the holes for the calipers. Is this correct?
     
  10. #30 Posted Oct 16, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Pretty much correct. The flat rear fender/brake bracket was also used. The drilled fork and flat brake bracket were pretty much the norm on all the bikes, gears or not, during the first couple years of the new middleweights since most all of the models were available with multiple gears. Here's my original 1955 Girls Corvette coaster that came with the flat rear bracket and drilled fork.

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  11. #31 Posted Oct 17, 2017

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    That brace between the two front down tubes is something I don't see very often, either. Nice bike!
     
  12. #32 Posted Oct 17, 2017

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    Built in Sept 1962....Kennedy was very busy with the pesky Russians trying to put some toys in Cuba!

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  13. #33 Posted Oct 17, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    My 62 American

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  14. #34 Posted Oct 20, 2017

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    Speaking of great participation, may I suggest more and better pictures? It doesn't matter if they're not shined up pretty, original bikes tell their own story.
     
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    I take it the three speed was added later? Since the three speed hubs weren't made in the U.S. But a pretty bike for sure!
     
  16. #36 Posted Oct 20, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    sure buy me a better camera!
     
  17. #37 Posted Oct 22, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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  18. #38 Posted Nov 4, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    1955 schwinn American, I added the rat trap on the front

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  19. #39 Posted Nov 16, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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  20. #40 Posted Nov 16, 2017

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    Maybe we can work out a trade, what kind of bikes have you got?