Looking for info on Mom's vintage New World

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crazycurlygirl

On Training Wheels
Jun 3, 2018
3
42
IL, USA
Hello! I'm new here. I'm looking for any information I can gather/verify about my mom's bicycle. This seems like a pretty knowledgeable group so I'm hoping someone here can help.

My mom has had this bike since she was little (sometime in the 1940s). She doesn't remember exactly when she got it, but she knows it was not new when her family bought it. She thinks it's from 1939, but that is just her best guess. I've looked at a lot of sites with info on these bikes and some of it is conflicting. I'm not looking for value (it's a family heirloom at this point and priceless to us), just information on what year it's from and maybe some info on restoration and parts resources.

She still rides this bike every summer and I ride it too when I can sneak onto it. I'd like to clean it up a bit for her, but I don't want to ruin it. I'm pretty handy, so I have no concern taking it apart. But I am worried about finding something that needs to be replaced and not having another part to replace it with.

Thank you in advance for any information/resources/encouragement. :)

Some info:
The serial number is stamped on the bottom of the frame - B58376
It is mostly original, but may have newer wheels and hand grips.
It has a replacement seat, but we also have the original seat.
Single speed.
Coaster brakes.
No fork lock that I can see.
Front facing dropout.

And, lots of pictures (with two bonus action shots):

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tripple3

Riding Miles; Collecting Smiles
Sep 25, 2012
8,034
56
Beach Cities, CA 92708
Welcome!
Y'all doin' the right thing asking questions before ruining something "priceless";)
Great pictures too. Late 40's seems right to me.
Its great you still have the original seat; not surprised she replaced it since she still rides.
There are threads about rebuilding, grease packing and all the fun stuff.
Take your time and have fun.
Thanks for joining and sharing Mom's New World with us.
Enjoy the Ride.
 

crazycurlygirl

On Training Wheels
Jun 3, 2018
3
42
IL, USA
Thank you for all the replies! I'll look for more images of bikes from 1946 to see what this may have looked like new. I'll have to check out some of the threads here. I plan to start with just a good cleaning, but I don't want to damage the paint or what's left of the decals. I'm not sure the last time it was cleaned in any way. Though she does ride it every year.

Is Simple Green pretty safe to use on these old bikes? It's what I use on my motorcycle, so I have it around. I do know that WD-40 isn't the best to use, but it's what was on hand and better than nothing on a dry chain. When I head up to visit next, I'll be taking some proper chain grease.

And yeah, that pic of my mom is my absolute fave. She won't admit much, but I'm pretty sure she had a wild streak in her youth. She's had a rough couple years, so I'm hoping that fixing up her bike might help cheer her up and get her out of the house some more.
 
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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
764
Alameda, CA
Wonderful story. Is the green a repaint over original red? Here is another New World, 1952, with 24 inch rims. I wish it was 26 inch.
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crazycurlygirl

On Training Wheels
Jun 3, 2018
3
42
IL, USA
Wonderful story. Is the green a repaint over original red? Here is another New World, 1952, with 24 inch rims. I wish it was 26 inch.
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As long as I've known, it's always been a greenish/brownish color. But then, the bicycle was already very old in my first memories of it. Where the 'New World' decal is, you can kind of see some blue peaking through, but it's very hard to tell. It's possible it was painted over at some point, but seeing as how the decals are still visible, I'm not sure. I'll ask her if she remembers what it's color was originally. But her memory isn't very good. So it's possible she won't know.

She used to have a basket on the back that hung down on either side of the back tire. She would put a pillow on the middle and I'd sit there with one foot in each basket while she pedaled. :)
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,978
Central Arizona
To my bad eyes, the bike looked like it was originally blue. Shows up under the decals and on the bottom of the bike. Weird that it does look greenish in some areas. Rust and then a oil or diesel fuel rub down over the years to preserve it maybe? Hit it with some Turtle Wax rubbing compound in the green bottle and see what happens.

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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
1,530
60
fremont california
love these old skinny tire Schwinns. I have a later version from 1960. some day I'd like to get an older one.
 
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