~ ~ ~ March 1942 Colson DEFENDER! ~ ~ ~

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  1. #1 Posted May 19, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    A big shout out to Sam, you rock!!

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    If I try and follow the model/dating 1589 = Men's '39, 1580 = Men's '40, maybe 1581 = Men's '41 and 1582 = Men's '42?
     
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    The Colson model is supposed to be badged "Featherweight" but I haven't seen a bike thus badged yet. I'm not sure where the concentric ring badged Colsons i.e. SCOUT etc. were marketed, does anyone have a clue? At first I was thinking this bike had alot of unoriginal equipment on it, but now I'm not so sure. This equipment may very well be mostly correct for a Defender badged bike. Here are a few other very interesting clues I've found....

    Here on the Cabe a while back....
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    And this one a closer match with some non-og equipment but...
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    No mention of the Featherweight in the '41 catalog but there is this Racer Model No. 911 shown with a 1/2" pitch Paisley chainring, says "forged cranks" but pic looks now like a one piece forged crank....

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  4. #4 Posted May 19, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Gorgeous! I was eyeballing her at the swaps. She rides great!
     
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  5. #5 Posted May 19, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    The three piece crank is blowing my mind. I thought it was some kind of repair job. But it looks to be factory according to the catalog.
     
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    That's a nice bike. Really like that head badge.
     
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  7. #7 Posted May 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Here is a picture of my 1942 Colson Firestone Featherweight that I restored. The paint scheme is the original paint scheme including the white chain ring! A great riding bicycle. caf626a5f640cbec09202f7dbc857695.jpg

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    Wow Bozman I like it!!:cool: Colson had a great very assured color sense I think.
     
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    Sweet. Looks like a March 1942.

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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    If you decide to clean up the chain ring like me know if you find white paint like I did. The only bike I have ever seen with this is my 42 Featherweight Vagabond. I can see why no one did it. The chain grease really shows up on the ring.

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