Monark Airman year??


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MTGeorge

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 26, 2012
101
99
Appleton, United States
#1
I know its Monark built and that the drive train has been replaced but I am having trouble figuring out what its supposed to look like. Would it have had the typical Monark sprocket and a guard or the pie crust? The bars are also suspect as the grips were swapped out long ago. Can anybody pin down a year or have a catalog pic somewhere?
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cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,153
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Lacota, Mi
#4
Your bike would probably be 40-41. Freqman said the headbadge style is from 40-41. I had a similar Monark but it had a Rocket badge. Mine had a 41 serial number. It was on the left rear drop out. It was very lightly stamped so be careful looking for it. I never have found a catalog print of this frame style.

Mine also had the Monark chainring with the holes in it for the pie crust. There was no indication that the holes had ever been used tho. I've seen this ring used on a few prewar Monarks that never had a pie crust.
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MTGeorge

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 26, 2012
101
99
Appleton, United States
#5
Your bike would probably be 40-41. Freqman said the headbadge style is from 40-41. I had a similar Monark but it had a Rocket badge. Mine had a 41 serial number. It was on the left rear drop out. It was very lightly stamped so be careful looking for it. I never have found a catalog print of this frame style.

Mine also had the Monark chainring with the holes in it for the pie crust. There was no indication that the holes had ever been used tho. I've seen this ring used on a few prewar Monarks that never had a pie crust. View attachment 722930 View attachment 722931
Serial number is under the bottom bracket. The flat braces had me thinking earlier than that.
 

cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,153
6,531
Lacota, Mi
#6
Serial number is under the bottom bracket. The flat braces had me thinking earlier than that.
Post the serial number, there are a couple of lists. The braces apparently changed between 39 and 40 according to the article on the five bars by Freqman. Although it's not certain that all models changed at the time. I do have notes on my old bike that note the frame is in the Fall/Winter 39-40 Spiegel catalog (Catalog No.148). I have not tracked that catalog down yet.
 

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