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SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
1967 Raleigh Sprite is pretty much done. I'm nearing the end of testing everything out and getting everything finalized. It came out pretty nicely, but condition is king when you find these bikes. Starting with something in very good condition is a big help, versus something where everything needs to be re-done.

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SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Progress on a 1942 Schwinn New World B.F. Goodrich bike:

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This bike started as a bike core I bought from another member. The idea is to build it up into a presentable and functional three speed bike. The war-era frame was produced with a minimum of finishing and polishing. I also took in a pre-war New World bike core, and this war era frame is much less polished than the pre or post war frames.

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But this bike should round out nicely. It will be a three speed with a caliper brakes when it is all done.
 

SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Here is the 1942 B.F. Goodrich/Schwinn New World project more or less completed. I've done a couple short rides to get the fitting and adjustments set up. But I'm sure there will still be more fooling with fitments and the like after longer rides.

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I gave this a little bit of a war-era aviation theme. It has the eagle headbadge, wing chainguard, and a USAAF style pin on the saddle bag.

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I'm fairly happy with this project so far, especially starting out with just the core of a bike and building up into a full machine.
 

SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
I may swap those pedals after looking again at these pictures. They're old Torringtons and they run well, but the relic look seems a bit out of place with the condition of the rest of the bike. I have some nicer, newer pedals to try (MKS 3000S 1/2 inch).

I do have a question - are the Persons teardrop pedal reproductions any good? I know the pictures make them look nice, but how are the bearings and surfaces in them? Display only or viable riders? Teardrop pedals would look nice with the wing and aviation theme.
 

1motime

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
They are attractive pedals and would fit your theme. Some repro pedals don't have removable axles that allow for bearing adjustment or removal. That might be a deal breaker
 

SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
They are attractive pedals and would fit your theme. Some repro pedals don't have removable axles that allow for bearing adjustment or removal. That might be a deal breaker

I did not think of that. Ideally it would be something I could rebuild after a season or two of riding. They look nice enough for sure...
 
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