My First Pre-War Bike! (its not pretty)

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Neal405

Look Ma, No Hands!
I have been lookin to get my feet wet on a pre-war bike and Craigslist finally delivered. I purchased an Elgin bottlecap badged bike for 50 bucks and they also had a girls Hiawatha that the lady gave me for 20. With some research I believe the Elgin was made in the mid 20s in Indiana? My noob question would be, is this Elgin crank pitch bend correct? Its not like a dogleg where you can tell and I dont want messed up parts on it right away. Thanks for any info! Happy Sunday!View attachment 1448237
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Neal405

Look Ma, No Hands!
Ahhh I see it now! The rounded end is bent out. Thank you GTs58 looks like I will be using the other crank.
 

dasberger

Finally riding a big boys bike
You may try bending it back. I was able to bend one this week without any specialized tools. Found a spot on my trailer frame where I was able to wedge it. Took a decent bit of muscle and just the right placement but it worked. Maybe try putting the bent end top pr three inches in a vice and use a length of pipe on the other end of the crank for leverage. Just go slowly and check it each time you push/pull
 

Archie Sturmer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
The “B” serial prefix might indicate about 1924 or so; and we see a Murray chain ring sprocket; (i.e., what else got changed in 97 years). The chain ring sprocket in the 2nd picture (left) looks more appropriate; (but Sears may have used a couple of others).

The cranks in the 2nd picture might not be correct; the cranks supplied with Excelsior built bicycles often had a distinctive “arch” in between the threaded cones. The arch facilitated fitting of the crank into the bottom bracket crank hanger.

The attachment 1448237 is not opening; was it a picture of the whole bicycle?
 
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