OK all you Great minds out there... Mead forks


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Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
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I do not profess greatness but here are some pictures, just for examples:
Black Mead Ranger Frame 8.jpg
This one seems to have a nickel treatment, unknown year Black Ranger 22" taller diamond frame; forged crown, no truss rods (5.5" head tube).
I thought that the idea may have come from Mead's connections to the English market.
Forks Mead.JPG
Ad/catalog excerpt, unknown year (circa 1920-21); shows laminated crown, truss rods, calls the item Ranger forks, (as opposed to what else...).
The add also showed the George S. Lewis patent 1,435,611 for drop-outs; filed June 23, 1919; approved Nov. 14, 1922; as still "pending".
 
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Barto

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So, further to Bri's question - I'm looking for a 1919 fork for my Ranger......so far I've only seen the "Non-Ribbed" forks in photos dated 1919. Are 1919 forks Ribbed or Non Ribbed (inquiring minds want to know)?
 

Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
#6
Looks like a good 10-year period then, at least perhaps between 1911-1921 for the "combination" with the 'triple-truss' crown (w/ laminated plates).
Perhaps the forged crown ribbed fork was a couple/few years earlier.

I read about the "wagon ruts" in the 1911 add description.
The last wagon rut I saw was two summers ago, in sandstone near Guernsey, Wyoming, on the Oregon Trail.
Guernsey, yet another 'English' connection.
 
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Balloontyre

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Mead had many suppliers of their bikes, different forks, frames too, simultaneously in the same year model, just depends on manufacturer. It's not year specific.
You can endlessly chase your tail with Mead.
 

Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
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#11
Mead had many suppliers of their bikes, different forks, frames too, simultaneously in the same year model, just depends on manufacturer. It's not year specific.
You can endlessly chase your tail with Mead.
Hmmm, I'm chasing mine now...Below is a photo of a 1918 Mead, notice the front fork does not have the rib!
1918-Mead-Pathfinder[1] - Copy.jpg


SO, I guess forks with and without the Rib are correct? how about without Truss Rods? One seller told me he had one that did not use the truss rods....bit confusing
 
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bricycle

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Hmmm, I'm chasing mine now...Below is a photo of a 1918 Mead, notice the front fork does not have the rib! View attachment 924693

SO, I guess forks with and without the Rib are correct? how about without Truss Rods? One seller told me he had one that did not use the truss rods....bit confusing
who said that was a 1918? The chain wheel probably says 1918, but that's just a patent date. Plus that has deeper fenders, they weren't used till 1920. Plus those are not correct fender braces, should be flat.
 
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