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


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Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
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#21
Hi Bart,
I'm not sure I follow you exactly, what model Mead and frame style are you talking about?
Can you post a pic or 2 or bike and fenders.



Mead = nearly anything goes.

Here's an Original survivor, 1925 camelback with tank, truss ribbed fork.
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Barto

I live for the CABE
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#22
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 1919. Plus those are not correct fender braces, should be flat.
Found it on the net simply by typing Mead Ranger. I have the same patent date on my chain ring!
Bart
 

Barto

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#24
So, Here's what I have to date, all purchased from CAPE members
Tank
Frame (told fork is incorrect)
Fenders
If you need other photos please let me know your needs - really appreciate the help! Same to you Bri, really appreciate your help.
Bart
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bricycle

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#26
well according to what we know now, fork may be ok. Might have pedals if you need some...
 

sam

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dnc1

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#30
I've seen a photo of a 1930 'English' Mead with a double -ribbed fork, described as an "Ariel" pattern fork! Just to confuse things further lol.
 
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oldmtrcyc

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 23, 2012
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#31
I have two Meade Rangers that I purchased recently. Both have a 1918 patents on the crank. The standard frame bike has a serial number 85291. The tall frame has a serial number of 96714. I haven't researched either yet, but both have the rib on the fork, all the way to the crown. The std frame has a nickel plated ridge. The tall bike's ridge is painted dark brown, edged in gold pinstripe.
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Barto

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#32
Nice examples, based on the Fender Struts,- I would say the bikes are post 20's.....any disagreement?

Bart
 

Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
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#33
IMO fender braces on the 2 bikes oldmtrcyc posted look typical to all years after discontinuing the coat-hanger rod style. 1918ish and on.
 

oldmtrcyc

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 23, 2012
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#34
I wish I could put a date on my bikes, and the manufacturer. Sometime this winter I will dig into it, but any help here would be nice. Somewhere I have stashed some documents that may help.
 

Barto

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#36
Dag, just when I thought I was making some headway......I recently saw a nice plated non RIB version - I thought was correct, maybe not.

I've cooled my heels on my project and will be seeking more info before making my next purchase. From what I think I know, the bars and stem are the same for teens and twenties (correct?)
Bart
 

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