Prewar Mead/BFG Canti -- Legit?


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ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
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#1
This is an interesting bike. It's Mead Ranger brown with a mead rack but with BFG attributes (badge). I know the decals on the guard and tank are newer than the bike. I haven't seen painted rims like this on a Schwinn before but seem age appropriate in patina. What do you think, is this a legitimate Mead Schwinn?

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1817cent

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 18, 2016
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Snoqualmie Washington
#2
Very interesting bike. Those sure look like Mead rims to me. I dont know if they ever made a Mead Autocycle though???
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
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1,239
Hollister CA
#3
badge looks 1940s 50s, never seen brown hoops, rack is most likely from early models....but it is schwinn so the bike might actually be legit
 

ballooney

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 5, 2010
523
1,054
Santa Rosa, United States
#7
Yeah I like it too! Attractive combination of stuff.
Yes, I agree. I really think this bike looks great and found it intriguing. Based on all of the 'not in the catalog' original bikes we've seen on this site, I figured this one was worthy of the discussion. All the pieces sure fit nicely together...could it be legit? Seems possible.
 
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bobcycles

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 30, 2006
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sccruiser

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 7, 2015
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Santa Cruz Ca.
#10
Its my understanding early Goodrich frames usually dont have the diamond painted on the sides of seat tube. ??
 

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