Prewar Mead/BFG Canti -- Legit?

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 13, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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    Very interesting bike. Those sure look like Mead rims to me. I dont know if they ever made a Mead Autocycle though???
     
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    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
     
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    I like it!
     
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    Yeah I like it too! Attractive combination of stuff.
     
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    Here is my Mead, has flat rims though. Wes says its a 42 from the serial number. IMG_20171213_130056585.jpg IMG_20171213_125751134.jpg IMG_20171213_125834361.jpg IMG_20171213_125733386.jpg
     
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    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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    HA wow! That is the ONLY cantilever Mead I've ever seen, so cool! Saw it on here a year or so back always wondered
    who owned that beast.

    Anyone else have a Cantilever MEAD?


    PS The BFG is not a Mead....but does have the rack they used...could have been added too at some point...
     
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    Its my understanding early Goodrich frames usually dont have the diamond painted on the sides of seat tube. ??
     
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