Seeking info on Viking bicycle

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DReid

On Training Wheels
Apr 23, 2020
9
59
Northfield, MA
I’d welcome info and restoration suggestions for my Dad’s prized Viking bike—ca 1935? He was ten when he got it, and he rode it all over the county, logging several thousand miles on the odometer. He loved this bike: it is complete and untouched, but the decades stored in the barn haven’t been kind to it. I’d like to clean it up, but want to keep it as close as possible to original condition. Would be grateful for any helpful advice.
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tryder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 12, 2014
800
San Anselmo, CA
Beautiful bicycle. It does not need much. A light cleaning and thurough re-greasing, some new tires and you have a gem. That hornlight is super cool. Sure there isn't a rack lying around somewhere?
 

Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
657
53
France
Hi,

As confirmed above, it was built by Westfield, around 1940.

If you can give us the two sets of numbers off the bottom under the crank, than we can date it to the month for you.

There will be a long number, starting with a letter (possibly E or F, you'll need to check carefully if it's one of those, sometimes the bottom bar of the is lightly struck on the curved surface), followed by five or six numbers. Above that will be a single letter, followed by one or two numbers from 1 to 12.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 
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DReid

On Training Wheels
Apr 23, 2020
9
59
Northfield, MA
Hi,

As confirmed above, it was built by Westfield, around 1940.

If you can give us the two sets of numbers off the bottom under the crank, than we can date it to the month for you.

There will be a long number, starting with a letter (possibly E or F, you'll need to check carefully if it's one of those, sometimes the bottom bar of the is lightly struck on the curved surface), followed by five or six numbers. Above that will be a single letter, followed by one or two numbers from 1 to 12.

Best Regards,

Adrian
Thanks, Adrian. Serial #, as in photo attached to earlier reply, is:
E5
C44195
 
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tryder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 12, 2014
800
San Anselmo, CA
I should have shot photos from the chain-guard side of the bike. Here’s a close-up....
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We know this bicycle is a complete original. I believe that this style chain guard was only offered in '38 and '39 but the codes on the bottom bracket don't lie...and they can be interpreted as...(yes I double checked)...1938.
 
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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
657
53
France
Hi @DReid

Thanks for that.

Thanks, Adrian. Serial #, as in photo attached to earlier reply, is:
E5
C44195
E5 says the frame was made in May 1938 (E is a code for 1938, 5 is the fifth month).

C44195 is the serial number, which says that the bike was built up not long (one or two months) after May 1938.

1938 was a slow year for Westfield, so relatively fewer bikes from 1938 survive.

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

DReid

On Training Wheels
Apr 23, 2020
9
59
Northfield, MA
Hi @DReid

Thanks for that.



E5 says the frame was made in May 1938 (E is a code for 1938, 5 is the fifth month).

C44195 is the serial number, which says that the bike was built up not long (one or two months) after May 1938.

1938 was a slow year for Westfield, so relatively fewer bikes from 1938 survive.

Best Regards,

Adrian
This is very helpful—and fascinating. Many thanks, Adrian. Dad would have been 12 that spring—so it’s no surprise why he loved this bike and why he kept it safely stored his whole adult life. At the time, he was washing cars at the local Packard dealership and he must have sweet-talked someone in the paint shop: Dad’s initials are carefully painted on the ‘tank’ under the top tube. (Or maybe that was an available option at the bike shop, as the paint matches exactly.)
Again, many thanks. This has been a wonderful way for me to remember and re-connect with my Dad.
 
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