Teens Mead Ranger Frame? i.d. Help.


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Nick-theCut

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Oct 29, 2010
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The frame is definately the only thing Ranger there. Even the fork is foreign. The down tube decal is the only way to confirm it is a Ranger. Normally you date these with the characteristics of the fork, crank, sprocket & fenders. No one has a Mead serial number data base.
 
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The frame is definately the only thing Ranger there. Even the fork is foreign. The down tube decal is the only way to confirm it is a Ranger. Normally you date these with the characteristics of the fork, crank, sprocket & fenders. No one has a Mead serial number data base.
Thanks Nick, Can we at least say it's teens? or could it be 20's?

To my untrained eye.... This looks similar.

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Nick-theCut

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No worries. The headbadge would of helped aswell. We could guess 20's, but this frame style probably spanned from teens-30's.
Post a picture of the serial number in the bottom bracket. If it looks primitive, then we'll get a better idea.
 

willswares1220

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It looks as if someone made a custom cruiser out of that frame for riding purposes.
There's nothing wrong with doing that, but it's also nice to see someone that will put it back to original too!
Now the fun begins. :)

I may have an original Mead chain ring & cranks around somewhere yet..
 
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willswares1220

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I found the Mead cranks and chain ring I told you about. PM sent....

Also I found some Mead head tube cups with bearings, seat stem & shim, and front fender with the holes for the light. ( check your emails )
 
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Nick-theCut

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Shooting from the hip here. I'd say your frame is 20's, maybe earlier. The frame you just put up looks Schwinn built and maybe early 30's.
My 34 Schwinn built Ranger has a similar stamp, but starts with a 5.
So I'm thinking earlier 20's and early 30's.
All you have are frames. These parts are going to cost loads more than complete bike cost, so do it for the fun/passion. Good luck and see what others chime in with before you start buying parts.
- Nick
 
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Shooting from the hip here. I'd say your frame is 20's, maybe earlier. The frame you just put up looks Schwinn built and maybe early 30's.
My 34 Schwinn built Ranger has a similar stamp, but starts with a 5.
So I'm thinking earlier 20's and early 30's.
All you have are frames. These parts are going to cost loads more than complete bike cost, so do it for the fun/passion. Good luck and see what others chime in with before you start buying parts.
- Nick
Thank you for the great info. I don't plan to track down all the parts. Niether of these frames are that special to me. I plan to build then as a somewhat nice riders...Probably just Ratty period correct bikes.
 

Nick-theCut

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Bingo! ;). Ya got get the Ranger badge and chainring for sure. Have fun. I'll chime back in if something illuminates itself.
 

jkent

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I can tell you that I bought that bicycle completely original and the crank that came out was dated 1923.
Here is a picture of the bike before it was parted out.
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