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1933 Colson Flyer moto...26" ballooner. Earliest 26er Colson moto by serial number that I have seen thus far.
With custom 3-spd rider wheelset below.
And with original New Departure/Lobdel 26" steel clincher(45mm rim) wheelset.
Post-1933, the long-lived 28" double-diamond, double-top-bar bikes/frames were on the out. It was at the end of the Great Depression and the end of this era, yet some makers held on until 1936/7 I believe using the motobike frame style and 28" wheels-Shelby/Snyder, etc.
I was under the impression that Mead sold most, if not all of their bicycles through catalogs. Since then I've found lots of shops that sold Mead bicycles, including Halbach-Schroeder Company. This seems to be the case especially during the Motobike era. Shows what I know!
Was thinking Mead but with the badge hole placement is vertical at 2 3/4 in spacing and Mead badge hole placement is horizontally
The truss rods are welded solid to the forks too on both sides