Today’s score,Original owner 64 Lime

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Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
Popped up on local Craigslist last night. I set up the meeting for first thing this morning and made the 1/2 hour drive to pick it up.
Original owner March 1964 Lime bike. Owner grew up in Chicago and got the bike for his birthday in August of 64. Wrong front rim was replaced after he slipped from the handlebars and stuffed his foot in the spokes. The crash bent the rim and pedal. I’ll be cleaning it up and will track down a pedal and wheel. The deals are still out there.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,069
Central Arizona
Guess I missed that one! Went thru Craigs Saturday evening and I didn't see that one. Sweet find, and Lime is my favorite.
 
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Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
I had been out of the scene for a very long time. Had sold everything except 3 bikes then a friend started asking questions about Stingrays last month and now I’m right back in it. Going to dig through the shed in the next day or two to see what’s left out there. I think I have a proper front wheel and know that there’s a set of early pedals out there. Now I’ve got the two 64’s along with a 68 Fasty and a 75 5-speed that was also an original owner bike.
Been watching CL and hadn’t seen much. Was surprised last night by this one. Owner said that he had 4 emails this morning of people after me interested. Didn’t even try to negotiate with him. It’s too god a bike and was way too cheap to hesitate.

Super stoked on this one.
 

Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
Well the pix were in order...
1 is what I started with
2 is about 90% done. Still need to focus around the spokes
3 shows one of the lips about half done
4 shows where I started working up over the corner onto the center section
5 shows mid cleaning of a section with a wet pile of rusty paste.

I use 0000 steel wool with some Quick-Glo for lubricant. I typically will work all the way around the lip then one side of the flat before flipping the wheel and starting over. I save the cleanup between the spokes for last as it really is the most tedious. It would probably go a lot faster if I just unlaced the wheel but didn’t really feel like spending time in the garage hunting for my spike wrenches. I just popped off the wheel and laid in on a towel on my lap while the wife and I watched some TV last night. This was about an hour of work and will be another hour fiddling around the spokes but I think this wheel cleaned up very nicely so far.
 
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Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
Another hour or two spent on the rear wheel while watching TV the other night and she’s all done. One spot about 6” long that’s pretty dull but rest shined up nicely.

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Also found a later front wheel that I’ll put on the bike for now. On the hunt for a correct 64 wheel.
 
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kasper

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 12, 2017
232
34
Brooklyn, United States
If your looking for a front wheel I believe there is one still on ebay
 

dave429

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 24, 2012
532
Wisconsin
Sweet score! Love finding deals like this on Craigslist.
 

Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
I can’t quite tell if it was a slick or if it is a perfectly worn down knobby tire. The tread along the edges leads me to believe the latter.
 
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stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,463
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
I can’t quite tell if it was a slick or if it is a perfectly worn down knobby tire. The tread along the edges leads me to believe the latter.[/QUOTE

I agree, looks like a worn down knobby to me also. Maybe someone put the bike upside down, cranked the hell out of the rear tire and held a sander to it
 

bficklin

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 14, 2019
33
53
AZ
My guess is that the kid who owned it was skidding like crazy, when we were kids we would see who could make the longest skid marks.


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Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
Just talked again to the original owner, Fred. He confirmed the original knobby and BFG knobby both Fell victim the the skid mark challenges of 1960’s Chicago boyhood.

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buses n bikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 24, 2018
483
34
Ames, Iowa
Wonder what the story is about that red anodized front wheel?! Like 20 years newer than the bike!
 

Bman212

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 22, 2019
27
44
Arizona
Fred was riding on the bars with his friend in control of the ride. As young boys always will do, you hop curbs when your buddy is on the bars! Fred slipped from the bars and his foot caught in the front wheel. Bent spokes and rim along with bent pedal. These were the replacements.
 
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