Vintage Westfield Bicycle. My Dad's, purchased circa 1936. Westfield brand. Wooden wheels. Does any one have any knowledge of history, model etc.

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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Looks cool. Could you post more pictures please? Including Headbadge and under the bottom bracket where there may be serial numbers. Any other detail shots would be great. Thanks
Additionally, welcome to the CABE!
 

martinto

On Training Wheels
Feb 8, 2020
8
70
Greer, SC
Looks cool. Could you post more pictures please? Including Headbadge and under the bottom bracket where there may be serial numbers. Any other detail shots would be great. Thanks
Additionally, welcome to the CABE!
Yes, both shots your requested and additional close ups. My Dad considered this a racing bike. When he was a kid in Italy, bike races through his village were a big thing, so he had the bug after he came to the US. This bike is configured so that you can pedal backwards! Do you have background on Westfield bikes? My Dad purchased new rubber glue on tires from Columbia. They still had the tooling...about 15 or so years ago.

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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
I'm not much of an expert. The real expert would be @MrColumbia or @catfish. The way you describe the bike being able to peddle backwards and have the wheel spin that way would make it a fixed gear. Look above the serial number for the bottom bracket code. It would be a letter followed by one or two numbers. This can help date the bike. I'll look for my date code image to share with you. Beautiful looking machine
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Additionally, I wonder if it has a flip-flop rear hub. A shot of that through the spokes would be nice. Thank you
 

martinto

On Training Wheels
Feb 8, 2020
8
70
Greer, SC
I'm not much of an expert. The real expert would be @MrColumbia or @catfish. The way you describe the bike being able to peddle backwards and have the wheel spin that way would make it a fixed gear. Look above the serial number for the bottom bracket code. It would be a letter followed by one or two numbers. This can help date the bike. I'll look for my date code image to share with you. Beautiful looking machine
I can see a faint depression Under the paint which may be the code. I will try and remove the paint. Will let you know. Thanks
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Start by shining a strong flashlight at an angle across the code. Try getting a photo while it's cross lit. That may work. I wouldn't scrape any paint until you've tried that.
 
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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Not sure what a flip flop hub is. It’s a single axle with a single sprocket. Pics not so clear as its hung on the wall. Yes, I will try your suggestion tomorrow.

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Thanks for the pics. Not a flip-flop hub. That is a hub that has two ends that can be used by flipping the wheel over. Freewheel on one side, fixed on the other. That is a simplistic explanation, maybe not technically the best. :)
This Phillips is on my '39 Westfield. Notice the threading opposite the cogs.
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3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Thanks for getting that pic. Looks like G1. Perhaps the bike isn't as old as suspected. From the date codes I'm thinking a 1940 model.
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martinto

On Training Wheels
Feb 8, 2020
8
70
Greer, SC
That sounds right. The s/n on the bike aligns with the 1940 series E80075 shown as 1940. Still, a pretty nice 80 year old vintage bike. I may need to get an appraisal for insurance purposes. Have you used any appraiser that you would recommend? Thanks for all you insights on this.
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
508
Lansing, MI, United States
Definitely a sweet ride. I haven't needed an appraiser for any of my bikes. Maybe someone will chime in with an estimated value.
 
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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
874
60
Pacific Northwest , United States
Nice Bike there @martinto , Did your Dad ever Race It ? It's very Clean Looking . Was it Re-Painted ? Thanks for your Pictures..........I'm learning along with You. Also..............WELCOME to this Awesome Group of Bicycle Enthusiasts . ;)
 

Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
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52
France
Hi, Martinto

Thanks @piercer_99

E80075 is an early 1940 serial number.

G1 means the frame was made in January 1940, and the bike was built up shortly after.

Some further details about numbering is here.


Best Regards,

Adrian
 

dubsey55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 17, 2010
84
This is the road racer model. Columbia/ Westfield produced for many years. Most of these sport steel rims, but wood rims were optional, and correct. Came with fixed gear as shown, coaster rear hub was another (low cost) option. Lightweight steel frames were drilled for fenders, and those were also available if desired. The phillips apollo type pedals on the bike are later, and not correct for the bike. Originally had torrington $$$Star #4 quill type pedal, or similar . Looks like blue repaint covering the cool original paint job these bikes had when new. Very nice machine, and awesome family heirloom!!
 
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martinto

On Training Wheels
Feb 8, 2020
8
70
Greer, SC
Nice Bike there @martinto , Did your Dad ever Race It ? It's very Clean Looking . Was it Re-Painted ? Thanks for your Pictures..........I'm learning along with You. Also..............WELCOME to this Awesome Group of Bicycle Enthusiasts . ;)
I believe he did before he enlisted in 1941. He was on a club soccer team as well. Not much bike racing in Toledo, OH. My Dad painted it a Very light blue. When I Got it, I painted the blue you see based on the Westfield badge color, which I believe was the original color. Best match I could get. Thanks for Your observations.
 
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