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Western Flyer, OG or Repro?

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scramer56

On Training Wheels
All,

Help...I am trying to determine if the pictured Western Flyer is original or a reproduction...it looks a lot to me like a Shelby, but the main sprocket is not a skiptooth, the pedals have reflectors, it has a modern saddle and headbadge overspray from what I can see, so I'm unsure if it's an original. How can I be sure before talking to the owner that this bike is not a reproduction?
Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Steve

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scramer56

On Training Wheels
My understanding is that there's no serial number database for Western Flyer / Shelby rigs, so serial no. confirmation is not an option...on a separate question regarding Skiptooth Sprockets...were Skiptooth Primary Chainrings considered a more economical component for PreWar bikes? I've never been clear on the main reason for their use. Thanks, Steve
 

Krakatoa

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Western Flyer sourced bikes from a number of different Manufactures to sell under their badging. Each mfg had unique serial numbering conventions and stamping styles so that is a good way to tell manufacturer. A picture of your serial number will certainly show it to be Shelby built bicycle. As far as dating your bike Shelby can be a challenge. Oftentimes noting the equipment and comparison to known catalog data points the way to a year or year range. There is some ongoing scholarship on Shelby serial numbers if you do a search on the Cabe, most notably recently by member @SKPC

I would agree with your assessment that the one inch pitch drive train was considered more cost effective from a production standpoint at least prewar.
 

scramer56

On Training Wheels
First, I just noticed that something was once atop the front fender...a missing light or ornament, Second, was this model known to have used a dropstand? Thanks, Steve
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Yep missing the light which is likely the ‘biscuit’ light. Also missing the horn/button assembly. Go ahead and post a pic of the serial and does the rear fender have a reflector frenched in? V/r Shawn
 
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