Classic & Vintage - Monark Silver King. New here, looking for information!
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New here so I'd like to say hello! I don't know anything about bicycles, let alone old ones, so maybe you guys can share your experience with me!
This bike was shared by my great uncle and my grandfather back in the day. They bought it new. Both are passed away and my great aunt gave it to me about 9 years ago. I just don't know much about it. What year, etc. I know it's missing the front and rear lenses for the lights. I posted a few pics of it. Thanks!
12-11-08, 12:55 PM
Welcome to C&V! And wow! Cool bike. I'm sorry I can't help with info. Are parts of the frame aluminum?
12-11-08, 01:09 PM
Yup, it's an aluminum frame and a really valuable bike. I haven't seen that style of top tube before.
It's a simple bike and easy to work on but do some research on polishing aluminum before you monkey with the finish.
Try the classic and antique bicycle exchange;
They know lots about this vintage of bike.
That is an incredibly cool bike. I agree with sailorbenjamin about doing some research before you go about cleaning it up. Might be more valuable long term is just maintained and not restored.
12-11-08, 01:48 PM
The wing Bar model with standard fenders and guard in correct color.About 1937.
12-11-08, 01:49 PM
Is missing the butterfly kick stand.
12-11-08, 02:16 PM
that is so seriously sexy...i want it.
12-11-08, 03:19 PM
"Flash Gordon" is still looking for that one !
Thanks for the compliments! To think that I almost brought the bike down to college and use it as a beach cruiser in FL!
I know that it's missing the light lenses, and I guess it has the wrong kick stand? Anyone know where I can find parts to bring it back to it's old glory? The aluminum has lost it's sheen, but it's nothing a little polish won't bring back. It also has years of dust from being next to the furnace in the basement. It's neat that while I'm not the original owner, it's been in my family since new. My grandfather was tooling around on this bike in Springfield, MA in the late 1930's, right around when he met my grandmother!
12-11-08, 04:20 PM
Seriously cool bike, the family stories will make it priceless.
12-11-08, 04:39 PM
WOW! That is a very nice bike! And it is worth a good amount of money. Try posting it up on Ratrodbikes.com. I bet someone over there will have all the answers for you.
12-11-08, 06:47 PM
As frameteam said this is a silver king wingbar.I believe this is a name applied by collectors and is not how silver king refered to it.Frameteam is also correct that it is missing center stand and other wise looks very nice and original.The wingbar is an uncommon model.Ten years ago I would think the bike was worth over a $1,000. likely worth less today.Very nice bike made in chicago.
12-11-08, 06:58 PM
Currently there is one on eBay that is quite similar. It also has the correct kickstand.
12-11-08, 07:46 PM
Geez, I have a Monarch that is a "saved from certain continued death" rescue mission. It is not worthy compared to this beauty.
I just went to talk with my aunt and I guess the bike was originally my great grandfather's bike, and my great uncle Rocco inherited it after he died. Rocco died 15 years ago, and I got the bike about 10 years ago now. If you can help me with the little trim pieces, I'd appreciate it! I don't know if it's right to reproduce parts, but my family owns an aluminum/bronze foundry and one of my uncles suggested the little trim part on top of the front light we could remake out of aluminum and polish it up!
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