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Old 10-28-16, 02:39 AM   #1
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Help identiying this bike's brand, model, & manufacturer

help me guys, I adopted this cruiser over here in Kuwait...restored her to her present condition. being a softail, its a great ride...but I need to order some frame related parts and don't know the model, manufacturer, or brand...any help would be greatly appreciated....I put several pics on here ...one showing it disassembled hopefully someone can identify it...all I do knoiw is that its American (no metric parts)
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Old 10-28-16, 04:31 AM   #2
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have I stump'd the community? one guy said it was a frame from an Italian 3 sped/7speed....but I don't think so....the hubs, bearings, neck, and crank sizes are American.....
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Old 10-28-16, 12:05 PM   #3
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And if it helps I scrubbed the paint of the crank housing and found the serial number......it starts with MB09F##### maybe some bike God out there can solve this puzzle for me...I am stuck on a deployment and can only search via web....and have no real in depth cruiser knowledge other tha how to do basic rebuild/tune.....
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I may be of small assistance, maybe.

Just because some of the parts are not metric, that doesn't mean it's an "American" bike. It could be, though.

Many bike parts have industry standards that not metric.

One piece "Ashtabula" cranks (like on your bike) have been the industry standard for inexpensive bikes (cruisers) for many decades. Ashtabula is a city and county in Ohio and The Ashtabula Bow Socket Company started making cranks (and other parts) for Schwinn atc in the 1930s. The standard has stuck, worldwide. Your crank accepts pedals with 1/2 inch threading.

The international industry standard for ALL other cranks is a 9/16 inch pedal hole.

The international industry standards for fork steerer tubes are 1 inch, 1 1/8 inch, and now 1 1/2 inch.

Shimano (Japanese company) makes inexpensive front hubs and coaster brake rear hubs, common to cruisers, that use 3/8 inch axles.

International industry standards for bearing balls are also measured by fractions of inches.

Some handlebar and stem dimensions are referred to and sold by their non metric measurements. Some not.

Bottom line, ALL bikes, old and modern, from France, China, Italy, America, Germany, Taiwan, etc, have many metric and non metric parts blended together.

If that isn't lame enough, let's not get started on the insanity that is the lack of uniformity on bicycle wheel and tire measurements.

That said, here is my effort to help. I have no clue who made that bike. If you don't get an answer here, try this website/furum. It is specifically for cruisers and rat rod bikes, and these guys really know their stuff. They are very friendly and very helpful.

Good luck and thank you for your service.

Rat Rod Bikes - A Community of Custom Vintage Bicycle Builders
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thanks for the knowledge....learning is worth the effort...as I read what you said, I'm finding out what you said so true...everyone who has commented in the various sites say its either a custom build, a modified multispeed, or some obscure manufacturer from lower slobovoninia! either way, I am seriously thinking about sending it back home so it can retire at my dad's condo at panama city flo! since the bike is a combat vet, I think it deserves a mellow retirement!
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is this such a rare bike that no one has ever seen it or knows its manufacturer? lol I have posts on 5 or 6 forums and had only one response with a few bikes that were similar.....help me obi one kenobe...your my only hope!
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there is a bike at the train bike rack near me which has that spring on top of the seatstay. I will check next time i see it for brand bc it escapes me now. but i dont think it's an exact match.

is the bike aluminum?
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Likely the same Asian manufacture as this; https://www.pinterest.com/pin/50524827048422853/


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Bingo!

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there is a bike at the train bike rack near me which has that spring on top of the seatstay. I will check next time i see it for brand bc it escapes me now. but i dont think it's an exact match.

is the bike aluminum?
nope its nice and hvy metal!
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dure looks like it brother THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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