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    Seeking This Vintage Bike

    Aloha everyone,

    I'm new to this forum, but a long time road biker and Hawaii resident. But what brings me to all of you is a mission for my father-in-law. For his 60th birthday, my wife and I want to find him his grandfather's bike, from a picture we just discovered. However, we have no idea where to even begin looking. Can any of you help us identify what year / make this bike is, and if so, where we might be able to find a dealer of vintage bikes?

    Mahalo for your help,
    Dan

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    My initial guess is that the bike has 24" wheels, maybe even 20" always hard to scale young ones.

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    What a great bicycle! Hope you can figure it out & track one down.

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    I think the chainwheel spells MURRAY.
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    Cool bike. Despite what the official description on this forum says, around here we really tend to be more focused on European and Japanese road and city bikes (and U.S./Canadian bikes that emulated them); for an American bike like that, you might find some folks with more useful knowledge here or here. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
    I think the chainwheel spells MURRAY.
    Those look like 'H's to me. Could it be a Huffy?

    Do you have an approximate date for this photo? That could help nail it down.
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    Based on the front chainring, it's a DP Harris bicycle.

    Using that as your starting point, use the paint scheme, head badge and unusual chain guard to narrow down exactly which sub-brand and model it might be.

    It will take some time, but it can be pretty fun to play Sherlock Holmes.

    Good luck in your search, I hope you find what you're looking for.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^
    ding - ding - ding!!!!!!!

    Seems to be an affiliation with the Rollfast brand. Search "Rollfast juvenile motorbike"

    cool bike btw....

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    And if your father in law is really short, he may even be able to ride the thing.
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    And keep us updated on your results, please.


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    I bet that chainguard is early custom drillium
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    Based on the front chainring, it's a DP Harris bicycle.

    Using that as your starting point, use the paint scheme, head badge and unusual chain guard to narrow down exactly which sub-brand and model it might be.

    It will take some time, but it can be pretty fun to play Sherlock Holmes.

    Good luck in your search, I hope you find what you're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
    I bet that chainguard is early custom drillium
    Actually that chain guard appears on a few on the bikes on a Google image search. I see images of what looks like that exact bike and that chainguard but not both together.

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    depends on how close you want to be
    similar but up to you if it is close enough

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    Pretty close.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Pretty close.
    The head badge and chain ring look different but the paint patterns look similar. Maybe an age difference?
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    What year was that picture taken?
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    Thanks everyone for the extraordinarily helpful responses. We believe the picture was taken sometime around 1936-7, as the boy in the picture was born in 1929.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Pretty close.

    I spent all day looking yesterday, and didn't come that close to the answer. At one point I was chasing every CCM Tri-Bar Motorbike on the internet. At another point, I was trying to find information about Standard Motor Bikes (based upon my neophyte analysis of the head badge) but I think you nailed it. The only question I have is about how the front fork meets the head bar. It appears in the picture of the boy, there's some sort of bushing there, while maybe not in this picture here. Is that another age issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    Pretty close.

    is it me or do the proportions look different to anyone else?
    tires look a lot wider and fenders have more clearance for those wide tires
    angles on the top tube(s) seem to meet the seat tube differently
    rear triangle size

    maybe these are 24 and 26 inch versions of the same bike?

    and to the OP, depending on how much time you have to search for the bike, craigslist and your local garage sales are the way to go. the hunt can be real fun!

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    I said it was close. There are obvious differences. If you do a crude adjustment for perspective, then do an overlay, you will see the original bike has the top tubes sloping down earlier.

    the chainrings come up on ebay.
    And the bikes seem a favourite for rat rodders.
    The red bike is for bidding at the moment, at the Copak Auction, which is why I thought it might be close enough, complete, and finished.
    It looks close enough that it might be worth thinking about.
    But being an Australian, I don't know much about these styles of bikes.
    My quick checking yesterday suggests that to find the exact bike in the original post might be troublesome, particularly in a presentable condition, and given that you have a time constraint.
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    Search under Rollfast bikes. They have that fork crown and rounder headbadge.

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    Good luck but be ready to open your wallet really wide to get a nice one.
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