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    Well, duh, Mr Obvious. dekalbSTEEL's Avatar
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    Look what I found in the woods today...

    So I'm driving along in my work truck, and look out my window to the left. Is that a bike?



    So, I get out, take a closer look



    Yep, it's a bike alright, and looks pretty interesting...






    What is it? It's a Mead Ranger, made by Mead Cycle Co. , Chicago Illinois



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    Well, duh, Mr Obvious. dekalbSTEEL's Avatar
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    Anyone have any info?






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    Some poor kid probably took a ride, got lost in the woods and never came back for his bike 50-60 years ago...

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    That is a neat find thanx for posting.

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    Gonna snatch it?

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    It's still good!
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    Blair Witch Bike

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    Maybe it's a memorial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjp
    Blair Witch Bike
    That's along the lines of what I was thinking. That first picture with it at a distance in the snow looks really eerie.

    Cool find, by the way.
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    Very odd...
    Seems to me that it is up for new ownership...
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    I wonder if ebay will ship to the woods?? Then I can just be drivin' along and find it. And bring it home. It would probably only work once. My wife doesn't believe that I found 20 bikes in our crawl space, but she might believe 1 in the woods...hmmmm

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    Awesome find! Looks like an interesting story.

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    Great find!

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    how many times have you passed that spot and it wasnt there?
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    That is sweet..... I would see if you could take over ownership....

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    Thats gotta be from the late 30s or early 40s, you can tell by the cross bar on the handlebars. I think those were built by schwinn. Very original condition, amazing that front fender light is still there.

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    look at the chain and lock. it was left recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basscadetz
    look at the chain and lock. it was left recently.
    Correction...
    It was dumped recently.
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    It was most likely stolen and stashed there before the leaves fell from the trees. I bet it couldn't be seen from the road last summer or fall. Check with the land owner or nearest resident and the local police. Do the right thing. You still might end up with a great old bike to restore. It does have supper potential. Best of luck.
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    I think Pastor Bob is right--that chain would seem to indicate recent ownership, although it's odd that someone would leave a great old bike like that out in the woods to get rusty.

    I think I would check with the police though.

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    Are forestbikes solitary or do they live in packs?

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    - note how the rodents have nearly chewed off the saddle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by basscadetz
    look at the chain and lock. it was left recently.
    I dunno... I zoomed in on the lock and the shackle is as rusty as the rest of the bike. Also bits of the chain have rust too. I think it's a galvanized chain and the lock body is brass so they just aren't as corroded as the rest of the bike.

    Edit: In fact the lower end of the chain wrapped around the rack is severely corroded too. Looks like the seat offered some protection to the upper part of the chain.

    If there was ever a candidate bike for an Oxalic acid bath, this one is it!
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    Ok, some more info....

    I have seen this bike before, I just never had my camera with me. It's been there for at least a few months.
    It's actually on a wooded lot in a wooded unincorporated area of West Chicago IL. I can't figure out who put it there or why.
    There are a lot of older residents in that area.


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    It very well may be a memorial to a lost loved one then.

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