At a grocery store in SF's Mission district on Sunday afternoon, I spied a time-warp-worthy specimen locked up outside. As the cell camera clicked <insert image quality apology here>, the in-his-early-30's owner emerged, asking if I liked it. I affirmed his suspicion, and asked about it. He'd had it several years, but couldn't take credit for its patina/preservation - the following he learned from others:
It's a '36 Schwinn Lasalle "Motorbike". It's all original, as far as he knows, but for: repro tires (and modern stem caps) of correct spec., a modern Makita battery in the very cool tin tank powering the (working!) horn and lights, and repro pedals w/ rust colored rubber blocks, which he thought were the orig. style. Most of the pre-war examples of this type of bike were either scrapped during wartime for their metal, or were being ridden, to be soon worn out. (This one must have been sitting in a dry garage for 50+ years, because the condition was just outstanding.)
Though the vast majority of onlookers don't even notice it, many of those that do, apparently, tell him that he shouldn't be riding something that rare. Probably the less said about that, the better - but what a sight to behold - enjoy.