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    Senior Member Hoss Cartright's Avatar
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    Another yard sale find, Monark Silver King "RAT ROD"

    Here's a Monark Silver King I bought at a town-wide yard sale festival in July of 2011 -
    Paid the asking price of... .....


    After an ethics debate newbie-me "got sucked into" on the CL thread, I'm a little ***-shy on telling the prices I pay. - - Sorry folks, I'm just that way. I'm always "preying on the ignorant" by paying them what they want for their stuff. - My excuse this time is that I'm a Schwinn collector, so honestly I have no idea about Monark values.

    Says "Silver King" on the front head badge. Obviously it would have had fenders and a horn tank at one time. I haven't even tried to date it. I figure 1950s since not inch-pitch chain.

    Just for grins, I took it all apart and got it going 100%. Even got the frozen bronze front fork bushings free and working. That "cushy suspension" is kind of fun.

    It's original paint, has a nice patina. I guess one might call this a "beach cruiser" or "Rat Rod".
    (Rear wheel is original with New Departure hub, front wheel is Schwinn.)

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    I know Monark was a Chicago company and they have their following in the collector hobby. But from my perspective it isn't even close in component/build-quality to a Schwinn. The kickstand on the Monark is bogus as are the butt-welded frame joints which are iffy IMHO.

    For example, my same era Schwinn-built B.F. Goodrich Challenger.

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    the workingbikes.org co-op in Chicago has a metric buttload of old Chicago made bikes if you are ooking for parts for a restoration

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    Cool, but not what I expected - I thought the Silver Kings were usually aluminum with big cast joints and deco styling?

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    Senior Member Hoss Cartright's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
    Cool, but not what I expected - I thought the Silver Kings were usually aluminum with big cast joints and deco styling?
    I thought the same, but the head-badge says otherwise. Maybe the newer ones are like this? Weren't the aluminum ones from the 1930s or 40s?
    Mine seems to be from the 1950s era.

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    I agree, the aluminum model were from the earlier time range. I spotted one of the "hex bar" versions at an antique show a few years ago, just as another customer was handing over his money. Beautiful bike, but I'm not sure what I would have done with it had I got there first...

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    This hex tube aluminum Silver King was at the 2010 Alameda Car Show. I believe the owner said it was from the late thirties. He said the frame is really flexy.



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    I think that when collectors refer to a Silver King they most often mean the aluminum models. Monark did use the silver king name on later steel framed models I think mainly on middleweights.

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    My Silver Kind was most definitely steel. It was classy enough that I though it would replace the old Schwinn but in the end the Schwinn won out for ride quality.
    I have spoken.

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