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    Newbie with unk garage find

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    My father in law is giving me a bike he says is over 100 years old. It is hanging in his garage and appears in good shape. It is hanging upside down and the plate on the front says ATHLETE with big letters on a blue and white background and inscribed at the bottom it says Made In America. I tried a google search and didn't come up with anything. Any ideas or info on what bike this may be?

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    If you want an answer you will need a picture(s). Roger

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    Pics??
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Ok I just called and told my FIL that I need to take pics of it. I should post some soon.

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    Hey group sorry for the delay there have been a lot of things going on here. Alas here are some pics. I hope this helps to determine the identity. Thanks in advance!






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    I would guess that the bike dates from 1930-1940's. Are the rims wooden or steel?

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    Skip-tooth? Love that bikestand! Never lay it on the ground again.

    Cool old bike.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Looks like a WW2ish era bike.
    I looks cool as it has that very American look to it and the name of the bike "Athlete" somehow kinda reinforces that.
    You can almost imagine Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland riding that kind of bike in a 40's movie...

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    Man, look how skinny the seat post/ stem are on that thing.
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    The rims are metal. Surprisingly not much looks different than from the bikes I grew up with that is why I was surprised to find out it was much older.
    Quote Originally Posted by GrayJay View Post
    I would guess that the bike dates from 1930-1940's. Are the rims wooden or steel?

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    Looking at all the stamped steel parts.... I'd guess a mid 60's model. Maybe a Columbia or other mass prod.. I don't think the headbadge is the make as much as the model tho.

    I'd look for stampings on the components and other identifying marks and post them here. BTW, Does the chain guard or remaining hand grip have anything on it to help ID? Im sure we would all love the challenge of ID'ing!


    Good Luck!

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    Got it! JC Higgins (Sears). Its missing some cowling between the twin top tubes. Working on the era yet.

    JCH.jpg

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    Wait... I meant it could be. Not "it is" definitely. I got a little ahead of myself.

    Good Luck

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    Thanks for the assistance!
    Quote Originally Posted by R Clearwater View Post
    Wait... I meant it could be. Not "it is" definitely. I got a little ahead of myself.

    Good Luck

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    first photo looks as if the fork may be bent back slightly.

    wrt "mid-'60's" dating -

    how could that be with l-shaped pillar and one inch pitch drive?

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    Yes, you'll need to grunt the fork back in shape, but no biggie.

    Generally skip-tooth chain signals a pre-WW2 bike, but I don't know the cut-off. The L-shape seat post is also an earlier feature.
    Cool bike anyway! Don't go off looking for rattle-can paint! Squirt oil everywhere, disassemble, take care of all the rusty (search for OA rust removal threads here ) polish up the paint, grease/reassemble everything, and go for a ride on the original tires. Hint: you may need new tubes.
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