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    That's a great bike- the tall frames are very...

    That's a great bike- the tall frames are very uncommon. Most are 21 or 19 inch frames (mostly 21 it seems). That looks like the 23 inch frame they advertised, but of which they apparently made fewer....
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    Those brass plate shifters are among my...

    Those brass plate shifters are among my favorites. I have a handful of them, some on bikes and some in the parts bin. They function well with the FW and the AW hubs, are pretty well made, and look...
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    In original form, I slalom up the hills back and...

    In original form, I slalom up the hills back and forth, and stay away from high traffic roads. You can take some of the teeth out of the hill by winding back and forth on your way up. It's slower to...
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    The Bike Shed: 1938 Cadillac (Cleveland Welding)...

    The Bike Shed: 1938 Cadillac (Cleveland Welding)

    My next project: 1938 Cadillac made by Cleveland Welding.
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    Sometimes a light roadster type bike is neither...

    Sometimes a light roadster type bike is neither English, nor a 3-speed, but still similar to English bikes. Some manufacturers took the light roadster design and incorporated their own way of doing...
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    Summery weather today and a good day to take out...

    Summery weather today and a good day to take out this Columbia Three Star Deluxe:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hsAeSVw1Bwg/VXO84BzraKI/AAAAAAAACdA/fugFOBSCJfI/s1600/20150606_172125.jpg
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    Correct- an FW would do nicely for what he is...

    Correct- an FW would do nicely for what he is describing.
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    I like that diagram. There's always the dreaded...

    I like that diagram. There's always the dreaded 599mm 26 inch size as well, seen usually on US-made lightweights and roadsters from the 1940s and earlier. They are rather uncommon compared to the...
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    Usually 26 x 1-3/8 means 650A. However, Schwinn...

    Usually 26 x 1-3/8 means 650A. However, Schwinn had a size sometimes called

    "26 x 1-3/8"

    and sometimes also called

    "26 x 1-3/8 x 1-1/4"

    These Schwinn tires are actually a slightly...
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    Snow is finally gone I see.

    Snow is finally gone I see.
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    Looks to me like a 1910's era Dayton built...

    Looks to me like a 1910's era Dayton built bicycle.
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    A great deal actually, the tall frame is a great...

    A great deal actually, the tall frame is a great bike. The Schwinn frame angles are a little different, and some people actually like them better than the Raleigh in terms of fit.
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    It happens. That doesn't make it fun to get the...

    It happens. That doesn't make it fun to get the shaft, but I figure the old bike hobby is good for a bad transaction once every couple years, at least at the rate I buy things (which isn't very...
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    Very steep then. Sunrace/Sturmey is making some...

    Very steep then. Sunrace/Sturmey is making some interesting products today. I re-built a 1959 Schwinn last year with a new Sturmey 3-speed coaster brake, and I thought the quality was pretty good....
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    That ASC has been up for awhile. I think that...

    That ASC has been up for awhile. I think that price is steep, but then they come up pretty rarely, so I admit I don't know whether there actually is a "going price" for a good ASC.
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    Royce Union actually is an "American" brand that...

    Royce Union actually is an "American" brand that had bicycles produced by contractors over several decades. Some were made in England, some in Japan, some in the USA, some from Austria, and some in...
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    Yes- Superbe Dawn Tourist. It may be missing the...

    Yes- Superbe Dawn Tourist. It may be missing the dry battery unit, which often happens. But the other upgrades are there. Nice project. The FG hub is outstanding to have- a little extra low end when...
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    Thank you for the compliments. This particular...

    Thank you for the compliments. This particular New World came as a bike "core" and I built up around the core using parts I had in my bins. I have a 1947 New World as well, and I love these bikes....
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    CR18s are great rims, but a royal pain in the ass...

    CR18s are great rims, but a royal pain in the ass for mounting tires. I put them on a 1940ish Schwinn 3 speed project.
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    I put CR18s on a 1940 Schwinn New World project I...

    I put CR18s on a 1940 Schwinn New World project I built last fall. They look fine, ride reasonably well, and brake OK. The price is pretty good. They come in 32, 36, and 40 hole drillings, so you get...
  21. I often end up making my own parts to replace...

    I often end up making my own parts to replace stuff that is hard (or nearly impossible) to find. It's usually small stuff for bike 50+ years old. On some of my bikes, I've had to make quite a few...
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    Same here- I've had a couple axle keys break over...

    Same here- I've had a couple axle keys break over the years, but only had to replace one clutch.
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    The New Worlds usually appear in the 19 inch and...

    The New Worlds usually appear in the 19 inch and 21 inch frame versions. There was indeed a 23 inch frame version, but they seem to have been quite uncommon compared to the other sizes. Raleigh...
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    The DD is a cool element to have on it. These...

    The DD is a cool element to have on it. These bikes could take many forms in terms of parts. You could order just about any parts set for them, from balloon tire type stuff, to English parts, to...
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    Awesome bike. That has many of the prewar...

    Awesome bike. That has many of the prewar hallmarks- fender braces, seat clamp, etc. It looks like it has an old slide rail Mesinger saddle as well, which would be correct. DD is a cool variation...
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