Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Beach Cruisers
Reload this Page >

Ross Central Park Bike Info

Beach Cruisers Do you love balloon tires and fenders? Do you love riding the simplicity of a single gear and coaster brakes or a single gear cluster? Do you love the classic curves in the tubing of a cruiser that takes you back to the 1950's and 1960's, stylistically? Here's your home! Welcome to the Beach Cruisers and Cruisers forum!

Ross Central Park Bike Info

Old 05-25-14, 07:43 AM
minimalist cyclist
Thread Starter
Deal4Fuji's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,708

Bikes: yes please

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1088 Post(s)
Liked 1,507 Times in 887 Posts
Ross Central Park Bike Info

I'm hoping to date a Ross Central Park I bought for $10 about 15 years ago at an estate sale in my neighborhood. It's a plain jane SS comfort bike with a chain guard & fenders, but it does have butted tubing and nice metalic blue paint. It was used for a while by all the family, but's been sitting in storage for the last 10 years or so. With this spring's renewed interest in all thing bike - I got it out and cleaned it up after my Fuji project. The chrome had peeled off the fenders with rust taking over and the chrome rims were too far gone to clean up. Since Ross has New York roots and is a Central Park model, I decided a all black theme for fenders, rims & spokes might give it kind of urban look. Here's my after pics (I always forget to make before photos) along with a close up of the serial number. Anyone have any idea of the age?

I found this information from Wiki about the Ross Co:

Ross was a bicycle brand that manufactured over 15 million bicycles in the United States[3] between 1946 and 1988. The company, which competed with domestic bicycle manufacturers as Schwinn and Huffy, was widely noted for its pioneering marketing of mountain bikes.

Ross was started by Albert Ross as Ross Galvanizing Works in 1940[4] "manufacturing and galvanizing pipes and pipe fittings for the fencing industry and later galvanized steel parts for military ships during World War II."[5] After WWII, it was incorporated as Chain Bike Corp. in 1946,[2] and changed the name to Ross Bicycles Inc. in 1982.[6] Its headquarters were in Rockaway Beach, Queens,[7] and manufacturing was in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[8] Ross moved bicycle production to Taiwan in 1986 and filled for bankruptcy protection in 1988.[1]
In addition to bicycles, Ross manufactured ammunition boxes for the US government at its Lehigh facility and cited the government contract as the source of its financial difficulties at the time of filing for Chapter 11 protection.[1]

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Ross rehab.jpg (101.7 KB, 89 views)
File Type: jpg
Ross rehab 2.jpg (102.2 KB, 87 views)
File Type: jpg
Ross badge.jpg (95.9 KB, 76 views)
File Type: jpg
Ross Serial.jpg (93.8 KB, 77 views)
Deal4Fuji is offline  
Old 05-25-14, 02:20 PM
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
SquidPuppet's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,862

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2358 Post(s)
Liked 33 Times in 26 Posts
Sorry, no clue on the age, but that's a really cool bike. The black works. Get rid of that "modern?" saddle though. Toss an old B17 on her and she'd be perfect.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 05-26-14, 09:46 AM
Membership Not Required
wahoonc's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Posts: 16,855

Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 15 Times in 14 Posts
Check on the inside of the original rims for date stamps. I have found several on old Huffy and Ross bikes over the years.

Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
wahoonc is offline  
Old 05-08-23, 12:07 AM
oldude's Avatar
Join Date: May 2023
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
nice Ross

your Ross looks great, I have one nearly identical except mine is almost completely covered in rust 🤣
oldude is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
08-19-15 09:49 PM
Fall Barbarossa
Classic & Vintage
11-30-14 09:35 AM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
06-28-14 11:44 AM
05-12-14 05:13 PM
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
07-06-12 05:30 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.