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Great Grandma's old Hawthorne

Old 07-22-18, 05:35 PM
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Great Grandma's old Hawthorne

My wife's great grandma had this bicycle in her garage when we were moving her. She said I could keep anything I wanted that was in there and I spotted this bicycle as well as a bunch of antique tools. I have had this bike sitting in my garage for years now, with a plan to fix it up. I know nothing about this bicycle and she doesn't remember either (she has alzheimer's and is 95 years old). I found a Hawthorne badge on the front but have been searching for another bike that is the same to find the year, model and value. I am guessing 60s era but would really appreciate someone's expertise in the matter. Let me know if you need more pictures Thank you in advance!

Edit: It will not let me post a picture or URL. Perhaps I am just doing it wrong. Anybody know how to get around that, as a new member?
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In order to stem the amount of forum spam we have had to implement some safety features, You'll need to get to 10 good posts before you can post a pic or link.
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Women's cruiser style bikes tend to have much lower value than a similar era men's bike. Its just how the collectible bike market goes. Antique tools may well have much more value. Here in the US, tool collectors tend to favor USA made tools, versus Japan, Taiwan and India. Like anything, brand and original condition matter a lot.
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It is actually a Men's bike. Sorry I did not clarify. I am guessing it was her husbands, who passed away in 1986. From digging some more with google images, I believe I have narrowed it down to a ~1963 Hawthorne Hercules. It is red with white stripping on it. Thank you guys for the reply.

If you go a website called Mybikeaddiction with a period, then file, then another period and wordpress; all followed by a dot com and /2016/07/img_4197.jpg?w=478&h=359 after it. That should link you to a picture of what it looks like. Not my exact one though.
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Maybe this will work? Fix what is in the parenthesis.
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Antique tools may well have much more value. Here in the US, tool collectors tend to favor USA made tools, versus Japan, Taiwan and India. Like anything, brand and original condition matter a lot.
I am keeping the tools. As a gearhead/car enthusiast I like stuff like that for garage decor.
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The bike could well be from back in the 1940's or 1950's, give or take a little.

The seat looks mighty old.

Did you put new tires on it? Lube it up?

I'm not sure about the brand, but bikes like that pop up from time to time for about $200 to $500 or so, give or take a little. Although, it would be a wonderful piece of family history to keep, and that one appears to be in quite nice shape.
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I put a new inner tube up front (rear holds air just fine) then lubed up the chain and sprayed some lube into the wheel hubs before I rode it. It rides just fine. As far as keeping it for sentimental value, to be honest, my wife isn't close with her family at all (aside from her siblings). That was my original thought too (I am a sentimental kinda guy and am a lot closer with my family) but she doesn't care to keep it.
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I'd pop onto Craigslist and see what you see locally that is similar. Many of that era that I've seen are pretty battered.

That one looks pretty complete. And, it isn't a Schwinn.

Still, it wouldn't hurt to talk to family, cousins, whatnot. But, I'm sure there is a lot of stuff that has to be disposed of when you're moving someone out that has been around for nearly a century.
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Thanks for the input, everyone! My wife doesn't really have any cousins or much of any family, to be honest. The family that is still around would only want things like this, to sell and make money. They're not sentimental what so ever. From the little amount of Hawthorne bikes I saw on Craigslist looked to be going around $75-$150. Which is about what I was thinking it was worth.
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You might ask about this on the Beach Cruiser subforum -
Some knowledgeable folks there on old American cruiser-style bikes
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