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Would like help with a unique JC Higgins bike info & identification

Old 01-17-14, 04:09 PM
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Would like help with a unique JC Higgins bike info & identification

I ran across this bike at a good old fashion barn dig and had to have it.
It was covered with at least 50 years worth of dust and grime if not more

It has been very hard for me to find any information about it but I have concluded that it is a 1960 or 61 model of course I could be wrong.
it is a 3 speed and has the numbers 50320 on the hub but no year#.
On the Bottom bracket is 503 46 260 last # could also be an 8 hard to tell and 1690205 But one of the os could also be a 9

Most interesting of all is on the seat and the fender is the National park service Department of the interior logo.

The location I acquired it from is within the shadow of Mt Rainier so one could assume it is somehow related to Mt Rainer national park but I can find no information to corroborate that.
Any information anyone could give me to further identify this bike or provide information on the the department of interiors use of such bicycles would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance
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congratulations on your find.

the bicycle is definitely a Steyr product from Austria.

the forum has had two or three recent threads on Sears-Steyr bikes. In addition to J.C. Higgins some are badged as Sears and some as Free Spirit.

Steyr built bicycles are also badged as Puch and as AustroDaimler.
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Maybe somebody just slapped some NPS decals on a ordinary JC Higgins bike?
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Hello Bubblesandme,

You will find something very close if you visit page 310 here:

https://192.185.93.157/~wishbook/1959...tmas/index.htm

Also visit page 254 here:

https://192.185.93.157/~wishbook/1962...tmas/index.htm

With thanks to member gbi for these links.
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Maybe somebody just slapped some NPS decals on a ordinary JC Higgins bike?
That is a possibility that had crossed my mind but I do not think so.
The logos look ligit and have some age to them. I am not an expert on bikes but i do have some areas of expertise when it comes to vintage items and this just looks correct to me.
Also just based of some of the other items I acquired along with it and some of the other stuff that surrounded it I dont think that to be the case.
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Nice bike a fairly good example of a 50's 3speed English style bike. This one was likely made in Austria buy Styer/Dailmler and imported for Sears mail order by JC higgins which was buy order import company suplier manley for Sears. While a fairly nice bike considering it is a slightly rough English style 3speed the value isn't great $100-150.
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