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1946 Higgins Path Bicycle (fixed)

Old 10-17-21, 07:42 AM
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1946 Higgins Path Bicycle (fixed)

Higgins path bike - a small bicycle manufacturer in London England more famous for racing tricycles.

Will ship via Ship Bikes, info on bicycle here. $750. This bike was found in Dayton Ohio, I am guessing it came here with a serviceman after WWII. More info and photos here:

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/1946-...ite-path-42506


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Old 10-17-21, 08:04 AM
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what a beauty!
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I never found anything that cool when I lived in Dayton....
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Fillet brazed? What a sweet thing that is.
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Beautiful bike. Are those clincher or tubular tires? How big are those tires? Guesses to max tire size?
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brewerkz I noticed that you repainted this frame using Spray.bike. What was your experience with it? Would you buy it again for another project?
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Originally Posted by romperrr View Post
Beautiful bike. Are those clincher or tubular tires? How big are those tires? Guesses to max tire size?
Those are tubulars, you can clearly see the base tape in the close up pictures. A bike like than should have tubulars, it's awesome.
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Old 10-20-21, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
brewerkz I noticed that you repainted this frame using Spray.bike. What was your experience with it? Would you buy it again for another project?
Iím curious as well. I have a bike I need to repaint.
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Old 10-22-21, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
brewerkz I noticed that you repainted this frame using Spray.bike. What was your experience with it? Would you buy it again for another project?
Its pretty forgiving paint...doesn't easily run. I actually spent more time removing the old spray paint from it and prepping the frame, then I did painting it. Here is my second project




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Did we ride fixies together in Dayton, ~2005?
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Higgins brand? I guess after WWII the need for landing craft dropped so they started making bikes.
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The Higgins boat was built in New Orleans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCVP_(United_States)

Higgins Cycles, https://www.classiclightweights.co.u...iggins-cycles/
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I hate seeing this ad go to the top of the C&V for sale thread because each time I see it, I think I need to blow a hole in my paypal account and just buy it. It's a beautiful bike. I own two bikes from the 60s (a Schwinn Paramount and an Olmo Gran Sport), one from the 50s (a Claud Butler Jubilee) and I wouldn't mind owning one from the 40s.

I have four questions about the bike:

(1) how did you date the bike? Higgins was still in production during the 50s I think.

(2) Is this a Higgins ultralight or a Higgins pathfinder? I'm sure you're right but I'm curious how you determined that. This is the info I was looking at in thinking about buying this bike:

https://www.classiclightweights.co.u...iggins-cycles/

(3) Were these parts original to the bike or are did you pick some of them up for the build? Is the rear hub a flip flop?

(4) Do you have pics of the bike before you refurbished and painted it? Neat work on the paint job.

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Old 10-24-21, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I hate seeing this ad go to the top of the C&V for sale thread because each time I see it, I think I need to blow a hole in my paypal account and just buy it. It's a beautiful bike. I own two bikes from the 60s (a Schwinn Paramount and an Olmo Gran Sport), one from the 50s (a Claud Butler Jubilee) and I wouldn't mind owning one from the 40s.

I have four questions about the bike:

(1) how did you date the bike? Higgins was still in production during the 50s I think.

(2) Is this a Higgins ultralight or a Higgins pathfinder? I'm sure you're right but I'm curious how you determined that. This is the info I was looking at in thinking about buying this bike:

https://www.classiclightweights.co.u...iggins-cycles/

(3) Were these parts original to the bike or are did you pick some of them up for the build? Is the rear hub a flip flop?

(4) Do you have pics of the bike before you refurbished and painted it? Neat work on the paint job.
1. The date is based on the steer tube serial number checked against serial number list maintained in England.
2. I could be wrong on the name, it had an ultralite decal on it, but it was applied over silver spray paint.
3. I had to source parts for the bike, the seat is original to the purchase

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Originally Posted by degan View Post
Higgins brand? I guess after WWII the need for landing craft dropped so they started making bikes.
Higgins was a small maker in London, not to be confused with the landing craft or JC HIggins. They are known for racing tricycles.
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
Did we ride fixies together in Dayton, ~2005?
I dont think so.
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Beautiful bike!
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Beautiful bike. What's the tt measurement? This is so close to what I've been looking for and I'm really liking this one. Looks like a nice Path bike with room for some wider tires someday down the road. I usually ride a larger frame...this is killing me to see the sizing.
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Originally Posted by brewerkz View Post
1. The date is based on the steer tube serial number checked against serial number list maintained in England.
2. I could be wrong on the name, it had an ultralite decal on it, but it was applied over silver spray paint.
3. I had to source parts for the bike, the seat is original to the purchase

That build on the bike as you bought it is just so wrong for this bike but it is functional.

What is the seatpost diameter? 27.2?
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