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Old 04-26-18, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by arty dave
Yes that's right, the double top bars! I really like that frame with the 2 top bars close together. I didn't realise the bar ends dropped down. And that's why we all need 2 roadsters - 1 path racer 'scorcher', and 1 'full dress' roadster
That was the thing with the Burmese roadster too - no gears in a hilly area, and less knowledge at the time about bike tinkerings and internal gears.

Sir Mike what wheel size is the '41 Schwinn New World?
They're 26 inch, but an odd size - mostly 597mm, but a few of the really early ones from 1939-40 are 599mm. You can use a 597 Schwinn S6 tires on them.
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The Madness MUST Stop!

I've had some trouble with a bad raccoon the last week or so. He thinks my garage is his new home.
It's not.
I decided to do a clean up/purge just so I could find his hiding place.
I moved all the cars and bikes just in case there was another epic battle.
They often don't want to go...
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This doesn't include seven bikes in the shed and one in the house...
I need help.
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Originally Posted by gster
I've had some trouble with a bad raccoon the last week or so. He thinks my garage is his new home.
It's not.
I decided to do a clean up/purge just so I could find his hiding place.
I moved all the cars and bikes just in case there was another epic battle.
They often don't want to go...
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This doesn't include seven bikes in the shed and one in the house...
I need help.
Is that a BSA Lightning I see? My friend had one, and rode with me on my old Triumph Bonneville. And, did you rid yourself of the raccoon?
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Looks like a fun place to me...well, except for the racoon. A big fat one was making a mess in my barn last year. Peanut butter gets em every time. Caught him in a box trap, drove him 15 miles away and told him that if he ever came back I'd make a hat out of him. Worked. Haven't seen him since.
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Originally Posted by gster
I've had some trouble with a bad raccoon the last week or so. He thinks my garage is his new home.
It's not.
I decided to do a clean up/purge just so I could find his hiding place.
I moved all the cars and bikes just in case there was another epic battle.
They often don't want to go...
Attachment 609166

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This doesn't include seven bikes in the shed and one in the house...
I need help.
Is there some problem we're supposed to be seeing? The raccoons?
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Originally Posted by gster
That's a nice bike...
I'd price it at $500.00 (in Toronto).

Not as nice as it appears I'm afraid. Chrome is marginal in spots particularly the front wheel. Paint is 70% Tremclad. If I had not put the Schwalbe Marathons on it, I'd be happy with $150 but the tires were $90 alone. The saddle is a NOS BSA cover (Wrights?) "modificated" to the original Brooks frame. It's fairly comfortable and I used it on "Sir Wayes A. Tonne" (my primary DL1) before I bought a new B67. The down tube has a small ripple at the head tube lug like a hit at some time but the fork seems fine. Rides fine. I'd be happy to see $250.
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@gster, you seem to have a nice sign collection as well as bikes. Any of those from Honest Eds?
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Originally Posted by clubman
@gster, you seem to have a nice sign collection as well as bikes. Any of those from Honest Eds?
Good eye. Yes from good ol' Honest Ed's...
A side note.
I used to work there after school back in the late 1970's
and yes, I wore a red and white striped blazer.....
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj
Is that a BSA Lightning I see? My friend had one, and rode with me on my old Triumph Bonneville. And, did you rid yourself of the raccoon?
Yes. A 1969 BSA 650 Lightning.
It hasn't been ridden in a while. It's much easier for me to just get on a bicycle these days.
Toronto traffic and drivers in general are horrendous.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
Looks like a fun place to me...well, except for the racoon. A big fat one was making a mess in my barn last year. Peanut butter gets em every time. Caught him in a box trap, drove him 15 miles away and told him that if he ever came back I'd make a hat out of him. Worked. Haven't seen him since.
This one's kind of mangy looking, I don't want to get too close. I'm running out of brooms. I've broken 2 already.
No sign of it today and I've patched the bottom of the door he was getting in through.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
That article is pretty good. It tends to focus on some of the later, "road" bikes from the 10-speed series, but the construction methods are described well. The pre-WWII New World is unique in that it was fillet brazed, but it was not Cro-Mo. They used a "drawn seamless" tubing on the pre-war New World.



The New World could come with a US-style one-piece crank, but also could be bought with three-piece cottered cranks. Schwinn was "modern" in its view of branding - that is to say, it put its name everywhere it could. Cranks were stamped "Schwinn" and the chainrings sometimes had the company's initials.





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I keep an eye out for reference pictures because I find the Schwinn experiment so interesting. They were trying to sell decent bikes to adults in the 1930s-40s in the US, when the "bike boom" was still a generation away. They couldn't compete with the automobile, especially after the war.

I found pictures of a bare New World frame on the internet, which show the brazing joints nicely:

Must be a very satisfying bicycle to have in the fleet. The long chainstays are a thing again, too.
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Originally Posted by gster
This one's kind of mangy looking, I don't want to get too close. I'm running out of brooms. I've broken 2 already.
No sign of it today and I've patched the bottom of the door he was getting in through.
Raccoons are smart and crafty. We were having possum issues so I set out a trap and a game camera. Used cat food, weiners, and honey. Caught about 20 possums over a three month period. Of course, caught a number of feral cats as well. Caught two or three juvenile racoons, but the big ones would just walk around the trap examining it. My guess is that it's real hard to trap a raccoon that's been trapped before. The strangest thing we caught was a ring-tailed cat, which is not a cat at all, but a maskless relative of the raccoon. Stinky, too. Not common in Houston or the coast area, but is resident of the TX hill country. Have no idea what it was doing here. Hauled them all from just north of downtown Houston to Bear Creek park about 15 miles west and let them go. Except for some of the cats that appeared to be well fed and cared for. Released them. Didn't want a 7 yo girl's heartbreak on my conscience. Didn't want to see lost cat posters for a cat I had relocated.
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Originally Posted by SirMike1983
That article is pretty good. It tends to focus on some of the later, "road" bikes from the 10-speed series, but the construction methods are described well. The pre-WWII New World is unique in that it was fillet brazed, but it was not Cro-Mo. They used a "drawn seamless" tubing on the pre-war New World.



The New World could come with a US-style one-piece crank, but also could be bought with three-piece cottered cranks. Schwinn was "modern" in its view of branding - that is to say, it put its name everywhere it could. Cranks were stamped "Schwinn" and the chainrings sometimes had the company's initials.





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I keep an eye out for reference pictures because I find the Schwinn experiment so interesting. They were trying to sell decent bikes to adults in the 1930s-40s in the US, when the "bike boom" was still a generation away. They couldn't compete with the automobile, especially after the war.

I found pictures of a bare New World frame on the internet, which show the brazing joints nicely:
That hat in a ring emblem was in my memory somewhere but I couldn't find it. Had to look it up. Interesting history.
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That hat in a ring emblem was in my memory somewhere but I couldn't find it. Had to look it up. Interesting history.
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Yes - 94th Aero Squadron in WW1. This series of bikes was also Schwinn's way of "throwing its hat in the ring" in the realm of adult bikes and 3-speed bikes in the late 1930s. It was a bold idea, but did not really pan out in terms of profits. Though it did leave us today with some outstanding old bikes to ride.

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Originally Posted by gster
Yes. A 1969 BSA 650 Lightning.
It hasn't been ridden in a while. It's much easier for me to just get on a bicycle these days.
Toronto traffic and drivers in general are horrendous.
Told my friend about yours. He got a kind of far away look on his face and said if he ever got another bike, it would be either a BSA lightning, or BMW K1000.
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Originally Posted by BigChief
That hat in a ring emblem was in my memory somewhere but I couldn't find it. Had to look it up. Interesting history.
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Good history lesson.
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I am worried about too much.
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I couldn't help myself. The other night I went back to that derelict green Sports a few blocks away. It's far gone. But I took the rear wheel. The hub (1967) seems fine, and the rim, Westrick style, it might actually clean up well. Inner tube's good too. So I'm going to make a return visit and take the front wheel. I haven't made plans for the Rudge and I like the option of clean and shiny chromed steel rims if I decide against CR18s. The frame is good too, but I can't get through the U-lock. My guess is someone loses the key to the lock and it's not worth it to them to pay a locksmith $100 to free the bike. Even though this hardly amounts to even the pettiest form of larceny--this bike is unquestionably abandoned--I've lost several bikes to theft (has any bike lover not?) and it still feels slightly off.
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That hat in a ring emblem was in my memory somewhere but I couldn't find it. Had to look it up. Interesting history.
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Thanks, something I didn't know, also. There's a chapter on Rickenbacker in Max Hastings' book Warriors. In those relatively undisciplined days of military aviation, he'd go up on his own, hunting. He was a killer.
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Originally Posted by paulb_in_bkln
I couldn't help myself. The other night I went back to that derelict green Sports a few blocks away. It's far gone. But I took the rear wheel. The hub (1967) seems fine, and the rim, Westrick style, it might actually clean up well. Inner tube's good too. So I'm going to make a return visit and take the front wheel. I haven't made plans for the Rudge and I like the option of clean and shiny chromed steel rims if I decide against CR18s. The frame is good too, but I can't get through the U-lock. My guess is someone loses the key to the lock and it's not worth it to them to pay a locksmith $100 to free the bike. Even though this hardly amounts to even the pettiest form of larceny--this bike is unquestionably abandoned--I've lost several bikes to theft (has any bike lover not?) and it still feels slightly off.
I too, have liberated parts from obviously abandoned bikes/vehicles.
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That hat in a ring emblem was in my memory somewhere but I couldn't find it. Had to look it up. Interesting history.
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And downed his first kill in April 1918 - 100 years ago this month.
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Speaking of Schwinn 3 speed lightweights, here's a 61 Traveler in Portsmouth. Love the chrome trimmed chainguard, but would you ever be able to find the correct fenders?
https://nh.craigslist.org/bik/d/61-s...566583414.html
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Hmmm, seems the new format won't support linking images from the web anymore. Typing in the IMG tags manually won't work either. Too bad. Also, you now can't add any more text after a link. It's like the program leaves out the /a closing tag.
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Best photo I could make of Bike Shop Mike's scorcherized old Rudge. The small frame has the curved top bar (juvenile model?), hence that Empire State Building of a seatpost. Alloy rims (not matching), single speed (but not fixed), straight handlebars, gold anodized Mafac Racer centerpulls in front, rattrap pedals with toe clips. Myself, I think it's pretty classy and demonstrates that bicycle beauty need not be authentic. Mike loves it. He was a successful semi-pro racer once and still likes to go fast.
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Originally Posted by paulb_in_bkln
Best photo I could make of Bike Shop Mike's scorcherized old Rudge. The small frame has the curved top bar (juvenile model?), hence that Empire State Building of a seatpost. Alloy rims (not matching), single speed (but not fixed), straight handlebars, gold anodized Mafac Racer centerpulls in front, rattrap pedals with toe clips. Myself, I think it's pretty classy and demonstrates that bicycle beauty need not be authentic. Mike loves it. He was a successful semi-pro racer once and still likes to go fast.
That is sharp. Radial spoked front wheel too. I like it.
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