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That '43 Roadmaster Lightweight that I was telling you about,

Old 12-03-10, 07:05 PM
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That '43 Roadmaster Lightweight that I was telling you about,

The before pictures are here;
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I was about to leave it at that but FTWelder's Golden Arrow inspired to dig a little further and I had nuttin else to do over Thanksgiving except eat turkey.
Three straight days of scrubbing and now I have this. Turns out rust will spread over the paint and hid it so I carefully scotchbrighted the whole thing with a littleWD 40 and a little phoshphoric acid. There was paint down there. I'm afraid I might have gone a little too far in spots. I did manage to preserve all most all of the box lining.
I switched to a modern drivetrain for now cause the original needs about $100 in parts and the grey tires turned up really cheap. I switched the bars cause this is an indoor bike and those big cruiser bars take up the whole living room. All the original stuff is safely tucked away for now. The grips are these woodgrained foam things that I thought were really cool and the corks are from good bottles of wine that actually used real, solid cork. The British light might be kind of dorky but I like it.
I put a Brooks on it because I don't want to screw up the original Troxel. It looks real nice but feels kinda brittle.
It's fun to ride, I'm growing fond of skinny tired coaster brake bikes. Simple and convenient like any ballooner but lighter and quicker. Again, light is a relative term. For comparison I put it on a scale and came up with 34 pounds. My downhill bike is a '46 Roadmaster heavyweight and is the heaviest bike I've ever tried to pick up at 48 pounds. My Schwinn Continental is 38 according to my scale.
On to the pictures;
Before;

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Decals;


An unfaded spot, REALLY PRETTY COLOR in real life;

The saddle;

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Wow, came out nice. Those bars look good on it. That seat cluster and seatpost are heavy duty! Looking at the first picture of your second post, I thought the front fender was bent badly toward the non-drive side, then I noticed it's just tapered to a point...pretty cool.
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One word: patina.
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sailorbenjamin, I'm sure it seems odd for some to know how single speed bicycles were classified back-in-the-day. I really like the flopped bars.

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