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  1. Bike from the Dead

    Bike from the Dead

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    Hello everyone!

    My name’s Austin. I got into bicycles back in March 2018 when I bought an early 1950s Schwinn for $65 at an auction. Fast-forward to today, and I now have 5 bikes that I’m working on, each in varying stages of completion: my first bike, a 1950/1951 Schwinn Spitfire, a late-50s/60s AMF-built Western Flyer Sonic Flyer my Grandpa gave to me as a gift, a mini muscle bike that I need help identifying, a rusty 1950s Schwinn Straightbar frame that used to be a mailbox post, and my Nana’s 1965 Schwinn Hollywood that I’m cleaning up for her. I also have accumulated a small stash of bicycle frames and parts, some that I’m keeping for my own projects, and some I’d like to sell or trade.

    I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has been my home for nearly 27 years now. I’ve always had a passion for art and animation, having grown up on ‘90s/early-2000s Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and even Kids WB. I just graduated college a few years ago with an AAS in Digital Media, which sadly hasn’t made landing a job in animation/graphic design any easier. Nevertheless, I continue to pursue a career that puts my creativity and imagination to work, and I still make it a point to work on my art and improve my skills as often as I can.

    Like some other folks here, I grew up around classic cars, car shows, swap meets, races and all other forms of vintage Americana. I even have a 1964 Mercury Comet 404 4-door sedan that I’ve driven the entire length of Route 66 as of 2018! However, since my Comet’s had to sit in the garage since late 2018, I’ve been putting more time into working on these old bikes of mine. I actually found this forum not long after I got my first Schwinn, and I’ve been inspired by all the talented builders here.

    I’m really glad to be here, and I’m excited to learn more about classic bicycles and bicycle customization from you guys!

    By the way, I looked at the “how to post photos” guide, but since Photobucket decided to change things for the worse, and I don’t know much about ImageShack, what image-hosting site would you all recommend I use, if necessary?
     
  2. MattiThundrrr

    MattiThundrrr

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    Lol also a graphic designer/animator not currently using education. Just the way it is. As for image hosting, not needed. When typing your post, a button that says "Upload a File". Click, select your image, select"Full Image" and post your reply. You might need to have five or ten posts before you can do links and images. It's a feature to prevent spammers.

    Edit: I'm not an expert, not sure how that picture of Charlie got there, but that's what happens when you go with a thumbnail instead of the full image
     

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  3. Wildcat

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    Welcome aboard!
    I post right from my computer with no hosting site. Pics will help to ID your bikes here. There's a lot of knowledgable folks here. I've got a file of all the serial number info I could find on these classic bikes. I only have room for one bike in my condo, a 42 Hawthorne. I used to have a garage full of bikes and parts. It grew overnight somehow. You'll see.
    I just finished college too, last November, but am already retired so I just volunteer if I need to do something. But there is more opportunity out there than in recent years, so you should have something worthwhile come along pretty soon.
    My first car was a 62 Comet. 50 bucks in 1976! I did a paper on it and got an "A"!
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    Your 64 would make a great ratrod. I would make it a tribute to Route 66.
     
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  4. Bike from the Dead

    Bike from the Dead

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    Glad to know I'm not the only one to know the struggle. Alright! I'll try that out here then. Thanks!
     
  5. Bike from the Dead

    Bike from the Dead

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    Cool, thanks! Was that a file you put together yourself, or was that something you found? Sounds like a helpful tool for identifying classic bikes. Funny, I've got a similar era Hawthorne frame that I'm hoping to sell/trade with a bunch of other parts and frames. Do you have any pics of yours? I'd love to see it! And yeah, in just 2 short years, I've found just how quickly bicycles multiply! Thanks, it's tough to stay optimistic about finding a job right now, but I'm doing better at committing to the hunt. Cool! I've got a buddy in Sapulpa with a similar '63 Comet. Good looking year! And $50 in '76? That's a bargain! I don't suppose you'd still have your Comet, or at least the paper you wrote on it, would you?

    I would show you a picture of my Comet, but I guess I need to make a few more posts before I can do that. Mine's not much of a rat rod, really. She's more of a stock survivor. Hopefully once I get her running again, I can install a trailer hitch on her so I can haul my bikes along with it!
     
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    "bikes multiply"
    Yes indeed they do. No need to defend your bikes, not all RatRod Bikes are ratty. Some are even shiny!
     
  7. deorman

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    Welcome aboard. :forum:
     
  8. Wildcat

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    My Comet was sold to the junkyard, but I should have kept it and fixed it.
    I've been saving the serial number lists when ever I find one that looks legit. Features of the bikes are also a good way to ID them.
    Hawthornes were either made by Snyder (made Rollfast bikes), like mine, or CWC (Cleveland Welding Company, who made Roadmasters). Here's the bare frame as I got it:
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    As it is now:
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  9. RustyGold

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    Welcome to RRB!

    Looks like you are off to a good start, looking forward to pics :thumbsup:

    Jason
     
  10. Bike from the Dead

    Bike from the Dead

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    Wait, there's an actual "Comet" bicycle? Cool! I was actually referring to a car, not a bike, but how cool would it be to haul a classic Comet bike with a classic Comet car!
     
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    Bike from the Dead

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    Thanks Deorman! Glad to be here!
     
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    Bike from the Dead

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    Aaaaawww, sorry to hear that.
    Makes sense.
    I've heard of CWC, Roadmasters and Rollfast before, but I haven't heard of Snyder before. I'm going to have to research them at some point.
    WOW! That Hawthorne is a beauty! How much time and effort did it take to turn it into what it is today? Also, how do you keep the tires clean? I've got some cream-colored tires I'm putting on my Schwinn Spitfire, but they're obviously used.
     
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    Welcome! :hi:
     
  14. MattiThundrrr

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    Hawthorne Comet
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    There's also a Comet by Gary Fisher, Stevens, jamis, Alpina, James, Ridgeback.
    Then there's Komet...
     
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    Bike from the Dead

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    Dang! Looks like I've got more than a few Comets to choose from!
     
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    Finally have the option to upload photos directly to the site! Here's my '64 Comet that I was referring to earlier, "Maxine the Merc." She's been sitting for a year now, but hopefully I'll be able to save up the money needed to get her running again this year.
     
  17. Bike from the Dead

    Bike from the Dead

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    Here's the bike that started it all. The serial number says it was built September 29, 1950, but I have a hunch that it might've been sold as a 1951 Schwinn Spitfire. This is how it looked when I got it.
     
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  18. Bike from the Dead

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    Here's what I want it to look like.
     
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    Here's my other big project: my AMF-built Western Flyer Sonic Flyer my grandpa gave me as a gift. Again, this is how it looked when I got it.
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    And here are both bikes as they looked back in May 2019.
     
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    Bike from the Dead

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    I'm planning on making a build thread for the Schwinn, but is there anything I should know before posting more specific threads for my bikes?
     

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