look what the neighbor dropped off

Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by JE, Nov 6, 2008.

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  1. JE

    JE Guest

    Everyone in my Neighborhood knows I collect vintage Bicycles and keep there eyes out for new old bikes to add to the collection. Tonight my neighbor dropped there three bikes off. They've been hanging in a friend of his storage shed for years. The small red bike is a 1932 Colson fairy the blue Bike is a 24" 1952 Schwinn Holleywood and the green on is a mid thirties Zeneth. I'll probably clean these up and sell them.

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  2. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Rock solid bikes. Back when steel, was steel.
  3. Technocyclist

    Technocyclist New Member

    The wheels on those things looks pretty sturdy.
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Those are cool. In relatively good shape.

    And it's pretty cool that you're able to identify them.
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that is a nice neighbor you got there

    for being older bicycles -- they look to be in pretty good shape

    get them up and ready so someone can -- ride those things
  6. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Somewhere here I have a picture of my 7 year old mother riding her "fairy bike" in 1939. Told me that was just what she always called it, cause it had such dainty little wheels. You just posted a picture of it - thank you. She used to talk about the best bike she ever owned, even though when she started riding it she could barely reach the pedals, but could never remember the make of it.

    Might even be the same bike - she lived in Gladstone and then Sellwood, Oregon back then.
  7. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Justin, very nice score!!!
    I believe I might have your 24" schwinn's mommy. (or maybe an Auntie...hehe)

    this is a 1952 BF Goodrich, built by Schwinn
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    the grips are Western Flyer :(

    your 24"er appears to have skiptooth sprockets.....when did schwinn stop using skiptooth?
  8. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    That Colson is pretty rare, I think. There's a good vintage bike price guide at oldroads.com, but they don't even list a "Fairy". I believe I'd hold onto that one.
  9. TwoWalks

    TwoWalks Member

    No joke - very nice neighbor. My neighbors are more likely to steal a bike.
  10. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Woodburn is an odd town. An old farming community, it became in the very early 1960's a major retirement community for folks from all over Oregon. Just a couple years later, JFK invited the old order believers of the Russian Orthodox faith who were being forced out of Brazil a home in the US, and sent them to Woodburn. That took place about the same time that major incursions of migrant hispanic farm laborers began arriving. All of that got dumped on a mixed scandinavian, german/mennonite, and hutterite farming community which had undergone massive upheaval during WWII and Korea, and was just recovering its equilibrium.

    It is consequently utterly strange as compared to the communities around it. One thing though - because of the retirees, folks putting down the streets in or on oddball contraptions there have been pretty much ignored by the local cops for more than 40 years.
  11. JE

    JE Guest

    Simplesimone The fairy was bought in portland and belonged to my Neighbors friend allong with the other two bikes. I'm going to clean it up and and kep it. I just bought a 40's colson Boys bike off thecabe.com last night.I think they will be a neat pair. The other two I'm going to clean up and put on Craigslist or E-bay. The Schwinn and zenith both have 1952 License plates on them.Not sure when they changed from skip tooth to 1" pitch chain.
  12. JE

    JE Guest

    It's been a Busy night in the Garage. Started taking the 24" Schwinn apart tonight so I can buff the paint out clean the Chrome and regrease everything hope to have it on Craigslist by sunday. Also took the back fender off my Whizzer so I can fix the rear fender tab and reweld the headlight bracket back on. Took picture of the fairy sitting next to a couple of my other bikes for a size comparison. Should have the schwinn and whizzer done tomorrow hope to start working on the Zenith on Sunday.

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  13. JE

    JE Guest

    Hmm for some reason the picture of the whizzer and fair isn't able to down load.
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    Hi most likely pic is too many KB's, downsize a bit and try again?