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1930's MEAD-RANGER (?) SKIP-TOOTH BICYCLE RE-BUILD

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Bicycles364 of 1116Cleveland Welding Co. prewar Roadmaster 26" Pit bike Rat Rod bicycle1936 SPEEDKING BICYCLE    by DoubleL
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    Posted 8 years ago

    DoubleLDes…
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    I bartered with a fellow bike enthusiast the other day for this early pre-war bike frame. I have been told it is Mead but not really sure. The first photo is after I found some parts for the bare and dented frame. After a few hours of straightening the frame I began putting old salvaged parts on the frame and decided to keep it simple and clean. quick paint job and a few pinstripes here and there...and English saddle and I took it for a ride. It is nice to be able to be the first person to revive something such as this and enjoy a momentary trip back in time....I'm 62 but doing this makes me feel ....well....much younger!

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    1. yeastybeasty, 8 years ago
      A lovely looking old bike, nicely restored. Straightening the frame sounds challenging. Is that gas torch work? I'm in Australia, so the brand is not familiar to me, nor the design. I hadn't heard the term skip tooth before either, but after a close look at the front sprocket, I can see where it comes from. Is there a reason for that tooth pattern? Does it have a practical purpose? Looking closely at the back wheel in your second photo, I'm wondering, does it have a hub brake?
    2. Rustfarm Rustfarm, 8 years ago
      Nice bicycle , the original term for that style chain and sprockets is twin roller, skip tooth has unfortunately replaced it. Keep on building them !
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Yeasty, I inquired about the "skip-tooth" on a bike posted about 4-5 days ago & got a good clear definition. Very recent so I'll let you do the search. Was interesting.

      These are not my "bag" but I always give a "LUV" because I have passions for things & appreciate others rescuing objects of their passion.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Yeasty, I just looked at my comments & it was DoubleLDs who posted this bike! Maybe he can "patch" the info without going thru it all again? You can save him time by going back 2 days on posts. Hi, Double, again.
    5. yeastybeasty, 8 years ago
      Thanks Blunderbuss. It appears that skip link chains were far more widespread than I would have guessed. A younger friend tells me he had such a setup on a bike in the 70s. Advanced metal technology made them obsolete as far as I can see, with lighter , stronger roller chains and better sprockets taking over. I think components in my youth (post WW2) were of poor quality. I well remember very worn sprockets, pedal cranks, etc. I appreciate your comments leading me to investigate bikes on CW. They're very popular to collect and restore, and quite different to the style we had in Australia.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Yeasty, I'm 68 and didn't know they were that common. Learn something every day! I've found it very interesting. I've filed it under "Interesting- but probably useless info", for me anyway.

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