Posted by: josh TITLE: AGE / VALUE: Wonder
I bought this bike from a neighbor who was moving away and getting rid of a lot of stuff. I couldn~t find any serial # on it. I was wondering from the picture if anyone knew any info of the age, type and value. It has a kickstand on it that goes under the back tire (I wasn~t sure what the specific name for that type was) and a fender skirt. Most of the parts are original. If anyone could help me out with info that would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by JimW.
That~s a sweet-looking bike, Josh. Too bad it doesn~t have a head badge. That would make it easy. Unless somebody with a better eye than me can identify it for you, I~m afraid you~re going to have to go through the picture database here, to look for a similar bike.
Things to look for are a bike with a matching crank sprocket. The one on yours is pretty distinctive; it~s definitely not a Schwinn. Notice how the points of the "star" are swept back, almost like a saw blade? That isn~t typical. The skirt guard is also a very specific styling clue. Look at as many photos of girls~ bikes as you can. The one on yours looks like it came with the bike, so if you find another one exactly like it, you~ll narrow your search considerably. A lot of girl~s bikes had skirt guards, but they~re all different by brand, at least in the details. The chain guard is usually a pretty good means of identification. Too bad yours has been painted over, but the shape is still fairly distinctive, with that cartoon-cloud-billow- like lower profile.
The seat/chainstay shape in the rear of the frame is also distinctive on yours, in the way the tubes~ angles relate to each other and the rear dropout plate with that round mount for the rear stand as part of it. That~s different. Also notice that the fenders come to a distinct peak in the top center; that~s not common, either. Also notice that the little cross-tube in the forward part of the frame, connecting the top and down tubes is angled parallel to the ground. That is also not common.
Somebody here can probably recognize it from only a few of those clues, so you might wait a couple of days. Gordon Bradbury could probably nail it for you, and he comes around fairly often, or maybe Sam Lingo. You could also E-mail your photos to Leon Dixon at National Bicycle History Archive of America
http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/ He has an E-mail link on the site.
Good luck with it. I~m sure you~ll find the answer.
Posted by josh
Eclipse Machine Division
CNI-36-13 (I wasn~t sure if the marking after the CN was the number one or the letter "I")
Made in Elmira, N.Y.
Posted by josh
Posted by joshua Santos
there is also Morrow brakes on it. I don~t know if that helps or not. Is there any particular place that I should look for the serial #? Also included is another pic
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