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Posted by: Al Green TITLE: MISC:   Identifying a ?1960~s English child balloon tyre bike
What is it - and can I get spares to renovate it from rust to glory! 40 years on, I~ve retrieved my first bike (it~s early-mid 1960~s) from Dad~s wet shed - never knew he~d kept it - to renovate for my 4 y/o daughter. It has 16" x 2.125 white ~Dunlop Balloon~ tyres; a Sturmey Archer single speed rear hub with a pedal-backwards-to-brake; a front rod & caliper brake; has fat tubes, & no crossbar - is it a ~cruiser~?; and has a ~Sunbeam~ stencil on the chain guard. The front forks have indistinguishable decals on their necks. Never saw nor seen anything like it, though I guess it~s likely to be a Raleigh and therefore mass produced here. It was a fetching red-frame; the blue-mud-guards and the rear carrier have all but rotted. The chromed handlebars are rust-speckled. Thanks! - picture to follow.
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Posted by Al Green
Thank you for this - very useful guidance, and I like the chrome fender idea. Pic still to follow - now in a pile of pieces, though pleasingly now with fully-inflated original tyres and inners despite 40 years on its rims!
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Posted by ken
It~s not a cruiser, unless there~s a subcategory "sidewalk cruiser". You won~t have any trouble finding new tires, although the standard nowadays will be 16x1.75, and you~ll need to take a few links out of a new chain. Unless you~re bent on restoration, you can remove the mudguards, and replace them with chrome if you like, although most kids don~t mind slashing through puddles. Wald makes a set of fenders for 16x1.75 but not for 16x2.125
http://www.waldllc.com/
There may be a plastic aftermarket fender for recumbents that would work if you~re made of money.
I look forward to seeing a picture.
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