Author Topic: 1950 Black Phantom  (Read 600 times)

Offline Paul M

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1950 Black Phantom
« on: February 08, 2022, 08:34:06 AM »
I recently found this bike in my in-law's attic. My father-in-law was the original owner and kept the bike in nice condition. The paint is in beautiful condition and there is minor surface rust on the chrome. The tires are shot and disintegrating. I don't want to decease the value of the bike, but would love to ride it occasionally.

Suggestions are appreciated!

Offline buses n bikes

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Re: 1950 Black Phantom
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2022, 08:53:22 AM »
VERY NICE FIND! The tires here in the photos appear to be holding air. Even if dry cracked, they could likely be ridden for as long as you'd care to ride that bike for. Otherwise the size is 26'' x 2.125'', a quite common size. Even online you may be able to find reproduction Schwinn Balloon whitewalls like that. Again, very nice bike! Be VERY careful with any cleanup you may do, the old decals and pinstriping are fragile and it's only original once!
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Offline Paul M

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Re: 1950 Black Phantom
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2022, 10:05:35 AM »
Yup. Your comment "Its only original once" makes me want to hang it up and leave it. My kids (in their 20's) would love to connect with their grandfather's childhood, so I was pondering getting replica wheels and tires so the shredded tires would stay on the original wheels. You are right, not likely to ride this very far.

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Re: 1950 Black Phantom
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2022, 12:06:53 PM »
Beautiful bike! It would be great to keep it in the family.

Just clean the bearings and replace the grease, put some tires on it and take it for a spin.

Also, if you haven't checked the battery compartment, make sure there are no old corroded batteries in there!

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