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Current Project: 1947 Ladies CCM Roadster

This is a bike I’m currently building up, well technically it’s just sitting in the garage but the idea is that I will at some point when I’m not working or doing school work. As much as it will cheese off the purests out there it will end up being a mix of the original and newer parts. The plan is to make it look something like a dutch bike, for example the Pashley Princess. I found the bike in its current form at the antique mall for $50, literally in a snow bank outside. It’s missing the headbadge and has quite a bit of rust as well as the rear wheel area is out of wack so there will be some bending to get it back in shape before things get started. But for a 64 year old it’s got pretty decent bones. The front fork is straight which is the #1 thing I looked at when considering buying it because the chances of finding another fork for a reasonable price are pretty slim. I’m planning to strip it down to bare metal (hopefully the restoration purests stopped reading before that) and paint it a as yet undecided color and switch the wheels to a 3 speed 26 x 1 3/8 wheelset  which as a bonus (to the future rider) will lower the bike 3cm from the current 28 x 1 1/2 wheels. I do currently have a pretty full stable of bikes but right now this one is the oldest…I am however waiting for a package from the mailman with a bike of 1945 vintage. Here she is, don’t mind the mess:

4 Comments

  1. Deborah wrote:

    I’m not so much of a purist that I can’t appreciate this project. =D Wait, you can switch 28″ wheels out for 26″? I didn’t know that. Will you have to install a new set of fenders as well?

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Yep going down a wheel size is usually no problem so long as the pedal clearance is still okay. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pX_MdfgBxgs/RzcReg3SM2I/AAAAAAAAAZU/GFYmduitTiQ/s1600-h/IMG_0058.JPG Here’s a picture of the same frame with a smaller wheel size AND much wider tires (which is nice to know) from Gerry at howtofixbikes.ca. From what I gather the fenders would look really wonky with the smaller wheels but I’m not sure if it’s possible to just lengthen/shorten the fender attachment pieces as necessary to sort of snug things in. Otherwise it’ll mean snagging the fenders of the same donor bike as the wheelset is coming from or if I get -really- ambitious trying to make some of those fancy laminated wood fenders.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Stef wrote:

    Did you ever end up finishing this bike? I have the exact same one and am in the process of overhauling it. I ran into some difficulty with the rear hub (can’t figure out how to put it back together after taking it apart). You mentioned you were going to switch the wheels out, so i was wondering if you still had the old rear one kicking around

    Friday, August 3, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink
  4. mattyfu wrote:

    Sadly no, I have not finished this one 🙁

    Monday, August 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

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