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Here is a Ross Central Park. Thinking mid 80's vintage. Rides perfect picked up at Police Bike Auction for cheap.
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History is unknown but bike seems to of had little use over the years.
Gumwall tires peeling badly,so even if tires have a lot of tread they are rotten and have to be replaced.
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Unsure if this is a mountain bike or a cruiser. Maybe what they call a hybrid now?
It's a nice ride on the rough country roads here so I'm gonna put on street tread tires.
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Anyways needs some clean up and polish but it's a fine rider.
 
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I'm amazed the indexed shifting works really well on this bike to. and seat is really comfy.
 
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Tried some used 26 x 1.75 tires I had but too wide they rubbed the on the chain stays. Ordered some
CST 26 x 1.50 tires and lots of room.
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Tried the aluminum foil trick to remover rust from the chrome - amazing! Still have to clean it more, but it is up and running now on good safe tires!
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Don't really know how to classify this bike - a lightweight, full fender mountain bike with beach cruiser bars? :grin:
 
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I really like this bike! Took it on 10 mi ride last evening and it's like custom made for me. I have been searching the innerwebs but can't find another like it. Someone described the "Central Park" model as a SS cruiser type bike, and any pics I find are coaster brake, stripped middleweight models. This has a lugged frame, 10 speed index shift, beach cruiser bars, full fenders. Everything seems original, I would think it was mountain bike derived except the chainstays are to narrow to fit even a 26 x 1.75 tire!
as for year, serial # I119007422. Bike says Designed and engineered by Ross bicycles, Farmingdale N.Y.
Made in Taiwan. I have read Ross ceased US production in 1986 and moved production to a rented facility in Taiwan. In 1988 they went bankrupt, so I assume this bike was built in 1985 - 1988. If anyone has any info about the "park" models, please chime in. I know the Ross mountain bikes were named after mountains, maybe the park bikes were similar? Too bad there does not seem to be any literature around online either.:(