Widowmaker. 1930 Colson Flyer motorbike…..Klunkers.

Rat Rod Bikes Bicycle Forum

Help Support Rat Rod Bikes Bicycle Forum:

Palepainter

RRB Supporter
Pro Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2020
Messages
729
Reaction score
3,727
Eh, what the heck. Acquired a few frames since starting the shelbinator. Both were motorbike era frames in really rough shape. I got this frame on Saturday. Seller didn’t really give me much on identity of this frame. It was badged as a Lawlor‘s Sporting Goods bike Having done some research, I discovered Schwinn was one of their biggest suppliers. When I got the bike, the badge looked suspicious. Definitely wasn’t Schwinn built Upon further research, it appears it is a 1930 Colson Flyer. I tossed a bunch of stuff at it to get a feeel of what I would want on this. I’m not going to hold back on the parts for sure. It will be similar in style to my Schwinn Build Delixe Flyer.

The frame arrived and I gave it a good inspection and only found one freeze fractures, Surprisingly, the seat post that was in it didn't not have issues coming out of frame. I cleaned up the badge for entertainment.

I started with a chrome BMX style fork that needed to be cut down. Installed it after cleaning up threads. Found a headset and crank races that fit nicely. Going to with a set of Black Widow cranks on it. A set of Primo Tenderizers will keep my feet happy. A nice lightly sprung seat will keep my buttocks happy. 70s BMX double clamp for now Along with a set of alloy motorcycle bars. I like the geometry on it so far. not certain on wheel set yet. I have many to choose from. Multi speed coaster hub likely. V brake adapter up front. All nice and pretty with paint when done. Working on mock-up as I write this.
4180A40F-5435-4A26-B8D1-E989A278FB43.jpeg
C692A017-C478-4472-A6F7-DB6E1FAA369E.jpeg
01C064B6-A3C5-4B1F-A3C6-29293B9631E6.jpeg
02DE5963-C8EF-4DF7-B29A-430A28615CEF.jpeg
BE0DF5F4-EE27-4570-B848-20A25D3B04F6.jpeg
3E27957F-7811-4A8B-8DB8-F4CED24E685A.jpeg
78BCBA49-5FA8-4BC3-9E43-A0F390D9A169.jpeg
FEB1FD48-5345-4C03-B7C7-4E25D6A0FEDE.jpeg
36754AF6-B8F2-40B4-97F5-46A583104AC6.jpeg
C78D273D-2E91-450A-A4AF-750E159DD968.jpeg
FDE733EC-DB04-4791-AB4E-40D255A48DD2.jpeg
6CEEE054-69B4-448E-BDF8-F394E7897033.jpeg
78DD1A27-5AFC-466E-B29D-FE4E2C1126A5.jpeg
36920BDA-C3D6-48B0-917D-175F6FFEC528.jpeg
441D3C3C-AA34-4D3C-9145-B202CE9BDC28.jpeg
F5DAECCE-91A1-4763-A84F-1EF773742BF6.jpeg
 
Last edited:

Palepainter

RRB Supporter
Pro Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2020
Messages
729
Reaction score
3,727
Hustling along on this build so I can get everything from this and the Shelbinator to the blaster and then start to paint. Bikes will be using the same colors for the most part. Save some paint and time.

My buddy Tarek chilled with me as I re laced this drum brake nexus hub into a nice black araya wheel. I also worked on front brake set up for an efficient v brake.
Hope to have everything to blaster on Friday.

Tweaked rendering a bit more.
E1C6349D-A605-476C-9E16-AA601BC657A0.jpeg
20BDBE1F-E155-4B9B-8D37-D6F7344005D3.jpeg
 

Tallbikeman

RRB Supporter
Pro Member
Joined
Dec 14, 2020
Messages
468
Reaction score
782
Location
West Sacramento CA
Hustling along on this build so I can get everything from this and the Shelbinator to the blaster and then start to paint. Bikes will be using the same colors for the most part. Save some paint and time.

My buddy Tarek chilled with me as I re laced this drum brake nexus hub into a nice black araya wheel. I also worked on front brake set up for an efficient v brake.
Hope to have everything to blaster on Friday.

Tweaked rendering a bit more.
View attachment 218632 View attachment 218633
Tarek is in the middle of a mind meld on the humans he controls. Love your conceptualization for this frame. That will be a sharp looking bicycle. Amazing that bicycle standards were the same then as now on many things. Nowadays there are so many orphaned and little used bicycle standards that many of today's latest and greatest bicycles may not be serviceable in the future.
 

ingola

Staff member
Moderator
Pro Member
Joined
Oct 2, 2021
Messages
1,097
Reaction score
2,898
Location
Canada

Palepainter

RRB Supporter
Pro Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2020
Messages
729
Reaction score
3,727
Tarek is in the middle of a mind meld on the humans he controls. Love your conceptualization for this frame. That will be a sharp looking bicycle. Amazing that bicycle standards were the same then as now on many things. Nowadays there are so many orphaned and little used bicycle standards that many of today's latest and greatest bicycles may not be serviceable in the future.
You must know cats. 😀. He is a bed hog as well. I wake up with his foot in my mouth often as he likes to have some kind of contact with me or my wife. Can’t get him to stay on my shoulder when riding. He’s about 22 lbs of Norwegian Forrest Cat.
 

Captain Awesome

👑 Lord of Irrelevance
Staff member
Admin
Moderator
Pro Member
Joined
Aug 9, 2012
Messages
5,920
Reaction score
10,776
Location
Da beach
I have always admired the Powerlite cruiser frames. Doubt I will ever find one at a price point I can afford. This old Colson frame was quite close and works. I’m going to build a tank panel for it and give it some color to tie the red elements in, View attachment 219069 View attachment 219070
If I was going to set up a jig and replicate a cruiser frame that would definitely be at the top of my list. We think alike my friend
 

Latest posts

Top