Identifying a jc higgins

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  1. ruppster

    ruppster New Member

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    I was just given a JC Higgins the other day and I can't find any useful info on the bike. It's pretty much a plain Jane in black and some faded away color with chips of blue paint in the fork gussets. Its got a lugged frame, it's a skip tooth drive and has triangular profiled rims serial # 9734 stamped under the bottom bracket. Anyone got any resources? It's got some really cool lines but I never heard of these bikes until I joined this forum. I don't have a camera handy so no pictures yet. Ruppster
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I moved this post from "Laws and Legislation" to "General Discussion" so you may have some help identifying your bike.
     
  3. MikesBikes

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    J.C. Higgins bicycles were made for many years and sold by Sears. The name was applied to the entire line of sporting goods sold by Sears including rifles and fishing gear. The name came from an accountant who worked for Sears.
     
  4. ruppster

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    that's cool, is there any data base for them? I love the history that comes with antiques. It's half the fun for me.
     
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    If nobody here can help ya, try thecabe.com sure somebody there can tell ya all you wanna know about your bike. Jim
     
  6. MikesBikes

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    To my knowledge (NOT complete) J. C. Higgins bikes were sold from the 1940's through the late '60's. The '60's Flightliners are catching on because of their neat styling---chrome frames, middleweight, clothespin front suspension. I have a few and while they are not tremendously valuable, they are a sharp looking bike.
     
  7. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    first thing that i can come up with is that you need a new front wheel. and while you're at it, get a new back rim and some HD spokes, and have someone (assuming you can't do it yourself) drill and re-lace your old hub up so you can keep the skiptooth set up.

    i dunno that much about JC Higgins timelines, but there's plenty out there. check the cabe as mentioned above, oldroads.com, nostalgic.net, or search JC higgins and see what shows up.
     
  8. ruppster

    ruppster New Member

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    Bairdco I tried searching Jc Higgins and didn't come up with much. I'm not being lazy about searching it's the fact that many times I spend days trying to find something and you guys have the answer off the top of your head. For example the only site you rattled off that I heard of was old roads. In case your wondering I called on you because you seem to gravitate toward the old off brands and We have the same taste in bike building although your considerably better at it. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  9. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    Man I stumbled onto your front coaster brake set up last night, How the heck do you come up with this stuff? Genius! Some of you guys are crazy inventive.
     
  11. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    Bairdco will likely know more than I, he's been here longer I believe, but I may be able to tell you something. I've spent a few hours online trying to learn more about my own Higgins. The handlebar stem looks a lot like mine. The rest of the bike, not so much. I would look along the top tube for evidence of a tank, I don't see that frame style too much in pictures without one. I would also look at the front fender for evidence of holes for a headlight mount. Try to see if you can find out what the original paint looked like. The onle other thing I can tell you is: online research. I'm still learning too.
     
  12. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    the front coaster brake is an exercise in futility. it looks cool, but it's not very functional. you need a lot more leverage than the average brake lever will allow, and i don't want a giant motorcycle lever on my bike.

    there's a few guys over at ratrodbikes.com who've made them, and there's a post here, too, but the idea comes from New Departure, a bearing and hub maker from 1890's or so to 1950's.

    they made a front brake based on a coaster hub, but they stepped up the action with a finer threaded worm gear.

    they show up on ebay now and then for about 3-500 bucks for a NOS one.
     

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