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    My classic...

    If anyone can tell me anything about Crescent bikes, please...

    This bike was bought many years ago, stored in a barn in Iowa and then restored. I inherited it and would like some history. No, I don't want to sell it.
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    That is a beauty!

    Nice job on the restore. The wing motif of the bike is wonderful.

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    That looks very much like a Western Flyer I have from the same era. The only big differences are the chainguard.

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    We the people ... Information about Crescent

    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    If anyone can tell me anything about Crescent bikes, please...
    If there are not multiple Crescent bike manufacturers in the world, that company is Swedish bike company. I don't know when they have started but my late-grandma had a ladies bike (28" wheels) that was bought in 1959 (I think). Last time I saw it in my grandpa's barn, it was in fine shape.

    I'm from Finland and up until early 90's Crescents were thought by the common people to be the finest bicycles in the world. Well, after that Cannondales etc. came into the common knowledge and things changed. Crescent has a sister marque called Monark and they are/were quite the same bikes, but Crescents were equipped with a little flashier parts, paintjob and higher price.

    In the 90's Crescent sold titanium mountain bikes (made by Sandvik) with XTR, SID, etc. but I don't know their current situation.

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    Ive always appreciated these nice Crescent ads:

    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Sweden/crescent_ad_70's.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Ive always appreciated these nice Crescent ads:

    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Sweden/crescent_ad_70's.htm
    I can see why..

    I doubt that the Crescent in the picture was from the Swedish company however. There were only a relative few bike manufacturers in the U.S. back in the 40's when that bike was made and they contracted with a number of different "brand" names. I had a Schwinn Black Phantom once that had a headbadge from the "Our Own Hardware Co." for example. The Western Flyer brand bikes were made for another Hardware Co. also and it is quite possible that the two brands are related through that type of connection.
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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