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Looking for help identifying this brand. I must decide if it’s worth driving 2 hours for it! Got first dibs but owner doesn’t know what it is; I know enough to see it’s worth something;)

Update: serial number is D92548. Badge is “Seiberling Road King”; manufactured by Cleveland Welding Company/Seiberling Rubber Company.

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  • Its pretty old - one piece crank, at best it has one brake inside the rear wheel, so not the best thing to actually ride. We don't do valuations - if you need a bike and this is the nearest thing, then its worth it to you. It does look particularly solid, which means heavy, so hope you will ride on the flat not up hills! When you can, add clearer photos of that brassy badge on the top of the downtube, and any other similar identifiers.
    – Criggie
    Nov 25 '20 at 3:44
  • The saddle-less purple mixte beside it looks like an 80s design - mostly based on the rear brake caliper. There's a lot of rust, but can't tell if that is just surface or worse. You'll likely need new tyres and brake pads if they've been stored a long time.
    – Criggie
    Nov 25 '20 at 3:45
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    I am headed to see it tomorrow. Would love to clean it up and bring it back to life. I have already made offer and they accepted. I will definitely get more photos.
    – Cooper
    Nov 25 '20 at 3:46
  • Just out of curiosity, which bike? There are two in the picture. Nov 25 '20 at 3:56
  • The black men’s bicycle.
    – Cooper
    Nov 25 '20 at 11:47
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I found this article about a slightly different bike:

This bike was manufactured by Cleveland Welding (CWC) for distribution and sale by the Seiberling Rubber Company. It is essentially a standard issue CWC bike using the second series post-war CWC 3-Gill pattern frame and the serial number places the build date in 1947, probably near the middle of that year. While the basic bike is common, the Seiberling badging is one of the less common badges that were used on these bikes.

Note that there is actually a Facebook group for these bicycles: "Cleveland Welding Company bicycle owners". One post I find on the group suggests that the serial number is from 1945.

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  • Thank you for that information Daniel.
    – Cooper
    Nov 26 '20 at 18:01

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