Our friend Laura bought this beauty off Kijiji last week from the original owner:
BeBe is an Eaton’s Road King, all original (except for the kickstand we installed today at EBC), with 26 x 1-3/8 tires (with no recommended PSI marking), and paint and tire rims in incredibly good condition. We think it’s a late-1950s design, based on the finned chainguard. How sweet is that? There are similar bikes pictured in a few places, but very little information online. Also, people we met at EBC and during the bike ride yesterday were very curious about BeBe. So with Laura’s blessing we took some more photos after our ride to post for your pleasure.
There’s a serial number stamped into the fork right above this dropout. I suppose if there was more information online we would be able to use it to date the bike for certain. It has the format HL #### 57 – which suggests that possibly it stands for the plant in Hungary, four digit production series number, 1957. But that’s totally a guess.