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men\'s bike
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I found an old men's bicycle in the step mothers barn. It says Hiawatha with the Indian symbol on the front and u shaped handle bars. The front has two springs up by the handle bars for shock absorbers. I've attached a picture. Could you tell me anything about the bike? age- does it have value -is it pretty common? There is also a women's Hiawatha bike. Both are in very poor condition. Are they worth restoring? thanks toml

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A cursory Google search revealed that the Hiawatha brand was sold out of the Gambles store from the 1930's to the 1970's. Further Googlery suggests that while your versions do not appear to be the most sought-after-that being the 1930's "Arrow" model- they do appear to be intact/complete (I love the added foam bolsters to the saddles, by the way.); this a significant consideration in any vintage/collectables market.  While I could not offer any sort of value/resale estimate, I will say that they do represent  a bygone era of Mid-Century American design/manufacturing.  

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I can answer most inquiries with respect to bicycle assembly, repair, tuning and maintenance. I am less than inclined to speak on such questions as "What kind of bike should I buy?", &/or "What is this bike worth?", etc. Any answers to these types of questions may correlate poorly to an acceptable "fact/sarcasm" ratio.

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7 seasons of "Professional" bicycle service/repair, etc. 4 seasons as Instructor, Professional Bicycle Mechanic training college. n-1 seasons of riding, cracking, crushing, mutilating and breaking bikes of any & all varieties, and thus requiring intense and at-hand skills development, etc.

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Certified Professional Bicycle Mechanic; Winterborne Bicycle Institute/Conestoga College

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The Hub Bicycle Shop, Hespeler Winterborne Bicycle Institute

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