Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

This may be a Viking frame from the 1930s, in which case it is the earliest I know about.  It was given to the current owner by its original owner, or one who had owned it for a long time, as being a Viking grass track racer – although it is very clearly a road frame, it would likely have been used on grass tracks. Please let me know via the contact page if you recognize anything about this frame and your thoughts on whether or not it is a Viking.

Viking did not introduce head badges until about 1950/51 as far as I know and the lack of earlier Vikings would seem to confirm that. What typically happens is that a bicycle frame degenerates to a point where it is just an “old bike frame” and gets repainted without any thought of preserving its original transfers and identity – and, of course, the number of people who would know what they were is dwindling fast.

To my mind, the most Viking-like features are the tops of the seat stays, not unlike the 1940s Master SS models, and the ends of the stays at the rear dropouts.  I have a slight suspicion that the fork may not be original because of how different the fork tips are from the tips of the stays: on the other hand, the fork crown has little “spear points”, as do the head lugs, but the shape is slightly different. So far, the only number found is on the fork steerer and we may know more when the frame is cleaned up if another number is found.

A nice feature of this frame are the Osgear rear dropouts, indicating that this was probably a serious racing frame.

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Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?

Early Viking Frame?