This months Bike of the Month is a 1940 Monark Superframe “5-bar”. Restoration done by Dave at nostalgic.net. Saddle restored by Bob Usasi. It has several unusual features, most notable are the handlebars which are designed to be mounted in one of two positions. In the photos they are mounted on the cross bar. This is made possible by the crossbar being the same diameter as the rest of the handlebars, and the stem being a special made 2-piece design. Monark called this the “Can’t Slip” stem. Also notice the springer fork with a single horizontal spring, and the butterfly stand. You may have noticed that the horn button in the tank is painted. This is not a mistake, it is a factory design! The horn mechanism is actually spot-welded into the tank, it can not be removed before painting. The front hub on this bicycle is also special, it is a Musselman “Olympic Racer” which came on some Monarks from this era. The chainguard is typically found on the Monark “Flo-Cycle” model, but was also used on other Monark models. It was installed on this bike for sake of style but is technically not correct.
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