A Closer Look: 1951? Världsmästarcykel Crescent

13 Dec

Hidden away in garages all over the world are beautiful bikes, barely used back in the day and never ridden today. Like my ex’s 1986 Pro Miyata that hung unused in my garage for years. Fortunately, many of these bikes find new lives in new homes with riders that cherish them. Like Erik, who I met one morning on Caltrain.

Erik’s bike caught my eye immediately with its classic lines and svelte steel tubing. It was his great-uncle’s bike from back in Sweden that he brought with him to San Francisco. Now set up for everyday use as a single speed with new handlebars, rear rack and fenders, I had to get a closer look.

Crescent Side View

Erik said this Världsmästarcykel Crescent was a 1951, but it doesn’t quite match the bike in that year’s catalog. Unlike the 1951, Erik’s bike’s fork and rear stays aren’t chrome and his has a nifty wheel lock that’s welded on. I searched the internet in vain for clues to its heritage and failed.

Can you help me solve this mystery? Is it likely to be before or after 1951? Did it originally have drop bars?


Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Bike Gallery


4 responses to “A Closer Look: 1951? Världsmästarcykel Crescent

  1. Mr Crescent

    December 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Hi! I am from Sweden and have had my fair share of Crescents and other bikes. I would say that the bike is certainly not before 1974 since the lock (called blocklås – block lock) started being used somewhere around that time. It was the lock of choice for almost all bikes sold in Sweden during the 80’s.
    It also seems that in the 50’s, the orange paint was reserved for the racers, which this bike isn’t with the block-lock, fenders and support (unless heavily modified to be less ‘racey’ but who would do that?).

    Looking through the site you linked to for the 1951 catalogue, I found this:

    An 1974 ad from Monark that invented the block lock:

    Translated it means: Monark’s new block lock! New to the world!

    Monark and Crescent were bike brands used by the Monark Crescent AB company, so it is likely they manufactured Crescents with block locks in 74 (or maybe a year or two after since they seem to have advertized it as a Monark invention and wanted to keep it brand-specific).

    So there you go: at the very earliest:1974

  2. Sean

    February 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I have a similar ’68 Crescent. Based on the fact that the frame is welded and the fork crown is chrome, this looks like a lower-end, mid-1970’s “training” type Crescent. The frames were built from high-tensile gas pipe, then painted and decalled to look similar to the high-end Pepita Special which featured 531 Reynolds and Nervex/Dubois lugs.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Quinn Dusenberry

    August 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I did a quick search and came up with a nearly identically looking Crescent.

  4. daniel chanow

    August 20, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    I grew up in Stockholm in the 60:s and recall that simular bikes were sold apprimately 1961 – 70. There was a debate if the championship claim was real or fake being that the real swedish world champion in the 60:s (Fåglum Gösta) rode Monark a sister brand that was sold as a less expensive brand. The bikes had the best frames at the time I think Reynolds brittish tubes and the paint was beautiful. The bikes are stiill popular as they withstand aging quite well.
    I am not a sports person though.


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