Long John F.A.Q.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I get a Long John?
The manufacturer of the "original" Long John, Everton Smith in Denmark (owner of the brand S.C.O.), perished in 1997.
Long John production shifted to Monark Exercise in Sweden, who stopped building these bikes in 2003, then restarted in 2007.
The current Monark model is quite similar to Long Johns built by Everton Smith in the mid-nineties.
Where can I get Long John spare parts?
If you need spare parts for a SCO or Monark Long John try to find a Monark distributor for your country. If you┤re lucky they still have some spare parts on stock.
What kind of tyres do I need for my SCO/Monark Long John?
SCO and Monark Long Johns built since 1972 will most likely
have a 20" front wheel (ERTRO diameter: 406 mm) and a 23" rear wheel (ERTRO diameter: 484 mm). If your bike dealer
is not able to deliver the right tyres visit a dealer specialized in motorcycles and scooters.
Both 23" and 20" are sizes used on older mopeds, and the tyres used by SCO and Monark are actually moped tyres.
Older Long Johns usually do have 24" or 26" rear wheels. Unfortunately these are no precise size labels.
Both are just loose descriptions of tyre categories covering about a dozen of different rim diameters.
Currently, I do not yet have any reliable information on the diameters used on vintage Long Johns. If you┤ve got an
old Long John with an original rear rim featuring a size other than 23" (484 mm) please contact me.
How old is my Long John? Who built it?
See this page for help.
What┤s the relation between S.C.O., Smith & Co, Everton Smith and Monark?
Smith & Co was a bicycle company in Odense, Denmark. Among others, they owned the brand S.C.O. under which they sold the Long John and other bikes. In 1995 Smith & Co bought Everton, a Danish brand founded in 1950. The company changed its name to Everton Smith.
What is a "Little John"?The Little John (or "Lille John" in Danish) was a shorter Version of the Long John. As far as I know it was built by SCO from the early 1980s until the early 1990s. With its step-through frame it is often considered to be the women┤s version of the Long John. Information about Little Johns is hard to find and I┤m not sure about the intention of this model. Maybe SCO aimed for use at postal delivery services where the Long John was too long, too heavy and too uncomfortable. However, the Little John never became as popular as the Long John.
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