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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   Rolfast bike posted by: JOHN on 11/20/2000 at 7:29:14 PM
Hello, I came across an old rolfast spaceflyer,it is a middle weight and has everything on it orginal except for one pedal, anyway looking to see if anyone knows about this bike. Thanks







BALLOON:   repro parts... posted by: Rif Addams on 11/20/2000 at 2:06:51 AM
Anybody ever dealt with Maple Island Sales? Got any feedback. I just discovered them recently, and they have the parts I would need for my B-6.
Just curious,
Rif


   RE:BALLOON:   repro parts... posted by Gordon on 11/20/2000 at 5:35:18 AM
I have dealt with them several times in the past and they have always been fast and friendly. Their products seem to be as good as others I've seen - but you have to remember this is repro material and doesn't measure up to the real thing. Of course that is also reflected in what you have to pay.

   RE:BALLOON:   repro parts... posted by sam on 11/20/2000 at 5:43:20 AM
DITTO, good service!--sam

   RE:BALLOON:   repro parts... posted by rd on 11/20/2000 at 11:46:55 AM
I visited their shop at Larmar Mo. one day and they were very nice and friendly people. Took time to show me arond and what all they had even invited me for lunch. As were said the are reproduction but measure up to any that I have ever used and I think they care about the customer I will buy from them when i can.

   RE:BALLOON:   repro parts... posted by Rif on 11/20/2000 at 10:30:19 PM
Thanks so much all, I appreciate your input.
Nice to hear there are people/ companies that still care about customer service. Kinda rare in this new Millenium. :-}
Thanks again,
Rif






AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by: ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 11/18/2000 at 12:48:39 PM
Looking for information because the books I've seen do not cover this period very well. I have a ladies balloon tire bike with 26x 2.125 peaked rims, New departure model D hub, screw adjusters in rear dropout, skip tooth chain I hope will loosen up,This was made by Schwinn, Right? A second class schwinn? This does not have the S-2 rims or a tank, or lights, and the blue painted mudguards are cheap looking.
Why are these not pictured and covered and discussed. The books and Schwinn information collectors have leaves these out.
Any information would be appreciated as I am currious. Never seen this brand before. "Wings"


   RE:AGE / VALUE:Revenge of the skip tooth chain!! posted by ChristopherRobin on 11/18/2000 at 1:02:58 PM
Well I do not see a master link in it yet, and the Park tool does not handle a skip tooth chain and as this is the first skip tooth chain I have fooled with I do not know how Im gonna get it apart to get it off the bike to clean and free it up. Another fustratin thing is I have not found and acquired the tool needed to do this job. What kind of chain tool was used with skip tooth chains. Im a tool magpie and yet Im up a tree with this chain.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by ChristopherRobin on 11/18/2000 at 1:10:16 PM
The front fork has no slots! Just a hole in each side where the axle fits in. Never seen before and it is neat. Bike is pretty shade of robins egg blue. Rusted rims, I think I will toss them even though they are saveable

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by Kevin C. on 11/18/2000 at 2:18:40 PM
Keep looking for the master link; it has to be there. As for the fork, just spread the fork blades, one at a time, to get the axle free. That was considered a safety feature, I think. I have a pre-war Cycle-Truck with the non-slotted fork.

   RE:Skip tooth chain posted by Scott R. on 11/18/2000 at 10:26:49 PM
Look at the small links. The master link will be the only one with straight sides on one side. The back side (which may be on the outside) will look like all the other links so you need to look on the inside and outside. Once you find the master, just pop it off with an old screwdriver (not your favorite one in case the blade breaks). Memory Lane Classics has brand new diamond chain company skip tooth chains for $45. It will not be on their website but the phone number is there. http://www.memorylane-classics.com/ Good luck

   RE:RE:Skip tooth chain posted by ChristopherRobin on 11/19/2000 at 10:15:54 AM
Thank You!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by JOEL on 11/20/2000 at 5:50:13 AM
Hey Chris,
I don't think Schwinn ever made a Goodyear badged bike. I have a Colson built Goodyear Wings and I think Shelby (???) might have made them for a while.

As for the front fork, you may have to thread the axle out some to get the fork to spread around. Those are a real pain. The chain MUST have a master link. JOEL

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by Ray on 11/20/2000 at 11:37:17 AM
Your skip tooth chain does not have to have a master link. You can get one of those inexpensive chain removal tools and break off the little tits that hold the chain in place on a regular 1/2 inch pitch. Once these are out of the way it will work on a skip tooth chain. Keep it around and it will come in handy on future skip tooth projects. Another solution is the plier type of chain tool but they are much more expensive. The drop center rims are appropriate and I would try to salvage them if I were doing the project. Your best bet on the fork is to either thread the axle out all the way (a real pain) or make both sides equal and take a 2 x 4 piece of wood and slowy wedge it up the fork until it spreads enough to take out one side then the other should follow. Patience and care is what is needed on this type of project. Good luck.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by Ray on 11/20/2000 at 11:41:28 AM
Of course the 2 x 4 is probably a little big to get between your spokes so a smaller piece may be needed. I have even used a flat piece of wood against the hub/spoke area and then used a claw hammer claw end to slowly move the fork away from the wheel. Good luck

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by JOEL on 11/21/2000 at 5:28:04 AM
Thanks for the wheel removal tip Ray. That sounds like it will work better than anything I have tried.

     Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by ChristopherRobin on 11/21/2000 at 7:25:22 AM
Thanks a lot for your thoughts! I found the master link and got if off the bike. There is no sprung type clip just the plate but it fits in with a snap anyway. I love this kind of fork! Still this is a mystery. I hope Schwinn bottombracket parts will fit this. I will go digging for headset parts too. I remember a book put out on Goodyear a bout a year ago that covered Goodyear in depth but I would be really surprised if the author covered the bicycles that carried the Goodyear name. I'll let you know.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by sam on 11/22/2000 at 12:19:06 PM
Schwinn did make bikes for goodyear,Hank gave me so info my anerican when I got it and the book had some photos of goodyear schwinns,but I didn't copy any of it(sorry)Picked fenders on a schwinn is unusual---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wings brand bicycle??? (Goodyear tire and Rubber Co) posted by sam on 11/22/2000 at 12:23:50 PM
Schwinn did make bikes for goodyear,Hank gave me so info my anerican when I got it and the book had some photos of goodyear schwinns,but I didn't copy any of it(sorry)Peaked rims and loblells rims were used before s-2 I beleave--sam






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial # posted by: chuck on 11/15/2000 at 3:28:55 PM
I have a beat up girls 10speed, with 27x1 1/4 tires, rear fold-out baskets, and fenders. I looked on the dropout area, but only saw C82. It's gotta be longer than that! Is the derailer blocking it?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial # posted by Karl on 11/17/2000 at 12:22:53 PM
Unlikely, serial # should be on the *left* dropout. Look there and on the front of the head tube ('72 and later, if I recall correctly).






AGE / VALUE:   age of black phantom posted by: Fran-c on 11/15/2000 at 4:05:43 AM
was wondering of black phantom #h8052 the year? Thanks Fran-c


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   age of black phantom posted by rd on 11/15/2000 at 9:33:20 AM
there is a chart on this site. if the number is on the bottom of the hanger it soud be a jan. 1951.






AGE / VALUE:   Colson Flyer bike posted by: Robert on 11/14/2000 at 6:01:23 PM
Complete Colson Flyer for sale. Bike was used for decades in Hollywood as a prop bike. It comes with letter of authenticity. This bike is a rider, It was repainted black at prop house. The tires are rubber and the wheels are wood/metal clad. Really cooooool! email for pictures only if seriously intersted. I will start the price at $800 and see what happens from there.

Robert







AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by: John Horsley on 11/14/2000 at 1:57:30 PM
I have what I believe to be a 50's vintage Columbia. It has creased fenders and the chain guard says Newsboy Special on it. As best I can make out the serial number is P109388. Help me, please.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by rd on 11/15/2000 at 9:35:40 AM
My chart nor does the chart here show a P. Could it be an R instead.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by Kevin C on 11/18/2000 at 3:25:04 AM
I've seen a few Newsboy Specials, and they appeared to be from the late 1950s and maybe early 1960s. They reminded me of a Schwinn Wasp.






WANTED:   1938 Elgin 4 star mens tank posted by: Mike on 11/14/2000 at 9:38:51 AM
Im restoring an 1938 Elgins 4 star mens 26 Inch. I bought the bike without the tank. Email me thanks Mike







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Bicycle swap meet December 3, 2000. Swansea, Massachusetts posted by: Joe on 11/14/2000 at 8:25:13 AM
Bicycle swap meet December 3, 2000. Swansea, Massachusetts, free to vendors and the public. Interested in attending please email me.

Thanks Joe.







AGE / VALUE:   1957(?) Schwinn Coed posted by: Nancy on 11/13/2000 at 8:46:56 PM
My father is looking to get rid of my mother's old Schwinn Coed. He thinks it is somewhere between '57 and '59. Good condition. Does anyone know what kind of value this bike may have, or sources to find this out.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1957(?) Schwinn Coed posted by ken on 11/14/2000 at 9:06:06 AM
To determine your bike's age, check the serial number with the list on this site. The number will be on the left rear dropout if the bike is between '52 and '72. Value is up to the buyer- ladies' bikes as a rule command less than men's because boys tend to trash theirs, making good ones much rarer-






AGE / VALUE:   1957(?) Schwinn Coed posted by: Nancy on 11/13/2000 at 8:46:56 PM
My father is looking to get rid of my mother's old Schwinn Coed. He thinks it is somewhere between '57 and '59. Good condition. Does anyone know what kind of value this bike may have, or sources to find this out.







FOR SALE:   HOPALONG SEAT posted by: TERRY on 11/13/2000 at 2:05:48 PM
NOS HOPALONG CASSIDY SEAT ON E-BAY;Item #497516728







AGE / VALUE:   BIKE i SAW ON EBAY NEED AGE posted by: FRANK on 11/13/2000 at 1:27:57 PM
i SAW A BIKE ON EBAY 1940 COLUMBIA SAYS COMPLETE & ORIGINAL. i WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT YEAR IT IS I EMAILED THE SELLER HE TOLD ME THE SER. # IS B165933. THE BIKE IS UP TO $180.00 IS IT WORTH THAT MUCH HAS TANKS & LIGHT SHELL COOL CHAIN GUARD. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT. IT IS LISTED AS 1940'S COLUMBIA BIKE COMPLETE. COLOR IS BLACK & WHITE. THANKS


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   BIKE i SAW ON EBAY NEED AGE posted by rd on 11/13/2000 at 5:41:31 PM
I am no expert on columbia bikes but do have several and think they are the best ever made. If you check the serial number chart you will find no B in the 40's. there were in 1937 and my chart is a little different and list sme in 1956. The tank looks lke the 50's bikes altho most of them had springer forks on them but have seen some that did not. some may dffer but I would say mid 59's but still a great bike.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   another Bendix kickback question posted by: ken on 11/13/2000 at 11:11:17 AM
Where can I get the Bendix lockring tool, or is there a more satisfactory workaround than the one I made out of an open-end wrench, a hose clamp and half of a front dropout safety retainer gizmo? Third Hand/Loose screws doesn't carry it... incidentally, the red-stripe kickback didn't drag OR grind when it was new.


   Adjustable wrench posted by Tom Findley on 11/14/2000 at 5:50:18 AM
I think you are referring to Wrench AB-102, for adjusting the cone lock nut (AB-35). If so, I don't try to loosen it. I loosen the lock nut on the brake arm, and put an adjustable wrench on the 2 flats of the sun gear (AB-7), which the adjusting cone lock nut (AB-35)fits in. I turn the wrench counterclockwise when looking at it from the right, and the cone arm and disc support (AB-33) will unscrew. One side or the other will unscrew. If the right side unscrews, tighten up the adjusting cone lock nut with a small screwdriver.

The wrench was used by people who would get fired for taking 10 hours to overhaul a hub. I do it to relieve the stress of designing computer programs.






AGE / VALUE:   40's schwinn ballooner boys posted by: karl on 11/12/2000 at 8:57:47 AM
i found a bike at auction yesterday. serial #H12993 located on bottom of frame by the cranks. i think it is early 40's. anyone know for sure?? any info appreciated. thanx--


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   40's schwinn ballooner boys posted by Gary on 11/14/2000 at 12:34:59 AM
i am trying to learn this stuff. i have a 48 ladies the serial number was under the crank until 1951. the welded on kickstand that looks like all the newer ones is a 1946 one. a u shaped under the wheel stand would be pre-46. pretty hard to get much info on these things everyone wants to keep you in the dark i guess. Let me know what you find out also. the pics in here are a great help. i am looking toi purchase a 26 in mens pre 50 frame if your inclined to sell