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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







BALLOON:   fender light posted by: Fred on 6/2/2000 at 3:06:03 PM
I just received a new Delta Rocket Ray fender light for my wife's 1949 Dayton from Maple Island Sales. I am pleased to say that it is flawless and appears to have been made from the original tooling when compared to a NOS original light. The paint is much better than was applied to the original light as is the chrome plating. The price was $95 plus shipping. I see the same light, used, on E Bay for the same price.


   RE:BALLOON:   fender light posted by sam on 6/3/2000 at 8:14:00 AM
I bought a phantom front end from MAPLE ISLAND SALES and was pleased with there service too.

   RE:BALLOON:   fender light posted by rd on 6/7/2000 at 9:05:04 AM
Maple island is a couple of good guys. I have stopped by their shop and they always act like they are glad to see you. Both the old man and boy know what they are doing and want to help.






BALLOON:   Columbia "Custom Deluxe" 1948 posted by: Jim Quaintance on 6/2/2000 at 9:10:57 AM
I have recently acquired a 1948 Columbia "Custom Deluxe" that is in remarkably good condition and almost complete. It is Maroon and Ivory and has a beautiful patina. I don't want to cosmetically restore this beauty, but I'd like to mechanically restore it to ride on special occasions. The frame is remarkably light and I would like to know more about this generation bike. I have been looking for info and pictures and have been thus far unsuccessful. Is there a difinitive book about this Marque that would be able to identify the correct wheels, front end...etc? The stem is twisted and irreparable and I would like to know if they are available for this model or if the "5-Star" or "3-Star"
models are the same and if truss rods are needed for this model. I hope someone can help. Jim Q.







BALLOON:   help me find what model my '49 schwinn is... posted by: tate on 5/30/2000 at 11:37:59 AM
i am able to find out what year my bike is but am having little
luck finding out what model it is....could someone please help me
in this area (i.e. web sites, places i can search by serial #)


   RE:BALLOON:   help me find what model my '49 schwinn is... posted by jd on 5/30/2000 at 11:52:02 AM
Hard to say without a good discription. The serial number only tells when it was made. Some models share the same frames and other parts so incomplete or repainted bikes can be difficult to identify. Post as much info as possible or a picture and someone can probably help.






WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by: Matt Fuss on 5/29/2000 at 5:43:17 PM
A friend of mine recently purchased a Shelby womens bike at a flee market and needs information on where to find parts in order to begin the restoration. Does anyone have or know where to find any Shelby parts? Please e-mail me so I can pass on the information.


   RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by tate on 5/30/2000 at 11:44:05 AM
you might want to try a place in the mid west called memory lane
they have a huge warehouse of old bike parts...i was able to find
parts for my 1939 schwinn so this would be the place to look
sorry i dont have a phone # but try the 1-800 directory and/or
information...otherwise a local bike shop in your area might have
the #.......GOOD LUCK!

   RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by jd on 5/30/2000 at 11:58:30 AM
Matt,
First things first. You will not have much luck finding parts until you determine what model you have. There are lots of pictures on the web (here, Bikeicons, Ebay,...) Or post a REALLY GOOD discription and someone can probably help. Memory Lane is a good source but they tend to be a bit rude if you don't know exactly what you want. You might also check EBAY for a part bike.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by Kevin C. on 5/31/2000 at 8:06:40 PM
They have been obnoxious to me even when I knew exactly what I was looking for. Never again.

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by Mike Q. on 6/1/2000 at 6:11:47 AM
Agreed. Watch out for Memory Lane. What they describe over the phone, or show in their catalog, isn't necessarily what you'll get. Personal experience. Buyer should expect problems.

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by Mike Q. on 6/1/2000 at 6:12:54 AM
Agreed. Watch out for Memory Lane. What they describe over the phone, or show in their catalog, isn't necessarily what you'll get. Personal experience. Buyer should expect problems.

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Shelby, Womens Bicycle posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/5/2000 at 8:23:06 AM
I am sorry, but I agree with Kevin and others. It is too bad.






BALLOON:   Can you identify this bike? posted by: David Rackowitz on 5/27/2000 at 9:29:11 AM
Can someone help me identify a bike? My wife and I bought
it in the 60s and it was pretty old then. The pictures are at:
http://people.mw.mediaone.net/drackowitz/bike.html

Thanks,
Dave Rackowitz


   RE:BALLOON:   Can you identify this bike? posted by tate on 5/30/2000 at 11:47:01 AM
try using a serial # number search at one of many sites....






AGE / VALUE:   vintage reflector posted by: Howard on 5/25/2000 at 4:48:24 PM
I recently bought an old mid-weight bicycle with a reflector
on it that was about twice as old as the bike. The reflector
is 3.25 inches in diameter and .25 in. thick. It has 37 red
glass jewells mounted in an aluminum matrix. The weight of
(6 oz.) suggests that the glass may be all one piece. It was
made in Worchester, Mass. by Persons-Majestic and has three
Patent dates; June 18, 1929, Nov. 7,1933, and Feb. 6, 1934.
It is a "Persons-Majestic no. 337." Could anybody tell me
anything about it? I am considering using it on my 1947 Cushman
unless it turns out to be very valuable.

I took the reflector off and then sold the bike.
Howard







BALLOON:   what is it? posted by: susan on 5/24/2000 at 6:21:54 PM
I found a old ballon bike in a city wide trash cirb side clean up (pick it up before the city crew comes if you want it) the serial # is f45494 has schwinn parts but the front lable says ward hawthorne rivited on. It has a chain gaurd and finders and schwinn seat. I bought new handle bars and goose neck (the old one is bent)has origninal tires goodyear. I thought it was a great schwinn but the bike store told me its not one also had a childs seat in great shape vinal not torne. I still have all the parts. Let me know if you know want it is. Susan


   RE:BALLOON:   what is it? posted by Jeff on 5/25/2000 at 5:23:26 AM
Tough to tell what it is with seeing a picture. Take a look in the picture database and see if you see it there.

   RE:BALLOON:   what is it? posted by ChristopherRobin on 5/25/2000 at 7:03:07 AM
She's saving bikes from the trash truck! Lady after my own heart! Bravo!!

   RE:BALLOON:   what is it? posted by Bob on 5/25/2000 at 7:23:36 AM
Hawthornes were made for Montgomery Wards stores by several different makers. There are lots of pictures on the web (ebay, bikeicons,here,...). If you look around you might find the same bike. Thanks for saving it from the trash.






BALLOON:   photographs posted by: Pee-Wee on 5/24/2000 at 2:54:51 PM
Hey guys. I'm tyring to put together a photo album of balloon tire bikes. I've gotten all the ones in my neighborhood, but i want to branch out. so if any of ya'll have any old BALLOON bicycles out there, do you think you could send me an picture or two? My address is 5615 Vanderbilt Dallas, Tx. 75206 Thanks!







AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by: Josh on 5/22/2000 at 10:22:02 PM
Found a nice Schwinn Cruiser at a garage sale. Serial is HR509489. It is stamped into the headtube. Most I've seen are on the dropouts. It's got white "tribal" decals on fork and seat tube. Also has numbers stamped into headbadge.Never seen that before. Any help dating this bike would be greatly appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by T on 5/23/2000 at 10:46:52 AM
Check the serial number chart inder "general resources"

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by T on 5/23/2000 at 10:47:02 AM
Check the serial number chart under "general resources"

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by Wings on 5/23/2000 at 10:26:32 PM
Second letter = R. That should be 1982 or very close.
A= 1965 and so on. Skip all letters that could be seen as digits.
Head Badge with digits: They all have digits--everyone I have seen and I have seen a lot. I wish I knew what those digits meant on the head badge.
If the top tube makes a sharp angle with the head tube you have a Taiwan Schwinn. If the top tube forms a smooth curved joint where it meats the head tube, it is a Chicago Schwinn. I think your may be Taiwan. :(
Chicago Schwinns all had serial numbers on left drop out or under bottom bracket. Later the numbers were stamped on the side of the head tube--some of these were true old Schwinns while all of the Taiwan group have the numbers on the head tube.
I ride one Taiwan Schwinn and I like it. I retroed it and I think it is lighter than the Chicago Schwinn. I almost think it has a softer ride--but nothing looks as good as the old Chicago Schwinns.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by Wings on 5/23/2000 at 10:29:21 PM
What are the rims like? S2's (double knurled-lines of little marks?) Or, most likely smooth with a little mm drop on each side (Taiwan). Astabala stem?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help aging Schwinn cruiser! posted by kevin c. on 5/26/2000 at 6:08:47 AM
Serial numbers appeared on the headtubes starting in the early 1970s, when Schwinn was still in Chicago.






BALLOON:   1953 Western Flyer x-53 posted by: Wayne C on 5/22/2000 at 4:56:59 PM
need a tank for a boys x-53 1953 or appropriate and chainguard if possible







FOR SALE:   Ballooner stuff added posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 5/22/2000 at 2:24:01 PM
We've just some ballooners to our For Sale page.
Click on:

"Bicycles/Parts FOR SALE"

at the top of this page to see them.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles
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AGE / VALUE:   I need some help finding the year of a bike frame that I was just given. posted by: Lled Smith on 5/21/2000 at 6:22:55 PM
I have just recieced a bike that confuses me greatly. I just can not figure out what kind of bike it is or the year. If there is some one that can help me,please help me.
Here are the things that I know.
1. Its a mens frame
2. It has a locking headtube, in the middle on the right side
3. It has three tubes that come back from the headtube.
4. The top tube is bent down just before it reaches the seat tube
5. the seat has 4 inch springs in the rear and one coil in the front
6. The Serial number is 3-3295
Thanks for the HELP
Lled


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I need some help finding the year of a bike frame that I was just given. posted by MattL. on 5/22/2000 at 7:12:42 AM
Anything similar in the picture database?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I need some help finding the year of a bike frame that I was just given. posted by Pee-Wee on 5/24/2000 at 2:54:08 PM
Well, that's definately a cantilever frame, and going by the locking headjoint, I'd guess from the 40s-50s. Good luck.






WANTED:   Bendix 2 speed shifter posted by: Don on 5/21/2000 at 6:40:01 AM
I just purchased a 1956 Schwinn American that is complete with the exception of the Bendix shifter. This is for the 2 speed bendix hub. If anyone has any info on where I can get one of these or on the bike itself I would apprectate it. THANK YOU


   RE:WANTED:   Bendix 2 speed shifter posted by JOEL on 5/22/2000 at 7:27:04 AM
I've got one. Email if you still need one. JOEL






AGE / VALUE:   Serial # resource posted by: Ryan on 5/19/2000 at 2:36:39 PM
I have been trying (very unsuccesfully) to locate a serial number guide for what I believe is a Monark Coast King. If anyone has a resource or could even tell me what I've got, I'de be much obliged. T

he serial number is SX-0442.







WANTED:   MONARK SILVER KING posted by: erwin on 5/17/2000 at 11:02:08 AM
I AM LOOKING FOR A COMPLETE MONARK SILVER KING "FLOWCYCLE"
AND/OR "WINGBAR" MODELS. IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYBODY WHO
MIGHT BE SELLING ONE AT A REASONABLE PRICE. PLEASE HAVE THEM
E-MAIL ME WITH THE PICTURE, PRICE, AND CONDITION OF THE BIKE.
THANKS.


   RE:WANTED:   MONARK SILVER KING posted by terry on 6/30/2000 at 7:59:33 PM
I've got a 1936 silver king in pretty good shape if like a picture e-mail at barnardtlb@cs.com