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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   Searching for info. about an old Schwinn posted by: mike on 7/25/2000 at 3:09:34 PM
I recently pruchased a balloon tire bike from a shop that told me it was a 1937 Schwinn.
It has two top tubes (over & under) that curve slightly toward the seat tube.
The chain ring is "skip-toothed" with heart shaped cut-outs. The fork set-up has
a set of "struts" that run from the head tube to the fork ends. The handle bars are
swept back so that the grips are perpindicular to the top tube. The handlebars also
feature a cross bar. The rear hub has a small "flip top" to oil the hub (I assume).
p.s. I took the bike into another shop where the owner told me it was a Schwinn "Swiss Army" model circa 1918...

Thanks...


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Searching for info. about an old Schwinn posted by bob on 7/26/2000 at 2:49:49 PM
If the two top tubes are parallel and curved, good chance it's a 37. WWI bikes would have 28" wheels. (Swiss army bikes were not Schwinn products). Here are some things to check:
find the serial # (should be under the crank if prewar) and look on the chart at this site. If it is a prewar model it will not be there.
Remove the crank and see if there's a date on it.







AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Phantom?? posted by: Stuart on 7/25/2000 at 2:52:04 PM
I purchased a bicycle identical to a mid 50's Schwinn Phantom with the springer front end and lock. except that the fenders are 2 tone dark green and white with gold pinstriping instead of the usual chrome fenders. It is missing the front badge, but it says Schwinn on the chain guard. Serial# H4XXXX. I was told that it was a war time Phantom?? since they used the chrome for the war effort??and it looks simial to the bicycles that schwinn made for goodyear. Does anyone know for sure what it is and how much it's worth. Thank you.







AGE / VALUE:   Identify posted by: rex on 7/23/2000 at 8:28:39 PM
I am trying to identify a girls bike I just purchased. It has a Columbia decal on the seat post and the tank and head badge say cyclone. Serial # is R 16806. If i read the dating guide for Columbia correctly,I figure it is 1950. Any help will be appreciated. My wife loves this bike but Iwould also like to get a ballpark estimate of value. Very clean w/orig tank & chrome fenders.







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Value posted by: Patrice Fulk on 7/23/2000 at 6:12:29 PM
Have a 1946 Columbia Turq/white girls bicycle with double headlights, front and rear racks, push button horn on tank in good original condition. Any idea what this bicycle is valued at?







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   TIRES posted by: Forrest on 7/23/2000 at 2:18:07 AM
Will Westwind tires, 26 x 1.75, fit a late 50's Murray? Or are these tires made for Schwinn Rims? Also. Who made and sold Murray bikes? -- Thanks


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   TIRES posted by JD on 7/24/2000 at 7:20:00 AM
Murray made Murray bikes. They were sold through most department stores under a variety of brand names. Schwinn tires ONLY fit Schwinn rims.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Robin Hood posted by: Tina Payne on 7/22/2000 at 8:51:18 PM
I just picked up a Robin Hood girl's bike from my mom's house. I don't know anything about it really. It has a Sturmy Archer rear hub, coaster brake. It has a logo with an 'R' it on the pedals and handle bar mount. It is blue adn has "Robin Hood' on the chain guard. Can anyone tell me anything about this one????


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Robin Hood posted by Fred on 7/23/2000 at 5:26:41 PM
Suggest you post your note in the English Roadster section.
Robin Hood bikes are one of a host of Raleigh made bikes, thus the "R" markings. They are a notch down from the raleigh Sports models. Good bikes, lovely headbadge.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Robin Hood posted by ChristopherRobin on 7/26/2000 at 7:22:24 AM
Robin Hood is a very lovely little bicycle made by Raleigh Industries Limited in the 1950's and 1960's. This was a b-grade line of bikes to come out of the Huge Raleigh Factory. Raleigh, Humber and Rudge were the finest, then a whole slew of other names, and decals and badges on almost the same bike. The bike is no longer being made, the name retired. Raleigh is still in business, but things changed and they no longer make a model anywhere like this one. If you need something for it please e -mail me at http://www.ChristopherRobin@starmail.com What color is this? tires are 26 X 1 3/8 E.A.3. and yes you can get tires even if the local shop say no. A fun little city bike that would vanish in a New York minute if you left it by the curb at trash day. Not worth a whole lot but a cool bike. Follow e-bay to see what these sell for.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Robin Hood posted by Tina on 8/1/2000 at 8:30:43 PM
Thanks guys. I am in the process of fixing this bike up. I don't know if I'll fully restore it, but definitely get it running. I received a bit of info on the sturmey archer rear hub, but am quite confused about it still. I am told it is a single speed because it doesn't have a chain coming out of the center of the hub. But, I can't tell if it was cut off at the hub spindle and is worn into the surface becoming one with the end of the hub. I researched the sturmey archer hubs from the Sheldon Brown web site and can't find anything on a single speed hub. I'll continue my search, but for the mean time I'll keep at the "fix up" job. The paint is peeled off about 30% of the fenders so I'm not sure if I'll re paint or not. Thanks again.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Robin Hood posted by: Tina Payne on 7/22/2000 at 8:51:18 PM
I just picked up a Robin Hood girl's bike from my mom'a house. I don't know anything about it really. It has a Sturmy Archer rear hub, coaster brake. It has a logo with an 'R' it on the pedals and handle bar mount. It is blue adn has "Robin Hood' on the chain guard. Can anyone tell me anything about this one????







BALLOON:   girl's western flyer ?60's posted by: Margaret on 7/22/2000 at 7:49:00 PM
Am trying to identify age and value of a good condition, balloon tire with flowers, girl's western flyer bike, I think maybe 60's. It has "cycles fietse written on emblem and the numbers are 20493 65 and 564-048. Any info would be appreciated.It also has the original bell with Am.flag







BALLOON:   what year? posted by: A.J. on 7/22/2000 at 8:07:38 AM
serial no B 628839 on bottom of crank set cant find no in serial lists,bike is black and creme,locking springer phantom head lite,painted fenders,9 hole rear rack like a panther but has differant reflector and mounting area,has front and rear drum brakes,looks like chainguard said streamlinner,any info is appriciated







WANTED:   stainless fenders posted by: a.j. on 7/21/2000 at 9:59:54 PM
WTB pair fo stainless fenders for jaguar also need info on obtaining jaguar blue paint and 58 phantom blue paint thank you







AGE / VALUE:   date ? posted by: sam on 7/21/2000 at 12:21:09 PM
I'm trying to date a schwinn girls frame.Number is on the bottom bracket and starts whith what looks like the letter " I" could this be an "L" ?I can't find an "I" on the chart The # is I75511. Any Ideas on this one?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   date ? posted by Gordon on 7/21/2000 at 7:28:32 PM
Schwinn didn't use "I" or "O" to avoid confusion with the numbers one and zero. If your serial number is located under the crank housing, I would guess it is pre August 1948 since that number doesn't appear on the charts. If it was located on the left rear dropout above the rear axle, it would be a 1954. Does it have a feather chainguard and if so, does the rear of the chainguard have a notch in it where it goes behind the seat stay?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   date ? posted by sam on 7/22/2000 at 6:26:14 PM
Thinks Gordon,this was a bare frame I picked up to build a cruzer out of.the only thing left on the frame was the paint.The only other thing I can tell is where the head badge was the holes are for a small badge(a late breeze badge was to large)






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Starlet III posted by: Alan on 7/20/2000 at 11:39:06 AM
Does anyone know how much a Schwinn Starlet III in good condition with almost all original parts is worth? Also, I'd like to know when it was made. Thanks.







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn corvette posted by: kurt on 7/18/2000 at 5:43:22 PM
i am having trouble finding a nut to fit on a 1964 sturmey 3 speed hub. my local bike shop couldn't even help. also, is this bike considered a middleweight or what? how can i find an owners manual for my bike?


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn corvette posted by JD on 7/19/2000 at 6:52:41 AM
Your Schwinn Corvette is a Middleweight bike (MW bikes have 1.75 " tires). If this ad does not locate the parts you need, try the Schwinn forums at www.schwinn.com.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn corvette posted by Gordon on 7/19/2000 at 7:57:23 AM
I'm sure I have those axle nuts. I'll email you directly this evening.






BALLOON:   THUNDERJET BIKE posted by: Christina St.Amour on 7/17/2000 at 9:19:49 AM
Does anyone know anything about this bike? So far, not a lot of clues. Bike is from early 60's (a guess), turquoise blue/green, boys bike with 2-tube frame, front/rear fenders, front has chrome spring rack, rear aerodynamic-looking rack, chain guard says "SUPER DELUXE". Found it in basement of my apt. bldg. where it spent several years. Not even sure where to look for a serial #. Any ideas about this bike?


   RE:BALLOON:   THUNDERJET BIKE posted by Jeff Stone on 7/18/2000 at 7:15:54 AM
Look in the picture database and get back to us. It might be a Murray.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   S-7 rim & Fender for Schwinn Typhoon posted by: JMohr on 7/16/2000 at 11:28:08 PM
I recently bought an early 60s Typhoon from my local junkyard for a few dollars, but it is missing several parts and I have no idea where I can start looking. It is missing the painted front rim and painted fender and the badge; the pedals and grips may need replacing, too. Where can I start looking for these parts? Thanks!


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   S-7 rim & Fender for Schwinn Typhoon posted by Gordon on 7/17/2000 at 12:53:23 PM
I have those pieces, perhaps not the color you need, but maybe you intend to repaint anyway.