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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   1956? LADIES SCHWINN SPITFIRE posted by: FIREMAN ART on 9/8/2001 at 8:41:56 PM
I HAVE A WOMENS SPITFIRE SERIAL NUMBER V45916 THAT I AM TRYING TO FIND THE VALUE ON. IT APPEARS TO BE ALL ORIGINAL, RED WITH THE ORIGINAL SEAT AND GRIPS. IT HAS A LUCIFER BABY 800 GENERATOR DRIVEN FRONT AND REAR LIGHT SYSTEM THAT BOTH WORK. THE REAR HUB IS A 2 SPEED BENDIX WITH A SHIFT LEVER ON THE HANDLE BARS AND A BENDIX COASTER BRAKE. GOODYAER EAGLE 134 TIRES, FRONT FENDER RACK, AND REAR FENDER BASKETS THAT APPEAR TO HAVE COME WITH THE BIKE. THERE IS SOME OLD CLOTH TAPE HOLDING THE WIRES TO THE LIGHTS ONTO THE FRAME. EVERYTHING WORKS ON THIS BIKE. THE PAINT IS A BIT FADED WITH SOME CHIPS AROUND THE SEAT AND CHAIN STAYS. ANY IDEAS?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1956? LADIES SCHWINN SPITFIRE posted by Doug on 9/9/2001 at 4:40:58 AM
This bike should fetch two to three hundred depending on how bad someone wants it; sounds like a great bike!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1956? LADIES SCHWINN SPITFIRE posted by FIREMAN ART on 9/9/2001 at 11:05:38 AM
THAT HELPS. ANYBODY WANT IT?






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   chrome cleaning magic posted by: cindy dmn on 9/8/2001 at 12:16:41 PM
I have been restoring vintage motorcycles for more years than I am allowed to say in public and have learned the greatest chrome cleaning trick. Aluminum foil and WD40 or Dawn dish washing soap or any good cleaner. It is softer than the chrome and won't scratch it. Doesn't matter whether you use the shiny side or the dull side. Spray the area and hand a piece of foil to a friend and watch the amazement on their face. I call it "Tom Sawyer Effect" It works so fast and so good, they don't want to stop and thus you have your fence white washed. It really saves your knuckles when cleaning rims with spokes. Hope it helps
Cindy DMN







WANTED:   26" Schwinn chrome M/W fenders posted by: Randy on 9/8/2001 at 10:38:38 AM
Looking for Schwinn middleweight chrome fenders for a Jaguar. Also need things like brakes,(Weinmann 1020's)and a B/W 'S' seat. If you have anything, please write me at rvb@ids.net


   RE:WANTED:   26 posted by Derek on 9/8/2001 at 2:23:03 PM
I have a Blk/wht *S* seat, fenders and a 3 speed S-7 (with a new tire) All that came off of a black Schwinn jag. I converted it to a single speed bike and changed a few other key parts.
If interested mail me.







AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Schwinn posted by: Lindsay on 9/7/2001 at 1:36:24 PM
I bouught an old schwinn at a garage sale. It has about 8 layers of paint on it. There is a number on the bottom between the pedals, it is Z52213. The Schwinn emblem on the front is a picture of an airplane (very small on the top of the oval) and a train looking symbol. Any help would be appreciated. The bike is a womens model, and had fenders, and a chain guard that look like they are alot newer than the bike. IF any one can tell me what the original seat was, and where I might be able to find a suitable replacement that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Lindsay








   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Schwinn posted by James on 9/7/2001 at 5:27:54 PM
Hello there.
If it is a 3 speed bike and you want to know the year of it all sturmy archer hubs have a date month and year stamped on the rear hub right by the sturmy archer emblem. If it is spray painted a little gasoline and a rag and plenty of wiping should bring it down to the original color without damaging the original paint. The reason I say this is because I found a Schwinn Slik Chik and it had been painted black. I tried the gas trick and it worked for me. I am sure there are other ways but that is the one I used and it worked.

Good Luck!

James

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Schwinn posted by sam on 9/7/2001 at 5:52:30 PM
Lindsay,The trains and plans headbadge(I really like that badge)should put the bike late 40s or earler(maybe pre-war).Sounds like a good bike for a starter restoration.Most girls models were blue with ivory(cream)accents.For a good seat I'd look at www.jacksonsaddles.com

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Schwinn posted by sam on 9/7/2001 at 5:53:08 PM
Lindsay,The trains and plans headbadge(I really like that badge)should put the bike late 40s or earler(maybe pre-war).Sounds like a good bike for a starter restoration.Most girls models were blue with ivory(cream)accents.For a good seat I'd look at www.jacksonsaddles.com






AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by: James The Re-Cycler on 9/7/2001 at 1:33:26 PM
Hello.

I have a bicycle from sears and robuck and the serial# is as follows
MOD 502 16772
There is also some large stamped #on the crank hanger also but they lookk to be a bike reg # the # is
189741
any information on this would be greatly appreciated! I also have a skip tooth bike it is a womans bike but alas the frame seems to be bent. Who made the skip tooth ballon tire bikes?

Thanks sooooo much

James







AGE / VALUE:   western flyer tandem posted by: James the RE-CYCLER on 9/7/2001 at 1:07:55 PM
Hello there. I have a few "classic bikes including a western flyer tandem does anyone know where I can find out info on these bikes I have? I have quite the few "old" ones. Any info will be greatly appreciated
Thanks
James







AGE / VALUE:   Chasing the winds posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 9/7/2001 at 12:12:19 PM
Behind all the crap in front, a old skip tooth balloon tire bike of unknown origin with the coolest front fork ever seen is hiding. I shone the flashlight in there and couldn't make out the name.
Today was a good day, but still more of his "annoying- as- all- get- out" It's too hot, it'll have to wait until I'm dead, No! Theres too much stuff to move, type attitude. It was missing wheels anyway. It's stil there, what can I do? he's ornery!

Another project dead ended with the following after 6 months of pursuing it: "We like your idea of a web page and if you wish to do this I can put it on my site. As to what happened to the bike, cousin Angie thinks it wound up in a dump somewhere. (Al this after an admission there were two bikes and "What one are you referring to?) but that's just my speculation, mind you.( I loved this part, after 6 months he still can't ask family and find out one way or another! I feel strung along. I,ve already got the elephant to do the Charlston in the first place with this guy!
All I wanted to know was "Is this still around in the family? (Yes or No) and if so, will you part with it? (Yes or No) The end answer was vague and encouraging but not so much at the same time.

These are not bike people, so they don't care and don't understand.

All the twists and turns, the trail goes stone cold and then somebody else knows more about it and I sit taking notes and then it heats up again!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chasing the winds posted by sam on 9/7/2001 at 5:09:58 PM
Maybe he knows............if he lets you take the bike.........you'll never come back.---sam






BALLOON:   Correct Seat for 1948 Schwinn DX posted by: Rick on 9/6/2001 at 10:14:22 AM
Hello Balloon Tire experts,

I have a 1948 Schwinn DX. What is the correct seat, and grips for that matter, for this bike. Part numbers and detailed descriptions would be sincerely appreciated.

Rick







AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by: John on 9/5/2001 at 8:11:31 PM
I have a Schwinn Wasp that I acquired at a yard sale. It appears to be original paint with spots of rust about a pinhead size all aobut the frame(where there may be nicks in paint(???). It has original decals with headbadge. tires are dry-rotted but whitewall. Should clean-up ok as is.Is it worth restoring and possibe value please. Has Springer front end, flared fenders. serial #A03199. year and month and value if possible.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by Joel on 9/6/2001 at 8:22:22 AM
January 1960.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by Gordon on 9/6/2001 at 12:32:12 PM
Whereabouts on the frame is the serial number located?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by rickey on 9/6/2001 at 2:34:12 PM
left reardrop out

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by Gordon on 9/6/2001 at 9:18:48 PM
I'd say August 1953.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by goob on 9/7/2001 at 7:26:56 AM
According to the Antique Classic Bicycle list it would be an Aug. 1953 model. The 60's had 6 numbers.






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Wasp posted by: John on 9/5/2001 at 8:11:31 PM
I have a Schwinn Wasp that







AGE / VALUE:   Mead Ranger Ad posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 9/5/2001 at 9:34:46 AM
From an Advertisement from 1928.

Rider Agents wanted:
Select from 44 styles, colors and sizes of Ranger Bicycles. Ride and exibit sample Ranger and make money. Delivered free, express prepaid, on Aproval. $5. a month on any Ranger desired. Write today for our marvelous prices and Easy payment terms.
Tires, Lamps,horns,wheels,parts,equipment,and repairs at half usual price. Bicycles from 21.50 and up.
Mead Cycle Co. Dept.T-183 Chicago

I have been having a blast looking thru all these ancient magazines I found at the sale cheap. This is the only bicycle ad I have found this far.







AGE / VALUE:   Information on bike posted by: Brian Duckworth on 9/5/2001 at 5:49:38 AM
Found a old bicycle, with "Ward Hawthorn" on the tag. Can someone tell me more about it? Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Information on bike posted by Gordon on 9/5/2001 at 8:42:18 PM
Manufactured for and sold by Montgomery Wards store. Who made it is dependent on the year of manufacture. Early ones were made by Cleveland Welding. Look in the picture database under Wards or Hawthorne for a similar bike.






AGE / VALUE:   real old girl's schwinn posted by: jerryd on 9/3/2001 at 11:23:45 AM
I have a very old schwinn girls bike in my basement. The serial number appears to be F34019. It's obviously been painted over. The tires are dry but not bald -other than that, appears to be fine. It has only coaster brakes. The handlebars, which are a bit pitted, have the schwinn grips. and there is a very old horn which still works It has a very unusual rear rack, obviously not original to the bike, made of pressed chrome plated steel and decorated with small reflectors set in steel bezels, like jewels and attached with wingnuts. Pretty fancy. It's in good shape except for some surface pitting. I'm just throwing this in here in the hopes that someone will be able to tell me something. I need to move, and would like to get rid of it.Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   real old girl's schwinn posted by JOEL on 9/4/2001 at 10:04:33 AM
Can you send a picture?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   real old girl's schwinn posted by T-Bone on 9/5/2001 at 4:41:03 PM
It's a 1963 in the month of june.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   real old girl's schwinn posted by GOOB on 9/7/2001 at 7:32:12 AM
where is the number located. Could be a 52 model the 60's had 6 numbers.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What year made? posted by: Don Brown on 9/2/2001 at 8:04:40 PM
I have a complete all orignal WESTPOINT (sold by TRUE VALUE Hardware Stores)Made by MURREY. Rear brake is BENDEX 70. The bike is Olive Green with 2 yellow stripes down each side of the (doghouse) fenders. On a (1)to (10)this bike is an easy (8) The Ser# M356865 (on LR Lug) Any help would be appreciated. Don Brown,Dayton Ohio







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   who made it posted by: Rich on 9/2/2001 at 4:42:48 PM
I have a bike that has thunderjet apitcher of a jet and american made on its front badge,and super deluxe on the chain gard.It also has a jet on the tank can anyone tell me who made it. thanks


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   who made it posted by sam on 9/4/2001 at 1:35:16 PM
Huffy used a jet on their bikes and so did AMF roadmaster.What does the sprocket look like?

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   who made it posted by Rich on 9/5/2001 at 3:39:49 PM
The sprocket has small and large holes