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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   wards hawthorne bike posted by: Danny Stumbo on 11/23/2002 at 8:52:10 PM
I have just found a Wards Hawthorne Mens bike with tank horn and light. bike has no springer. It did have a 1942 Huntington WVa. bicycle tag on it. Serial # K-4414. Number under crank. Color is maroon and white. Has rear carrier with reflector. Is this a 1941 or 1942 bike?







AGE / VALUE:   pictures posted by: Kevin on 11/22/2002 at 8:01:02 PM
How do you post a picture to find out the make and year of a bike?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   pictures posted by sam on 11/23/2002 at 4:05:35 AM
Kevin,you need to place the photo on file at a photo server site.try http://www.onebigvillage.com/ click on the spot at the top in black that says photo hosting.after you get signed up the instructions are easy ,you put the photo in and copy the link to it.






BALLOON:   Age of my Hawthorne posted by: Chris Galassi on 11/22/2002 at 4:29:18 AM
I just picked up a Hawthorne with serial # G03952 Does anyone have a way to tell the year of manufacture? It has a small CW stamped on the bottom bracket maybe for cleavland welding? from the looks of the fenders and rack i would guess its a 1939 or 40 but the head badge is riveted on the top and bottom instead of on the sides like i normally see. Any info would be appreciated.


   RE:BALLOON:   Age of my Hawthorne posted by Joel on 11/23/2002 at 3:32:10 PM
It sounds like a Cleveland Welding Co bike. There's no serial number info for these. Post a picture.






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star - How old? posted by: Kris on 11/20/2002 at 5:57:37 AM
I recently bought a Schwinn "Flying Star" for a first-time restoration project. The serial number is F118406 and I would love to know its age and when made as I will be needing parts. Lots of parts.

Thanks to you all, Kris


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star - How old? posted by Joel on 11/20/2002 at 8:42:27 PM
Have a look here. I think that's a 61 number. Check the location.

http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes1.html

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star - How old? posted by Kris on 11/22/2002 at 1:40:45 AM
Hi Joel and thank you for your help. I agree that this is a 1961 model. Also, I have downloaded the site for future reference. Again, thank you!






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Is this a Spaceliner or Flightliner? posted by: Tom Findley on 11/19/2002 at 1:44:52 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=735414652

The frame looks more like the Flightliner than Spaceliner.
Did trhe Flightliner frame come in chrome?
Is this put together from parts?
No decals anywhere.


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Is this a Spaceliner or Flightliner? posted by Joel on 11/19/2002 at 5:42:24 PM
Hi Tom,
Yes, that is a Flightliner and it looks to be correct best I can tell from the pix. The deluxe 'Diamond Jubilee' model had a chrome frame with red tank. Should say Flightliner on the guard.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Is this a Spaceliner or Flightliner? posted by MEAN on 11/20/2002 at 4:48:12 AM
Ive got that exact bike but mine is a spaceliner..its on the chainguard...from what I could gather its a 66...if your the one who bought that one you got a great deal...one sold for a 700+ earlier in the year and didnt look quite as good......I get alot of compliments when I ride mine...too bad the weathers getting crappy here....see ya on the road

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Is this a Spaceliner or Flightliner? posted by Ken on 11/20/2002 at 7:45:27 PM
We bought a chrome deluxe Flightliner in 63; this is the same frame. It came with a Bendix red-band 2-speed. There's a catalog reprint of that year model in Evolution (vol. 2 I think). Original grips and saddle were white in 63, and saddle should have a grab rail. Handlebars were more cowhorn than these, if my impression from the photo is right. Rear rack should have a 2-C cell taillight underneath. No decals (and no headbadge); when you strip it down it's an anonymous Murray. I was unaware of any Spaceliner on this frame, and judging from the Oldroads picture database I remain to be convinced that this isn't Spaceliner hardware on a Flightliner frame. Convince me.






MISC:   paint posted by: matt on 11/19/2002 at 4:21:48 AM
I was wondering where a good shop to buy auto paint in ca around orange county thanks


   RE:MISC:   paint posted by a friend on 11/19/2002 at 4:23:53 PM
Matt, check out the yellow pages for your area. You also need too know what you need in order too meet your needs. Take plenty of money; this stuff ain't cheap.

   RE:MISC:   paint posted by Don on 11/21/2002 at 11:57:27 PM
I would suggest Thompson Lacquer on Harbor Blvd. I think it's in Santa ana/GG. Great place, run ya broke, haha Hope this helps

   RE:RE:MISC:   paint posted by JimW. on 11/22/2002 at 7:22:56 AM
Yeah, that's the truth. Last time I bought auto paint, it cost $60 for a quart. And that wasn't anything special, just a General Motors blue metallic. That's why I prefer spray cans. The set-up is easier, and none of that gun clean-up afterward, either. For those thinking of painting with a spray gun, I recommend a jamb (touch-up) gun. It's smaller and better suited to spraying bikes. Cheap, too. You can get one at Sears for about $20.

   RE:MISC:   paint posted by MNSmith on 11/26/2002 at 7:01:27 AM
Westminster Paints. Westminster Ave just east of Brookhurst ( at least I think it's Brookhurst. ) Bug the guy in there about the Schwinn paint codes. He said he has them but couldn't find them the last time I was there. Get some of that Cobalt Blue!

www.bunchobikes.com






MUSCLE BIKES:   CCM INFO posted by: D. Gladden on 11/18/2002 at 4:03:59 PM
Hi All
Looking to date CCM SunSport: Ancient Shimano 3-speed hub, light copper-tone paint, generic side-pull brakes. Really spiffy chainwheel with CCM built in. Bought it used (cheap) weighs a ton but handles great.
Any ideas of when they made this model?
Thanks for any info







MISC:   Color chart posted by: matt on 11/18/2002 at 4:40:19 AM
i was wondering if any one knows where i could find a color chart for schwinns in the 50's or 60's thanks







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Huffy - Silver Jet posted by: Hound on 11/18/2002 at 12:56:24 AM
HUFFY: I bought a Ladies 26" Huffy Silver Jet, Chrome frame, spring type book carrier with a 2-D cell battery operated tail light attached. I believe it to be a 1960's bike.

It has 2 holes in the front of the head tube, which makes me assume it had a tank and head light on the front. Possibly could be where a badge went, but I am in doubt.

Can anybody give me any information on this bike??? Thanks.







AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Good Vibrations posted by: Frank on 11/17/2002 at 9:29:54 PM
I could sure use some help on manufacture date on a Huffy Good Vibrations balloon tire bike S/N HC7218176. Are there any lists of Huffy serial numbers. Thanks so much for your help.I LOVE THIS WEB SIGHT !!!







AGE / VALUE:   columbia multi speed crank bike posted by: Danny Stumbo on 11/16/2002 at 6:46:29 PM
Did Columbia manufacture a balloon tire bicycle that had a mutiple speed crank set? Not a rear hub.It was controlled fron the handle bars. This bicycle is a very old Columbia.

Thanks
Danny


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia multi speed crank bike posted by sam on 11/16/2002 at 7:14:56 PM
there was an attachmant that bolted to the BB which made a bike a 3-speed.Dana I think was the manufacture,and again,I think,1970 or there abouts was when they were built.Could be added to any bike. Check to see if it's one of these.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia multi speed crank bike posted by Ken on 11/18/2002 at 7:38:49 PM
hey sam, could you describe this mystery gadget in detail please? You've got me curious. Thanks.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia multi speed crank bike posted by Joel on 11/19/2002 at 5:36:05 PM
I have an old Dana transmission. It has a big bulky black metal housing that goes where the sprocket would be and two cables operated by a grip shifter.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia multi speed crank bike posted by Cal on 11/20/2002 at 2:34:33 PM
Didn't Spicer make one, too?
Also, have you seen those (silly) "AutoBikes" that use centrifical force to shift automatically? There are weights on the rear spokes which change the derailleur position.
They have a front crank that is also a freewheel.






AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Grand Trophy posted by: Amanda on 11/15/2002 at 2:44:26 PM
I was given a western flyer Grand Trophy by a man in his sixties when I was eleven. I was told it was his first bike. It is a maroon color with Grand Trophy on the chain cover. It has a front mud flap, use to have a head light, and its serial number is A870709930. It says made it tiawan but has the words Bendix 405 76 Mexico near the back tire! please help! thank you!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Grand Trophy posted by Joel on 11/15/2002 at 3:30:36 PM
Hmmm, The Bendix hub made in Mexico and the taiwan sticker make this sound like a 1970s bike. These parts could have been replaced.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Grand Trophy posted by a friend on 11/15/2002 at 4:53:47 PM
Amanda, Joel is right about the era of some of the parts in question, maybe the whole bike; who knows? You also need too know that when something is given to you, or sold; sometimes it comes with a story, or with some kind of history. It doesn't matter one way or another, you got the bike. Now if you want too know if the bike you have is worth a small fortune; look around you and see what is mostly desired, or being sought after, that will shed some light on your question. Try e bay and look around and that will also give you more information. Enjoy your bike thats worth something.






AGE / VALUE:   What Year were these models produced posted by: John Metz on 11/15/2002 at 5:33:34 AM
I have a boys Murray Jet Fire and a girls Murray Skybolt. They
appear to be early 60s models. Does anyone know what year or
years these were produced?







MISC:   question posted by: matt on 11/15/2002 at 5:31:00 AM
When did schwinn come out with the springer front end and when did they quit using it


   RE:MISC:   question posted by Todd on 11/16/2002 at 4:07:11 AM
I believe that the springer fork was first introduced in the 40's with the deluxe B6 which was the big brother to the phantom. I cant recall the actuall year but Arnold himself put the patten(sp?)on the springer. Many tried to copy it but everybody loved the schwinn "Knee-action"

   RE:RE:MISC:   question posted by Todd on 11/16/2002 at 4:10:34 AM
The year was 1938.

   RE:MISC:   question posted by todd on 11/16/2002 at 4:12:35 AM
The year was 1938.:)

   RE:MISC:   question posted by Todd on 11/16/2002 at 4:14:25 AM
I believe that the springer fork was first introduced in the 40's with the deluxe B6 which was the big brother to the phantom. I cant recall the actuall year but Arnold himself put the patten(sp?)on the springer. Many tried to copy it but everybody loved the schwinn "Knee-action"

   RE:RE:MISC:   question posted by Ken on 11/18/2002 at 7:43:12 PM
One of the books about early Schwinns reprinted an original design sketch for the springer. Anybody remember seeing this?






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Firestone Warrior (Girl) posted by: Ken Purkiss on 11/15/2002 at 1:04:34 AM
Have a Girl's Firestone Warrior with chrome fenders Serial # 2 w 88419 / 5673. Would like to know year and any other info regarding this bike it belonged to the mother of a friend of mine. Thanks.