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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by: Robert on 1/22/2002 at 3:07:48 AM
This guy has a web site. I have been to to shop in San Diego, Ca. This guy "Dave" has a ton of old bikes and parts for sale. I have bought a variety of parts off him, for a decent price. He even has an original Harley Davidson Bicycle from the late teens or early twenties. If you get a chance to stop by, check him out.


   RE:MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by Robert on 1/22/2002 at 3:19:41 AM
Sorry for the double message. System was wacked out.

   RE:MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by Stacey on 1/22/2002 at 10:37:49 AM
Do you have the URL for the site?

   RE:MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by Joel on 1/22/2002 at 2:56:17 PM
Prices on the website are quite high.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles posted by Robert on 1/24/2002 at 12:48:43 AM
It's rustyspokes.com Yes his online prices are high, however I find hard to get parts for a fair price at the store. Check it out if your in the area.






AGE / VALUE:   Monarch Silverking posted by: Thomas on 1/20/2002 at 10:58:31 PM
I found what I believe is a 60's model girls silverking. It is complete and in very good condition{I rode it and it rode like a new bike)It has the horn and light and it is in working order. I allready have a few old bikes but I may consider buying this to resale. Is it worth the $100.00 and what do you think real market value may be?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Monarch Silverking posted by JimW. on 1/25/2002 at 8:25:49 AM
I'm no pricing expert, but it's hard for you to go too wrong at $100, if it's the shape you've described. Old girl's bikes are worth less than the boy's because they're not as rare, and they're not macho machines. But they're usually in better shape than boy's models of the same vintage. Silver Kings are nice machines. If you like it, and have a wife or daughter who would appreciate it, snap it up. I'm sure it's nicer than a new "retro-style" cruiser, and cheaper, probably. I'm not sure how much profit there would be if you resold it. A lot of people appreciate Silver Kings, so you might make out OK in spite of the bike's gender.






FOR SALE:   Never used 20" balloon tire fenders posted by: Chip on 1/19/2002 at 4:15:00 AM
I have a new (nos) set of chrome 20" balloon tire fenders
I bought them and now can't use them.I am asking what I paid
for them,$20 plus shipping.Please email for pictures or questions
Thanks,Chip


   RE:FOR SALE:   Never used 20 posted by Chip on 1/19/2002 at 1:10:08 PM
I would also be willing to trade for a rear 20" bike fender
like the ones off a swing bike.Or one that is close to it and
in good shape.I am restoring a swing bike and that is the last
thing I need.Thanks






BALLOON:   What do I have? posted by: mike on 1/18/2002 at 9:43:10 PM
What kind of bicyle do I have?

It is a navy blue cantilever frame with a toolbox in the tank (there is a small door that can open and close.
It has a torpedo style white headlight (dd batteries).
The fenders are a matching blue but also have cream colored triangular pattern painted over the blue. This pattern extends from the bottom of each fender and comes up to a point about five inches from the bottom. The fork has similar markings with the same cream color.
The sprocket has no fancy characteristics; rather it is a circle within a circle. There is no chain guard.
Also, the carrier is bracketed straight onto the seat shaft. It has no curvature as it meets the seat. There are nine small openings in the carrier. It has a hole in the back of it where a reflector should go.

I do not have a serial number yet because I have not sandblasted the bottom of the frame. Is this # important?

This bike was given to my father on his 8th birthday in 1940 by his father. My instincts tell me that this is not a 1940 frame but rather something from 35'-39'. I also believe that it might be a Schwinn. I am correct? If yes, what model is this? What year?

There are some small parts that are missing (reflectors etc.). Thank you.


   RE:BALLOON:   What do I have? posted by Andrew on 1/19/2002 at 2:41:45 AM
Sounds like it might be a schwinn, 1938 was their first cantilever frames, look for the initials 'AS' for Arnald - Schwinn on the seat post clamp bolt. I believe the serial # is under the crank casing on a late thirties schwinn.

   RE:BALLOON:   What do I have? posted by Mike on 1/31/2002 at 3:05:30 AM
I recovered the serial number on the bicylce. It is "SC 42944". Does this help I.D. it?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   What do I have? posted by mike on 1/31/2002 at 3:10:26 AM
I have pistures of the bike in the restoration process. Leave an e-mail address where I can send them. Thank you.






AGE / VALUE:   Spokes for Balloon Rim posted by: Tom on 1/18/2002 at 8:50:19 PM
Does anyone have NOS spokes for old Balloon tire bikes. I need 270mm length in a heavy duty spoke maybe 12's or 13's. I will need 75 or so. I will take 150 if you have and pass 75 to a friend.







FOR SALE:   F/S Schwinn D97X 1947-48 posted by: Peter on 1/18/2002 at 3:06:46 PM
For sale ... Schwinn Boys D97X Complete Ballon type Bike, Completely Original!It is Ridablein it's current condition! Red & White in Color, in Excellent Shape for it's age. The Bike has A Skip Tooth Sweetheart Sprocket, Correct #8 Torrington Pedals, Beautiful Headbadge that says Century ... Arnold Schwinn ... I was told it is a 1947-48. The serial # is located on the frame directly under the crank. The Paint has a gloss finish but, does have the usual chips and scratches. The rear wheel does have 2 rust areas, that show in the photos ... Please e mail me for photos, and I will send it to you. You can E Mail me at barney97@warwick.net. The bike is located in New Jersey, Passaic- Bergen County Area. The price is $550.00. I will be putting this bike up on E Bay soon, so don't waste time contacting me if you have an interest. Otherwise, you will have to buy it on E Bay once the Auction Starts .... this offer will only be good until then.
Thank you ...


   RE:FOR SALE:   F/S Schwinn D97X 1947-48 posted by Peter on 1/22/2002 at 1:20:18 AM
This bike is still available! If you have an interest in this type
of bike, I am looking for offers! You can contact me via-email, and
I will be happy to send you pictures in jpeg format.
thank you!

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   F/S Schwinn D97X 1947-48 posted by Peter on 1/28/2002 at 2:09:53 AM
I have posted this bike on E Bay ... if anyone is interested.
Thank you.






BALLOON:   Any info posted by: Shell B. on 1/16/2002 at 8:33:04 PM
I would like to know if anything can be known by looking at the serial numbers on Shelby bicycles. ie. year,color,model.One of them is a traveler and I can't find anything about it. One other bike I own is a Monarch Silver King hex bar is anything known about their serial numbers? Whats a good place to find photos of Shely?


   RE:BALLOON:   Any info posted by Tim Newmeyer on 1/17/2002 at 4:35:36 PM
If your Shelby bike has a plate on the bottom of it, the two numbers on it represent the year. If it has numbers stamped on the bottom of it, not much can be made from them. I collect Shelby bikes and may be able to help you with the year if you would send me some photos of it. I have a lot of photos I could send you copies of if interested.

TIM

   RE:BALLOON:   Any info posted by JimW. on 1/17/2002 at 5:57:19 PM
Leon Dixon can give you information on the hextube. oldbicycle@earthlink.net

   RE:BALLOON:   Any info posted by Shell B. on 1/17/2002 at 7:09:46 PM
Jim:I tried oldbicycle@earthlink.net and nothing came up,is their another one I could try?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Any info posted by JimW. on 1/18/2002 at 6:57:59 PM
That was Leon's E-mail address.
Here's his article from 1985, on the bike itself: http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/index8.html
The site is the National Bicycle History Archive Of America.
Leon is the curator, I think.






BALLOON:   Any info posted by: Shell B. on 1/16/2002 at 8:33:04 PM
I would like to know if anything can be known by looking at the serial numbers on Shelby bicycles. ie. year,color,model.One of them is a traveler and I can't find anything about it. One other bike I own is a Monarch Silver King hex bar is anything known about their serial numbers? Whats a good place to find photos of Shely?







BALLOON:   Any info posted by: Shell B. on 1/16/2002 at 8:33:04 PM
I would like to know if anything can be known by looking at the serial numbers on Shelby bicycles. ie. year,color,model.One of them is a traveler and I can't find anything about it. One other bike I own is a Monarch Silver King hex bar is anything known about their serial numbers? Whats a good place to find photos of Shely?







MISC:   Fire Sale 1957 X53 Western Flyer! posted by: Gary Main on 1/14/2002 at 5:38:45 AM
VGC 1957 Western Flyer complete and nearly all original.
Whats your offer RIGHT NOW NEED ANSWER ASAP>







AGE / VALUE:   Spacefliet? posted by: Thomas on 1/14/2002 at 12:29:53 AM
I have recieved another gift bicycle from a friend this one was bought at a auction. It is a girls bike with blue frame and fenders, the front is white as is all pinstripping. It has the words spaceflite on the chain guard and a M with a circle over it on the side of the forks. any Idea who made it and how old it is?
Thanks for all the past info!
Thomas


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spacefliet? posted by sam on 1/14/2002 at 1:55:32 AM
It's a Murray.






AGE / VALUE:   Hi-Way Patrol bike? posted by: Dan on 1/12/2002 at 1:35:49 PM
I picked up four old bikes today, two Schwinn Hollywoods, an English Lightweight plus one which I can't make out the name on the badge except what appears to say "Hi-Way Patrol" below an unreadable brand name. Who made this model "Hi-Way Patrol" it has a frame similar to a Schwinn Hornet and so on with a curved bar under the top tube. It is a nice 26" mens bike in good condition and rides nice for my .50 cent purchase price. The Hollywood's will be part's bikes for another Hollywood I own and the English Lightweight has a beautiful Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub. All of the above item's were a $2 find, it was a "great day" at the sale barn.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hi-Way Patrol bike? posted by sam on 1/13/2002 at 12:34:06 AM
Hi-Way Patrol---Columbia

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hi-Way Patrol bike? posted by Dan on 1/13/2002 at 2:20:29 AM
Thanks, the Columbia serial no. chart has it as a 1951 model (R285549).






BALLOON:   Can you tell what kind of bike I own posted by: Pat Croskey on 1/12/2002 at 6:24:01 AM
I found a bike in the trash and i am interested in restoring it. Can you help me identify the make and year? It has a spring suspension in front, the cain sprocket is a skip tooth that looks just like the one in the definition section of this site under 'skip tooth" (5 harts on the sprocket),26 x 2.125 tires,22 to 35 lbs.,Ser. # by the left side rear axle is A94252, New Departure coaster. The bike does not have chain gaurd, proper handle bars,fenders, or tank and has some rust along with a brushed on repaint. Is it worth restoring? Thanks for any info that you can provide .


   RE:BALLOON:   Can you tell what kind of bike I own posted by Wings on 1/12/2002 at 7:16:12 AM
A94252 on left rear fork = Schwinn, Made on January 8, 1952.
Skip tooth chainring indicates an older bike prior to 1950 or in early 50's. You have a SWEETHEART Chainring which is very nice.
New Departure was from that period which is awesome!
Springer: Do you see an "AS" on the bolts? A place for a key on the springer?
Rims: Are the chromed? Are they flat? Do they have two lines of little hash marks around the rim? If yes they should be stamped: "SChwinn S2 Tubular" Which would be great!
Rims: Could also be high in the center and slope off to the sides and may be painted or chromed. This would be what is called a "Drop center rim".
Frame: Describe the frame!
a. You could have a cantilever frame! That looks like the current beach cruisers. A curved bar on top with two parallel smaller bars underneath.
b. You could have a curved bar on top with a straight bar below it.
c. Maybe you have a curved bar on top and a slightly curved bar below it!

It sounds like you have a bike from the era of: Phantom, Panther, Hornet, Spitfire, etc. It depends on your frame style.

Wow, I think that is an awesome find! Gently rub some of the top coat paint away and see if you find some pinstripes and colors!

Oh, I assume all the intersections of frame tubes are smooth and rounded -- no square joints. Right?






FOR SALE:   Better if we knew what they go onto. posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/11/2002 at 12:30:44 AM
Well after all thoise years of hearing "No, I'll take them to the club meet, somebody will want them for a rerstoration" They are mine. Now what are they to? I don't know. They are for 26 inch, very likely pretty old Schwinn, black, with reflector, they are wonderful fenders with the Schwinn ducktail. No dents, does not need a fender doctor, not this set. I like them, but have no need for them. To what they go on I can only guess. Now I have to look at pictures till I know. They were too nice to leave.
Both sides come up to a peak in the middle, kind of.

Perhaps Shelby? I don't know enough to say what they may be.
What is a set of origonal fenders going for these days?
Oh the joy of vintage mystery parts!


   RE:FOR SALE:   Better if we knew what they go onto. posted by sam on 1/11/2002 at 3:00:47 AM
Saw one schwinn with peaked finders--pre war with no kick stand ,but don't remember anymore on it.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Better if we knew what they go onto. posted by sam on 1/11/2002 at 3:02:44 AM
Didn't schwinn build some Roadmasters?

   RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Better if we knew what they go onto. posted by Wings on 1/12/2002 at 7:19:00 AM
Christopher -- I have seen those fenders but not on a Schwinn!

    Mystery balloon fernders (old) posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/13/2002 at 5:30:33 PM
Stupid me! I didn't describe the braces to you! Flat with a "washer" at the ends, two sets of flat braces that come together.

   RE: Mystery balloon fernders (old) posted by sam on 1/14/2002 at 1:58:07 AM
Flat braces----Sounds pre-war to me!

   RE:RE: Mystery balloon fernders (old) posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/14/2002 at 5:53:25 PM
Now they're post- garage attic, pre- sold or pre- reused. Not having the proper bike to stick them on, I am pre-vented from using them.
They're nice! I brought back a ton of fender braces. Finally I said "That's it!" I picked up every one, went on in there with boxes and boxes and picked up every one. The seller looked at me asking why I wanted so many.
I said I was sick of seeing them and they were hiding some other treasures i learned after clearing them out. I got 'em cheap, they had so many of them too. I'm too stupid to know what 85% of them go to. Balloon fender braces, post war. Some flat braces possibly.






AGE / VALUE:   For Sale: Schwinn Jaguar Mark 4 Chainguard posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/11/2002 at 12:02:51 AM
This part is better off on your bike than on my wall!
Who needs a chainguard for a Schwinn Jaguar Mark 4? Black paint and chrome. Good shape $30.00 plus ship

Nothing irritates like missing parts on a bike. I looked up and thought "Somewhere there is a bike that needs this chainguard!" But where? Now you watch, if I can't get rid of this part soon, it'll make me want to pick up a black Schwinn Jaguar bike. And I don't need to be doing that. It's like it bit me when I picked it up. Now all of a sudden, I'm hypnotized. "You want to have a Schwinn Jaguar, you like the look of this bike, you want it Chris...."

So please e- mail me before I succumb and slip down into balloon tire bikes again. I can't hep it it's a cool looking chainguard and the bike has a horn tank and they look so neat.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:Sold posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 1/13/2002 at 5:32:53 PM
Im saved! I traded it. Already I feel like I don't want a Schwinn Jaguar anymore.