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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins bike posted by: Cathy McGaughy on 4/17/2002 at 8:21:40 PM
I was given a J.C. Higgins bike 1952 I believe how do you date these bikes serial numbers under pedal casing. It is in perfect condition except needs new leather saddle,can these be redone? It also was painted very badly I have someone to fix that it also has schwinn typhoon tires that are still holding air what year did those come out? Shoul I rechrome the handlebars? Thanks for all the help if any I have just become interested in vintage bikes............


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins bike posted by Joel on 4/18/2002 at 5:59:14 PM
Hi Kathy,
There are no serial number records avalable that I know of. There is a good reference book for Elgin,JC Higgins,and Hawthorne bikes by Hurd & Gordon. Yes, your seat can be recovered. Just remove the 3 nuts that hold the base on and it will come apart. It takes a little practice to get it perfect. You can probably find a handlebar cheaper than rechroming.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins bike posted by sam on 4/21/2002 at 1:53:17 AM
Kathy , joel is right the seat is easy to recover.use the cheep vinyl and heat it with your hair dryer.It will get soft and easy to work the wrinkles out.






AGE / VALUE:   Adult Tricycle posted by: Tim on 4/17/2002 at 3:31:26 PM
Did Firestone ever produce a balloon tire adult tricycle?
Years? Value/Price?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.







BALLOON:   Columbia Men's Bike posted by: Fred A on 4/15/2002 at 2:51:21 AM
Hi All.......

I bought a mens 1951 straightbar 26" Columbia bike, serial no. R274149 at the Copake Auction in NY on Friday. Bike is all there, but needs to be restored. Best part about it is that it has a locking front fork with the original key. Worst part is that it will need a paint job. My question is, does anybody have any idea as to what model this could possibly be? The chainguard is all chrome and appears to be original because of its beautiful curved shape and almost letter"C" on the extreme bottom right. Chainguard is also grooved from front to back. Bike also has truss rods, no springer. Seat needs to be recovered also, so if anybody has an idea as to where to begin looking for info on this, I'd appreciate that also.

So.......anybody willing to solve this mystery for me?

Thanks in advance,
Fred A


   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia Men's Bike posted by Cal on 4/17/2002 at 1:09:27 PM
Step 1: look at the Columbias in the picture database to narrow it down.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Columbia Men's Bike posted by Fred A on 4/18/2002 at 1:17:31 AM
Thanks Cal, but I already tried that. I checked the copies I have of The Evolution Of The Bicycle and the closest I have come is a Columbia Superb, but none have the locking fork. Now that I've seen those, the chainguard doesn't look to be original but appears to be as old as the bike is.
Thanks for your reply!






AGE / VALUE:   Indian Princess posted by: George on 4/14/2002 at 1:46:47 PM
I wonder if anyone can help me out here. I just bought what appears to be an Indian Princess bicycle for $30. I think this might have been a good deal. The head badge says Indian Princess with a portrait of an indian princess. It has a lugged step through frame with a bad white repaint(looks like it was originally blue)(is there anyway to remove the bad repaint or should I just leave it alone?). It has Dunlop 24x1&3/8 rims with presta valves and Dunlop roadstar tires, cottered cranks, a single speed coaster brake marked "Perry England" and the fenders seem a little shorter than usual. I'm hoping I made a wise investment because I had $32 for the week(might have to bike to work to save on gas this week). Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, George


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Indian Princess posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/14/2002 at 4:26:30 PM
It was made by Phillips in Birmingham, England. The fact that it's a 24 inch wheel and not a 26 inch wheel goes against you a bit. Still, you did well. There is a following for these neat bikes, quite a little bit of interest in them. It would sell for more than you gave for it. Perhaps oh, I dunno, $175.00 in there,more or less.
Look up Indian Princess in the database and ask other owners.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Identification posted by: Kerri on 4/14/2002 at 3:52:13 AM
I just came across two Western Flyers at a garage sale that look very new. They are middleweights and both have tanks. They say Sonic Flyer on the chainguards. I am wondering what the years are and if they are worth anything. The serial number on one is: P570397 and the other is M0623814. I can send pictures to whomever responds to this. Thanks!!







AGE / VALUE:   Headlight housing,lens posted by: Tim on 4/14/2002 at 2:49:48 AM
I just picked up a sears spaceliner girls bike unknown year all chrome frame fake springer turquoise tank and rack white seat with chrome crash bar white bow pedals it has a horn and light in the tank. Does anyone know the year and value of this beast? Ser.#502 469501 91394.I need a headlight housing and lens any ideas where I might find these? Thanks Tim


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headlight housing,lens posted by Tom Findley on 4/15/2002 at 5:54:27 PM
The Sears Spaceliner was made from 1964 to about 1967 or '68.
Due to misalignment of drilled holes in the housing and flimsiness, the headlight lens was the first part to break. The lens is not offered for sale by itself. You may have to buy a whole bike for the lens and missing housing. The plaxe offering Spaceliners on a regular basis is www.ebay.com. Type S[aceliner in the search box, and you can see what's available. Click on the Completed Auctions section, ad you can find what people were were willing to pay for the bikes; sometimes less than what the seller thought the bike was worth.

A bike with a missing lens sells for about $50 less than a bike with a lens.

I have looked at cast resin kits to see if I could make copies of an existing lens, but haven't tried it. The mold would have to be in 2 parts, and the lens may be too thin to make a good copy of.

http://www.trfindley.com/pgspclnr.html

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Headlight housing,lens posted by Tim on 4/16/2002 at 2:02:51 AM
Thank`s Tom I`ve never had much luck with E-bay but I will give it a try.Any ideas on what this bike may be worth?






AGE / VALUE:   Info on Ladies Roadmaster Bicycle 40's? posted by: Sharon Powell on 4/13/2002 at 5:22:31 PM
Hi - I recently purchased a Ladies Roadmaster - maybe form the 40's - don't know. The serial # is B60871. It is white and blue with red pinstriping. All original (has original headlamp, tank with horn button, package tray, rear reflector and spring seat). The only thing that is missing are the hand grips. It has no dents - very very straight and only minor surface rust on the metal. I think that one of the tires is original. Can anyone help me out with the year and value?
Also - I am heading out to the Memory Lane bicycle swap meet in Grand Rapids, Ohio in a couple of weeks - anyone been ther before? Can you tell me about it?

Thanks for any and all help! Sharon







BALLOON:   where is the serial number? posted by: Lorraine on 4/12/2002 at 10:00:41 PM
Hi! Just purchased a Schwinn Starlet111 bike from the internet. I looked it up on this website and it says it is a 1964 model. I was wondering where the serial number is located?. I looked under where the pedals are and no number there. I had a 1952 ivory and maroon balloon tire Schwinn bike when I was a kid. I loved the thing! This bike I just got is in very good condition and all the parts look to be original. It does have tires that are like new, I think they are replacements. They say Schwinn on them. Just plain black walls. The bike has very nice crome fenders and rims. Hardly any rust. Original seat purple or burgandy color and white with an S on it. Even the handle bars match with sparkles in them. I am very happy. I got this bike for $56. Can you guys help me to find the serial number? Thanks! Lorraine


   RE:BALLOON:   where is the serial number? posted by MNSmith on 4/13/2002 at 12:14:12 AM
There are two other places to look. One is the flange where the rear wheel bolts to, on the left side of the bike. The other is on the headtube, just below and to one side of the "Schwinn" badge up front. I hope this helps! If you would like to have a more visual description, visit my website at www.bunchobikes.com . Look in the "Restoration and Repair" section. BTW, being a '64, the number should be by the rear wheel. Sounds like you got a killer deal and a nice ride!! Enjoy!






AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by: Gary M on 4/12/2002 at 8:13:07 PM
driving around town today, there sits the usual pile of dead bikes. And as usual one of them is a Schwinn. smile as i toss the pile in the truck, knowing all but 1 of the 4 is going right into dumpster. Back at the shop, the 1955 Schwinn heavyweight 3sp is complete and functional with the original tires and rims. Why do they all do such a wonderful job of stripping the chaingaurd to nothing, and then out comes the housepaint. as usual no idea what model it is. Standard chaingaurd, no tank, 3sp heavyweight in house paint... typical. strip to nothing and paint it black, what else can ya do


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by MNSmith on 4/13/2002 at 12:18:03 AM
Hey Gary, I knew you couldn't stay away from those bikes! 1955 lists the D17 Jaguar "Deluxe balloon tire model with three speed rear hub, caliper brakes". Nice find!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Gary M on 4/14/2002 at 4:57:30 PM
sort of a follow up to this, as i was loading the bikes the garbage truck pulled up and was loading cans. So i asked him for the heck of it, if he would have crushed it, and he told me there was no doubt he would have crushed it into the packer. it truly was saved by the bell, and even with the rough paint job, i am going to restore it and ride it.

   Compare your bike to this one: posted by Tom Findley on 4/15/2002 at 1:07:34 PM
http://www.trfindley.com/pgjag54.html

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Gary M on 4/15/2002 at 2:19:14 PM
Now i am further confused. its a heavyweight frame, S2 wheels 3sp with caliper brakes. has 1 3/4 Goodyear Eagles, rotted bad, but mint otherwise. this one has an aluminum rack on the front, and no holes for the light. my 55 in back has the holes drilled but as usual the light is gone.
other then that they are the same bikes as in the pic. My 56 Heavyweight is too far stripped to id, and its assembled with all the peices from a 53 girls single speed right now so its rideable.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Tom Findley on 4/15/2002 at 5:42:48 PM
These features:

1 3/4 Goodyear Eagles, rotted bad, but mint otherwise. this one has an aluminum rack on the front, and no holes for the light

= Schwinn Corvette Middleweight.

Heavtweight frame would have 26 X 2.125" tires.
Middleweight would have 26 X 1 3/4" tires.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Gary M on 4/15/2002 at 7:07:37 PM
behind the seat post on a middleweight, the gap is about the size of your thumb. this frame has almost twice the gap there. the front fork on a middleweight is much narrower.
this bike also has thelarger wide fenders, the tires look small in the bike. rims marked S2.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Jim on 4/18/2002 at 4:57:29 PM
You want to make sure it is a balloon Jag? Take a look at the rear brake/fender mount. On balloon models these came with BOTH a ribbon style brake mount and the regular style fender mount brace. These are the only Schwinn bikes that I have ever seen with both. Balloon models came stock with s-2 rims, wide fenders, and usually have a Delta Rocket Ray front light. Are you sure the tires are 1 3/4 or do they say 134. Balloon Jags were produced in 53, 54, 55

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by Gary M on 4/18/2002 at 9:42:30 PM
only a ribbon. wide fenders. 55 serial number. 55 stamped in SA 3sp hub. 134 on Goodyear Eagle tires. has the aluminum rack, chubby grips, its medium blue. has crash bar on seat. non reflector bow type pedals. large gap between the rear stays at seat clamp. I am not trying to make this something it isnt, but i know a heavyweight frame when i see one, i have a pile of them. any other models hat fit this description? when did the dual ribbon stop, i have a 55, and a 56 frame, both identical to this frame.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Canthelp myself... posted by AJ on 5/4/2002 at 11:00:46 PM
yep ballon jags have the dual brackets on the rear,he 3 spd hub is aluminum,they had a crash rail seat but it was shapped lke a ballon pantherit was a faulhaberco made in monroeville ohio,the rocket ray had the front bezel painted instead of chrome,the fenders are the same as the balloon panther except for different mounting brakets






AGE / VALUE:Monark? Serial Number ID? posted by: Doug Pippel on 4/12/2002 at 1:26:22 PM
Hello - I picked up a nicely done custom heavywieght that was supposedly built up on a Monark 195? frame. The serial number on the bottom bracket shell is 192417. Since I can't find any Monark references on the web, I was wondering if anyone here could assist me in identifying whether or not this frame *is* a Mondark, if not then what, and what year it is. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance...

DP


   RE:AGE / VALUE:Monark? Serial Number ID? posted by seany boy on 4/14/2002 at 5:12:26 AM
I don't know about the later Monarks, but my 47 Super Deluxe has a number that starts with "M"






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial #s posted by: purple on 4/12/2002 at 1:32:35 AM
I was looking at the year chart and have a question. Did 60 and 61 really share the same numbers? I have a Tornado that matches those codes. Also, I can't find the serial number on a 70s Bantam. Is it hidden somewhere or is there not one?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial #s posted by MNSmith on 4/13/2002 at 12:22:57 AM
I think that's a typo. 1960 should have have a letter, then a zero, then five digits after. A lot of Pixies and Bantams don't have serial numbers. But typically, if you pull the crank you will see a year cast into it.






BALLOON:   Classic Riders Updates!! posted by: Greg on 4/11/2002 at 9:02:21 PM
New history of D.P. Harris, distributors of Rollfast bicycles. Great pics and information on the company, check it out!! Also check out the "classicfieds" section as well, just added a 1949 Schwinn Red Phantom.

http://www.classicriders.com/database/SearchResults.asp?SearchKeywords=crnew&SearchButton=Search







MUSCLE BIKES:Monark (?) Serial Number? posted by: Doug Pippel on 4/11/2002 at 5:20:18 PM
Hello - I picked up a nicely done custom heavywieght that was supposedly built up on a Monark 195? frame. The serial number on the bottom bracket shell is 192417. Since I can't find any Monark references on the web, I was wondering if anyone here could assist me in identifying whether or not this frame *is* a Mondark, if not then what, and what year it is. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance...

DP


   RE:MUSCLE BIKES:Monark (?) Serial Number? posted by Cal on 4/12/2002 at 1:26:24 PM
There are about 10 Monarks in the picture database on this site. Have a look at them and see if any match your frame.

   RE:RE:MUSCLE BIKES:Monark (?) Serial Number? posted by Doug Pippel on 4/12/2002 at 1:30:25 PM
Thanks for the tip. There are only two men's frames listed, and it is hard to tell just by looking. I was hoping that someone would be able to point me in the direction of a serial number database that includes this brand of bike. Do you know of any?






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   INFORMATION ON BIKES posted by: ASHUR on 4/10/2002 at 11:12:45 PM
NEED INFO ON 2 SCHWINNS I JUST PICKED UP. ONE IS A RACER,SERIAL#CA12626 AND THE OTHER IS A COLLEGIATE 5SPD SERIAL# LL526795 AGE-VALUE-COND IS VERY GOOD ON BOTH. BOTH ARE COMPLETELY ORIGINAL BOTH ARE MENS







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   INFORMATION ON BIKES posted by: ASHUR on 4/10/2002 at 11:12:45 PM
NEED INFO ON 2 SCHWINNS I JUST PICKED UP. ONE IS A RACER,SERIAL#CA12626 AND THE OTHER IS A COLLEGIATE 5SPD SERIAL# LL526795 AGE-VALUE-COND IS VERY GOOD ON BOTH. BOTH ARE COMPLETELY ORIGINAL BOTH ARE MENS