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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   schwinn spitfire posted by: wes on 6/23/2002 at 11:00:37 PM
trying to identify the year of my schwinn spitfire the serial number says jo6oo82any help
thanks wes







AGE / VALUE:   found a shelby bike want information on it posted by: jamie on 6/23/2002 at 4:50:54 AM
i have a red and white bike that is a boys and in really great condition. it is marked "amf" and "shelby" and "sky rider" with pictures of plantes on it. it has a tank light. bike is all original and nice. would like info as to what date it is and how much it is worth? i am restoring a monark bike and may sell this one to restore the other.
thanks. jamie







BALLOON:   Zenith Ballon tire Bike posted by: D Smith on 6/22/2002 at 5:29:16 PM
I found a old Bike at a yard sale. It's called a Zenith. Also had Marshall Wells on the head badge. No other identification on it. Looked to be a 40's or 50's bike.

Anyone know anything about these bikes, and who made them

thanks
D Smith


   RE:BALLOON:   Zenith Ballon tire Bike posted by sam on 6/23/2002 at 2:21:17 AM
Cleveland welding / (Roadmaster/hawthorn Zap)check in data base for like bikes

   RE:BALLOON:   Zenith Ballon tire Bike posted by Tom on 7/3/2002 at 5:33:07 AM
D Smith
I am interested in the Zenith bike you have. I am located in WPG. Email me with info.
Tom

   RE:BALLOON:   Zenith Ballon tire Bike posted by John on 7/24/2002 at 7:48:13 PM
Marshall-Wells was a hardware store located in Duluth MN. I found this out looking for information about my Zenith.






AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by: Brian on 6/22/2002 at 7:11:57 AM
Have a friend with an old Roadmaster # on BB is J15447, girls bike, blue/white, has a tank, chain adjusters?, one speed, rack. in good cond. Other bike is a Huffy (dont laugh) two #'s here. On L/drop-out #4-066022, and BB # is 2655. Model is Galaxie, blue/white, has a tank and light, in fair cond. Both bikes complete. Any help on the age and $$ of these two???? Thanx again guys! CCC of Porterville


   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by Chris on 6/24/2002 at 3:12:08 PM
The Huffy Galaxie is probably a 1964, based on the '4' at the beginning of the serial number from the left rear drop-out (there should be a letter following that number, such as 'H' or 'C'). Determining a value is tough because there isn't a lot of demand for these bikes, even though they are decent bikes. The only Huffy's that draw the buyers are the 1955-? Radiobike and the Rail and Wheel musclebikes.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by Brian on 6/26/2002 at 3:16:20 AM
Thanx Chris. Any luck with the Roadmaster?
would be appreciated. Will check w/buddy on that letter after the 4. Not real concerned with value, mainly age. Thanx again

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by Kelly on 9/21/2002 at 1:18:43 AM
Hi.I'm new to the bike world and need some advice on my Huffy Galaxie. It's a fixer-upper and that is exactly what I'm trying to do. I've taken it completely apart and have shined the chrome and washed the blue frame. Now that I have it apart, I would like to fix the tank. I removed 2 ATLAS D batteries and see that the wires& connections look to be in great shape, the bulbs have a thin wire wrapped around them (to fit tighter?) and appear to be okay as well. I put in new batteries but it isn't working. Besides finding new bulbs, does anyone have any experiance/advice fixing this?
much appreciated

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by Carl Riker IV on 1/12/2004 at 1:26:43 AM
I was searching for a bike that I came across from my Grandmothers house, and BEHOLD ! There is the bike.
Thank you, Brian, Chris, and Kelly for all your help. The bike I have is a Huffy Galaxie, and Ive located the serial # on it and it is an H . It is red and white rather than the blue and white. is there any way you can help me with the value? Thank you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Old Roadmaster and Huffy posted by Carl Riker IV on 1/12/2004 at 1:29:19 AM
I was searching for a bike that I came across from my Grandmothers house, and BEHOLD ! There is the bike.
Thank you, Brian, Chris, and Kelly for all your help. The bike I have is a Huffy Galaxie, and Ive located the serial # on it and it is an H . It is red and white rather than the blue and white. is there any way you can help me with the value? Thank you.






BALLOON:   hi! posted by: claudia on 6/22/2002 at 5:31:41 AM
been awhile. but today i rode my 1946 ladies blue and cream Hartford
and it was great. only problem is the that the coaster brake takes
awhile to make the "Betty" (that is her name) stop rolling. Any suggestions
other than taking her in for an overhaul?


   RE:BALLOON:   hi! posted by john doe on 6/22/2002 at 12:49:51 PM
try regreasing your rear hub or if it has the oil tab it has worked for me in the past goodluck and happy cruising

   RE:BALLOON:   hi! posted by sam on 6/23/2002 at 2:30:11 AM
Hartford,isn't that a brand name used by Columbia?Does sound like time to clean and regrease the rear hub.This is not a hard thing to do but I do advise getting help/advies if unsure if you can do it.If a friend walked you through it once , you'd be buying old bikes just to get to rebuild the hubs(ha ha)maybe not--but you would be able to do it next time---sam






AGE / VALUE:   old school tandem posted by: greg on 6/22/2002 at 12:10:09 AM
I have an old school tandem that steers from the rear. Does anyone know where to post to begin to figure out what kind it is. It has been repainted.
Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old school tandem posted by Brian on 6/22/2002 at 7:30:42 AM
I used to have an old tandem years back here in CA. It was painted gold, and had a bar welded from the rear headset to the front headset (both at the bottom cup). Not sure what make it was, but it sure was kool. Rode it all the time from the rear!! Sorry, no help with the post though, just thought I'd share that. It was the only one I ever seen like that.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   old school tandem posted by Joel on 6/23/2002 at 3:07:53 PM
What kind of wheels does it have. If it is a balloon tire bike, it may be a Colson.






AGE / VALUE:   Huffy posted by: Vicky on 6/21/2002 at 8:47:39 PM
I have a huffy, men's not sure of the year. It has headlights, a button on the right side to turn it on and a little white button on the left, I think it might be for a horn or bell? Any one have any info on this bike or what it might be worth? TIA

I got a little bit more info on the bike. It is a Huffy Silver Jet men's Tire size 26x1.75 brakes in pedals (serial # 2H46 37)? I hope someone can help. TIA


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy posted by Chris on 6/24/2002 at 3:33:02 PM
Your bike is probably a 1962, based on the '2' at the beginning of the serial number. The Silver Jet was the top-of-the line middleweight Huffy, with a chrome-plated frame, fenders, and rims, and the chainguard, tank, and rear carrier were painted. I think the second switch on the tank was for a battery-powered horn. The value on thse bikes is hard to determine, as they don't have the collector following that Schwinns have.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy posted by Vicky on 6/24/2002 at 6:38:07 PM
Thank you for your reply, Chris, Is there anywhere on the net that might have any info on it? I have been searching with no luck. Thanks






AGE / VALUE:   silverking posted by: Art on 6/21/2002 at 12:32:13 PM
Having not followed balloon prices for a while, curious as to what you think the Flocycle and Wingbar currently on e-bay will max out at. Also, anyone have experience with the seller, Peters out of Michigan?

jpeters@expression.org

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2114582797


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   silverking posted by MNSmith on 6/21/2002 at 4:56:41 PM
That would be Jerry Peters of Chestnut Hollow. The reserve will be high. They have a lot of NOS and hard to find items that come with high prices. You can find a bunch of photos of their place in the archives at www.nostalgic.net .






AGE / VALUE:   schwinn hollywood posted by: wes on 6/21/2002 at 4:08:05 AM
ive a 22x1.75 girls hollywood bike it looks new original tires even original bell on handle bars but all i can find is 26 inch bikes listed as hollywoods does any one know if the 22 inch was common or not and where would you get the 22 inch tubes if needed(not needed just courious)
thanks wes







AGE / VALUE:   Helter Skelter ! posted by: Jimbo Jones on 6/21/2002 at 12:04:35 AM
Yellow submarine bike. Peice of crap Huffy girls 3 speed. Only thing on it that looks beatles is the possible sticker on the seat. Up to 3500.00 on Ebay. Groovy Man.







BALLOON:   what's in a name posted by: Gus on 6/19/2002 at 3:57:25 AM
I have a ladies BF Goodrich 26 inch bike that was missing the chainguard. What would be the name that was used on the chainguard of this bike? ser# H126077 thank's Gus







AGE / VALUE:   royal enfield posted by: wes on 6/19/2002 at 3:57:36 AM
i would like any information on a royal enfield folding bike i found on a sunday drive are they many of these around are they collectable i manly collect raleighs as i have two folding raleighs any help at all the bike is a good rider and from looks its id say maybe the 60s
thanks wes







BALLOON:   New Departure posted by: ken on 6/18/2002 at 3:04:42 PM
I'm curious about what thread they used on the N. D. Model D axle. Bendix used a 3/8x24, but that ain't it... and none of the metric stuff is right. Is it a 28 pitch?


   RE:BALLOON:   New Departure posted by Cory on 6/20/2002 at 4:13:14 AM
That's a great question. Wish I could help. I'd also like to know the answer.

   RE:BALLOON:   New Departure posted by MNSmith on 6/20/2002 at 10:06:25 AM
Here is the skinny. The axle is a 24 thread count. However, where a 3/8 x 24
bolt is at .366 diameter ( 9.29 mm ), the New Departure axle is slightly bigger at
.371 ( 9.46 mm. ) You could chase it with a 3/8 x 24 die, but then your clutch cone
and other cones would fit loose. I wouldn't doubt that New Departure had their own
axle and nut machines. Schwinn did! I guess the industry wasn't completely
standardized back then. New Departure made a lot of axle assemblies! You should
be able to find a nut pretty easily!






AGE / VALUE: Sleepers, what will be the hot thing next posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/17/2002 at 10:26:00 PM
Hiawatha, Shelby, Hawthorne

People are Schwinn-ed out, pick these up!


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Sleepers, what will be the hot thing next posted by Cal on 6/18/2002 at 1:52:50 PM
Anything with steel fenders.
99% of bicycles made in the past 15 years have no fenders.
The retro look of fenders draws the general public I tell ya.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Sleepers, what will be the hot thing next posted by Dan on 6/29/2002 at 9:22:18 PM
Just my luck! found a Shelby Superior and a Wards Hawthorne at a farm sell today, plus a vintage working Bicycle pump. And I got change back from a twenty.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Sleepers, what will be the hot thing next posted by Dan on 6/30/2002 at 7:22:45 PM
Ilooked closer at the Shelby headbadge and it's a Supreme not a Superior.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Spaceliner Designer: Viktor Schreckengost posted by: Tom Findley on 6/17/2002 at 3:35:51 PM
The Cleveland Museum of Art had a display of items that he designed. I think it started last Nov. 12 and has ended, but here is the address for the Internet info:

http://www.clevelandart.org/viktor/index.html

Pic of '65 Spaceliner:
http://www.clemusart.com/viktor/World/ns/yard5.html