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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







BALLOON:   Standoff braces posted by: Robert on 6/7/2002 at 6:12:19 PM
I have a J.C. Higgins 26" ladies FLIGHTLINER.
Both the fenders have a standoff brace that is riveted to
the fender. It is relatively soft metal. these braces are
not in very good shape on my bike and I would like to get
them reconditioned or purchase replacements.
Any idea on where to get that done?







AGE / VALUE:   I need some help posted by: Bekah on 6/7/2002 at 2:33:08 AM
I bought a Schwinn Breeze from a garage sale. The # on it is M167706. Can some one please tell me what the year and worth of it is? It is in great condition. The girl I got it from knew nothing about it, I was hoping someone here could help me. THANKS!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I need some help posted by Gary M on 6/7/2002 at 4:58:19 PM
Wonderful bike. service it and ride it forever. over produced in the bike boom age, and almost the bottom of the line. value? $25-maybe $50 if its like new. compared to period huffy mid weights... its 3 times the bike

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I need some help posted by Guido on 6/8/2002 at 4:09:08 PM
Dec. 5`th 1961..... I think.






MISC:   mossberg posted by: dave schworm on 6/7/2002 at 12:20:14 AM
i have a old mossberg it has two top bars and one in the middle under the top ones i have know idea of its age and i am trying to find out. it is very complete and ridable thanks for your help







WANTED:   Light Wanted for Lurury Liner posted by: Gary Whiting on 6/6/2002 at 11:54:26 PM
Help - I am looking for a rear tail light that fits in the luggage rack on a Luxury Liner Roadmaster. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.







MISC:   Vintage Bicycle Rally & Bloomsday doings in Brookside 6/15/2002 posted by: Calvert on 6/6/2002 at 5:34:53 AM
10 OCLOCK AM, Saturday the 15th of June

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL
BLOOMSDAY DELIVERY BIKE RALLY
(also for Classic Balloon & mid-weights)

will be held at 55th & Brookside Blvd
(Crestwood Shops)

Outside the Bloomsday Bookshop.

Bloomsday is a celebrated by Celtaphiles
and James Joyce fans around the world every year
on the weekend Closest to 6/16.

A good while back the Dubliners also began holding
a delivery bike rally every year as part of the celebration.
Imagine 150 cycletrucks rolling down the center of the road.
I must be something awesome.

Well, here in KC we stick to the trails
or at least the right side of the road
and invite all kinds of bikes to participate.
(even Krates)

BUT last year we did have 6 Schwinn Cycletrucks,
One '41 Roadmaster and one ' 38 Raleigh Butcher's bike.

EIGHT LOW-GRAVS total

We also had Highwheelers and classic lightweights
--A '72 Paramount & an ' 83 Holdsworth Elan.....

I maybe riding my lurid green Gitane Interclub....

we'll also have some tandems

and we're going for TEN Cycletrucks.

I hope our unicyclist friend can make it, too.

And of course we hope to have Larry and his recumbant.

Perhaps even Shelley's Spike Bike.
All models welcome.

The course is a very moderate 3 miles
on trails and Country Club neighborhood
side streets almost all flat.

Food and refreshments at ride's-end.

There's a keg of Boulevard stout or
french espressos at the bistro Axois.

Along with a marathon reading of Joyce's Ulysees.

Live traditional Celtic music & dancing.

And the best damn antiquarian bookshop in KC.

Anyone willing to work on July 28th's El Torreon swap meet
is welcome to also attend the meeting after the ride.

Email me for more information.
Calvert Guthrie
Kansas City
CYCLETRUCK@AOL.COM










MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Huffy Corvair posted by: Bob on 6/5/2002 at 4:50:01 PM
Howdy,
Has anyone seen a Huffy Corviar? I am restoring one for a friend, I need to know what it said on the chainguard,it says Corvair on the tank. Was the chainguard straight like the Camaro or curved like my Sears Mainliner? Did they have a back rack? Was the front fender light white and chrome or all chrome. So many questions, so little time!! Any Pix would be great. Please send to bobcalton@msn.com
Thanks.







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   spaceliner posted by: Mean on 6/2/2002 at 9:04:03 PM
hello folks.....ive got a 66 spaceliner deluxe and was wondering how the horn and light were powered? the light is gone but the horn unit is inside and looks pretty clean. I cant seem to find anything that would hold a battery,so i was wondering if the were powered by a generator. Ive just gotten done cleaning the bike,Ive ridden it twice and have been getting alot of attention on it.Id love to get the horn working....thanx


   Missing battery tray posted by Tom Findley on 6/3/2002 at 12:07:06 PM
A battery tray with 2 "D" batteries was used for the light and horn. The trays corroded fast, and many were thrown away. The parts are flimsy, and wouldot last long if used on a regular basis.

   Missing battery tray posted by Tom Findley on 6/3/2002 at 12:07:49 PM
A battery tray with 2 "D" batteries was used for the light and horn. The trays corroded fast, and many were thrown away. The parts are flimsy, and woul not last long if used on a regular basis.






BALLOON:   looking for help posted by: Brian on 6/1/2002 at 3:29:09 PM
hi, I'm looking for some help with a bike a bought at a garage sale. It has been repainted and the badge is gone so what I have to go on is this: It has a skip tooth chain ring with big and small tear drops, it has a tank with three small vents near the head tube on both sides, the rear fender has a refelector on a bracket type thing, the luggage rack has four long vents. The serial # is A08221
Any help would be greatly appreiciated, thanks in advance


   RE:BALLOON:   looking for help posted by Cal on 6/4/2002 at 1:37:52 PM
Look in the picture database at all of the balloon tire bicycles and compare the tank, frame and chainring.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   looking for help posted by CORTES BICYCLE PAERS on 6/5/2002 at 1:05:54 AM
i want a catalag balloo tires my andres is cortes bicycle parts calle 218 hc 18 contry club carolina Puerto Rico 00982 RICARDO CORTES

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   looking for help posted by CORTES BICYCLE PAERS on 6/5/2002 at 1:05:58 AM
i want a catalag balloo tires my andres is cortes bicycle parts calle 218 hc 18 contry club carolina Puerto Rico 00982 RICARDO CORTES






BALLOON:   looking for help posted by: Brian on 6/1/2002 at 3:29:09 PM
hi, I'm looking for some help with a bike a bought at a garage sale. It has been repainted and the badge is gone so what I have to go on is this: It has a skip tooth chain ring with big and small tear drops, it has a tank with three small vents near the head tube on both sides, the rear fender has a refelector on a bracket type thing, the luggage rack has four long vents.
Any help would be greatly appreiciated, thanks in advance







AGE / VALUE:   Bicyce Expo and Swap Meet!! posted by: Greg on 5/31/2002 at 5:43:13 PM
June 8 and 9 is the Mackinaw City Michigan Bicycle Expo. This expo will feature mountain and road bikes as well as classic bikes. The classic bike show will feature 3 catagories, Best Early Classic(pre 1930), Best Mid Classic(1930-1960), and best late classic(post 1960). There will be one winner per catagory and they will recieve $100 and a plaque. There will be road courses for bike rides, safety courses for families, corporate reps from several bicycle companies. This is a complete expo featuring all aspects of bicycling and should be a great time. Email me with any questions or for hotel accomodations.

Thanks, Greg







AGE / VALUE:   Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by: Seany Boy on 5/30/2002 at 9:32:15 PM
I just bought a Monark, but it came with the wrong chainring. I think it's a Colson; it's a skip-tooth and has the big teardrops. I'm assuming the crank belongs with it too. It's in fair condition, would have to be re-plated.

What years were these chainrings used, and what's a fair asking price? I know nothing about Colsons.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by sam on 5/31/2002 at 1:10:06 AM
Might be a dayton/Huffman chainring.They bought Monark.

    Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by Gary M on 5/31/2002 at 5:39:16 AM
i have a ladies Monark with the same thing, its stock.

   RE: Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by Seany Boy on 5/31/2002 at 7:24:24 AM
No, Monarks have the large and small teardrops, these are just large ones. It looks just like this one: http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/1938%20Colson%20girls.jpg

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by JOEL on 5/31/2002 at 2:09:48 PM
If it is a Colson ring, I may have a Monarch ring to swap.

   RE:RE: Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by Gary M on 5/31/2002 at 3:53:38 PM
how odd. i have that exact bike in the pic, except.. my chaingaurd tapers faster to a single top feather. my sprocket has smaller cutouts just like that one. truss rod front, mine has a Wards Hawthorne emblem on it. i am parting mine due to welded frame, and stand horns cut off. but add a few ounces of tin to the gaurd, and open the cutouts on the sprocket, i have that bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Colson skip-tooth chainring posted by sam on 6/2/2002 at 3:07:16 AM
Two cutouts--Schwinn. Three cutouts -- Colson.Four cutouts--Wald.Five cutouts--Huffman.






BALLOON:   Internal frame rust protection posted by: Jeff on 5/30/2002 at 4:43:42 PM
Does anyone know how often I would need to apply linseed oil to the inside of my frame to guard against rust? Is one application all thats necessary? And just how effective is linseed oil for this? I know about Weigles Frame Saver but thought I would give linseed oil a try. Has anyone had good luck with this? Thanks!


   RE:BALLOON:   Internal frame rust protection posted by Joel on 5/31/2002 at 2:14:04 PM
I've used linseed oil as a wood finish. I would think it would protect metal from rust as long as it lasts. Problem is that the metal will not absorb it the way wood does so it probably won't last.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Internal frame rust protection posted by Jeff on 5/31/2002 at 7:03:01 PM
Thanks for the reply Joel. This is my first time using this discussion board and it's great to meet some really helpful folks. Your point is well taken about the linseed oil. I think I'll just go with a can of Framesaver since that seems to work really well from what I've heard. Thanks again for your response!







BALLOON:   Waxing bearing races, hanger cups, etc. posted by: Jeff on 5/30/2002 at 4:33:03 PM
Hi Folks,

I'm rebuilding my favorite balloon tire bike and was wondering if anyone could tell me if there is any problems with putting a little turtle wax on the bearing races, hanger cups, etc before I grease the races and install the new bearings. Just thought it would add a bit of rust protection. Any ideas? Thanks!


   RE:BALLOON:   Waxing bearing races, hanger cups, etc. posted by MNSmith on 5/30/2002 at 9:44:46 PM
See my reply in the restoration forum.






AGE / VALUE:   Is this fork bent? posted by: Chris on 5/30/2002 at 12:15:53 AM
E- bay item # 2108294717 1958 Schwinn Jaguar

The bike's fork looks bent to me. What da youse guys tink?


   No posted by Tom Findley on 5/30/2002 at 11:23:22 AM
Pic bike_b looks bent, but the other pics show the fork to look normal. Check my pics:

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

I think the angle of the camera makes his fork look bent. The front carrier is the wrong size for the bike, though.







AGE / VALUE:   book posted by: john on 5/29/2002 at 4:46:23 AM
Someone in a previous discussion mentioned a book called Elgin, JC Higgins and Hawthorne balloon tire bikes. Anyone know where I can buy one. Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   book posted by JOEL on 5/29/2002 at 3:03:12 PM
Collectable Elgin, JC Higgins, and Hawthorne Bicycles by Hurd & Gordon. Try Memory Lane Classics and Maple Island Sales. Someone is selling them on Ebay too.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   book posted by Gordon on 6/1/2002 at 3:47:13 AM
Great reference book. Available from peteandedbooks.com