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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







FOR SALE:   balloon tire and some midweights posted by: james on 7/8/2002 at 10:24:11 PM
1000.00 obo pre war - 60's, tanks, frames, tires, you name it it's there.also complete bike's. all must go can arrange for partial delivery from kansas. do waste my time wanting just a few things i'm too busy for that







AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by: Don on 7/8/2002 at 7:09:14 PM
Greetings,
My loving wife bought me a J.C. Higgins this weekend at a garage sale. (Shhhhh, it's a lightweight) from late 40s/early 50s. 3 speed, girls bike with JC Higgins cutout sprocket, adjustable fender holders??, front rack, JCH script all over it, the problem is the shifter cable. it is not long enough to reach the rear hub. Is there a small chain from hub to cable? You guys being the experts, just curious? Thanks, Don.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by Stacey on 7/9/2002 at 12:49:20 AM
What a gal! Treat her right and let her ride them too... she might just stick around. LOL

It all depends on the make of hub you have there Don.

If it's Sturmey-Archer or Bendix, you'll have a small chain attached to a rod that's threaded on the end. The threaded end of the rod will go in the hub then screw in to the mysterious inner workings. The chain should have a small threarde piece on the others end that screws into an adjuster barrel on the cable.

If you have a Shimanno hub there will be a thin rod (1/8" +/- with a 'hat' type thing on the end... the rod goes in the hub and then a bell crank will screw on to the end of the axle. From there an adjuster barrel will connect to your cable.

It's relativly simple and straightforward, but as with anything else... it's tough to know what you're supposed to have and how it goes together... if you don't have it.

Good luck!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by sam on 7/9/2002 at 2:40:31 AM
Every thing Stacy said is on the mark.I'll add this is an English made bike,Raleigh or phillips.Sport model,and they have parts right here for it.---sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by Don on 7/9/2002 at 5:56:54 PM
I knew that you would like my wife, errr, bike. I bought her (wife) a Tornado, then a Hollywood, now a Twinn so she can be ridden around, that works. The hub in question is marked JC Higgins, 50320, 3 speed. It appears to resemble a Sturmey, like on my Corvette. I assume the chain link is the missing piece. Where can these be found? Thanks for the info!
Don

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: J.C. Higgins posted by Stacey on 7/9/2002 at 9:04:01 PM
Why not support Vin, the guy works his tail off for us? Most of what you need should be available here http://oldroads.com/nos_hub.asp


   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: J.C. Higgins posted by Don on 7/9/2002 at 10:01:14 PM
I did, Vin is 7.00 dollars richer, Stacy you are great! Can I take you for a ride on my Twinn?
Don.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: J.C. Higgins posted by Stacey on 7/10/2002 at 10:37:25 AM
Thank you, Don. Sure thing! Next time you're in the neighborhood, stop by. By then I'll have some saddle time in on ours and we won't have to contend with the learning curve.

Congrats!






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   brakes posted by: Richie on 7/8/2002 at 5:00:06 PM
I have tracked down a drum brake for my Schwinn Tornado, but it is a rear brake. I was thinking that if I put in a shorter axle I could use it as a front brake, but from the looks of it the brake cable would have to take a 90 degree bend in order to work. Would that affect the performance of the brake?
I was also looking through the links section the BikeRod and Kustom site and have become interested in those NOS Shimano disc brake kits. Has anyone used these as front brakes, and if so how well do they work?
Thanks,
Richie







AGE / VALUE:   sTILL MESSING UP[, GOING BACKWARDS AGAIN posted by: Chris the garage sale failure! on 7/7/2002 at 8:46:58 PM
"Yea, we had two old Schwinns, they rang the door at 6:30 and woke us up and I sold them. No more bikes, we only had two and he bought them." I looked open mouthed!

Yup, I'm getting a D plus this season. Too late, not ready, not ringing doors at 6:30. "Old Schwinns" could be anything too. Now if she said "Old Raleigh's" or something like Raleigh's that would have really hurt.

I think I've bottomed out of the game here folks.







BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by: maynette on 7/7/2002 at 5:09:54 PM
I recently was given a ladies 26 inch deluxe bicycle. The research first lead me to believe it was the Miss America sold by sears. After much more seraching, it looks more like the fully equipped model by Elgin, sold by Sears. The serial number is eith sn 66285 or sd 66285. It does have the skirt guard and some of the parts look original. I am very interested in restoring this bicycle. Anyone who can give me clues please do so. I htought about contacting Sears PR and looking back into the archives. I would appreciate any info on the matter. Thank you.cm


   RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by Jimbo Jones on 7/8/2002 at 1:37:55 AM
Cool bike . Got the mens version.If you are concerned about its acuracy in parts look at ebay auctions both current and completed. Also nostagicnet.com has a large piture database. Remember that parts often get changed through the years so try to compare as many pictures as possible. Don't think sears will be much help. Good luck and have fun with it.

   RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by Gary M on 7/8/2002 at 4:02:27 AM
i have the same bike. cant hardly give it away. top offer so far is $50. and that is for a yard planter. mine is straight, no dents, and all original paint. i am going to repaint it and put it on the roof of my shop.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by Maynette on 7/8/2002 at 4:52:46 PM
Thanks for the info. I am not sure as to the year. It has the skirt guard, but it is not integrated like the Miss America. It looks as though it would have had the built in torpedo lights, fdront and back. Also, there looks like there should be something on the right-hand side if you are sitting on the bike. I will keep looking and trying to get info. Pasadena bikes reburishes old bikes. I am going to go over there today and see what info he can provide.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by Maynette on 7/8/2002 at 4:52:54 PM
Thanks for the info. I am not sure as to the year. It has the skirt guard, but it is not integrated like the Miss America. It looks as though it would have had the built in torpedo lights, fdront and back. Also, there looks like there should be something on the right-hand side if you are sitting on the bike. I will keep looking and trying to get info. Pasadena bikes reburishes old bikes. I am going to go over there today and see what info he can provide.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by maynette on 7/8/2002 at 4:55:14 PM
Thanks for the input. I am going over to Pasadena bikes today and let him look at it. I really just want to fix it up for myself. Hope the cost is not too great!! Thanks again.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by maynette on 7/8/2002 at 4:55:15 PM
Thanks for the input. I am going over to Pasadena bikes today and let him look at it. I really just want to fix it up for myself. Hope the cost is not too great!! Thanks again.

   RE:BALLOON:   Elgin Deluxe Equipped Girls Bicycle 1938-1941 posted by Craig on 7/9/2002 at 7:16:22 PM
Similiar bike on Ebay?

Item # 2120518321






AGE / VALUE:   JC higgins color flow decals posted by: Kim on 7/5/2002 at 4:20:41 PM
Hi, Does anyone make a JC Higgins script decal?? The one I need is is red and just says JC higgins, ant ideas??

Kim


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   JC higgins color flow decals posted by goob on 7/5/2002 at 11:27:40 PM
Did you try memory lane or maple island?






BALLOON:   Tires posted by: Chip Proto on 7/4/2002 at 9:05:26 PM
I have 2 sears allstate saftey tread balloon tires. 26x2.125
white walls four parallel zig zag tread white walls.
still in paper wrappers anyone interested? chip@bboard.com


   RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Gordon on 7/5/2002 at 4:29:10 PM
I'm interested, but I KNOW I don't have that kind of money!!

   RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by maynette on 7/7/2002 at 5:29:32 PM
How much and how old?

   RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by maynette on 7/7/2002 at 5:29:49 PM
How much and how old?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Chris on 7/7/2002 at 8:54:43 PM
The bike I saw at the supermarket was a real piece of junk but on it were a N.O.S. set of Lightning Dart whitewalls. Strange!






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Project Bikes Needed posted by: JimW. of BikeRod&Kustom on 7/4/2002 at 5:04:28 AM
I'm still visiting my family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following
the Abita Springs Bike Fest. Brother Dave and Nephew Shane and I
are building a pair of kustom recument trikes. While down here,
I'd like to teach Shane the art of bike frame stretching. However,
we've not had any luck finding any cruiser frames. We'd like to
find a couple of old non-cantilever off-brand frames to practise on,
preferably a 24" and a 26" boy's: real junkers. Does anyone
in the Baton Rouge area have any we could buy cheap? All we need
is the frames, really.


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Project Bikes Needed posted by Joel on 7/5/2002 at 2:37:42 PM
Hi Jim,
The Abita show was a blast !

I have some girl's frames if that will work. Several midweight boy's cantilever junkers too. If you can use them, I'll send them for cost.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Project Bikes Needed posted by JimW. on 7/6/2002 at 3:44:43 AM
Hey Joel,
I had a great time at Abita Springs too. It was really cool meeting
people face-to-face I only knew through the web; not to mention
new people I'd never met anywhere before. Next year will be
even better, I'm sure.

There's a funny story to do with Joel's wife. She was wearing
A BikeRod&Kustom "Bad Girls Ride Bad Bikes" T-shirt. I commented
upon it, and she said her husband got it for her. I noticed one of the
things he had there was a bike-part sculpture of an insect. A light bulb
lit up in my head, and I asked, "did he do a green one similar to that
which appeared in BR&K?" Sure enough, it was the same guy.

We gave out ballots for everyone to vote on the "People's Choice"
KustomBike award- the prize was a Mongoose cruiser. Then BroDave and
I drew ballots to give out various BR&K T-shirts to five voters. One of
the prize shirts was a "Bad Girl's" one. One of the drawn ballots
had a female's name on it, so Dave pinned it to that one. We announced
the shirt winners, and Margot came forward to claim her prize- the
exact same shirt she was already wearing. What are the odds of that
happening?

About the frames, Joel. Thanks anyway, but girl's frames are a
whole other process, and that is for a later lesson. By the way,
Eddie Miller has a couple of beautiful examples of restructured
kustoms based upon middleweight girl's frames in the new BikeRod&Kustom, which
is currently up. And cantilever frames are also a different
process. Lesson #1 needs to be based upon yer basic off-brand
cruiser frame.







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   shifter cable posted by: Richie C on 7/4/2002 at 4:17:32 AM
I am hot rodding a Schwinn Typhoon. I have managed to track down an NOS three speed hub and stick shifter. The shifter did not come with a cable, and I have noticed that there is a difference between cables meant to be used with trigger shifters and stick shifters. I have found a few stick shifter cables, but they are supposed to be for 20 inch tires, and mine is a 26. Can I use cable meant for a 20 inch wheel anyway, or is there any way that I can modify it, or a standard cable to work with a stick shift?
Thanks


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   shifter cable posted by JimW. on 7/4/2002 at 4:45:29 AM
Hi Richie,
Tire size has no effect on the shifter cable. If the cable is
right for the shifter and the hub, and is long enough to
reach your hub, you should be in good shape. When it's finished,
you might want to send photos of it to us at BikeRod&Kustom
webzine.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   shifter cable posted by Richie C on 7/5/2002 at 7:25:28 AM
Thanks.-Richie






BALLOON:   columbia posted by: Richie C on 7/4/2002 at 3:57:02 AM
I have bought an old Columbia bicycle, and I am trying to determine if it is complete. It did not come with a tank or truss rods, and I was wondering if anyone knows if those were standard equipment on 30's Columbias?
Thanks


   RE:BALLOON:   columbia posted by sam on 7/4/2002 at 3:06:28 PM
Richie,I don't know about the truss rods but all bike co. sold there bikes with out tanks.Infact most bikes sold were the less expencive models with out the tanks.What you need to do is look very close at the frame to see if it has any rub marks where a tank might have been---sam

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   columbia posted by Richie C on 7/5/2002 at 7:26:48 AM
Thanks.-Richie






AGE / VALUE:   ladies foremost posted by: MEAN on 7/3/2002 at 2:50:51 PM
hello everyone, a neighbor just gave me an older ladies 26 middleweight, I have a 66 spaceliner and this looks alot like,the only words on it are FOREMOST on the chainguard.there is a tag on the fork tube that ive got soaking to see if i can get a brand name off of it . it pretty cool looking and the light works like new. Any info or link would be appreciated........thanx and see you all on the road.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ladies foremost posted by goob on 7/3/2002 at 3:18:47 PM
The FOREMOST was sold by J C Pennys. I think were made by several companys mostly murry






AGE / VALUE:   WOW! TAKE A LOOK!!!!! posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/3/2002 at 2:47:11 PM
E- bay item # 2118469660 Schwinn Bicycle factory paint mask tool 1930's

Do you know what this is??? AWESOME TOOL!!

THIS IS THE TOOL THAT THEY USED TO PUT THAT COOL DESIGN ON ALL THE BIKES.

Mr. Peters, I humbly bow before you with hat in hand in respect. I'VE SEEN SOME NEAT THINGS, AND SOME REAL SHARP FOLKS AND YOU ARE AMONG THE FEW OF THEM THAT OFFER THIS TYPE STUFF FOR SALE.
GREAT TO SEE THIS TOOL! Where else are you gonna find something like this?

This is exactly the sort of thing we all go hunting for, you found this where others have not. This is why I tip my hat to you sir. Compared to Jerry Peters, I 'll always be a little fish in this "pond"!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   WOW! TAKE A LOOK!!!!! posted by MNSmith on 7/3/2002 at 5:06:08 PM
If you would like to get excited about what Jerry Peters Sr. and Jerry Peters Jr. have over at Chestnut Hollow, go to Nostalgic.net and look through the archives. Look for the Chestnut Hollow pictures. You will see a lot of old neat stuff. This isn't the first time these masks have shown up on eBay. They usually hit about $200 or more.

www.bunchobikes.com






WANTED:   Rusty old tandem frame... posted by: Stacey on 7/2/2002 at 9:15:56 PM
Hey ya all... I'm looking for a rusty old P.o.S. tandem frame with the important pieces attached. Will gladly pick-up locally (2hrs) from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area of Pennsylvania to save on shipping (Egad!) Or, could meet if distance is a bit longer.


   RE:WANTED:   Rusty old tandem frame... posted by JimW. on 7/4/2002 at 4:52:54 AM
Hi Stacey,
A while back, Dave Gibson told me that he knew of a Western Flyer
tandem for sale. This was after I'd complimented him profusely
on the beauty of his WFT. It might still be available. His may be
seen at http://mywilson.homestead.com/gallery62.html
He lives in the Lancaster county area of PA. His E-address is on the
page with the bike.






BALLOON:   Wanted: NOS Schwinn Typhoon Phantom Tires posted by: John on 7/2/2002 at 4:56:21 PM
I am restoring a Phantom and need a set of NOS tires, 26x2.125 White Walls.







AGE / VALUE:   String Skirt Guard... posted by: JOEL on 7/2/2002 at 4:44:43 PM
Am I going nuts??? Wasn't there a thread here about a Hawthorne with string skirt guards yesterday??

Well..here's an example of the skirt guards for the fellow who asked...

Ebay item # 2116580509


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   String Skirt Guard... posted by goob on 7/2/2002 at 6:39:46 PM
I think i saw the same thread. Do we have a thread eating mouse in here?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   String Skirt Guard... posted by smg on 7/2/2002 at 10:03:26 PM
Careful. . .they may be listening! I do think that prospective eBay sellers keep an eye on these discussion sites for market demand. About two months ago, I asked for info regarding Campy cotterless steel cranks on the "Vintage Lightweights" site. Within a week or so, a couple of them were offered - and I bought one. So if you're looking for something, talk it up.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   String Skirt Guard... posted by Dan on 7/2/2002 at 10:21:49 PM
Thanks Joel, surprised to find a string attached, would of thought it to be cloth or metal.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   String Skirt Guard... posted by Joel on 7/3/2002 at 2:50:46 PM
Actually, the auction is for an unrelated bike, not mine. I referenced it as an example of a skirt guard.