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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   1960's R.S.W. 16(non folding) posted by: Derek on 8/7/2002 at 7:20:55 PM
On july 31st I left a message concerning info on this bike- thanks christopherrobin2- and he wanted me to post here if i was going to sell it. It is a R.S.W. 16 in good shape- has all original parts- the only problems with it are- some surface rust, dry rotted white tires, and the crank is bent- the light system is still hooked up and the gears still change- just needs some oil. If anyone is interested in seeing pictures and placing some sort of bid on it contact me at my email address and i will get in touch with you.







AGE / VALUE:   Silver King - Western Flyer posted by: Mark Williams on 8/6/2002 at 11:02:26 PM
I have two skip - link era bicycles I'm tryjng to date, a Silver King SN- 30336 and a Western Flyer SN- GO 3558. Both bikes are incomplete,the Flyer has all curved parts (fender braces, bars, second top tube, etc.) The silver king had a broken fork but frame is intact. Any info would be greatly appreciated.







BALLOON:   I am lookin for pictures posted by: Mike on 8/6/2002 at 10:32:45 PM
I am lookin for pictures of a 1938-42 Schwinn Phantom. I would greatly appreciate it.







BALLOON:   I am lookin for pictures posted by: Mike on 8/6/2002 at 10:32:45 PM
I am lookin for pictures of a 1938-42 Schwinn Phantom. I would greatly appreciate it.


   RE:BALLOON:   I am lookin for pictures posted by Tom Findley on 8/7/2002 at 5:40:52 PM
Schwinn began making Phantoms in 1949. In 1938-42 they made the Autocycle, Model B6. It had painted fenders and tank. The database in the site may have pics of it.






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1959 Warrior by Firestone posted by: Dale B. Smith on 8/6/2002 at 8:46:31 PM
I have recently restored my 1959 black and white Warrior middleweight bicycle which I purchased new from a Firestone store in San Diego in 1959. Everything is original but I am missing the fenders which were unusual in that they came to a point on both the front and rear. They were also black with thin white stripes. Does anyone know who made this bike for Firestone in 1959? I have never seen another Warrior. I do know that Firestone bikes used to have an emblem of a warrior but were identified as Firestone sometime prior to 1959. Any information would be helpful so that I may locate some front and rear fenders. Thanks.


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1959 Warrior by Firestone posted by Don on 8/7/2002 at 7:18:36 PM
I would love to see a pic of your Firestone. I own a "Deluxe Warrior" and a "Firestone 500", which is currently for sale on E-Bay, oops, did I say that, lol.
Anyhow, Huffy made some of the Firestones, or Huffy-Dayton (I think). There is not alot of info about Firestones on the net. My Deluxe is posted on this page in Photo Archives. Let me know if you find info.
Thanks, Don.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1959 Warrior by Firestone posted by Roy on 8/21/2002 at 5:29:28 PM
I am working on a Firestone Super Cruiser and would like some info on this bike if you know of any! Regards Roy

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1959 Warrior by Firestone posted by Dale B. Smith on 8/22/2002 at 11:01:01 PM
I do not know anything specifically about the Firestone Supercruiser. I can tell you, through the research I have done, that several manufacturing companies supplied bikes to Firestone over many years. Some are: Stebler, Huffman, Colson, Murray Ohio, H.P. Snyder and Cleveland Welding Co. I did find out that my 1959 Warrior middleweight bike was manufactured by H.P. Snyder Manufacturing Company of Little Falls, New York. Snyder only made bikes for Firestone in the late 1950's. If the Firestone Supercruiser is from the late '50s, that is a possibility. As the bike is identified as a Firestone (the Warrior had no Firestone identification) it was perhaps made by a different manufacturer. I do know that some Firestones have a emblem badge of an Indian. That may make it an H.P. Snyder bicycle. Good luck.






AGE / VALUE:   Age of Murray Westport Girls 26 inch posted by: Delores Wix on 8/6/2002 at 5:06:07 PM
I recently acquired a girls 26 inch Murray Westport, how would I find out the age of this bike? Does The Murray Bicycle Company still exist. The phone numbers I have no longer belong to them. I have had no luck finding them on the web.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Age of Murray Westport Girls 26 inch posted by Tom Findley on 8/7/2002 at 5:37:04 PM
Murray was bought by Pacific Cycle, which also owns Schwinn. I don't know of any serial number lists for Murray.
If the tires are 26" X 1.75", it is a middleweight made between about 1959 and 1969. Try doing a search on www.ebay.com for "Murray" once a week to see if a similar bike shows up.






AGE / VALUE:   new departure coasterbrakes posted by: phill nalrit on 8/4/2002 at 11:38:51 AM
how long have new departure brakes and hubs existed?who has an extensive list of times,styles,and manufacturers of all hubs.where can i find aserial # on a mead.also curious which style of elgins came with super curved bars(like rams horns)red wall tires, looks very similir to streamliner delux.i haven't seen one online yet.does anyone know which whizzers/flyer came stock with a red paint job with black&white pinstripes.i have also just purchased an english club bike(womens)with sturmey archer 3 speed,1953,entitled "the ace" w/dunlop rims&tires namebadge indicates manufacturered in burmingham eng.by charles twigge & co.i've come up empty handed thus far.in my oppinion it's as nice as any raleigh or schwinn of it's time.50 years old and i'd pick it over alot of .brand new bikes out on the market any or all feedback appreciated


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   new departure coasterbrakes posted by sam on 8/6/2002 at 12:49:43 PM
serial #s should be on the BB.On the web site www.thecabe.com they list a book on hubs.For the club bike try under roadester group on this site.And try also the Vetran-Cycle Club in England.You can find their web site in the discusition under roadester too.---sam






AGE / VALUE:   new departure coasterbrakes posted by: phill nalrit on 8/4/2002 at 11:38:51 AM
how long have new departure brakes and hubs existed?who has an extensive list of times,styles,and manufacturers of all hubs.where can i find aserial # on a mead.also curious which style of elgins came with super curved bars(like rams horns)red wall tires, looks very similir to streamliner delux.i haven't seen one online yet.does anyone know which whizzers/flyer came stock with a red paint job with black&white pinstripes.i have also just purchased an english club bike(womens)with sturmey archer 3 speed,1953,entitled "the ace" w/dunlop rims&tires namebadge indicates manufacturered in burmingham eng.by charles twigge & co.i've come up empty handed thus far.in my oppinion it's as nice as any raleigh or schwinn of it's time.50 years old and i'd pick it over alot of .brand new bikes out on the market any or all feedback appreciated







AGE / VALUE: 26 x 1 3/4 TIRES posted by: Chris on 8/3/2002 at 4:33:42 PM
Those Schwinn middleweight 26 X 1 3/4 tires are hard to find in some of the shops. Can you find them in your area?
What's up with this?


   RE:AGE / VALUE: 26 x 1 3/4 TIRES posted by Tires on 8/3/2002 at 8:28:20 PM
I have a set of schwinn 26X1 3/4 westwind tires that I will give away If you can pick up. They are old but very littlt cracking. I live I batesville In. And sell a lot of older bikes Some pre war and seversl late 40s to mid 50s.The only problem I have is getting good (and correct) balloon tire rims .Anybody have a good source other than memory lane. Very good products but high.fREDDIE






AGE / VALUE:   Lincoln by Chicago Cycle Supply Co. posted by: Lee Frederick on 8/2/2002 at 5:25:20 PM
recently found a "Lincoln" balloon tire bike with a "Chicago Cycle Supply Co." (Schwinn?) headbadge. The bike appears to be the same as a late 30's or early 40's Schwinn Hollywood (serial # H14523). The bike is rough, but has many usable parts. Any information on make, model? Any takers?

Thanks







AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by: Brad on 8/1/2002 at 10:06:50 PM
I have a Rollfast that I enjoy very much but have no idea what year it is. The # on it is E209783, and I have photos if anyone thinks they might be able to help me. Thanks.







MISC:   Rebike Trike Information posted by: Wings on 8/1/2002 at 6:26:19 AM
I have a Rebike Trike -- I already posted this in Recumbent section but perhaps one of you would have information on this bikes rear end. I would like to improve the rear brake (without welding) and I would like to remove the suntour freewheel. I can get the brake off (compression brake) but I cannot remove the freewheel -- I have not gone at it full force yet -- waiting for information before I get desperate.

The Freewheel is mounted in the middle rear of the bike on one of the axles (steel rod over one foot long). Wheel hubs are standard trike hubs.

Any information on this would be a great help.







BALLOON:   just got a bike posted by: buddy cowen on 8/1/2002 at 5:08:14 AM
hi all! hey i just got a bike... an imperial with a tank horn front and rear lamps all origiannal except it has schwin sprint tires ... does anyone have an idea re age ... how may i tell? also has original seat ... handle grips moght be non original... paid 30 dollars for it and rode it around tonight... please help!! thx


   RE:BALLOON:   just got a bike posted by Cal on 8/2/2002 at 11:21:28 AM
I think Imperial is a Columbia.
Look in the picture database.

   RE:BALLOON:   just got a bike posted by Imperial on 8/3/2002 at 8:32:35 PM
I have a nice older Imperial made by CCM A co. In Cananda.






BALLOON:   Schwinn Henderson posted by: Fred A on 7/31/2002 at 11:02:44 PM
Hi All.......

Picked up a 1949 (serial # F094380) girls 24" Schwinn Henderson from the original owner. She had just tossed it curbside as I was driving by (talk about timing!). I stopped and asked if it was okay to take it and she responded "sure, but why? It's an old rusty bike". I told her I could clean it up, including the rusty chrome. She was happy that the bike was going to get a second chance at life instead of ending up in a landfill till it rusted to death. I told her I'd send photos when I was finished of before and after pics.

The bike is completely original except for tires and had enough dirt on top of it so as not to be able to tell the color (blue). Only the rear fender is dented, and the skiptooth is nice and greasy so that should shine when I'm done. Overall, a nice project and the oldest bike I now have.

Fred A


   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Henderson posted by sam on 7/31/2002 at 11:36:51 PM
Indeed good timing.Even a common Schwinn would be good but with the Henderson headbadge it's a great find.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Henderson posted by Fred A on 8/1/2002 at 1:12:23 AM
By the way.......the headbadge is one I've never seen before. It has a long, thin letter "S" for Schwinn and beneath it is stacked SCHWINN with HENDERSON under it.

Fred A

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Henderson posted by Wings on 8/1/2002 at 6:24:30 AM
Fred, bet that made your day!!! Good find!






AGE / VALUE:   old raleigh 3 spd- sporting 2 tires-16x2 posted by: Derek on 7/31/2002 at 6:40:16 PM
dont know anything about bicycles- family wants to throw it away- id like to restore it- has generators for frnt and bck lghts- and has only one tube from frnt of bike to the back so i cant say if its a boy or girls bike- has white tires and army green paint job- all original- any help here or to my email would be greatly apreciated


   RE:AGE / VALUE: old raleigh 3 spd- sporting 2 tires-16x2 posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/31/2002 at 9:34:38 PM
You have there a Raleigh R.S.W. 16!
R.S.W. means Raleigh Small wheels. These sell for about 200.00 and up. More if it folds in half. The bike is rare, from the 1960's
The Raleigh Chopper shares some of the parts with this bike and right now these are way hot and collectable.

Keep it, ride it, display it. Or e- bay it and sell it.
Good god, don't let them throw it out! That would be stupid and a terrible shame.
The tail light set on this bike alone was expensive in it's day. There is a Sturmey-Archer dynohub set in this bike too.
Please post here if it is gonna be for sale!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: old raleigh 3 spd- sporting 2 tires-16x2 posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/31/2002 at 9:39:16 PM
What country are you located in?
Ask about if you can find other old English made bicycles. Tell us here about your finds.
Pick these up cheap, save them from the scrap yards and post your finds here.

People are looking to buy, collect, ride and restore old bicycles and the interest in and prices paid for whole bikes and hard to find replacement spares will surprise you.
Old bikes may not be your bag but here is where everybody who is into them pops up.