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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







FOR SALE:   62 Schwinn Co-Ed posted by: Gary Main on 10/8/2003 at 5:13:14 AM
this is a nice bike, needs a home
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2195824978&category=35961







AGE / VALUE:   original picture posted by: Tony Cool on 10/8/2003 at 3:07:40 AM
A lady just gave me an 1936 American Flyer bicycle. Does anyone have original picture. I am also alittle courous what it worth, Price not important , just looks cool. She said there was strings that covered back wheel. I would like to restore . I really need a picture.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   original picture posted by Don on 10/10/2003 at 1:21:33 AM
Hello, I am also restoring a 40's western flyer bicycle. If you go to the western auto web site, you can bring up ads with some pictures of these old bikes. I don't know how much difference there was between these years, but it might help you a little bit. Good Luck, Don

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   original picture posted by Don on 10/10/2003 at 1:23:49 AM
Sorry, I got American Flyer, Western Flyer mixed up. Don






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   World Tourist posted by: Alexis on 10/7/2003 at 2:24:22 PM
Can anyone tell me where I can find the serial number on my Schwinn World Tourist?







AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem posted by: Tim on 10/7/2003 at 12:37:34 PM
Hey guys,I`m looking to buy a 5 speed middlewieght Schwinn tandem good shape fair price.I just sold our single speed and boy is my wife mad...
any help e-mail me
Tim


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem posted by Jared on 10/11/2003 at 1:14:44 AM
I have a 64 or 65 Schwinn single speed tandam Im willing to sell but due to it being in mint condition I have had no takers asking $1200.00. If interested send a reply.






MISC:   HUFFMAN.......... posted by: Fred A on 10/7/2003 at 3:37:59 AM
Does anyone know when Huffman bikes changed their name to Huffy? Was it in the 40's or 50's?


   RE:MISC:   HUFFMAN.......... posted by Gordon on 10/7/2003 at 12:38:12 PM
It was 1949. Huffy was the nickname of Horace Huffman Jr. who had taken over the company in 1942. His father passed away at the age of 59 in 1945.

   RE:RE:MISC:   HUFFMAN.......... posted by Fred A on 10/7/2003 at 3:44:33 PM
Thanks Gordon. (By the way, I just found the Huffy Website with the time-line showing all different sorts of things.) Well, this means that the boys 20'' bicycle I bought isn't as old as I had hoped. Still, early 50's or even 1949 is a nice find!

Fred A

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   HUFFMAN.......... posted by gary m on 10/8/2003 at 3:13:22 AM
my son and i have customized a 50s Huffy 20 in Tank Bike, here is a pic. its now a green pearl metallic with silver bars, and tank. it has a S2 schwinn 3sp coaster brake rear with a vintage 20x2.125 rear tire, alloy front with a similar tire. has a 3sp stik shift on the top bar over the tank, looks DARN COOL!> :]

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   HUFFMAN.......... posted by gary m on 10/8/2003 at 3:13:45 AM
my son and i have customized a 50s Huffy 20 in Tank Bike, here is a pic. its now a green pearl metallic with silver bars, and tank. it has a S2 schwinn 3sp coaster brake rear with a vintage 20x2.125 rear tire, alloy front with a similar tire. has a 3sp stik shift on the top bar over the tank, looks DARN COOL!> :]
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bicycledealersusedsales/






AGE / VALUE:   schwinn tiger posted by: rick on 10/7/2003 at 1:13:31 AM
my friend found a ballon tire bike in great shape at a local scrap yard. I believe its a 59 schwinn tiger girls bike still has original rubber. whats the unrestored original going for these days. he's lokin to sell?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn tiger posted by Tony Cool on 10/8/2003 at 3:20:21 AM
Without seeing I would say under 100.00. Parts worth more than whole bike. They have to be cleanable.and in great condition after.






AGE / VALUE:   Sears/Ted Williams Three Wheeler posted by: Toby on 10/6/2003 at 11:07:40 PM
I recently purchased a Sears/Ted Williams model three-wheeler. It is a three speed with 24 inch tires. It is in great condition and I am wondering if it is worth anything?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears/Ted Williams Three Wheeler posted by gary m on 10/7/2003 at 3:01:06 AM
if its safe, sound and all works any and all 3 wheelers start at $150 or so, they are pricey new, and anything cheap and new is junk. Sears didnt carry junk. it cost but was worth it.






WANTED:   complete original tank horn posted by: reggie on 10/4/2003 at 10:39:27 PM
i'm in need of a complete original tank horn assembly for a ladies 1952 schwinn hornet (not the same as mens) it has small button willing to trade some vintage parts for it please e-mail me if have one and what your looking for in trade. thanks







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   ladies schwinn "debbie" posted by: reggie on 10/4/2003 at 10:34:28 PM
does anyone know anything about a schwinn middle weight cruiser called "debbie" possibly made in the early to mid '40's? if so please e-mail me with info and any picture that is available. thanks


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   ladies schwinn posted by BillG on 10/6/2003 at 12:23:22 AM
That is shorthand for "Schwinn Debutante".
There is probably one in the picture database on this site.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   ladies schwinn posted by MNSmith on 10/6/2003 at 4:20:46 AM
Not correct. Schwinn made a "Debbie" model from 1960 to 1962. Certainly not in the forties.






AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Pre-War Boys Bike... posted by: Fred A on 10/4/2003 at 8:28:34 PM
I just bought a HUFFY boys 20'' wheeled bicycle. The name on the chainguard is HUFFY CONVERTIBLE and pretty much matches the girls version on the picture data base on this web site. Only missing parts seem to be the headlight and a tank. The color of the bike is black and red and has a leather seat and truss rods. It also has the screws at the rear of the frame for positioning the wheel. I read that this bike was produced from 1941 to 1945 (though I can't imagine it being made during WWII). Does anyone have any info on this little gem?
Thanks!!!







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by: Rif Addams on 10/3/2003 at 3:34:46 PM
Hey all,
On my way home from New York, I stopped by the Vintage MotorBike Club swap meet in Portland, Indianna (July 4th week).
Anyway, I dragged home from there a middleweight wheeled bike that has all the earmarks of a mid fifties Columbia. It was complete minus the seat.
The only I.D. is the name Viking on the tank. The tank is very unusual and that is the reason for this purchese, it cught my eye and I just couldn't resist. The tank looks like it was inspired by the old Flash Gordon / Buck Rogers serials.
There is no indication in the database of this beastie. I would like to find out more about it, so if anyone has a clue please let me know...
T.I.A.
Rif


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by rif on 10/5/2003 at 4:30:23 PM
Well,
It is definately a Columbia middleweight, between '56 and '59 (my buddy who knows quite a bit is making an educated guess- I'll trust that).
Yesterday while out cruisin' with our vintage bike club, my buddy stated that she had just picked up a girls Columbia middle weight to rob for parts.
I'll be darned if it wasn't the girls version of my Viking!
Well a deal was struck and if I pulled the parts she wanted I could have the rest for my bike!
I'll be out in the shop in a few minutes, swapping parts!
Later,
Rif

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by rif on 10/5/2003 at 4:43:05 PM
I just cleaned the few coats of house paint off the rear dropout and found the serial number-
E268894
According to the serial number chart it is a 1959!
Not a bad deal for $15.00...
Rif

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by BillG on 10/6/2003 at 12:24:51 AM
Woo Hoo! Good score.

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by Guido on 10/6/2003 at 4:08:16 AM
Does your Dodge know you`re cheating on her with a Columbia ????? lmao, I couldn`t resist hehehe.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Viking...? posted by Rif on 10/7/2003 at 4:10:25 PM
Oooh,
My ol' dodge doesn't get jealous.
Now that old plymouth on the other hand...
LOL
Rif






BALLOON:   Allstate tires posted by: Ted O on 10/3/2003 at 2:39:02 AM
How rare are Allstate blackwall tires 26x21/4 in good shape & what would they be worth? Thanks.


   RE:BALLOON:   Allstate tires posted by gary m on 10/4/2003 at 3:14:42 AM
pump em up to 45 lbs once and you will see what they are worth. most old rubber looks great flat. would be worth some coins if they dont go pow.






BALLOON:   Rollfast Bike-Prewar..... posted by: Fred A on 10/2/2003 at 2:44:34 AM
Hi all...

I just bought a woman's pre-war Rollfast bike missing only the original saddle. Of course, it was repainted years ago entirely in red and will need a complete restoration...but it's all there! The headlight works...the horn tank works...amazing! The rear rack has eight square holes in it, something I've never seen before. Chainguard is there also.

Anyway, what I would like to find out is where I can find some info, specifically what the original colors were and what the year is. According to one of my books, "Evolution Of The Bicycle", it appears to be a late 30's or early 40's. No springer, but truss rods.
If anyone can lead me to any info I would really appreciate it!

Thanks!
Fred A


   RE:BALLOON:   Rollfast Bike-Prewar..... posted by Joel on 10/3/2003 at 8:48:35 PM
Like this ?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2561394461&category=12

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Rollfast Bike-Prewar..... posted by Fred A on 10/4/2003 at 1:34:12 AM
Hi Joel.......

Yes, EXACTLY like that, thank you! Except, of course for the bad paint on mine. I'm going to try and carefully remove the paint and see if the original paint is under it. Maybe I'll get lucky. Now, if I can only find some catalogs on Rollfast............






MISC:   Schwinn Pullman posted by: greg on 10/1/2003 at 11:19:49 PM
bought two matching bikes except for the badges,one is Arnold Schwinn Pullman,,the other is a airplane,train,and race car badge and says schwinn,,Pullman #B80318,,and other #I34080,,what is it?thanks


   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Pullman posted by MNSmith on 10/6/2003 at 4:22:55 AM
They are both Schwinns. A picture or good description would help determine what models.

www.bunchobikes.com






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Pullman? posted by: Greg on 9/30/2003 at 11:59:19 PM
bought two matching bikes except for the badges,one is Arnold Schwinn Pullman,,the other is a airplane,train,and race car badge and says schwinn,,Pullman #B80318,,and other #I34080,,thanks