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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 3 speed posted by: Joe on 3/29/2004 at 4:36:44 AM
Does anyone here have any idea how to figure date of manufacture on a late 50's to 60's Rollfast? I picked up one today which has British made Dunlop rims, Sturmey Archer hubs and 32/40 spoke patterns. The headube is semi-lugged, while the rest is not. It has a twist grip S/A shifter, one piece cranks, and the model is an Ultralight.
The hub is dated 1966. I have seen Rollfast 3's made in England, but they are just rebadged British bikes. This is an American style frame with all british components. It was found in an old storage building abandoned for many years, but several bikes found along with it also have many mismatched parts. I have another similar Rollfast which uses American 36 hole rims, Bendix coaster brake, and a Crown front hub. The frame on the the coaster model is does not have the semi lugged headtube, but all else looks the same. Did Rollfast out source for British components back then? Even on their own frames?







AGE / VALUE:   Deluxe Tornado ? posted by: dent on 3/28/2004 at 12:55:33 AM
This Schwinn Deluxe Tornado has a serial no. F051262, my first guess on age would be June 1960. The serial no. chart on oldroads shows 1960 & 1961 both start as A100000, is this an error on the chart page? Do I have a 1960 Tornado? What would be the difference between a Deluxe and standard Tornado? This has a Schwinn approved chrome brakearm and rear hub w/grease insert if that helps find an age answer. dent


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Deluxe Tornado ? posted by Gordon on 3/28/2004 at 2:29:20 PM
Your bike is a 1960. The 1960 serial numbers start with A010000 and the first 1961 number is A111111. The Deluxe Tornado was only offered in 1959 and 1960, It sold for $8.00 more than a Tornado so it must have had some option(s). Perhaps a multispeed hub or a carrier or headlight?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Deluxe Tornado ? posted by dent on 3/28/2004 at 3:05:40 PM
Thanks Gordon, it once had a headlight. dent

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Deluxe Tornado ? posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 8:17:34 PM
Although my 1st Schwinn was a '78 Stingray, my 1st 'truck-bike' is a '60 Deluxe Tornado, and I still have both! Mine, from January 1960, was a hideous wreck that made much happier than a Columbia I almost bought. The tank is long gone, so are the front fender, rim & tire along with the truss rods, and the fork was badly bent. The 9-slot rear carrier rack is intact, and so are the rear fender and the painted rear rim with the Schwinn-approved hub w/ the grease insert.
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AGE / VALUE:   AMF discoverer posted by: Jan on 3/27/2004 at 11:31:30 PM
Hi, I just purchased an AMF discoverer. Could anyone tell me the year it is? It is VERY streamlined! Thanks, Jan


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF discoverer posted by roach on 4/9/2004 at 3:06:23 PM
I was given an old Shelby AMF Explorer, I know nothing about it, just that it is old. sorry I'm not much help, We're both in the same boat. But if you (or anyone else) find anything out let me know, I'll do the same!!!
Thanks!






BALLOON:   Rear Hub posted by: Carl on 3/27/2004 at 5:30:19 AM
Can anyone tell me if the rear hub on a 1952-53 was a Bendix or New Departure and was it diffrent because it took larger spokes and what is the size of the spokes. I am restoring a bike and need a rear hub skip tooth thanks


   RE:BALLOON:   Rear Hub posted by MNSmith on 3/27/2004 at 5:45:26 AM
What kind of bike??

www.bunchobikes.com

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Rear Hub posted by Carl on 3/27/2004 at 1:47:23 PM
Its a Roadmaster Luxury Liner thanks for any reply






BALLOON:   Rear Hub posted by: Carl on 3/27/2004 at 5:30:19 AM
Can anyone tell me if the rear hub on a 1952-53 was a Bendix or New Departure and was it diffrent because it took larger spokes and what is the size of the spokes. I am restoring a bike and need a rear hub skip tooth thanks







AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by: Tim on 3/23/2004 at 5:09:59 PM
Hey guys,I need to replace a spoke on a Schwinn 5spd tandem it`s behind the gears and a chrome guard,my question is how do get the gears off? and is anything (bearings etc)going to fall out? I know nothing about these wheels I`ve always stuck to balloon tire bikes.
Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by John Metz on 3/24/2004 at 11:54:18 AM
You will need a freewheel removal tool that fits your
brand of freewheel. Look in the center area around the
axle to see if the freewheel has splines around its
center,if not there will be notches on the side of it
close to the center. This will tell you which type of
tool you need however you need to find the brand name
of the freewheel which is usually stamped on the side
near the center to be sure of getting the right size
tool.
the freewheel removale tool will have flats around it for a wrench. It is advisable to hold the tool in place
by tightening the axle nut against it as you break the
freewheel loose by turning the tool counterclockwise
with the wrench. It might be very hard to break loose as pedaling has tightened it on the hub. If the tool were
to slip while trying to loosen it damage to the freewheel
or tool could result. After you break it loose though you can take the axle nut off. Once the freewheel is off the
metal plate will lift off and you will now be able to
replace the spoke. It isn't necessary to remove the
bearings so nothing will fall out.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by John Metz on 3/24/2004 at 12:23:38 PM
Another thought-You didn't mnetion the age of the bike
but if it was made since the late '80s it likely will
have a cassette instead of a freewheel. They look alike
but the cassette is held in place by a lock ring and
requires a lockring removal tool. There will be small
splines in the center of the cassette to accept the tool.
If there are no splines a lockring tool is not needed
but two chain whips are a you have to place one whip on
the large cog and one on the small cog and apply pressure
downward on the small cog while holding the large cog
stationary. This will twist the small cog off and then
the other cogs can be lifted off.
On a lockring type the cogs will lift off after removing
the lockring. If in doubt about which type you have or
if you have a freewheel or cassette I'd consult a bike shop.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by John Metz on 3/24/2004 at 12:42:54 PM
A last though-A very good WEB site that will have instructions and illustrations to help you is
www.sheldonbrown.com . Go to the gears and drivetrain
link. Sheldon Brown is a master bicycle mechanic at
Harris Cyclery in Boston and has quite a useful WEB site.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by Tim on 3/24/2004 at 12:59:49 PM
Thanks John I think a trip to the local bike shop may be in order
Tim

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by Ken on 3/26/2004 at 8:24:54 PM
Take it to the LBS and ask them if they have the freewheel tool that fits it. It won't be more than eight bucks and you'll have it next time you break a spoke.
Best way to use it is to clamp the tool in a bench vise facing up and fit the wheel over it. Then just turn the wheel counterclockwise to loosen.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by Tim on 3/30/2004 at 1:20:19 PM
What a horror story,I called my LBS they told me to bring in the wheel as there were many different sizes the tool would run about 9bucks not bad I thought,of course they didn`t have the right one (not for sale anyway) but they did offer to remove it for me. cool I thought,some real bike guys till they brought it out along with a bill for 4dollars to late to turn back now I said and paid the bill 1 less coustomer isn`t going to put him out of buiz,but Ilearned a lesson so beware guys,thanks for all your help.
Tim

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by Tim on 3/30/2004 at 1:21:52 PM
What a horror story,I called my LBS they told me to bring in the wheel as there were many different sizes the tool would run about 9bucks not bad I thought,of course they didn`t have the right one (not for sale anyway) but they did offer to remove it for me. cool I thought,some real bike guys till they brought it out along with a bill for 4dollars to late to turn back now I said and paid the bill 1 less coustomer isn`t going to put him out of buiz,but Ilearned a lesson so beware guys,thanks for all your help.
Tim

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spoke replacment posted by Stacey on 4/2/2004 at 7:00:55 PM
So what's your beef?

You called the place right? That means they have a phone and the bill is current. I gather they also had the lights on too... and it was warm in there, yes?

All these things cost money. The object of being in business is to make money. Which they did from you... and fairly too. Change back from a fiver. Money left to stop at McD's and grab a burger.

The alternative would have been to have them special order that driver for you, but then you'd have been out nine bucks and had to wait a week or two. Seems to me you came out ahead.






AGE / VALUE:   sears sportflite posted by: rudy on 3/22/2004 at 12:34:40 AM
Can anyone help me identify the year of a Sears bike i have recently purchased.I have been unable to find a serial number chart for a Sears ladies sportflite.



   RE:AGE / VALUE: sears sportflite posted by Rif on 3/23/2004 at 2:41:23 AM
I have a men's sportflite,
These were manufactured by Huffy. The serial # should be on the rear dropout.
Once this is determined, go to Huffy's website and e-mail the customer support dept. with the serial #, they should be able to help you out.
I did this with my 1957 Huffy Customliner and not only did they send me the year and exact model, but also mailed to me a color photocopy of it from their original catalog!
Great company as far as that goes I.M.H.O.
Rif

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sears sportflite posted by rudy on 3/31/2004 at 3:48:28 AM
Thanks for the info Rif. I did what you sugjested. First i e mailed the customer service dept but didnt get a response. So i decided to call Huffy bikes to speek to a rep and was told that they never made a Sportflite for Sears so I am not sure what the year is or who manufactured this bike. The serial number is underneath the bottom bracket. Are you sure Huffy made this bike? Can anyone help me?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sears sportflite posted by rudy on 3/31/2004 at 3:48:38 AM
Thanks for the info Rif. I did what you sugjested. First i e mailed the customer service dept but didnt get a response. So i decided to call Huffy bikes to speek to a rep and was told that they never made a Sportflite for Sears so I am not sure what the year is or who manufactured this bike. The serial number is underneath the bottom bracket. Are you sure Huffy made this bike? Can anyone help me?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sears sportflite posted by King on 4/24/2004 at 2:21:32 AM
Well, I called Huffy about a month ago to figure out what year my Huffy Stalker LX was built. They claimed they had no record of their serial numbers. Could be I got an incompetent fool. Maybe I will give them another try. If anyone knows, the serial number is ... HC5655845. I bought the thing myself probably between 90 and 92, but can't be sure when and would like to be certain. I sure wish bike builders would put the year on there somewhere. Murray does.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   sears sportflite posted by King on 4/24/2004 at 2:23:52 AM
Well, I called Huffy about a month ago to figure out what year my Huffy Stalker LX was built. They claimed they had no record of their serial numbers. Could be I got an incompetent fool. Maybe I will give them another try. If anyone knows, the serial number is ... HC5655845. I bought the thing myself probably between 90 and 92, but can't be sure when and would like to be certain. I sure wish bike builders would put the year on there somewhere. Murray does.
My email is KingKassel@aol.com






AGE / VALUE:   indian scout posted by: Brad on 3/21/2004 at 4:44:24 PM
I have an indian scout bicycle.It says made in england.It is a 3 speed.It looks like the motorcycle company made or had this made. Can anybody tell me about it. I can send pictures if needed.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   indian scout posted by sam on 3/21/2004 at 9:32:22 PM
Made by British Cycle Company--or Phillips--same company. Phillips ended up buying Indian.And yes they were sold tru Indian Motorcycle dealers.---Value is increased over regular english bicycles because of Indian MC connection---sam






AGE / VALUE:   1948 BF Goodrich, 1960 Schwinn posted by: candy on 3/20/2004 at 8:10:47 AM
I could really use some help. I haven't seen any pics of a 1948 BF Goodrich Schwinn anywhere!! I want to see how much of my bike is original. Does anyone know where I can find some more info and pics? I also just purchased a 1960 Schwinn at an auto auction (of all places), but it has been repainted, so I don't know what model it is. I am pretty sure the fork is not right because it has the spring shock in the front and I haven't seen any pics from 1960 Schwinns that have that. I bought the bike at auction to sell. There is a picture of it on MTBR.com under full suspension bikes listed as a 1960 Schwinn. Would someone please help me figure out the deal with both bikes?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1948 BF Goodrich, 1960 Schwinn posted by Charlie Martin on 3/23/2004 at 5:41:10 AM
We are in the same boat. I have a BF Goodrich as well. The serial number (B95127) indicates that it is probably a 1947 or 1948. I did find a picture on a website today, but it doesn't seem to jive with my bike. I have some feelers out. Perhaps we can compare/share information.

My bike has the BF Goodrich eagle head badge. It has a "Sweet heart" front sproket (heart shape cut-outs) and has what they call a skip-tooth chain. It does not have a springer front end, and it doesn't appear to have had a head light. It does have a tank. I think the origenal color scheme was red with white (cream)trim.

Please use my email address to comunicate, as My "favorites are getting too cluddered to sort out. Not sure how long it may take me to find this site again.

cfmartin@hollinet.com


Thanks,

Charlie martin

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1948 BF Goodrich, 1960 Schwinn posted by Ken on 3/26/2004 at 8:31:13 PM
The thing about Schwinn-built bikes is that Schwinn offered an enormous number of options, so it is difficult to be sure your features are original. But the good news is you don't have to just look at BF Goodrich; you can compare with all the Schwinn-builts you can find. Have you looked at Nostalgic.net?
http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by: Kahlil Rinaldi on 3/19/2004 at 4:32:49 AM
I just bought a '52 Schwinn Speedster that is all black with a "S" on the front fender. It's missing the rear wheel, tires, chain, seat post and seat. Does anyone know of ANY Speedsters this early?? Any photos out there?? 520-884-9944


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by schwinnderella on 3/19/2004 at 5:23:50 AM
I do not believe speedstres were made that early.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by Gordon on 3/19/2004 at 6:48:35 PM
First year for the Speedster was 1959. Check the number of characters in your serial number and go back to the serial number chart, or post the number here.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by Sean on 12/13/2005 at 11:04:56 PM
I've got a Speedster I thought was a '52 as well. Serial is F979316 (which matches http://www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber4.htm as a '52). This message is a bit out of date, but did anyone ever sort this out?
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by Sean on 12/14/2005 at 12:19:29 AM
My Bad, it's a '59... too many numbers for a '52
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Speedster posted by Sean on 12/14/2005 at 12:21:41 AM
My Bad, it's a '59... too many numbers for a '52
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AGE / VALUE:   What is the age of my bike? posted by: Kevin on 3/15/2004 at 1:25:44 AM
Hello can anyone help me to determine the age of this Schwinn Twin 5 speed 2 seater that is in very good shape #CC59350 . Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is the age of my bike? posted by joel on 3/16/2004 at 3:52:44 PM
march 1967






AGE / VALUE:   new find posted by: Scott on 3/13/2004 at 4:02:45 AM
Ok I'm a newbie at this, I recently acquired a fantastic condition all original schwinn hollywood for 50$, I'm thinking it is probably a 70', I would like some help to determine actual year. The serial number begins with md.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   new find posted by Ken on 3/16/2004 at 4:05:25 PM
If the number's on the dropout, and MD is followed by five digits, it should be December 68. The chart is on this web site.






BALLOON:   Schwinn Debutante posted by: Jill on 3/12/2004 at 9:00:28 PM
Does anyone know what year Schwinn made the Debutante? I bought it but do not have it in my hands yet, so I cannot get the serial number. I'm just trying to do a little research before I get it and start trying to work on it.


   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Debutante posted by Jill on 3/12/2004 at 9:44:17 PM
Edit my above message. Also can anyone tell me what years the debutante was made?

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Debutante posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 8:25:38 PM
I recently saw a pink-&-white Debutante on eBay that was made in 1960, so it's highly possibly that it's from the late-'50's/early-'60's era.
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AGE / VALUE:   1929 Schwinn value? 1930 Rollfast ? posted by: scott on 3/12/2004 at 5:01:20 AM
I aquired a 1929 Schwinn 26 inch bike that needs tires and restoration? Its got rust but is rideable with tires. Has painted fenders, wooden rims (inside metal rim?) with tubless tires. The other bike is a 1930 Rollfast in same condition. Both seats need recovering. Both bikes are complete and original and was wondering what they might be worth.

Thanks for any help-
Scott


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1929 Schwinn value? 1930 Rollfast ? posted by sam on 3/14/2004 at 3:19:47 PM
These are a special class of bike,and hard to give a price on.A friend lately bought a columbia for about $60 on ebay that turned out to be a great buy buy for some reason no one bid??Most I see on ebay go for at least $175 and up in compleat condition. More if it has a tank,horn,lights etc. And again let me say the $175 is just a start guess.The seat restortation can run $250 , and the tires cost $90 each.---sam






AGE / VALUE:   Pre-War Schwinn posted by: Shawn on 3/7/2004 at 2:53:01 PM
I am looking at purchasing a pre-war Schwinn and would like to know how to date it? The serial # the guy gave me was 0545 (the first letter might be wrong). Any help would be appreciated! Thank You Shawn


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre-War Schwinn posted by JC on 3/10/2004 at 8:58:22 PM
Schwinn serial number charts before 1948 were destroyed in a fire, so if it is pre-war, you won't be able to use the serial number to date it. You need to look at similar Schwinns.