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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







BALLOON:    posted by: dent on 6/20/2004 at 3:25:03 AM
This should be an easy question for many, but one I'm unsure of. I picked up a Balloon tire Monark Rocket today and one of it's jeweled Coke bottle grips was missing the jewel. One grip has a green jewel, should the other grip match it? Did they come as a pair with the same color jewels, or did they match a red one with a green one in a stock pair?







AGE / VALUE:   Assorted ballooners at an antique store. posted by: Miguel on 6/19/2004 at 4:29:38 AM
Anyone interested in a Old Lincoln skiptooth cruiser, I can give you the number of an antique store that has one. Found it while searching for old bikes in Salt Lake City. balloon tire, green with white and red accents. Pretty rough, but restorable. They also have an Evans Interceptor 300 middleweight, and an interesting Rollfast cruiser also. Green with white accents. Can get pics of all bikes if interested. These are stored outside and wasting away. They don't deserve to rust away like this. Let me know?







AGE / VALUE:   Assorted ballooners at an antique store. posted by: Miguel on 6/19/2004 at 4:29:38 AM
Anyone interested in a Old Lincoln skiptooth cruiser, I can give you the number of an antique store that has one. Found it while searching for old bikes in Salt Lake City. balloon tire, green with white and red accents. Pretty rough, but restorable. They also have an Evans Interceptor 300, and an interesting Rollfast cruiser also. Green with white accents. Can get pics of all bikes if interested. These are stored outside and wasting away. They don't deserve to rust away like this. Let me know?







AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: pat on 6/18/2004 at 11:30:51 PM
does any one have any info on an old jc higgins serial no 12021 its a 3 speed







WANTED:   tank posted by: roach on 6/18/2004 at 9:22:24 PM
does anyone have half or full tank for a schwinn cruiser style boys bike, decently priced. I have a fleet frame so I can use the half tank like on an american also. if someone can aid a fellow balooner please e-mail me
Thanks
Roach







AGE / VALUE:   "Executive" (manufacturer) bikes ? posted by: Bob on 6/18/2004 at 7:28:57 PM
Do "Executive" brand bikes have any possible i.e. "more "0" :-) value ?

My charitable organization had an Executive 3 speed donated for a yard sale. (similar to any English 3-speed middle weight in appearance, not a ballon tire bike).

It's very original looking, I don't think anything has been replaced. Very good condition, limited corrosion. Has polished aluminum fenders that still shine a bit, alloy brake handles, "grip" shifter, not sure of the hub type. I'd guess it is US made. Off the top of my head it looks like it dates to the 60's or 70's based on my memory of what components I used to see in the biz.

Thanks for any insight at all,




   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by dent on 6/20/2004 at 3:24:19 AM
I had an "Executive" once(or still do in one pile or another),it may have been sold by Sears and was Austrian made,....I think?







AGE / VALUE:   Does this seller have museum pieces???? posted by: Jif on 6/18/2004 at 3:30:49 PM
item # 2251246457 and same seller is selling two Columbias, nice, but the prices. Maybe such prices are common with such items.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Does this seller have museum pieces???? posted by Max on 6/18/2004 at 4:09:56 PM
price seems right to me
i'm sure they will go higher than 650$
these are nice bikes
too bad one seat is missing






AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Corvette posted by: Steve Fsicher on 6/18/2004 at 12:09:37 AM
Anyone know of sources for Schwinn Corvette decals? I have a 1957 that I wish to restore. Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Corvette posted by wes on 6/19/2004 at 3:57:44 AM
memory lanes classics
grand rapids ohio
very good people to deal with






MIDDLEWEIGHT:   How do I learn More posted by: erwood on 6/16/2004 at 2:26:15 AM
My coop came across a bike that says it is a Miyata Roadster. It looks very old. It has a very unique hand brake system. The rear brake is like a drum and is activated by rods running down the down tube. The chain is fully encased in a chain guard. It seems to be a dark green color - almost military green.

Any Ideas?


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   How do I learn More posted by sam on 6/18/2004 at 2:41:36 AM
These bikes are from Japan.I don't think they were ever exported but some were brought back by military personal.Seem to be on the small side but also very well built.Built for Japan's industry workers I think???---sam






AGE / VALUE:   50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by: Miguel on 6/15/2004 at 2:51:19 PM
I found two, mens and womens matching set. Identical other than frame obviously. They are 2x2.125 tires, medium blue and white. Cleveland welding looking frames. As in no seat stays going to down tube. Double top tubes, both curved. Chain guards say "Columbia Built". The fenders are VERY wide, with white pinstripes. I looked through the picture database, and they are exactly like the maroon and white
1954 mens cruiser. Anyone want to throw in a guess for how much they're worth? The womens is priced at $50, and the mens $150. There's a Sears musclebike inside the store they dropped by half. I am thinking they can go lower, especially since these are outside wasting away. PLEASE answer asap, since I will only be in the area a couple of more weeks. Please respond via e-mail also, but I will be checking back here as well. Thanks very much, Miguel


   RE:AGE / VALUE: 50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by Miguel on 6/15/2004 at 3:21:08 PM
I can go back and get the serial numbers if I know where to look? Thanks again, Miguel

   RE:AGE / VALUE: 50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by Miguel on 6/15/2004 at 3:36:31 PM
Sorry for talking to myself here, but I need to correct something from my first post. I meant to say the paint scheme is exactly like the pic of the 54. The lower top tube on the mens bike is curved like the top. I don't know whether this means newer or older, however?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: 50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by Miguel on 6/17/2004 at 6:08:23 AM
Anybody? I can get pics in the next couple of days for e-mail purposes. Would they help more than a description?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: 50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by Miguel on 6/19/2004 at 4:28:15 AM
Went by today and got the serial numbers. The ladies is a 54, and the mens is a 55. Is the mens worth $100, that's what they are asking for it now? If someone could please respond it would much appreciated. Thanks?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: 50's?? Columbia balloon tire bikes. Strut forks, How much they worth? posted by Miguel on 6/21/2004 at 4:31:48 PM
Thanks so much for all the help! I appreciate it, lol.






WANTED:   '48 HIggins saddle & accessories posted by: David Triunfol on 6/12/2004 at 5:24:48 PM
Just bought a 1948 J.C. Higgins Deluxe women's model. Need a period saddle, rear rack, horn (for inside tank), light and any other Sears & period appropriate accessories. Feel free to write if you have anything for sale or know of any good sources for Sears repro or NOS. Thanks all.







AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer posted by: Nick Walny on 6/9/2004 at 2:16:28 AM
Irecently was given a Western Flyer and am interested in any info that anyone can give me on the year and or value would be appreciated. The serial number on the bike is 5HC07613 on the rearof bike. It has great original paint decals, front basket, rear rack, childs seat that is obviously old and in great shape, tires are ok, rims need work. Any info anyone has as to year and value and where I can get any parts I may need to finish off bike would be appreciated. Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer posted by dent on 6/15/2004 at 3:09:20 AM
Is the headbadge a sticker or is it metal? I've noticed that WF'ers seemed to use the metal headbadge into the mid to late 1960's, the later 60's and so on used the sticker.

I've learned in this arena that "they're all only worth what someone is willing to pay for it", and "look it up for yourself, geez people" this is in no way meant to vent on you Nick, good luck with your WF!
Fellow Flyer Owner






BALLOON:   Collegiate posted by: Jim Erlitz on 6/8/2004 at 11:26:43 PM
I have a balloon tire type cruiser, it has full fenders, two metal bars extending from the gooseneck to the front hub. It doesn't have a tank, but does have a chrome piece attached behind the seat. It also has a bookrack. The front badge on the bike reads collegiate, with a galic style large letter C in the middle of it. The closest bike that I've seen that resembles it is a western flyer, and its dated prewar. It has the original paint which is red with white tips on the front and rear fender, and has white on the front of each of main frame bars, seperated by a blue pinstripe. The chaingard is also red with horizontal white pinstripes.,







BALLOON:   What is it posted by: Dave on 6/8/2004 at 9:38:29 PM
I just picked up a 26 inch ladies bicycle that appears to be from the fifties, but there are some questions. The bicycle is called a Spitfire. I have looked that up and the frame looks like a Scwhinn Spitfire, but there is no mention of Schwinn on the frame, nameplate, chrome chainguard, fenders or anywhere. The logo on the nameplate is a spitfire propeller and engine as seen from the front with the Spitfire name.

It has a serial number which looks right (starts with a G_____, under the bottom bracket, where it belongs, but there is one too few numbers. It has a highly-stylized hand?-forged handlebar stem and appears to have original Allstate tires and rims. The strangest thing is that the tires have no age cracks, or other signs of age or wear. There is also little wear on the Weisinger seat. The chrome is good, as is the paint and everything else. It's like a time-warp bike, except for a little surface rust here and there.

Help? What is this bicycle? Thanks for any help.


   RE:BALLOON:   What is it posted by sam on 6/13/2004 at 2:25:47 PM
Schwinn did use the name spitfire on some of their bikes






AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by: Jo on 6/8/2004 at 7:04:32 PM
My husband and I recently acquired two older ballon tire bicycles. The nameplate on the older appearing bicycle reads Wm. Bingham Co., Cleveland, OH with a Speed King much larger on the nameplate; and the only thing we can read on the other 50'-60's bicyclie is AMC and the remains of roman numeral III on the decal. I cannot find anything on these manufacturers. Are they related to other companies? I have seen some evidence on the web that AMC could possibly be connected to Murray. Also is Cleveland Welding a lead for either?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by Tim (central, NY) on 6/9/2004 at 12:28:00 AM
That's interesting! I just posted the message before yours and also bought any old Speed King. My guess is 1930's, I'm hoping some of the experienced collectors will reply. Mine also has Wm. Bingham Co. Cleveland, OH with wings on each side of the metal plate. Mine has the skipped link chain, red and white. I'll be watching for replies! Tim

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by Jo (Ohio) on 6/9/2004 at 1:45:25 AM
Yes Tim--

I have been looking for someone with a Speed King all weekend, and decided to come back and post a message without reading the recent ones. Ironic. I'm not sure yet how to post a picture here, but I may try that soon. As for color, shall I say "rust" colored?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by Jim on 6/14/2004 at 11:27:36 PM
Hello Jo,
It sounds like your second bike is an AMC VIII, manufactured by Murray in the early to mid 60's. It was a middleweight (26 x 1.75 tires) and part of their "Space-Weight" series. It had the streamlined tank that swept past the headtube with 2 lights, a streamlined carrier and truss rods for the front wheel (which were really for show since they didn't provide any springer action). Murray made the similar frame under several different names - Strato-Flite, Astro-Flite, Sonic-Flite and of course the Spaceliner. Remember this was the early 60's and the space race was in full swing, so any name that sounded like it was connected to space would have been used. They are not getting the attention they really deserve at this time, so unfortunately, the value for one in complete and excellent condition would rarely top $300 or so. Parts for these come up fairly frequently on Ebay, but if the bike is in good condition, just have fun riding it!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by Jo on 6/16/2004 at 10:29:52 PM
Wow Jim--

Thanks so much for the great information! As a couple of newbies to bicycle collecting, this is very helpful. Your description sounds right on, and we are looking forward to learning how to restore her. Much appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Speed King/AMC mystery posted by Isabel on 5/28/2006 at 7:16:02 PM
Jim, I have been looking for an answer about this AMC VIII for about a week now until I stumbled in your thread. Thank you for the thorough information and now my research is complete. :-)
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