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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







MISC:   Wheels posted by: Harry on 8/14/2004 at 11:06:36 PM
Disreguard my last post, I think the wheels on my bike are bigger than most standard 26in wheels. I pulled the tire off of another 26in wheel to compare to, but the wheel off of my bike is larger than a regular 26in wheel; although its not as big as a 27in wheel, is there an inbetween size? This is driving me crazy, I might end up just putting new wheels on..in that case does anyone know where I could get some 26in schwinn s7 wheels that are painted white? not looking for nice either, I want them to look slightly aged.
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MISC:   Is this tire size just obsolete or something? posted by: Harry on 8/14/2004 at 9:59:20 PM
I posted about that (what I believe to be) elgin a few days back, but I wanted to put new tires on it so I could maybe ride it a little. The original goodyear tires on it were 26x1.375. Sam told me maybe to try some 26x1.75 tires, but I have not been able to locate some yet. Problem is that it seems like other 26in tires will not fit on the rim, they will not stretch over. Would the 26x1.75's be taler and be able to stretch over the rim? Thanks.
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   RE:MISC:   Is this tire size just obsolete or something? posted by sam on 8/15/2004 at 1:29:41 PM
I ment you would have to trade out the wheels.The 26x1.375 was an old american tire size that is no longer made.Sometimes people offer them on ebay.I'dd change the compleat wheel and hubs and keep the originals compleat.
English racer type bikes use a wheel almost the same size.Compleat bikes cost about $10 at yard sales or Good Will stores,that would get you a cheap set of wheels for it,and you can get English racer 26x1&3/8 tires at K-Mart/Wal-mart for about $7 each.
I think this bike is more interesting because of these odd tire size---it's something not seen every day---sam
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   RE:MISC:   Is this tire size just obsolete or something? posted by Harry on 8/15/2004 at 8:57:14 PM
Alright, thanks. I am looking into it, I actually swapped the front wheel out yesterday, but am gonig to have to exchange the sproket with another hub because the bike has a skip tooth chain. I was hoping I could find an old set of wheels off a schwinn or something that were painted white with the stripes, that would almost look original to this bike. Like I said, it seems that the wheels are larger than standard 26in wheels, I cant make those tires budge with all my might.
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   RE:RE:MISC:   Is this tire size just obsolete or something? posted by sam on 8/15/2004 at 11:16:11 PM
The rims are larger.The 26" size is the out side of the tire.So a balloon tire 26" with a fatter side wall has smaller rims ,while a light/weight 26" tired bike has larger rims and a smaller sidewall tire.
As I've said this is a bike worth the time to check into.Good luck with it---sam
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   RE:RE:MISC: Is this tire size just obsolete or something? posted by Rif on 8/21/2004 at 2:49:45 PM
Coker tire may have them but be prepared to drop some coin for them. Coker pops all variety of antique style bicycle, motor bicycle, and motorcycle, tires (and rims!). But you'll pay a pretty fair chunk of change for them.
Rif


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AGE / VALUE:   Larz Anderson National Bike Show Photo albums 2003-2004 posted by: Peter Naiman on 8/13/2004 at 3:52:38 PM
I've put together albums of the last two years of Larz if anyone to view really great cycles. If you click on the URL below, you can view full albums of the last two years
of Larz. There aresome very exotic and interesting Antiques and Highwheelers, take a peak at the 2003 Album.
Peter Naiman
Boston, MA

http://www.birfield.com/modules/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=hetchinspete

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AGE / VALUE:   lassalle tadem posted by: tim on 8/13/2004 at 1:20:52 AM
looking for info,Ihave a lassalle tandem it steers from both positions,it has skip tooth sprockets.
looking for any info,value,age?
thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   Almuzaffar bike posted by: Tom on 8/12/2004 at 5:36:24 PM
I'm going tonight to look at this bike. I am unfamiliar with these but sounds interesting. Any info would be appreciated if you know anything about these. Thanks!
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BALLOON:   Wanted: Information On Roadmaster-Cleveland Welding bike posted by: George on 8/11/2004 at 10:10:39 PM
Hello, Does anyone have serial number chart for Cleveland welding made bikes? Lots of these are shown as 1939-1948. This one is maroon and cream, 3 fin tank with horn and button, curved fender braces, truss rods, rear drop outs face to rear, Roadmaster headbadge and Good Year all weather tires.. Serial number A98091 .
Bike may be available for local sale or trade in MASS as we are into 1880-1920 era and not Ballon bikes. Photos are available. Thanks for any help, please email George at: oscarhedstrom@hotmail.com
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   More info on Monark Special Flyer posted by: Steve on 8/10/2004 at 4:59:05 PM
Thanks to Ignatz, I've gotten closer. This Firestone bike was made by Monark possibly between '55-'59. Any more information from anyone would be appreciated. Oh, it has 26"X1.75" rims.
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   More info on Monark Special Flyer posted by bob on 8/12/2004 at 9:19:12 PM
Monark was bought out by Huffy in the early 50s. If your bike was made by huffy, the serial number will have #H###...
The number before the H is the last digit of the year.
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AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by: Nick on 8/10/2004 at 2:02:22 PM
Does anybody have any knowledge about a 1969/1970 Lime Green Rollfast Jumbo Jet. Its a three speed with a three speed stick shifter on the frame. There were two jumbi jets on the chainguard but they faded off. I can get the serial number if that helps any. I think this bike is a jumbo jet. Well if you have anything about my bike please post. Thanks

Nick

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AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by: Nick on 8/10/2004 at 1:59:32 PM
Does anybody have any knowledge about a 1969/1970 Lime Green Rollfast Jumbo Jet. Its a three speed with a three speed stick shifter on the frame. There were two jumbi jets on the chainguard but they faded off. I can get the serial number if that helps any. I think this bike is a jumbo jet. Well if you have anything about my bike please post. Thanks

Nick

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AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Special Cruiser posted by: Steve on 8/10/2004 at 1:25:40 AM
I received a very rough Firestone Special Cruiser today and can send a picture. I can find stuff about Firestone Speed Cruisers, but nothing about the Special Cruiser?? It appears to be all original (except the tires)and I could use help in taking the first step to restoring this beauty. How can I get more information about this bike? I've searched this site and others, no luck, although there is a picture of the Speed Cruiser on this site and it looks very similar. Thanks
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BALLOON:   Hartford 26" Boys Atomic? Bicycle posted by: George on 8/9/2004 at 9:36:46 PM
Looking for any information on a Boys 26" Ballon Hartford Atomic? bike. Bike has atomic sign in a rocket on sides of tank. Tank is intact with button, horn, battery holder. I looked around crank, wheel drop outs etc for a serial number and have not found it yet. Any Help?? Do I go by the Columbia serial number chart when I find it? This bike looks ALOT like the 1941 Columbia repops I see for sale.. May trade or sell as I am into 1880-1920s bicycles..
Please email George at: oscarhedstrom@hotmail.com
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   RE:BALLOON:   Hartford 26 posted by George on 8/13/2004 at 6:02:15 PM
Thanks to all for the help: the serial number is M290607 which shows as a 1948 Model on the Columbia chart. It was on the brake arm side of frame right above the axle dropout. It was blocked by the luggage rack mounting arm...
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AGE / VALUE:   master link removal on diamond skip tooth chain posted by: Jason on 8/9/2004 at 4:19:30 PM
Can someone tell me how to remove a master link on a skip tooth chain? It has, what appear to be, 4 master links in a row, 2 facing in, 2 facing out. These links say "OUT SIDE" on one side and have a diamond on them.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   master link removal on diamond skip tooth chain posted by sam on 8/9/2004 at 6:35:57 PM
Flix the chain side ways--this will cause the pins to compress at the same time use a blunt knife(or small flat screwdriver) to pry off the link side that says out.Sometimes old skiptooth chains will have several links added and there fore more than one master link---sam
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AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by: Harry on 8/9/2004 at 12:30:21 AM
Hey all, I picked up this older bike at a garage sale today, but have NO idea what it is. Theres no markings anywhere on it, but the seat is stamped 1926, and thats about it. I searched the vintage bike database, but had no luck with finding anything exactly like mine. Here are the pictures in this online album.
http://photobucket.com/albums/v439/IntrstlarOvrdrve/
Obviously its the pictures of the bikes ;)
Thanks,
Harry.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by sam on 8/9/2004 at 6:30:22 PM
The shinny red thing is a 38/39 ford delux(tear drop lights)--the rusty thing is an Elgin(fender over the fork)
That my guess---sam
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by harry on 8/9/2004 at 9:04:24 PM
Thanks, so you think it is an elgin? also..do you think it would be safe to ride if I put new tires on it?
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by sam on 8/11/2004 at 2:05:44 AM
Check out this elgin
http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/1941%20Elgin%20Deluxe%20all%20original%20Westfield%20built.jpg
Yours would be rideable with no major problem---I do advise re-grease the barrings--the rear hub might also give problems and need an over haul--but the bike looks not too bad still has some original paint .That's a plus even if you repaint you can still see the original patern.One question I have---what size are those tires?---sam
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by Harry on 8/11/2004 at 8:50:57 PM
Sweet, thanks for the help! I believe the tires are 26x1.25, its a smal 26..I'll have to look again later. I had planned on regreasing the hubs and headset, also was thinking it might be good to do the bottom bracket. The spokes are a little rusty, so I am not sure how strong they are...ah well, we'll see.
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by Harry on 8/12/2004 at 11:12:50 PM
Alrighty, I checked..they are 26x1.375
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by sam on 8/14/2004 at 9:48:16 PM
If those are the original wheels those tires are hard to come by---but not impossible--they are listed on ebay time to time.regular 26x1&3/8 will not fit---tubes will.Check to see if you have room for say 26x1.75 tires(reg middle weight tires and rims)--these would be easer to find and ride better too.Save the originals for show---sam
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   What do I have? posted by teri on 10/11/2005 at 4:06:35 PM
I have a womens J.C. Higgins. I've been told it is a Royal Deluxe. I'm new to the vintage bike circle. Any info would be appreciated. Also, I would like to clean it up, but am uncertain of what products to use. I don't want ruin the patina. Thank You

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AGE / VALUE:   Value of a Schwinn Spitfire posted by: Scott on 8/8/2004 at 3:20:08 PM
My grand parents recently gave me two Schwinn bikes. I have picked up one and the other is still in storage. The one I have is a Spitfire coaster bike. The serial number is H059232 which I think makes it 1951. The other bike looks to be exactly the same, just the female version. Anybody have any idea what these are worth?
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AGE / VALUE:   how do i store my bike? posted by: ptmar on 8/7/2004 at 5:16:00 PM
hi what is the right way to store my bikes? do u recommend using 2 bike hooks attached to the rims? will this make my rims deform because of the weight of the bike? is this true? what do u recommend?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   how do i store my bike? posted by Cal on 8/9/2004 at 1:37:36 PM
Hooks are fine. I've done it for decades.
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