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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







AGE / VALUE:   Fender skirts, truss rods, Wery vierd, (help!) posted by: den on 9/3/2004 at 9:08:07 PM
hi, my collection of oddball curbside and garage sale bikes is growing, my garage is almost full. i was driving past small town auction and saw this sitting in lot. So hung around all day, it was one of last items to go. Good thing, cuzz most others had already left or spent their money. I don't have a clue what it is, as usualthe head badge is gone. there are some ser #'s under crank but near rubbed off. No Names, it doesn't appear to be original paint. There is a problem with gooseneck (loose) and if you look close you can see that the skirt guards are different size and on riders right side have bee remounted with stainless screws. So I wonder. But I have, in the past, found out that the best place on the web to find an identity is to ask the experts here at Old Roads disscusion area. I paid 20 for her and would like to know more, could anyone help please? Here are the pictures
http://tinyurl.com/yqetb
it's in GIF and takes a second or to to load, older girl's balloner (26x2.125) puke green with yellow rims and trim, truss rods and skirt guards, no seat, light and reflector missing, but has character! Also can get to same page:
http://mywebpage.netscape.com/freekaler/bikes.html
if tiny url.com isn't working.
Have a nice week-end and thanks!
den
p.s. wow just noticed the new feature below! Can add pictures now?!? Kewl, I'll try one of the two. (Did I mention rusty fenders?)


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fender skirts, truss rods, Wery vierd, (help!) posted by gary m on 9/4/2004 at 2:47:25 AM
Its a late 20s early 30s Elgin. look at the hub and see if it says ELGIN on the arm or hub center. Look for ribs in hub. Sold by Sears and others.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fender skirts, truss rods, Wery vierd, (help!) posted by Den. on 9/5/2004 at 3:22:33 AM
Thanks Gary M.! That was the ticket. After wiping the dirt off the brake arm, there it was in big letters. Thanks a lot. And the hub is as you say "ribbed." It has one screw in the center and not bad chrome after cleaning. Wishing you the best, thanks for your 411!
den.
(in illinios)

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MISC:   PORTLAND/VANCOUVER VINTAGE BICYCLE SWAP MEET posted by: JON IN DESMOINES on 8/30/2004 at 6:33:44 AM
IRON RANCH PORTLAND/VANCOUVER VINTAGE BICYLE SWAP MEET
THIS IS A SWAP MEET AND WHIZZER RIDE/SWAP
SATURDAY SEPT.18,2004 FREE ADMISSION, SWAP BOOTHS $15
SWAP STARTS AT 8 AM AND THE WHIZZER RIDE AT 1 PM
NORTH OF VANCOUVER WA.USA TAKE I-5 TO EXIT 9 HEAD NORTH ON NE 10th to 23100 NE 10 AVE. RIDGEFIELD,WA.
THERE IS NO WEB SITE LISTED.LOTS OF OLD BIKE STUFF,GOOD PRICES
I WENT FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR AND HAD A GREAT TIME,
SOLD A FEW THINGS, MET SOME NICE PEOPLE,AND SAW SOME REALLY COOL WIZZERS,CUSHMANS AND OTHER VINTAGE BIKE STUFF, THE LOCATION IS WORTH THE VISIT, PROPERTY CONTAINS SOME DISPLAYS OF VINTAGE MACHINEARY AND LOTS OF ROOM TO PUTT AROUND ON YOUR MOTORIZED, SEE YOU THERE! JON

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BALLOON:   Any info on Worksman Bikes? posted by: Tim E. on 8/27/2004 at 6:23:28 AM
Any info on these things? I got one recently. Doesn't look too old, barely used, but left out in the elements. Bolted the wheels back on, reattached the bell crank (they had been unbolted it seems to possibly remove baskets/racks), and it runs like a dream. Balloon tires pump up to a firm 50lbs, almost as much as the bike weighs, and what a joy to ride. Positron equipped Shimano three speed works fine.

I'm not too familiar with Worksman. I've seen lots of old "industial" Schwinn Heavy Dutis, and some imported hefty knockoffs. But I've only seen one other Worksman, a security bike, which I think never gets used.


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   RE:BALLOON:   Any info on Worksman Bikes? posted by Brian on 8/28/2004 at 6:30:20 PM
Probably one of the only bicycles made in the US. They also make hotdog and ice cream vendor bikes/carts.
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   RE:BALLOON:   Any info on Worksman Bikes? posted by Brian on 8/28/2004 at 6:31:34 PM
http://www.worksman.com/compinfo.html
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   RE:BALLOON:   Any info on Worksman Bikes? posted by sam on 8/31/2004 at 12:42:41 PM
Very old american company---bikes are imported ---sam
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Campus Queen 1937 posted by: Joel on 8/26/2004 at 1:03:59 PM
I'm sorry about the previous message, the bike is a Campus Queen.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Glamour Girl 1937? posted by: Joel on 8/26/2004 at 12:58:27 PM
Hi,
Looking for info/value on a Columbia Glamour Girl bicycle. I think it's about a 1937-1939 model. It has chrome fenders, whitewall balloon tires, springer fork, headlight, horn, chain oiler, and basket. It is in pretty good original condition. I'm interested in finding out more information on it. I'm also looking for a value. I'm considering listing it for sale on ebay. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have pictures available if interested in looking at it. Thanks!
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BALLOON:   BEWARE, also a 1939 schwinn for sale posted by: Dave on 8/26/2004 at 3:45:18 AM
BEWARE. Just wanted to mention to this forum that I have heard from the person(s) who wants to make an offer on everyone's bicycle on the "Bicycles for Sale" Discussion group. They are the classic scam artists warned about on many sites. They offer to buy, send more $ than was agreed and hope to get a refund back of the seller's money. Also account numbers and the goods they offered to buy. Unfortunately the check the buyer sends is a fake. I learned this when I had my bank confirm the payee's check prior to further dealings.

On my own matters: I have a Schwinn Spitfire in very good condition. It is a 1939 26-inch ladies bicycle and the logo on the nameplate is a spitfire propeller and engine cylinders as seen from the front along with the Spitfire name. The handlebar stem is not original.

It has a serial number of G19433 under the bottom bracket and it appears to have the original Mesinger seat, Allstate tires and painted rims, all in good shape. The chrome is good, as is the paint and everything else, except for a bent edge at the back of the front fender. It really is a nice bike in very good condition, and is a great collectible or it would be a cool cruiser. I will happily email some photos and would consider any reasonable offer plus shipping.
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MISC:   Identifying fenders posted by: Kurt K on 8/26/2004 at 1:05:51 AM
I just aquired a pair of very rusty older lightweight (or could they be middleweight?) fenders from a local bike repairman.

I can't seem to identify what brand of bike they are from, so I thought I'd show you all a couple of photos of them:

http://www.jaysmarine.com/fender_1.jpg
http://www.jaysmarine.com/fender_2.jpg

They have bent steel rod braces, which fit onto brackets on the fender, which are held in with two rivets. The rear fender has what looks to be a Wald fender bridge clip mounted on it.

The front fender has a chrome fender tip, similar to some Raleigh models, but twice as long as the Raleigh/Sturmey Archer type.

By the way, below that crackling light green house paint is a coat of dark blue or black with what appears to be a formerly-white stripe.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Take care,

Kurt


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AGE / VALUE:   First time posted by: Bill Rohrig on 8/25/2004 at 12:04:17 AM
I have a Shelby Flying cloud that I am trying to restore. This will be a first for me and I have a questions that someone might be willing to help me with. First I have ben trying to find out how old it is. The badge on the front tube says the bike was made in Shelby Ohio I know the companey moved to Dayton in its later years I hope the number on the bottom of the crank tube will help it is K3598 . The next thing I was wandering about was the paint. I am sure that it is lead based and it is faded pretty bad it look orange but i think it is supposed to be red and blue is their any way to get the paint numbers so iI can match the original? And last did they sell any of these bikes with out the tank or is mine missing?

Bill
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MISC:   SWAP IS THIS COMING WEEKEND! (AUGUST 29th) posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 8/23/2004 at 11:43:45 AM
This Sunday is the date of the Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet.
We have registered vendors coming from all 6 New England states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There will be original Schwinn Sting-Rays, Krates, balloon tire bicycles from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, track bikes, a turn-of-the-century board track racer, English roadsters and GOOD USED Mountain and Road bikes.

FREE Admission to the swap meet
- AND -
FREE admission to the New England Musclebike Museum!

There is no official bicycle show with judging and awards, but if you've got a cycle you're proud of, then bring it a long!

Click on the banner above for details and directions to the swap.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.
http://OldRoads.com
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   History of... posted by: Matt on 8/21/2004 at 9:49:26 PM
I came across a bike that has become difficult to get info on. It is a H.S.B. Co. Sunracer...ca. 1940-45. Red with white pinstripes, a headlight, and also a has skiptooth sprockets. I'd like to know who manufactured these, and when. Are they the same as some more common bikes of the era, but under a distributor's name? I've searched everywhere, and can't find a thing on this make of bike...any info would be appreciated.

Matt

Thanks
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: History of... posted by schwinnderella on 8/22/2004 at 1:51:50 AM
I believe H.S.B. stands for hibbard,spencer,& bartlett who were distributors/wholesalers to hardware stores.
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   History of... posted by Matt on 8/23/2004 at 6:01:44 PM
Right, I looked into it, and HSB are initials for the Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett Co. from Chicago, Ill. I'd still like to know who manufactured the bikes they sold. Also, the bike I'm asking about is from 1941.
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   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   History of... posted by Ken on 8/25/2004 at 5:52:10 PM
Seems likely to be a rebadge, and the way to identify the maker is to look at lots of pictures with an eye on chainrings, dropouts, and of course frame shapes to fins similarities. The pictures posted at
http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/
are sorted by age as well as maker so if you start with 1941 and work either direction you may find something. If not, just enjoy the cheesecake...
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BALLOON:   Scwhinn/Huffy cantilevers the same? posted by: culturevirus on 8/17/2004 at 6:41:35 PM
I have a Huffy Daisy tandem that I'm playing around with. I'd love to add a tank to the frame and was wondering if the frames for the Schwinn and Huffy cantilevers were the same dimensions in the "tank area".
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   RE:BALLOON:   Scwhinn/Huffy cantilevers the same? posted by gary m on 8/18/2004 at 1:30:17 AM
i have one also, red, what a cool frame, male/female, 5 posts, am sure several tanks can fit, its same dimensions as many huffys from the 50s on. i estimate mine to be about 1957 era.
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   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Scwhinn/Huffy cantilevers the same? posted by culturevirus on 8/19/2004 at 7:08:37 PM
The frame on the "Daisy" is lovely. With the flowing lines I'm surprised they aren't hugely popular with the balloon crowd. Especially since, from what I've seen, Schwinn never produced a cantilever tandem (until the new retro one). I'm particularly interested in fitting a Jaguar/Panther style tank since they've been repopped and are easily available. I just don't want to drop the coin to find out they don't fit properly.
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AGE / VALUE:   Scwhinn/Huffy cantilevers the same? posted by: culturevirus on 8/17/2004 at 6:41:35 PM
I have a Huffy Daisy tandem that I'm playing around with. I'd love to add a tank to the frame and was wondering if the frames for the Schwinn and Huffy cantilevers were the same dimensions in the "tank area".
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WANTED:   Huffy Corvair posted by: Al on 8/17/2004 at 4:51:19 AM
Wanted Huffy CORVAIR, would like one in good condition but will consider all.
don't know if this was the right section to post this but here we are.
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   RE:WANTED:   Huffy Corvair posted by Beth on 2/21/2006 at 4:34:45 PM
Hi Al,
My son, Luke, has a Huffy Corvair...beautiful condition. I believe it's all original. I don't have info on the year, etc. at this point, but can have him get the info. for you as well as a photo.
Are you still interested?
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MISC:   Old Peugeot Folder posted by: sp0rk0 on 8/17/2004 at 1:21:50 AM
I recently bought a bike very much like the one pictured here:

http://oldroads.com/pqdb_img.asp?p=fdbdown.asp?384&mod=Cadre_Allegre&mak=Peugeot

except mine's a 5 speed and a different color. Some stuff is not original, some is and is in bad shape. Anybody know where I might have a snowball's chance of finding parts?
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AGE / VALUE:   Standard Deluxe made in Germany posted by: Mike on 8/16/2004 at 5:22:54 PM
I am trying to identify my mothers bike. The brand plate lists"Standard Deluxe" Made in Germany. It has what appears to be the statue of Liberty stamped between the words. The bike has 26" ballon tires. It also has a Komet special coaster brake and hub. The hub has a flip open oiling port, all is crome. It looks like under all the rust the bike was black with red/orange fenders with white rims. It has triangle shaped trim on the rear fender and each fork. I hope I'm not making a mistake by sanding it all down and repainting????? Help someone.
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