BALLOON:   colson bike posted by: George Stratton on 12/1/2005 at 4:34:34 PM
I just picked up a Colson bike from the 40s, I think. The number stamped under the crank is 7F 1284. Does the number pin down the year? Should the fork be very similiar to a Shwinn? Should the front hub be stamped "made in germany"?
Thanks, Geo.
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   RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by eric on 12/8/2005 at 3:59:51 AM
After WWII, Colson did not make bikes untill 1949. Pre- war forks not like Schwinn at all. Maybe 49-51?
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   RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by eric on 12/8/2005 at 4:00:03 AM
After WWII, Colson did not make bikes untill 1949. Pre- war forks not like Schwinn at all. Maybe 49-51?
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   RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by George Stratton on 12/10/2005 at 12:39:54 AM
Confused on that one? Every picture of a 40 or 41 Colson that I see shows a forged one piece fork almost identical to the Schwinn one piece forks?. Four pictures in the "Evolution of the Bicycle" book and another on e-bay?. Do you know if the old Colsons had peaked fenders and drop center rims? Thanks, George
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   RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by George Stratton on 12/10/2005 at 12:40:37 AM
Confused on that one? Every picture of a 40 or 41 Colson that I see shows a forged one piece fork almost identical to the Schwinn one piece forks?. Four pictures in the "Evolution of the Bicycle" book and another on e-bay?. Do you know if the old Colsons had peaked fenders and drop center rims? Thanks, George
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   RE:RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by eric on 12/11/2005 at 8:13:44 PM
Pre-war Colson forks have a hole for the front axel. It does not slide up like on most forks. You have to pop it in, very hard on the axel threads. Also the hole for the fender screw,or nut and bolt, is offset to the front. It does not have a treaded hole in the center. From a distance they look the same. I don't know if other bikes had this type of fork, just going by what I have in my garage.
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   RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by George Stratton on 12/11/2005 at 8:41:48 PM
That nailed down the age!!!!. It has the holes in the front axle, not the slots. Now, does anyone have an answer on those fenders? thanks, Geo.
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   RE:RE:BALLOON:   colson bike posted by eric on 12/11/2005 at 9:03:39 PM
Just looked for the number on a pre-war frame, 7F354. Don't know if that helps. As to the fenders, both peaked and found. They made a lot of bikes for differant Brands. I have a Roadking that are round and a Truesport that are peaked. All the bikes that I have are with dropcenter rims. Brake shuld be New Departure, Morrow, or Muusselman. Colson did make a front hub, so a German hub must have been a replacement. Goodluck. eric
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WANTED:   white tires info wanted posted by: keyzkev on 12/1/2005 at 2:41:51 PM
Never posted on this part of the boards before, as i'm more of a musclebike man myself, but a friend of mine is trying to locate some all white 26" tyres for a project bike of his, and I figure this may be a good place to start!
I don't know if such rubber exists, is available, or is like gold dust - but if any of you guys have any experience of getting hold of such tires, I'd be really grateful!
cheers!! - kev
keyzkev (@hotmail.com)
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   RE:WANTED:   white tires info wanted posted by David on 12/1/2005 at 4:17:50 PM
I helped find a set on ebay for a poster some time back, do a search.
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   RE:WANTED: white tires info wanted posted by sam on 12/3/2005 at 11:44:37 PM
I know they are being re-produced cause a couple of weeks ago I was lookin at a bike web site for retro cruzers with them---will have to do a some lookin ---sam
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   RE:WANTED:   white tires info wanted posted by keyzkev on 12/7/2005 at 11:10:48 AM
sam - that is music to my ears - or rather to my mates ears when I tell him!!
any idea what the site was????
or does anybody else know the site or have more info?!?!
- kev
keyzkev (@hotmail.com)
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   RE:WANTED:   white tires info wanted posted by Joe on 12/12/2005 at 11:56:14 AM
Try: http://www.mapleislandsales.com/search_resultlist.php?category=Tires&Submit=Submit+Query

If not, any local bike shop should have these now, I believe they are being made by either Kenda or Cheng Shin.
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AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by: bill on 11/29/2005 at 2:49:53 AM
i just purchased a prewar balloon bicycle off the street corner and havent a clue what it is, hope you can help. here are some tips. 26", chrome multi stepped rim, thin guage spokes, hub says eclipse machine 36 13, skip tooth, dog leg crank, A69213 under crank, truss rod, torrington bars with cross bar,decorative gooseneck with the letter T, plunger horn, silver ray light,missing badge, flat sided tank with chrome deco trim (non hanging) surrounds bars and neck,coke bottle grips,6 hole rack with faceted reflector,black with red pin stripes,non duck tail fenders,missing chain guard. any ideas?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by bill on 11/29/2005 at 4:06:22 AM
also forgot to mention, morrow script brake hub lever, rear wheel stand, coke bottle style grips have the ball ends, brown seat with crash bumpers on each side.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by Craig on 11/29/2005 at 8:37:30 PM
from the 36 stamped in the hub it's a 1936, ifit is a morrow.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by damian on 11/30/2005 at 3:04:32 AM
I thought Morrows had a letter date code and that 36 just stood for 36 hole lacing?
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by Joel on 12/1/2005 at 2:58:26 PM
The 36 on the hub is the number of spokes, NOT the year. The OTHER stamp, a letter and a number, is the date code.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   balloon make ?? posted by bill on 12/3/2005 at 5:39:35 AM
i believe we have it figured out. its a 1936 Roadmaster

thanks for those that have helped!!
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AGE / VALUE:   Wish I Knew posted by: Mark on 11/28/2005 at 1:44:30 AM
New here. When I was about 10-12 in '61-63 or thereabouts my father bought an aging second hand bike for me that I hated at the time. It was a huge black bike with dual springs on the front forks and a key lock on the handlebar yoke. It was clearly some kind of a delux cruiser with a tank and all that. All I wanted at the time was something to ram around country roads with and that definately wasn't it. I have no idea what it was or what happened to it, but now I'm trying to find out exactly what it might have been and maybe tracking one down. Can anyone at least head me in the right direction ? Much appeciated
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Wish I Knew posted by sam on 11/29/2005 at 5:09:46 PM
Look in the photo database for Murray or monark both used a double springer fork.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Identification posted by: Steve Phillips on 11/24/2005 at 6:47:09 PM
What is this?


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