| Good Morning,|
Anyone offer advice or sources to date JC Higgins bicycles?
And a history? I'm a newbie.
Thank you, and Best Regards
| J.C.Higgins is Sears house brand of bikes the name was chosen after ww2,pre-war sears house brand was elgin.|
| They were built for Sears by Murray and possibly others. As for a serial number its likely at the bottom of the headtube. Dating is guess work when it comes to Murray.|
The best bet is to compare your bike to pix on this site
and others such as www.bikeicons.com & www.nostalgic.net.
| After '64/'65 they were supplied by Huffy. I have a 24" boys example of this amongst all my bikes and stuff. This was only for a year or two, then the name "J.C. Higgins was dropped and huffy badged the bikes with the Sears name.|
| I think the end of the JC Higgins badge was earlier, maybe 62? Flightliners and Spaceliners from Murray wore the Sears nameplate in the early sixties, but there had to be some overlap because there are Higgins bikes built by Murray with the exact same equipment as the Flightliner|
| I just picked up a purple schwinn tandem and I'm having trouble dating it. The serial number is pecuilar. It's seven digits and is located on the left rear drop out. The first two digits are N4. I can't find a match on the serial number page here. Any info would be great. Anyone know what happened to oldschwinn.com? |
| Too early in the morning - I hit the enter button before I got done. I was going to suggest you check with the guys on the Schwinn forum. |
| According to my nearly 30-year knowledge, your Tandem was made somewhere in the early-60's before Schwinn changed to the double-letter serial coding in 1965. You can also click on the serial number charts on this site. |
| Wooden rims: I have a pair of 25" (that's what the tape said) with a oval branded into the rim that says "E.J.??D?LL ALMA, MIC" with a Morrow rear hub and I assume the same kind for the front rim. But the valve hole is too narrow and I have never had the gutz to drill them out for a standard valve.(a new set of red tires are just waiting for the drilling) Is there any use for them in this day and age with the small valve hole? I just can't get myself to cut these great rims. I may have to sell them since I can't do the modifications to ride them. Your thoughts are welcomed.|
Is Ebay the best place to list?
| Sounds like they take Presta valves, not Schrader. You'll probably have better luck asking this question at the Vintage Lightweights section.|
|You mentioned "new tires". Do you mean new reproduction, possibly made by Universal? If so those are hollow core tires and the valve stem is a dummy. You cant add air to those tires. Some had a thin threaded brass valve stem and some had a rubber covering. If they are rubber covered, you could take a sharp knife or razor blade and trim the rubber from the stem to fit the hole. Those tires must be cemented to the rims to be ridden.|
Looking for a good to excellent JC Higgins springer front-end for my early 50s boys 26-inch color flow.
Also need a Model 200 Schwinn front hub, 36-hole S7 rim good to NOS for my '57 Typhoon.
Front wire rack for same Typhoon also.
Thank you, and Best Regards.
| i recently bought a 1960's higgins flightliner.I would like to know were to find the serial# because i believe it's missing a taillight and reflector that i would like to replace.The bike is almost perfect condtion,except for a little rust on the frame,any help would be appreciated.thanks|