MISC:   columbia info posted by: charlie p on 10/1/2006 at 7:06:24 PM
got at yard sale great shape just some scrapes and scrathes light pitting on rims needs a good cleaning everything is original except brake bads and possiably rear tire serial # 264990 makes it a 1936
wheels are 27--1-1/4 has two gear shifts one on either side of handle bars- chain guide says huret-wheel says nevar-made in france brake dia-compe(over drop forged)
rear gear is allit sorry if im not using proper terminology
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   RE:MISC:   columbia info posted by Gary M on 10/2/2006 at 10:24:48 AM
The bike you describe could not possibly have been made before mid 60s. Huret drivline and dia-compe brakes = 1965 plus
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Bianchi Single speed posted by: Dave on 9/28/2006 at 7:41:31 PM
I have come across an old cruiser style, single speed, with fenders. After staring long enough at the fading paint and decals, I found "Bianchi", and possibly "Sport". When did Bianchi make single speed cruisers?
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AGE / VALUE:   Flying O Otasco Express posted by: Jon on 9/26/2006 at 3:59:44 PM
I picked up two decent condition Flying O bikes from a First Monday Trade Days few months back. They were spray painted red and all I knew was that the headbadge said that they were Flying O Otasco. I cleaned it and some of the red paint came off on the chain guard revealing that it was a pink Express. Under the paint I can see pin stripping and the chrome rear fenders are actually shorter than what most bikes have (they go just a little bit past the matching rear rack) Can anyone tell me the year of these two bikes?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26" BF Goodrich Challenger posted by: John Mccauley on 9/25/2006 at 5:15:15 PM
Hi and thanks for this opportunity to maybe get some information on my bike. I just recently purchased this bike and am hoping to restore it. It is a BF Goodrich Challenger and is all original with exception of the basket shown on it now. I want to restore it but would like to have an idea of what year it was made and who maybe made this one for BF Goodrich. It does not seem to be a Schwinn. I am listing a picture of it and would appreciate any information on it if you have it. Best Regards, Old retired Navy man (27 years service) looking for something to do. John


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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by John Mccauley on 9/25/2006 at 6:20:03 PM
My apology. Replying to my own post a few moments ago. I cannot get my picture of the bike to post. As I mentioned, the bike is 26 x 1.75 tires, and is a BF Goodrich Challenger. Head badge says , BF Goodrich. Any information on possibly the year will be appreciated. You can go to my web site (popeyeonline.com)click on page two and I have parked some pictures there of this bike and a few more I have purchased. Thanks again. John
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   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by Joel on 9/27/2006 at 2:12:20 PM
Your bike is a Murray from the late 50s. I have one like it.
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   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by John on 10/8/2006 at 4:16:12 AM
Thank you Joel for your reply on my B F Goodrich bike. I am going to try and send you a picture. Again thanks and I am planning to restore this one. Would love to see a pic of yours if you could e-mail me one. Thanks John


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   RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by John on 10/8/2006 at 4:22:19 AM
Pic failed. I'm going to try again. Sorry. John


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   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by John on 10/8/2006 at 7:01:03 AM
Trying something else....John

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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   26 posted by Brad on 10/9/2006 at 10:31:09 PM
Please see my reply to previous post below (schwinn straight bar/tornado,etc)
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by: Misty on 9/23/2006 at 6:00:41 AM
Just picked up a bike that the chain guard says Flying Star but the serial number is E130203 and all the info I have found online doesn't seem to match what the owner told me. It looks like it should have a tank, but there appears to be no sign of a tank being there. The front fender has holes where a headlight would have been. It's a men's bike and has 26 x 1 3/4 tires. The owner said he bought it in the early 50's but I seem to find info on every other bike besides this one. I would really like to get it right before I try to restore it incorrectly. Thanks so much for ANY help/advice!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by Gordon on 9/23/2006 at 6:32:29 AM
I believe your bike was manufactured by the Arnold Schwinn Co. on May 16, 1961. The wheels should be stamped Schwinn S7 Tubular, usually in the center of the rim right near the valve stem.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by Misty on 9/23/2006 at 7:54:37 AM
That's what I gathered from the serial number. Any idea why it's so difficult to find info on this particular model? Do you know if I'm correct about whether there should be a tank? The wheels are stamped as you said. I know some of the parts aren't original so I don't know where to begin without more information. Thanks again!
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by Gordon on 9/23/2006 at 2:45:27 PM
I don't know why the info isn't out there, maybe it just wasn't a popular model. Judging from the price lists I'd guess that the Flying Stars of the mid fifties probably had tanks, but those of the 60's probably did not. If your bike has original paint, there would probably be evidence of a tank in a contrast of colors where the tank protected the paint from the sun.
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