| Did Cleveland Welding continue Roadmaster production through all the War years, 1942-45? My all original bike has the prewar frame, curved fender braces, blackout hubs....has the half moon handlebars seen on late 1940's models. I've had a tough time pinning down it's year, is there any info on Cleveland Welding serial numebrs located on the bottom bracket?|
| FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD...|
WW2 War Dept ordered production of all bicycles to end shortly after the start of the war. All the bike manufacturers received wartime projects. During the war, it was noticed that the work force shifted to mostly women, with no transportation, so production of black out bikes was authorized from Cleveland Welding, possibly others, none i have seen. Chrome was not allowed. hence the painted hubs. I have seen these hubs installed on prewar and post war bikes, since by 1945 these were all there were in anything worth using, and anything dead was made into scrap iron. SO if your prewar mens bike needed a hub, there werent many to chose from. It was concidered un patriotic to keep junk iron, so thousands upon thousands of american machines of all description hit the scrap heap. Many owners of Packard and Cadillacs were releived of the engines right out of their cars in the driveway. Later replaced, but Brand New Packards set all war long on dealer lots and in private yards with no engine. some daring young men were using it in a military vehicle in some jungle.
| Thanks Gary M for providing that information. I particularly liked that last line.|
| Hi, I have a 1944 Dayton bike, and have collected a bunch of information on wartime stuff. starting in 1942 All but two Bicycle manufacturers were forced to go into war time production. the two companies were Columbia and Huffman/Dayton. Cleveland Welding did not make any actual wartime bikes. there were, however, leftover prewar stuff that was sold until it was gone. and after the war bike makers and all manufacturers for that matter started to produce. at first stuff came out made from mostly prewar stuff and is hard to figure out precisely except that if you have one of these oddballs it could have any combination of stuff on it. steel was rationed for several years after the war and as a result actual bikes from 1943-1949 are kinda scarce(Not that it makes them particularly valuable). there were basically two types of bikes made during the war. the first was called the universal military transport bicycle. the war dept. contracted them from both companies and they had to have fully interchangeable parts. these were all 26"x2.125" balloon tire bikes. the other was the civilian transport bicycle. most of these were 26"x1-3/8s" tire bikes though some were balloon tire bikes. there were 2 of these civilian bikes on e-bay recently both Huffmans and both Girls. mine is an oddball mens Balloon tire civilian model. I don't think there were more girls bikes, rather I think that the mens models were used harder and more, and are more scarce now because of it. I hope this gets to you and also that it helps. I have some ads from Cleveland Welding if you want e-mail me and I will send copies.|
| Can anyone help me identify this bike? No #'s no tag. Piece that goes from handlebar stem to front "book rack" says Darwin. It has Wald 7140 pedals. It's a girls bike with a double frame bar from front to seat bar. 26 in. rims with IRC S7 tires. Looks like it may have had a tank at one time. Handlegrips say "Plastiche Dassand". The only marking on the frame is an SE on rear of frame. I have pics if needed. THANK YOU for any info. Mark Montez|
| i have a 1970s Schwinn Breeze w/3 speed. When i pedal even on the easiest speed setting it is extremely hard to get going. it this just the way bikes were made then, for flat plane riding only, or could it be the shifter or back tire hub? any response is welcomed|
| There should be a definate difference in perceived effort. The pedals should spin faster and easier in the lowest setting. Check to see that the little chain entering|
the rear hub actually moves when the shifter position is changed. The problem is likely ni the shifter or cable but
in rare cases the pawls inside the hub could be stuck especially if the bike has sat idle for an extended period.
There should be an oiler cap on the hub. Put a few drops of lightweight oil in and ride some to see if it frees up.
If it does follw up with a few drops of 30w moter oil. Hope this helps. Check out www.sheldonbrown.com for more
info on three speeds. I beleive you want to click on the old bikes page. Good luck! 95% of the time it is the cable or shifter so..........
| Take it to your local bike shop, Amanda.|
| I have a 64 Spaceliner complete. Including battery pack in rack as well as complete metal tank and plastic light housing. Can anyone help me out with the rust on the chrome or perhaps refer me to a chrome plater in Mass? Thanks!!|
| I have good luck with 4 ought (0000)steel wool. Sometimes it helps to use it with some WD 40. After removing the rust put on a coat of good automotive paste wax to help keep the rust from forming again.|
| Thank you Gordon!!|
| Can someone please help me de-code my serial# UR536107 ? The bike is a Schwinn Cruiser. Thank You in advance!|
| According the to the charts here, it is a 1980.|
| The 1st letter in the serial# stands for the month; they span from 'A' to 'M' with no usage of 'I' for avoiding confusion to number '1'.|