BALLOON:   1930's - 40's American Bikes posted by: Jon Wright on 8/31/2006 at 4:56:30 PM
I need help on identifying recently old found bike. Been told it might be a Mead. Badge is missing, but everything else is mostly there (luggage rack, fenders, tires that hold air seat, etc. Has broken left pedal spindle, but otherwise decent but rough. Been under a house next door for 60+ years. I can provide serial number and pictures to those that might help with the identifycation.
Thanks! Jon
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AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by: mark on 8/30/2006 at 2:25:23 AM
HELP!! Does anyone know the easiest and or best way to remove the kickstand from a '69 Schwinn Panther? There's a pin on the under side that I can get to turn but not pull out. Please help! Thank you, Mark
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:33:57 AM
You will find complete step by step instructions at Mark Smiths website: www.bunchobikes.com
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by mark on 8/30/2006 at 3:04:58 AM
THANX GORDON!!!! Thats exactly what I needed to know!! Mark
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by: Darren on 8/29/2006 at 12:37:35 AM
I recently purchased a Janney Semple Hill StarFighter. It's orange with a white springer seat. It appears to have had a tank (and fenders) at one time. I've only been able to find out that it was a private label for a Minneapolis Hardware Store. The serial number is E000082B26. Perhaps somebody knows what year it is from and which company manufactured it.
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:35:08 AM
A photo would help.
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Darren on 8/31/2006 at 2:15:50 AM
Here's a photo...


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   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Gordon on 8/31/2006 at 3:04:29 AM
I believe that is an Evans.
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BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by: Barbara on 8/27/2006 at 7:32:54 PM
I'm not sure of the year on this J.C. Higgins. Any information is greatly appreciated. Also I'm not sure how to post multiple pics though but here is one at least. Thank you!


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   RE:BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:42:39 AM
I believe it is a 1947 because it has the same skirt guards as the Elgins built before world war II. I'm sure they were just using up left over parts. (no bikes were produced from 1943 to 1946) The skirt guard style changed in 1948.
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   RE:BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by Barbara on 8/30/2006 at 9:13:33 PM
Thanks for the info Gordon. Now alls I need to do is get tires, a chain, pedals and all that. I just want to get it back into riding condition.
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BALLOON:   New bike, help to identify, please posted by: Marcy Bell on 8/26/2006 at 10:25:21 PM
I got a bicycle yesterday at a garage sale for $15. I *believe* that it is a balloon tire bicycle, but I'm not sure exactly what the definition of that is. It says "Zenith Marshall-Wells" on the front nametag, under the handlebars. The crank for the chain looks different than the other bikes I have had, so it must take a differet type of chain, not sure what, though. I'm including a pic. If anyone can help me, that would be great. From a cursory inspection, the only thing appearing to be wrong with this bike is that the tires are flat (haven't checked to see if they will hold air or not) and it's missing the chain. I pushed it around and everything seems to do what it's supposed to. My goal is to be able to ride this bike. Any tips on how to get it ready to ride so that I don't ruin anything?
Thanks,
Marcy in Oregon


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   RE:BALLOON:   New bike, help to identify, please posted by mark on 8/27/2006 at 12:27:22 AM
Not too sure of the age or make, but I'll bet it had a "skip-tooth" chain and sprocket. Skip-tooth sprockets have the teeth spaced farther apart so the chains links are spaced differently than a normal chain. Type in"skip tooth" on ebay and you'll probably find one. The bad news is it will probably cost more than you paid for the whole bike! You can post a message on this site for a chain and probably get a better deal.Folks here don't seem to be out for money, just a love for vintage bicycles. I will keep my eyes out for one for you. I just got one from my Grandfathers garage, but plan to use it for a future project(SORRY). gOOD LUCK, mARK
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   RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:25:39 AM
The front fork looks like a Western Flyer or hawthorne. A quick Google search turns up all types of zenith-marshall wells items. Sounds like a dept store bike...But Cannot find who really made the bike...Good luck.
-Erin
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   RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:30:23 AM
Does the front sproket look like the rear? If so, All you need is a chain to get it going...if not...email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I may have a front sprocket for around $15 plus shipping.
-Erin
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   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by mark on 8/29/2006 at 4:46:42 PM
Hey Erin, do you have a front skip tooth sprocket for sale?
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   RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:47:26 AM
If Erin doesn't have what you need, I have many to choose from.
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   change the chain posted by Gary M on 8/30/2006 at 9:25:31 PM
the front sprockets are all the same, 5 min swap. the rear are just as easy, pop off the snap ring, toss on a standard gear. why try to fix up skip tooth on a non collectable rider? use standard readily available parts and chains.
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   RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:37:36 PM
Unless The rear is a skip tooth new departure...Needs a special spanner to remove, and may not come apart...I was trying to clarify if the sprokets were a match...if not, and one is a skip tooth, the front is easier to remove. If the sprockets dont match (which in the photo, they dont appear to) one will have to be changed.
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   RE:RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:38:52 PM
Also, factor in rust...took me an hour with a mapp torch to get the last rusty crank set apart. clearly not a 5 minute swap.
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   RE:RE:RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:41:09 PM
Mark,
Email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I have one that needs a little straightening. Off a 1936 schwinn admiral. $15 plus shipping.
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