AGE / VALUE:   serial # not found posted by: Rich on 10/28/2007 at 7:25:35 PM
I have a old schwinn with a serial # under the frame F384097 but can not find it on any list to accurately date the bike.
From looking at pictures it is most like a DX but I am not sure, any help would be great! I can send in a picture if needed
thanks in advance
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   serial # not found posted by ken on 10/30/2007 at 10:34:52 AM
you may get some help with dating here:
http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodesRebuild1.html
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: serial # not found posted by Rich on 11/2/2007 at 5:56:04 PM
I tried that but it did not help - thanks anyone else with an idea of what I can do - I can send you pictures of the bike
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: serial # not found posted by ken on 11/6/2007 at 11:54:36 AM
OK. I'd like to see pictures. Concentrate on: serial #, downtube decals if any, rear fork ends/dropouts, kickstand, headtube.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Differences posted by: Paul on 10/28/2007 at 11:11:25 AM
What are the differences between the Schwinn Typhoons, Deluxe Typhoons, Tigers, Hornets, and similar frames?
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BALLOON:   REAR HUB posted by: Gene Kelly on 10/27/2007 at 6:12:48 PM
JUST PICKED UP A EVANS-COLSON.HAS AN ODD SPRINGER SET UP,ALSO THE REAR HUB SAYS 2GANG TORPEDO AUTOMATIC REAR HUB,ALSO BRAKE BAND SAYS TORPEDO. I GUESS THIS IS THE MODEL NAME.ALSO HAS CARLISE LIGHTING W/W TIRES. BIKE IS IN RIDEABLE COND. ONLY THING MISSING IS CHAIN GUARD.LIKE TO KNOW IF REAR HUB CAME ON THIS BIKE,AND IF BIKE HAS ANY VALUE
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   RE:BALLOON:   REAR HUB posted by ken on 10/30/2007 at 10:56:53 AM
I'll guess you have a Sachs two-speed Torpedo hub. It's not the bike's name - actually the Torpedo name appeared on both Sachs and Bendix hubs that shared the same design. Presumably it's a kickback, since it says automatic, and 2gang (ahem- zweigang) is German for two-speed. Please let me know if it is or not.
I inquired on this site back in '01 about the relationship between the two makers, and still don't know if it was contract, partnership or what. Today I put bendix+sachs+torpedo in the site archive search box and it came up #1.
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   RE:BALLOON:   REAR HUB posted by Jim on 10/30/2007 at 2:53:34 PM
The bike would have some value for the springer alone. Since you called the bike an Evans-Colson, I would estimate the date between 1953 and 1957. 1953 was the last year for Colson bikes to be made in Elyria, Ohio. The flood of imports at that time from Europe and the UK caused the bicycle division of Colson to be sold to Evans in Plymouth Michigan. The bikes were sold for a few years under the "Evans-Colson" label, then became known simply as "Evans". In the middle 1990's, the Colson Equipment Company was in Caruthersville, Missouri and still producing wheeled goods such as wheelchairs and stretchers. I don't know their status as of now. If you can post a photo, it would be easier to identify.
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   RE:RE:BALLOON:   REAR HUB posted by GENE KELLY on 10/30/2007 at 3:56:48 PM
Thanks for the help.The hub shifts when you start out pedaling,AS you pick up speed the hub shifts to the 2nd. gear and as you slow down it gets easier to pedal.I was told that the bike is a 1953 or 1954 because it has no holes for the badge, but there is no badge on it at all.I will try to get some pictures a.s.a.p.
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   RE:BALLOON:   REAR HUB posted by Jeff on 12/13/2007 at 6:11:33 PM
The Torpedo Automatic hub would be an aftermarket add-on to that bike as it was not manufactured until the 1960's. It is a great hub for a cruiser. I have two of them on bikes I have built up and love them. If you do decide to swap out the hub, you may be able to sell it for $50-100. They have a small but loyal fan base! Check out http://hubstripping.wordpress.com/fs-torpedo-automatic/
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Spalding Blade posted by: Edward Frost on 10/27/2007 at 5:18:57 PM
A friend of mine recently gave me his professor wife's campus bike, which is a Spalding Blade Te, 12 speed, ladies frame, 27" wheels. I put new tires and tubes on it, and it works fine, but it is essentially an old ladies bike for around town or campus. It even has fenders! I have no idea as to vintage, but it's probably from the 70's sometime. Can I put it on Craig's List for $40. and get someone who can use it?

Frosty
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Spalding Blade posted by ken on 10/30/2007 at 11:06:48 AM
I think so. Any adult bike you can ride is worth $20, and new tires... My Craigslist is Chicago and prices seem absurdly high to me, but people make offers if they're interested.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Spalding Blade posted by Edward Frost on 10/31/2007 at 9:56:41 AM
Thanks for the reply. I advertised it on Craig's List and got a buyer on the first day for $50. A college student wants it for use on campus. Perfect owner!
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FOR SALE:   western flyer lightweight 2903 posted by: reba on 10/25/2007 at 10:35:45 AM
Hey, I have my grandma's (true) Western Flyer that I want to sell. It is blue, say's "Lightweight-made in England" and has a serial of 2903 below the seat.
Has some rust but works fine. I had the brakes and the tires (baloon I think?) reworked within the last year or two. It also has an original license plate on it from Rochester MN. I guess they needed plates back then. (I can't find the year out; any help on this would be appreciated). I live in Chicago.
Can get a pic if anyones interested. Thanks,
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