|i have an old cruiser with the name 'thunderbird' on the chain guard; all other markings are worn off/ painted over. the rear carrier has a white stripe down the center, and what looks like a crown or two. it vaguely resembles an older monark thunderbird i've seen a picture of, but not exactly. is there a serial number on monarks somewhere? any ideas on age? if not a monark, other ideas? would love to find parts to restore it if i knew what it was! has an old 3-speed sturmey-archer hub on it now. thanks!|
| i have the same bicycle, but in a little better shape. mine has a tank in between the top two tubes with a built in head light out in front of the head tube. i am new to the vintage bicycle scene so i dont even know what year mine is. but it does have a monark emblem on each side of the tank. as well as the thunderbird on the chain gaurd. if u email me with your email i will send you some pictures of the bike. hope that helps -Ryan|
| ryan - sent my email to you, eagerly awaiting pics!|
| i don't think ryan is coming back... any one else have info for me?|
| I am just getting into vintage bicycles and have picked up a Thunderbird Monark bicycle and would like to find out more information about it. Can you help me?|
| I'm trying to figure out what model Schwinn this is, from the serial number.CQ57.8364, the tire size is 26x 2.125, but this has a sprocket on the rear wheel,like a ten speed, and you can only shift the rear sprockets. One lever, this also has hand breaks, but the rear wheel is internal. It's blue in color, and has chrome fenders. Can anybody identify this.|
| Cruiser 5 perhaps?|
| I recently purchased a green and white Coulumbia five-star Superb. I am trying to determine if it is an original or reproduction. Any suggestions appreciated.|
| The RX-5 five star reproduction was in a run of 5,000 bikes.I own a reproduction and have a certificate of Authenticity that came with bike and is numbered reflecting what number of the 5,000 my bike represents. I am not sure if that same number appears anywhere on the bike. However,if you find a number between 1-5,000 it a good chance you have the reproduction module.|
Currently, I attempting to determine what my reproduction model is and would appreciate any help in placing an estimated value.
Where is your serial stamped? There is a number under the crank hub but is begins with a 6. Front wheel hub says made in W. Germany.
| Is ther a way to determine the year of Cleveland Welding frames via serial numbers ?|
| To my knowlege there is no list on the internet. Post pics and may be some here can identify it.|
| Sorry, I have no camera at this time. The bike is a Roadmaster, circa 1942 with the curved prewar tank, curved chain and seat stays, plus curved fender braces, black out hubs...Morrow rear & New Departure front. 1942 - 1944 is my guess on this bike with a prewar frame and the black out hubs. I know production stopped during the War, but bikes were still assembled from existing parts. A nice original bike....just hoping to pin down the frame date.|
I just bought an Austrian built Sears 3 speed, and it has the 3 piece cottered crank and arms...The pedals were both loose and I bought new cotters and tightened the left pedal, but the right was a no-go, so I welded it (yeah, I'm a hillbilly, and a car guy generally). Anyway, I'd like to have a new crank/sprocket/pedal arms on hand for it...where might I find a set without breaking the bank...it doesn't have to be totally original either...just want it to work! Thanks!