AGE / VALUE:   Monark speedometer posted by: Geo. on 7/27/2008 at 6:40:44 PM
Does anyone know what type of speedometer lower drive will fit on a Monark double springer fork? Can't seem to find a picture of one anywhere? thanks, George
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Westfield Columbia 5 Star American posted by: Rich on 7/27/2008 at 4:32:12 PM
I recently purchased a Columbia built 5 star American that is black in color. The headbadge reads Westfield MFG and Clipper with a picture of a flying boat. The bike has a men's frame and has a Sturmey Archer 3 speed with a hub dated 3/56. The serial begins with an A so it should be either a 1936 or 1955. I'm leaning towards 1955, but this bike doesn't resemble any picture I've seen so far of Five Stars. It has its original off white vinyl seat intact and front/rear caliper brakes with "Columbia" embossed on them. Any help in IDing what this bike is supposed to be or was would be appreciated.
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AGE / VALUE:   Dating a Mead Ranger posted by: Nick Sim on 7/26/2008 at 12:05:33 PM
I was cleaning my shed the other day and dug out a Mead Ranger frame my dad curb-scored a few years ago. It has been re-painted--the only way I could tell the brand was from the headbadge, which my dad sold a while ago. It has double top tubes, the 'suspension' fork, and rear-facing dropouts. Does anyone have a rough time estimate for this, or, when was the last Ranger made with rear-facing dropouts?
Thanks a bunch
Nick Sim
Madison WI
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Dating a Mead Ranger posted by jr on 7/28/2008 at 8:12:51 AM
Mead primarily sold Schwinn and Columbia bikes. Can't say without a photo but it sounds like a good one.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Dating a Mead Ranger posted by ken on 7/28/2008 at 1:37:57 PM
jr, can you document that statement? It is true that many Rangers from the 30s are Schwinn-built. I have been under the impression that until sometime prior to the advent of balloon tires, and before becoming a rebadger, Mead manufactured bikes in Chicago. Any help you can provide will be appreciated.
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BALLOON:   HEADBADGE posted by: ON SITE MOBIL BICYCLE SERVICE on 7/26/2008 at 9:19:32 AM
ANY INFO.ON HAVING A HEAD BADGE RESTORED.ANYONE OUT THERE DOING THIS TYPE OF RESTOREING ?
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   Dave at nostalgic.net does posted by marc on 7/26/2008 at 11:48:51 AM
Dave at nostalgic.net does. www.nostalgic.net
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BALLOON:   Shelby Flying Cloud Info posted by: Joe Huld on 7/24/2008 at 12:38:09 PM
I just bought a Shelby Flying Cloud which closely resembles one I had as a kid. It is a 26 inch Balloon tire bike with a coaster brake New Departure Model D rear hub. It has athe "Clipper Ship" head badge, truss rods on the front fork, a "Daisy" chain wheel and adjustment bolts on the rear drop outs. The frame appears to be furnace brazed and has K17113 stamped on the bottom bracket. The bike is complete and actually rideable but has been poorly painted multiple times and has at least a replacement saddle and grips. I really would like to restore it including the red white and blue paint job my first Flying Cloud originally had. I am looking for any info on this bike including year of maunufacture, paint colors and schemes, rim specs. I'd appreciate any help with sources for info and parts.
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   RE:BALLOON:   Shelby Flying Cloud Info posted by ken on 7/25/2008 at 12:29:16 PM
http://www.nostalgic.net/
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