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FOR SALE:   194? posted by: Tom on 9/19/2000 at 9:57:42 AM
Need help finding the value and exact year of a Schwinn Excelsior. It was given to me by the original owner who bought it right after he left the army in 1945. I have been told that because of the way that the fender attaches to the wheel bolts and not the frame, and because the horn button is on the left it is probably a '41, '42,'or '43. It is a male frame with the original front tire (26x2.125), original paint, rims, seat and handle grips. There is light rust on the frame and rims. The seat is in good condition. Any help would be appreciated.


   RE:FOR SALE:   194? posted by Doug Lewis on 9/19/2000 at 7:18:26 PM
Check the date cast in the center of the crankarm






FOR SALE:   61 Columbia posted by: Gisela Heun on 9/19/2000 at 8:31:50 AM
1961 Columbia bike (w.tank) green, all original parts for sale. Needs new tires and touch-up paint job.
contact: gisela@umich.edu (phone: 734-763-5729).







WANTED:   MOBO TOT-CYCLE posted by: Dale C. on 9/18/2000 at 9:31:09 PM
I require info on the Mobo tot-cycle.When were they made?
Are they rare? Are they expensive to buy? I believe the company was British and made pedal cars and spring horses as well.







MISC:   SAFARI FOLDING BIKE posted by: ray on 9/17/2000 at 5:34:12 PM
I NEED INF. ABOUT ITALIAN FOLDING BIKE named SAFARI ,,, IT IS WHITE,,3SPEED,,MADE IN ITALY with some german parts ,,, thanks kent@prtc.net







FOR SALE:   Apple Krate posted by: Chuck Hallifax on 9/17/2000 at 11:15:04 AM
I have an original Schwinn Apple Krate, Original paint, seat
has a few scuffs but no rips,chrome in great shape..no rust,
the paint is a little faded. any ideas of a starting price or where to take it?
thanks, Chuck


   RE:FOR SALE:   Apple Krate posted by mike on 9/17/2000 at 11:50:59 AM
tried to email you but cant get through says invalid adress

   RE:FOR SALE:   Apple Krate posted by ABiker on 9/18/2000 at 9:13:14 AM
Chuck,
For the biggest money? Definitely eBay. Do a search under completed auctions.

However, if you want to be a nice guy and money isn't everything, offer it here for a reasonable price to someone who will take pride in restoring it, riding it, or showing it. You could really make someone happy by offering it at a reasonable price and not asking an arm and a leg. Contrary to popular belief- not all Schwinn nuts are loaded with cash. (Just something to think about). You could sell it to a rich guy and make him richer, or a Schwinn nut on a budget and make his day (month, year)!

Maybe better yet, have you considered restoring it yourself? That's a piece of American history you have there.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Apple Krate posted by Nate Pickart on 9/27/2000 at 5:06:52 PM
I would like to buy it.I've been looking for an orginal Apple Krate.Please get back to me if you still have it.I dont have a lot to spend.Depends on what kind of condition its in.






MISC:   Improvements in our archive search engines posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 9/17/2000 at 9:02:53 AM
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WANTED:   "BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO" RIMS posted by: RICKY on 9/16/2000 at 10:11:47 PM
I AM RESTORING AN OLD SCHWINN TANDEM AND I AM IN NEED OF TWO SLIGHTLY USED 26 X 1.75 RIMS.
CAN ANYONE IN THE MINNEAPOLIS AREA HELP ME OUT. THE REAR TIRE WAS A COASTER AND I BELIEVE
THEY ARE TWO INCH RIMS. WOULD LIKE SOME IN REASONABLE SHAPE OR EASY TO CLEAN UP. I'M ON A
DEADLINE SO I REALLY DONT HAVE TIME TO HIT THE THRIFT STORES. ANYONE WILLING TO HELP AT A
REASONABLE PRICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. E-MAIL AND LET ME KNOW, PLEASE. THANKS!

P.S. DO NOT CARE IF THEY ARE NOT ORIGINAL.


   RE:WANTED:    posted by christian on 9/17/2000 at 5:14:57 PM
i think i may have some. i will be in the minneapolis area on thursday
and if i do have some i will let you know.

   RE:WANTED:    posted by RICKY on 9/19/2000 at 6:45:18 AM
I FOUND A SET OF RIMS FROM A GUY WHO LIVES WITHIN MINUTES, LUCKY ME.
HOW CONVEEEEEEENIENT! THANKS ANYWAY FOR YOUR HELP AND I WILL KEEP YOU IN MIND IF ANYTHING
ELSE COMES UP. THANKS!

   RE:RE:WANTED:    posted by joe on 9/19/2000 at 9:26:55 AM
Real Schwinn tandem rims are extra heavy, and have extra heavy spokes, to support the weight and stress of two riders.

   RE:WANTED:    posted by rickey on 9/19/2000 at 9:51:53 AM
If you are restoring find a bike shop maybe their as fortunate to have a dealorship with J&b importers they have some exelent wheels for a tandem you need 105 guage spokes your project will look like new.sorry I'm in ala. I'd be glad to order you a set of wheels !!!.






FOR SALE:   1945 Schwinn Excelsior posted by: Tom on 9/16/2000 at 2:16:47 PM
Need help finding the value of a 1945 Schwinn Excelsior. It was given to me by the original owner who bought it right after he left the army in 1945. It is a male frame with the original front tire (26x2.125), original paint, rims, seat and handle grips. There is light rust on the frame and rims. The seat is in good condition. There is also a button on the side of the frame that I was told is some kind of horn. Any help would be appreciated.







FOR SALE:   Vintage Bike posted by: Vern & Joyce on 9/16/2000 at 12:34:12 PM
heh







FOR SALE:   hercules posted by: sam on 9/15/2000 at 6:42:48 PM
I picked up an old hercules frame yesterday,I've been kicking it around for a year at the junk dealer where I look for parts.So when I got it home and started to clean it I found the head badge is brass.Any Idea when Raleigh stoped using brass headbadges(the cranks have a raleigh stamp on them)?


   RE:FOR SALE:   hercules posted by Keith on 9/19/2000 at 11:57:43 AM
My 1978 DL-1 has a brass headbadge and many of the parts have the Ralegh logo.






FOR SALE:   1979 SCHWINN VARSITY posted by: STEVE on 9/14/2000 at 11:54:47 PM
I HAVE A 1979 SCHWINN VARSITY FOR SALE,ALL ORIGINAL EXCEPT
SEAT,MUST PICK IT UP THOUGH,I LIVE IN MICHIGAN,25.00,THE COLOR IS A BLUE,,,,,,,,,,,,


   RE:FOR SALE:   1979 SCHWINN VARSITY posted by mark on 9/24/2000 at 5:54:30 PM
where at in michigan do u live in

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   1979 SCHWINN VARSITY posted by steve on 9/24/2000 at 8:36:34 PM
i live in the city of wayne






FOR SALE:   solo-polo seat and '64 sissy bar on Ebay posted by: Jeb on 9/14/2000 at 8:39:15 PM
Auction closes Friday late. Number is 433129600.







MISC:   CAUTION posted by: ELECTRIC MAN on 9/14/2000 at 5:41:34 PM
A FEW WEEKS AGO I BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL COLUMBIA REPLICA PAID A LOT FOR IT, YESTERDAY IT ARRIVED VIA U.P.S. OR SHOULD I SAY WHAT WAS LEFT OF IT ARRIVED.IT COST $85.00 TO SHIP IT HERE AND WHEN IT ARRIVED ONLY 1 OF 2 PACKAGES CAME,WHEN I CALLED U.P.S.THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE REST IS AT.ITS ONLY MISSING A FEW SMALL PARTS LIKE THE FRAME,TANK REAR WHEEL,EVERYTHING BEHINDTHE NECK.THE PACKAGE I GOT CONTAINS THE FORK ,FRONT FENDER,AND 1 TIRE EXCEPT ITS ALL CRUSHED.U.P.S.APOLIGISEDFOR THE DAMAGE AND PROMISED TO REPLACE IT !HA THATS A JOKE THEY WONT EVEN ANSWER MYE-MAILS TO CUSTOMER SERVICES THEY WONT EVEN TELL IF THEY HAVE ANY IDEA IF THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.THEY JUST PLAIN WONT ANSWER ME AT ALL.THEY TOTALLY DESTROYED MY PRIZED NEW TOY AND WONT EVEN OFFER TO HELP ME.BE CAREFUL IF YOU USE THEM THEY CAN MAKE YOUR DREAM A NIGHTMARE


   RE:MISC:   CAUTION posted by rd on 9/14/2000 at 7:59:08 PM
I have used UPS several times and never had a problem in shipping and receiving except one time the bike was suppose to have arrived and I couldn't find it. I found it in my garage were the UPS man put it to keep it safe.

   RE:MISC:   CAUTION posted by Walker on 9/15/2000 at 9:13:27 AM
I hope it was insured. Be sure to keep the packaging, etc. They will come out when you file your claim.

   RE:MISC:   CAUTION posted by ELECTRIC MAN on 9/15/2000 at 3:01:45 PM
THIS COMPANY U.P.S CANT EVEN LOCATE THE SECOND PACKAGE LAST I KNEW IT WAS HEADED EAST TOWARDS OHIO PAST WISCONSIN AND GONE .I HAD TO LOCATE IT THERE THEY COULDN'T EVEN FIND IT,THEY OFFER NO HELP AT ALL.WHEN I HEAR FROM THEM ITS ALWAYS A DIFFERANT STUPID QUESTIONER THEY JUST MAKE IT ALL THE MORE DIFFICULT.THE HAVE DONE NOTHING YET AT ALL.THE ANLY TIME THEY EVEN ANSWERED MY E-MAIL WAS WHEN I THREATENED TO SEE A LAWYER .JUST A TOTALLY INCOMPITANT COMPANY.WHAT A NIGHTMERE,IF I DID MY JOB WITH THEIR ABILITTY I'D NEVER LAST A DAY.ITS NOT MY JOB ,I DIDNT DO IT ,HOW THE HELL SHOULD I KNOW. ASK HIM ,AINT MY RESPONCABILITY.GREAT WAY TO RUN A COMPANYMIGHT CHANGE THE NAME OF MY COMPANY TO U.P.S. ELECTRIC

   RE:MISC:   CAUTION posted by dave on 9/15/2000 at 5:14:01 PM
don't give up. be sure you save and document everything. don't throw away anything (including any boxes) until you get a check. i also had parts of my Monark missing, and the parts that came were damaged. I won't say I was totally satisfied by their settlement, but by jumping through all their hoops, keeping in contact with the assigned agent,and documenting everything, I got a check.

   RE:MISC:   CAUTION posted by Ray on 9/18/2000 at 10:50:29 AM
I agree, do not throw away anything that you received. File your claim and wait. You may wait longer than you like but they will get to you and the first thing they want is to see the package. Once validated they will take the package and process a claim for the insured amount or $100 if not insured. I have to say that I had some damage from UPS in the past but for the most part they do a good job. They handle over 1 million packages a day and $%^& happens. I do know that I have received several bikes damaged but I can always trace it to the person packing a bike. Just droping a bike in a box and not wrapping the parts up does not cut it. I have already received 2 bikes with the fork coming out the front of the box and once I opened it I knew why, there was not a hint of packing material. Not UPSs' fault. My only gripe with UPS is their pricing, they seem to call everything larger than a handlebar an oversize package and add a sur-charge for it. I wish there was some competition for them but for now they are the only game in town unless you want to haul the package to a train station, airport or common carrier where you spend more time process and carting the bike then it is worth. I keep watching FED X ground to see when they will be ready to handle packages from the consumer. I just called them and they do not yet handle anything ground that is not from a business.






WANTED:   STINGRAY FRAME WANTED posted by: STEVEN on 9/14/2000 at 2:57:59 PM
I AM LOOKING FOR A BOYS PRE-1970 SCHWINN STINGRAY FRAME AND FORKS FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT, I HAVE M.S., AND LOVE THE STINGRAYS,I LIVE IN MICHIGAN,PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE AND HOW MUCH,,,, THANK YOU







MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by: JC on 9/14/2000 at 6:35:09 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this, but this is a 'heady' discussion group so I felt it was appropriate. If not, please remove it.

As reported yesterday, in the United Kingdom 90% of gasoline stations are closed. Hospitals are putting off all but emergency operations because doctors and nurses are having a hard time getting to work. Gasoline and other petro fuels are being horded. Rationing may be coming.

Is another energy crisis ahead?
Will people turn to bicycles?


   RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by JOEL on 9/14/2000 at 9:00:57 AM
This crisis, as with the 1970s crisis, has been created by OPEC. The resulting shortages in Europe are mainly due to the tax structure and protests by striking truckers and farmers. In the 70s, the public (in the US) really believed there was a shortage. Demand for smaller import cars was a wakeup call to American car manufacturers to downsize the gas guzzling land yahts. The speed limit was reduced to 55 MPH. Bike sales were at an all time high.

But soon the crisis went away and people forgot all about it. The cars slowly began to grow again. Now we have 10 cylinder SUV's running the streets and even Honda and Toyota have V8 equipped cars. The economy is good (in the US) and nobody seems to care.

As much as I would like to believe that things will change, I would have to say that there will be little if any effect. Just my opinion...what do you think?

   RE:RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by Carl on 9/14/2000 at 12:22:19 PM
I sure hope it gets worse.
Get those cell-phone-toting SUV drivers into smaller vehicles and maybe even -gasp- on to 2 wheels. I can't stand biking in the city or near busy roads. Our air stinks!

   RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by Keith on 9/14/2000 at 12:30:24 PM
In my opinion, America would look like the movie "Road Warrior" (living in stoneage conditions and killing each other for gasoline) before most people would even think of using bicycles for transportation. More so than in Europe, everything in our lives is built upon cars and using them for every trip we make. I love the vision of people like David Perry, who wrote "Bike Cult" and talks about a "bikeable planet." Though I commute to work by bike daily, 28 miles, I'm too cynical to believe it could possibly happen in our lifetime. In Columbus, Ohio, a city of about 1 million, which is beginning to experience LA-type smog, and car-commuting is taking longer and longer, I'd guess only a couple 100 or so people regularly ride bikes to work, if that many (I only know of a few).

   RE:RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by Kevin C. on 9/14/2000 at 4:07:26 PM
I read the number of vehicles on our roads has increased 38 percent since 1980. No wonder you're taking your life in your hands to ride a bike in most cities.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by Christopherrobin on 9/15/2000 at 6:35:25 AM
I saw a program on television about a guy who has a car that runs on compressed air. The car is fitted with two large tanks underneath and a compressor to force air through the system. The system recharges a battery, the compressor is in the vehicle and speeds up to 75 mph! No emmisions, no buying fuel. They demonstrated it on the program with the prototype.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by sam on 9/15/2000 at 6:41:56 PM
The original ford factory had a railroad eng.that ran on comprested air to move the rail cars.Also read about new genaration flywheels,they use them for standby power to power hospitals,the maker said he could put them in cars.Would run for weeks on an over night charge.

   RE:MISC:   The (potentially) looming energy crisis and it's relationship to bicycles posted by Ernie @ Bikes on Boundary-keeper of the bones on 9/19/2000 at 1:56:56 PM
It would be nice if some of the gas guzzling monstrosities on the roads at this time were permanently retired and more people would start riding bicycles......but it's not going to happen.
1. this gas-shortage is most likely as phony as the one in the 70's.
2.It's been my experience running this here bike junkyard that the only way some of the people[aside from hardcore bike people]only turn to bicycles if their car gives up and they cant afford to fix it or replace it or they get their licence lifted for a while.
Sad bot only too true!