MISC:   MTD Hi-Lo Bicycle posted by: Ronn Glosson on 4/20/2007 at 8:55:59 AM
I need information re: a MTD Hi-Lo Bicycle manufactured in Cleveland. If you know where I can find date(s) of manufacture, or value, I would appreciate it.

MISC:   Schwinn tandem drum brake posted by: Spike on 4/12/2007 at 5:11:33 PM
I refurbished the Atom drum brake from a 70s Schwinn tandem.Was not very effective before. seems better now but::
Even though I have it adjusted so it is rubbing a little
and cable is tight I can still bottom the hand lever against the grip.It does stop fairly well but not as I expected.The front caliper is clearly more effective.
Is the drum more for braking indurance.ie: hills and weight?Or is there something I'm missing.


   RE:MISC: Schwinn tandem drum brake posted by sam on 4/13/2007 at 10:03:34 AM
I take it your talkin about a rear drum brake.Rear brakes don't stop bikes as well as the front brake in any style.A Rear drum is used even on modern tandems as a drag brake. On steep hills tandems can over heat the rims and blow a tire if the calaber brakes are over used.Drums don't heat the rims--disk brakes,a more modern brake also work good for tandems.
If your talkin rear also cable streach might be a problem account of the extra lone distance it must travel --double check all fittings and housing for looseness.

MISC:   Phoenix folding bike posted by: Elaine on 3/30/2007 at 9:20:36 PM
We bought a phoenix folding girls bike with the serial # S01541. Can anyone tell how to find the value of this bike and the year?

   RE:MISC:   Phoenix folding bike posted by Ed on 4/1/2007 at 5:54:33 PM
I had 2 of them made in China. Not heavy enough for adult riders. Maybe worth $50 in good condition.

MISC:   Seiko Tandem??? posted by: Rick on 3/30/2007 at 11:33:15 AM
My daughter and I came across an old tandem bike in my father's garage. It is in good shape and we ride it all the time. I had to change a flat the other day and now I messed up the gears. I only have 1 gear rather than 3. Can anybody help me on the adjustment? The only markings on the bike are "Seiko" (picture of deer or gazelle) and the name is "boulevard". Any info would be appreciated.

   RE:MISC:   Seiko Tandem??? posted by David on 5/6/2007 at 6:04:10 PM
My guess is that it has a Shimano 3-speed hub or something equivalent. If it has a bellcrank that the control cable pulls (and pushes a rod into the hub) you'll want to do the following. Put the trigger or twistgrip control in 2nd gear (the middle gear) and adjust the cable length. There should be a screw adjuster at the end of the cable near the bellcrank. Adjust it so the circle on the bellcrank is centered in the little window of the axle fitting. Tighten the locknut on the adjuster and you should have all 3.

MISC:   schwinn twinn posted by: craig on 3/29/2007 at 6:00:17 PM
please be patient with me.i am new to restoring bikes.i just bought an old schwinn twinn.it is very ridable but needs a lot of new parts to make it look good.i need to know were i can find parts to restore my bike .my wife and kids just love riding it.please help me.

very much appreciated

   RE:MISC:   schwinn twinn posted by David on 5/13/2007 at 8:50:39 AM
Some of the parts will be easy to find (most of the parts needed to make it go and stop) and some may be hard to find (the ones that will dress it up and make it look original). For the former, check a local bike shop for what you need. The older the shop and employees, the better. For the other parts, check ebay and lists like this one for info about swap meets and old parts for sale.