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Subject: Big, heavy, phat tire bikes
Entered on: Jul 17, 1997 14:22
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Message:
Gimme all the options. Once you get one of these babies movin', there ain't nothin' stoppin' ya.




Subject: coaster brake corvette
Entered on: Jul 19, 1997 11:12
Entered by: kevin a.k.a the monk

Message:
i'm starting an adventure in restoringmy first bike. i've chose the corvette.my problem is it has a coaster brake.all the pictures i've seen the bike hashand brakes. the rear hub hae three redbands around it. i need to know if in deedthis is a corvette or some thing elsein disguise. sincerely the monk




Subject:
Entered on: Jul 20, 1997 09:27
Entered by: JIM

Message:
I JUST COME ACCROSS A LASALLE BIKE. IT HAS BALOON TIRES, TANK, LIGHT. IT IS COMPLETE AND IN GOOD CONDITION. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LASALLE. LOOKING FOR ANY INFO OR SOURCES OF INFO.




Subject: Shelby Traveler
Entered on: Jul 22, 1997 04:00
Entered by: Roger

Message:
I have a Shelby Traveler. It's a skip tooth bike and I'm having trouble finding parts. Can anyone help me?




Subject: LaSalle
Entered on: Jul 24, 1997 12:09
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Message:
I believe LaSalle is a re-badged Schwinn. -Vin




Subject: Shelby Traveler parts
Entered on: Jul 24, 1997 12:11
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Message:
We have no Shelby Traveler parts. Try the companies listed on our "Resources" page.




Subject: ACE bicycle
Entered on: Jul 24, 1997 12:40
Entered by: Jeff

Message:
I am having trouble finding any kind of info on a womans bike with the headbadge called "ACE". The badge makes reference to Schwinn on the badge also. This bike seems to be really old. Any info would help




Subject:
Entered on: Jul 24, 1997 20:16
Entered by: Dan

Message:
can any body help me with info on a 1940's rollfast girls bike i have one i want to restore it looks like for its time it was top of the line.it almost looks like the mens ben hur but much nicer paint detail and threaded rear fender(skirt protecter)




Subject: WHATS AN AMERICAN FLYER?
Entered on: Jul 26, 1997 09:52
Entered by: BOB

Message:
Found one 4 sale-a girls balloon with truss rods and chainguard with large cut-outs in it. Headbadge has A/FDoes any one know anything about this beast?




Subject: Battery compartment
Entered on: Jul 27, 1997 20:10
Entered by: Jodi

Message:
I have recently aquired a 1960's Western Flyer Strato Flyer. The bike is in perfect shape except the batteries were left in it while it sat in the previous owners cellar. The tank has dual headligts and an electric horn so all the corrosion and rust is inside the beautiful blue tank. How should I proceed? How do I restore this, I do know the lights and horn work but the original connections are too rusted out to save. Please help all ideas/thoughts welcome.




Subject: B.F. Goodrich
Entered on: Jul 28, 1997 13:15
Entered by: Gary

Message:
I have a 26" "B.F. Goodrich women's bike. It has the serial # under the crank hanger. It looks just like a Schwinn. Any ideas?




Subject: Schwinn model question
Entered on: Jul 28, 1997 13:37
Entered by: Glenn

Message:
I am restoring a old Schwinn and would like to know the model so that I can get an appropriate tank.SN G357721 stamped under crank housing (1948-51?)Cantilever frame, baloon tires with tubes.Cyclock front fork steering lock.Rear wheel has no chain tension adjuster screw.Front spocket has heart-shaped openings.Top frame support is single over double tubes.Original color orange-red?Any help?




Subject: 51-57(?) Schwinn variations
Entered on: Jul 30, 1997 22:53
Entered by: Gary

Message:
I realize that old bikes may be hybidized by past owners, but I just picked up a men's 26" Schwinn that has some peculiarities. The main differences are in the fender mounts. I have newer and older versions which have a single bolt that taps into the underside of the front fork. This one has a bolt running horizontally that mounts to an "L" bracket on the fender. The rear arrangement is similar. It has older Schwinn script on the hand grips. The serial # is on the left rear fork, but has only five numbers after the letter (51-57?). The brake brace was made in England. Any ideas? Thanks!




Subject: 1937 Rollfast
Entered on: Jul 30, 1997 23:35
Entered by: Donald

Message:
I have started restoring the frame to a 1937 Rollfast (Mens). I don`t exactly know if it had a tank, chain guard, buckboard, exc... I would greatly appreciate any information on what my prewar ballooner looked like. Thank You: Donald




Subject: RE: ACE
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:02
Entered by: jj

Message:
ACE was a re-badged Schwinn. Use similar Schwinns to determine value.




Subject: RE: Corvette
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:04
Entered by: jj

Message:
It sounds like your Corvette is a 2-speed, based on the triple-band hub. Yes, Schwinn made 2-speed Corvettes.




Subject: RE: American Flyer
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:06
Entered by: jj

Message:
American Flyer-badged bikes were made by Cleveland Welding Co. As were many other-badged bikes.




Subject: RE: Battery Compartment
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:09
Entered by: jj

Message:
Pretty common problem, finding weeping batteries corroding a tank, light or horn. Take the tank apart. Sand the inside with steel wool (see the "rust" topic). If there is still some metal left,coat it with grease.




Subject: RE: Schwinn model question
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:11
Entered by: jj

Message:
Single top tube over 2 tubes sounds more like a 1950s to 1960s Schwinn. What size are the tires?




Subject: RE: 51-57(?) Schwinn variations
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:12
Entered by: jj

Message:
Sounds like a Corvette or Jaguar frame.




Subject: RE: '37 Rollfast frame
Entered on: Jul 31, 1997 09:15
Entered by: jj

Message:
There are pictures of Rollfasts from that era in "The Evolution of the Bicycle Vol II".Get these people (menotomy) to carry it. That bike should have teardrop pedals with reflectors in them.




Subject: 20" Schwinn DX
Entered on: Aug 2, 1997 02:38
Entered by: louie

Message:
I need a jr rocket-ray light and tank, is finding these parts going to be an impossible task?What about a 20" w/w typhoon tire?




Subject: old bike
Entered on: Aug 6, 1997 13:55
Entered by: wayne

Message:
i picked up this bike, need to find out who made it.has stewart warnner floation front hub only other info. letters m f 6056 can some one help me.




Subject: That Old Bike
Entered on: Aug 6, 1997 16:36
Entered by: Donald

Message:
Wayne: I have resently talked to somone named Bicycle Bill and he would probubly be able to help you. If you are interested writ me at Briese@Northernnet.com.




Subject: Murray Missle
Entered on: Aug 6, 1997 20:04
Entered by: Gary

Message:
I just picked up a very clean and sharp Murray Missile 26" men's bike. I know it's not as desirable as a Schwinn, but it rides and looks great. Does anyone know the approximate year of this bike?




Subject:
Entered on: Aug 6, 1997 22:22
Entered by: bruce

Message:
need info on Chicago Bicycle Co. Lasalle bike




Subject: Syracuse
Entered on: Aug 7, 1997 08:50
Entered by: Alden

Message:
My brothers first bike and handed down to me, so also my first bike was a Syracuse. I have never seen that name since ahnwhere. Does anyone know who this marketer was or where or has anyone ever seen this name?




Subject: old bike
Entered on: Aug 7, 1997 11:44
Entered by: wayne

Message:
donald,sent email to you about bike came back wrong address send email back wayne.




Subject: old bike
Entered on: Aug 7, 1997 11:54
Entered by: wayne

Message:
donald for got address.wrohm@surferdude.com




Subject: SEARS BIKE
Entered on: Aug 7, 1997 13:04
Entered by: ADAM

Message:
WHO WANTS TO BUY MY MENS 26 INCH SEARS BIKE?




Subject: Monark with 3speed grip shift
Entered on: Aug 7, 1997 17:21
Entered by: Howard

Message:
We have found a strange bike and need help with ID. It is a 50something girls Monark with double spring front fork and a 3 speed shifter on the FRONT GEAR. Is this unique, factory or addon. Please help




Subject: Ivr Johnson
Entered on: Aug 8, 1997 20:10
Entered by: Alden

Message:
are there very many Ivr Johnson balloons out there? I would like to buy a project bike of a frame in any condition of completeness




Subject: Early 50's Ranger
Entered on: Aug 10, 1997 11:49
Entered by: Eric

Message:
I am restoring my father's early 50's Ranger bicycle. It's a great bike but I need to find the lock-nut that slips over the pedal-crank and keep the crank assembly from coming apart. I also need a new "torpedo" light for the front fender. If any one has a suggestion as to a good place for me to find these parts I would really appreciate it. THANKS. -Eric




Subject: American Flyer Bicycles
Entered on: Aug 10, 1997 17:13
Entered by: NBHAA

Message:
American Flyer bicycles were not made by a particular manufacturer. AMERICAN FLYER was a name attached to SOME bicycles distributed out of Louisville Cycle Supply Company...it could have been anything from a Schwinn to a Snyder. THe name belonged to the Lipski brothers and had nothing specifically to do with Cleveland Welding Company.




Subject: LaSalle and ACE Bicycle info
Entered on: Aug 10, 1997 17:26
Entered by: NBHAA

Message:
"LaSalle" is simply a one of several names used on bicycles distributed by Chicago Cycle Supply Company (NOT Chicago Bicycle Company- a different organization). It was not a re-badging, but merely the ORIGINAL badge installed from new. It was a common policy of Schwinn and most other bicycle companies in the classic era to allow distributors, dealers, etc. to use their OWN badges and decals and names. Thus there are hundreds of names for such bicycles. This does not ALWAYS mean that, for instance, a Schwinn with a "LaSalle" name will be identical to a factory Schwinn model in a Schwinn catalogue.. It might have slightly different features or color availabilities.This was the nature of the biz back then. The same for "ACE" bicycles which came via yet another distributor.




Subject: Found bike ---- what is it?
Entered on: Aug 11, 1997 21:35
Entered by: Debbie

Message:
Help!!! I found a ladies bike and I need to know what it is. It has the very same curved frame as the Hawthorne Zep pictured on the bottom of page 77 of the "Evolution of the Bicycle Vol 2" book. It has a rear rack that looks like a torpodo with two red, battery operated, tail lights. The lights are on the back of the rack. It also should have a round light on the front like the 41 model pictured on the next page. The blue handle bar grips are shaped like rocket ships and say rocket-1 on them. The serial number is stamped under the crank hanger. It is H88744. The sprocket looks exactly like the one on the 1940's Hawthorne on page 79. It is missing the badge and all identification, as well as having been painted blue some time ago. Please help with this indentification!! E-mail me or post it. Thanks




Subject: Chain Guard
Entered on: Aug 12, 1997 12:54
Entered by: Duane

Message:
I am looking for a chain guard to fit a 40's Royal Flyer 26 inch girls bike. It has It has 26 x 2.125 balloon tires. I've been told it was sold by Western Auto Store. I don't know for sure. If anyone has a guard that will fit this bike please e-mail me and give a price.




Subject: old huffy tandem
Entered on: Aug 15, 1997 21:55
Entered by: wayne

Message:
I am looking to find out the manufacture date of a huffy "daisy daisy" single speed tandem serial number 3h062955




Subject: old huffy tandem
Entered on: Aug 15, 1997 21:59
Entered by: wayne

Message:
I am looking to find out the manufacture date of a huffy "daisy daisy" single speed tandem serial number 3h062955 Any info provided would be greatly appreciated




Subject: Shelby Travler
Entered on: Aug 21, 1997 01:11
Entered by: Paul

Message:
I have Parts for That Bike.716-592-5271




Subject: Shelby Travler
Entered on: Aug 21, 1997 01:24
Entered by: Paul

Message:
I have Parts for That Bike.716-592-5271




Subject: 1937 RollFast
Entered on: Aug 21, 1997 01:32
Entered by: Paul K

Message:
Donald, Evolution of the Bike Vol. 1 has great copy's of original ads of your Prewar Rollfast with all models shown.




Subject: OLD BIKE WAYNE
Entered on: Aug 21, 1997 01:29
Entered by: Paul K

Message:
Your bike could be a Elgin Most likelyprewar.




Subject: Whippet Bike
Entered on: Aug 21, 1997 23:49
Entered by: PaulK

Message:
Looking for information on Whippet bike, also looking for Tank.




Subject: Renting or borrowing a late 40's or early 50's bike for the play "PICNIC"
Entered on: Aug 22, 1997 23:51
Entered by: Jeri

Message:
A men's late 40's or early 50's balloon tire bike is needed for the play "PICNIC." It would be ridden about 8 feet. Bike need not be in good condition - just be able to be ridden. A hand bell would be desirable. Where can I find one? Needed for 3 weekends beginning Mid Sept. 1997. This is for New Britain Reperatory Theatre. (non-profit community theatre) Greater Hartford area in Connecticut.




Subject: star crusier
Entered on: Aug 24, 1997 10:59
Entered by: Caylen

Message:
I ran across a very cool bike in a sale, it is a Basset Star Crusier, that is what is written on the bike, the ad called it a Jamis Dakota. It is a chrome , one speed, high handlebares, fat tires, very cool looking bike. I don't think it's that old, I just can't find any information on it. He said the company was out of CA. He wants $100 for it, does any one know anything about this bike? THANKS, Caylen




Subject: 1937 Rollfast
Entered on: Aug 25, 1997 22:18
Entered by: Donald

Message:
Thanks Paul. I well see if Menotomy has it.




Subject: Re: Jamis
Entered on: Aug 26, 1997 12:26
Entered by: Jodi

Message:
Jamis is a mountain/road bike company who deal w/ independent sellers. Check out your local mountain bike shop, if they aren't a dealer for Jamis ask if they know anyone who does in your area.




Subject: Evans Products Co. Plymouth, Mich
Entered on: Aug 28, 1997 11:58
Entered by: al

Message:
I bought a girls bike (1940's?), Evans Air Scout. Does anybody know about this company or the desirablity of its bikes. Nothing fancy about this bike or neat features. thanks al




Subject: Schwinn Starlet
Entered on: Aug 28, 1997 14:35
Entered by: Jodi

Message:
I'm wondering of anyone has info on whether the 1961 Schwinn Starlet bike I have had a tank. The wear marks on the frame seem to indicate yes but is anyone out there sure? Thankyou.




Subject: RE: Evans Air Scout
Entered on: Aug 29, 1997 10:11
Entered by: jj

Message:
Evans bicycles (Evans-Colson) have a big following. Does it have front suspension inside the head tube? Some of these bikes have the suspension, but it isn't noticable because there is no springer or trusses.




Subject: RE: Evans Air Scout
Entered on: Aug 29, 1997 10:15
Entered by: jj

Message:
Evans bicycles (Evans-Colson) have a big following. Does it have front suspension inside the head tube? Some of these bikes have the suspension, but it isn't noticable because there is no springer or trusses.




Subject: Need S-2 Rim and Cruiser Chainguard
Entered on: Aug 29, 1997 22:19
Entered by: Kurt

Message:
I need a 26" Schwinn s-2 rim and chainguard for a Schwinn Cruiser - anyone got one or the other?




Subject: Parts & Service for Bicycle Restoration
Entered on: Sep 2, 1997 12:33
Entered by: JimB

Message:
One of the best guides I have found that tells where to buy parts and who can perform services related to bicycle restoration is "The 1997-98 Edition of The North American Directory of Vintage Bicycle Collectors and Dealers". This guide concentrates heavily on the balloon tires bikes, but it does cover some of the other stuff as well. I just received min last Friday. The cost is $10.25 (US). If interested, more info is here: http://www.tiac.net/users/cabe/directory.html




Subject: Crusiers? Bombers?
Entered on: Sep 11, 1997 09:39
Entered by: Rando

Message:
Anyone out there building their own retro cruisers or bombers?




Subject: Goodrich = cruiser?
Entered on: Sep 11, 1997 20:09
Entered by: Ken

Message:
An antique shop near me has a 40's era BF Goodrich bike (Yeah, I know its a Shwinn in diguise.) Anyways, the bike is in fair-poor shape. The rear fender has been beat to death and the whole thing has been covered with a bad spray paint job. The tires have a bit of dry rot and would not be usable for long. It also lacks a tank or other accessories but don't know what might have come with it. Anyways, the price is $95. and I wonder what sort of luck I might have with it, adapting new chrome fenders, bullet light, ect?




Subject: Oglaend information query.
Entered on: Sep 12, 1997 08:52
Entered by: Martin R

Message:
I recently acquired an odd vintage bike in poor but restorable condition. Due to tear, wear, and weather erosion, there was barely traces left of the original blue paint with white decorations on the frame. Around the seatpost frame tube I could see the traces of the script "Oglaend Perfekt de Luxe Norge". The original badge is still there and carries the text "Oglaend PERFEKT de Luxe", which also is barely visible on the lower frame tube, but only on the right side. It had 28" aluminum anodized rims and the jumbo-sized 44-635 balloon tires. The frame is neat and slender, designed for the extra fat tires, the frame tubes are welded and the weldings very nicely ground. The fenders are wide and almost flat, with edges folded down. Traces of paint showed that they ahd been blue with white rear ends and a wide white stripe in the middle, whith (presumably) red pinstripes at both sides. The saddle is of a typical 1940 type, with a steel construction incorporating seven coil springs and the cover fixed to it with four rivets. It looks like a late 30´s or early 40´s model, although some parts like the rims and handlebar hardly are original. Oglaend was made in Norway and I would appreciate any kind of information you may have about the bike and the factory. Thank you.




Subject: J.C Higgins/Elgin tandem
Entered on: Sep 15, 1997 23:04
Entered by: Jim

Message:
I just bought a tandem at a swap meet for $10.It has a home-made frame,front is J.C.Higgins and rear is Elgin.It has 24"balloon tires.The whole bike looks pre-war.Well,this afternoon i rebuilt the whole thing mechanically.(6ft chain)I took off the rear wheel and replaced it with a tricycle rear end.I plan to make it a nice bike.But i need a set of 3 chrome wheels 2 fronts and 1 rear.Also would like to know if anyone has any other parts or ideas for this bike.




Subject: super chief
Entered on: Sep 16, 1997 10:42
Entered by: xyz

Message:
any info on a late 40's bike w/white industries badge and "super chief" decals?




Subject: 24 inch Shelby
Entered on: Sep 16, 1997 22:51
Entered by: KC Jim

Message:
Is a 24 inch with the bells and whistles much less valued than a 26 inch? Anybody have any old pedal cars for sale?




Subject:
Entered on: Sep 17, 1997 01:44
Entered by: david

Message:
I have a 1968 typhoon it has 24x1 3/4tires have a real hard time riding on old westwinds need something new with same stagered block tread anybody have any good ideas




Subject:
Entered on: Sep 17, 1997 01:26
Entered by: david

Message:
I have a 1968 typhoon it has 24x1 3/4tires have a real hard time riding on old westwinds need something new with same stagered block tread anybody have any good ideas




Subject: RE: J.C Higgins/Elgin tandem
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:34
Entered by: jj

Message:
What? A Tricycle rear end?? Give us some details. How about a picture? (a tandem trike??)




Subject: RE: 24" .vs. 26"
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:36
Entered by: jj

Message:
Just like a girl's bike isn't worth as much as a boy's bike, a 24" bike isn't as valuable as a 26". How much less depends on the bike, but a junvenile bike (24") would maybe be 75% of the value of a 26". Anyone else? Sound about right?




Subject: RE: RE: 24" .vs. 26"
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 09:03
Entered by: JimB

Message:
Just my personal opinion, but 24 inch bikes are probably worth considerably less than 26 inch bikes. Almost all of the "big money" bicycle restoration work is being done by adults over 18, many of which are trying to restore childhood memories. Most of us 'grownups' can't fit on a 24 inch bike anymore. In addition, our kids are only on a 24 inch bike for 2-3 years, so it's hardly worth investing big time and money in restoring one. We generally go to the bikeshop and pick up something new in 24 inches.




Subject: Bike size?
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 05:55
Entered by: Ken

Message:
How do I tell exactly >what< size a bike is? I've got a mid-'60 Sears EXACTLY like the one in the parts section here at Menotomy (Red and White) that sits on 26" x 1.75" Goodyear tires. The one listed for sale says its a 24". Is mine merely bigger (I'm 6'2", 200 lbs and my bike fits me great) or ? To add to the confusion, I've been looking at some local shops at new Schwinn Cruisers. While these bikes sit on 26" tires, they're listed as 18" bikes...




Subject: Re:Bike Size
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 21:11
Entered by: Jim

Message:
Most older bikes were measured by their wheel/tire sizes.Now,most larger bikes are measured by their seat-tube length (bar from cranks to seat).And these measurements are used to fit a persons height.So you can have a 26" bike with a 21" frame.




Subject: CADILLAC WOMENS
Entered on: Sep 20, 1997 09:47
Entered by: FLYBOY

Message:
FOUND THIS BIKE IN THE GARBAGE. HEADBADGE SAYS CADILLAC. I NEED INFORMATION ON AGE, VALUE & MAKER. BIKE IS COMPLETE & RIDDEN DAILY. COLOR IS RED, ORIGINAL PAINT, BLACK SADLE W/WHITE SLIP COVER, BLACK CHAIN GUARD. AVERAGE CONDITION.




Subject: Help decide model??
Entered on: Sep 20, 1997 16:58
Entered by: Dave

Message:
I was given a 1960 schwinn mens 26" bike. It is missing the original chain guard so I don't know the model exactly. It looks like an "AMERICAN" that I saw a picture of. If you can help me determine the model, please write me back, and I will give more info. Thanks Dave




Subject: Columbia Bike - What's it worth?
Entered on: Sep 20, 1997 19:14
Entered by: Bill

Message:
I have a Columbia Viking Special Deluxe girls bike with baloon tires. It was new in approx 1948. Condition is very good. I want to sell it.




Subject: Elgin bicycle
Entered on: Sep 21, 1997 00:21
Entered by: bob

Message:
I have a Elgin Bicycle it is pre wwii. I t has 2.25 crusader balloon tires, a single head light. a horn. a battery pack located behind tthe rear seat. I t is brown with beige pin stripes, the fenders are brown(not chrome) it has a twin bar painted black. Ive been told it is a twin 40. It is in good condition anyone know the value.




Subject: Rgds: Bike Size
Entered on: Sep 22, 1997 09:02
Entered by: kath

Message:
The Schwinn American on Menotomy's parts section is listed as a 26" with 26 x 1.75 wheels. There is a Sears there listed as setup for 24" wheels. Hope this helps!