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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 soI don't know the model exactly. It lookslike 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.ThanksDave




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

Message:
I have a Columbia Viking Special Deluxegirls bike with baloon tires. It was new in approx 1948. Condition is verygood. 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!




Subject: schwinn
Entered on: Sep 28, 1997 21:17
Entered by: rick

Message:
i bought a schwinn corvette ,when were these bikes built & what is it worth???




Subject: Re: Value Schwinn Corvette
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 08:43
Entered by: Jodi

Message:
I believe the Corvette was made from the late 50s to late 60s. I've seen asking prices range from 150.00 to 400.00 depending on condition and "accessories". For example single speed is worth less than multi and the bike can also have disc brakes which obviously makes it more desirable. It is a cool bike have fun with it.




Subject: corvette
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 21:17
Entered by: rick

Message:
thanks jodi




Subject: Re: Cadillac
Entered on: Sep 30, 1997 11:39
Entered by: Jodi

Message:
Hey Flyboy check out the vintage bike section of this site, they have a boys cadillac for sale! Yours is probably worth about 150.00 to 200.00, maybe more if its in superb shape.




Subject: floation hub
Entered on: Oct 1, 1997 13:41
Entered by: wayne

Message:
im trying to find out,who made this bike i think its in the fiftys,it has a stewart warner floation front hub,girls bike does any one have info. on it




Subject: floation hub
Entered on: Oct 1, 1997 16:33
Entered by: wayne

Message:
im trying to find out,who made this bike i think its in the fiftys,it has a stewart warner floation front hub,girls bike does any one have info. on it




Subject: BF Goodrich
Entered on: Oct 2, 1997 10:41
Entered by: mike

Message:
Womens BF Goodrich in fair condition to good home. Sendmessage for copy of photos if interested.




Subject: A discussion on old and new tech
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 08:56
Entered by: ChrisE

Message:
I entered a message under the High Wheeler section about when certain "new" technologies first appeared. It might be an interesting topic - for example, rat trap pedals with clips showing up on bikes in the 1890s. Maybe we can get an interesting conversation going on this. Lets try to put it under the High Wheeler section. For example, when did bikes first have tanks? Before balloon tires, I'm sure.




Subject: Monark Silver King
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 21:09
Entered by: Morley

Message:
I own a Monark Silver King. I would like some history about the bike as well as the value. It is in average condition with the name plate intact, original saddle. I believe it was built in the late 40's in Chicago. Any info would be appreciated.




Subject: Silver King
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 07:56
Entered by: jj

Message:
Men's or woman's model? 24" or 26" tires? DOes it have the siren fender light? Crossbar Speedometer? Beautiful looking bikes, they are.




Subject: NOS parts...
Entered on: Oct 8, 1997 20:39
Entered by: BikeIcon

Message:
N.O.S 24/26 inch heavy/middle weight fenders, all colors, with and withoutpinstripes, still in factory wrappers and brackets included. N.O.S chainguards,carriers, headlights, taillights, tires, 2 and 3 speed Bendix andSturmey-Archer parts; cranks, mud flaps, streamers, middle weightSchwinn/Sting Ray seats, still in wrappers; pedals, baby carriers,original '40s, '50s and '60s bicyling magazines and literature andmuch, much more. Looking to trade whatever it takes for original or restored Black Phantom.




Subject: vintage Sears bike
Entered on: Oct 8, 1997 22:47
Entered by: Jason

Message:
I'm looking for a Sears Spaceliner bicycle, I think they were made in the 50's or 60's. Anybody know where I might find one?




Subject: Goodyear Hi-way Patrol
Entered on: Oct 9, 1997 18:44
Entered by: Rob

Message:
I recently purchased a Goodyear Hi-Way Patrol (built by Columbia sticker). It looks like a fun beginning to bicycle restoration. I would like to know if anyone can tell me when these bikes were made/sold. Mine has 24x2.25 tires, serial# B117451 (stamped on left rear dropout). I would also like to know if a tank was original equipment for this bike. Thanks




Subject: Monark Bicycle
Entered on: Oct 10, 1997 13:27
Entered by: Doug

Message:
I have a Monark Silver King, it's been taken apart and I would like to learn more about it . If restoration can be done reasonably, it's all intact. How do you determine the year?Where is a good source for reference or parts?Any reply appreciated. Thanks.




Subject: Schwinn Bikes
Entered on: Oct 12, 1997 04:19
Entered by: john

Message:
I have two Schwinn bikes, one is a Schwinn Black Phantom. It's missing the tank, headlight lense, and saddle. Chrome and paint are in great shape. Can't remember the other bike's name, but it's also missing the tank and needs a serious cleaning. How hard & costly is it to find parts for these balloon tire bikes. Wondering if I want to pursue restoring them. One more frame I have is an old spring suspension bike with a skiptooth crank. No wheels. It's definitely seen its better days. It has a detailed emblem on the head tube. The name is "Liberty". Anyone ever hear of such a bike?




Subject: HEADLIGHT
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 12:56
Entered by: grant

Message:
Wanted: 1930's Front Load Torpedo Headlight in aluminum or steel for 1936 Schwinn DX in excellent + condition. Please send price and condition. Thanks, Grant




Subject: RE: Schwinn Bikes
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 14:23
Entered by: JimB

Message:
It is fairly easy to get parts for the Phantom bikes today because Schwinn released a reproduction Phantom and a line of reproduction Phantom parts a couple years ago. Also, the price of restored Phantoms has caused everyone to search their businesses and homes for parts to sell. Be advised, however, that Schwinn discontinued their reproduction Phantom in the past few months so parts will once again become rare and expensive. As for the cost of restoring a Phantom, I have a friend who collects and does museum quality restorations on them. To do it right, you will have to spend around $600 for paint and decals, $350 for rechroming, and another $300 or so for misc. parts. That's a total of around $1000-1200 to do it right. Fortunately, Black Phantom prices can support that level of investment today and still give you a good return on investment. Be warned that those purchasing restored Phantoms for top dollar will want every part, nut and bolt to be original. They can spot the Schwinn repro stuff very easily.




Subject: More on the Black Phantom
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 14:34
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I just re-read your note where it says the chrome and paint on the Phantom is in very good shape. With that in mind, I would suggest careful disassembly of the bike. Carefully clean and wax the painted surfaces using the Zymol 3-step wax process. Send only marginal chrome parts out for rechroming, while cleaning the rest with SOS pads and water followed by Zymol wax. Finally, contact Memory Lane Classics and purchase a replacement seat and tank. Be very careful to purchase only original NOS parts including tires and tubes, not repro stuff. Once you reassemble it, you will have a nice, original condition Black Phantom worth some serious money.




Subject: Adrmiral Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 21:00
Entered by: Bill

Message:
I have a Adrmial Schwinn girls bike. It's blue and white, the tires show The Specal LHR Balloon Tire.The size is 26 x 2.125, It has a tank with a horn, full spring down fork,headlight & lense and a saddle orrack on back. The seat looks to be leather. I need any help I can get on age, price or any hints about it.There no numbers any where on bike.




Subject: RE: Adrmiral Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 14, 1997 13:04
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I have been told that Schwinn posted all of their serial numbers and dates on their web page. I'm sure there is a serial number on there someplace. Try under the bottom bracket and near the seat clamp area.




Subject: Admiral Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 14, 1997 15:58
Entered by: Bill

Message:
Bill, all Schwinn serial #s before Aug. 1948 were lost in an office fire. Numbers were under bottem hanger bracket until 1952, then moved to left rear dropout. Moved again in 1972 to headtube. If you find number I have dates.




Subject: 1962 schwynn typhoon
Entered on: Oct 15, 1997 00:13
Entered by: otis

Message:
I have a 62 typhoon mens bike with the two speed hub, that's all original is this bike worth restoring?




Subject: RE: 1962 schwinn typhoon
Entered on: Oct 15, 1997 13:21
Entered by: JimB

Message:
In my opinion, the timing is not right for doing an expensive restoration on a 62 Schwinn Typhoon. However, it's definitely worth keeping. You may want to repack the bearings, clean it up well, and wax the chrome and painted surfaces. That way, you will stop the degradation and save it for a time when it will be worth restoring. You can also ride it without damaging the bearing races. Give it another 5-10 years and it will be worth restoring in my opinion.




Subject: Schwinn date codes
Entered on: Oct 15, 1997 13:33
Entered by: kath

Message:
I posted a list of Schwinn dates codes here about a month ago. It's in the 'Archive' listed above.




Subject: Tire and Rim chart
Entered on: Oct 16, 1997 09:39
Entered by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Message:
We've created a vintage bicycle tire and rim chart showing tire and rim specs and rim cross-sections. You'll find it under the 'Old Maps/Pix' link at the top of this page.




Subject: Shelby Co.
Entered on: Oct 16, 1997 16:02
Entered by: David

Message:
Can anyone give me a brief history of the Shelby Co.I know they are made in Ohio.When were they made (starting & ending Years aprox.)?Are they valuable?I just bought an early 50's girls Shelby Flyer for $25




Subject: Original Tires
Entered on: Oct 16, 1997 19:57
Entered by: David

Message:
How valuable are original tires? Are they worth saving?Are Goodyear Balloon Tires still available, if so where can I get them?




Subject: Monark Silver King
Entered on: Oct 17, 1997 21:47
Entered by: Ed

Message:
Can anyone tell me anything about a Monark Silver King. The bike I have isa woman's model with an aluminum frame.It was probably built in the 30's. Monark was based in Chicago. It's kick-stand is triangular, similar to a motor-cycle's.




Subject: Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 18, 1997 12:51
Entered by: Jim

Message:
Hey,I just got back from riding in a parade on my 1963 26" Schwinn American.Everbody loved the bike!It`s a basicallly stock DeLuxe American,but i have a Sting-Ray seat,3ft sissy bar,and hi tise handle-bars on it.It kinda looks like really big Sting-Ray.




Subject: J.C. Higgins
Entered on: Oct 20, 1997 22:26
Entered by: Michael

Message:
I need to find parts for my bike. A seat, front fender, pedals.I also need to have my rims rechromed and spokes fixed.




Subject: COCA-COLA CRUISER
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 12:07
Entered by: john

Message:
WHO MADE AND SOLD THE COCA-COLA CRUISER BIKE I SAW IN THE VINTAGE BIKE PIX? DOES ANYONE HAVE ONE FOR SALE?




Subject: RE: More on the Black Phantom
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 14:02
Entered by: JimB

Message:
A few weeks ago, someone asked what is involved and how much much it would cost to resore a Schwinn Black Phantom. From my memory of a long ago conversation with a friend who respres them, I gave a figure of about $1000-1200 to do a museum quality restoration. Well this past Sunday, I ran into my friend and he gave me more accurate figures. Remeber, he does only flawless museum quality restorations. Here is the approximate breakdown: Paint-$500, NOS tires and tubes-$300, re-chroming-$400, misc. parts-$600-800 for a total of around $2000 per bike. His restorations are so perfect, they would make a factory built bike look sloppy.




Subject: Original Tires
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 13:44
Entered by: jj

Message:
For collectibility, original tires increase the value of a bike. Certain old tread patterns and tire profiles and construction features just don't exist today. But if it is a rider, (like the KKOOOOOL 'big Sting-Ray' recently riden in a parade described by Jim), be sure you have good safe tires on it.




Subject: JC Higgins
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 13:45
Entered by: jj

Message:
What year? Or at least what tire size (26 x 1.75? 26x2.125?)




Subject: Coke Cruiser
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 13:47
Entered by: jj

Message:
I think a run of those were produced by Western Flyer in the mid 1980s. I think the 'tank' was made of plastic. Though still a 'must' for a Coke collector.




Subject: Coke Bike
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 15:27
Entered by: David

Message:
I believe the Coke bike was made by Huffy around 1988.One is on display at the Coke museum in Vicksburg.Its also in the book Evolution of the Bicycle Vol. 1




Subject: journalist needs help
Entered on: Oct 21, 1997 20:23
Entered by: paul

Message:
i am writing an article on antique bicycles, especially about a 1950 monark bicycle, a photo sent in by a reader... any help in learning more about the super deluxe bike and the monark company would be appreciated and credit givin in the feature... thank you




Subject: chat rooms
Entered on: Oct 22, 1997 13:54
Entered by: David H

Message:
Does anyone know of any live chat rooms for bike collectors.




Subject: Columbia, Triumph, and a Golden Flyer
Entered on: Oct 22, 1997 19:17
Entered by: Lon

Message:
I'm looking at buying a 1930s era Columbia men's bike. The strange thing is it is painted olive drab and says "U.S.Army" where a tank would be. Can anyone tell me if the army used bicycles for "courier" use? It has the 2.25 tires on it, saddle is sprung at all three corners, it has no front fender but a full rear fender with triangular mudflap (with medical cadesus emblem on it), and metal wire baskets (20"x14"x8") on both sides in the rear. The bike is 120 miles away right now, but I plan on buying it this weekend. Any info would be appreciated.Also, there is a Triumph 3 speed, probably late 50s to 60s guessing from the 1.75 tires... I'll try to get more info if anyone is interested. One last question, I had a Western Auto "Golden Flyer" men's bike a few years ago, mint condition, headlights in the tank, gold saddle, "springer" front, Goodyear "Goodfoot" tires... rode like a dream. What's a bike like that worth now? No, I sold it for what I paid for it ($100) but I rode it for 2 years.Just curious.Thanks!Lon in Kentucky




Subject: Army Bike
Entered on: Oct 23, 1997 12:23
Entered by: DavidH

Message:
I have seen bikes like the one described.It could have been ordered by the army or purchased retail and painted by the army.You could try contacting military collectors and dealers af military collectibles, they might have more info.




Subject: Help Identifying this bike
Entered on: Oct 23, 1997 14:25
Entered by: Will

Message:
I just purchased this bike at an auction for $40.00. The chainguard has the Schwinn emblem but on the head piece it says Royal. The sprocket is a skip tooth and the serial number is J70633. Any idea of its age or value? Some pictures I took of it can be seen at; http://aw-images.com/aw/terminal99/PED.jpg http://aw-images.com/aw/terminal99/BIKE.jpg http://aw-images.com/aw/terminal99/SCHWINN.jpg It has been painted over but I have been using Goof Off to remove some of the old paint with good results. I plan on restoring this bike.




Subject: Royal/Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 23, 1997 16:29
Entered by: John

Message:
The Royal/Schwinn is probably a schwinn.Try the Schwinn Web page for a dating guide and compare to this bike.The value is what someone is willing to pay, 40 was probably a good price.I wouldn't spend too much money restoring it. It would be worth alot more if it had a tank and other options




Subject: GRIPS
Entered on: Oct 23, 1997 16:47
Entered by: DavidH

Message:
Does anyone know of a good clearner for hand grips.I have white ones with ink stains on them.




Subject: RE: GRIPS
Entered on: Oct 24, 1997 08:28
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I would use some diluted household bleach in water to try to bleach the stains out. Alternately, you could use Chlorox 2 and water. Don't let it stay in that solution very long (10-15 minutes max) because bleach will turn the plastic yellow and degrade it. After you remove it from the bleach solution, wash it very well. It would even be a good idea if you let it soak in fresh water overnight. Then use a plastic protector like Armorall.




Subject: RE: GRIPS
Entered on: Oct 24, 1997 15:14
Entered by: Jim Burton

Message:
Just a caveat... I have never tried the bleaching method on handlebar grips, but it seems like it would work in theory. Please try it on a grip that is not valuable first. Let us know how it comes out.




Subject: 1939 elgin twin 60.....resale value
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 10:15
Entered by: michael

Message:
What may this bike be worth? 1939 Elgin Twinn 60. Condition: #6 missing speedometer & headlight.some of chrome painted over w/ silver paint & some chips & fading of paint on frame. Color: Red Any info on what this bike may be worth, the more responses the better, will be greatly appreciated.




Subject: 1939 elgin twin 60.....resale value
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 10:19
Entered by: michael

Message:
What may this bike be worth? 1939 Elgin Twinn 60. Condition: #6 missing speedometer & headlight.some of chrome painted over w/ silver paint & some chips & fading of paint on frame. Color: Red Any info on what this bike may be worth, the more responses the better, will be greatly appreciated.




Subject: Breeze and Varsity
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 18:28
Entered by: vallerie

Message:
I own a Schwinn Breeze and Varsity. I would like to find out hat year they are. The Breeze is kool yellow and the 3 is#KF509087 The Varsity is a metallic brown and the 3 is LN554033. please e-mail me at tsunami@alaska.net




Subject: Val's Bikes
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 21:50
Entered by: johnB

Message:
the Breeze is 1970the Varsity is 1977




Subject: More on the Army Bike
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 00:41
Entered by: Lon

Message:
OK, I have it at home now, and here's some more info. Nowhere on the bike can I find the brand. I did find the #G39868. The "pedal" sprocket has 6 five pointed stars cut out in it, the tires are a Goodyear Thunderbolt GT and a Goodyear Speedway, both are 26x2.125. The basket, kickstand, and brackets for the U.S.Army sign say "Pat.Appl." I was told it's a Columbia... Is it? Please e-mail me if you can help.Thanks again...Lon in Kentucky




Subject: and yet More Army Bike info
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 11:50
Entered by: Lon

Message:
Ok, a few more things. There is no rear reflector on it... the saddle is leather, and is held down by 3 long bolts that go through the top of the seat to the spring base. The springs at the rear of the seat are about 5 inches long with 19 turns (10 turns cylindrical shaped, 9 turns cone shaped) and the front coil has 4 turns horizontal. The fender is cvhromed under the paint, but the paint is old. There isn't a lot of wear on the pedals or grips... and no brand name to be found.Please e-mail me with any extra info.Thanks,Lon




Subject:
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 12:43
Entered by: joel

Message:
Back in the 70's Schwinn made a small wheeled (8 or 10 inch) kids bike. What was it called and where can I find one? From what little I can remember it was called a Pixie.




Subject: NOS Schwinn Cycletruck wheelstand bolrs and bushings
Entered on: Oct 27, 1997 09:11
Entered by: calvert

Message:
$30/set ppd...email me or call 816/363/4418...calvert in kansas city




Subject: What is this bike? (See Photo)
Entered on: Oct 28, 1997 19:53
Entered by: Will

Message:
Hello, I just picked up this bike and was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about it. The badge on it says "Jim Brown Stores Inc." It has a skip tooth sprocket and a horn inside the tank. The serial number is F90941 marked under the crank. The horn is in good shape but the inside holder for it and the batteries is shot. Is there anyplace I can get a replacement piece? A picture can be viewed at; http://aw-images.com/aw/terminal99/BK-combo.jpg




Subject: Army Bike
Entered on: Oct 28, 1997 20:49
Entered by: Kevin

Message:
I have collected ary trucks for several years. I will certainly confirm that the military had a significant numberof bicycles. Most seem to be commerialbikes in olive drab, as modified by whatever shop was using the bike. A few years ago I was in between running trucks with a parade comming up so I painted a forties era Schwinn frameO.D. so that I could ride in the parade.I still take that bike to shows (I have done additional work to it since its debut) and it always generates interest.I have seen very little solid referenceto military bicycles (other than the fact they exist). I find it interestingto see that in some of the California Military Vehicle shows people are painting more and more bikes Olive Drabfor their own transportation at the shows. (Many of us like to paint stuff green.) In addition to the Schwinn I have an O.D. Mountain Bike and my wife rides an O.D. coaster. Your army bike sounds like a prize. Keep it green - good luck.like a prize.




Subject: Michael with the ELGIN 60!!
Entered on: Oct 29, 1997 11:48
Entered by: Scott Allison

Message:
Michael: I would very much like to buy the bike. Would you please e-mail me directly, or telephone 619-437-8890. I am really into these bikes and can't get enough, so I badly want a shot at this one!




Subject: bleeched handgrips
Entered on: Oct 30, 1997 16:34
Entered by: DavidH

Message:
I tried the bleech. It cleaned the grips except for the "ink?" stains.I have tried almost every cleaner I can think of.Thanks for the help.




Subject: Monark Bicycle
Entered on: Oct 31, 1997 11:37
Entered by: Doug

Message:
Paul, I own a Monark Bicycle approximately the same year as yours. I am having difficulty finding any informaton on the internet, or anypalce else for that matter. The bike has the light on the front fender, a rack on the rear fender, the tank has a battery operated horn built into the tank. I cannot tell if it's a deluxe or not. The sprocket has stars punched through it. What little I have learned about this bike, I think it's approximate value at about $900-$1000 in museum quality. Can anyone confirm or deny this !!!!!




Subject: Western Flyer
Entered on: Nov 5, 1997 21:59
Entered by: Tom

Message:
I have a 74-87 Western Flyer Pro Claimer 10 Speed that could use a repaint is it worth putting money in to?




Subject: Western Flyer
Entered on: Nov 5, 1997 21:59
Entered by: Tom

Message:
I have a 74-87 Western Flyer Pro Claimer 10 Speed that could use a repaint is it worth putting money in to?




Subject: Michael w/ Twin 60, please reply
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 02:08
Entered by: Scott Allison

Message:
Michael: I have not yet heard back from you. Would you please contact me via e-mail or telephone 619-448-2543. Thanks! Scott Allison




Subject: Western Flyer 10-speed
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 09:34
Entered by: Philsh

Message:
Not collectible. Ride it or donate it to a church, temple, boys or girls club, goodwill, wherever.




Subject: Monark
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 09:43
Entered by: Philsh

Message:
Doesn't even need to be museum quality to fetch $1000. My buddy just sold one in average condition for that. Cash!




Subject: Western Flyer 10 spd
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 15:55
Entered by: David H

Message:
I see bikes like this at garage sales for $10 all the time. It is not rare or collectible. Do not invest too much money into it.




Subject: Replica bikes
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 16:00
Entered by: David H

Message:
What is everyones opinion about all the retro/repro bikes being made. Will they ever be worth what people are paying for them. I believe the 1986 Columbie might be worth something as well as the Phantom. But now we have Harly Davidson, Roadmaster, and another Columbia. When will it stop. The prices they are asking are outrageous. What is everyone elses opinion on these new cruisers.




Subject: A Hearty Thank You !!!
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 17:57
Entered by: Doug

Message:
Philsh, Thanks for the confirmation. Having a hard time finding out much about my Monark without spending a bunch of money. Doug




Subject:
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 13:12
Entered by: Bruce

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Has anyone ever heard of a bike ,hiawatha? .




Subject: What Is My Bicycle?
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 17:53
Entered by: Donald

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I just purchased an older bicycle today and I do not have any idea what it is. I got the bike becouse I loved the shape and style, but I don`t even know what brand it is. The bike is dark blue with no markings. It has white rims with black stripes, one on each side. The buck board is the only part that has designs pressed into it. It has stripes that are pressed into it from the back side. In the center of the buckboard there is a design stamped in that resembels a chevron sign. As you move down the buck board it gets wider. The fenders are squared off and the sprocket has like a bunch of comets that form a circle that are cut into it. Oh, and it has a double top bar(the bars are small and side by side). Thank you for any information: Donald




Subject: Hiawatha
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 18:04
Entered by: Donald

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Hi Bruce: I fixed up my mother`s old Hiawatha last spring. I would love to talk to you about the Hiawatha! My internet adress is Briese@Northernnet.com. Donald




Subject: 1965 bluegrass cruiser bike
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 20:05
Entered by: john

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I have a cruiser bike, I received as christmas gift in 1965. It is a bluegrass "malibu" manufactured by belkap hardware company, louisville ky. The bike is 26" men's model with chrome fenders, tank with built in headlights. It has a black frame with small double top head tubes, front & rear luggage carriers with a rear taillight. The bluegrass name is on the chainguard. I have not found the serial number. Would appreciate any information anyone can give as far as who manufactured this bike for belknap hardware, and would appreciate hearing from others owning similar bikes. Thanks.




Subject: Nomenclature
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 20:41
Entered by: johnB

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What do you mean by "Buckboard" Are the two top bars side by side or over and under? Tire size? Chain type? Tank? Light? Horn? Fork Type?




Subject: The mistery Bike
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 21:45
Entered by: Donald

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The old blue bike is a 26` with no tank or markings of where a tank mite be. The chain is a reguler chain not a skip tooth. What I meen about a buck board is the board that is suspended above the reer rim. I thank you for any information. Donald




Subject: Mystery Bike
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 21:49
Entered by: Donald

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Oh and the pipes are side by side. Not shere of the fork tipe. Thanks: Donald




Subject: RE: Replica bikes
Entered on: Nov 10, 1997 09:05
Entered by: JimB

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Frankly, I feel the replica bikes are interesting but not highly collectable (with a few exceptions). I recently bought a Schwinn Classic Cruiser which looks like a 1955 Schwinn balloon tire bike. The collector market for these things will probably be similar to the classic car and reproduction classic car markets. The purists only want the originals. Their cars are fully restored and trailered or driven to a few meets a year. Most of the owners are very mechanically minded and did the restoration themselves. The buyer of a replica is probably not mechanical, wants the classic car look, but appreciates the modern drivetrain for it's reliability. His local mechanic can keep it running with a minimal amount of effort and expense compared to the real thing. He can also drive it much more frequently than the owner of a real classic. I bought mine because I really wanted a balloon tire bike, I really liked the looks of it, and I want to ride it. The $249 pricetag was about half what it would take me to buy and restore an original. Plus, I get all new parts.




Subject: late 30's JC Higgins?
Entered on: Nov 10, 1997 17:42
Entered by: WesK

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A year ago I was given an old rusted out pile of a bike that had been sitting outside leaning against a house for over 20 years. Now, after having sandblasted the frame, putting new handle bars, seat, and paint on it, it now looks presentable. But I have not touched the chain gaurd yet because the lettering is still visible. It clearly says J C Higgins. Other info: original rims were painted, rear hub is a Komas super with the number 11 36 in it, original handle bars and fenders were removed in the 70's and replaced with muscle bike equivilents. Does any one out there know more about JC Higgins bikes?




Subject: JC Higgins
Entered on: Nov 11, 1997 08:32
Entered by: Philsh

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There is some JC Higgins information in the "How old is my bike" section. You can search these discussion sections by using the 'Find' button on your web browser. I clicked on 'Find' and typed 'Higgins'.




Subject: Reproductions
Entered on: Nov 11, 1997 08:35
Entered by: Philsh

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Good analysis on the reproduction bikes, comparing them with reproduction cars. In 25 years they might have collectible value, but for now they are for people wanting a unique ride. An exception to this would be any kind of limited run. But you never know when a company, after having found that the first run was a success, will start knocking out subsequent editions of the same bike.




Subject: Schwinn S-7 rim
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 00:15
Entered by: Steve

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Is there anybody selling 2.125 balloon tires that will fit on my Schwinn S-7 rims?????????????? PS. 26 inch




Subject: 26" Tires
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 13:47
Entered by: johnB

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Steve, As far as I know, 26" is the only"Normal" size rim [s series] that Schwinn used. You can get 26'x2.125" almost anywhere. Schwinn dealers should still have repro Typhoons and Classics, if you want something authentic. Menotomy probably has somthing, and I know Memory Lane Classics has plenty of different styles to choose from.




Subject: RE: Schwinn S-7 tires
Entered on: Nov 13, 1997 08:17
Entered by: JimB

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Contact Memotomy. He has some nice ones in his warehouse.




Subject: Middleweights
Entered on: Nov 14, 1997 08:44
Entered by: kath

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Hey, how about a middleweight topic? There doesn't seem to be a place to discuss them, except for this balloon topic, but they really aren't ballooners now are they?




Subject: 26x 1.375 tires
Entered on: Nov 14, 1997 20:16
Entered by: matt

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im looking for a pair of 26 x 1.375 bw tires, please contact me at the bicycle connection at 410 515 7043




Subject: The Mestery Bike
Entered on: Nov 14, 1997 20:19
Entered by: Donald

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I took another look at the old bike and decided that the original colors are white and blue. Blue with white stripes down the sides of the squared off fenders. I also saw something very unusual. Have any of you seen a bike that the heads of the bolts are labled to the area they belong to. The end of the rear axel has RW and bolt holding the the chain gaurd on is stamped CG and so on. Could this be maybe a prototipe? Any information will be appreciated. Thank you:Donald




Subject: RE: 26 X 1.375 tires
Entered on: Nov 17, 1997 08:21
Entered by: JimB

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Those are going to be tough to find. You might wants to try either a 26 X 1 1/4 or 26 X 1 3/8 (S-7). The bead size on those two is 597mm vs 599mm for the 26 X 1.375. Two millimeters probably won't make a difference other than it may be tight to get it on the rim. Check out Sheldon Brown's page for details: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html




Subject: FENDER LIGHT
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 13:58
Entered by: Juan

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I need a front fender light N.O.S or Original no repro. for a 1956-1957 J.C. Higgins woman bike.




Subject: Any Shelby Experts Out There ?
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 18:15
Entered by: johnB

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I have determined that my 194? Peerless balooner was made by the Elgin Cycle Company, but can't seem to get any further with my research than that. Can anyone date this bike by serial number ? L 4 4 5 7 2 under the bottom bracket. I'll describe details via email. Thanks John




Subject: Any Shelby Experts Out There ?
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 18:17
Entered by: johnB

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I have determined that my 194? Peerless balooner was made by the Shelby Cycle Company, but can't seem to get any further with my research than that. Can anyone date this bike by serial number ? L 4 4 5 7 2 under the bottom bracket. I'll describe details via email. Thanks John




Subject: My Mistake
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 23:19
Entered by: johnB

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That should read 'Shelby' NOT 'Elgin' I don't know what I was thinking...




Subject: Schwinn Miss Teen
Entered on: Nov 21, 1997 13:41
Entered by: Troy

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I purchased a 1965 Schwinn Miss Teen. It has a two-speed kick back hub and a schwinn front hub. Just wondering if anyone had any info on this bike! I cannot seem to find out alot about it. Any info would help. Thanks




Subject: Schwinn Miss Teen
Entered on: Nov 21, 1997 13:49
Entered by: Troy

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I purchased a 1965 Schwinn Miss Teen. It has a two-speed kick back hub and a schwinn front hub. Just wondering if anyone had any info on this bike! I cannot seem to find out alot about it. Any info would help. Thanks




Subject: "Miss Teen"
Entered on: Nov 21, 1997 19:40
Entered by: johnB

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Troy, I checked my 1965 Schwinn Dealer Price list and it does not show a model called a "Miss Teen". Could You give us some more details? Serial number, location of serial number, tire size, color[s], any special equipment, ie lights, tanks, two speed hub, etc.




Subject: Western Flyer.... How old is it? (See Photo)
Entered on: Nov 22, 1997 09:35
Entered by: John A

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I have an old Western Flyer bike that I purchased through a local flea market ad. The bike's owner believed that it dated back to the 1930's. It is a 26" mens bike , Serial # E19188 AC ; the tires are 26 x 2.125 Goodyear "Speedway" , rear hub: Bendix Elmira N.Y. 36-13. The bike has the "skip tooth" chain and the head badge reads Western Auto Supply Co. I posted a couple of pictures at http://members.tripod.com/~baliles/ bike html I plan on restoring this bike in the near future. Can anyone about the history of this type of bike? thanks...




Subject: Western Flyer Picture
Entered on: Nov 22, 1997 09:53
Entered by: John A

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The correct picture site is : http://members.tripod.com/ ~baliles/bike.html I left a "dot" in the previous message ,thanks ...




Subject: Help I need an original Phantom front fender
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 15:52
Entered by: John

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I just got a mint red phantom,the only problem is the front fender has a battery acid hole in it. I need a good fender (no repro) to replace it.It does not have to have the light.Can anybody help? Thanks,John




Subject: Help I need an original Phantom front fender
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 15:53
Entered by: John

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I just got a mint red phantom,the only problem is the front fender has a battery acid hole in it. I need a good fender (no repro) to replace it.It does not have to have the light.Can anybody help? Thanks,John




Subject: Silver King Help
Entered on: Nov 24, 1997 22:11
Entered by: Ernie

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I recently purchased a 1948 Silver King Hex Bar and was told that the aluminum frame, etc. will shine like a mirror. Someone at Trexlertown suggested using a buffer while others said do it by hand. Other suggestions were to use rubbing compound, fine sandpaper, etc. Anyone have any ideas as to the best way for me to shine my Monark?




Subject: RE: Silver King Help
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 10:32
Entered by: JimB

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I would strongly suggest having it professionally polished. That bike is too valuable to be used in experimentation.




Subject: RE: Silver King Help
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 10:32
Entered by: JimB

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I would strongly suggest having it professionally polished. That bike is too valuable to be used in experimentation.




Subject: Western Flyer
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 15:02
Entered by: DavidH

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This look like an early WF. The head badge would agree with this assumtion since it says Western Auto and not Western Flyer. I would guess it is one of the first WF's.




Subject: silverking polish
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 15:09
Entered by: DavidH

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I would agree about professional cleaning. Try someone who specializes in Aluminum cars like Cobras. Aluminum will scratch very easily. If you do it yourself use a soft metal polish like Semichrome or jewelry cleaner.




Subject: Polishing Aluminum
Entered on: Nov 26, 1997 09:12
Entered by: JimB

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I remember from my metallurgy days that aluminum is an unusual material that is very difficult to polish. Aluminum oxidizes very easily, but a thin, tough layer of oxidation rapidly forms a barrier to further oxidation of the base metal. This oxidation is the white powdery coating on aluminum that has been exposed to the elements. This oxidation layer is also very hard and abrasion resistant. You need a special compounding agent to cut through this layer and then a fine polishing compound to bring out the shine in the base metal. Once polished, the metal must be clear anodized to prevent the rapid formation of the oxidation layer again. That is the step that you cannot do at home, and it's the reason I suggest taking it to a professional. I would start with a call to Othey, Inc in Warsaw, IN (area code 219-). Ten years ago, they were a huge polishing company that routinely did aluminum parts for the company I worked for back then. I was a design engineer and I sent them many aluminum parts to be polished and anodized. If they don't do it anymore, they will certainly know where to send you. Be prepared to spend at least a couple hundred dollars to do it right.




Subject: Liberty bike
Entered on: Nov 27, 1997 11:24
Entered by: Rich

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I just purchased a Liberty bicycle from an older man who said he bought in new in 1939. All is original including paint, grips, seat, and tires. I would like to know more about the company, nameplate says Liberty, Bicycle Co. Chicago. Appreciate any help or info.




Subject: Mystery Bike
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 12:21
Entered by: Donald

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I`m sorry when I told you the origenal coller was blue, but it is actualy white and was repainted. I found the serial number and it reads 1047346 G26. Thank you: Donald




Subject: Hiawatha
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 12:21
Entered by: Bruce

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jo8952 wg6-820a can anyone tell me the history and or the value of this bike? thank you. Bruce




Subject: My Mystery Bike
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 15:40
Entered by: Donald

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I cleened alittle paint off the chain guard and I found that it siad somthing 200. I also found that there was orange stripes runing down the sides of the reer fenders. Thanks: Donald




Subject: speedometer cable
Entered on: Nov 30, 1997 11:10
Entered by: Bob

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I have a 1938 Elgin Bluebird in very nice condition, that I found im my mother inlaws garage. I need the speedometer cable, that runs from the center of the tank to the rear hub, does anyone know where I might find one or other cable that might fit it




Subject: Evans
Entered on: Nov 30, 1997 18:30
Entered by: Donald

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Hi: That bike I have been writing about is a Evans 200. Does any one know anything about Evans? Thank you: Donald




Subject: Tires to fit S-7 rims
Entered on: Nov 30, 1997 22:37
Entered by: NBHAA

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An S-7 Rim does NOT take a 26 x 2.125 tire...it takes a special middleweight 26 x 1-3/4 tire built ONLY for Schwinn S-7 rims. It is not balloon. The Schwinn brand name for this tire was "Westwind" but other manufacturers made special versions of their middleweight tires to fit the S-7 rim...these are DIFFERENT from other middleweight tires which were classified 26 x 1.75. I know the measurements sound the same but the tires are different. No matter who the maker was, a sire made to fit S-7 rims will state so on the sidewall.




Subject: Bike ID
Entered on: Nov 30, 1997 22:58
Entered by: Paul

Message:
Recently purchased balloon tire bike with decal on the seat tube that reads Master Weld Frame, Manufactured by Cleveland Welding Co. Cleveland Ohio. Serial # on the bottom bracket shell reads #JO2587. Is a skip tooth chain system. Painted, pinstriped rims and was told is probably late 40s. Any assistance in info on this bike would be appreciated.




Subject: F/S Three Bikes
Entered on: Dec 1, 1997 11:07
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman1)

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Have for sale three bikes. One is a J.C.Higgins either 56-57. It is in need of a paint job, has wrong fenders, needs tank and proper wheels. Asking $200. Next I have either a late 40s or early 50s Shelby Air Flow that is in great shape for its age. Needs tank but paint is good with original gold and blue two tone. Asking $500. Last I have a 20s or 30s Elgin. This bike was painted red with silver for the chrome. The paint job is not bad and I am told this was common for repaints of the era. It has 28" steel clad wood rims. It needs tires but rest of the bike is in good shape. Rear triangular kickstand, asking $150. All bikes are boys. Contact me via return E-mail, pictures will be made available. Ray Wheelman1




Subject: information on 48 rollfast deluxe
Entered on: Dec 3, 1997 15:26
Entered by: Dan

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I am desperate for a picture of the decal on the seattube of a 48 rollfast deluxe. If you know of anyone who could help me in this regard I would truly apprciate the lead. thanks Dan Rivers slntsprt@inforamp.net




Subject:
Entered on: Dec 5, 1997 17:36
Entered by: David L.

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Question: how much do these bikes weigh? Baloon tire bikes? Are middle weights different?




Subject: Ballooner Vs. Middleweight
Entered on: Dec 6, 1997 12:40
Entered by: johnB

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It's just a matter of tire size, mainly. Balloon tire bikes have 2.125" tires and middleweight bkes have 1.75" or 1-3/4" tires. Middleweights are a more recent development (mid 50's) and tend not to have big horntanks and other motorcycle type equipment.




Subject: 1938 COLSON REAR REFLECTOR WANTED
Entered on: Dec 10, 1997 21:42
Entered by: ed

Message:
WANTED REAR DELTA FIREFLY REFLECTOR FOR A 1938 COLSON BIKE THE REFLECTOR IS ROUND RUBBER THANKS ED




Subject: Hawthorne
Entered on: Dec 12, 1997 16:59
Entered by: Howard

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Is anybody looking for a red Hawthorne bicycle? I have one. It's a girls frame in good condition. Ther serial number is B799337. Loks to old to be a 79 and not old enough for 37. It has 1.75 tires but the fenders seem to swallow them. Probably should be 2.125. Luggage carrier, reflector on back fender, galvanized wheels. Interested? hmurrill@ix.netcom.com




Subject: F/S Schwinn Fleet & Generator Set
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 11:12
Entered by: Bill

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F/S 64 Schwinn Fleet, 2 speed kickback, Red with tank asking $150 plus shipping. Also 67 NOS generator set in box $75 plus shipping. Contact Bill at 908-688-4742 in the evenings eastern time. Wild Bill




Subject: Black Phantom Parts/Value
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 16:30
Entered by: Tim

Message:
I have come into the possession of a 1958 Schwin Black Phantom. The bike is complete but in need of complete restoration. Where can I buy parts to restore and how much would a nicely restored Black Phantom be worth???




Subject: RE: Black Phantom Parts/Value
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 15:54
Entered by: JimB

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You can buy parts for your Black Phantom from Memory Lane Classics and other restoration shops. A properly restored Black Phantom should be worth $2000-3000, but it will probably take you close to $2000 to do a proper restoration including paint.