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Subject: AGE OF SCHWINN BLUE TYPHOON
Entered on: Sep 4, 1999 18:55
Entered by: Brenda (bsmith@nque.com)

Message:
I have a Schwinn blue Typhoon with the serial #BR525439. It is a 26" bicycle with Bendix 2 speed coaster brake and Schwinn Westwind tires. Any info on this bike?




Subject: Chrome Hercules dating and model?
Entered on: Sep 6, 1999 07:44
Entered by: Gary (gklein@excel.net)

Message:
I used the power of the web to get an initial dating of my old Hercules. Maybe one you experts out there would know the year approxiamently of manufacture along with a model name. So far I have been told around 1959 and that it is uncommon to have a chrome framed hercules. Does anyone know what the right chainguard would look like here? http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/2145/bike.html




Subject: Schwinn Town and Country
Entered on: Sep 6, 1999 19:51
Entered by: Kathy (katjak@pionet,net)

Message:
I have a Schwinn Town and Country, serial# T-003732. It is in excellent condition. Please help me with year of manufacture, # manufactured and possible value. I am willing to sell.




Subject: John Deere Bikes
Entered on: Sep 6, 1999 19:56
Entered by: Kathy (katjak@pionet.net)

Message:
I have both a John Deere 3-speed and a John Deere 5-speed. Where do I find the serial numbers and how do I find out when they were made and how many. I know we bought them the last year John Deere made bikes but do not know the manufacture date. Please help.




Subject: Huffy Custom Royale
Entered on: Sep 7, 1999 20:11
Entered by: George (giveacall@aol.com)

Message:
I Have a Huffy Custom Royale bicycle. It has a battery powered buzzer horn, woman's style, and has 5 stars on the horn box. I can't find any info on this make. Does anyone know about this bike? It looks to be late 50's or early 60's.Any info about this bike would be apprciated.




Subject: John Deere bicycles
Entered on: Sep 8, 1999 08:40
Entered by: JD ()

Message:
Check the archives here for JD dating info. I know I saw something in there about when the JD bikes were made.




Subject: Huffy Custom Royal
Entered on: Sep 15, 1999 07:31
Entered by: BGSchwinn ()

Message:
What size are the tires? 26 x 1.175?




Subject: 1886 (?)men's "The Yarnell"
Entered on: Sep 15, 1999 18:38
Entered by: Dean (Monteedee@aol)

Message:
I have vintage black and chrome men's 2 wheeler (rubber orig tires)bike...been in grandparents garage since 1911. Orig.cond. no regis#but Patent Pending date of July 21,1887 Philadelphia manu. Any clue as to manu????




Subject: Yarnell Bicycle
Entered on: Sep 15, 1999 22:53
Entered by: Kevin C. (irishhiker@aol.com)

Message:
Re: Yarnell Bicycle. It was made by the Moore Carving Machine Company, Minneapolis. It's known that they were in business in 1898 and possibly earlier and later. From "Collecting & Restoring Antique Bicycles," by G. Donald Adams, Tab Books, Blue Summit, PA. 1981.




Subject: schwinn pixies
Entered on: Sep 16, 1999 11:00
Entered by: mike (type2guru@aol.com)

Message:
i have two of them. i would like to know there years. one is red #ko583256 & the other is a blue pixie 2 #hn547568




Subject:
Entered on: Sep 16, 1999 17:47
Entered by: James (duirwydd@yahoo.com)

Message:
I have a Schwinn Jaguar. It has chrome fenders and three speeds with handbrakes. I would like to know the manufacturer date.




Subject: Monark Super Deluxe dating
Entered on: Sep 16, 1999 21:02
Entered by: bill (MonarkMan@webtv.net)

Message:
Help!!!! I thought I figured out how to date the Monark Super Deluxe, but I am confused as to how. By model # or Serial#??? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.




Subject: Firestone bicycle
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 13:06
Entered by: Sandy Price ()

Message:
I recently purchased a old Firestone womens bike. I need to find a manufacture date and a picture to help me retore it




Subject: Firestone bicycle
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 13:11
Entered by: Sandy price ()

Message:
I recently bought a ladies Firestone bike. I need to find out the manufacture date and get a picture of the original bike. It's in good shape but is missing a couple af things and has been repainted, how do I restore it?




Subject: Firestone Bicycle
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 13:27
Entered by: Sandy Price (linn.mg orst.edu)

Message:
Help! I screwed up on the last two messages. This is my first time on the web. I'm only at this terminal for another hour. I can be reached at (541) 466-5049




Subject: Fireston Bicycle
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 13:32
Entered by: Sandy (linn.mg@orst.edu)

Message:
Hopefully this time I got the Email address right. Now i just have to figure out how to receive mail




Subject: Hercules rod brake touring model
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 14:38
Entered by: Patrick (junebug@midcoast.com)

Message:
Looking for help dating a rod brake Hercules, Ser# 7138 RZ. Bike is equipped with front dynamo-hub lighting system, and is in very good condition. Any help would be most appreciated.




Subject: Hercules information--att'n Patrick!
Entered on: Sep 17, 1999 20:40
Entered by: Kevin C. (irishhiker@aol.com)

Message:
Patrick, check out this web address: www.sheldonbrown.com/bicycle.html It has good information on dating old English bicycles. I think Hercules was absorbed by Raleigh.




Subject: Hawthorne Bike?
Entered on: Sep 19, 1999 13:02
Entered by: Jim (jpcook@atlascomm.net)

Message:
I recently aquired a bike from a junk pile in OK. The emblem plate says Hawthorne / Montgomery Ward. Ser#35EH. Bike is complete but needs lots TLC. Also have a Grand Champion, ( made in england], Sturmey/archer 3 speed .ser#124004 Its complete except for the brakes. please reply Email at jpcook@atlascomm.net Any help greatly appreciated. Jim.




Subject: schwinn #d24444
Entered on: Sep 23, 1999 21:09
Entered by: ace ()

Message:
trying to find year of strait bar frame #d24444




Subject: Vintage: "Community" Bicycles
Entered on: Sep 25, 1999 17:15
Entered by: Tom (Bikes4kids@aol.com)

Message:
Recently, my bicycle recycling club came across a couple of extremely heavy-duty tricycles by a company called "Community Bicycles" in Rifton, New York. The frames are made of some kind of heavy steel or iron, the pedals are also heavy metal, and the seat and tail cross bar are made of wood. These look like they've got to be 50 years old, however, they may also just be very solidly-made because they are made for heavy use, such as in a day care center. Can anybody tell me anything about these? Mainly, I'd like to know how old they are. Thanks!




Subject: Sting Ray Identification
Entered on: Sep 28, 1999 13:05
Entered by: Jan (robgee9@pacbell.net)

Message:
Where is the serial number located on a Schwinn Sting Ray?




Subject: Raleigh Gran Prix
Entered on: Sep 28, 1999 13:10
Entered by: Adam (lawmanjr1@aol.com)

Message:
came across a Raleigh Grand Prix art an antique store this weekend - got the completet bike for $5.00 and just trying to determine age /quality/ value for purposes of restoration (i.e., is it worth putting a lot of $$ into). Can't seem to find a serial number that fits into any of the charts out there - the number I found is 358669 on the non-drive side rear dropout. Nice lugs, Normandy hubs/Sturmey Archer rims, Simplex rear der. Suntour Spirt front der., Wrights leather saddle , Weinmann center pulls - frame and fork have Carlton decals and tubing is TBW or something like that manuf by TI (I think that means Reynolds) Any help greatly appreciated -- Would appreciate email replies in addition to posts if at all possible. Thanks!!




Subject: Raleigh Grand Prix
Entered on: Sep 28, 1999 13:15
Entered by: Adam (lawmanjr1@aol.com)

Message:
came across a Raleigh Grand Prix art an antique store this weekend - got the completet bike for $5.00 and just trying to determine age /quality/ value for purposes of restoration (i.e., is it worth putting a lot of $$ into). Can't seem to find a serial number that fits into any of the charts out there - the number I found is 358669 on the non-drive side rear dropout. Nice lugs, Normandy hubs/Sturmey Archer rims, Simplex rear der. Suntour Spirt front der., Wrights leather saddle , Weinmann center pulls - frame and fork have Carlton decals and tubing is TBW or something like that manuf by TI (I think that means Reynolds) Any help greatly appreciated -- Would appreciate email replies in addition to posts if at all possible. Thanks!!




Subject: sorry
Entered on: Sep 28, 1999 13:17
Entered by: Adam ()

Message:
sorry!! didnt mean to post twice!




Subject: RE: Where's the serial number on a Schwinn
Entered on: Sep 28, 1999 14:48
Entered by: BigMike ()

Message:
On the head tube, under the crank, or on the left rear dropout. If you don't know what these parts of a bike are, check Menotomy's vintage bike glossary.




Subject: Columbia 61 special
Entered on: Sep 30, 1999 13:44
Entered by: Tom (gudmun@erols.com)

Message:
I am looking for information on a columbia 61, It has 61 special on the chain guard and the front wheel is missing. It has what looks like a dual rocket headlight that is in need of repair and a Bell Gas tank. It is Black and white and recently salvaged from the trash pile. Please email me with any details anyone might have on this and where i might be able to get some replacement parts.




Subject: YEAR???
Entered on: Oct 1, 1999 16:36
Entered by: Joe (saw@prodigy.net)

Message:
I have a bicycle,Indian Scout 3 sp L N H Sturmey/Archer,Wrights seat,Decal on down post Guarenteed Made in England,numbers on the bike are K102,Tires Dunlop Champion 26 by 1 3/8 .any info on it would be great,if it's worth anything? what year it is.Thanks JOE




Subject: What kind of bike Do I have
Entered on: Oct 2, 1999 22:17
Entered by: David (djel6868@skantech.com)

Message:
I have a girls/womens bike it is a 18 inch frame (top of seat post to middle of crank) . It has a Marrow coster brake, a Persons (made in Worcest Mass) 3 spring seat. The rear wheel hub was made by the Eclipse Machine company, Elmira, New York and has the markings G< 36 13 on the hub. The tires are 26 x 2.125 "The Special IRC Balloon Tire" The serial number is "23825F" (on the first line) and second line is "H8". I bought this at a yard sale. No head tag. It was orginally painted blue. I would like to know the manufacture, make and year(s) if possible




Subject: Huffy Thunder Road, boys bike
Entered on: Oct 3, 1999 12:39
Entered by: amy (fang@cablecomm-pa.com)

Message:
I am the owner of a boys, Huffy Thunder Road. I am interested in its approximate age and if anyone would know where i could find replacement parts? Thanks, Amy




Subject: What is it????
Entered on: Oct 10, 1999 19:54
Entered by: krash90 (krash90@aol.com)

Message:
Could anyone please tell me what I have? I beleive, can't be sure, its a Penneys Foremost. Only # MO654X2434632. 26" Rims are stamped M.O. Mfg Co. Has red Wald pedals and a weird looking plastic piece attached to the sprocket. It also has a red and chrome book rack on back with a hole in it. Help?????




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Subject: New Discussion Area
Entered on: Oct 13, 1999 10:15
Entered by: Vin (menotomy@aol.com)

Message:
It's coming:


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Subject: Schwinn New World
Entered on: Oct 15, 1999 16:37
Entered by: Gary (wacpgk@bw.cea.edu)

Message:
Hello, Today I rescued a Schwinn New World that was on its way to the scrap yard. Enameled plate on front says "Century" and "Arnold Schwinn". Under the frame, below the crank there is a serial #,K41316. Anyone have any ideas about the vintage,what type of seat and hand grips it had? Tere are two handlebars, I don't know the proper terms to describe them, one is slight sweeping curve, the other more angular,very wide where the grips would be. Thanks for any help. Gary


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Subject: Schwinn Fair Lady
Entered on: Oct 17, 1999 19:26
Entered by: Laurence (laurencegreen@aisp.net)

Message:
I have a Schwinn Stingray Fair Lady. The Serial Number I found on the frame where the front forks go through is JT500785. Can you tell me what year bike this is and the value if possible.


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Subject: how old is my bike and is it a schwinn
Entered on: Oct 19, 1999 21:35
Entered by: monica ()

Message:
i have an old bike serial # A33977D-97X0C. in the C is a W. the weld is off center(if that means anything) looks as though it was originally maroon. thinking it may be 40's era. any help would be appreciated.


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Subject: volkscycle vagabond
Entered on: Oct 19, 1999 21:41
Entered by: Lyle ()

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I have acquired a volkscycle vagabond. It has a spring seat, a Firestone metal stamp attached to it. It is mustard/gold colored. I have no clue how old it is. Maybe 25 years? Any info on it would be helpful.


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Subject: black typhoon
Entered on: Oct 19, 1999 22:39
Entered by: michael (medbiker@aol.com)

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would like to know what year or years schwinn made the typhoon? did it come with 2 speed kickback?


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