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Subject: Rollfast
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:16
Entered by: charl

Message:
What is the year of manufacture for a Rollfastnumber C 214996? I think it's early '50's butnot sure. Thanks.




Subject: RE: Sears
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:53
Entered by: jj

Message:
Based on the tire width (1.75) it is probably 1958-1969




Subject: RE: Rollfast
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 08:55
Entered by: jj

Message:
How wide are the tires? (1.75? 2.125?)Generally figure 1.75' = 1957-1970 and 2.125' = 1930 - 1957




Subject: Need Information On Speed King
Entered on: Sep 18, 1997 10:35
Entered by: Michael

Message:
I aquired a bike that is a look alike to the Sting Ray of the late 60's. Its a boys20 inch, 3 speed. The decals say Speed King made in Japan. I wouldlike to know if its worth fixing up (slight rust, needs tires, cables)the shifter works fine. Also what is the value, if any, so I don't wastemoney fixing it up. Anyway Its cool looking.Let me know




Subject: RE: Speed King
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 09:02
Entered by: jj

Message:
I've never heard of 'Speed King', but if it has a stick shift shifter (a shifter on the top tube), I'd keep it. Tires and cables are cheap and easy to replace. There are some cheap and easy tricks to cleaning up rust and paint (see the Rust and paint discussions on this site).So for a few short bucks and a little time (which is usually enjoyable, unless you've got 10 thumbs and are prone to turning them all black and blue), you can get a cool-looking rider.As for value - the stick shift helps a lot. Maybe $150+ ??




Subject: RE Speed King / Power King
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 11:17
Entered by: Michael

Message:
It a Power King not a Speed King. Hope to findsome some info. thanksMichael




Subject: Info needed on Schwinn Flying Star.
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 13:53
Entered by: Lance

Message:
I have just aquired a Schwinn Flying Star (Girls). Any information about it would be very helpful including value, parts availability, year made and any restoration tips. Thanks in advance,Lance




Subject: To Jaimee (195? Schwinn, Quality Chicago)
Entered on: Sep 19, 1997 16:01
Entered by: Roy

Message:
In response to the serial #, it should be located either on the headpost, the bottom bracket, or on the rear drop-out. In regards to the year of the bike, there is a book that dates your schwinn. A place called Memory Lane Classics, in Perrysburg, Ohio, that sells it. As for your question of value, mens bikes are generally worth more. If you have any more questions, you can write me at P.O. Box 39535, Rochester, NY 14604.




Subject: what make and year is my bike?
Entered on: Sep 21, 1997 12:26
Entered by: JERAD

Message:
I have an old red bike that i recently converted to a lowrider. The original paint is red and the serial # in on the rear dropout . It is a 20 inch frame that looks like a cantilever frame. It has two small holes on the head part that i assume are for the badge.when I received the frame it had all lowrider bike parts on it except all of the crank bearing set which had Schwinn on it .Any help would be greatly appreciated in identifying the make of my bike.




Subject: Woman's Hawthrone
Entered on: Sep 21, 1997 20:10
Entered by: hazlee

Message:
I have a woman's Hawthrone, blue and silver. Horn, head light, carrier with light, white wall tires small amount of rust on seat and chain. all original. Can anyone tell me about where it came from and what it is worth?




Subject: RE: JC Higgins
Entered on: Sep 22, 1997 08:15
Entered by: kath

Message:
Sears made JC Higgins bikes starting right after World War II and stopped make JC Higgins bikes around 1962




Subject: Motobecane Super Mirage
Entered on: Sep 23, 1997 13:10
Entered by: Ron

Message:
Motobecane Super Mirage.Trying to find out year it was built.I think the serial number is:339 1654Not stamped very clearly on frame.Is this thing worth anything? Payed $65 for it. Average cond.




Subject: RE: Motobecane Super Mirage
Entered on: Sep 24, 1997 12:56
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I don't know anything specific about your Motobecane, but the brand was popular during the 1970's bike boom years. You may want to check out Sheldon Brown's French bike page when it comes back up. Here is the top level URL: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/




Subject: price range
Entered on: Sep 24, 1997 23:46
Entered by: Ellis

Message:
have a boys 26in hawththorn springer with horn tank with carrier with the round reflector built in the end. bike was bought in 1937 an is in good cond for the year.has surface rust but still can tell the colors.you can email me at..acman@eastky.net--------have pic. thanks Mack




Subject: price range
Entered on: Sep 25, 1997 00:12
Entered by: Ellis

Message:
have a boys 26in hawththorn springer with horn tank with carrier with the round reflector built in the end. bike was bought in 1937 an is in good cond for the year.has surface rust but still can tell the colors.you can email me at..acman@eastky.net--------have pic. thanks Mack




Subject: CAN ANYONE HELP?
Entered on: Sep 25, 1997 02:18
Entered by: TIM

Message:
MY WIFE WAS GIVEN ABICYCLE THAT SAYS "THUNDERBIRD" ON CHAIN GAUARD, AND HAS "CORVAIR" ON TANK, IT ALSO HAS TROLL HAND GRIPS (COULD BE AFTER MARKET)DOES ANYONE KNOW PRODUCTION DATE, OR MANUFACTURE, OR VALUE?THANKS FOR ANY HELP! PLEASE E-MAIL US DIRECTLY




Subject: GOODYEAR DOUBLE EAGLE
Entered on: Sep 25, 1997 16:05
Entered by: Kristyn

Message:
I recently aquired an old bike found in an old barn. It says GOODYEAR on the tank, and on the metal plate just under the handle bars it has a 'hood ornament' if you will, it says GOODYEAR DOUBLE EAGLE. There is a speedometer, and battery operated horn I think. I would like to know the year it was made and even where to find more info on it. Any help would be greatly apprecieated.




Subject: RE: Hawthorne
Entered on: Sep 26, 1997 08:41
Entered by: kath

Message:
That Hawthorne could be a $1000+ bike




Subject: RE: Goodyear double eagle
Entered on: Sep 26, 1997 08:43
Entered by: kath

Message:
What is the tire size? It sounds like another big-buck-bike!




Subject: columbia
Entered on: Sep 27, 1997 20:28
Entered by: Bob

Message:
I have a blue girls columbia cresent bike with #w62100 on frame. Can someone tell me the year and how much it is worth?




Subject: 1927 Monark (Firestone) Bicycle
Entered on: Sep 28, 1997 19:41
Entered by: Steptoe Steve

Message:
I have a monark ( Firestone ) bicycle with serial # that suggests it`s a 1927 Vintage. It has a central frame body, it says Firestone, with horn inside. It`s blue and white. Any info. about this item or intrest could lead to it`s purchase. thanks i h




Subject: 1927 Monark (Firestone) Bicycle
Entered on: Sep 28, 1997 19:42
Entered by: Steptoe Steve

Message:
I have a monark ( Firestone ) bicycle with serial # that suggests it`s a 1927 Vintage. It has a central frame body, it says Firestone, with horn inside. It`s blue and white. Any info. about this item or intrest could lead to it`s purchase. thanks i h




Subject: Schwinn Scrambler
Entered on: Sep 28, 1997 20:08
Entered by: Dylan

Message:
I have a blue scrambler with serial # of AR514633 on it & I want to know the age & value of it also I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me where I could get replacement decals for it& what is the 36/36 stand for?thanks




Subject: Tyler 3 speed
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 13:28
Entered by: Daniel

Message:
I just dragged a Tyler 3 speed (made in Poland)out of the woods. It has 26inch road wheels,cottered cranks, steel frame, pretty rusted.Got any info on these?Thanks.




Subject: Hawhtorne "All American"
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 21:28
Entered by: Bruce

Message:
I have a Hawthorne serial #A33981 53C.Complete, Looks like a '53 in one book.Has a tank, springer, rear rack, headlightturn signals,protective bumpers on bothfront and rear fenders. How old & what'sit worth? needs to be restored cond.




Subject: girls schwinn
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 21:34
Entered by: bruce

Message:
Need to know date & $. Girls Schwinnbike. Serial #7E46207 on left rear drop-out. Maybe like a D-62 without down-tubebrace. Chain guard has Schwinn qualityseal above chainring. Wheels have NewDeparture hubs.




Subject: girls schwinn
Entered on: Sep 29, 1997 21:34
Entered by: bruce

Message:
Need to know date & $. Girls Schwinnbike. Serial #7E46207 on left rear drop-out. Maybe like a D-62 without down-tubebrace. Chain guard has Schwinn qualityseal above chainring. Wheels have NewDeparture hubs.




Subject: Ross 26"
Entered on: Sep 30, 1997 02:00
Entered by: Jaron

Message:
I'm trying to determine the year of my 26" Ross middleweight. Any features Ican look for? By the way, any other info or parts would be much appreciated.




Subject: WAVERLY!!
Entered on: Oct 2, 1997 05:36
Entered by: KIMBERLY

Message:
I INHERITED A WAVERLY BIKEIT WAS MY 3RD COUSINS BIKE.SHE WAS ALMOST 90 WHEN SHE PASTED 4 MONTHS AGO.IM LOOKING FOR THE AGE AND VALUE OF THE BIKE.IT REMINDS ME OF THE BIKE THE WITCH RODE IN THE WIZARD OF OZ.IF ANYONE COULD HELP PLEASE E-MAIL ME.THANKS




Subject: Tricycle
Entered on: Oct 3, 1997 03:03
Entered by: Frances

Message:
Anyone know about a tricycle with 2 wheels in front and one in back (opposite of modern trikes)?.Have pics of it being ridden in 1940's but would like to know brand/value. Any help appreciated!




Subject: JC Higgins Womans Bike
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 10:34
Entered by: S.

Message:
I have rescued a JC Higgins fem bike it has dual headlamps and tank, chrome fenders, and the chainguard says "FLIGHT L" on it. If anyone could shed light on what I have, I would appreciate it Thanks. steve




Subject: looking for parts for a JC Higgins.
Entered on: Oct 6, 1997 21:04
Entered by: chris

Message:
i beleive its a 49 or 50s. its a streamliner. any parts will help me.chain-rims- tires etc.




Subject: Dates and serial numbers
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 08:24
Entered by: jj

Message:
There is a Schwinn serial number guide posted in the july-17-1997 to sep-17-1997 archive at the top of this page. You can look up your serial there. There is also a Raleigh serial number guide in the English Roadster archive.




Subject: Some other dates
Entered on: Oct 7, 1997 08:26
Entered by: jj

Message:
I'll take a shot at some others listed above: The HAWTHORNE ALL AMERICAN sounds like a 1953. I might be able to determine the 26" ROSS date if you post it's serial number, and be sure to mention the location of the serial number). The WAVERLY would be a turn-of-the-century (1895-1910) "Safety" and it's value could be $300 - $2500. The TRIKE with 2 front wheels sounds like an Italian bike I've seen pictures of, but I don't know anything else. The JC HIGGINS WOMAN'S bike with dual headlights is a Flightliner and would be worth around $300 in average original condition. I'm not expert on this stuff, just love the hobby and am happy to give my opinions.




Subject: What year????
Entered on: Oct 8, 1997 20:19
Entered by: Ron

Message:
I recently bought an old J.C. Higgins-Sears Roebuck "baloon tire" girls bicycle which originally had a green paint scheme with white pin stripes on the fenders. The serial number is 14596(in big numbers), MOD 5024530(in small numbers and letters) and MOST(facing the opposite direction). What year is this bike? Is there any way of locating a vintage seat for this model?




Subject: Massey Silver Ribbon
Entered on: Oct 9, 1997 20:21
Entered by: Ritchie

Message:
I am attemping to restore an 1900? Massey Silver Ribbon. If anyone knows details of original specs, i.e. sprockets, tire size, wheels, etc. I would be most appreciative of their information.




Subject: Massey Silver Ribbon
Entered on: Oct 9, 1997 20:21
Entered by: Ritchie

Message:
I am attemping to restore an 1900? Massey Silver Ribbon. If anyone knows details of original specs, i.e. sprockets, tire size, wheels, etc. I would be most appreciative of their information.




Subject: RE: Massey Silver Ribbon
Entered on: Oct 10, 1997 10:57
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I can't help you specifically, but I might have a couple pointers. Check out these web pages: http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/index.html and http://www.a1.com/pebooks/30.htm#25




Subject: Elgin & Monarch
Entered on: Oct 10, 1997 21:52
Entered by: Charl

Message:
Anyone know the year of manufacture for an Elgin # D137457 and a Monarch # 154818? Thanx




Subject: RE: Elgin & Monarch
Entered on: Oct 13, 1997 09:20
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I have an Elgin of roughly that vintage, so I have a list of date coded for the late 1930's. The "D" signifies your bike was manufactured in 1939. The number after it started at about 5000 on Jan 2, 1939 and went up to around 200000 by December 31, 1939. The 200000 is only a ballpark figure.




Subject: Help?
Entered on: Oct 15, 1997 18:22
Entered by: Jesse

Message:
Hello, I have just purchased a beautyfull candy apple red men's bike with white fenders.It looks fairly old (60'S-70'S?) and has atlantic written on the frame this is the only readable word on it There are other dammaged lables that have some letters still ledgible. On the frame there are three faded letters that look like GJL or GJC or GJI and there is an other lable that reads Wirdu or somthing. then the rest of the word is cut off. the wheels say 26 by 1 and 1/2 and the serial number is 1708400 I would appreciate any info regarding the make and age of this bike as I have already fallen in love with it. thanks in advance, Jesse.




Subject: Liberty - Model 27
Entered on: Oct 16, 1997 17:45
Entered by: Don

Message:
Can anyone provide information on value of an original (not restored) Liberty-Model 27 bike. It has 2.25 tires appears to be early 1900's. Bike is going to sale in November and I would like to know some details and potential worth. Please reply directly to the email address noted. Thank You.




Subject: Firestone Super Cruiser
Entered on: Oct 16, 1997 19:48
Entered by: Garrett

Message:
Can you date it? , Guess? SN A1312959 Model 180 2 9A31H Orig. Collor light blue, missing front/rear light and tank.




Subject: schwinn super le tour 12.2 need value range
Entered on: Oct 17, 1997 13:32
Entered by: suzy

Message:
I'm a super le tour just hanging aroung the garage, want to find new owner who would appreciate my value. I'm all original,boys,serial 7B02837. Can anyone inform my owner what I could sell for?




Subject: Elgin Junior
Entered on: Oct 19, 1997 20:43
Entered by: John

Message:
I recently acquired an elgin junior. It has no visible numbers and is missing the front wheel. Would like assistance in determining age and finding a front wheel. Thanks.




Subject: Bicycle ( Columbia torpedo )
Entered on: Oct 19, 1997 22:23
Entered by: John

Message:
I found a Bike hidden in the rafters of the garage when I bought this house about eight years ago. I have left where it was until last week, got it down and dusted it off. It's a Columbia torpedo Ser # Ho12795 chrome is in good condition Chest plate is in perfect condition, Handle grips say Hungerford Rockaway,Seat is made by Troxel except for the skid hole on one side the rest is perfect, red & white,Pedals are really good has Schwinn in cross shape on ends, Bendix 2 speed (works ). front tire is a Goodyear speedway "175" Rear wheel is a Pennsylvania athetic product Both are 26 x 1.75 Bike was washed only new tubes were added, This bike rides like a dream, Oh it has a chrome carrier on the front, a Chain guard with a chain oiler on it , and several baseball stickers on the back fender( faded) Paint is red with white pin stripes and fairly good shape. I have no idea about the bike or the value, and have no real desire to keep it although I get a lot compliments and inquiries about it when I ride it. All in all it a very sharp looking bike . So any information about it would be most welcome.




Subject: Sears BMA/6
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 14:36
Entered by: fran

Message:
Someone gave me a Sears BMA/6 bicycle. I'd like to learn more about it. It has 15 inch tires and comes apart easily (two screws) for transporting.. It also says TO/Cycle 3 speed on the chain guard. Thanks!




Subject: breeze & Varsity
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 18:09
Entered by: Vallerie

Message:
I own a Schwinn Breeze and would like to find out what year they are I is Kool yellow and the 3 is FK509087. I also have a Schwinn Varsity it is a metallic brown and the #is LN554033. Please e-mail me rather than leaving a messege. Any help would be greatly appreciated Vallerie Smith




Subject: BF Goodrich Schwinn
Entered on: Oct 25, 1997 21:01
Entered by: Michael

Message:
I recently acquired a Schwinn Bicycle with a BF Goodrich Emblem on the front. It has 26 inch tires and the serial # is H85662 serial number is located under neath the crank. Which leads me to believe it is a 1940's or early 50's Any information or comments on this would be helpful. Also the bike is red with white trim. Speedometer, and light on handlebars. light rust....




Subject: Raleigh road bike, year and model unknown
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 05:45
Entered by: Buck

Message:
Can anyone tell me what year my bike is? Frame:sport-touring, white with speckle grey. Shifting:friction, Sachs-huret, downtube, clamp on. Crankset:Custom, 165mm, 42 & 52 tooth chainrings. Freewheel:6 speed Suntour Brakes:Weinmann, non-aero style levers, sidepull calipers. the frame has a small sticker that says: "made in England" Anyone with a possible year and model please e-mail. (my guess is about 1980-1983) Thanks, Buck




Subject: Dal
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 18:40
Entered by: Laura

Message:
I have a Dal bike and have no idea where it came from or anything about it. Any info appreciated. Single speed, 26" type tires, white tires, red w/gold trim on bike. Emblem has 2 Elephants on it. Bike has 40s (I think) type rod brakes (like you see on old bikes in the war movies). Thanks for any help. LLM




Subject: fuji
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 22:01
Entered by: josh

Message:
any one know where i can get decals for a pre WWII fuji and original paint colors .thanks




Subject: fuji
Entered on: Oct 26, 1997 22:03
Entered by: josh

Message:
any one know where i can get decals for a pre WWII fuji and original paint colors .thanks




Subject: RE: Fuji
Entered on: Oct 27, 1997 12:11
Entered by: JimB

Message:
The decals for a pre-WW2 Fuji will be impossible to find. You will likely have to have an artist recreate them, then have decals made. That's about 25 years before Fuji started selling bicycles in the US.




Subject: RE: Dal
Entered on: Oct 27, 1997 12:17
Entered by: JimB

Message:
A "Dal" 3-speed with two elephants on the nameplate sounds like it is from one of England's former colonies, possibly India or Burma. It could also be Thai, although I don't believe Thailand was a former colony. Check the tires and tubes for manufacturing origin, and search the rest of the bike carefully for anything that might give you a clue as to where it was made.




Subject: RE: Raleigh road bike, year and model unknown
Entered on: Oct 27, 1997 12:20
Entered by: JimB

Message:
The 6-speed Suntour freewheel dates it to the early 1980's in my opinion.




Subject: Planet Bicycles
Entered on: Oct 27, 1997 19:08
Entered by: Steve

Message:
A friend of mine has just been given an old bicycle called a Planet and he has asked me to try and find some information about it. I haven't, as of yet, seen this bike so I can't provide any details about it. At this point in time I would simply like to know where Planet bicycles were produced, and during what time period. After I have had a chance to examine the bike I will post some details Thanks Steve




Subject: fuji
Entered on: Oct 28, 1997 21:24
Entered by: josh

Message:
does fuji still make bikes?




Subject: RE: fuji
Entered on: Oct 29, 1997 08:09
Entered by: JimB

Message:
Yes. Check the yellow pages in your area for the closest dealer.




Subject: Columbia Five Star American
Entered on: Oct 29, 1997 17:37
Entered by: JimO

Message:
Columbia Five Star American. "3 or 4 speed" Sturmey Archer Hub. 1x3/8 wheels. Peaked two tone fenders. Chrome rack. Serial #R832971. Can anyone tell me the year, or even better, how to date columbias based on serial number? I would really appreciate it. Thank you.




Subject: The value of two old bicycles I own.
Entered on: Oct 30, 1997 22:07
Entered by: Brad

Message:
I currently own and display two old bicycles on my game room walls. One is a Wards Hawthorne mens bicycle from the mid to late 1930's I was told. I was originally orange & white two tone with thin black pin stripping. However it has since been repainted gray with thin red pin striping because the original paint was almost totally rust covered. If someone could give me an idea on it's value and the model year it might be I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Brad




Subject: The value of two old bicycles I own.
Entered on: Oct 30, 1997 22:09
Entered by: Brad

Message:
I currently own and display two old bicycles on my game room walls. One is a Wards Hawthorne mens bicycle from the mid to late 1930's I was told. I was originally orange & white two tone with thin black pin stripping. However it has since been repainted gray with thin red pin striping because the original paint was almost totally rust covered. If someone could give me an idea on it's value and the model year it might be I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Brad




Subject: RE: Columbia 5-star
Entered on: Oct 31, 1997 09:49
Entered by: jj

Message:
I posted a possible answer under the "Bike Value" topic.




Subject: Brad:
Entered on: Oct 31, 1997 09:35
Entered by: jj

Message:
Post your message under the "Bike Value" topic, and be sure to include the info they ask for at the top of that page (tire size, features, etc).




Subject: Hints
Entered on: Nov 1, 1997 01:13
Entered by: jerry

Message:
I've got an older boys bicycle. Was told that it's bre WWII (rear wheel drops out the back). It has 20 x 2.125 rims and a sears ballon tires and one peaked fender. Cant find any ather signs or markings. Original paint (under a heavy spray can job) is orange to white in the front. Anyone have any ideas of what else to look for? I've been searching the net for photos and found a roadmaster that looks simular. Any help?




Subject: Any idea where and when it was made?
Entered on: Nov 2, 1997 09:28
Entered by: Joe

Message:
It has what appears to be a decal that says SIEBERT on the seat tube,is a single downtube styled bike,it has a pedal(lever) that is attached on the downtube which is separate from the pedals it operates a plunger/spoon stopper that when applied presses against the rear wheel and is either a parking or rear brake.it is a very faded red color with >white accents.the front sprocket has 15 teeth and the rear 7.The rear >tire is a firestone 16 x 1.75.The crank pedals have cotterpins that hold >the pedal rubbers on.It has no front wheel.The seat is a Troxel seat >which is spring mounted.The front sprocket is solid.




Subject: Aluminum Hawthorne bicycle
Entered on: Nov 2, 1997 16:47
Entered by: John

Message:
I just bought 2 aluminum frame Montgomery-Ward Hawthorne bicycles. They are both men's 26 inch. One has a number 5085 on the frame. Is there a chart to determine the year and does this bicycle have a model name? Any help would be greatly appreciated. One of them is missing the seat and fenders so I suppose I will also be looking for a parts source for them. Thanks.




Subject: Question
Entered on: Nov 3, 1997 19:32
Entered by: Big Ed

Message:
Anybody out there know when Schwinn was first established?




Subject: RE: Question
Entered on: Nov 4, 1997 10:10
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I believe it was around 1894-95. I bought a Schwinn Mountain bike for my daughter and it said "100th Anniversary Model". This was around 1994-95.




Subject: schwinn typhoon,
Entered on: Nov 6, 1997 16:10
Entered by: chris

Message:
What year was the schwinn typhoon straight bar, does any one know. serial #s are to worn to see. Can anyone help .thanks chris.




Subject: How old is my bike? Where do I get parts?
Entered on: Nov 6, 1997 16:18
Entered by: Peter

Message:
My bike is a Monarch model 4408 serial number under the crank A 0301122. How old is it? Where can I get parts in Canada (if possible), province of Quebec (better) or in USA.




Subject: French bike experts
Entered on: Nov 6, 1997 19:30
Entered by: Russ

Message:
I was wondering if there were any absolute experts on French road bikes of the 1970s. I have some questions that I could probably have answered by someone who sold Peugeots and Gitanes between 1970 and 1980, but don't know who to ask. Any leads? Thanks!




Subject: RE: French bike experts
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 11:19
Entered by: JimB

Message:
If you are in the New England area, two people come to mind. Michael at Bicycle Kone at Bicycle Classics (Needham, MA) is one of the most knowledgeable in the industry. Sheldon Brown at Harris Cyclery (West Newton, MA) is another great expert. If you are on the West Coast, Jim Cunningham at CycleArt is knows quite a lot about them. Also, Bradley at American Cyclery has extensive experience with French bikes of the 70's.




Subject: RE: French bike experts (revised)
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 12:57
Entered by: JimB

Message:
If you are in the New England area, two people come to mind. Michael Kone at Bicycle Classics (Needham, MA) loves French bikes and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on French bikes from the 1940's-60's. Sheldon Brown at Harris Cyclery (West Newton, MA) is another great expert (check out his French bike web page). If you are near the West Coast, Jim Cunningham at CycleArt (Vista, CA) knows about French bikes from the 70's. Also, Bradley at American Cyclery (San Francisco) has extensive experience in that area.




Subject: To Russ re: French Road Bikes
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 19:44
Entered by: Steve

Message:
I worked in a bike shop during that time period and raced a Peugeot bike. I would be glad to try and answer your questions. Steve




Subject: Steve, JimB, and vintage Peugeots
Entered on: Nov 7, 1997 23:47
Entered by: Russ

Message:
Steve, I am having difficulty (probably operator headspace error) reaching you through email from this page. I can be reached at rfitzger@emeraldis.com ... and Jim, I probably will contact those guys, though I think first I may wind up posting in a newsgroup. But anyone with firsthand experience of old PXs especially is more than welcome to contact me. There may yet have to be a French bike appreciation page somewhere.... R.




Subject: Help Dating This
Entered on: Nov 9, 1997 02:46
Entered by: Will

Message:
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could tell me the year of this bike. It is a Schwinn DX. The serial number is located under the crank housing. It is J70633. Thanks




Subject: RE: Steve, JimB, and vintage Peugeots
Entered on: Nov 10, 1997 09:12
Entered by: JimB

Message:
I have a 1973 sales flyer for the PX10. Let me know if you are looking for specs.




Subject: Should I sink some cash into this kids bike???
Entered on: Nov 11, 1997 00:33
Entered by: todio

Message:
Picked up for next to nothing this girls Schwinn Bantam 20". Needs tires, maybe wheels,paint, some chromework. Great looking frame. No idea how old, do you?? Serial # G433587. Can I even get parts? Needs Schwinn Westwind 20 x 1 3/4 tires to fit s-7. (what's that??) Help appreciated.




Subject: bantam
Entered on: Nov 11, 1997 08:56
Entered by: Philsh

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If it is a nice clean original, it might be worth dropping a maximum of $75 into it. Otherwise, I'd part it out. The wheels would be of interest to Sting-Ray folk. The frame would be great for a Los Angeles style lowrider. It probably has a lucky seven sprocket, and that is worth something, too.




Subject: J,C. Higgins info needed
Entered on: Nov 11, 1997 15:20
Entered by: Ray (Wheelman1)

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I am restoring a 56-57 vintage J.C. mens bike. I need to know if they had skip tooth or 1/2 " pitch chainring. Were the fenders always chrome? What type of pedals did they have? Did both front and rear fenders have a reflector? Thank You Ray (Wheelman1)




Subject: J.C. Higgins
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 16:12
Entered by: WesK

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I was recently given an old bike with a 30's or 40's style frame. The chain gaurd says J. C. Higgins, and the head badge is missing. The original rear rim is painted and the hub says Komes Super 11 36. Is this original equipement? The bike was originally red, and the fenders were removed. Would the original fenders have been painted or chrome? Any help appreciated.




Subject: price,info
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 23:48
Entered by: dan

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I have an american flyer rollfast ladies bike,from the forties it has a flared front fender,gas tank horn,light on front fender, leather seat by troxel,tire size 2.125, it has holes along back fender with string running to central point on fram, was told by pre owner to keep dress from becoming tangled in spokes, orig paint any ideal about a price thanks




Subject: price,info
Entered on: Nov 12, 1997 23:49
Entered by: dan

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I have an american flyer rollfast ladies bike,from the forties it has a flared front fender,gas tank horn,light on front fender, leather seat by troxel,tire size 2.125, it has holes along back fender with string running to central point on fram, was told by pre owner to keep dress from becoming tangled in spokes, orig paint any ideal about a price thanks




Subject: RE: '56 JC Higgins
Entered on: Nov 13, 1997 09:27
Entered by: jj

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Ray, there is a '56 for sale on Menotomy's "Vintage" page. It IS a skiptooth and it sounds like it should originally have chrome fenders.




Subject: Swingliner
Entered on: Nov 13, 1997 17:29
Entered by: senni

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I have a Sears Swingliner (women's) bicycle that was bought at a yard sale when I was young. It is chrome with a metalic teal "thing" behind the seat, which is red. It has 26 inch tires and a basket on the front, but I don't know if that was origional. If anyone knows how old this bike is, please let me know. Thanks.




Subject: Swingerliner
Entered on: Nov 14, 1997 08:58
Entered by: kath

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You can determine the age by looking at the serial number, and then decoding it using the serial number info on this page, or the archive listed at the top of this page.




Subject: Royal Enfield
Entered on: Nov 16, 1997 04:23
Entered by: stephen

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We have just bought a (girls style?) Royal Enfield tricycle with a rear basket and know NOTHING about it. Any info. on R.E. bikes would be greatly appreciated.




Subject: What do I have?
Entered on: Nov 16, 1997 17:33
Entered by: Scott

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Aquired a chainless bicycle with wooden rims. On front frame has a decal with a capital "B" with a circle inside the B. Underneath the B another circle with "Model 27 Chainless".