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

Message:
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

Message:
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

Message:
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

Message:
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

Message:
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

Message:
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".




Subject: rollfast
Entered on: Nov 18, 1997 22:20
Entered by: bob

Message:
ive got a rollfast bike that was panted and the person that panted it dident spair the words on the chain gaurd all I can make out is somthing weight. what is the age and what rollfast is it?




Subject: typhoon
Entered on: Nov 19, 1997 22:26
Entered by: Marcy

Message:
My sister just purchased a Schwinn Typhoon. The serial number is BG010885. It has (she thinks) original tires (Schwinn Westwind?). It has the original plastic bolt covers still on the bolts. It is cherry red with a red and white seat. The handle bars are red and white speckled. What can you tell me about the age and/or worth of the bike? Any info would be helpful. Thanks




Subject: Vintage Japanese Bicycle WWII era
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 02:34
Entered by: Elias

Message:
I have a vintage Japanese bicycle from what I believe to be WWII era. I am interested to know if anyone has information on the Japanese bikes of this time period. The bike is a SAN.A production from Tokyo Japan. Please email me with any info. Thanks, Elias




Subject:
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 07:30
Entered by: alan

Message:
is any one interested in a j.c.higgins bike in good shape. it seems to be complete?




Subject: Sterling Bikes of Canada
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 13:54
Entered by: Laylen

Message:
I am restoring a Sterling bike Model#N9592..I need to find out the age of the bike and I need balloon tires for it. I need some info as to wear I can find balloon tires for 26" rims. Thank you......*S*




Subject: Marcy-Typhoon
Entered on: Nov 23, 1997 17:31
Entered by: :-)

Message:
that serial number is from 1965-1971 the B represents the month [Feb] and the G represents the year [1971]




Subject: Balloon Tires
Entered on: Nov 24, 1997 09:08
Entered by: CarlC

Message:
Click on "parts" at the top of this page.




Subject: Bob`s Rollfast
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 08:08
Entered by: Donald

Message:
Hi Bob: I have just perchest a womens style Rollfast that is pink and white and on the chain guard it ses flight weight. That Rollfast is a buetiful bike isn`t it. Hope I helped: Donald




Subject: Huffy
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 08:15
Entered by: Donald

Message:
I found an old huffy last summer and I don`t know the exact year. I want to find a tank for it. It is blue with the white huffy markings, wemens style, Bendix wheels, Serial number is 6H161832, and it has 26" wheels. I would gratly apritiate any information leading to the date of my bike. Thank You: Donald




Subject: where-o-where?
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 20:45
Entered by: victor

Message:
Does anyone know at all what eventually happened to the elgin bicycle company or the company that made the RADAR FLITE bicycle. Are they still in business? or what was their demise?




Subject: where-o-where?
Entered on: Nov 25, 1997 20:46
Entered by: victor

Message:
Does anyone know at all what eventually happened to the elgin bicycle company or the company that made the RADAR FLITE bicycle. Are they still in business? or what was their demise?




Subject: Standard DeLuxe
Entered on: Nov 26, 1997 13:36
Entered by: Ron

Message:
Does anyone have or know where I may find a 1957ish balloon tire bike, tube frame with no tank Standard DeLuxe, sold by Sears at that time?




Subject: Scott With The Chainless!
Entered on: Nov 27, 1997 13:34
Entered by: Scott Allison

Message:
Scott: I am interested in hearing about your bike. I can help you identify it, and would like to maybe buy it if it is for sale! Email me directly, please. Scott Allison




Subject: schwinn fair lady 20"
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 18:09
Entered by: hector

Message:
i want to now how old is my bike the serial number is (LQ594639) and i need the original tires the size is (20x13/4 S-7 schwinn tubular) please send me an e-mail and answer as soon is posible. thank you!




Subject: schwinn fair lady 20"
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 18:11
Entered by: hector

Message:
i want to now how old is my bike the serial number is (LQ594639) and i need the original tires the size is (20x13/4 S-7 schwinn tubular) please send me an e-mail and answer as soon is posible. thank you!




Subject: schwinn fair lady 20"
Entered on: Nov 28, 1997 18:11
Entered by: hector

Message:
i want to now how old is my bike the serial number is (LQ594639) and i need the original tires the size is (20x13/4 S-7 schwinn tubular) please send me an e-mail and answer as soon is posible. thank you!




Subject: ladies 1947 rollfast
Entered on: Nov 30, 1997 10:56
Entered by: lee

Message:
my mother has a 1947 ladies rollfast bike that she bought new.this bike has a manufacturers emblem on the front that reads D.P. HARRIS MFG. CO.would like any info I can get including value.thanks all




Subject: Columbia Bikes
Entered on: Dec 1, 1997 21:00
Entered by: Will

Message:
I was wondering if there was a place to get information on old Columbia bicycles. Is there a way to date them from the serial numbers?




Subject: Age of Hawthorne Tandem
Entered on: Dec 2, 1997 16:16
Entered by: Brian

Message:
I have a Hawthorne Tandem single speed tandem w/ coaster brakes. Tire size is 26 x 1.75. Still has the montgomery wards decal on the front. I have been told it may be late 50's early 60's. Does anyone have a more specific date??




Subject: Addition to Hawthorne Tandem
Entered on: Dec 2, 1997 16:19
Entered by: Brian

Message:
The Hawthorne Tandem also has a truss rod support. Hope that will help.




Subject: Keep or trash
Entered on: Dec 2, 1997 22:48
Entered by: Steve

Message:
I recently moved to a new house and found two bicycles above the garage. One is a Royce Union with a vinyl saddle bag, black and white with white wall tires. It must have a gear box in the rear hub because there is a third line coming from the right handlebar. The second bike has ballon tires and a battery powered light on the front fender. No markings other than a curved H on the bolts. I know nothing about bicycles and I'd appreciate advice.




Subject: Hawrthorne Tandem
Entered on: Dec 3, 1997 09:18
Entered by: kath

Message:
Tough to tell the date. but late 1950's - early 1960's sounds right for that tire size




Subject: Hawrthorne Tandem
Entered on: Dec 3, 1997 09:04
Entered by: kath

Message:
Oh yeah, and the truss rods would put it on the 'earlier' side.




Subject: Keep or Trash - KEEP
Entered on: Dec 3, 1997 09:06
Entered by: kath

Message:
The Royce Union is a common 3-speed with maybe a 'grip shift'. Not worth much. Probably from the late 1960's or early 1970's. The Balloon tire bike is a keeper, though. The light alone might be worth $75!




Subject: wooden wheeled and wooden fender bicycle
Entered on: Dec 4, 1997 10:06
Entered by: Bruce

Message:
A freind of mine has a old bicycle with wooden wheels and fenders but no nane plate. It also has cork handle grips.




Subject: wooden wheeled and wooden fender bicycle
Entered on: Dec 4, 1997 09:56
Entered by: Bruce

Message:
A freind of mine has a old bicycle with wooden wheels and fenders but no nane plate. It also has cork handle grips. I would like any information on what year and value it has.




Subject: clipless pedals
Entered on: Dec 5, 1997 15:51
Entered by: joe

Message:
I ride an old Mercian road bike (I am told it is about 15 years old) The pedal cranks are strong/light and are threaded slightly smaller than new clipless pedals. Has anyone been in this situation and have you been able to get or adapt clipless pedals to fit older strong/light cranks?? Help, Thanks




Subject: Clara Italian road bike
Entered on: Dec 7, 1997 18:02
Entered by: Marlon

Message:
I persueded my friend to buy an old 10 speed at Goodwill because it was his size and it had a campy drivetrain. $35, eat your heart out. Anyway, I am eager to find out anything about this Yellow road bike equipprd with Campy Valentino Extra(cheapo?) derailleurs, red,white and green decals saying nothing but "made in Italy", Ofmega headset, Steel rims, QR hubs, cottered cranks, Balilla centerpull brakes, aluminum handlebars and a TTT stem? I think it's from the '70's. Please email me! Thank you!:)




Subject: What is it?
Entered on: Dec 9, 1997 01:22
Entered by: David

Message:
Bought a bike. 26"truss rods. Main bar also curved. Grease nipple on crank. Curved star crank with curved cutouts. Serial # partially illegible and located on rear right axle mount upside down. 3H208??04. Front forks have 3 ribbed plates at top. No head badge. Front hub is a schwinn 2.125 but rear is more modern. One speed bendix coaster brake. Used to be red but fenders and chain guard are gone. Thanks for any help. It is a rider but I would like to do it justice...




Subject: Colson Tricycle
Entered on: Dec 9, 1997 19:00
Entered by: Lisa

Message:
I have purchased a Colson chain-driven Tricycle at a yard sale.It's in fair condition, but looks to have been repainted at some point. My husband and I collect old bikes of all kinds, and have all of the books listed as a reference on this website. We have not been able to find any details about this manufacturer. Can anyone help? Thanks!




Subject: hector
Entered on: Dec 10, 1997 18:42
Entered by: lisa

Message:
Hector, your Schwinn is from 1979. The way you can tell is by the second letter in the serial number. The first year of production using this method was 1965, thus the letter A. Production continued up until 1984 using this method. Hope this helps.




Subject: RE: Colson
Entered on: Dec 11, 1997 13:10
Entered by: jj

Message:
send email to oldbicycle@aol.com He knows Colsons.




Subject: what year are my bikes
Entered on: Dec 12, 1997 22:50
Entered by: bryan

Message:
i have 2 girls schwinns, but have no clue as to what year they are. the serial numbers are ef30729, and eh078876




Subject: Schwinn Dates
Entered on: Dec 13, 1997 10:40
Entered by: johnB

Message:
EF= May 1970 EH= May 1972




Subject: J.C. Higgins Tandem and Lack's Flyer
Entered on: Dec 15, 1997 09:10
Entered by: DaveS.

Message:
Does anybody have any info on AMF Lack's Flyers or J.C.Higgins Tandems? I'll try to get the serial #'s. Thanks, Dave




Subject: age and value of schwinn bicycle
Entered on: Dec 16, 1997 01:35
Entered by: john

Message:
i have a 26 inch girls schwinn bicycle, with "hollywood" on the chain guard. the bicycle is metallic blue, with a blue & white seat with a blue "S" on it. can anybody tell me the year, and approximate value? thanks john




Subject: Shwinn Hollywood
Entered on: Dec 16, 1997 09:37
Entered by: jj

Message:
Give us the serial number (head tube or left rear dropout)




Subject: Lack's Flyer
Entered on: Dec 16, 1997 14:11
Entered by: Dave S.

Message:
As promised here's some info on the Lack's Flyer: It's a boy's 26", red with white lettering and pinstriping on the peaked fenders, 26" x 1.75" tires, and a Perry coaster hub (made in England!?). The "decal" on the seat tube says, in a oval pattern, "Masterweld/ manufactured by AMF Wheeel Goods Division". The chain guard (patent number 2,492.879) reads "Lack's Flyer". The name plate is oval and has, from the top, an outline of the state of Texas and the Lacks name following to the bottom. Serial number: 034241 which is on the left rear dropout. I bought the bike for $20.00 at a garage sale in Fort Worth, Texas. The bke is in very good condition. My theory is AMF made this bike for a Autoparts or drugstore named Lack's. I would like to find out what year this bike was manufactured and info about the AMF Wheel Goods Division. Thanks, Dave.




Subject: 26 inch girls schwinn "hollywood"
Entered on: Dec 17, 1997 16:46
Entered by: john

Message:
RE: 26 INCH GIRLS SCHWINN "HOLLYWOOD" RESPONSE TO : jj I FINALLY FOUND THE SERIAL# THANKS...IT IS JA23703




Subject: Schwinn Fiesta
Entered on: Dec 18, 1997 12:49
Entered by: George

Message:
I was recently given a Schwinn Fiesta bike, Serial #N443227. Could anyone give me some idea of its value? It is light pink and white/cream, in fair condition. It has, as far as I can tell, the original chrome bullet light and tank horn. The rear red light/reflector is missing and the tires are not original. There is a Schwinn light mounted on the steering tube that was apparently added. I am the pastor of a church and the bike was given to me to sell, and to give the proceeds to the church. Thanks




Subject: Help Identify this frame
Entered on: Dec 18, 1997 14:12
Entered by: Hal Landvoigt

Message:
I have an older frame that I am restoring and I am looking for help in identifying if it is a custom-built or a production frame. Here is what I know: 1. I was "told" it was built by a Univ. of Washington intern. 2. It appears to have all Nervex lugs, and has stamped dropouts with no derailleur hanger. 3. The BB shell has "RGF" in a circle stamped in the top of the left side. On the bottom just ahead of where the chainstays meet the shell is a spade, and it has the number 58 stamped on it too. 4. The Left rear dropout has the number 747906 stamped in it 5. The chainstays wrap around the seat tube but the ends do not touch. 6. It has cantilever bosses all around. Any ideas? What vintage, what colors would be appropriate to paint it, and in what style? Thanks, Hal.




Subject: New hobby-little knowledge
Entered on: Dec 19, 1997 01:18
Entered by: David

Message:
Acquired 2 bikes. One decent 26 JC Higgins 3 speed(LNH) with name cut out of sprocket and serial # under crank. Has 1 3/8 Allstate tires on it. Says made in Austria and seems overengineered. Other is a girls 26x1 3/4 tank bike. Chain guard missing but has crest between tank and crank that reads "Super". Front badge is partially faded and ends in "tive". Rear hub is Carroll. Rear fender chrome with indented pinstripes. Also star shaped crank. Frames on both bikes are reinforced at welds. Any help would be appreciated.




Subject: New hobby-little knowledge
Entered on: Dec 19, 1997 01:21
Entered by: David

Message:
More... Serial # for Higgins is 1433988 and girls tank bike is 965565. Both located under pedal crank.




Subject: RE: New hobby-little knowledge
Entered on: Dec 19, 1997 08:01
Entered by: kath

Message:
The 3-speed is probably a 1960, give or take a couple years either way. JC Higgins only made those 3-speeds for a few years - they were trying to complete with Raleigh, et al. The other bike is probably late 1950s to late 1960s, based on tire size.




Subject: New Hobby
Entered on: Dec 19, 1997 15:28
Entered by: johnB

Message:
kath, what about that Carrol hub ? I've never seen one. Hmmmm.




Subject: J.C.Higgins 3-speed dating, etc.
Entered on: Dec 19, 1997 18:49
Entered by: NBHAA

Message:
Au Contrare. J.C. Higgins 3-speeds were around at least in the late 1940s and certainly in wide production by the mid-1950s. By 1960, there were gazillions of Higgins 3-speeds already in the market (important note: not all Higgins models were shown in every -or even any- Sears catalogue). It is certainly unclear (at the least) as to Sear's intent to "compete with Raleigh" or any particular brand of bicycle. Rather, the Higgins 3-speed was an attempt to provide European style alternative lightweight bicycles and/or English-type 3-speeds in general. There is no way to date simply from a serial number. For Higgins, a model number is required. As for tire size dating...a middleweight bicycle such as indicated could be anywhere from the 1950s thru the 1980s (or even later)...there is no reason to stop at the 1960s based on this tire size. There were lots made many years later.




Subject: New hobby again
Entered on: Dec 20, 1997 15:18
Entered by: David

Message:
Thanks for the information. I looked at that girl's tank bike hub again and cleaned some of the dirt off. It says favorite (in cursive) and not carroll. Hope I didn't send anyone on a wild goose chase. What kinds of bikes had these?




Subject: Dating Columbia
Entered on: Dec 20, 1997 21:22
Entered by: Darin

Message:
A buddy of mine just picked up a Columbia (no model name) 26" ladies. He would like to know more about it. It's in fair/good cond. Indian head "lighting dart" tires. Number on left rear dropout is W150088, off to the side of that is stamped 5 6. ANY info about the bike or Columbias dating code would be greatly appreaciated.Thanks......




Subject: JC HIGGIN/ Royal Prince by Hercules.
Entered on: Dec 21, 1997 16:16
Entered by: Richard

Message:
I bought a Royal Prince tandem. It has JCHiggins spelled out on the chain wheels. Is that original? Does anyone have info on this bike. I want to restore it.




Subject: Columbia Serial Numbers (for Darin)
Entered on: Dec 22, 1997 09:31
Entered by: johnB (johnburt@mailexcite.com)

Message:
Darin, Columbia used serial numbers starting with 'W' in 1944, again in 53-54, and again in 70-71




Subject: RE: JC HIGGINS/ Royal Prince by Hercules.
Entered on: Dec 23, 1997 08:05
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
Sounds like someone put the cool JC Higgins chainrings on the bike later. I'll bet it looks cool. ROYAL PRINCE is and English bike. Look under the ENGLISH ROADSTER topic, or ask there about that brand.




Subject: RE: Columbia Serial Numbers
Entered on: Dec 23, 1997 08:08
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
JohnB, Does that decode like this: (w=1944, x=1945, y=1950)? Or is there some other pattern to their numbers, like Schwinn has? Thanx!




Subject: Columbia Serial Numbers (jj)
Entered on: Dec 23, 1997 12:46
Entered by: johnB (johnburt@mailexcite.com)

Message:
No, jj, It's not that simple. I have a list of numbers and production dates I use. There is no code, they are truly "Serial Numbers". Got a fax #? email me for the list.




Subject: Unknown Bike
Entered on: Dec 24, 1997 11:50
Entered by: Curt (yodio @ aol.com)

Message:
I have a "muffler" bike with off set fork and rear stay. Looks to be from the 30's?? Any ideas on what it is??




Subject: Western Flyer
Entered on: Dec 24, 1997 12:49
Entered by: Albert (AlbertWass@aol.com)

Message:
Looking for date of a Western Flyer that was donated to DSS. Solid crome frame, luggage rack, and chain guard with double headlights on front. Has black fins on top of head lights, with one swith for the lights and one for the horn. Both are located on the main bar of the frame. Also has red light mounted on the luggage rack that faces upward. Bike has 27" wheels. If you have any info, or know where I can find some, please contact me at AlbertWass@aol.com. Thank You.




Subject: need info on Schwinn Stingray
Entered on: Dec 26, 1997 18:39
Entered by: cheryl (cahpdd@aol.com)

Message:
I have a Stingray fastback bike. I am not sure of the year. It has all original parts including intertubes, tires, seat (no holes or scuffs), brakes,all decals in tact , all cables, petals and, only a few scratches. It is metalic deep blue. I would like to know how I can date the bike and the approximate value of it. Thanks for any Help!!




Subject: how old is it????
Entered on: Dec 27, 1997 16:02
Entered by: MICHAEL (MTB214@WEBTV.NET)

Message:
I have a Murray Stratoline. I don't know how old it is. It has a horn in the tank and a rocket style light on the front fender and dual springs for the front suspension. The serial # reads MOU26 250839. It is tw0-tone green and white with white pinstriping. any ideas????




Subject: Age ,price.,general info
Entered on: Dec 29, 1997 00:58
Entered by: mike (Nascar0416)

Message:
Have old schmelzer bike.Headbadge says Kansas city.2 speed rear hub. Fenders have rods with approx.2 inches of threading for adjustment Large original leather seat.Does anyone have info?




Subject: Cheryl
Entered on: Dec 29, 1997 09:59
Entered by: Ratfink ()

Message:
You can determine the age by looking at the serial number and using the Schwinn Dating link at the top of this page. The serial number is located on the head tube or the left rear dropout.




Subject: Stratoline
Entered on: Dec 29, 1997 09:59
Entered by: Ratfink ()

Message:
What tire size?




Subject: schmelzer
Entered on: Dec 29, 1997 10:02
Entered by: Ratfink ()

Message:
Is the rear hub a "New Departure"?




Subject: ratfink
Entered on: Dec 30, 1997 22:45
Entered by: Mike (Nascar 0416)

Message:
Yes I believe it is.Im not where I can get a look at it this time. If possible E-mail reply .




Subject: what is it ?
Entered on: Jan 2, 1998 01:00
Entered by: Don ()

Message:
David, I have an old Huffy that has a curved star w/ curved cut outs, it also has forks w/ 3 metal plates and a chrome cover over the top one. my bike is a 20" though. Hope I was some help.




Subject: what year is it ?
Entered on: Jan 2, 1998 01:10
Entered by: Don ()

Message:
I have a huffy 20" bicycle w/ serial # H65901625. Does anybody know what year my bike is.




Subject: what girl's bike do i have?
Entered on: Jan 2, 1998 01:54
Entered by: Karen (ladykoala.hotmail.com)

Message:
I was just given a girls schwinn bike with the serial number N92886. Does that make it a 1959? Also how do I found out what style?




Subject: Huffy Mainliner years?
Entered on: Jan 2, 1998 18:38
Entered by: Ken (kensmith@freenet.columbus.oh.us)

Message:
I picked up a Huffy Mainliner in a trade and would like to get an idea of the years of production for this bike. Its a 26x2.25 Mens straight bar, originally red, with blue fenders and white trim. The owner also tossed in a Huffy tank that fits it. (But probably not original.) The red tank says "Huffy" and has a black and white rocket ship.




Subject: Fleetwing
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 00:42
Entered by: Sandy (Barnie@netcom.com)

Message:
Purchased a really neat bike at a thrift shop. Was very rusted but had all the goods, i.e., tanks, springer front end, baloon tires, light on fender, chain guard and fenders. The name "Fleetwing" was painted on bike. Can't find anything about this bike. Can you help? n




Subject: galaxy
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 10:21
Entered by: wes (wpartin110.aol.com)

Message:
old galaxy bicycle has duel headlights bookrack chrome fenders who makes it and how do I determine the year?




Subject: Hawthorne
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 13:33
Entered by: Eric (www.ryne@pld.com)

Message:
I have a hawthorne a early kind I nead help finding the exact year thanks




Subject: What is it?
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 23:51
Entered by: Bob (pattelli@ivnet.com)

Message:
I have a bike with the serial # B71741 with a C and a small w stamped inside the C. It has a Back Bendix hub and Brake.The bars are shaped like a Hula hoop cut in half.The back wheel has screws that tighten to push back the rear wheel.The front forks are cast,one piece. I looked at all hawthorne bikes and can't find a match.The rims are about 1 1/4" wide with a small angle on the outer edges. Any help on what this beast is? thanks




Subject: Spiegel Airman
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 23:54
Entered by: Bob (pattelli@ivnet.com)

Message:
Anybody have any info or pictures of this bike? thanks.




Subject: Spiegel Airman
Entered on: Jan 3, 1998 23:56
Entered by: Bob (pattelli@ivnet.com)

Message:
Anybody have any info or pictures of this bike? thanks.




Subject: Don's huffy
Entered on: Jan 5, 1998 09:05
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
Don, does it have a removable top tube? At 20", it could be a Huffy Convertible. What width are the tires?




Subject: Everyone...
Entered on: Jan 5, 1998 09:08
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
Be sure to state the tire size when trying to determine the year of your bike. It is written right on the tire and has two dimensions. For example: 26 x 2.125




Subject: RE: What is it (bob)
Entered on: Jan 5, 1998 09:10
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
There adjustable rear dropouts sound like it could be pre-war. And not many bikes had curved braces. Does it have a skip-tooth chain?




Subject: Spiegel Airman
Entered on: Jan 5, 1998 09:11
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
Evolution of the Bicycle, Vol II has a couple. Menotomy sells this book on this web site.




Subject:
Entered on: Jan 6, 1998 14:36
Entered by: patte (priffle@den.k12.de us)

Message:
info needed about a LOVELL DIAMOND bike. made in boston. wooden tire rims and seat dates back to 1839. also has cork handle bar grips.




Subject: Hercules Lion Date
Entered on: Jan 7, 1998 22:19
Entered by: Robert (moffett2@erols.com)

Message:
Does anyone out there have any idea how to date pre-1960 Hercules bikes? This one has the serial# 4673. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Robert




Subject: sting-ray jr
Entered on: Jan 7, 1998 22:41
Entered by: ken (khoover@scis.net)

Message:
i have a chance to buy a 60s schwinn stingray jr, the bar comes off for a boy/girl bike. it is in very good shape,no rust,slight piant blemishes. is it worth 85$




Subject: Hercules date
Entered on: Jan 8, 1998 08:47
Entered by: PW (longtruck@hotmail.com)

Message:
It probably has a Sturmey-Archer rear hub. If it does, it will have a 2 digit date code on it.




Subject: Hercules date
Entered on: Jan 8, 1998 08:20
Entered by: PW (longtruck@hotmail.com)

Message:
It probably has a Sturmey-Archer rear hub. If it does, it will have a 2 digit date code on it.




Subject: Sting-Ray Junior
Entered on: Jan 8, 1998 08:50
Entered by: PW (longtruck@hotmail.com)

Message:
Are you sure it is really a Sting-Ray Junior? Does it say it on the chainguard? There were no Sting-Ray juniors with a removable top bar. Does it have 20" wheels? I suspect it might not really be a Sting-Ray Jr.




Subject: really jr
Entered on: Jan 8, 1998 18:26
Entered by: ken (khoover@scic.net)

Message:
No im not sure, i saw it at a local old toy store, the guy did not seem knowlegable on bikes. he said he has had it for 3 yrs on connsinment for a friend. if i remember right it just said stingray on it plues front schwinn emblem.i used to have o orange sting ray as a kid[im 35 now] and it was a great bike great for pulling front end up. I thought this would be good for my boy someday[hes 11 months now].




Subject: Sting-Ray Jr, continued
Entered on: Jan 9, 1998 09:36
Entered by: PW (longtruck@hotmail.com)

Message:
Yeah, the Krates were great for popping wheelies. Nice soft landing with that springer fork, too. On the (possible) Sting-Ray Jr. Where on the bike did it say "Sting-Ray". And how big were the wheels? Maybe it is a 'Midget', not a 'Junior'. The Junior is almost a full size Sting-Ray. The frame is about an inch shorter, and the cranks are about 1/2" shorter, but the untrained eye can't tell a Junior from a regular Sting-Ray. The Midget had 12" or 16" wheels, Not 20" like a regular Sting-Ray or a Junior. And I thin the Midgets had removable top bars. I'll bet it is a midget.




Subject: stingray jr?
Entered on: Jan 9, 1998 17:45
Entered by: ken ()

Message:
it must be a midge, i believe it had 16" tires. Im going to pick it up tomorrow.i havent seen any info on this bike. were there many? The name stingray was on the chain guard




Subject: Need to know what kind of bike I have
Entered on: Jan 9, 1998 22:52
Entered by: Shaun (mmcelhan@peop.tds.net)

Message:
I have been given on old, rusted bicycle. It looks like a schwin phantom or a western flyer. On the left rear spoke were the words Komel or Komer (???) super and the numbers 481079. Please help. I do plan on restoring this bike back to factory condition.




Subject: ####
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 11:55
Entered by: ken (khoover@scis.net)

Message:
the # is 561960 with no letters what year is this and why does it not match the other system for dating?




Subject: HSB.Co
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 14:04
Entered by: Bob (pattelli@ivnet.com)

Message:
I have a girls bike made by HSB.Co. Chicago. It is called a Whippet. I can,t find any pictures of this bike so far.Does anybody have any information on this bicycle? Thanks ps.it has 26x2.125 Fisk tires




Subject: RE:junior stingray
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 14:05
Entered by: Jim ()

Message:
That bike is not a Jr or a Midget.It is either a Pixie or a Lil Tiger depending on the wheel size,or maybe even a Bantam.




Subject: 1953(?) Schwinn Flying Star
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 16:09
Entered by: Richard (Oldcruz@hotmail.com)

Message:
I was recently given this bicycle -serial # K139137 - and would like to know where I can find more info on it. I was told it might be a "lightweight." Don't know anything about them. What is a lightweight and when were they first introduced? TIA, Richard




Subject: Hercules Lion
Entered on: Jan 10, 1998 21:00
Entered by: Robert (moffett2@erols.com)

Message:
Oops! Let me try this again. I just gave an incomplete serial # for this bike. It's WJ4673. Does anyone have any idea on how to date a pre-1960 Hercules? They had a Hercules rear hub rather than a Sturmey-Archer, and carried no date code. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Robert




Subject: ken
Entered on: Jan 11, 1998 01:48
Entered by: ken (khoover@scis.ney)

Message:
alright now guys help me out. I called local schwinn dealers for help here and all they say is "why do you want to know the date? I bought a red schwinn stigray{it says schwinn sting-ray on the chaingarde and has 16 tires. it is red and has a removebale top bar to be a g/b bike. the # is 561960 there it no letter in front, and the bike is i would say 100% origanl




Subject: what is it
Entered on: Jan 11, 1998 22:33
Entered by: ken ()

Message:
Well i found out it is a pixie. i found a picture of it for sell,it was a pic of a yellow 1968, it looks just like it exept for the handle bars, mine dosent have a cross support, still would like to find out the year,#561960 no letters before #s.




Subject: Re:what is it
Entered on: Jan 12, 1998 01:23
Entered by: Robert (moffett2@erols.com)

Message:
Ken, try looking for a date code on the rear dropout. If it was made for Schwinn by Giant, it will have a "G" followed by a date. (0580=May,1980).




Subject: pixie, lil tiger dating
Entered on: Jan 12, 1998 17:39
Entered by: Todd (tphunt@muscanet.com)

Message:
Ken, You can probably determine the year of your bike by removing the cranks- a date code should be on the crank center (between the bearing races).




Subject: Murray Astro Flite
Entered on: Jan 12, 1998 21:24
Entered by: charl (charlz24@aol.com)

Message:
Can anyone tell me the year of manufacture of a Murray Astro Flite serial number 193332. Tire size is 26 x 1.75. Any info on Murray bikes is appreciated. Thanks ! : )




Subject: I need the date for a girls Monark I just got
Entered on: Jan 13, 1998 12:35
Entered by: Dave (dcruse@pipeline.com)

Message:
I just bought a girls 26" Monark for my wife. It's aqua + white and says Americana on the chainguard. Also says "speed-o-king" on the tank + has a horn inside. It has Schwinn S7 rims. serial # ss-10 332063. Can anyone tell me the year + any other info like what acessories orig. came on the bike?? This is the 1st old bike for me so any info on the Monark company also appreciated. thanks, Dave C. dcruse@pipeline.com




Subject: girls Monark
Entered on: Jan 13, 1998 14:36
Entered by: Dave (dcruse@pipeline.com)

Message:
ooops----the Monark girls above has Schwinn S2 rims (not S7 ). thanks again, Dave




Subject: Murray
Entered on: Jan 14, 1998 08:25
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
The tire size would place it 1957 - 1969. Hope this helps!




Subject: Monark
Entered on: Jan 14, 1998 08:28
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
If it can handle S-2 rims, it would be a ballooner and so anywhere from the 1930s - mid 1950s. Does it have a headlight on the front fender? Or in front of the head tube?




Subject: girls monark
Entered on: Jan 14, 1998 12:58
Entered by: Dave (dcruse@pipeline.com)

Message:
The headlight (missing) mounts on the front fender. Dave




Subject: Huffy Camaro
Entered on: Jan 16, 1998 14:31
Entered by: Pat (idesign@iname.com)

Message:
I recently purchased an old Huffy Camaro at a yard sale. The bike is a celery green color (may have been darker originally). It has a functional front and rear light, and the original white stripe tires. Does anyone have any information about this bike? It cleaned up great and looks to be 100% original. ANy information would be great!




Subject: How old is my Schwinn?
Entered on: Jan 18, 1998 21:52
Entered by: Bill (Wmrstewart@aol.com)

Message:
I have an older model Schwinn mens bike with 26" wheels.It is black with a small chrome plated horn tank under top bar. It has a two speed coaster brake with larger than average spokes. Also has a chrome plated chain guard. Anyone know the model designation or when it was made?




Subject: thunderbird
Entered on: Jan 19, 1998 14:33
Entered by: ken (khoover@scis.net)

Message:
Im looking at a bike that has "thunderbird" on it and is green and nice shape, can anyone give me info on it. i tought maybe a huffy but in the huffy pages i cant find anything.




Subject: RE: How old is my Schwinn?
Entered on: Jan 21, 1998 08:46
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
Find the serial number on the head tube or the left rear dropout and post it here or decode it using the info near the top of this page.




Subject: Huffy!
Entered on: Jan 21, 1998 20:08
Entered by: Donald (Briese@Northernnet.com)

Message:
Hi: I have a girls Huffy that I want to restore. It is 26" with bendix rear hub. The chain guard has the letters Huffy written in fairly square letters. The chain guard also has 3 stripes that run horizontally across the Chain Guard. The rear rack has 2 thick stripes and an oval that contains an H. It has chrome wheels and painted fenders that have 2 white stripes on them. It is a very dark blue and the designs are white. The serial# is 6H161832. The front sprocket has shapes cut into it that look like flower petals. Thank you, Donald




Subject: Murray Astro-Flite dating and tire sizes
Entered on: Jan 23, 1998 23:16
Entered by: NBHAA (Oldbicycle@aol.com)

Message:
Murray middleweight Astro Flites were not made until the 1960s. No way it could be from the 1950s. Dating bicycles by tire size can be risky since it cannot be determined without photos whether the tires have been changed. Nor can one know for sure without detailed info which era the model is from. Also, middleweight tires officially debuted on American-built bicycles for the 1954 model year, not 1957. NBHAA has every Murray catalogue, starting from the begining of the company.




Subject: Yamaha "Moto Cross" bicycle
Entered on: Jan 27, 1998 01:50
Entered by: Bill (billybrd@aone.com)

Message:
I would like to know if I have the only one left in existance.




Subject: Yamaha "Moto Cross" bicyle
Entered on: Jan 27, 1998 01:56
Entered by: Bill (billybrd@aone.com)

Message:
I made a mistake about the name. It should have read "Moto Bike" not "Moto Cross" Sorry!




Subject: 19?? wooden wheel dutch bicycle
Entered on: Jan 27, 1998 10:13
Entered by: Francois (lemarbre@mailexcite.com)

Message:
I bought a dutch one speed bicycle in Holland. It has wood rim and fenders. A bike shop over there told mne it was pre WW2 and most probably around 1935. Now, on the bottom bracket shell, on the dowtube portion on that shell, there is "63" that is stamped. I don't think that is the size because it measures more like a 58 cm. Is it the year or the serial number. I don't have a picture available but the frame is of a "girl" type but more complicated than the average girl frame. It also has a kickstand that hooks on the rear rack and when it jacks the wheel up 2 inches when you put the stand down. This bike had been repainted but no stickers are underneath that paint and there is no head badge either. Any help appreciated-----> year and make. Tires are 28x 1 3/8" (700C x 38). Valve is presta. It has a pushrod front brake that rubs against the tire and rear coaster brake. Thank you.




Subject: Identifying bicycle
Entered on: Jan 27, 1998 11:32
Entered by: Mike ()

Message:
hi everyone i am new to this 'e'mail. it would be appreciated if anyone outside could be of assistance. i have a child's bicycle from about 1935 and am uncertain as to who it was made by and what it looked like originally. any help will be greatly appreciated. i do have some pic's that i can forward. thanks in advance. mike




Subject: Fujiwara bicycle
Entered on: Jan 27, 1998 20:56
Entered by: Robert (Skunkahoy)

Message:
I have a girls Fujiwara bicycle that has Japanese letters on the chain guard as well as on the seat. It has hand bar brakes a tri-pod stand and a package rack. Any information on this bicycle would really help. Thanks




Subject: Yamaha Moto-Bike
Entered on: Jan 28, 1998 08:33
Entered by: MSavage ()

Message:
They are cool and hard to find, but you sure don't have the only one in existance!




Subject: Moto-Bike
Entered on: Jan 28, 1998 20:49
Entered by: Bill (billybrd@aone.com)

Message:
Thanks for responding to my message. Is there any chance that you could help me find out the value of the Moto-Bike? Any help is appreciated. Also if you want to, you can e-mail me the info.




Subject: Yamaha
Entered on: Jan 29, 1998 08:47
Entered by: MSavage ()

Message:
The Menotomy web site had a rough one for sale last fall. I think they were asking around $250. If yours is in good condition, I'd think it would go for a couple hundred more than that. Have you posted anything under the BMX topic here?




Subject: Columbia "Twosome"
Entered on: Jan 29, 1998 18:27
Entered by: Phil (pbellefleur@msn.com)

Message:
Can anyone identify the age of the Columbia "Twosome" tandem bike. Saw one on the net but the frame was slightly different. Only other mark is a "D" under the pedal housing.




Subject: WHAT DO I HAVE, AND WOULD SOMEONE LIKE TO BUY IT?
Entered on: Jan 29, 1998 19:41
Entered by: TY (kooltek@freespace.net)

Message:
I HAVE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY BICYCLE. BADGE READS D&E, WINDSOR, ONTARIO (OVER A MAPLE LEAF). WEIRD CHAIN AND PEDALS, NO SEAT. ONE WOODEN FRONT WHEEL. FRAME PERFECT.




Subject: dating schwinns after '82
Entered on: Jan 29, 1998 23:54
Entered by: greg ()

Message:
I'm not sure the date it started, but schwinn curently dates their bikes by stamping 4 numbers on the head badge. the first three are the julian date, the fourth is the year. 1009 would be the 100th day of 89. hope this info can be of some use to people.




Subject: Yamaha "Moto-Bike" bicycle
Entered on: Jan 30, 1998 00:47
Entered by: Bill (billybrd@aone.com)

Message:
MSavage, I'm not sure what rough is, but I'd say that it's in fair shape. About 2 years ago my son and I started to restore it and didn't get to far before quiting.So it's in pieces right now. I'm not sure if we should finish sanding off the rust and ruff paint or not. We really would like to restore it. Again, thanks for all your help with advise. P.S. I'm not sure what the BMX topic thing is. I hope I don't sound dumb. Bill




Subject: BMX Topic
Entered on: Jan 30, 1998 09:03
Entered by: jj ()

Message:
Bill, not sure if you come directly to this page, or if you go to Menotomy's home page first, and then click on _DISCUSSION AREA_. But, on the DISCUSSION AREA page of this web site there is a list of topics. Right now you are in the "BICYLE DATING" topic. If you look further down the list of topics on the DISCUSSION AREA page you'll see a topic for BMX bikes. That is what MSavage is referring to.




Subject: Buddy Bike
Entered on: Jan 30, 1998 20:23
Entered by: Mike (mrf@union.wpo.ukans.edu)

Message:
Has anyone ever heard of a Buddy Bike? It is a tandem, except that the riders are side by side. I have one and would love to get some information about it.




Subject: RE: BMX Topic
Entered on: Jan 31, 1998 01:45
Entered by: Bill (billybrd@aone.com)

Message:
jj, thanks for the info. It got me to where I needed to go. Bill




Subject: RE: Columbia "Twosome"
Entered on: Jan 31, 1998 11:41
Entered by: Jim Divoky (jim.divoky@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
It would be helpful if you gave a more complete description. What size are the tires? What kind of brake(s)? Most Columbia bikes have a serial number under the bottom bracket(crank housing, pedal housing) that consists of a letter and 4-6 digits. A number beginning with D would have been made in 1939 or 1958. JIm




Subject: Fujiwara bicycle
Entered on: Jan 31, 1998 14:42
Entered by: Robert (Skunkahoy.AOL.Com.)

Message:
Does any out there have any information on a Fujiwara bicycle that i have, it has Japanese writing on it.




Subject: Fujiwara bicycle
Entered on: Jan 31, 1998 14:45
Entered by: Robert (Skunkahoy.AOL.Com.)

Message:
Does any out there have any information on a Fujiwara bicycle that i have, it has Japanese writing on it.




Subject: Schwinn Sting-ray Fastbacl
Entered on: Jan 31, 1998 22:01
Entered by: justin (cwit1369)

Message:
hey i have an old yellow 1 speed stingray fastback. it is in really good condition it has a springer front, orignal tires and wheels, and everything orignal and i was wondering how much it is worth it is 1978




Subject: MURRAY BIKE
Entered on: Feb 1, 1998 17:26
Entered by: Tom (THOMASC2@prodigy.net)

Message:
Does anyone know the age of a Murray METOR FLITE. Also if you know what the going price would be at this time. Thanks Tom C. of Alaska




Subject: Schwinn witha kick back hub
Entered on: Feb 3, 1998 22:27
Entered by: Frank ()

Message:
I have a Schwinn bike number A333908 with a Bendix Automatic 2 Speed yb. Do you know what year it is?




Subject: RE: Fastback
Entered on: Feb 4, 1998 08:40
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
A Fastback would not have a springer. Are you sure it is a Fastback? What does it say on the chainguard?




Subject: RE: Schwinn witha kick back hub
Entered on: Feb 4, 1998 08:42
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
Using the date code chart at the top of this page, that decodes to 1963




Subject: help to ID A SCHWINN
Entered on: Feb 5, 1998 16:18
Entered by: LOUIS (SIUOL@WEBTV.NET)

Message:
I purchased a ladies schwinn bike at a garage sale a i wonder if one of you nice folks could tell me the year and approx. worth.it is black with red & white decals,super le tour,schwinn chicago,tubeing 1020,number on rear frame Sa 202034 thank you.




Subject: Foremost cruisers
Entered on: Feb 6, 1998 18:41
Entered by: Rob ()

Message:
Who makes Foremost, and are the cruisers worth good money?




Subject: Fujiwara womens bicycle
Entered on: Feb 7, 1998 18:46
Entered by: Robert (Skunkahoy@AOL.Com)

Message:
Does anyone out there have any info on this bike? It has bar type hand brakes,leather seat,tri-pod kick stand and has Japanese lettering on the chain guard.The color is drab green and still has the original stickering. Any information would really help. Thanks, Rob




Subject: moto-bike
Entered on: Feb 9, 1998 17:02
Entered by: Dave (df108390@spruce.hsu.edu)

Message:
I have a moto-bike and was wondering when yamaha made this bike. Any guesses?




Subject: Yamaha Moto-Bike
Entered on: Feb 9, 1998 23:22
Entered by: Bob Hufford (bhufford@mail.orion.org)

Message:
Dave, you might post this question to the BMX group. Some very knowledgeable folks on there. I'm thinking 1974 - 7?, but I wouldn't swear to it.




Subject: The Neverout Insulated Kerosene Safety Lamp
Entered on: Feb 10, 1998 21:48
Entered by: Faithful (aagavila@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
It's nickel plated has an adjustable clamp, side and rear jeweled glass lens, magnifying lens on the front porthole, flat wick and was made by Rose Mfg. Co. of Philidelphia. It's in perfect condition with no damage. I'm cuious as to how old it might be and it's general market value. I haven't seen any like this one in any of the collector books that I've seen. If you're knowledgable about this accessory and would be willing to share some information about it I can email a jpg of it. Thanks in advance for your help.




Subject: dating vintage Canadian bike
Entered on: Feb 14, 1998 15:17
Entered by: Charlie (antiquer@pipcom.com)

Message:
I have an old Red Bird,made by: Canadian Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd It has wooden rims and wooden hand grips,Would you have an idea as to its year? Thanks




Subject: dating vintage Canadian bike
Entered on: Feb 14, 1998 15:25
Entered by: Charlie (antiquer@pipcom.com)

Message:
I have an old Red Bird,made by: Canadian Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd It has wooden rims and wooden hand grips,Would you have an idea as to its year? Thanks




Subject: RE: dating vintage Canadian bike
Entered on: Feb 15, 1998 10:19
Entered by: Jim Divoky (jim.divoky@worldnet.att.net)

Message:
Check out http://www.science-tech.nmstc.ca/explore/cycles/english/frames.htm The museum may be able to help.




Subject: Help with ID and age
Entered on: Feb 18, 1998 23:19
Entered by: Mario (muon@bigfoot.com)

Message:
Can anyone help me ID the original manufactuter and age of the following bike ? It is a ladies model "Sam-Sco" brand. The headbadge says Made in USA Especially for Triplex Stores. The serial is: N - T S40873 which is stamped underneath the BB shell. &55 is also stamped on the left rear dropout. Frame features include a horn in the tank and a light integrated on top of the front fender. The bike is blue with white accents. There are adjusters in the rear dropouts. The fork is a triple plate flat crown. Misc. details: Holes in rear fender and front of chainguard. Persons Supreme pedals. New Departure Model D rear hub and N.D. WL front hub. Troxel spring saddle. Persons #219 rear reflector. Tires are US Royal Chain 26x2.125 U-7-A. Any info out there ? Thanks !




Subject: what year are my bikes?
Entered on: Feb 22, 1998 21:09
Entered by: Jerry ()

Message:
I have a Scwhinn World with serial #6191641 and a Ross with serial # R66025105. I would greatly appreciate knowing the daets of these two bikes. I tried the Scwhinn home page with no luck there. I could not find any info on Ross any where.




Subject: Good Year Double Eagle
Entered on: Feb 23, 1998 18:06
Entered by: Sue (Pappy's 1)

Message:
Looking for info, possible sale of women's Good Year Double Eagle Bicycle




Subject: 194? SCHWINN RACER
Entered on: Feb 24, 1998 18:40
Entered by: ANDY (NORTON CD@PERKIN-ELMER.COM)

Message:
I HAVE A GREEN SHWINN RACER I RECIEVED FROM MY FATHER I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YEAR MODEL AND HOW MANY WERE MADE THE SERIAL NUMBER IS R872




Subject: Empo Bicycles
Entered on: Feb 25, 1998 02:13
Entered by: Chuck (Fredlud@aol.com)

Message:
I just got back from the Neitherlands with an Empo bicycle in tow. It has 28" wheels and is a one speed. I was wondering if anyone had any info on the Empo bicycle company (years of production, ect). You can find an image of the head badge and the bike itself plus one old tandem that got away at: http://members.aol.com/Fredlud/Dutch_bikes.html Thanks, Chuck Fred




Subject: Winton Bicycle
Entered on: Feb 25, 1998 23:58
Entered by: Charlie ()

Message:
I would appreciate any info on Winton Bike.I have one I need some partd for i.e. a tank and some bearings. I think it is late 40's or early 50's Thanks




Subject: era of manufacture FIRESTONE BICYCLES
Entered on: Feb 26, 1998 00:51
Entered by: geno ()

Message:
How old and how desirable is an old Firestone mens bike?




Subject: Scwhinn World year?
Entered on: Feb 26, 1998 12:44
Entered by: Jerry ()

Message:
Is there anyone who knows where I could find out how old my bikes are? I have a Scwhinn World with serial #6191641,and a Ross with serial # R66025105. I would greatly appriciate knowing the age of my bikes.




Subject: ? need to know year of my murray
Entered on: Feb 26, 1998 22:43
Entered by: jim (jimdp@ juno .com)

Message:
i bought an old bike at a yard sale and am interested in what year it is can you help ?????




Subject: 2 bikes need years
Entered on: Mar 1, 1998 15:28
Entered by: justin ()

Message:
i have a 20 inch schwinn # bn503024 that dose nott match codes. i also have a roll fast whithtank 26 inch has SE IN A CIRRCLE AND THEN b26-1620 thank you 4 the help




Subject: Age of hawthorne
Entered on: Mar 3, 1998 14:03
Entered by: Jamie (jdcornet@pittstate.edu)

Message:
I have an old hawthorne cruiser and i would like to know what year it is. It has the skip tooth crank, no fenders or tank. The serial number is D137529. It still has the montgomery wards headbadge on the headtube. Worth??? Thanks




Subject: Adler "Werke"
Entered on: Mar 4, 1998 09:46
Entered by: Jim (ashcon@telisphere.com)

Message:
My dad just bought a bicycle that he believes to be from the late thirties, early forties. As far as he can tell,(all the writing is german)the company name is Adler. there is also the word "Werke" on it. The bike has an eagle holding a ball (rough description)fender ornament on the front,and the same emblem on other parts of the bike. Does anyone know of this bike or its possible history?Any info would be much apprieciated.




Subject: Help to determine type of bicycle and were to get parts
Entered on: Mar 4, 1998 22:04
Entered by: Mike (benhall@bright.net)

Message:
A friend of mine has a bicycle that belonged to his father and he is trying to determine the make and were to get parts. It is believed to have been made in the 1930's and has a number on it 20003 GJ9 30. It is black with white neck that tapers back on the bars that go back to the seat and the crank. Red pin stripe with black tank. Front fender had a light, fenders black. KICK STAND IS BEHIND THE BACK TIRE, rims are 24". Three springs on the seat, skiptooth sprocket. Any help would be appreciated.




Subject: Please give exact tire sizes
Entered on: Mar 5, 1998 08:18
Entered by: kath ()

Message:
You can read tire sizes right off of the side of a tire. It will say "26 x 2.125" or "20 x 1.75", etc. Please use these numbers and it'll be easiser for us all to help you.




Subject: Sidewalk bike info
Entered on: Mar 5, 1998 22:41
Entered by: Dan ()

Message:
I spend most of my time with old BMX bikes but I picked up this weird kids bike and I need some info. The bike has 12" wheels with solid tires, a kickstand off the rear axle, a skip tooth chain and the headbadge says Hedstrom Union Co. The frame is very tall considering the size of the wheels. I think these are called sidewalk bikes but hey what do I know? I'm trying to decide if I should restore it or sell/trade it. Thanks




Subject: ppv (people powered vehicle)
Entered on: Mar 6, 1998 18:16
Entered by: rex (TJVIV@webtv.net)

Message:
i am looking for any information on ppv's. these are three-wheeled,two seated, pedal -powered vehicles. they have plastic bodies and have three speeds. i have two!! any info appreciated.




Subject: springer?
Entered on: Mar 8, 1998 01:10
Entered by: dave ()

Message:
I,m wondering what this old thing is worth .It,s a schwinn cruiser style with springer fr. fork.# on rear left reads: y7082071. the bike has been painted poorly a couple of times but is solid..both wheel barings are shot.it has the chain guard ,rear fender. thanks for your input ,it seems like someone might want this bike?an approx. on value is all ,i know without seeing it it would be hard to say....




Subject: folding bicycle
Entered on: Mar 8, 1998 20:33
Entered by: Mark (msmit67@ibm.net)

Message:
I have a folding bicycle that I found at a store for a very cheap price. The bike has the name plate DIESEL with the word HOLLAND below it. The bicycle folds in half on the bottom frame tube. I found it with 20" white wall tires. It also has a head light and tail light that work. I am not concered about the value if someone could tell me what I have found. Any feed back would help. I can also send a picture if it would assist you. Thanks for the help, Mark




Subject: Unknown Ross
Entered on: Mar 8, 1998 23:15
Entered by: Jaron (jjbjj@ptialaska.net)

Message:
I am desparate for info about my Ross; year, history, model, value, etc. Here is the info I have-mayby someone else can help me from there: 1. There is no kickstand. A 1950's ad shows the same bike except "equipped as shown with kickstand". 2. The original tire is a US Royal Rubber "with the built-in skid chain", as advertised. 3. No reflectors on pedals. 4. Brass soldering-may indicate the late 40s or early 50s. 5. The coaster brake is a red stripe Bendix supposedly from the 60s, and the rear tire is a newer Goodyear with a Schwinn inner tube. 6. The red and white Messinger saddle is probably from the late 50s or 60s, but appears original. 7. serial #: R63103620 I don't know if any of these details will help or not, but anyone who knows anything about this 26" boy's bike please reply. Thanks.




Subject: Old bike with wooden rims
Entered on: Mar 9, 1998 09:19
Entered by: JimB (burton@zk3.dec.com)

Message:
I just bought an old boy's bicycle with red wooden rims and full fenders. Everything is there and it appears to be an interesting restoration project. The bike is most likely American, has 1920's motorcycle-style handlebars, and has one speed. The top bar has a bend in it near the seat. In trying to identify the bicycle maker and the bike's age, I was trying to determine how late they put wooden rims on bikes. Could this be teens or am I looking at 1920's or 1930's? Also, does anyone know how I can identify who made the bike? The headbadge is gone. If anyone would like a picture, I can send an HTML file.




Subject: Unknown Ross
Entered on: Mar 10, 1998 19:18
Entered by: Jaron (jjbjj@ptialaska.net)

Message:
In my message entitled "Unknown Ross", I forgot to post the tire size. It is 26 x 1.75 (middleweight).




Subject: More on old bike with wooden rims
Entered on: Mar 11, 1998 09:27
Entered by: JimB ()

Message:
I picked up the bike last night and here is more information. The bike has 28 X 1 1/2 wooden rims with 'tubular-style' tires on it. The tires are hard with age, but show a street tread pattern on each of them. The rear tire is a Rollfast and the front is an unmarked whitewall tubular. My feeling is the front tire might be the orginal tire and the rear might be a replacement. The valve stem on the rear is a Schraeder with a metal cap. The bike is a single speed with New Departure front and rear hubs. The chain is skip-tooth. I believe the bike was originally bright red, but it has a coat of burgundy house paint on it now. Overall, it looks like it will be a relatively easy restoration with the exception that someone welded one of the pedals to the crank.




Subject: RE: Old bike with wooden rims
Entered on: Mar 11, 1998 12:29
Entered by: JimB ()

Message:
I finally got the bike home last night and have more information. The wheels are 28 X 1 1/2 inch wooden wheels with tubular-style tires on them. The rear tire is a Rollfast and the front is a whitewall with no writing. The frone loos older than the rear and may be one of the original tires. The bike has New Departure front and rear hubs. The rear is one speed with coaster brake. The bike has been painted with barn paint, but the original looks to be red. Overall, it is quite restorable. The only potential problem is someone welded one of the pedals to the crank arm. Any information on this bike would be greatly appreciated.




Subject: Roadmaster
Entered on: Mar 11, 1998 20:32
Entered by: Tom (texas@netutah.com)

Message:
We have a mid-40's to mid-50's (?) ladies Roadmaster bike with 24x2.125 in. tires, complete but not restored. The headlight is missing and the rear reflector on fender is broken. It has a skip link chain and sprocket, rear rack,New Adventure coaster rear brake. The color is medium blue with white pinstriping and some bold white accents. Where can I find NOS parts or replicas? Serial # is A37920. Will that help date it? How can I find out about the original paint colors? What is it's value as is? restored? thanks Tom




Subject: Looking for info
Entered on: Mar 12, 1998 00:58
Entered by: Noel (tctc@sedona.net)

Message:
Just aquired a Western Flyer, Possibly 1951, Serial # MO 2028 08. It appears to be in good shape with some minor scratches and a little surface rust on the chrome. Does anyone have any info about this type of bike and its value?




Subject: Jim's 28" find
Entered on: Mar 12, 1998 08:53
Entered by: Vin from Acton ()

Message:
Jim, do you have "Evolution of the Bicycle"? If not, email me a picture and I'll look it up.




Subject: Jaguar
Entered on: Mar 12, 1998 15:08
Entered by: jim s. (leave a message on theis page under mine)

Message:
I have a 1953 Jaguar and I know they only made the Jaguar 2 years. Did they make it 1952-53 or 1953-54. I would also like to know if at all possible if someone could tell me how many of these bikes they produced.




Subject: Jaguars
Entered on: Mar 13, 1998 13:22
Entered by: johnB (johnburt@mailexcite.com)

Message:
Jaguars were first made in 1953, but were made for far more than two years. Production continued pst the mid-Sixties, anyway. How many were made? I doubt anyone knows...




Subject: Jaguar
Entered on: Mar 13, 1998 15:01
Entered by: jim s. ()

Message:
I was talking about the "jaguar" not the Jaguar mark series like the mark4. Ihave just the plain old balloon tire not the middleweight.




Subject:
Entered on: Mar 13, 1998 21:23
Entered by: Ross ()

Message:
I was cleaning out my gargage and i found my old rollfast bicycle. with a banana seat can any one tell me how much it is worth. It it's from about 1970's. Thanks




Subject: Jaguars---Balloon Vs. Middleweight
Entered on: Mar 14, 1998 10:57
Entered by: johnB (johnburt@mailexcite.com)

Message:
According to my Schwinn Dealer Price pages, the balloon tire Jags were sold in 1954 and 55. They are listed as "Discontinued" in '56, then the Mark II (middleweight) showed up in 1957.




Subject: Old Western Flyer
Entered on: Mar 14, 1998 20:30
Entered by: Will (tchroundewg@crf.cuis.edu)

Message:
I recently picked up an older Western Flyer girls bike. I am in need of info as to the age and value. The serial number is 215955. The bike is a girls frame with 24 inch wheels, skip tooth chain, and a musselman rear hub.




Subject: Additioanl information of Mar. 4, 1998 subject
Entered on: Mar 15, 1998 21:03
Entered by: Mike (benhall@bright.net)

Message:
On Mar 4, 1998 I requested help in determining the year and model bicycle. Reference this subject. The tire size is 26 x 2.125. Any help would be appreciated.




Subject: SEARS NUMBER CODE(MURRY)
Entered on: Mar 17, 1998 16:38
Entered by: larry (lcredle@gate.net)

Message:
I HAVE A SEARS FREE SPIRIT #502 47382 OK 2281117 I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YEAR IT IS I WAS TOLD THAT MURRY BUILT IT FOR SEARS. THANKS




Subject: SCHWINN AGE
Entered on: Mar 18, 1998 09:57
Entered by: LARRY (lcredle@gate.net)

Message:
I NEED TO KNOW AGE OF A SCHWINN COLLEGIATE # C GE854319 8 COULD BE "C" OR "8" THANKS




Subject: my old clunker
Entered on: Mar 18, 1998 17:53
Entered by: Ken (hinman@syrres.com)

Message:
I have a bike I built from junk (already old) parts in the early 70's. Hanging around this site has piqued my curiosity - I doubt that it's collectible or restorable, but I'd like to identify and date the frame if I can, just for fun. The frame is a girl's model, one piece crank, forward-facing rear dropouts, serial # under the bottom bracket is G57877. All the frame tubes are straight, the two down tubes are parallel and connected at their midpoints by a smaller diameter tube parallel to the seat and head tubes. The frame joints at the rear dropouts look like Schwinn EF-type welds, and the head tube joints are smooth and Schwinn-like. The wheels on the bike now may or may not be original: New Departure front hub and coaster brake, 26x1.375 hooked-edge American lightweight rims/tires. The chainstays are dimpled inside to clear the tires, but even so I don't think there's room for balloon tires. Any ideas? Thanks.