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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Bridgestone skyway posted by: cyn on 12/7/2009 at 4:36:34 AM
At a police auction I picked up a battered Bridgestone Skyway. Can't find much about it on the web. Heavy bike- disc brakes- totally outfitted
Anyone know more..Thanks
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BALLOON:   STRAIGHT BAR TANK posted by: Peter on 11/30/2009 at 3:44:00 PM
Looking for a post war straight bar tank and horn
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AGE / VALUE:   age posted by: doug on 11/29/2009 at 3:43:33 PM
Having trouble de ciphering this serial # Schwinn pixie Chicago bike. serial # on headtube MR543168 Thanks in advance
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   age posted by ken on 11/30/2009 at 11:35:25 AM
Dec 76
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   age posted by doug on 11/30/2009 at 6:17:22 PM
Thanks again!
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AGE / VALUE:   help!!!?? posted by: kevin on 11/28/2009 at 1:19:35 PM
I have a AMF Luxury Liner bike in near mint condition. I canfind one like it anywhere I think its a 1954 its got candy apple red paint and lots of chrome with a Troxel seat.My question is the paint is faded a bit (only the candy color) it is a easy fix but if I repaint these areas will it ruin its collector value. I saw one recently that was repainted hat went for sale on ebay but it had black fenders mine is all beautiful chrome. Please if anyone knows my next move it would be appreiated also how would you find the tru value on a bike like this Happy Holidays to all of you
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   help!!!?? posted by ken on 11/30/2009 at 11:37:53 AM
I'd leave it alone.
The only way to determine its value is to sell it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Zephyr posted by: jerry on 11/27/2009 at 10:02:55 PM
I recently found a Huffy Zephyr (not a twin flex) and i cant seem to find where the serial numbers are located...any info on this bike would be helpful...(value,age,ect.) thanks


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Zephyr posted by me on 1/12/2010 at 2:47:07 AM
your bike is from the late '50's or '60's. the serial should be on the rear drop out or under the crank hanger. I specialize in the earlier Huffman bike and am not completely familiar with your bike. Twin-Flexes were made 3 years only, from 1938 through 1940. I've owned 1938 and a 1939.
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AGE / VALUE:   New Departure Coaster Brake posted by: Gene on 11/25/2009 at 8:37:49 AM
New Departure cog nut; Left or right hand thread?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Departure Coaster Brake posted by ken on 12/17/2009 at 2:47:09 PM
Gene, did you find an answer?
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BALLOON:   Huffy Zephyr posted by: jerry on 11/24/2009 at 11:53:38 PM
I recently found a Huffy Zephyr (not a twin flex) and i cant seem to find where the serial numbers are located...any info on this bike would be helpful...thanks
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Handle bar size posted by: JY on 11/19/2009 at 8:36:35 PM
I bought a 1960's Murray Jet fire cruiser that my boyfriend and I are refurbishing. It came with sting ray handle bars, but I want to buy cruiser handle bars. Does anyone know which size handlebars the bike would origionally have had?


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Handle bar size posted by ken on 11/20/2009 at 10:36:28 AM
check out this western flyer in the oldroads picture database
http://oldroads.com/pqdb_img.asp?p=http://oldroads.com/fdbdown.asp?1507&mod=&mak=Western_Flyer
The handlebars are correct for yours, and note how similar the chainguard and luggage rack are.
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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Regent posted by: Anna on 11/16/2009 at 6:05:42 PM
I picked up a Western Flyer Regent 3 speed, serial #MO290218 and am looking for additional information on age and value. Any help would be appreciated.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Regent posted by ken on 11/17/2009 at 12:50:28 PM
Anna, what brand of 3-speed hub does it have?
if it's sturmey-archer:
http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer.html#sturmey
if Shimano, figure early seventies or later, although their first 3-speed was produced in 1957 according to Shimano.
These machines are not collector items, but their value has been on the increase with commuters and urban riders.
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AGE / VALUE:   Wanted: 1962 26" Schwinn Typhoon posted by: Patrick on 11/13/2009 at 1:16:00 PM
Hi,I'm looking for the above as a complete bike or a project. I hope the picture works,as this year frame is different than the rest Please send e-mail to pcraik1960@hotmail.com Thanks.

Patrick


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BALLOON:   Prewar Wald coaster brake ? posted by: Dan on 11/9/2009 at 4:46:39 PM
I picked-up an old Western Flyer mens 26", a "bent tank" S/C CWC frame style, it has a Wald coaster brake in back. This is a first Wald coaster brake I've seen, it also has ND stamped below the Wald script. Did New Departure build these brake hubs? This bike also has a large diameter aluminum stem, I think it might be a 1941 model serial number H26981. Could be one number after the H that I can't make out or not?
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AGE / VALUE:   firestone pilot posted by: Jer on 11/9/2009 at 2:57:42 PM
I just picked up an old bike and haven't a clue about it's age. It says Pilot on the side of the "tank" and it has a Perry B-100 rear coaster hub. Anyone got a clue. Thanks
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Possible Western Flyer Middleweight? posted by: Luc Nicolet on 11/9/2009 at 8:37:25 AM
My girlfriend picked up this old bike at a mountain biking festival here in Florida last weekend. She wanted something to ride around the neighborhood and at the beach.
Any idea what it is?
Some poking around on the web has me thinking it's a middleweight Western Flyer (with 70's-looking handlebars added on).
The tank used to have twin headlights in it, and has a switch underneath it.
Attached is a pic she just sent me from her cell.


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Possible Western Flyer Middleweight? posted by Ben Wright on 11/9/2009 at 10:08:23 PM
I think that's a 60's BF Goodrich "Challenger".
Murray "Meteor" looks like that ,too.
But it looks just like a Challenger I'm working on right now(see pics under Humboldt County Collector),
right down to the rear drops and sprocket.
I think it was the newer ones that had the integrated tank lights.
Hope it helps
-cheers,Ben Wright
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Possible Western Flyer Middleweight? posted by ken on 11/10/2009 at 12:42:44 PM
It's Murray-built for certain. Early 60s. Ben hit the prime identifiers, rear drops and sprocket, and the rims are another sure indicator. Yes, the handlebars are later, and the saddle's not stock. You could probably find the headlight hardware in a Western Flyer, Firestone, BF Goodrich, Sears or Murray of the right age. They all had the dual lights if they had a tank at all.
Tell her to take something gentle like a brass brush or a copper scouring pad to the rust on the fenders and rims. Anything harder (like steel wool, sandpaper, or scotchbrite) will haze the chrome. A little light oil on a rag will do wonders for the red paint.
Look real close for remnants of a name on the chainguard.
Ride with pride.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Possible Western Flyer Middleweight? posted by Luc Nicolet on 11/11/2009 at 10:58:55 AM
Thank you both so much for all of the info!
Here's a link to some closeup pics I took:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_long/sets/72157622783051146/

The rear rim/hub are not original, but the front does appear to be. The red paint is also not original, and is flaking off. The paint showing underneath appears to be a nice clear-coated blue, possibly the original paint. Soda blasting the red wouldn't be very cheap, so I'm considering just stripping the paint completely and repainting in whatever color she wants. Just so you know, I'm not trying to restore the bike, only "make it pretty to ride." ;-)
She started polishing the chrome last night using aluminum foil, and it really made a difference on the rear fender. Will try the brass/copper idea next.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Possible Western Flyer Middleweight? posted by ken on 11/13/2009 at 11:44:52 AM
I should have guessed- most of the girls' models from that 'family' were blue.
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AGE / VALUE:   Decals and Logos posted by: Ben Wright on 11/6/2009 at 9:19:42 PM
Hi,I'm a Balloon Tire collector.I'm also a screenprinter.
I want to make shirts with old logos,and I was wondering if anybody out there in bikeland can provide me with high-quality scans of decals or badges.They need to be at least 600-dpi.Tank designs would be pretty cool,too.
Thanks in advance.
-cheers,Ben Wright(organicgear@yahoo.com)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Decals and Logos posted by ken on 11/16/2009 at 12:54:20 PM
Ben, have you looked at the badges and old adverts on Jim Langley's site?
jimlangley.net
Maybe he would hook up with you- some of those would make great shirts.
If a jpeg will work, I've got pictures of a couple of interesting badges.
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AGE / VALUE:   Need info on a Hiawatha 24" bike posted by: Dave De la Garza on 11/5/2009 at 9:12:45 PM
I am almost done restoring this old 1952 or 1953 Hiawatha bicycle that is a friend's childhood bike. He remembers getting in 1952-53 but it does have prewar type rear wheel droputs with the screws. I cannot find a Hiawatha/Shelby serial no. guide to confirm the year made. Serial no is: 8979111--it was bought new at Western Auto. My friend Bob wants to know what this bike cost when new and what year it was made. It holds sentimental value and it is coming together nicely. Thanks and you can emil me direct at thegarz@hotmail.com if you wish.


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