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BALLOON:   mystery part posted by: mark on 10/31/2009 at 6:22:05 PM
I have been looking at vintage bikes and noticed a cylinder mounted usually under top bar of frame, appears to go into the fender with a cable mount. The tube looks like a battery holder but im not sure, any info on this?


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          RE:BALLOON:   mystery part posted by jj on 11/1/2009 at 5:35:05 AM
Yep, a battery holder!
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          RE:BALLOON:   mystery part posted by Mark on 11/2/2009 at 5:36:10 PM
Thanks, I thought maybe it was a nitrous canister!
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Sterling posted by: David on 10/31/2009 at 12:39:52 PM
I just posted a question and discovered I accidentally posted it in for sale wanted lol so I want to post again in this section to see if I get an answer quicker then on that other page!.
I have a Columbia Sterling, Womans model big balloon tire bike!
I cannot find the age as the serial doesnt match this sites list! it seems to be 02621 oe 0262I
Baloon tires Carlisle Tire & Rubber Division, Lightening DART. No head badge, nice big fenders, Seat back says By Persons, Columbia, USA!
Normally I would expect to find a year stamped on the rear hub but there was nothing however the front hub had Germany 491 or 49I! My understanding was you add a year if the 49 is 1949 then I assume this is a 1950 bike but would like to know for certain! Thanks for any help, David...
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Sterling posted by ken on 11/1/2009 at 10:24:51 AM
DAvid, does it resemble any in the picture database on this site? There are also a few Columbias on the picture archive at nostalgic.net
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Rare ?? Schwinn Breeze posted by: Mike Gregg on 10/30/2009 at 3:44:55 PM
Hi, I have a 1972 Schwinn Breeze in near mint condition. I have searched many websites and have not found one like it. I think it is a deluxe model; it has a basket, bell and chrome fenders. The strange thing is that it is a five speed. All the ones I have seen are single or three speeds. Does anyone have knowledge on this bike?
Thanks, Mike
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Rare ?? Schwinn Breeze posted by ken on 11/2/2009 at 11:41:25 AM
Mike, one of my favorite resources, the Schwinn Lightweight Data Book, appears to have gone off the web, but there may be other places where Schwinn consumer catalogs can be consulted. If you find one, would you post and let me know, please?
I'm sure that the chrome fenders were factory standard and the basket and bell were aftermarket. I believe, but would not testify under oath, that the Breeze could be ordered in those days with a choice of coaster brake, Sturmey three-speed, or five speed Schwinn-approved derailleur from France, probably Huret. If I'm right, I agree it's odd you don't see more of them. The bike boom was getting under way, and maybe folks who wanted derailleurs were going for the 27" Suburbans and Collegiates?
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Rare ?? Schwinn Breeze posted by Steve on 11/13/2009 at 4:46:23 AM
I noticed the link was gone, too.I used that site quite a bit as well. I did find this that someone has saved, but a few pages are missing.Hope it helps !!

http://www.velobration.com/sldatabook/cover.html
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AGE / VALUE:   AMF Shelby posted by: Jace on 10/28/2009 at 9:27:28 AM
Hi- Someone just gave me a really nice vintage bicycle that
is a ladies "AMF Shelby"- I know that AMF was not a Shelby
manufacturer, but has anyone heard of a AMF Shelby??
Just curios, wondered about year it was manufactured- I think it must be around early 60's- any input??????
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BALLOON:   help to ID posted by: Boyd B. on 10/25/2009 at 8:44:04 PM
Picked up this bike recently,old balloon tire, note behind seat tube is single tube about five in. then forks out for rear tire. no head badge,26''all there please email me i can send pic. thank you
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AGE / VALUE:   MALE 26" WESTERN FLYER posted by: ROB on 10/25/2009 at 5:02:04 PM
THE AGE OF BIKE #247058
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AGE / VALUE:   1931? CCM 28" Wheels posted by: Quentin on 10/23/2009 at 4:00:58 PM
I found an old cmm in a barn the other day, it has 28" wheels and the biggest handle bars ive ever seen.
I've looked up the serial number on the internet and it comes up as a 1931. The serial number is SV6420, i would like to know if that is correct and maybe even what model it is. I would appreciate any help thank you.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1931? CCM 28 posted by Quentin on 10/23/2009 at 4:26:38 PM
Woops sorry the serial number is 8V6420
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1931? CCM 28 posted by Quentin on 10/23/2009 at 4:43:46 PM
Here is a picture


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1931? CCM 28 posted by ken on 10/28/2009 at 11:04:03 AM
Can you clarify the tire size? Can the imprint on the tire be read?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1931? CCM 28 posted by Quentin on 10/30/2009 at 5:56:01 PM
The tire size is 28"x1-1/2 the tire make is swallow if that means anything.
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BALLOON:   Trying to find out about old schwinn posted by: Randy on 10/19/2009 at 6:37:14 PM
I found an old schwinn in my uncles garage and can't tell what model it is. It has the old 40s type seat with the spring in front Serial # is E446204 it rides perfect but looks rough. Any value? All help appreciated
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          RE:BALLOON:   Trying to find out about old schwinn posted by ken on 10/20/2009 at 11:27:16 AM
Randy, serial numbers don't reveal model info. The model depends on the equipment that was specified for the bike, such as the fork and the presence of a tank. If your serial number is under the crank hanger, your bike could be a '48 according to the list here. You should take pictures, post them to a public photo sharing site and let us know where to view them. Be prepared to describe every aspect of the bike from tire size to accessories. You can email a picture to me if you want to.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Trying to find out about old schwinn posted by Randy on 10/20/2009 at 2:28:11 PM
I checked it out and the serial# is behind the kickstand by the the wheel nut. Tires are 26 x 1 3/4 no tank or light just big fenders with the supports going from top and sides of front fender to the hub. Im haveing troble uploading pic to this site
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          RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Trying to find out about old schwinn posted by Guido on 10/23/2009 at 3:07:11 AM
5/15/1964

http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes1.html
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Trying to find out about old schwinn posted by jj on 10/23/2009 at 3:59:53 AM
There is a Schwinn serial number chart under the "Technical Resources" link at the top of every page here on OldRoads.com
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BALLOON:   Year Identification Of Vintage Roadmaster posted by: Dale K on 10/17/2009 at 2:41:08 AM
I have recently found a Vintage Roadmaster Male Balloon Tire bike and I'm having a hard time finding any info to age date it. The serial #K84146 and hopfully a picture is attached. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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AGE / VALUE:   Pre-War? Elgin Ladies Ballooner posted by: Pudge on 10/16/2009 at 7:58:45 PM
Hi, I'm needing assistance in figuring out the model and the year this ladies Elgin was made. It has 26X2.125 tires on it and the brake arm says Elgin too. It has a tank, skirt guards, and a 9 hole rack on back. It has a skip-tooth sweetheart sprocket. It has what looks like grease fittings on the headtube and bottom bracket. The seat post is very narrow and is one of those L shaped kind. The serial number on the bottom bracket looks like C5 1490 and above that are the two digits of E6. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre-War? Elgin Ladies Ballooner posted by Hannah on 11/19/2009 at 9:23:10 AM
I don't have any clue about serial numbers, but there's a bicycle of that description in the 1938/9 Fall/Winter Sears catalog. If you have a picture, I could compare.
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AGE / VALUE:   1959 Western Flyer Golden Flyer posted by: Joel Patterson on 10/16/2009 at 4:14:39 AM
1959 Western Flyer Golden Flyer, 1.75, gold finish on fenders and tank. one-owner, good original condition, missing rear taillight lens and 50th anniversary sticker, otherwise unmolested, good original tires, etc. Settling estate, what's it worth?
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WANTED:   Delta Horn for Schwinn Tank Bike posted by: Mark on 10/15/2009 at 7:20:20 PM
Currently restoring a 1966 Schwinn Starlet III. This is a ladies bike with a tank in the frame. The Delta horn inside the tank, takes 2 'D' cell batteries and is not functioning. Either the contacts and/or diaphragm inside the horn are stuck. I saw a post somewhere about how to open the horn and clean it but now I can't locate the information. And, my Delta horn is held together with rivets, not screws, so opening it might be somewhat destructive. Does anyone have experience cleaning and refurbishing these Delta horns? Anyone have a functioning horn for sale? The rest of the hardware; battery holder, button, switch contacts, etc. are still serviceable. Of course N.O.S. replacements are always great! On a related topic - the bike has a large globe headlight which I've yet to get open. The closing screw seems to be rusted in tight and the lens is gone. I don't know if the headlight took 'D' cell batteries (4?,more?) or a six volt of some sort. It takes one small bulb. I'd like to convert the light to an LED configuration - has anyone rigged such a light conversion before? Any info on the Delta tank horn and headlight will be appreciated.
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          RE:WANTED:   Delta Horn for Schwinn Tank Bike posted by Gordon on 10/16/2009 at 4:08:37 PM
I believe you can find the info on getting a horn to work at www.bunchobikes.com
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          RE:WANTED:   Delta Horn for Schwinn Tank Bike posted by William Moberly on 10/21/2009 at 4:22:13 PM
I too am trying to replace my unit, any luck yet?
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BALLOON:   Mens cruiser posted by: kellee on 10/15/2009 at 1:31:21 PM
I left you a message awhile back,and you asked for a picture of the bike to help identify it. But im really not good with computers ,i dont know how to send picts. So if you have an address I would like to mail you a pict. of the bike to get some info. Please send address if you can. Thanks
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          RE:BALLOON:   Mens cruiser posted by ken on 10/22/2009 at 10:27:40 AM
I emailed twice with no response.
We're here to help. The courtesy of a reply would be appreciated.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   elgin posted by: craig on 10/9/2009 at 2:52:09 PM
I recently got an Elgin made by Sears an Roebuck. it is a ladies frame, it only has two downtubes not three and the serial number has three letters and four numbers. can anyone tell me how find the year and model?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   elgin posted by ken on 10/20/2009 at 12:03:11 PM
I advise you to begin by looking at pictures of ladies' Elgins on this site and on nostalgic.net. Try to narrow it down to a decade. Or if you have access to the Sears catalogs which are microfilmed in a few large libraries, that could do it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Roadmaster posted by: Amber on 10/8/2009 at 7:19:21 AM
Sorry, the image didn't link in the previous email. Here is the Roadmaster I'd like information on.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Roadmaster posted by jj on 10/9/2009 at 3:41:19 AM
The picture has to already be somewhere on the web like on Flickr, SnapFish, etc. Then you paste the address in your message.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Roadmaster posted by Jim Nelson on 10/28/2009 at 10:46:34 AM
I recently picked up a very similar bicycle.
(mine is a 3 speed) From what I can gather AMF moved to little Rock in 1950 from Cleavland and left from there in 1964 to Illinois. I'm haveing just as much trouble finding information as you are.

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