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AGE / VALUE:   what year posted by: Ken Hopkins on 8/23/2009 at 11:03:26 AM
I have a SEARS serial number on rear wheel mount 502 021 232016. It is a boy/men size with chrome fenders and chrome wheels .. It has Sears Crusaders tires with a passenger carrier and tank with dual headlights. any info would be helpful.Thank you..
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   what year posted by ken on 8/26/2009 at 10:01:11 AM
Can't be sure without a picture, but it sounds like a Murray-built Flightliner or Spaceliner. Search for those and see it there's any resemblance. Let us know. Feel free to send me a picture.
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BALLOON:   Bicycle sold at Firestone store posted by: Hal on 8/17/2009 at 6:56:35 PM
In the early fifties my dad bought me a new bicycle at a Firestone store. I was a full dress 26 inch bike with turn signal arrows in the carrier. It had a built in horn in the tank between the crossbars. It han a built in headlight on the front fender. and it had some sort of spring setup on the forks. The bike was all green (fenders .horn box & carrier. I only had the bike a short time back the because it was reposessed or taken back by firestone because we were pretty poor and I guess couldn't pay for it. I would like more information and possibly pictures so as I ever find one I can afford I would like to have one again. Thank You Very Much! Hal......
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          RE:BALLOON:   Bicycle sold at Firestone store posted by Patrick on 8/18/2009 at 6:26:58 PM
Hi, Too bad you couldn't keep it,sounds like a beauty. I'm thinking it was made by Monark,a Deluxe model. They were expensive bikes and well made.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Bicycle sold at Firestone store posted by ken on 8/21/2009 at 5:43:45 PM
'zis it?
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1950%27s+Firestone+Holiday+1%2Ejpg

http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1950%27s+Firestone+Holiday+5%2Ejpg
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          RE:BALLOON:   Bicycle sold at Firestone store posted by Patrick on 8/27/2009 at 4:58:07 AM
The bike in the above post is a Monark,probably a '54. It has the Schwinn copy-cat springer front end. Beautiful bike and rare.

Pat
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Bicycle sold at Firestone store posted by Chris on 8/27/2009 at 4:44:03 PM
they are out there, folks have them in their collections and with a bit of looking you can find one. Nail it down as to what it was and ask folks on the net, in the forums, at the flea markets and bicycle swap meets and look on e- bay. Have e- bay notify you via e- mail when one appears for sale.
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AGE / VALUE:   Puch Promenade posted by: Tanya Wiggins on 8/17/2009 at 2:56:55 AM
Hi. My boyfriend has restored an old bike for me which he found and I'm trying to find out some info on its vintage just for interest sake. The details are:
Puch Promenade
Torpedo 3 Speed gear with Sachs internal hub
Front & Rear guards - rear with holes for skirt string
Made in Austria Sticker on main frame
Pannier Rack
Weinmann 730 Brakes
If anyone has any info on what year it could be that would be very much appreciated.
Cheers
Tanya
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AGE / VALUE:   info needed posted by: David Brown on 8/13/2009 at 7:18:26 PM
view my previous post for the info i know on this bike. just posted this for the pictures. thanks


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   info needed posted by ken on 8/14/2009 at 10:28:08 AM
It's a Roadmaster, and it appears to be convertible from girls to boys, perhaps, by rotating the back end of the tank up to the binder bolt? Roadmaster made a 26" Westpoint model -early sixties approximately -
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   info needed posted by Dave brown on 8/15/2009 at 8:12:25 AM
can you elaborate...are the tires and seat original and do you know where i can look up the number by chance?? thanks for the info you've already posted. greatly appreciated.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   info needed posted by ken on 8/17/2009 at 1:04:26 PM
Do you mean elaborate on its being a convertible? There appears to be a bolt running through the seat tube at the rear end of the tank. If you remove that bolt, you can slide that end of the tank up and use the seat clamp bolt to secure it in the 'boys' position. Get me?
I'm quite sure the seat's original. Tires, who knows. I don't know if a serial number database exists.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   info needed posted by David Brown on 8/30/2009 at 10:06:50 AM
I tried to look up more info on roadmaster...matchin this bike to photos of other roadmasters online. no matches...
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AGE / VALUE:   need info posted by: David Brown on 8/13/2009 at 7:03:32 PM
i have a blue girls 20" bike. all it says on it is westpoint. the id numbers are L175216. it has a troxel seat and zephyr tires. the chain guard doesnt extend all the way to the rear hub. i dont think its cut but manufactured that way. any info would be great. going to work on posting pics of it. the front label is off of it also.
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AGE / VALUE:   Identify classic bike posted by: Doug Lavis on 8/11/2009 at 9:24:17 PM
I am trying to identify this bike a friend of mine rescued from landfill. I want to restore it. Some helpful people on the Schwinn site said it was likely a 60's Murray, possibly a Western Flyer. Any ideas what model?


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identify classic bike posted by Patrick on 8/12/2009 at 4:01:13 AM
The Schwinn people were correct. It's a 60's Murray built middleweight. You're better off just cleaning,regreasing and just having fun with it. It's only worth about $40.00
Pat
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identify classic bike posted by Doug Lavis on 8/12/2009 at 7:10:40 AM
Thanks Pat
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identify classic bike posted by Chris on 8/27/2009 at 4:47:29 PM
I think it's really neat that you saved it from landfil. Yea Neat!


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MISC:   I have a? on Schwinn 26in Tubular s7 rims? posted by: Gary on 8/9/2009 at 8:46:36 PM
I know that a 26in Schwinn s7 rim will only take 26x 1/4 not a 26x1.75 tire, but will regular 26x2.125 ballon tires fit on this rim or do I need the s2 rims?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in Advance
Gary
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          RE:MISC:   I have a? on Schwinn 26in Tubular s7 rims? posted by Patrick on 8/10/2009 at 5:01:58 AM
Hi Gary, S-7 rims will accept ONLY 26x1-3/4" tires for S-7 rims,nothing else will work. You may be able to force the non Schwinn 26x2.125 tires on them but why bother. Harris Cyclery or Niagara Cycle Works has the correct tire. Good Luck.
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BALLOON:   Whizzer Hawk Child Bike posted by: Jackie on 8/9/2009 at 5:05:14 PM
I just purchased a small child/girls bike. The badge says Whizzer Hawk; Made in Germany. It has lepper seat, no motor and 12 1/2 x 2 1/4 tires. Does anyone have any history/year on this bike? Was it made by Whizzer Motorbikes? I cannot find any information on the internet, but I did find the following post from 2002. No one replied then, but it is worth a shot....Thanks..Jackie

Post from 2002:
Can anyone give me info on a girls bike . It has 12 1/2x 2 1/4 inch tires. It says whizzer hawk on the badge. And it has a tubular rack like the whizzer made for the motorbikes.Did whizzer motorbikes make it or where was it made? Rear axel has Centrix svtem JRR-408 Gevelsbergi.w.Thanks Jerry


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AGE / VALUE:   higgins flightliner posted by: jim on 8/9/2009 at 10:38:03 AM
two questions: does any one know the first production year of the flight liner? and does anyone know where I might find a regal delux tank for a '51 mens jc higgins colorflow?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   higgins flightliner posted by jace on 8/9/2009 at 4:09:27 PM
I think it was 1958- I have one and I'm still not sure of the
year- It is supposed to be the 75th "jubilee" model- which was 1961-
it has the all chrome frame which I believe was on that model-
I have the book from this website (you can order it here)
which shows all the bikes and years of production from
actual pages from the Sears catalogue- let me know if you have more information!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   higgins flightliner posted by jace on 8/9/2009 at 4:17:29 PM
That book is called "Collectable Elgin- JC Higgin- Hawthorne Bicycles" by James Hurd and T.A. Gordon- It is not for sale on this website but several websites do have it- One just sold on EBAY and you can see a good description of the book there
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   higgins flightliner posted by ken on 8/14/2009 at 10:30:06 AM
there is one marked 58 on nostalgic.net
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AGE / VALUE:   teirin sun marine bike posted by: joe on 8/7/2009 at 5:04:10 PM
i have a teirin sun marine bicycle in very very good condition. i havent found anyone or anywhere i can get an estimate of value for it. i dont have a pic of it off hand, but as i stated, it is in very very good to excellent condition. i can post a pic possibly tomorrow so u can see its condition. please help me. i have been trying to price and possibly sell this bike for some time now. problem? dont know the value. i am looking forward to hearing from you. hopefully as soon as possible. thank you very much... joe
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AGE / VALUE:   Can anyone ID this please posted by: Elliott on 8/6/2009 at 12:39:06 AM
Hi there.
I bought this last summer for 10 bucks at an antique store. The tag was handwritten and read "Murray Bicycle". I am curious to know what year it might be from and if it really is a Murray or is some other manufacturer.

What i know about the bike:
-The chain guard has lightning bolt type paint scheme with the word "sportcrest"
- Each side of the fork has a crown like design with a v-type arrow below
- A "Mesinger" seat

I have a few pictures at flickr, for reference. I would appreciate any knowledge you may have. Also I really want to know what used to reside on the front fender!! I'm sure it was a headlight, but what style?!

Thanks,
Elliott

http://www.flickr.com/photos/34767893@N08/sets/72157621960473046/


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Can anyone ID this please posted by ken on 8/6/2009 at 9:45:28 AM
It's a Murray all right. The chainwheel and rims are distinctive. 1960 era, plus or minus. The Mesinger seat's not original. Murray manufactured for resellers including Western Auto, Sears, Wards and probably lots more. For some reason the 'Sportcrest" made me think of Penney's, but that's just guessing.
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BALLOON:   help on this schwinn posted by: graham on 8/4/2009 at 10:53:55 AM
need some help serial number g81578 also had 530 stamped under bottom bracket. new departure hub, bolt on chainguard, skip tooth chain any ideas pics posted sweet heart cranks thank you


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          RE:BALLOON:   help on this schwinn posted by graham on 8/4/2009 at 12:39:41 PM
here are the photos scroll down to the last four, at least i hope this works i think they are sweet heart cranks are heart shaped chainguard does not have schwinn badge


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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   help on this schwinn posted by graham on 8/4/2009 at 1:24:51 PM
the bike has a b stamped on the seat tube near the clamp? The back rim is painted white, i have a feeling the front end is not original?
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          RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   help on this schwinn posted by ken on 8/6/2009 at 9:48:10 AM
What identifies it as a Schwinn? The chainwheel is not the one generally known as sweetheart.
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          RE:BALLOON:   help on this schwinn posted by graham on 8/6/2009 at 11:24:22 AM
nothing identifies as a schwinn in fact i dont think it is but was told it was. any idea on the crank i removed it but no date. did have letter a on it. any ideas i cant seem to find a crank similiar in any pics. on lead sent me down the hawthorne way. Any help would be great. it was maroon at one time with painted wheels. thank you graham
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by: scott on 8/3/2009 at 12:03:01 PM
My daughter found this bike over the weekend, as best as we can tell it's a Western Flyer Sonic Flyer. Found lots of info on models from the 1950 era but this seems to be mid-late 60's. Any help as to what she found would be greatly appriciated.

Thanks
Scott


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by scott on 8/3/2009 at 12:12:50 PM
Having trouble posting a picture, maybe this worked


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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by scott on 8/3/2009 at 12:14:26 PM
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l153/spwitteveen/Az%20Cruiser/DSC02489Medium.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l153/spwitteveen/Az%20Cruiser/DSC02490Medium.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l153/spwitteveen/Az%20Cruiser/DSC02487Medium.jpg


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          RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by scott on 8/3/2009 at 12:16:20 PM
another one


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by Eddie miller on 8/3/2009 at 2:16:09 PM
Boy those fenders look just like the ones on my 1945 Columbia.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by Cliff on 8/3/2009 at 7:10:24 PM
I believe AMF Roadmaster actually made this bike for Western Flyer. It's probably a mid 60's model bike, of course the handlebars aren't original. Attaching a link to a pic from a book I have with old bike advertisements. It shows a AMF Roadmaster Hawk, which has the same chain ring and chainguard as your bike.


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by Cliff on 8/3/2009 at 7:12:42 PM
Here's another pic of a AMF Roadmaster Skylark.


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Daughter found a bike posted by Cliff on 8/3/2009 at 7:35:29 PM
I don't know if you ever watch the Andy Griffith show, but in a few episodes you'll see a bike that looks similar to this one. I believe it's the Roadmaster Hawk. Opie is riding it a few times, but I believe the first time it's ever seen on the show is when there's a "rich" kid that has a new bike. Keep your eyes open for it. :O)


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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Niagara posted by: Julian on 8/3/2009 at 9:33:54 AM
I recently acquired a Schwinn bicycle and I am trying to pinpoint its age, where it was built, and any another information about it including its worth.

The body style and paint style matches the 1941 and 1947 Streamliner what also bore the Goodrich name. However, there are a few differences.

1. Instead of the name plate saying Schwinn or BF Goodrich, it says Niagara.
2. The tank does not have Streamliner written on it. Instead, it has Schwinn written on it.
3. The chain guard says Niagara Schwinn on it.
4. The front shock matches the images I have scene of the 1941, but not 1947.

When looking for a serial number, I did not find any that were listed in the post 1948 areas. I found one on the crank, specifically the left crank arm. The serial number matches the Schwinn style. What I read seems like the serial number should be stamped on the crank on the inside. Maybe that depended on the model year?

Given the information, I am assuming it is between 1941-1947. However, I have no idea what the Niagara company is and I can't find any references to Schwinn Niagara on the net. I was told it was sold in Canada and maybe made there, but I can't find any info on that.

Help would be appreciated on trying to get some more info on this bike. At the very least where it was made and what this Niagara company was.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Niagara posted by ken on 8/4/2009 at 10:13:22 AM
You've got to locate the serial number.
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AGE / VALUE:   Looking For Info. posted by: Brian Williams on 8/1/2009 at 4:17:37 PM
I have acquired a Bicycle I know nothing about. It has been sanded down and painted with a brush so all the decals are gone. The only markings I can find is on the tree. There is an unpainted plate screwed to it that says in large verticle letters, "ROADKING", and in small letters at the bottom, "Famous Barr, Co". Can anyone help me with how old this bike is and if it is worth fixing? Thanks! 'Brian'
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