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AGE / VALUE:   Shelby serial # Info posted by: Kim Korich on 8/1/2009 at 1:21:10 PM
Where can I find dating info on Shelby serial numbers? I see Schwinn, Columbia, etc but nothing on Shelby. I have two Shelbys in restoration: a 50's era? w/sn#98352 53(w); and possible pre-WWII w/sn#X19251. Any help appreciated.
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AGE / VALUE:   Zenith Golden Hawk posted by: Julia on 7/30/2009 at 1:18:19 AM
I just bought a Zenith Golden Hawk, and it's hard to find out any information on it!! Like how old is it? What is it's value? How many are there? Why can't I find any information! If you could please help!

Thank-you!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zenith Golden Hawk posted by ken on 7/31/2009 at 10:29:27 AM
there are a three on
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1950%27s+Zenith+girls%2Ejpg
One markd "50's" and a couple of 30's
Do you have pictures?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zenith Golden Hawk posted by Julia on 8/11/2009 at 12:23:17 AM
I can email pictures if you give your email!
Someone said it's about a late 60 early 70's bike.
It's a not a skip tooth chain...
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Zenith Golden Hawk posted by monk on 3/17/2011 at 8:53:19 PM
I have one too. I'd like to know if restoring/customising is going to ruin it.any answers would be good.....
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by: Jace on 7/29/2009 at 5:21:02 PM
Does anyone know where I could get a lens cover for
the headlight on a JC Higgins flightliner- It's really a nice bike!!-

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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by ken on 7/30/2009 at 1:46:28 PM
If you find two, I can use one also.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by Jace on 8/2/2009 at 4:54:58 PM
Is your JC Higgins close to being restored? I have never restored a bike before but I am into this project- lots of work!!- If I find two lens covers, I'll certainly offer you one!!- But, I have a feeling that it's going to be VERY
difficult to find these things!


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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by Jace on 8/2/2009 at 4:55:00 PM
Is your JC Higgins close to being restored? I have never restored a bike before but I am into this project- lots of work!!- If I find two lens covers, I'll certainly offer you one!!- But, I have a feeling that it's going to be VERY
difficult to find these things!


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          RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by ken on 8/3/2009 at 10:46:56 AM
My brother bought a DeLuxe Flightliner (Sears, not JCH, all chrome, grab rail saddle) new in '63 and naturally we stripped it down. We kept it in the family and it's been customized several times, including alloy wheels and a three-speed coaster hub (I wasn't real impressed with the Bendix kickback). I won't try to do a stock restoration, but I've acquired a tank and rear rack with both lights missing from a very rusty donor bike. My best guess is you have to find a complete one to get things like lenses, saddle, pedals and the like. Even then it might be really difficult to get the lights and horn working.
Let me know how you make out. I may have something you can use.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by Jace on 8/5/2009 at 11:10:55 AM
wow- your bike sounds nice!- I am just an "amateur" restorer/
collector and just want to make this thing look as close to
original as I can- already has new pedals and seat is old but
doesn't look original to bike- I got the chrome pretty clean (it's
probably a 1961- that was the year they made all chrome frames I think)- fenders and frame look good now- I am having a shop paint the tank, fork and rear carrier-rims and
new tires and I'm ready to ride- I hope!!
Thanks for your input!
Jace (girl, not guy so I'm not the greatest mechanic!)


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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by ken on 8/6/2009 at 10:11:24 AM
You didn't specify boys' or girls' model Flightliner - I have my doubts about the lenses being interchangeable, since the tanks are very different. The good news, if you have a girls bike, is they tend to survive in much better condition than the boys ones.
Be sure and post a picture when you're done.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   re: lens cover for flightliner posted by jace on 8/6/2009 at 3:57:22 PM
Ha- I meant I am a female- (most people think "Jace" is
a guy's name-and I meant I'M not such a great mechanic!!-)
The Flightliner is a guy's model and very nice-I have 2 other
vintage bikes and ride both of them! I am anxious to get this
one "rideable" soon!! I'll try to post a pic when it's done!
If you hear of any original parts for it, let me know-
Thanks!



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MISC:   Vintage Bicycle inventory coming to OldRoads posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 7/27/2009 at 5:51:13 PM
We don't ship during the cycling season, BUT!, we've put together a deal with a Massachusetts bike shop who DOES ship and who DOES NOT use da web!.
We will be posting their vintage inventory here.
They are a family-owned shop selling Schwinn, Raleigh and other makes for over 50 years. The depth of their inventory is amazing, I leave drooling every time I visit.
High end road bikes, Schwinn Sting-Ray Krates, Raleigh Tourists and Sports 3-speeds, big old balloon tire bikes - they have them all.
So, watch this space. I'm hoping to get it going this week, if I can get my daughter to help me...
-Vin


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MISC:   Columbia stem posted by: Eddie Miller on 7/26/2009 at 4:10:06 PM
I misplaced the bolt that clamps the handlebar onto the stem and was told it isn't a standard thread pitch. Does antone know the thread pitch on this bolt. It's not the stem bolt with cone but the handlebar bolt.
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia stem posted by Eddie Miller on 7/27/2009 at 5:56:03 AM
I think I found the answer, 10m x 1.25 by accident I found a bolt at work that fit perfect. Now I need to find a bolt that size with a small head.
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia stem posted by raymond on 7/31/2009 at 4:10:01 PM
same eddie as on balloontiresociety?
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia stem posted by raymond on 7/31/2009 at 4:10:02 PM
same eddie as on balloontiresociety?
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AGE / VALUE:   Prewar MEAD RANGER Original posted by: John on 7/24/2009 at 5:15:20 PM
Anybody have any idea what a #1-2 condition original Prewar Mead Ranger Motorbike is worth.

Two-speed new departure, tank, front fenderlight, horn button no horn. Great shape overall most likely a 1937, has jewel grips and rear reflector as well.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Prewar MEAD RANGER Original posted by jj on 7/25/2009 at 4:59:47 AM
There are at least a 1/2 dozen listed in the Price Guides at the top of this page.
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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by: ChadB on 7/23/2009 at 4:55:11 PM
I'm curious as to what year this old Western Flyer is. Under the crank housing, the number reads 19-5557. I'm guessing it's from the 50's, but not sure.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by ken on 7/24/2009 at 9:55:27 AM
I like your guess, ChadB. I would say '57-58 plus or minus. It's a Murray, from just before they put the distinctive point on their rear dropouts. That's a nice bike, probably Western Auto's luxury model of that year for girls. The pedals look exactly like the ones they put on Flightliners and the like.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by ChadB on 7/24/2009 at 11:00:59 AM
I've seen pictures of '57 and later Western Flyers, and none of them have the curvy looking rear rack mine does. That, and the location of the frame #, make me think it's OLDER than '57. Could that 19-5557 make it a '55 model?
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by ken on 7/28/2009 at 3:19:06 PM
Yes, it could. I haven't seen any codes for their numbers- maybe you've deciphered it. I agree the rack appears 55ish. I was guessing, mind you.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by DONNA on 8/8/2009 at 4:11:59 PM
WHERE CAN I GO TO FIND OUT THE AGE OF MY WESTERN FLYER? IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE ABOVE
SERIAL NUMBERS 2FC-2537 OR WO26640
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by mick on 8/9/2009 at 8:08:53 PM
i also have the esact same bike. my rack is a lil different though. it has decals that immitate the wings of 57 chevy. but the color is the same. ive been told western flyer lost all there records in a fire. and that a lot of serial numbers were reused because they were made in different places


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by richard on 9/9/2009 at 3:24:18 PM
i have a western flyer serial number j55524. can you tell me when and where it was made?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Richey on 9/27/2009 at 2:51:18 PM
I got an old western flyer that my gandpa gave me a while back and I can't find the cereal number on it and wanted to find out how much it would cost. All I know about it is it's from about the late 50's mabe early 60's. I think he said it was a girls bike
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Richey on 9/27/2009 at 2:53:37 PM
I got an old western flyer that my gandpa gave me a while back and I can't find the cereal number on it and wanted to find out how much it would cost. All I know about it is it's from about the late 50's mabe early 60's. I think he said it was a girls bike
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Jennifer on 5/28/2010 at 3:48:04 PM
I bought a Western auto bike like the one in the pic, just a little different. I paid $75 at a flea market. It has a new seat on it and looks as if maybe someone has repainted it, but it in great shape. Just wondering if I made a mistake buying it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Eugene on 7/7/2010 at 1:05:29 PM
I have an old galaxy western flyer with the serial number 524986. It also has LX7 on it. Can you tell me what year it was made. I'm thinking late 1960's. thank you.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by gcherokee09 on 11/15/2010 at 1:32:55 PM
does anyone happen to know the year model for serial number c4020550. if so please post.
thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by jj on 11/16/2010 at 4:47:18 AM
I don't know of any Western Flyer serial number charts, but you can try to compare yours to the Western Flyers in the Picture Database here at OldRoads.com
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          Age of this Western Flyer Jr. posted by Sara on 5/31/2011 at 10:09:13 AM
Hello! I'm trying to get some information on this Western Flyer Jr. I can't seem to find the serial number, and didn't know if anyone had some ideas for me. Thanks for your time!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Scott on 6/4/2011 at 3:13:23 PM
I have 1 Schwin,1 Tru-Test and 4 Western Flyers,extra new wheels,tires,seats.Also 1 old cast iron bicycle mechanic's bike repair stand.Want to sell all.Don't know how to determine the age and value of all this.Someone please help.Please Email me,thanks,Scott
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by jose on 6/18/2011 at 6:19:39 AM
I bought a Western Flyer made in Mass by Pearson Can anyone tell me how much is it worth and year it was produced. Thanks!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by Jon on 6/30/2011 at 9:07:31 AM
I have a Western Flyer tandem bike with the 1970's style handle bars. I need the handle bar bracket, it is cast and it broke. Would anyone be willing to sell one? If so, for how much?
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          :   Western Flyer Ladies Bike posted by david on 7/16/2011 at 9:26:43 AM
i have a lady`s western flyer trying to find the year it was made s #2H067830 also gas a # under the seat can anybody help mehttp://MyWebSite.com/MyPicture.JPG
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BALLOON:   Looking for info on a "Ever Best" posted by: Gary on 7/22/2009 at 10:38:12 PM
I recently aquired a Old skip tooth bike called a Ever Best. The women I bought it from said it was her husband paper boy bike when he was a kid and it been hanging in her basement for years,and she had to be in her late 60s. I have only seen one like it before on Ebay but cant remember anything that was posted & cant find nothing anywere about it. I was wondering if anyone can steer me somewere to find any info or that has any info on it.It has a skip tooth and rear tire ajusters on it. Missing the trus bars tho and a light or ornament on the front fender. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance
Gary


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          RE:BALLOON: Looking for info on a posted by jr on 7/23/2009 at 1:07:10 PM
Made by Dayton. Cool color combo!
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AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN CRUISER posted by: Mylo on 7/22/2009 at 8:24:24 PM
Hello, I have a low bar (ladies) Schwinn cruiser that I’m trying to research and need some help finding some info on it. First there were no visible paint markings, no chain guard or forks, I only have the original weathered frame. I have since painted it and now I’d like to add the appropriate decals on it.
The serial number is B66620 and is located on the bottom side of the crank housing. I believe the frame to be a Schwinn but, a normal 3 ¼ oval head badge is just a bit too tall for the screw holes to match. Also, mid way on the down tubes there is a small bar/tube that attaches the two together. I would like to find out if one, it is in deed a Schwinn, two what year it is and, finally what make it is. I hope that there is some out there that can help me out. Picture available on request. T/y

Mylo
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN CRUISER posted by ken on 7/28/2009 at 3:23:04 PM
the serial number is consistent with a Schwinn of the era when they used the little reinforcing frame member. Older badges vary from the oval kind, including round, square and shield-shapes.
I'd like to see a picture.
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MISC:   Old bike talk on Twitter posted by: Old bike talk on Twitter on 7/21/2009 at 5:05:20 AM
Anyone using Twitter? OldRoads has been for a few weeks and I think we can handle doing daily updates.
You can go to http://twitter.com/oldroads, or you can see the updates at the top of our “Whats New” page (under the “About” link at the top of this page).
Today’s message:

“I’ve been buying and selling collectible bicycles for many years and have never seen prices this weak. I’ve also never seen prices for old commuter bikes so high.”

-Vin


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AGE / VALUE:   Keystone Bicycle posted by: John Brock on 7/20/2009 at 4:09:40 PM
I have recently acquired a Keystone Bicycle. It is similar to a 1939 Hiawatha, but I can find no information anywhere about Keystone Bicycles. Any Suggestions?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Keystone Bicycle posted by Cliff on 7/20/2009 at 7:27:46 PM
Found an article from 1894, in the New York Times, that was titled "Keystone Bicycle Club Races". Here's the link http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9800EFDB1131E033A2575AC2A96F9C94659ED7CF

As far as your bike goes, you might could check the maker of the hub, and see if it every meantions the bike at anytime. Just a thought.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Keystone Bicycle posted by Cliff on 7/20/2009 at 7:34:42 PM
This was on the Wheelmen website.

Keystone-(M) A. Mecky, Philadelphia PA, 1898
Keystone-(M) J. A. Laubach, Hellertown PA, 1898
Keystone-(M) Linday Brothers, Milwaukee WI, 1895
Keystone-(M) Williamsport Bicycle Manufacturing Company, Williamsport PA, 1895-1896

The "M" stands for manufacturer.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Monark THunderbird posted by: Paul on 7/18/2009 at 9:50:31 AM
I recently purchased a Monark Thunderbird. It is in pretty good shape but I need a front light , chain guard and other stuff. Who can help me?
Paul
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AGE / VALUE:   Who's the maker? posted by: Cliff on 7/12/2009 at 7:06:50 PM
I posted this in lightweights also, but thought someone here might know as well. I've got a couple of lightweight coaster brake bikes (matching boys and girls) that were given to me by my cousin. My problem is I have no idea who the maker is. I was wondering if anyone out there might have any ideas. The boys has the word "President" on the chainguard, down tube, tank, and head badge. The girls has the name "Aristocrat" in the same places. If it weren't for the two names being different I would think that the maker was one of those. I do know that they were both made in West Germany, and that they both have a "Centrix" rear hub coaster brake, also made in West Germany. Neither of these bike can be worth all that much, but I have narrowed their age down to some where in the late 60's to early 70's. From what I know the Centrix hub was made for some West German bikes during those years. I've already repainted the boys bike, but I'll attach a picture that shows both of the bikes as they are now, along with a picture of the head badges. Any input, or knowledge about these bikes would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who's the maker? posted by Cliff on 7/13/2009 at 4:36:03 PM
Thought I'd add a pic of the Centrix hub from the boys bike. I took it out of the wheel. I'm thinking about respoking it in another rim. The brake arm has a lot of the chrome off of it though. I'll show that in another pic.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Who's the maker? posted by Cliff on 7/13/2009 at 4:37:56 PM
Here's the brake arm pic.


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AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Cadillac posted by: Kevin Nichols on 7/12/2009 at 1:37:31 PM
I just picked up a pre war Cadillac ladies bike. I have no idea the age or value and how do I find stock photos for a restoration. The serial# is J33725. Any info I can get will help.
Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Cadillac posted by ken on 7/13/2009 at 1:03:48 PM
I entered Cadillac in the search archives box above, and started browsing. One post says there were Schwinn-built and Shelby-built Cadillacs. I also found a Cadillac headbadge on Jim Langley's site
http://www.jimlangley.net/brake/usplates2main.html
Schwinn-builts are easy to identify and date. Can we see pictures?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Cadillac posted by Kevin on 8/6/2009 at 3:46:33 PM
I can't seem to get the pics to load up on here, maybe they are too big. I will however email anyone pics of the bike if they think they can help.
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AGE / VALUE:   value if any posted by: Joyce on 7/12/2009 at 9:00:23 AM
I have a 64 huffy avanti. Some original parts, back rim and tires new though. Light works. Is it worth anything? If so, how much? Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   value if any posted by Joyce on 7/12/2009 at 2:15:30 PM
Here is a pic of my Huffy from my latest posting. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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