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AGE / VALUE:†††Firestone Pilot posted by: Ryan on 8/15/2011 at 9:07:27 AM
Hi,
I'm wondering if anyone can identify the year of this Firestone Pilot and also a value? EVERYTHING on it is original.


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AGE / VALUE:†††strange item on 48 schwinn posted by: G Main on 8/9/2011 at 3:13:25 PM
I picked up a 48 deluxe autocycle. strange thing on the rear, a mount clamp on the lower frame behind the crank, and a flat bar with a dogleg stamped in it, goes back to the brake arm which hangs down at a steep angle. Its got a chrome s2 with drum brake on the springer, but an older drop center rear with a coaster brake hub, i think a perry. whats the deal on the long bar ? drum rear? Gonna be a nice bike when done, 40 years in a barn.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††strange item on 48 schwinn posted by ken on 8/11/2011 at 10:52:07 AM
I bet you're right but I haven't seen one like it. Keep us posted, Gary. When it's ready, post to the picture database, OK?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Early sixties Murray (Jet Fire??) posted by: Brian on 8/7/2011 at 5:55:33 PM
I have this early sixties murray cant figure out exactly what it is? Maybe Jet fire? looking for front fender reflector (hood ornement? maybe rocket type thing?) rear reflector and headlight bezel (mine is cracked) if you have part or are knowledgeable on these text me and ill send pics of my bike THANKS A MILLION Brian 248 770 7825 Rochesterbarber@yahoo.com
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BALLOON:†††Nice find posted by: paul h downs on 8/7/2011 at 5:53:55 AM
Picked this up for free someone was tossin out. 1962 AMF Roadmaster Skylark heres a before shot


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          RE:BALLOON:†††Nice find posted by paul h downs on 8/7/2011 at 5:57:58 AM
Heres an after shot, just pretty much cleaned it up and polished the chrome. Horn and lights still work and original tires.


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          RE:BALLOON:†††Nice find posted by Patrick on 8/10/2011 at 7:38:52 AM
Pics dont work
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:†††Nice find posted by ken on 8/11/2011 at 10:58:08 AM
Patrick, you can make the picture URL work by clearing the extra text at both ends. the result is
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v459/Glian/100_0845-1.jpg
I'm always surprised at how much these resemble the Murrays of that era. Wonder which one copied the other?
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AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by: albert mihalco on 7/25/2011 at 3:30:01 PM
I thought I bought a 1956 Schwinn but the serial number, #TY90500556 has me concerned. It also has a silver Schwinn name plate on the head post, a silver spring by the handle bars, and the number "6100" on the chain guard. The serial number is under the pedal shaft. Can anyone help?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by ken on 7/26/2011 at 9:50:24 AM
in 1956, Schwinn serial numbers were on the left rear dropout. None of the lists I have access to indicate there was ever a Schwinn serial number that long. It may be fraudulent, or it may be an offshore reproduction. Can you contact the seller? Can we see a picture?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by Will Pickem on 7/27/2011 at 11:49:12 AM
I'm trying to identify my bike, and no luck from anyone online yet, any ideas anyone? I think it is an inch pitch balloon tire middleweight, and that is all I have so far, any help appreciated. Let me know an email where I can send Photos, I can't add them here for some reason, I have them on desktop and can send them in a personal email.
Thanks Will, Thorp, Washington 98946
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by gmain on 8/1/2011 at 1:18:13 PM
probably an Ace imported Schwinn. All the Tornados were Ace bikes with schwinn badge and brightwork
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by Myke on 8/3/2011 at 9:58:10 AM
I have four bikes that I am trying to find out what year they were made. The first one is a man's Roadmaster serial # E79975, the second is a ladies Columbia serial # K141980, third is a ladies Western Flyer F61223, and last but not least a ladies Murry Ohio Co. which has two numbers, one may be a model #, MO-P23 the second a serial # 64142. All the above bikes are skip tooth and the #'s are stamped on the bottom of the crank case. If anyone can help me identify the years these bikes were made I would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Identify posted by David on 8/10/2011 at 6:51:27 PM
Can anybody tell me anything about a Columbia Apache III. I cant find the serial #, and i can't find much about them at all online. Any information would be much appreciated
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MISC:   iver johnson c.1926 posted by: David Laskowski on 7/21/2011 at 3:38:20 PM
Have a Iver Johnson 1926 camelback bicycle with wood rims, tires are 26 inch? Rims look to be 23 inch. Where to find white tires or any tire to fit these rims? Does width of these rims matter,, Help!!
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AGE / VALUE: posted by: Mike on 7/20/2011 at 6:36:36 AM
I have a Belknap Blue Grass girls bike in great condition and would like to know if it is worth any thing and where I can find information on it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by ken on 7/20/2011 at 10:48:09 AM
I think that's come up here before; did you search the archives?
Belknap was a hardware store in Louisville, KY.
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BALLOON:†††Anyone know what type of pedals came on a C/W Trail Blazer? posted by: Gary on 7/19/2011 at 9:59:46 PM
Hello
I recently picked up a 50 C/W Trail Blazer. It has 2 different pedals on it , a Starburt w/ gem and a regular block pedal , name is worn off. If anyone knows it be greatly appreciated,this bike is nice and clean and a keeper ,it needs pedals, a grip and seat wrk.


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AGE / VALUE:†††is my bridgestone bike considered a middleweight posted by: jim on 7/15/2011 at 5:27:39 AM
hi need help identifying my BRIDGESTONE SPEEDSTER FIVE, cant seem to find any info on the web, is it a middleweight? and is it from what year and possibly its value? thanks , i have attached a photo of the bike...


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††is my bridgestone bike considered a middleweight posted by jim on 7/15/2011 at 5:56:09 AM
or are these classified as roadsters?
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††is my bridgestone bike considered a middleweight posted by ken on 7/15/2011 at 12:34:54 PM
The Oldroads categories typically consider balloon and middleweight to be the 26"x 2.25 and 26x1.75, respectively, 559 mm bead seat diameter (or 571 26x1 3/4 for schwinns). Roadsters typically have bigger wheels, from (590) 26x1 3/8 up to (635) 28x 1 1/2, and epicyclic hubs. Your bike doesn't look light, but might belong in the lightweight discussion area where the 27" and 700C wheels and the derailleurs hang out.
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AGE / VALUE:†††Looking for Info on Evans Colson & Sears Spaceliner posted by: Brandy on 7/14/2011 at 5:59:32 AM
I'm new to vintage bikes and recently purchased a couple to take with us when we camp in our 1978 VW Bus Camper. The first one is women's Evan's bicycle w/ evansaction springs, tank, and luggage rack. Second bike is a men's Sears Spaceliner. I would like to find out the years, approximate value of these bikes and perhaps even pics of what they look like originally. Can't wait to give them a little TLC and go for a ride! Thanks in advance for the help!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Looking for Info on Evans Colson & Sears Spaceliner posted by ken on 7/20/2011 at 11:07:40 AM
Your Spaceliner is from 64-65, was built by Murray for Sears, and looks complete though rusty. There is one in the Picture Database on this site. I suggest you save the whitewall tires if they say Allstate on them, but don't ride far on them.
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AGE / VALUE:†††Does anyone know anything about this bike? posted by: Eric M on 7/7/2011 at 5:42:21 PM
vintage womens hibbard true value champion bike
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BALLOON:†††don't know what I have posted by: Phyllis on 7/6/2011 at 12:59:46 PM
I have my original 1952 girls Schwinn, two-tone green. I think it is a hollywood cruiser but am not sure. It has the 'tank' under the handlebars, and the 'flying' on the bike chain. can anyone help with value?
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AGE / VALUE:†††Hawthorne ID help posted by: Daniel D on 7/5/2011 at 3:33:46 PM
Hello,
My father is giving me this old MW Hawthorne that is hanging in his garage and wondering if anyone can help me with the model and year?
Thanks!!!


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by: bucket on 7/4/2011 at 8:21:23 PM
Old bike I found in my dads garage. Have not checked the serial number yet since it has heavy paint on it. Any quick thoughts on year and make?
Thanks!!


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by jj on 7/5/2011 at 3:51:07 AM
Maybe a Scwhinn Speedster - 1960s.

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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by ken on 7/5/2011 at 1:42:56 PM
I think a Speedster would have a straight downtube and an integral kickstand; if 26", should be fitted with 26x1 3/8 s-5/s-6 rims (597 mm bsd) and most likely a cloverleaf chainwheel.
I have no good suggestion of my own. The back rim in the photo looks Murray to me, but that doesn't prove anything. Can't really see the front wheel; do the rims match?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/9/2011 at 12:04:03 PM
Thanks for the replies. I will check the specs today when it arrives at the house...didnt have the opportunity last week.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/9/2011 at 8:16:26 PM
The serial number from what I can tell is U52713, late 1955. Is there a serial number/model data base out there? The rims appear the same, although the back one is not in prime working order. It would not surprise me if the kickstand was not original. It is a single speed with poor brakes lol.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by ken on 7/12/2011 at 12:23:55 PM
My point about the kickstand is that (IMO, from the picture) it's not a schwinn because they all had built-in kickstands. Further ID may be needed before any serial list will help.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/31/2011 at 10:24:18 AM
Ok, got some different pictures. Thanks for all the help. Still the mystery continues......


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/31/2011 at 10:25:56 AM
another


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/31/2011 at 10:26:00 AM
another


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/31/2011 at 10:26:40 AM
front view


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 7/31/2011 at 10:27:23 AM
lastly...


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by patrick on 8/5/2011 at 10:46:38 AM
It looks like a mid 50's Schwinn Flying Star with a different sprocket.

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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 8/9/2011 at 9:35:47 PM
Thanks for the help! It is hard to find that frame in any pics. The gear shift thru me. I will have to check closer on the bike to see what it looks like after seeing some other pics. Not sure about the sprocket, like you said. Any idea where it might have come from?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by Patrick on 8/10/2011 at 7:35:55 AM
Check this out....http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/1955_08.html...Not sure of the sprocket
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by bucket on 8/11/2011 at 9:29:19 PM
I am beginning to think that the frame is a Flying Star, the handle bars, and the paint, but not much else lol. The sprocket is odd, and I am no bike expert, but I see no possible way that there is a gear system on the back axle other than one speed go. lol. I am calling it a Flying Star with mods.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Indentification help posted by Patrick on 8/12/2011 at 4:38:12 AM
I'm thinkin' the same,it was common back in the day for us poorer kids to trash pick parts to keep our bikes rolling or to have a bike at all.I had a few "Frankenstein" bikes before I got my first new one,a '68 Murray F1 Eliminator.I think the frame's cool,I'd install a nice set of S-7s,a Schwinn Mag and have fun with it.
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BALLOON:†††Please help me! This is a Firestone... posted by: Rizzo on 6/28/2011 at 9:55:03 AM
I know that this is a Firestone bike. I know that they were specialty bikes... I do know that this chain sprocket matches one form a 1959 Firestone... It shows no sines of having a tank, I cant find a company maker any place. It does have a Bendix break and the serial number on the rear exterior left break connection. serial # is D237756 the color is blue.


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