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AGE / VALUE:Trying to figure this one out! posted by: Randy on 5/31/2009 at 5:06:01 AM
I got this bike at Goodwill. My friends on RatRodBikes.com thought it might be an Elgin...What do 'yall think?


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Trying to figure this one out! posted by Randy on 5/31/2009 at 5:14:40 AM
I didn't do the photo right...2nd try:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Trying to figure this one out! posted by Randy on 5/31/2009 at 5:18:26 AM
Three times the charm?


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Trying to figure this one out! posted by Randy on 5/31/2009 at 6:07:42 AM
Through looking around on the site some more I'm sure it's and Elgin. I think pre-war. The S/N is hand stamped on the BB: D 51 29 63...
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Trying to figure this one out! posted by ray on 6/1/2009 at 1:30:10 PM
wow cool how much did you get it for?
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BALLOON:Tire sizing in the thirties posted by: Andrew meikle on 5/28/2009 at 6:55:28 PM
I'm looking for information on bead sizesfor 26" tires in the thirties. I am confused by the different sizes of vintage tires and wondering if there is a source giving all the size details including bead diameters? Also looking for a source of Giullette tubulars for a wood rimmed track bike (from the teens?) Thanks,
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          RE:BALLOON:Tire sizing in the thirties posted by jj on 5/29/2009 at 3:54:31 AM
Check the "Tire and Rim Chart" under "Technical Resources" at the top of this page.
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          RE:BALLOON:Tire sizing in the thirties posted by andrew meikle on 5/30/2009 at 7:01:22 AM
Hi, that chart shows cross sections, but not bead diameters. All 26 inch rims are not exactly 26 inches on teh diameter of teh beads. There are many bead diameters and I am looking for a chart that shows what they are. There is an ISO standard that was developed to document this but I cannot locate a copy of it. Does anyone out there know?
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          RE:BALLOON:Tire sizing in the thirties posted by Gordon on 5/30/2009 at 7:14:05 AM
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
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          RE:BALLOON:Tire sizing in the thirties posted by andrew meikle on 6/1/2009 at 9:43:04 AM
That Sheldon Brown website is very, very helpful. Perhaps a permanent link from oldroads would be helpful for other people. Thank you for your help!
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AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by: jonathan cox on 5/27/2009 at 2:54:52 PM
Old Schwinn, serial number D58661. Can't find it on the chart so I guess its pre 1948. Can anybody tell me what year this would be?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by Patrick on 5/28/2009 at 9:48:17 AM
April '65. What model is it? Post a pic.

Pat
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by ken on 5/29/2009 at 10:41:16 AM
Not so fast, Patrick. That would be DDxxxxx.
Besides, we don't know the location.
D58661 could be '52 or pre-Aug 48.
Post a pic.
Also check for clues at
http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodesRebuild1.html

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by Patrick on 5/29/2009 at 4:57:08 PM
I goofed, April '65 would be DA. '65 was the first year of the new numbering system and is signified by the letter A. Have no clue on this one.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by ken on 6/1/2009 at 1:06:24 PM
jonathan, please post where on the bike the serial number is located.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:old schwinn posted by aleycatcruncake on 6/13/2009 at 12:00:01 PM
i have a shwinn typhoon complete,with some rust on the rims.#m334607.it has one original tire and is missing the other.can you tell me what year it is and what it may be worth.the tires are 20in
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Marfield posted by: Jill Grusak on 5/26/2009 at 9:28:54 PM
I came here to try to find info on a bike I just got for free on Craigslist this week that was advertised as 'rusty but awesome.' How could I resist? Last year I looked for months for the perfect midweight and hit the jackpot with this bike. Well after spending the weekend cleaning the rust off of it I wanted to know the background. It's black and has Marfield on the chain guard in white and also on the frame. It was rebuilt by Working Bikes Coop here in Chicago where the previous owner had purchased it. They had converted it to a single speed with coaster brake and replace the wheels too I think. The frame and handlebars are original as are the fenders. The chrome piece on the front one cleaned up awesome.
So I searched google on Sunday and didn't get any good hits then today I found someone in Oregon that posted the same bike for sale in blue that actually knows the history! Here was the post:
"Looking for a best offer by Friday on a 1968 Raleigh Marfield.

All original bike owned by my grandmother and bought in Chicago at Marshall Field's department store downtown where my grandfather worked. Sticker on the frame states "Made exclusively for Marshall Field. I have all original paperwork.

According to the hub the bike was manufactured in England 2/68. The rear hub is a LCW III Sturmey Archer. This bike will need to be restored. Needs new tires, tubes, 3-sp hub rebuilt/serviced, maybe new chain & cables. Bike is in fair condition.

This is a small bike, 24"X1 3/8" tires."
I didn't want to infringe on any copywrite so I didn't grab a pic but you can see it here for now:
http://www.symbolalchemy.com/tmp/raleigh1.jpg
The original post is here:
http://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/1188144891.html

That's my new bike but mine is a bit larger and says Clipper on the frame. I was a huge fan of Marshall Fields and so sad when they closed. Now I have a piece of history from there and can share the history with anyone else looking for info on Marfields.

I've posted the two pics the person who gave it to me took. It's 75% cleaned up, just have to fix the chain guard and fender rust and touch up the paint and get a new chain and back tube. Once it's done this weekend I'll post the pics. I'm so excited!


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Marfield posted by Dan Cowan on 7/27/2009 at 11:21:54 PM
I just bought this same bike and have had a real tough time finding out the history until your post. Thanks for the information. The one I got for $50 is in new condition, I think it sat in someone's garage since 1965. I'll go and check the hub now to see date as you said it would be there. Strange how nice condition it is - no signs of wear on it. Are you still riding the bike?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:1964 Hollywood or 1964 American? posted by: Andrea on 5/25/2009 at 12:23:31 PM
What is the difference between these 2 models? Where can I find catalogs of the 1964 middleweights to tell me more??
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:1964 Hollywood or 1964 American? posted by ken on 5/25/2009 at 4:46:19 PM
this link may help
http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm

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AGE / VALUE:how old is my single speed? posted by: Austin King on 5/25/2009 at 9:50:52 AM
I have an old huffy Serial number 5 W094382. Any tips on figuring out the age of this rig. It has a Bendix RB2 on it too. Any help is great. Tires are 26 x 1.75 and it has a rear rack. Looks like it might have been red at one time with some pin striping on the fenders and chain gaurd.


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AGE / VALUE:not sure what it is/some one ingraved 1989 posted by: gayle on 5/24/2009 at 5:29:47 PM
i bought a swhimn back.i could tell it was old.the seller said he had it for 35 years.another man walked up and said it was and old bike.said it didnt have the original fork.how do i get started finding informatin on it
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   vintage westfield help please posted by: boyet on 5/22/2009 at 5:24:21 AM
hi! i'm a newbe about old bicycle can you please help me to identify my bike the headbadge is brass westfield and it has a serial number located near the seat post clamp it has a size 28" rims and tires hope you could help me thanks in advance


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BALLOON: locking spring forks posted by: jack spigack on 5/16/2009 at 8:23:36 PM
im building my first schwinn heavyweight its a 1953 hornet.... my question is this... is the width of the front springer forks the same for both middleweight and heavtweight schwinns??? and if they are not can somebody please tell me how to identify which springer fors are for the heavyweights... i would greatly appreciate this
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          RE:BALLOON: locking spring forks posted by ken on 5/20/2009 at 11:13:57 AM
I've been watching for an answer on this one. I bet Mark Smith (bunchobikes) could help. Catalog/parts list from the late fifties show that springers were available for both types. If nothing else, we can start measuring. I have ballooners with springers, but not midweights; I bet they were going out of fashion and will be rarer. Anybody got a springer middleweight?
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          RE:BALLOON: locking spring forks posted by Gary M on 5/22/2009 at 3:50:52 PM
I have an original chaingaurd for a Hornet if you need it
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          RE:BALLOON: locking spring forks posted by jack.spigack on 6/18/2009 at 12:07:48 AM
i actually bought my fraame bacause it came with a phantom style chainguard... i like my bike it looks to be original black from the factory..... i still need fenders and a seat post..... and of course a straight bar frame...... and drum brake hubs
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          RE:BALLOON: locking spring forks posted by jack.spigack on 6/18/2009 at 6:50:01 PM
i actually ment i need a straight bar tank not a frame... i did get my tank just today.... my bike is really coming along... it would be nice to know if the old style sringer forks came with a three inch space between the fork legs... i would like to make a daily driver with the widest tires i can possibly stuff in thier...... i also need the biggest skip tooth heart sprocket possible.... it should be eguivelant to 54 teeth if im not mistaken
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AGE / VALUE:Ross Vintage - Circa late 1950s? posted by: Jeff on 5/13/2009 at 6:16:44 AM
Can anyone help me find information about an old Ross Cruiser that I've acquired? Can seem to find any pictures or similar looking bikes on the internet ... or serial numbers on the frame for that matter... I think its probably built in the 1950s?
Would appreciate any direction or leads on researching its value as well as how I might want to restore it. Thanks!
Jeffrey


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AGE / VALUE:BENT FRAMES posted by: Brett on 5/12/2009 at 1:28:17 PM
it's time to address a couple of bent schwinn cantilever, cruiser frames - any useful websites on frame straightening out there or advise before i go screwing them up worse than they already are?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:BENT FRAMES posted by ken on 5/14/2009 at 10:08:15 AM
http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html
"This job is one that isn't for everybody, but it's not rocket science either." -Sheldon Brown
This article's got useful instructions for checking straightness, although it was intended for modifying dropout spacing.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:Have #Serial but can't find record posted by: Mary on 5/12/2009 at 9:14:34 AM
I have a serial number for my Columbia Superb but it does not show up on any chart to date it. We believe it is WWII Era. Serial number begins with a H3 396xx. Thanks for any help.
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MISC:Larz Anderson Bicycle Swap Meet & Show posted by: Peter Naiman on 5/11/2009 at 5:39:20 PM
Hello all,

Contrary to rumors going around, the LARZ ANDERSON BICYCLE SHOW & SWAP MEET is a happening event this year and scheduled for August as always, but since Cirque comes before Larz, out of respect for the great group that hosts Cirque, we purposely say little about LARZ until after Circue.

As usual the show will be on a Sunday, but because we've not decided on a date the show is not on the Larz Anderson Museums lawn events schedule as yet, but most likely the show will be scheduled for Sunday August 9th.

We're hoping to get this show back to where it was several years ago as one of the premier Vintage Cycling events that everone wants to attend. Is recent years Larz has not been quite the same, mostly because former staff at the Museum decided to cancel the Swap Meet against the wishes & objections of both Maurice and myself. But the Museum has a completely new, supportive & enthuisiastic staff that are in favor of a swap meet.

Again this years show will be as always an all inclusive Vintage Show for all eras of cycling, and we encourage you to bring any era bicycle to our show. We are a little late in planning due to health issues I've been undergoing these past six weeks, but I'm back on my feet and we're looking forward to a better than ever year at Larz.

If anyone in the New England area would like to volunteer their help with Larz, or presenting a lecture it would be greatly appreciated !!

More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Best regards from the both of us !!

Maurice Bresnahan & Peter Naiman
Milwaukee, WI & Boston Mass, USA

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AGE / VALUE: posted by: Ben Wright on 5/9/2009 at 12:44:40 AM
Any Swap-Meets or Vintage Cruiser events in Northern California this summer?-thanks
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MISC:Production dates posted by: Kevin on 5/8/2009 at 8:47:18 AM
Does anyone out there know of resources for determining the production dates based on serial numbers for the following:
Shelby (with Western Flyer headbadge), Pope/Columbia and Roadmaster??? Thanks for any help you can provide...
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