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WANTED:   PARTS posted by: BRYAN on 4/29/2009 at 9:51:39 PM
I AM CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A BLUE SPRINGER FORK FROM A 2007 DELUXE 7. THE FORKS ARE BLUE IN COLOR. POSSIBLE SEAT AS WELL ALSO LOOKING FOR A B-6 TANK WHITE WITH BLUE ACCENTS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE.
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MISC:   help me posted by: mike on 4/29/2009 at 7:13:49 PM
I just bought a huffy at a swapmeet on the chaingaurd it says roadside cruiser. i cant find any information on this bike just other people with the same problem. does anyone know anything about this bike?!
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BALLOON:   original chain guard? posted by: cindy on 4/26/2009 at 7:18:17 PM
bought a 1948(?) columbia womens 3 star deluxe last summer and have been doing research on the 3 star deluxe.In the photos I have seen of the same year or around the same year i have noticed different chain guards.Mine only covers the top.In other pictures it seems there are chainguards that cover the entire chain area.I was wondering if anybody can tell me if this is the original chainguard?Also did the 3 star deluxe have the back light?Mine does not,but if they did I would love to get one.Thank You.
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BALLOON:   Pic of cleaned Schwinn Balloner posted by: Dave De la Garza on 4/24/2009 at 3:26:39 PM
Here's a pic of the cleaned up bike...scroll down for the original pic of th ebike as I found it.


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          RE:BALLOON:   Pic of cleaned Schwinn Balloner posted by doug on 4/25/2009 at 5:12:38 PM
Elbow grease works every time Looks good!
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AGE / VALUE:   HARDWARE STORE BIKE shlapleigh's special posted by: timm green on 4/24/2009 at 1:17:11 PM
does anyone know about the shlapleigh's special. its a skip link bike that is complete and original but seems to be engineered by AMC (all makes of cars) it has what appears to be a 30's western flyer frame and forks, but the rear struts arent curved and they flow into the top bar/seatpost. it has a new departure brake which reads NEW DEPARTURE BRAKE on the anchor and New Departure Model D Made in U.S.A. any help general or specific would be greatly appreciated, i am planning to restore this bike with my father. i am currently looking for hepl with wheel spoking and spoke suppliers.

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BALLOON:   Hawthorne serial numbers posted by: Tony on 4/23/2009 at 5:18:11 PM
Does anyone know how to read the serial number on a Hawthorne bicycle or have access to a site that provides the information
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          RE:BALLOON:   Hawthorne serial numbers posted by David on 4/23/2009 at 7:17:52 PM
Isn't Hawthorne the house brand of Montgomery-Ward? If so, their bikes were probably built by a number of different makers - you are unlikely to "decode" the serial number.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   value? posted by: Diana on 4/22/2009 at 9:53:59 PM
HELP! Just bought a bright blue Flightliner all original in pretty fair condition paint looks great except for a few rust spots and chrome is fair as well (womens. Really love the matching blue fenders and pinstripe! I have NO IDEA what it may be worth, please help :0)
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   value? posted by jj on 4/23/2009 at 3:41:45 AM
There are a bunch of Flightliners listed in the TWO price guides above.
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AGE / VALUE:   bike posted by: ray on 4/22/2009 at 3:31:13 PM
where can i find history on murray bikes like the years from serial numbers????????
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AGE / VALUE:   Help Me Restore posted by: Tony on 4/21/2009 at 7:23:56 PM
I have aquired a Ward-Hawthorne that belonged to my mother-in-law. I would like to restore it correctly for my wife. Please help me correctly identify the year and provide any info for parts or catalogs/specs. My mother-in-law is 67 so I am assuming the bike is a 50's version. Womans,chrome fenders,Western Auto-"Davis Deluxe" white wall tires,coaster brake,"Cycle-Rite" springer seat 'Made in Italy" medallion, the seat is red and white an looks like a saddle oxford. I am pretty sure the tires are all original..26 X 2.125. The bike is Red in color with a couple of white stripes on the frame. Any help in correctly identifying the year and restoration tips would be appreciated!!
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AGE / VALUE:   looking for manufacture & year of this bike posted by: Laura Lee on 4/21/2009 at 1:49:39 PM
Firestone 500
Code 373-6-9a-274
Sn H432245
Wheels 26 X 2.125


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   looking for manufacture & year of this bike posted by ken on 4/22/2009 at 11:00:26 AM
That's an early or mid 60s Murray.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   looking for manufacture & year of this bike posted by ken on 4/22/2009 at 1:03:28 PM
The tires would have originally been 26x1.75. Whitewalls, probably. Your front wheel (rim at least) appears to have been replaced. The rear rim appears original but the tire doesn't.
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BALLOON:   Please ID this Schwinn Ballooner: posted by: Dave De la Garza on 4/20/2009 at 9:35:55 PM
I picked this up from a friend today. I am going to clean it up and am somewhat confused regarding the Ser. No. It may be a 1952, 53 or 57. Ser no is: B20687. I have a 1952 Hornet (Mens') and I saw no decals on the CG so, can this bike be a Hornet or Panther? or something else?


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          RE:BALLOON:   Please ID this Schwinn Ballooner: posted by Dave De la Garza on 4/20/2009 at 9:45:15 PM
let's see if this link works...


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          RE:BALLOON:   Third time's the charm...here's the pic posted by Dave De la Garza on 4/20/2009 at 9:57:51 PM
Here's the pic


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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Third time's the charm...here's the pic posted by ken on 4/21/2009 at 10:54:37 AM
Nice. I looked at Tom Findley's catalogs
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1959/index.html
and couldn't find a perfect match, nor rule out any of the three years. Possibly an "equipped standard" with a springer option? Panther and Hornet have the longer chainguard, and Panther has chrome fenders.
What's yours got on the front fork?
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          RE: Front fork... posted by Dave De la Garza on 4/21/2009 at 9:26:17 PM
Not sure about what it has on the front fork...I know it's a Schwinn springer and the fenders are painted. It looks like an aftermarket front rubber brake pads on the front rim along with a rusty chrome brake lever on the right side of the handlebars. Does this help?
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          RE:RE: Front fork... posted by ken on 4/22/2009 at 11:04:40 AM
I sure didn't recognize it. The catalog shows a front caliper brake as an option, and the lever looks period as far as the photo goes. Did you reach any conclusions from the catalog listings?
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          RE:RE:RE: Front fork... posted by Dave De la Garza on 4/22/2009 at 8:59:14 PM
No...I did not reach any conclusions other than what you wrote...I have to agree it's a ladies' model (probably a Meteor or somethin gsimilar) that had a couple options added to it like the springer and the brake caliper. I am going to clean up the bike tomorrow and while the springer stays on, the brake caliper and handle are going.
Many thanks for your leads...especailly the URL to the catalogs.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE: Front fork... posted by ken on 4/23/2009 at 10:13:54 AM
my pleasure. Here's another link to try: Mark Smith may be able to help you.
http://www.bunchobikes.com/

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BALLOON:   Schwinn serial # 3700 posted by: Shaun St Onge on 4/18/2009 at 7:03:47 PM
I have recently acquired an original Whizzer (model J) on a Schwinn frame (Barn Fresh!). I believe the age of this bike to be 1948, however when searching for the Schwinn serial number archives I cannot find my serial number listed anywhere. The serial number on the frame (found on the frame underneath the cranks) is # 3700. Assuming this number follows suit with the others like it on the charts, it must be a 'WZ' frame. I am slightly confused as the numbers in 1948 stop before my serial and in 1949 the numbers pick up after my serial. Why is there a gap and what is the actual year of this bike? If anyone has any information for me on this it would be greatly appreciated.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn serial # 3700 posted by jj on 4/19/2009 at 4:09:35 AM
Schwinn serial numbers of that era cannot easily be confirmed.
Records were lost in a fire at Schwinn in the 1940s.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn serial # 3700 posted by Shaun on 4/19/2009 at 6:48:25 AM
Thank you for your reply but I am still slightly confused as the 1948 numbers seem to run until 3447 and in 1949 they pick up at 3825. My number is between 1948 and 1949.
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AGE / VALUE:   Evans 200 Scout posted by: Jeff on 4/16/2009 at 7:02:01 PM
Does anyone know anything about what I think is a Evans 200 Scout bicycle? Not having much luck finding anything on it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Evans 200 Scout posted by ken on 4/22/2009 at 11:13:10 AM
did you find the name Colson? It was associated with Evans.
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1950%27s+Evans+Colson+deluxe%2Ejpg
Thee's also an Evans bike 1955 on the Nostalgic.net picture database.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Patrick on 4/13/2009 at 10:52:05 AM
Hi, Does anybody know the manufacturer of the 1930's Elgin "Bluebird" I think it was a Murray Ohio bike,but not sure. Thanks


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by C.R. on 4/16/2009 at 5:30:16 AM
It was Westfield Mfg.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Patrick on 4/16/2009 at 9:55:38 AM
Thanks C.R. Do you know of any documentation of this I could look @ and possibly post on another site? Thanks again
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Serial Number for Dating posted by: Mary on 4/12/2009 at 9:23:08 PM
We have a serial number of H3 39650. We can't find a chart that has that serial number range to date it. It originally sold in Seattle, WA at Ernst Hardware Company according to the sticker. It has a Seattle bike license plate dated 1945.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Serial Number for Dating posted by ken on 4/16/2009 at 10:53:57 AM
The serial number is a shot in the dark. Some makers’ number systems are characteristic enough to give a clue from which to start searching. A few known sets of serial numbers are listed on Oldroads or elsewhere, but many are not.

The best means of identification, and in many cases the only means, is a set of good photographs. Pictures of the right side of the machine (the side the chain is on), the headtube and headbadge or logos, the chainwheel, and the seat cluster are important.

To help narrow down the search without photos, the following information is needed: brand name, tire size, location of serial number, manufacturer(s) of any components such as brakes and gears, and the known history of the machine, to help establish a timeframe.

Browse picture collections online including Oldroads, Dave’s Vintage Bicycle (nostalgic.net), and The CABE.
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