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AGE / VALUE:   Centrix bike ???B-1190??? posted by: Sim,s on 4/4/2009 at 6:16:58 AM
Hi i just buy a old CENTRIX (??????ma?)bike the model was scratch on the (brass emblem) so i can know what it was. plz help me the serrial number is B-1190 on the seat post and the orriginal color was red with double white pint-stripes all over ther frame ... as balloon tires and trussrods on the fork . can some one help me ??
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centrix bike ???B-1190??? posted by Sims on 4/4/2009 at 7:27:17 AM
old centrix bike


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centrix bike ???B-1190??? posted by sims on 4/4/2009 at 8:22:20 AM
found no information on a centrix bike company or any simmilar frame with thoses kind of top tubes is it a custom made frame or a vintage so rare no one documented it?
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centrix bike ???B-1190??? posted by Yolanda Pena on 6/6/2009 at 2:24:36 PM
I own one...... ;)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centrix bike ???B-1190??? posted by shelly on 9/3/2011 at 8:02:05 AM
We JUST bought one @ a yard sale BUT cannot fined anything info!
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BALLOON:   seat tube ser. # posted by: Marco on 4/3/2009 at 8:15:26 AM
I'm tring to identify a frame, I can't go by parts as they have been changed...I think? Anyway my question is what can be told about a ballon tire frame if it has a ser.# on the seat tube? Manufacture or brand? Thanks!
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          RE:BALLOON:   seat tube ser. # posted by ken on 4/6/2009 at 11:54:30 AM
I took a look at this list of brands with serial number locations
http://www.iape.org/resourcesPages/tipsARticles/bikeSerialNumbers.html
They have maybe 115 brands listed, and about one-third of them use seat tube locations for serial numbers at least sometimes. So the answer is, it narrows it down...
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AGE / VALUE:   serial numbers posted by: tim on 4/2/2009 at 7:53:20 PM
hi all i just made a trade of a 72 schwinn tandem for 7 vintage bikes,2 fleetwings,1 higgans,1 roadmaster,1 hawthorne, 1 cleveland welding,1 hiawatha first off did the roadmaster luxury liner come in a womens version? i ask because in the parts there is the springer that came on the mens version, and is there a site to find the ser#s of these bik for i.d. purposes? thanx
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MISC:   1978 shimano positron system schwinn posted by: joe ruiz on 3/30/2009 at 9:38:22 PM
I am looking for information on cable lenght,shifter,rear derailluer,shifter placement & cable routing.
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          RE:MISC:   1978 shimano positron system schwinn posted by ken on 4/3/2009 at 11:03:31 AM
There's a catalog repro on Sheldonbrown.com. Start at the glossary, hit Shimano and take it from there.
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BALLOON:   HELP: Vintage Ebisu "EBS" Bicycle posted by: Dave Bennett on 3/26/2009 at 11:03:22 AM
Well, I just spent 20 min. describing this bicycle and it failed to post. Must be human interface error...AKA: ME.

Anyway, I need help determining the age/background on these two bicycles. Japan-made?. Shimano 333 3-speed hub (Mens SN: 272920 / 5853-1). The mens bicycle SN: 8V0041. The stem and bars are one-piece and have bult in brake levers that extend to the stem. Front brake is cantelever, rear is a drum.

It looks like the rear stays/forks/dropouts are detachable and interchangeable between the the mens and womens bike. For shipping purposes???

ANyway, I know it is probably a low-end set thanks to what I've learned from lurking on this site for a year---hey, there is so much info ion this site that I didn't need to piost a question until now. But I still want as much info as possible. I'll post more detailed photos by the end of the week.


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          RE:BALLOON:   HELP: Vintage Ebisu posted by Dave Bennett on 3/26/2009 at 11:38:14 AM
Okay, I found a pic of some stem/bar combos that look very similar to what is on the ebisu. This one is from a 30-something Hercules: http://oldroads.com/oldroads_files/393_16.jpg


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AGE / VALUE:   Identity posted by: Curtis Whatley on 3/25/2009 at 3:28:57 PM
I need help figuring out what brand this bike is. I know it is a long shot and the picture is vague, but the kid on the bike is nearing 60 and would like to know.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identity posted by Curtis Whatley on 3/25/2009 at 3:46:15 PM
Let me try the pic again. Patience this is my first time.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identity posted by Mark P. on 3/27/2009 at 4:56:57 PM
That is a cool bike! I don't think it's a Schwinn, but that little bit of chrome on the top tube right by the headset makes me think it was a convertible boys/girls bike like the Schwinn Pixie. I do love the rear rack and that crazy front fender bracing. Sorry I can't be more help.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identity posted by Gordon on 3/28/2009 at 5:44:34 AM
Not sure what it is, but I have one just like it in the shed. Mine is missing the top bar, it is designed as a convertible.
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BALLOON:   monark train cover posted by: Rick on 3/25/2009 at 1:28:57 PM
the sand blaster "EXPLODED" my fender light cover on my Monark Super Deluxe. can any body help me replace it?
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AGE / VALUE:   Monark Spartan posted by: Lilmisscaligirl on 3/25/2009 at 1:25:20 PM
I have a vintage Monark "Spartan", or what I think is a spartan.... It has the Monark logo on the front and along both sides it says spartan. It is a red and white mens bike with many of its original parts and original paint, though it is rusting. Does anybody know where I can find info about the Spartan or how much it might be worth? Nothing on the internet...
Also, how do I go about restoring and cleaning up the paint?
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BALLOON:   Manufactures who built Hawthorne for Wards posted by: Jeff Kuhnhenn on 3/21/2009 at 3:59:21 PM
I am trying to determine how many and the name of companies that made Hawthorne Bikes for Wards. The serial # on the frame is E379258. Trying to find aproximate year of bike.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Manufactures who built Hawthorne for Wards posted by Gordon on 3/24/2009 at 5:39:52 AM
If it is a balloon tire it is probably made by Cleveland Welding Company or Rollfast.
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AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by: Mark P. on 3/21/2009 at 9:46:56 AM
I picked this 24" up yesterday and have not been able to find pictures of another like it. I am almost positive it's a Murray of some kind, possibly a hardware store model, but It would be really nice to know the exact brand/model. Has anyone seen one like this before?

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1890.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1891.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i275/xvespamarkx/DSCN1894.jpg


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by David on 3/22/2009 at 10:06:22 PM
Hello I need help.I', trying to identify a pair of 26" bicycles that I have just bought.The badge says Jet.There is a label under the seat that has a red crown at the top has a couple little figure guys on it & it says super on it.At the lower area under the super label it says made in western Germany.Can you please help me out with what year the bicycles were made,& where.I want to redo them it's a pair of male & female bikes.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by ken on 3/23/2009 at 10:32:45 AM
I agree it looks murray-built, from the chainwheel and rear rim. Note that the whole front end including fork, wheel, stem and bars appear later along with the saddle. sorry not to be more help. Interesting rear dropout deal might help date it; it being 24" makes its design more likely to vary from the 26" tho.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by Mark P. on 3/24/2009 at 3:18:08 PM
Thanks for the insight, Ken. The rear rim does say Murray, but the front isn't labeled. I think the only original parts are frame, chain guard, sprocket, and rear wheel.

I was riding it yesterday and ran into the son of a previous owner. His dad worked for a local sanitation company and pulled it out of a dumpster about 20 years ago and "restored" it by painting it the same color as the dumpsters! The son didn't know the brand either, but it was a fun story. Also funny because I pulled it out of the landfill, so it has been saved from the dump at least twice!
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by ken on 3/25/2009 at 11:11:23 AM
Murray always had those v-shaped rims. I think that EXCEL coaster might be a good clue. Does it say Mark IV? A quick search turned up everything from mark 2 to mark 60 or something, and mark IV seemed to be early 50s. I don't know anything about the makers of Excel. Anybody?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by Mark P. on 3/25/2009 at 1:14:56 PM
It is a Mark IV brake, and the rim says M.O. Mfg. I'm positive it is Murray built at this point. I'd love to find out what brand it was sold under though. According to a Murray Eliminator (I have one of those too) fan page, the first letter in the serial number refers to the brand. M is Murray, W for Western Auto, etc. This has a C, so I don't know, maybe JC Penney, AMC? As for the year, this isn't very scientific, but I tried the serial number in a couple of other brands number charts and the only 2 that corresponded to anything both came up 1957. Seems like a good guess. Too bad there aren't any Murray experts out there. They made too many brands, models, etc to make it easy to dissect.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by ken on 3/26/2009 at 10:25:54 AM
I don't think '57 is unreasonable. Coast to Coast Stores used to have a Coast King badge, a possibility for the C. You've done a lot already. Keep after it - YOU will be our Murray expert.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help identifying posted by Mark P. on 3/28/2009 at 11:43:30 AM
Haha, I don't have the free time to be the Murray expert. I use to only collect Schwinns, but there are already enough Schwinn experts.

I did some checking on the Coast King theory, and it doesn't look like Murray made any bikes for them. At least not that i can find. This might be the proverbial brick wall.

Thanks for all the help!
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AGE / VALUE:   worksmen age posted by: john baker on 3/20/2009 at 7:07:45 PM
i was wondering if someone could help me get a date of production for this bike. nothing exact, decade would be fine. here is a link to the pictures:
http://jtbaker.smugmug.com/gallery/7672018_A2ZQD#495342281_xSUcx

thank you.

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BALLOON:   ODD SIZED TYRES posted by: ROS on 3/19/2009 at 9:29:48 PM
I am trying to source tyres 22x1+3/4 does anyone have an idea where they are sold. I know they exist because I have seen them listed on a Manufacturer's website.
Thanks
Ros
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          RE:BALLOON:   ODD SIZED TYRES posted by ken on 3/20/2009 at 10:17:41 AM
First, look again and see whether the fraction is expressed as a decimal (.75) rather than 3/4.
Second, see
http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
which lists 22x1.75 but not the fractional size.
Third, if 22x1.75 is correct and you can find a manufacturer you ought to let Harris Cyclery know, since they are saying "Please do not write to us about this, we really can't do anything for you, it is Schwinn that left you in the lurch."
I know I'm not helping, but the size clarification is important. The question has come up here before.


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BALLOON:   Trying to idenify the maker of this frame posted by: Scott Hopper on 3/19/2009 at 11:13:08 AM
I bought this frame and fork off of craigslist and I am trying to figure out what I have. Any help would surely be appreciated.. Thanks


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          RE:BALLOON:   Trying to idenify the maker of this frame posted by Mark P. on 3/21/2009 at 1:36:05 PM
Probably built by Murray. Could have been sold under any number of store brands though. Looks just like mine a couple posts up, but minus one tube.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Trying to idenify the maker of this frame posted by Bobby on 4/1/2009 at 2:13:31 PM
Its a columbia Middle Weight, I hope you didn't pay a lot for it, they weren't know for quality at the time this was made.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Crank Assembly posted by: Pete on 3/18/2009 at 6:03:03 AM
Looking for 1964 Schwinn Dou-Twinn Crank assembly instructions. Putting my tandem back together and can't remember how the front and rear crank assembly goes back together! Help!
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Crank Assembly posted by ken on 3/18/2009 at 12:49:04 PM
1. A good description of ashtabula bottom bracket service, with pictures, is at
http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=92
2. install chain between the two cranks and adjust the idler. Some folks like to have the two sets of pedals running at the same angle. I always found that keeping them 90 degrees apart made for easier starts.
3. reinstall rear wheel
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1953 Schwinn Varsity posted by: David on 3/17/2009 at 8:16:11 AM
Here's a link to several photos of a 1953 Schwinn Varsity (much more like the 40s New World than 60s Varsity) that I'm planning to put on ebay. Too small for me and outside my main area of interest.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/beandk/varsity53/
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