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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn cycle truck war era bikes resto posted by: Alex on 3/16/2009 at 8:38:07 PM
I have 2 war time era Schwinn Cycle Trucks. Neither are complete. One has a number of bad repaints. The other is original black paint with gold pinstripe. They are both the old style frame. One had the crank intact, and it has a stamped "43" on it, so I assume 1943. The other, black one, has just the frame and wheels. I want to retore one back to as close to original as possible. What I am thinking is redoing the 1943 in its original blue colour, with powdercoating. It has wood pedal blocks, and also apparently had wood handgrips, but there was no handlebar on it when I got it. The stem is not correct, but it did come out ok so the fork and steer tube are salvagable. My questions are: Which parts were chrome? What about the wheels? One set has black hubs and rust rims (rusted but not beyond use). I dont think they were ever chrome. The other set looks black to me, again not chrome (but I havent cleaned these up yet, could be decades of grime). What's the best thing to do with the wheels to make them look good but keep them original looking?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn cycle truck war era bikes resto posted by Alex on 3/16/2009 at 8:51:21 PM
Maybe painting the rims black? I dont want to chrome them if they were never chrome. I am going to take the wheels apart and clean them up. Serial number on the one I think is 1943 is B29286 and the other unknown year (but old style frame still) I37789
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn cycle truck war era bikes resto posted by Patrick on 3/18/2009 at 8:26:58 AM
Try the "Bunch O bikes".com site. That guy is a cycletruck expert. Try the Schwinn forums,as well. Someone there will have your info. Good Luck
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn cycle truck war era bikes resto posted by Kevin on 3/27/2009 at 12:09:16 PM
I have a wartime Cycle-Truck, all original. Black hubs, wooden pedal blocks, wooden grips, painted fenders, painted frame (blue) painted and striped, large flange front hub. The handlebars and gooseneck may have been chrome plated, but if they were all the plating has flaked off. I don't see any signs of paint on the handlebars or stem.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn cycle truck war era bikes resto posted by Kevin on 3/27/2009 at 12:10:13 PM
I meant to say, the rims are painted and striped, not plated.
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AGE / VALUE:   looks like monarch? posted by: matt on 3/12/2009 at 9:10:46 PM
Picked this oddball bke up today.Looking at the long pointed dropouts it should be kind of easy to identify.But most picture data,people have the fenders on so you cant see rear dropout.There is no serial# that i have found.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   looks like monarch? posted by ken on 3/16/2009 at 11:38:37 AM
The picture site says it's been moved. Send me the pic if you like. "pointed dropouts" usually means Murray ca. 1960s. Compare with Flightliner, Spaceliner etc and hardware store names of that era. Let us know what you find.
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AGE / VALUE:   '36 Iver Johnson Women's Frame posted by: bob on 3/12/2009 at 12:48:20 PM
Trying to determine what's a ballpark price for my aunt's bike. '36 IJ 26" blue frame, chrome fenders, original rims, but not the tires. Weathered. Sorry, no pic to post. particularly interested in hearing from someone in the San Jose - South Bay area.
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WANTED:   ingo bike tires posted by: mr door on 3/9/2009 at 12:14:01 PM
looking for set of tires for my 1936 ingo bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Fleetwing 2-speed posted by: Geoff Rogers on 3/9/2009 at 11:57:05 AM
I acquired a 1950s (I think) male frame Columbia Fleetwing with 2-speed trigger shift hub last summer, and I think it's time to pass it on to a deserving owner. The bike is metallic blue with white accents, and appears to be original except for tires. Paint is in fair condition, chrome is not bad, and it rides, shifts and stops fine. It has an oiler on the chainguard. What's it worth, and does anybody want to buy it or want to trade me something British for it?
Geoff Rogers

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MISC:   Van Camp Iron Works / Ben Hur posted by: Mike on 3/8/2009 at 10:17:38 PM
I bought an old bike at auction and I can't find much information about it. Does anyone know anything about Van Camp Iron Works and Hardware Company in Indianapolis IN? The bike model is a Ben Hur.
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          RE:MISC:   Van Camp Iron Works / Ben Hur posted by ken on 3/9/2009 at 10:31:42 AM
There's a Ben Hur from Indy listed on the wheelmen.org on their bicycle brands page. They show a different manufacturer name, but they're also talking 100 years ago. How old is yours?
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          RE:RE:MISC:   Van Camp Iron Works / Ben Hur posted by Mike Giles on 3/24/2009 at 10:39:22 PM
Hi.
I think mine is from the 50's, but not sure and to tell you the truth, I'm not even sure if you're inquiring about my bike! If so, I would really like to know more about it. The pics are here listed under "Mike's bikes"
Thanks
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FOR SALE:   Lots of balloon tire bikes and parts for sale posted by: Marc on 3/5/2009 at 4:04:52 PM
Lots of balloon tire bikes and parts from the 1940's and 1950's for sale. Email me at easywind2@yahoo.com
Also click on the link below for more info.


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BALLOON:   identify year and maker of early Western Flyer posted by: Harley on 3/5/2009 at 1:55:26 PM
I just got a early womens Western Flyer. It has skiptooth w/ a new departure hub.Curved fender struts,chain tension screws at dropouts,the color scheme is original but brushed over w/ house paint.The head badge is in good shape. I belive grips ,seat are original.ANy idea on who built it and the year. serial#J60863


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          RE:BALLOON:   identify year and maker of early Western Flyer posted by ken on 3/9/2009 at 11:00:32 AM
I'm going to guess Cleveland Welding, around 1940 or postwar transitional.
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1939RoadmasterGirlsRestored1%2Ejpg

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AGE / VALUE:   need to I.D. new aquisition ballooner posted by: tony on 3/3/2009 at 4:09:38 PM
Im here visiting my folks in casadega n.y. and I discovered a lonely and very ignored and demoralized mens balloon skipper being used as a christmas yard prop. It had been drowned in latex house paint many times over but everytthing but a seat is there and in very restorable cond. I cant find the brand though! no nameplate and I havent gotten through the paint on the bearing cup hut yet.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   need to I.D. new aquisition ballooner posted by Chris on 3/8/2009 at 11:26:31 AM
please provide us with a picture of this poor beast
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BALLOON:   Schwinn DXcrank posted by: GregG on 3/3/2009 at 1:27:02 PM
Just got my hands on what I believe is an old Schwinn DX. It's in such poor shape, it's not really worth restoring. No fenders, no tank, rims are rusted all the way through. I'm planning on just repainting it as a rider, but having an issue with the crank. It's a dogleg crank, with a sweetheart skip tooth chainring, but the crank is stamped wald. Not sure how old it is, it has the Trains and Planes headbadge. Any idea if Schwinn ever used wald parts on their bikes? The bottom bracket was a rusted mess, and needs replacement, and i know that wald used different bearings and had a different thread pitch than schwinn, but the bottom bracket looks more like a schwinn one than a wald (bearings are 10-ball, not 9). I'm out of my league with identifying this stuff on bikes this old, can anyone out there give me a hand and let me know what these things came with?

Many thanks in advance.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn DXcrank posted by ken on 3/5/2009 at 11:28:39 AM
this might help if you haven't seen it:
http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodesRebuild1.html

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AGE / VALUE:   FLEET Bicycle...what is this? posted by: james on 3/2/2009 at 9:58:19 PM
i recently purchased a vintage used bicycle in moderate condition...

it says it is a FLEET bicycle...i do not think this is the schwinn fleet...there is a medallion with the name FLEET and a greyhound..


i cant seem to find ANY info on this bike...and ive yet to find any photos of this bike online...

was wondering if ANYONE could give me any info on it...i will upload a pic of the emblem


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   FLEET Bicycle...what is this? posted by james on 3/2/2009 at 10:06:48 PM
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   FLEET Bicycle...what is this? posted by ken on 3/3/2009 at 11:57:49 AM
There's one on Jim Langley's site
http://www.jimlangley.net/brake/usplatesrightdetail13.html
He would know.
Several badges in the Langley exhibit are the same shape and are Schwinn-builts. Can we see pictures of the bike?
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BALLOON:   Need info on my Roadki8ng posted by: Jeff Ogden on 3/1/2009 at 4:29:05 PM
I have what I think is a 40s Roadking 26 inch boys bike that I would like to find the exact year and would like to find out who made it,I was told it could be a Cleveland welding company. ther serial number is 7M21276 and will try to post a picture later.
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BALLOON:   Shelby Flyer? posted by: Mike on 3/1/2009 at 8:02:29 AM
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I currently have a Schwinn World Sport for sale. I had a girl contact me about buying it and wants to use her old bike as a trade in on it. She sent me a picture and I will post it. She said it is a Shelby Flyer. I know it is not worth that much, especially being a woman's bike, but what should I consider would be fair $ for it?

I do not have a serial number and I can't see if the rear reflector is there or not. I am guessing that it should have a tank on it, or should it? I searched and found some bikes that are similar, but not exactly. I found some with a similar chain guard on late 30s bikes, but a different sprocket. One from the 40s had a similar sprocket, but different chain guard.

She will bring the bike next week for me to look at. I will then be able to see exactly what I would be getting but I will need to make the deal then and not research it more.

Any ideas? Thanks!


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          RE:BALLOON:   Shelby Flyer? posted by matt on 3/2/2009 at 1:28:28 PM
Your talking about 2 tottaly different bikes here.Are you looking for a cruiser?And is your world sport an 80s taiwan?Here is a chance to own a piece of real history!Is she looking to trade straight across?Im selling my world sport off right now to powder my 55 schwinn corvette.I know this is what I want though.
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BALLOON:   Western Flyer Year? posted by: Dave on 2/28/2009 at 7:09:29 PM
I recently purchased a 26" Western Flyer. The seller said it was 1949; I'm not sure.
Serial # A0472768 and the model # is F2000K
Does anyone have or do you know where I could get a tank?
Thanks


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          RE:BALLOON:   Western Flyer Year? posted by Dave on 2/28/2009 at 8:19:57 PM
Here is photo


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AGE / VALUE:   Age and maker??/ posted by: Tim Kattau on 2/27/2009 at 2:51:49 PM
I pick up these three bikes and I was wondering how to find out the age and maker. Thanks


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