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AGE / VALUE:   National cruiser style bike made in Ohio posted by: Deb on 2/23/2009 at 7:58:57 PM
I bought an old National cruiser style ladies bike. I can't find much on this brand. Anyone have any idea of how old or what I can look for on the bike to check for age?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   National cruiser style bike made in Ohio posted by Bike_Jones on 2/25/2009 at 6:04:20 AM
National was a manufacturer of bicycles in the early 1900's into the teens out of Michigan. The National name was purchassed by the Davis Seewing Machine Co out of Dayton which would would become Huffman, and later Huffy. They used the "National" name into the 1940's.
If you could email me a picture, I could probably tell you the year of your bike as well as other information.

B. Jones
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   National cruiser style bike made in Ohio posted by Chris on 3/3/2009 at 9:00:19 AM
Post a picture here so we all can see it. I have a particular interest in National bicycles. or e- mail me a picture as well, please humberchristopher29@hotmail.com
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   AMF Roadmaster bicycle posted by: Julie on 2/22/2009 at 6:47:50 PM
I am having a hard time trying to figure out what type of Roadmaster bicycle this is. All it says is AMF Roadmaster on it. Does anyone know what type of Roadmster this is? Thanks


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   AMF Roadmaster bicycle posted by ken on 2/23/2009 at 7:55:47 AM
Th chainwheel and rims look distinctly Murray to me. Late 50s I would guess. I would like to hear who retailed this brand -anyone?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   AMF Roadmaster bicycle posted by Jim on 2/24/2009 at 5:51:57 PM
Ken's right on the age - my guess would be about 57 or 58. The light is from the 60's, though. As for the model, possibly a Pleasure Liner, but I'm not certain.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   AMF Roadmaster bicycle posted by ken on 2/25/2009 at 7:40:29 AM
Thank you, Jim. So, what is this Murray-built doing with an AMF badge? I thought AMF was a maker. I seem to recall seeing AMFs at Ace Hardware, back when they did that sort of thing. I also remember an AMF bike-boom boat-anchor 10-speed. Was AMF just a supplier? Did they buy the Roadmaster name? And use it to sell Murrays?
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AGE / VALUE:   1954 Schwinn Flying Star posted by: Chris on 2/22/2009 at 6:29:01 PM
I have an old Schwinn that I cannot find any information on except for possibly the year, 1954. It has drum brakes f & r, springer fork, generator with working front and rear lights, electric bell, horn, mirror, old style bell(not sure which are stock). original leather springer seat, steel rack, 3 speed bendix deraileur, odometer, f & r steel fenders, chain guard with Schwinn "Flying Star" logo, gold Schwinn headbadge, AS stamped bolts, mud flaps with glass reflectors, spoke clinkers around the hubs, Lighting Dart 26x2.125", integrated pump next to the seat tube and hand painted pinstriping. The bike is in immaculate shape and was wondering if anybody knows any history about it and what it is worth roughly


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1954 Schwinn Flying Star posted by Chris on 2/22/2009 at 6:51:53 PM
serial # N5611161A.N. hard to read beacuse it is hand brazed on, not stamped
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1954 Schwinn Flying Star posted by Patrick on 2/25/2009 at 2:51:50 PM
Hi, It's a nice looking bike, made with a lot of cool parts and accssories. I don't think it's any particular model or year,it looks more like a "Frankenbike" as they are called,having parts from different bikes/years. Cool though. Pat
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BALLOON:   mystery bike i.d.? posted by: greg v. on 2/20/2009 at 8:26:51 AM
hi guys

had this frame for a few years, any idea what it is? Close, but it's not a Huffman, probably not a Monark either. Serial number is 10089, on the bottom bracket.

any help appreciated!

greg v.


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          RE:BALLOON:   mystery bike i.d.? posted by greg v. on 2/20/2009 at 11:19:08 AM
sorry for the double post and bad photo link, this should work


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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   mystery bike i.d.? posted by Chris on 3/3/2009 at 9:01:46 AM
My best guess is a Schwinn of some name.
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BALLOON:   mystery bike i.d.? posted by: greg v. on 2/20/2009 at 8:26:51 AM
hi guys

had this frame for a few years, any idea what it is? Close, but it's not a Huffman, probably not a Monark either. Serial number is 10089, on the bottom bracket.

any help appreciated!

greg v.


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by: Jacob on 2/17/2009 at 6:44:22 PM
I think this is a sears spaceliner that is missing the tank and tailight. I have a picture of it and want to make sure this is a spaceliner. IF anyone knows if this is a spaceliner, please let me know. Thanks


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by jj on 2/18/2009 at 4:29:13 AM
I think the Spaceliners were chrome, but it could be a Sears Mainliner (missing the tank).
Look in the Picture Database above.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by ken on 2/18/2009 at 11:31:01 AM
I think it's a Flightliner. It's not a Spaceliner. Does it say Sears on the chainguard, or anywhere? It's certainly Murray-built. The little tab on the back of the head tube was an attachment point for the tank. Are there two small-gauge top tubes? Saddle isn't spec, and I'm curious about the taillight.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by jacob on 2/18/2009 at 2:43:42 PM
Thanks for the information. It does not say Sears on the chaingaurd. It said Sears on the tires and the tires looked very original. The tires on it now I replaced. There are 2 small-gauge top tubes. It also has a kick-back 2 speed. Sorry about the taillight. That looks like it was added. But it has 2 holes in the rear carrier for maybe a taillight.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Flightliner posted by ken on 2/20/2009 at 11:57:28 AM
take a gander at this
http://www.nostalgic.net/pictures/377.htm
they made red ones and chrome ones.
The saddle ought to have a grab rail.
I believe there were Flightliners before they changed from the JC Higgins marque to just Sears. Your chainguard isn't exactly like mine (which was like the one in the link) and might be a year earlier. I have a picture of a Murray-built Chicago Cycle Supply that has pretty much your chainguard, except it says Liberty on it. The Bendix AutoMatic was an option on all but the Deluxe chrome one where it was standard.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by Jacob on 3/2/2009 at 2:26:14 PM
I don't get why my red flightliner has a springer on the front and the other red ones don't?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by hobie on 5/16/2009 at 1:24:55 PM
I have an old sears mainliner. Do you know where I can find out what its worth or a site that has info on them?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by: Jerry on 2/17/2009 at 6:13:21 PM
Just wandering if Sears bike company ever made a black Spaceliner. If they didn't, did Sears make a bike similar to the Spaceliner in black? Thanks
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by jj on 2/18/2009 at 4:30:04 AM
See the reply to the message above.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Sears Spaceliner posted by ken on 2/18/2009 at 11:42:03 AM
note also a lot of firms sold similar Murrays. Sears didn't "make" them.
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BALLOON:   Zenith posted by: dv on 2/15/2009 at 7:09:11 PM
Hello All,

I am trying to find out some information about an old balloon tire bike I got from my dad. He bought it at a flea market. From this discussion I think it is a Cleveland welding Co. Bike, sold under the brand name of Zenith. The shield on the front says "Zenith" and underneath that it says "serving the great Northwest". It was painted black and I stripped the old paint to find a bit of the original paint. The Chain guard also had "Zenith" on it. The rear hub is a Perry 36-13 England. I can't find the age of the bike or anything else about it. Thanks for the help
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          RE:BALLOON:   Zenith posted by dv on 2/15/2009 at 7:33:38 PM
I forgot to add that the Serial number is located on the left drop (forward facing) is B079042 with an "L" located next to it but not part of it.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Zenith posted by jj on 2/16/2009 at 5:28:29 AM
Search the archives under the "General Resources" section at the top of the page. There are many references to those cycles.
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AGE / VALUE:   satellite?? posted by: mnmhowes@yahoo.com on 2/15/2009 at 4:22:04 PM
traded one of my bikes for this cruiser awhile back,but just got around to clean it up alittle.the top tube looks to say AMERICAN,but I could be way off base on this one!I just really like the unusual frame.There is also a water drop sticker on seat tube which is checkered.The headbadge is also a water drop that reads SATELLITE.Any resonse would be appreciated.Feel free to ask any questions and ill respond the best possible.Thanks Matt


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   satellite?? posted by matt on 2/15/2009 at 5:03:16 PM
here's the picture, Hopefully....

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WANTED:   frame decals for dyno glide deluxe posted by: Sean Sury on 2/11/2009 at 3:10:04 PM
Thinking of doing a custom paint job on my dyno glide deluxe, i would really like to get a hold of the original frame decals so I can replace them when the repaint is done. Any ideas?
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          RE:WANTED:   frame decals for dyno glide deluxe posted by Matt on 2/14/2009 at 9:11:51 PM
I bought fresh decals years ago for a Klein I re-did on eBay. There is a guy that reproduces decals. Look for bike decals there, you'll find most all listings are the same guy. Ask him.
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AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha ID? posted by: Matt on 2/7/2009 at 6:53:47 PM
Would like to find out the year/model of this bike. I'm doing my first restore on this one. So any help, advise or link for reproducton parts would help. Serial #5h33902 located @ right rear axle nut. Thanks again, Matt. Feel free to email me directly: cervezamoney@yahoo.com


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha ID? posted by Matt on 2/7/2009 at 7:12:54 PM
New link for picture...I hope


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AGE / VALUE:   ROLLFAST W/CHILD SEAT posted by: VINNIE on 2/3/2009 at 8:29:29 PM
I HAVE THIS ROLLFAST WOMENS BIKE W/CHILD SEAT AND IM TRYING TO FIND OUT THE YEAR, MODEL,PRICE? ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT. THANKS, VINNIE


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROLLFAST W/CHILD SEAT posted by jj on 2/4/2009 at 4:22:56 AM
Looks early 1960s. Basic model.
Look in the price guides at the top of the page for price.
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MISC:   Vintage Excelsiors posted by: Jerry Denton on 2/2/2009 at 9:55:14 AM
Question, I live here in Michigan City, Indiana. Home of Excelsior MFG. Co. and from my research I've discovered operated from the early 1900's up until the late 1950's. I have many documents and pictures to back this up.
I have always understood that the Excelsiors made by schwinn were a completely different company and had absolutely nothing to do with each other. I know some former employees that will back this up. However I came across something on ebay this morning that doesn't make sense to me, An Excelsior headbadge that is made to the specs and same look as the Michigan City Excelsior... but, reads "Excelsior MFD by Excelsior Supply Co. Chicago, U.S.A." instead of "Excelsior MFG. Co. Michigamn City, In"
I've been collecting My home town bikes for sometime now and this is the first "Chicago" headbadge I've seen, and I've seen alot of Excelsior headbadges both Schwinn and the other. and info or help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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          RE:MISC:   Vintage Excelsiors posted by ken on 2/3/2009 at 11:30:02 AM
Interesting...
In their brands list, the Wheelmen
http://www.thewheelmen.org/
list _seven_ different makers of bikes named Excelsior prior to 1918, including Schwinn and the Excelsior Cycle Co of Chicago (not Cycle Supply), and none of them is in Indiana. They would want to hear from you if you can add to their list.
Let us know what you find out.
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          RE:MISC:   Vintage Excelsiors posted by desmo on 4/10/2009 at 5:32:28 PM
I have a very old bicycle with a headbadge that identifies it as a DeLuxe (in large script) mfd by Excelsior Bicycle Co. Michigan City, Indiana (in sub script) It has wooden wheels, twin top tube frame, I've been told it was made between 1910-1920
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AGE / VALUE:   eaton road king posted by: Quentin on 2/1/2009 at 2:55:41 AM
Picked up this haggard looking frame today, its pretty twisted but i think i can straighten it out. Some of the welds are broke so that would do it i think. But i was wondering what year this bike would be? And where would i find the serial number? The bike is originally red and has gold pinstriping as it also says "road king" in gold down the seat tube. Ive attached a picture and heres a link to my blog with more pictures. http://youhaditcomingbud.blogspot.com/


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   eaton road king posted by Gralyn on 2/8/2009 at 10:34:09 AM
I believe these Eaton Road Kind bikes came from a department store in Canada. I have a 10-speed - just mostly the frame is left now - but it wasn't anything special. If you have a twisted frame, broken welds, etc. - I don't know if you could do much to save it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   eaton road king posted by Roy Vander Zanden on 2/9/2010 at 4:32:05 PM
I have an old wooden-rimmed bicycle. It has solid rubber tires which are glued to the rim. It has a brass tag on the fork tube that says "Road King." Can you help me identify the manufacturer and possibly the year?
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