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FOR SALE:   schwinn speedster posted by: tony jr on 12/17/2008 at 11:01:49 AM
i recently recieved a 50's to 60's schwiin speedster,black all original except cars and stem...i was wondering is this bik worth the hassle or should i send it to the scrap heap...if any body maybe would like it let me know also. thank you
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          RE:FOR SALE:   schwinn speedster posted by ken on 12/17/2008 at 12:19:03 PM
tony jr, they are all worth a little hassle IF someone will ride them. The Speedster is a lower-end model. It won't make you rich, but if not collectible, with normal maintenance it will be a great rider. You don't specify condition, size or location. It might not be worth shipping but you will be able to get something if you sell it. Here's a link, with thanks again to Tom Findley, to the Speedster in the 1959 catalog. It shows 3 different frame sizes and 3-speed, 2-speed and coaster options.
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1959/1959_09.html
Find the serial number and determine the age first, using the chart on this site. Let us know!
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          RE:FOR SALE:   schwinn speedster posted by tony jr on 12/19/2008 at 11:07:43 AM
the bike is a 26'inch black with the coaster brake. the bicycle pictured in the link is almost identical to mine,expection of whitewallls mainly and basket. thanks fo your help and i recently begun resto. hope shes looks like a champ when im done
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          RE:FOR SALE:   schwinn speedster posted by dave on 12/29/2008 at 3:05:48 AM
I have a 1980 green speedster frame looks like at one time it had 5 or 10 speed on it. Iwant to make a motorbike out of it. Not for sale
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          RE:RE:FOR SALE:   schwinn speedster posted by dave on 12/29/2008 at 3:18:28 AM
Mine does have a single cruved top tube Also known as the camelback frame from 1932 even though its a 1980 just like the caliber 30-06 the calber itself is the history of the gun in wich case its going to be a nice ride just a thick cloud of envy
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AGE / VALUE:   Serial # 50482 posted by: Steve Cole on 12/16/2008 at 2:38:39 PM
Found the number on the left rear dropout. Bike is camel back top-bar type. Only 481 made that year before mine(1955). The rims were rusty and tires gone so I replaced those. Paint was primer-ed over, and in removing the primer, much of the original paint came too.
I guess this will be a driver, because I probably destroyed any value. Comments?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Serial # 50482 posted by ken on 12/18/2008 at 11:59:01 AM
It's a great opportunity to be a kid- paint it, hotrod it, ride it.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Location on bike of Serial # posted by: Steve Cole on 12/16/2008 at 11:49:09 AM
My previous post wasn't clear I guess, but I am looking for the location on the bike of the serial #. It is a Columbia middleweight which I received for Christmas in the mid 1950's. The original paint has been primered over and I can't locate the serial number. I'm currently fixing it up to be better than new. Thanks, Steve
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BALLOON:   49 monark super deluxe posted by: mike collins on 12/16/2008 at 4:02:07 AM
Hi, I need the front fender emblem and good saddle or a restorable saddle (I have the fancy chromed trim and springs) for it.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Columbia Serial number posted by: Steve Cole on 12/15/2008 at 5:14:00 PM
I have my first bike and am trying to fix it up. It's a Columbia and I believe it was made between 1954-58. Where domI find the serial number? Thanks. Steve
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Columbia Serial number posted by Patrick on 12/16/2008 at 1:28:39 AM
Hi, Look above,this site has a Columbia serial number chart.Patrick
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          Where do I find serial number? posted by Steve Cole on 12/16/2008 at 10:19:09 AM
Thanks Patrick, but I am looking for the serial number location on the bike. It was primered, and I am tryiong to find where to read the serial number. Steve
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Columbia Serial number posted by Patrick on 12/20/2008 at 10:16:52 AM
It should be on the left side (kickstand side)rear axle drop out,just above the axle. You may have to scrape or sand the area to find it. I just went through this on a '49 girls Columbia. Good luck,Patrick
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BALLOON:   Proper Lacing and rim alignment posted by: Eric Brandt on 12/15/2008 at 10:58:01 AM
I am rebuilding some Schwinn S2 Tubular wheels with double knurled pattern. When I took them apart they were laced 4x pattern, which is what I am planning to do as well. Does anyone know the proper direction of the "Schwinn Tubular S2" stamping? I assume it should be read from the right side of the bike. I assume it is also proper to keep crossing spokes away from the valve stem hole. Anyone willing to help me get this back to original spec, it would be much appreciated. Thanks. -Eric
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AGE / VALUE:   1953 JC Higgins Color Flow posted by: Patrick on 12/15/2008 at 2:37:46 AM
Hi, All Original '53 Color Flow. Missing batwing. I'll include a correct padlockw/key. $500.00 Located in the Detroit area.Please send e-mail with phone # and I'll gladly call. Thanks,Patrick


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 JC Higgins Color Flow posted by Pat on 12/15/2008 at 2:53:07 AM
I hope this pic. worked


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   hiawatha posted by: dan on 12/13/2008 at 4:36:40 PM
old, circa 1930's to 1950's , don't know exactly--its an old paperboy w/rear fender, new departure hubs (single speed coaster) skip link chain , speedometer,. does anyone know how to find the manufacturing date for these bikes?
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AGE / VALUE:   middle weight bike posted by: Quentin on 12/12/2008 at 6:42:01 PM
I have a middle weight cruiser bike, looks to be pretty old. I do not know the make of the bike but i found the serial number underneath the bottom bracket. It reads "TH86 12".I received the bike as a frame so none of the parts on it are original. It also looks like the whole frame was brazed together. I want to know the make and year of the bike here is a link to a picture of the bike.


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AGE / VALUE:   what is it and what is it worth posted by: CRAIG on 12/10/2008 at 8:39:55 PM
I HAVE THIS HEIDMAN-WORKS-HANOVER SCOOTER I HAVE MOST OF IT IT IS NOT PUT TOGETHER WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS WORTH OR WHERE CAN I FIND PARTS.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   what is it and what is it worth posted by Craig on 12/10/2008 at 8:56:56 PM
Here is the right picture


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AGE / VALUE:   site value/ zink coatings posted by: kevin on 12/8/2008 at 8:34:32 PM
Ide like to say thanx to all who reply the questions asked.. sometimes its hard to get answers from local shops. but while im at it...ive got a 52 Hornet...no chrome...i was told chrome was at a premium due to the war...was zink used in its place?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: site value/ zink coatings posted by jd on 12/12/2008 at 8:25:05 AM
Zink plating was never used in place of chrome, and Hornets were not made during WWII. Your bike was made well after the war and should be like all the rest.

During WWII, chrome parts (hubs, bars, pedals, hubs) were painted black and wooden pedal blocks and grips were sometimes used.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   site value/ zink coatings posted by doug on 12/13/2008 at 2:22:52 PM
a 52 Hornet would be after the war! and I have one also much of the plating does not shine and looks like zinc to me as well but Im not sure either.All i know is you CANT put a shine on the stuff.It is permanently dull.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   site value/ zink coatings posted by NBHAA.COM on 2/1/2009 at 12:18:58 PM
Zinc and cadmium plating most certainly WERE used. It is not true that they were NEVER used in place of chrome. During the early 1950s during the Korean War, zinc and cad were widely used on bicycles and cars and other items in place of chrome. Some of this practice was by government edict, some simply the result in shortages/restrictions of precious metals. The phrase "after the war" thus really becomes confusing since there was World War II, then came the Korean War- which unfortunately, many people today seem to not know about!
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MISC:   respoking rims - spoke length posted by: Craig on 12/8/2008 at 5:11:07 AM
I recently purchased a early post war western flyer with newdepature rims. When I recieved the bike it did not have any of the spokes intact. I have cleaned the rear /front hub and plan to repoke them both. Does anyone have any idea what spoke length I should get when I rebuild it?
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          RE:MISC:   respoking rims - spoke length posted by Gordon on 12/10/2008 at 8:13:52 PM
There are spoke length calculators on-line, try Googling spoke length calculator. I think you will find you need 10 5/8 inch.
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          RE:MISC:   respoking rims - spoke length posted by craig on 12/12/2008 at 9:10:34 AM
thanks for the info, I'll take a look for the calculator.
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BALLOON:   Age, value, model ? posted by: Nicholas Keen on 12/6/2008 at 12:34:00 PM
I recently inherited my late grandfathers first bicycle. It is a 26" framed Huffman-made LaFrance. My grandmother tells me it originally was painted possibly orange and brown? The #'s on the bottom of the crank housing are: A23658. My goal is to restore it to its original beauty.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn '60 Jaguar Mk IV axle assy posted by: Rich on 12/4/2008 at 7:33:23 PM
Received my "new" Jag from seller at eBay exactly like the one I had when I was a kid. Curious about front wheel axle assembly, as there are no lock nuts for the cones and only nuts for the outside of fork which has the fender braces and front rack struts in between. Is this normal for old Schwinns, or am I missing some parts? Anyone got an old repair manual showing the front axle assembly? Thanks.
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WANTED:   26" Wheel Set posted by: davi5193 @ aol.com on 12/4/2008 at 6:41:09 PM
Anyone have a set of 26" Chrome wheels for sale? They dont have to be NOS or old for that matter. Just in good shape and chrome. THANKS - G
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