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AGE / VALUE:†††AMF Roadmaster Skylark posted by: Paul H. Downs on 6/22/2011 at 5:18:23 PM
I recently picked this bike up for free. Was in such good shape I couldnt let it get scrapped. Horn and headlights still work. S# M104713. Also has the star cut outs on the chainring. Any info on a year would be very helpful.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††AMF Roadmaster Skylark posted by jj on 6/23/2011 at 3:52:49 AM
Looks early 1960s, check the Picture Database.
Nice find!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††AMF Roadmaster Skylark posted by paul downs on 6/23/2011 at 8:59:03 AM
Ive seen identical with the front rack or with the chrome bars extending out w/o the rack from the steer tube but none with the bars dropping short like mine do. Ive read somewhere that the star chainrings were only 61-62 thats the best all my image and name searches have turned up. My best guess was 61-64 based off the ones I saw on the rat rides site.
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BALLOON:†††Identify make and year posted by: Bob on 6/6/2011 at 3:46:10 AM
I recently picked this bike up, I believe that there has been a few different parts placed on it by the guy I got it from. He believed it to maybe be a bike that was built by Cleveland Welding or maybe a Colson from the late 1930's. If you could help me figure it out I'd appreciate it. I have other pictures and pictures of the numbers below the crank. Thanks! Bob


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          RE:BALLOON:†††Identify make and year posted by ken on 6/7/2011 at 10:29:02 AM
the link to the photo works if you strip the extra stuff off both ends.
Good photo. Try comparing with photos on this site (picture database) and with the bikes on nostalgic.net. Late 30s looks right 'cause it appears to have once had a prop stand.
http://www.nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/
It takes a while; all you can do is fish until you get a nibble. You should be able to find a known maker with that exact chainwheel.
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BALLOON:†††Identify make and year posted by: Bob on 6/6/2011 at 3:46:10 AM
I recently picked this bike up, I believe that there has been a few different parts placed on it by the guy I got it from. He believed it to maybe be a bike that was built by Cleveland Welding or maybe a Colson from the late 1930's. If you could help me figure it out I'd appreciate it. I have other pictures and pictures of the numbers below the crank. Thanks! Bob


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          RE:BALLOON:†††Identify make and year posted by Bob on 6/6/2011 at 3:51:48 AM
tried posting photo again


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Help Identifying Bike posted by: decath6431 on 6/1/2011 at 8:52:04 PM
I picked this up at a garage sale this weekend. The writing has faded to the point that the headbadge logo (which appears to be painted on) is no longer legible. It has a skip tooth chain and sprocket, peaked fenders, new departure hubs but no serial # that I can find (looked in the usual spots of the drops and bottom bracket). The only thing I can make out on the logo is a small "f" and then a "g" at the end of the same line. I'm wondering if it said "for riding" or something to that effect. The tires are pneumatic "Clipper" and measure 20x1.75. Someone on anothe forum suggested it might be Huffman or Murray, and the seat is I believe is a really old leather covered "Faulhaber Co." made in Monroeville OH. It doesn't appear that there was ever a model or brand name on the chain guard, but I could be wrong. Anyone recognize the logo? Almost looks like the Columbia badge, but I don't think that's it either. I'd really like to identify what this is. Thanks in advance.


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Help Identifying Bike posted by decath6431 on 6/2/2011 at 4:03:42 AM
That picture was the wrong format...let me try it again.


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          Help Identifying year and passable model? posted by Rizzo on 6/28/2011 at 9:52:35 AM
I know that this is a Firestone bike. I know that they were specialty bikes... I do know that this chain sprocket matches one form a 1959 Firestone... It shows no sines of having a tank, I cant find a company maker any place. It does have a Bendix break and the serial number on the rear exterior left break connection. serial # is D237756 the color is blue.


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AGE / VALUE:†††1938 Hawthorne by Monark?? posted by: Mike on 5/29/2011 at 4:06:21 PM
Serial number is F12018. My dad has owned this since about 1942 and I found some images of another bike that looked identical and was labeled a "1938 Wards Hawthorne built by Monark". Trying to figure out if this is indeed a 38 and if it was built by Monark and a bit more rare or is it from one of the other two Co's that manufactured for Wards? Trying to decide whether to restore or sell it... Thanks


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AGE / VALUE:†††1938 Hawthorne by Monark?? posted by: Mike on 5/29/2011 at 4:06:21 PM
Serial number is F12018. My dad has owned this since about 1942 and I found some images of another bike that looked identical and was labeled a "1938 Wards Hawthorne built by Monark". Trying to figure out if this is indeed a 38 and if it was built by Monark and a bit more rare or is it from one of the other two Co's that manufactured for Wards? Trying to decide whether to restore or sell it... Thanks


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Firebird by Coast to Coast Stores posted by: Billy on 5/24/2011 at 11:53:59 PM
hi ive been searching for the history of this bike but nothing i can find..does anybody knows about this bike? it has 26 x 1.75 rim/tire and the serial is 9C161063..it has a front decal of Coast to Coast store..maroon with fenders..
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AGE / VALUE:†††Murray Titan X63 posted by: Taylor on 5/14/2011 at 11:46:42 AM
Just a few days ago my brother was out yardsaling and bought me a old Murray Titan X63 bike. It has the tank that has headlights in the front of it, chrome rims a pressed steel rear rack, and a red band Bendix two speed automatic rear end (unfoutunatly it doesn't work any more, it's stuck in high gear but the brake still works). The serial number is MOW 20X63 869576. I am unsure of what the exact year is on the bike, however I do know that the red band Bendix means that it was built before 1965 but thats all I know. I have not been able to find anything on this bike other than a few pictures of the girls version. I would like to know the exact year of this bike if possible and also if it is any bit rare. Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Murray Titan X63 posted by Gary M on 5/14/2011 at 3:18:57 PM
scrap metal has been up to record levels for years. there are no old bikes just laying around, so yeah its rare.
unemployed people with a truck and nothing to lose are begging or stealing every metal object not tied down.
It will go up in value rapidly once the vintage bike market recovers, Do keep it.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††luxury liner posted by: Bob Beals on 4/28/2011 at 6:20:51 PM
I have a Roadmaster Luxury Liner Middleweight. I am unable to find any information on it, I am open to suggestions on finding the year and advertising brochures on this bike. thanks
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††luxury liner posted by Vin on 4/29/2011 at 3:56:05 AM
Tons of info on that cycle in the archives here at OldRoads.
Use the Google search box near the top of any page.

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AGE / VALUE:†††marvel ? posted by: bryan on 4/24/2011 at 8:27:01 PM
i have a old bicycle with,skip chain and the head badge says marvel. i cant find anything about it. could some one please help me. tn hanks, bryan
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BALLOON:†††need help determining make/model/year posted by: Jerry Sylvestre on 4/21/2011 at 8:38:20 AM
Hi, I just bought a balloon tire cruiser, which I love and I am trying to find out the age, make and model. Can anyone help? Here are the details I pulled off of the bottom bracket.
MOS R
MOD 502 502.287
263045
Any help would be appreciated!
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          RE:BALLOON:†††need help determining make/model/year posted by ken on 4/22/2011 at 11:09:04 AM
Jerry, This is a shot in the dark. Some makersí 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.
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          RE:BALLOON:†††need help determining make/model/year posted by abel on 5/30/2011 at 1:29:07 AM
i have restored a western flyer (as they say) ladies 24"... im not sure what model it is. please see the pictures...

serial no HA009669... with another number above the low tube(crank support)and it has a flat iron along seatpost with serial nos. same number with the low tube. 3 speed hub. with saddle(PERSONS)... i dont know what year and model... is it a murray or shelby or HUffy... ?????


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AGE / VALUE:†††Old Rixe Single Speed Bike posted by: Mike Gromer on 4/18/2011 at 8:37:07 AM
I recently bought an old Rixe bike. The company is from Germany, and the seller told me he thought it was a model from the early to mid 1950s. I am trying to find as much information on it as I can, including photos of originals, and maybe placed to buy the various badges for it.

It has a working generator and light. I will need to rewire the rear light, since that wire was cut at the grommet at the front of the bike (wires were run through the frame).

I'd love to restore this bike to like new condition and plan on using it to cruise around town in. I'd appreciate any help anyone can give me. I can also take any pictures of it that would help someone identify the bike. I'd love to find out what the true age is on the bike, as well as what it might be worth now and when it is restored.

http://gromer.imgur.com/bikes


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:†††Old Rixe Single Speed Bike posted by Scott on 6/29/2011 at 3:50:43 PM
I recently found one identical to yours (except mine has been sitting in a field for quite some time but is about 95% complete) but i cant find any information on it. I really wanna know what its worth, due to that i have no interest in restoring it.
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MISC:   1961 Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by: Nick Nichols on 4/17/2011 at 9:56:54 PM
I recently bought a 61 model cycle truck that is missing a few pieces. As near as I can tell it needs a rear wheel and rear fender, correct pedals. A chain guard and a seat. My question would be what coaster brake would it have had if it was built in March and would it have a standard Schwinn balloon bike fender?
Thanks,
Nick


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          RE:MISC:¬†¬†¬†1961 Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by ken on 4/18/2011 at 11:28:40 AM
The dealer catalog says Bendix hub standard on CT models
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1961_1970/1961dlr_ZaCover_rear_inside_.html
The CycleTruck isn't in that catalog, but I see it says you could order heavy-duty hub and spokes on the Wasp, and they came standard on the tandem.
As always, thanks to Tom Findley for making our eyes bug out
I don't know when the red line hub came out. I'm thinking it would be the pre-red line Bendix, but not certain.
The fender would be painted, and balloon as you say.
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          RE:MISC:¬†¬†¬†1961 Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by Nick on 4/18/2011 at 11:15:13 PM
Thanks Ken,

I did find a Bendix chart last night from Mr. Findley that suggests a no line bendix hub (1946 to April 1961). http://www.trfindley.com/pgbndxhbs.html

Does anyone have any idea what head badge it's supposed to have? Mine appears to have the expensive blue badge that is all over Ebay for around $100 only it's in pretty bad shape. One thing I missed last night that it also needs are the large basket supports. I has one and it's broken. It looks like that would be the hardest thing to fine. At least I have one that I can try and copy.

Thanks again,
Nick
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Just picked this up posted by: Greg on 4/13/2011 at 6:00:33 PM
I just purchased a pretty nice Schwin while on vacation in AZ. I called on a craiglist add for what the owner said was a 54 Schwinn Corvette, I was pretty sure it was a little newer than a 54, Turns out to be a 59 made in August. It is all orig except the grips, needs to be cleaned and a new set of rubber but other than that its nice. Hope to be riding this one soon.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Deluxe Typhoon posted by: Taylor on 4/11/2011 at 3:04:14 PM
About a year ago I puchased a 1965 Schwinn Deluxe Typhoon off of a gentalman in my neighborhood. It sat in his dirt floor garage for about 20 years and it is in pretty rough shape but I was just looking for an old bike to ride. So I ended up buying the bike for $20 and plan on restoring it at some point in time. I was just wondering with it being a Deluxe if it made it any more valuable and if it is any bit rare.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Deluxe Typhoon posted by ken on 4/12/2011 at 1:40:01 PM
Here's the catalog page your bike is on:
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1961_1970/1965_10.html
The Deluxe was five dollars more, apparently for the front rack. Does yours have the rack? What about gearing? Options were the Bendix AutoMatic 2-speed or the Sturmey-Archer 3-speed for an extra eight bucks, and you could get the 2-speed on the standard model, but not the 3-speed. Also you could get the Deluxe in blue.
As you can tell from the catalog, it's the economy model. Somebody will check me on this, but I think they used some outsourced parts (German hubs, for example) on these.
I doubt that any paint job could be worth doing. They're not especially old or rare- 1965 was a boom year. John Allen's 1978 report indicates about five million bikes sold in the U.S. in 1965, an increase of nearly 25% over 1964.
However, it's worth more than you've got in it. It's the classic Chicago cantilever and they don't make 'em any more. Clean and lube it and replace the tires when needed.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Deluxe Typhoon posted by Taylor on 4/12/2011 at 5:15:42 PM
Thank you for your reply. Mine has the front spring loaded rack and the yellow band bendix 2-speed automatic. However it does not have the chrome fenders like I have seen some examples have, it only has chrome rims. The reason I'm going to repaint it is because the dirt floor garage that it sat in did not do it any good and I just want to make it look nice. I do not plan on putting much money into the bike I just want to ride it.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Deluxe Typhoon posted by Gary M on 4/15/2011 at 7:40:33 AM
i am pretty certain that it had to have chrome fenders to be a deluxe. But schwinn ya know...
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:†††Deluxe Typhoon posted by patrick on 4/20/2011 at 8:50:06 AM
The '65 deluxe had painted fenders
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