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WANTED:   Wald aftermarket front forks--26" balloon posted by: Kevin on 11/30/2008 at 11:20:32 AM
Please see posting in General For Sale/Wanted. Thanks!
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BALLOON:   1958 mens Wasp posted by: Kevin on 11/27/2008 at 10:01:29 PM
Im working on a 58 Wasp..springer forks...heavy duty spokes and a large flange front hub like a drum hub but not, only flanges on both sides...havn't seen any pictures of a similar bike...are these uncommon?
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          RE:BALLOON:   1958 mens Wasp posted by Frank K. on 11/28/2008 at 4:58:37 AM
The Wasp was marketed as the "newsboy special." There was a standard Wasp, and a Heavy Duty Wasp. The Heavy Duty came with a two-speed kickback, heavier deluxe saddle, truss rods, and a Bendix knock-out front hub. Springers could be added to most Schwinn models for a few extra dollars. I have a standard Wasp with a springer, and a Heavy Duty that is all original and stock.
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          RE:BALLOON:   1958 mens Wasp posted by Frank K. on 11/28/2008 at 5:00:29 AM
I forgot to mention ... obiously, the Heavy Duty also has extra heavy spokes, of course -- 120 gauge, I think. The chainguard is also silk-screened "Heavy Duty" and "WASP."

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WANTED:   Tank for bike build posted by: Glenn on 11/27/2008 at 10:16:25 AM
Does anyone have an older tank? Something that may have gone on a Columbia Thunderbolt or a Murray Jetfire?
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          RE:WANTED:   Tank for bike build posted by Marc on 11/29/2008 at 6:29:13 AM
I have one in my ebay store. Easywind vintage bicycles
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          RE:WANTED:   Tank for bike build posted by glenn on 11/29/2008 at 11:21:39 AM
I cant find your store
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BALLOON:   HANGING BIKE posted by: DAVI5193 @ AOL.COM on 11/23/2008 at 8:44:34 AM
What are everyones thoughts on hanging balloon bikes by the front rim from a padded bicycle hook? Will it damage the rims at all? Thanks- Glenn
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          RE:BALLOON:   HANGING BIKE posted by jj on 11/23/2008 at 5:40:55 PM
I've done it for years with no problems
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          RE:BALLOON:   HANGING BIKE posted by Kevin on 11/25/2008 at 5:00:37 AM
NO, that will not distort the rims. They are made to be strong enough to support the bike and the rider.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   HANGING BIKE posted by Glenn on 11/27/2008 at 6:42:04 AM
Thanks JJ... Thanks Kevin
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AGE / VALUE:   HANGING BIKES posted by: Glenn on 11/22/2008 at 3:40:56 PM
What are everyones thoughts on hanging balloon bikes by the front rim from a padded bicycle hook? Will it damage the rims at all? Thanks- Glenn
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MISC:   OldRoads Update posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 11/20/2008 at 9:06:33 AM
We've made some changes and additions to OldRoads.
Please have a look by clicking on "About" and then "Whats New" at the top of this page.


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BALLOON:   Schwinn Blue Hornet posted by: Wessley on 11/19/2008 at 5:12:00 PM
Another post with comments/questions:
I had reviewed picture database but still unsure about my
Hornet Schwinn? Bike.
The Troxel Seat is all blue, and not the mattress type though and no "O" loop below front seat, maybe late 40's?
Also, new departure has rare manual 3 speed, bike is all
blue, missing head badge,chain guard,rear rack?
It doesn't appear to have had a front mounted fender light?
The tires are not balloon type but more "regular" type
tires, pedals are wood painted black.
Pls assist in this regard. Thank You!
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AGE / VALUE:   WTB: Pair of black fenders, Schwinn Wasp posted by: Kevin on 11/19/2008 at 4:04:52 PM
Hello, I'm looking for a pair of fenders for a Schwinn Wasp -- 26" ballooner -- must be original paint, black with white pinstripes, with dents for truss rods. Front fender has the ducktail.
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BALLOON:    posted by: Dutch on 11/14/2008 at 11:10:40 PM
Hello I just bought my wife an 1953 Schwinn. I bought it from an old lady that said it was her first bike. It has original tires, horn tank, etc. The bike looks great after nocking the dirt off, but seeing that it has been sitting around for years what do I need to lube on it before my wife rides it.
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          RE:BALLOON:    posted by gary m on 11/17/2008 at 9:10:23 PM
the grease is hard as a rock on that old bike. If you ride it far all the bearings will go bad.
If it moves it needs new grease, its that simple
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WANTED:   "coumbia built" decals posted by: harley on 11/13/2008 at 5:44:58 PM
I was wondering if anybody had any leads on some decals for a 1955 womens columbia. Says columbia built both on tank and on chainguard.The only place I have found so far is Maple Island Sales,but the colors are differnt between tank and chainguard. Any info would be appreciated. thx Harley


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          RE:WANTED:    posted by photo on 11/14/2008 at 4:40:49 AM
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          RE:RE:WANTED:    posted by ken on 11/18/2008 at 3:44:36 PM
I looked at photos #48 - 52. I see no need to modify the bike. It's very clean for its age. Please don't paint it.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   tear made posted by: Dave McIlnay on 11/13/2008 at 11:44:00 AM
I donate my repair services for local thrift store. Someone gave us a Firestone Speed Chief. It is a step through (girls) frame, has 26x1.75 tires and a coaster brake.No tank or rear rack, though there is evidence that it was originally equipped with them. Dors anyone know what year this model was made?
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BALLOON:   Smith and Morton Seneca Golden Eagle posted by: Dale on 11/11/2008 at 8:39:27 AM
I recently starting doing restoration work on old cruiser style for a customer of mine and last night, I snatched up an old womens balloon tire bike off of craigslist. Once home, I surfed the web for quite some time but found very little info on this bike. The head badge has smith and morton, chicago, with Seneca and golden eagle. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction-- I will some pics tomorrow.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Smith and Morton Seneca Golden Eagle posted by Gordon on 11/12/2008 at 4:58:23 PM
I've heard of Manton and Smith bikes, but not Smith and Morton. Maybe you could check the bike again and make sure you have it right.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Smith and Morton Seneca Golden Eagle posted by Dale on 11/24/2008 at 11:25:59 AM
Gordon,
Sorry for the delay getting back to this-- I've been to busy to dive into this bike. You are correct, it is a Manton and Smith bike. I'm curious as to the history of this mfg, the ballpark value, and whether or not the chainguard is original.
Dale


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BALLOON:   Marshall Wells /Zenith posted by: Ralph on 11/10/2008 at 10:53:53 PM
I just discovered and old bike in a barn I recently purchased. It is a Marshall Wells Zenith. Thought it looked cool and that I would restore it.

It has a gas tank type thing on it with a button on it. Is that horn? Can a guy get parts (like tires) for this bike? Is there a picture I can look at to see what an original paint job would look like?

Never new there was a whole sub-culture of vintage bike restoration. I am in the Seattle area. Are there any local resources here?
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          RE:BALLOON:   Marshall Wells /Zenith posted by ken on 11/11/2008 at 12:58:05 PM
Button is indeed probably a horn.
Here's a stylin' one with no tank on nostalgic.net:
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/late30sZenith%2Ejpg
There is also a 50's Zenith on their picture list.
Tires are easy once you know your size, and if it's a "26 inch" ballooner you'll have lots of choices.
I suggest you read some sheldon brown, starting with
http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html and his glossary of terms.
I also suggest you take your time, and don't do anything irreversible until you have an estimate of the values before and after; typically the cost of a real restoration, as opposed to just cleaning and overhaul, is more than the restored bike would be worth, and it's often said they're only original once. It doesn't have to look new to be very cool.
If you can post a picture of your bike we'll enjoy it- I'd like you to email one to me if you feel like it.
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BALLOON:   SCHWINN??? posted by: WESS on 11/8/2008 at 11:59:21 AM
I RECENTLY RESTORED WHAT I THINK IS A OLD LATE/MID 1940'S
SCHWINN TYPE, STILL MISSING HEADBADGE,CHAIN GUARD, NEED TO
IDENTIFY, SO HERE IS A LIST WHAT IT HAS;
26" MENS VERSION
FRONT HUB READS MADE IN GERMANY SCHWINN
WOOD PEDALS/PAINTED BLACK
I THINK IT HAS A RARE 3 SPEED NEW DEPARTURE HUB
THE BIKE HAS BLUE FENDERS/BLUE BIKE/BLUE OLD TROXEL SEAT
PLS ADVISE TO ME ANY INFORMATION TO MY EMAIL
@ WGUNCHICK@YAHOO.COM
WITH YOUR INFO MAYBE I CAN BUY THE CORRECT HEADBADGE
AND CHAIN GUARD AND MAKE SURE ITS A SCHWINN AND WHAT MODEL?
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          RE:BALLOON:   SCHWINN??? posted by gary m on 11/13/2008 at 1:14:41 AM
Tornado. Imported from germany 58ish great rider, no value, its not a schwinn.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   SCHWINN??? posted by Wessley Gunchick on 11/17/2008 at 2:49:59 PM
Wow Thanks, but do you have access to a picture
of the Tornado? Maybe off the internet. If imported from
Germany what stores in USA was it sold in?
Also, what headbadge do it have and how pictured?
It seems there was a "tank", again if you could post
and email me a picture of such that would be great!
You mentioned Germany, but there is a Blue Troxel seat and
it does have a 3 speed new departure, thought that was rare? I dated the bike to around late 1940's since wood
pedals and older troxel seat type?
It does say Schwinn on both hubs???
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          RE:BALLOON:   SCHWINN??? posted by gary m on 11/17/2008 at 9:13:14 PM
search the photos on this site. only hubs i know of made with schwinn and germany on them are the fichtel and sacs hubs on the imported tornadoes.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   SCHWINN??? posted by ken on 11/18/2008 at 3:47:32 PM
gary, my tornado had the German hubs, but the frame was made in Chicago.
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AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike?! posted by: Lacy on 11/5/2008 at 9:09:21 PM
I bought this Hawthorne today because I just like the way it looks. I cannot figure out ANYTHING about it..I am most interested in the year but any information would be helpful.
The serial number is E373040. Also the model would be great...
I dont care much about the value as I dont think it has any value... If you need more pics just let me know.

Can you pleeeease help me? Thanks so much


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike?! posted by ken on 11/6/2008 at 12:43:05 PM
Hawthorne was a Montgomery Ward's house brand. They may not have given the model a name; if you can track down scans of a catalog from about 62, as one of us said recently, you'll be the expert, and can let us know what you learn. Hard to see detail, but it gives me a hint of Murray. I'd like to see more pictures. Early 60s, anyway. Closeups of the chainwheel and the rear dropout would help determine the maker. Compare the chainwheel with one on a Flightliner. If it matches, search the archives here for Murray-built.
Is that a bolt-on dual headlight? Or is it part of the headset?
I agree it's probably not valuable, but it has some interest, doesn't it?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike?! posted by Biggguy on 1/3/2009 at 10:59:59 PM
Looks to me to be a late '60s Rollfast....nice looking bike!
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