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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   firestone 500 1969 posted by: james on 10/8/2008 at 3:18:49 AM
could someone tell me something about this bike? I found one and don`t know anything about it. Jim
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AGE / VALUE:   Serial # Chart posted by: Bill Bruce on 10/5/2008 at 6:44:58 PM
I recently acquired a Hawthorne Cruiser with the serial # I257206 and would like to know the year it was made. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   1956 Schwinn Starlet B.F Goodrich posted by: Russell on 10/5/2008 at 4:44:47 PM
im looking to sell a 1956 Schwinn starlet B.F goodrich edition in great condition, the light and the horn even work.but I have no idea of what the starting bid should be?
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AGE / VALUE:   1950s Firestone Traveler??? posted by: Matt on 10/1/2008 at 5:13:06 AM
Hi, am going to look at this bike today. They want 20 dollars for it. Is there any desire out there for these bikes? I don't know much about middleweight bikes. I would like to buy it, fix it and resell it. I have a picture of it, it looks to be single speed with a coaster brake. If it is average condition what price could this fetch? Thanks, any info helps.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950s Firestone Traveler??? posted by jj on 10/2/2008 at 3:34:11 AM
Looks like a great, clean bike for $20. Buy it!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950s Firestone Traveler??? posted by Matt on 10/3/2008 at 12:34:19 AM
I tried, someone beat me to the punch. There will be another I guess
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AGE / VALUE:   Help!!!!!! posted by: Tyler Goodwin on 9/29/2008 at 3:45:03 PM
Hi i've been looking for information about my bike but there's no information when i looked up the name of the bike,making,and where it was made.The serial number is 68280684 the makers were chain bike corp.The bike is a starjet it was made in rocaway beach new york.i would like to know info about it and what year it was made in.and finally i want to know how much it's worth.So please
e-mail me back when you know anything about it. Thanks!
p.s if more pictures are needed email me and ill get more of them.also tell me what i missing off of except the grips.


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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Grand Trophy posted by: Christian Rodrigue on 9/28/2008 at 11:51:29 AM
Hello, we recently bought a house in Galway, NY, and cleaning out the basement I found what appears to be an old western flyer, which has the words "Grand Trophy" on the chain guard, and the model number is AEC 2020 A78. If anyone has any information on the age and/or value of the bike I would really like to hear from them. Thank you for your time.
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WANTED:   Corbin Model 10 Kickback Arm... posted by: Cam on 9/26/2008 at 10:37:00 PM
Does anyone happen to have a 1910's Corbin Two-Speed Model 10 (kick-back) coaster-brake torque arm lying around? I have the hub, but the arm that came with it is from a model 8 (Duplex). Everything else inside and outside seems to be appropriate to the hub, and while I can't complain since the arm is the appropriate age and brand, it would be great to have the correct model arm as well. Thanks!
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AGE / VALUE:   Value of 1966 Hawthorne cruiser? posted by: Melanie on 9/21/2008 at 10:37:01 PM
I have a 1966 Hawthorne cruiser in fair to average shape and thinking about selling it - any ideas as to value?
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BALLOON:   Help with a 1949 Schwinn posted by: Michelle Meyers on 9/17/2008 at 4:07:12 PM
Hi,

A friend gave me a girls 1949 Schwinn. I need help knowing what model it is and what parts would be correct for it.

It is blue/ivory with red pin striping. The fenders are painted to match and it has a 9 hole rack on it. It has a chain guard and tank with horn.

I'd like to know what parts are "incorrect" for what the model is... I would like to restore this for personal use but can't start until someone helps me figure out what is needed. I will try to post a few photos.

Thanks!

MM
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          RE:BALLOON:   Help with a 1949 Schwinn posted by Michelle Meyers on 9/17/2008 at 4:35:14 PM
Adding photo link


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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Help with a 1949 Schwinn posted by ken on 9/21/2008 at 12:34:32 PM
Could be a Hornet, Hollywood, or Starlet, or if it had a Schwinn-built badge, a DeLuxe. I can't see a headbadge in your photo. There's a '49 Starlet on the Oldroads picture database. It's as close as you're likely to get. In Evolution of the Bicycle there is a picture of part of a 49 catalog page. There's also some great pics on nostalgic.net including a '47 Hollywood:
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1947+Schwinn+Ladies+Hollywood+1%2Ejpg
You could look at a hundred Schwinns on that site, and get a notion of how different trim and accessories differentiate the models. Most of the basics will be very similar. From your picture it looks like your tank might be from a different color bike, and you need a chainguard exactly like the one in the Starlet photo.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Help with a 1949 Schwinn posted by Michelle Meyers on 9/25/2008 at 12:19:21 PM
Thanks for the help -- is there any rhyme or reason to the number of holes in the rack for the different models? Mine is a 9-hole, but someone said it should be a 6-hole?
Any thoughts appreciated!

Thanks.
MM

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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Help with a 1949 Schwinn posted by ken on 9/26/2008 at 10:06:34 AM
At some point they switched from six to nine. I have a prewar and what I think is a '48 that have sixes, and a '56 with nine. If someone here doesn't know, you might see if Mark Smith can tell you when the change occurred. He's at bunchobikes.com.
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Bike, possibly huffy? posted by: J on 9/14/2008 at 8:26:09 PM
My boyfriend cleaned out a neighbor's garage and she gave him this bike. We don't know anything about it. the neighbor is 55-65 years old, she said it belonged to her father.

The underside of the bike says:
Model # 857 4666
and there's another number under that:
587 6236

There's a white sticker under the seat that says "8 13 78"

I've searched for hours and I can't find anything.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Old Bike, possibly huffy? posted by Susan on 9/15/2008 at 5:44:04 AM
This is a bike made from 3 other bikes. The wheels do not match and the seat is from a much smaller girls bike.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Bike, possibly huffy? posted by ken on 9/16/2008 at 3:00:25 PM
More than three, maybe. I'm guessing six. The lucky seven chainwheel; Monark fork, Huffy seat, and did the sissy bar come with it?, juvenile bars and stem that didn't come from the same juvenile as the saddle, and then the frame... is that a pulley under the seat? And a chainguard ... ;)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Bike, possibly huffy? posted by sean on 10/28/2008 at 10:15:13 AM
That is a good ol' fashion franken bike.It probably would not be worth the money and effort to restore the frame with original parts looks like a fun bike I have been responsible for a few franken bikes my self.I tend to get board and creative with them.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Bike, possibly huffy? posted by sean on 10/28/2008 at 10:15:14 AM
That is a good ol' fashion franken bike.It probably would not be worth the money and effort to restore the frame with original parts looks like a fun bike I have been responsible for a few franken bikes my self.I tend to get board and creative with them.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1959 huffy monark coaster king posted by: brian on 9/11/2008 at 10:50:10 AM
Ok im trying to do a restore in this bike 1959 gold coaster.
monark on the down tube.i need a pic so i can paint it..
it is gold and white...in the pic where you see the silver it was GOLD.
in 1958 Huffman bought Monark and used the name "Monark" on some of their bikes for several years. your bike was made in 1959 by Huffy and labelled as a Monark. after the war several of the big companies started having trouble and were absorbed into the ones that were doing better. Colson merged with Evans and later they and Cleveland Welding were bought by AMF. Huffman changed names shortly after the war to Huffy and ended buying out Monark in the late '50's and you will find bikes out there that are about half Huffy and half Monark, you will also find bikes out there like yours that are all Huffy but labelled as Monarks as they still wanted to capitalize on the name recognition of Monark, and had to honor Monarks contract committments and produce Monark bikes for the buyers who had outstanding contracts. your bike is classic late '50's early '60's Huffy, and in fact is a 1959 Huffy. hope this helps you out, though I'm getting the impression you don't quite believe me. having been into Huffy's and Huffmans for quite a while I am quite certain about this bike being a 1959 Huffy made Monark.
Scott
I can email you the pic..
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/glassblower4u/wowtank.jpg


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AGE / VALUE:   CLASSIC BICYCLE NEWS!!!!! posted by: Classicriders on 9/11/2008 at 4:34:11 AM
There is a new newsletter for the vintage bicycle hobby! The first issue is due out in January and it's going to be great! Here is a forum link to a forum with more information and links.
http://www.thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=3590
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   CLASSIC BICYCLE NEWS!!!!! posted by Classicriders on 9/12/2008 at 6:23:22 AM
Our web site is up and running. Check it out!!
http://www.classicbicyclenews.com/


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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: justin gay on 9/9/2008 at 3:40:36 PM
I would like to know the maker and possibly what parts are missing besides the front fender for this old bike I found the only thing I can read on the fron tag is thunderjet american made I can post a picture if necessary
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by justin on 9/9/2008 at 3:48:39 PM
here is a picture of the front


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AGE / VALUE:   What is it? posted by: w on 9/7/2008 at 7:48:24 PM
Recently got this bike from my grandma. It is a middleweight and the front emblem is not recognizable. The first letter I think is an S.

It has a 3 Piece crank, Coaster Brake, 24" Wheels, Italian Made Springer style Seat.

Some pics are below, any help on ID this would be greatly appreciated. It is going to be for my kid.

http://img255.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1010891vq0.jpg


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: What is it? posted by Chris on 9/8/2008 at 3:39:29 PM
Additional, Germany Front Hub and Veith Tires.


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WANTED:   Firestone 500 (60's era) decals posted by: Katzen on 9/4/2008 at 3:51:27 PM
I am on the hunt for any decals or information about a Firestone 500 that my husband gave me recently. Looking online I have found some similar, but not exactly like mine. I am a vintage bike lover and part-time collector. i do not know alot about my bike, but I see similar bikes came in a range of color options. Which brings me to my dilemma: to paint or not to paint? that is my question. I know not the value of my bike , but I am a great painter and since it is rusty I would really love making it bright and shiny and RED. Right now it is dark bluish GREEN. My husband sez, "Bad Idea", but he is loathe to ever retouch/restore/ redecorate any of his bike. If there is anyone out there with an idea of where i could get the decals, then maybe I can restore its original beauty.
Also, if you think you might know the exact year...
Besides the Firestone 500 on the chain guard, there are a pair of checkers flags. The decals are all white in color, except for the name plate has some othere color. It has a gas tank with twin battery powered headlights mounted in it.
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          RE:WANTED:   Firestone 500 (60's era) decals posted by ken on 9/5/2008 at 10:27:40 AM
I think you need to give yourself permission to be a hotrodder rather than a restorer. For one thing, as they say, it's only original once. The costs of making it look original will certainly exceed the resulting value- so a person who would just as soon have a red one may as well have a red hot rod Firestone. Typically in that era it was red for boys, blue for girls.
You'll need to take good photos of your decals, or find pictures of one like yours. Then you can get transfers made if you want to. There's a list of people who do that kind of work on sheldon brown- http://sheldonbrown.com/bicycling-links.html
but I suggest you customize and ride with pride.
I'd like to see a picture.
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