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BALLOON:   What size fenders to fit 24 inch wheels? posted by: Drew on 8/15/2008 at 9:46:05 PM
I'm trying to buy new chrome fenders for my AMF Royal Master and was just wondering what size fenders would fit 24 inch tires? I can't find 24 inch fenders, only 20 inch and 26 inch. I bought a set of 26 inch fenders and they are way bigger than the ones originally on the bike, so I'm guessing the 20 inch fenders would work? Any help would be great.

Thanks!
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          RE:BALLOON:   What size fenders to fit 24 inch wheels? posted by Gordon on 8/16/2008 at 10:48:27 AM
20 inch will be way to small for 24 inch wheels. You will need to find 24 inch fenders. They should be available from Wald, have you tried their website?
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   What size fenders to fit 24 inch wheels? posted by Gordon on 8/16/2008 at 11:40:25 AM
Wald makes the fenders, but they don't actually sell them on their website. You can however get them at niagracycle.com.

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AGE / VALUE:   COLUMBIA TOURIST X posted by: year specs info? on 8/15/2008 at 8:35:42 PM
Hey guys i got a columbia tourist X and wanted to know if anyone knew anything about this bikes year and what not
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WANTED:   1946 CWC posted by: Jack on 8/15/2008 at 11:36:30 AM
I am looking for parts for 2 vintage Cleveland Welding Company bikes. The Morrow hubs have 9tooth Skip tooth sprockets. Is it possible to swap them to a larger size to make it easier to pedal? Where would one get another sprocket? eBay?
Where can I find the original paint shades to restore these bikes?
Where can I get grips. Reproductions are OK.
Thanks! Jack
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BALLOON:   Lloyd posted by: ROB on 8/14/2008 at 7:35:55 AM
Tamdan Lloyd...1948 or close to it...was black with red stripes..paint pealing...now missing front sprocket with foot peddle...could be found in garage..but not so far..need a worth...may sell it..in ct. thanks
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MISC:   1950s Western Flyer Rebel posted by: Tracy on 8/13/2008 at 7:42:43 AM
I can't find any information on this model Western Flyer. Does anyone know if the rebel model is rare?
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BALLOON:   Starting a restoration project on Schwinn/BF Goodrich posted by: Dan on 8/12/2008 at 6:10:50 PM
For any replies, please email me offline. So...for my wife's birthday, I got the bright idea to restore the bike she rode as a kid. I found the bike on the property we inherited from the folks and pulled it out from under the collapsed corn crib where it had been "stored". Here is the tricky part, it needs a chain guard and a saddle. The whole bike was painted over by some previous owner I believe. From the pictures I can find on the internet, it appears to be a 1952-1958 Schwinn Hornet, Starlet or Panther. It has air vents at the front of the tank. There is another catch. The badge is definately B.F. Goodrich. I just pulled it out yesterday and didn't look for the serial number, duh.

What I need help with is locating or fabricating a chain guard and also a saddle. The steel part of the saddle is rusty and the padding and cover is mostly there. I will find the serial number, but I need to find a picture of a similar chain guard to start with. I don't intend to restore it to museum quality as the wife wants to remember it the way it was when she used it.

Does anyone have any experience with fabricating chain guards?

As an aside, what is the deal with BFG and Schwinn?

Dan
wrp64631@yahoo.com
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          RE:BALLOON:   Starting a restoration project on Schwinn/BF Goodrich posted by ken on 8/13/2008 at 10:30:32 AM
your bike is what's called "Schwinn-built". Lots of threads in the archives here on the topic. BF Goodrich was one of many retailers who put their own badges on Schwinn bikes. Typically the value is the same unless the badge is particularly interesting, like Lincoln or Cadillac...
The serial number will probably be on the left rear dropout.
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WANTED:   schwinn suburban project posted by: johnny on 8/10/2008 at 8:33:58 PM
looking a project suburban to restore,in north carolina if possible. email me at carter28551@bellsouth.net
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Rollfast project posted by: D Brown on 8/10/2008 at 6:12:56 AM
I just picked up an old Rollfast in poor to bad shape.I was hopeing for some help to decide if i should do a complete restoration or just fix it up enough to ride it.No pics yet but its red and from what i have been able to find on this and some other sites it might be pre-war.It has a skip-tooth chain and coaster brake.frame #is 25386 and the crank# is A 1 12 with a star on the sproket.I know its not much info but any help would be great.
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Schwinn posted by: S.D. on 8/7/2008 at 9:38:33 PM
My father bought an old Schwinn for me at a resale in the early 70's. It was OLD then, but I have no idea where to look for a serial #. The bike & seat have the Schwinn logo. It is a girls bike with what I guess are balloon tires and what look like newspaper baskets on both sides. It is rusted, is this too far gone to save? If not, how can I find out the style/model/year?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Schwinn posted by ken on 8/8/2008 at 10:53:14 AM
Never too far gone to save. May never be valuable but easy to make rideable. Try to find the tire size on the tires. 26x2.125 is balloon; x1.75 or x1 3/4 (different sizes!) is middleweight.
Your serial number is very likely on the left rear dropout, where the wheel bolts to the frame. The left side is your left as you sit on the bike. Other
possible locations are under the bottom bracket (pre 1953) and below and to the left of the badge in front as you face the bike (post 1972). Compare the number with the list on this site under Resources.
If it's from the early 60s you'll be able to look at catalog pages at the Schwinn Lightweight Data Book site
http://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/cover.html
to get a better idea of the model.
Take some pictures. Somebody will be able to help.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy ID help posted by: Mark on 8/7/2008 at 2:50:25 PM
Ok got the numbers but not havin` any luck how about some help........6h336098 on year and model.thanks in advance!
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BALLOON:   Help me to Identify posted by: Heather on 8/4/2008 at 9:06:25 PM
I picked this bike up at a flea market. I was thinking of selling it but want to know what kind it is and if it is worth something?? It has the name Commodore on the tank and on the chain cover,but looks as though bike has been repainted. I can not find a serial number anywhere.


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AGE / VALUE:   Beachcomber posted by: Ryder on 8/4/2008 at 11:03:21 AM
Hey guys, i just picked up a Bike called a beachcomber, i'm wondering if anyone is familiar with it, it has no other badges on it aside from saying beachcomber on the chainguard, its got a small decal saying it was sold by a place called western cycle in my area, which is a bike shop thats been open since 1934. Its a wide tire cruiser style bike, its a single speed and has shimano components, any ideas?
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AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Rollfast posted by: Renee on 8/1/2008 at 1:53:48 PM
I have a funky old Rollfast that I'm working on bringing back to life. It's basically a Frankenstein bike with various mismatched parts, so I know it's not worth anything as a vintage bike, but I'm still hoping to date the frame. The badge is round and has grooves like a 45 record with the Rollfast script logo across it. Does anyone know what era that style of head badge dates to?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Rollfast posted by ken on 8/2/2008 at 8:23:47 PM
There's a picture at
http://www.jimlangley.net/brake/usplates2detail3.html
Jim Langley might answer an inquiry.
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AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by: Patrick on 7/30/2008 at 5:16:22 PM
I came across an old bike at an antique shop today. They think that it is from 1958. I do not think so. The badge shows that it is a Sears and Roebuck bike. It is a dark green 10 speed. It has fenders and thin 26" tires. It has a bag rack that looks original. I think that it is from the early 70's. I will try to get more info on it but it was locked up and I was unable to examine more closely. Any input would be helpful. No matter what age I plan to buy. They only want 35.00 for it. This will be my first attempt at restoring an old bike. Wish me luck!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by ken on 7/31/2008 at 10:05:13 AM
You are probably right about the early 70s. Cheap ten-speeds with 26x1 3/8 tires were plentiful. I would bet a dollar Sears didn't sell a ten-speed in 1958. If they did it would have been equipped with Italian or French parts that would be fabulously rare now. The components should tell the story. See if they are European or Japanese. In many cases they have date codes.


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by ken on 7/31/2008 at 10:13:47 AM
sorry, wrong impression-
Even if it does have Simplex or Huret, it's probably 70s.
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Need help to determine the age posted by JR on 8/6/2008 at 1:12:58 PM
Sears bikes were badged JC Higgins through at least 1960. 10 speed models were not available in 58.
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BALLOON:   Frame Tank Question posted by: Mike on 7/29/2008 at 11:25:19 AM
I've been cleaning up an old Columbia De Luxe lately (3 Star model, 1950). It came with a frame tank that is the correct size and seems to be somewhere in the neighborhood of right era, but is a slightly different color. The bicycle is a 1950 Three Star Deluxe, but I'm not sure what year or model the tank is from. It is differently from the "round" tanks I've seen- this one has sort of a geometric kind of design to it- it's all flat edges. Does anyone have any ideas about this tank?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/SirMike1983/coltankinside.jpg

Also a matter of raw opinion- is the color difference great enough to warrant keeping it off the bike? I am having a hard time deciding if the tank is just too different to put on or not- any opinions or advice are much appreciated there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/SirMike1983/coltanktest.jpg


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