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BALLOON:   jeweled hand grips posted by: Nicole on 7/28/2008 at 10:35:30 AM
I have a pair of green jeweled grips and wanted to know what bike they are from
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          RE:BALLOON:   jeweled hand grips posted by ken on 7/30/2008 at 11:15:41 AM
Chances are, your grips were made _for_, rather than _by_, the maker of the bike they came on. More than one bike maker may have used them. There are a couple of people I think could nominate such a bike maker from a photo of grips. One is Dave at nostalgic dot net, the other is Leon Dixon, oldbicycle at aol dot com. Mr. Dixon has spent years answering questions like yours.
There are reproductions of vintage bike parts catalogs too, although lately I haven't been able to find any free ones.
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AGE / VALUE:   Monark speedometer posted by: Geo. on 7/27/2008 at 6:40:44 PM
Does anyone know what type of speedometer lower drive will fit on a Monark double springer fork? Can't seem to find a picture of one anywhere? thanks, George
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Westfield Columbia 5 Star American posted by: Rich on 7/27/2008 at 4:32:12 PM
I recently purchased a Columbia built 5 star American that is black in color. The headbadge reads Westfield MFG and Clipper with a picture of a flying boat. The bike has a men's frame and has a Sturmey Archer 3 speed with a hub dated 3/56. The serial begins with an A so it should be either a 1936 or 1955. I'm leaning towards 1955, but this bike doesn't resemble any picture I've seen so far of Five Stars. It has its original off white vinyl seat intact and front/rear caliper brakes with "Columbia" embossed on them. Any help in IDing what this bike is supposed to be or was would be appreciated.
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AGE / VALUE:   Dating a Mead Ranger posted by: Nick Sim on 7/26/2008 at 12:05:33 PM
I was cleaning my shed the other day and dug out a Mead Ranger frame my dad curb-scored a few years ago. It has been re-painted--the only way I could tell the brand was from the headbadge, which my dad sold a while ago. It has double top tubes, the 'suspension' fork, and rear-facing dropouts. Does anyone have a rough time estimate for this, or, when was the last Ranger made with rear-facing dropouts?
Thanks a bunch
Nick Sim
Madison WI
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Dating a Mead Ranger posted by jr on 7/28/2008 at 8:12:51 AM
Mead primarily sold Schwinn and Columbia bikes. Can't say without a photo but it sounds like a good one.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Dating a Mead Ranger posted by ken on 7/28/2008 at 1:37:57 PM
jr, can you document that statement? It is true that many Rangers from the 30s are Schwinn-built. I have been under the impression that until sometime prior to the advent of balloon tires, and before becoming a rebadger, Mead manufactured bikes in Chicago. Any help you can provide will be appreciated.
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BALLOON:   HEADBADGE posted by: ON SITE MOBIL BICYCLE SERVICE on 7/26/2008 at 9:19:32 AM
ANY INFO.ON HAVING A HEAD BADGE RESTORED.ANYONE OUT THERE DOING THIS TYPE OF RESTOREING ?
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          Dave at nostalgic.net does posted by marc on 7/26/2008 at 11:48:51 AM
Dave at nostalgic.net does. www.nostalgic.net
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BALLOON:   Shelby Flying Cloud Info posted by: Joe Huld on 7/24/2008 at 12:38:09 PM
I just bought a Shelby Flying Cloud which closely resembles one I had as a kid. It is a 26 inch Balloon tire bike with a coaster brake New Departure Model D rear hub. It has athe "Clipper Ship" head badge, truss rods on the front fork, a "Daisy" chain wheel and adjustment bolts on the rear drop outs. The frame appears to be furnace brazed and has K17113 stamped on the bottom bracket. The bike is complete and actually rideable but has been poorly painted multiple times and has at least a replacement saddle and grips. I really would like to restore it including the red white and blue paint job my first Flying Cloud originally had. I am looking for any info on this bike including year of maunufacture, paint colors and schemes, rim specs. I'd appreciate any help with sources for info and parts.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Shelby Flying Cloud Info posted by ken on 7/25/2008 at 12:29:16 PM
http://www.nostalgic.net/
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MISC:   horn tank,light posted by: cindy on 7/23/2008 at 8:39:56 PM
recently purchased a columbia 3 *** deluxe.Horn does not work and light is missing bulb and lens is broke.How does the horn work and what kind of bulb does it need?any info would be great.Thank you
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          RE:MISC:   horn tank,light posted by Glenn on 7/24/2008 at 4:26:09 PM
You can pick up a bulb for the light at most hardware stores. Just be sure you measure the diameter of the housing where the bulb screws in and not to get the bulb that has tabs on the sides. Basically it is a flash light bulb! For the horn, I would go to the bunch of bikes web site, they have a pretty good detailed drawing of the tank horns. Good luck!
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BALLOON:   Elgin posted by: Thom on 7/23/2008 at 6:56:05 PM
Got an elgin out of ladies trash. I am now enjoying the ride. I wish to know more about it. It has a number on the frame under the crank D97563. It is black w/ chrome fenders, cross bar handle bar, set up for L-shape seat post. any information would be helpful. I am considering shopping e-bay to find any related parts to spruce it up. I have already had several compliments on the bike and one offer to buy. One gentleman says he has a like style bike that he may be willing to let me get for parts. Unable to up load picture at this time.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Starlet details needed posted by: Jason on 7/21/2008 at 3:38:44 PM
I am restoring a schwinn starlet and becasue the starting condition of the bike did not allow me to appreciate the pin striping and paint details, I have no idea how to paint this thing. Where do the stripes go is my question.

Does anyone have a starlet and goos pictures of the pinstripes so that I can get stripes and the two-tone on this bike?

Thanks, I appreciate any help!
-J
jnolte77(at)gmail.com
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Is this a Schwinn Starlett III or Starlet? posted by: Jason on 7/21/2008 at 3:24:26 PM
I have recently purchased a Schwinn Starlet. I know that it is a starlet becasue I sanded the chain guard and found the word starlet. Apparently, the previous owner did not lie the biek so they coated it with a rattle can of red spray paint. this works out great for me because the crappy paint job totally encapsulated the bike and fenders, now after cleaning the bike and having it powder coated, the metal is purrrrfect!

authenticity NERDS; Please don't give me grief about sand blasting and powder coating this great piece, I know what I like and it does not come in the form of a spray painted, drip covered starlet!

anyway, attached is a picture. the thing that strikes me is that the serial number shows up in the early 50's, the bike has the 9hole rear rack, truss rods, white painted rims BUT has what looks like a 60's style chain guard!?

do you think that the chainguard is wrong for this 50's bike? the 50's bikes all seem to have the larger schwinn logoed chainguards.

the seat seems older than the 50's too and what is up with my front fender light? i cannot find info in it anywhere. it is long, flat and says "delta hawk" on it. is this bike a miss mosh of random parts? or is it a legit starlet?

your help is appreciated, thanks, J
jnolte77(at)gmail.com
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AGE / VALUE:   2 speed kick back hub shift issues? posted by: Jason on 7/21/2008 at 3:10:21 PM
HI, I have a two speed kick back hub on my '66 Schwinn Panther. I am not sure that it shifts properly. when riding the bicycle, i do the kickback action and it does not feel a whole lot different when i begin pedalling again. is it a significant difference in the two speeds or are they very close in feel?

how do i verify that the hib is working properly? I have fully disassembled it, cleaned and lubed it, and rebuilt it. Did i do something wrong eventhough I was super anal about assembly and ensuring it was done properly?

Does anyone have a schematic of the two speed kickback hub that I can borrow?

I bought the wheel set off of craigslslist and they were in great shape when i got them. All I did was disassemble and clean it. I am confused by it. maybe the thing was busted when i received it?

thanks for your help, J
jnolte77(at)gmail.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   2 speed kick back hub shift issues? posted by Gordon on 7/21/2008 at 8:12:46 PM
If the hub was shifting, you would know it, it is a very noticeable difference in gearing. I suggest you go to bunchobikes.com and look at the section on 2 speed hubs. The most common problem is the indexing spring is worn or broken.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   2 speed kick back hub shift issues? posted by jason on 7/27/2008 at 8:19:07 PM
thansk for the tip, i wil check them out. -j
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BALLOON:   Spoke length posted by: Mike aTber on 7/20/2008 at 7:09:03 PM
I have a schwinn 26x 2.125 s-2 ca.1955,rim with a bendix 36-13 hub, does anyone know what the correct spoke length might be? Thanks, Mike
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          RE:BALLOON:   Spoke length posted by Marc on 7/20/2008 at 9:14:06 PM
10 & 5/8ths inches long spokes.
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BALLOON:   Keystone Skirt Frame Skip Tooth posted by: Josh on 7/16/2008 at 2:46:47 PM
I've been riding around on a skirt frame skip tooth Keystone i dug out of a basement in west philadelphia. Can't find any information about the company. Anybody heard of a bicycle called a Keystone?

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          RE:BALLOON:   Keystone Skirt Frame Skip Tooth posted by ken on 7/18/2008 at 10:05:27 AM
There are Keystones from four different makers prior to 1918 listed on The Wheelmen- one in Philadelphia.
http://www.thewheelmen.org/sections/bicyclebrands/showresults.asp?alphachar=K
What kind&size wheels do you have?

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          RE:BALLOON: Keystone Skirt Frame Skip Tooth posted by josh on 7/19/2008 at 10:26:50 AM
it's a 26" wheel. modern tires fit on the rims perfectly, i'm running it as a city bike with continental town & country tires.

not sure what kind i've got....new departure hub, 22-10 gearing, that's about it right now. it used to be blue and white.

my internet sucks, don't know when or if that page will load.

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          RE:BALLOON: Keystone Skirt Frame Skip Tooth posted by josh on 7/19/2008 at 10:29:25 AM
it's a 26" wheel. modern tires fit on the rims perfectly, i'm running it as a city bike with continental town & country tires.

not sure what kind i've got....new departure hub, 22-10 gearing, that's about it right now. it used to be blue and white.

my internet sucks, don't know when or if that page will load.

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          RE:RE:BALLOON: Keystone Skirt Frame Skip Tooth posted by ken on 7/22/2008 at 10:42:20 AM
If your wheels look original to the bike, it's probably later than 1930 or so since that's when balloon tires came in, about. The Wheelmen don't pay any attention to anything post WW1, but the makers they list might have been in business later, so that still should be a starting point.
I searched a little. There's a couple pictures of a Keystone at
http://www.thecabe.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=757
scroll way down. Does it look like yours?
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MISC:   columbia 3 star posted by: cindy on 7/12/2008 at 4:59:48 PM
just purchased a late 40's-early 50's girls/womens 3 star.I am pretty sure it is not a replica.would love any info on the 3 star,such as when were they first made?What were the original manufactoring colors?When did columbia stop producing them?What columbia models had the horn tank?Was Columbia the first to make the horn tank,or did they just follow other manufacturers at the time?Any other info you can share would be great.Thank you.
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MISC:   Larz Anderson Bicycle Show & Swap Meet is only a week away !! posted by: Peter Naiman on 7/12/2008 at 1:43:22 PM
Just thought I'd post again about our Bicycle show and swap at Larz Anderson Auto Museum coming up this coming weekend in Brookline, MA on July 20th. To visit our website for full information about the show if you've not seen my posts with regard to Larz, or if you'll be a first time visitor this year, please click onto the URL below:



http://www.classicrendezvous.com/larzanderson.htm



If you plan on attending, either visiting to show a few bikes, or attending the swap as a seller, it would be appreciated if you could possibly pre-register. The registration form is available through our website, as well as photos of prior shows, and also directions to our event. I would also like to post a list this week of possible cycles that will be at the show.



I've had a few people from as far North as Toronto & Montreal, others from around the U.S. show interest in attending, so to find local accomodations in Brookline, MA please click onto the URL below:



http://www.findlocalhotels.com/listings/brookline_ma_us.html



For other questions or comments about the show, you can call Susan at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum at 617-522-6547, although the Museum is closed on Mondays, or email directly to me @ hetchinspete1@yahoo.com.



Best regards, and see everyone in Brookline on Sunday.

Peter Naiman

Milwaukee, WI


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