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AGE / VALUE:Columbia 3 Star Forks posted by: Glenn on 6/13/2008 at 12:33:56 PM
Anyone have access to a pair of Columbia 3 Star forks?
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BALLOON:How would you build this one up? posted by: Bruce on 6/9/2008 at 6:09:47 PM
I've got an Excelsior frame, straight bottom bar, probably 1930s. I made it into a mountain bomber in the 80s (Braze ons, a Shimano Derailer, etc). Well, it's been hammered pretty well, but the frame is in good shape (Grinding and filing the add on welds off it now). Since it's just a frame, there's no way I'm going to find all the proper parts to restore it to stock condition. Plus, I prefer riding my bikes. The base plan- 29" wheels (Modify bottom of rear fork((Stretch and move bends)),widen rear to 135mm, add new front forks, etc))). Single speed, possibly rear disc. Rigid fork. Some stock style components, some lightweight modern stuff (Keep the ashtabula crank, new front forks and lightweight stem and bars).

NOW, here's the question: How would you build it up if it were to be a daily rider, and it were your bike?

The picture isn't my bike (too clean). Same idea, however...


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          RE:BALLOON:How would you build this one up? posted by ken on 6/10/2008 at 2:15:36 PM
I hotrodded a chrome Flightliner frame some years ago with alloy stem, bars, post and rims. In the back I laced up a Shimano coaster three-speed hub with a twist-grip shifter. I tried a Bendix kickback, for style points, but it's just so heavy and not real effficient. After some experiments I also went to a slightly smaller chainring from a StingRay, since I don't use it for speed.
Personally I would object to the so-called 29er (come on, it's 700c) although if you make it fit, the large rims might look extra cool. I just don't like the need to modify the frame. Singlespeed, on the other hand, is clearly the way to go if your circumstances allow. That reminds me that I bought a garage-sale '57 Schwinn Tiger that somebody had put 26x1 3/8 wheels (with coaster) on. They fit and looked noticeably custom. But it tracked better after I put a fork from a Continental on it.
I have pictures of them both if you want to see them.
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BALLOON:schwinn mark VI jaguar posted by: Mark on 6/7/2008 at 11:36:18 PM
Any info a Schwinn Mark VI Jaguar would be great.
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          RE:BALLOON:schwinn mark VI jaguar posted by jj on 6/8/2008 at 5:30:55 AM
Loads of info in the archives here.
Use the black google search box near the top of the page.
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BALLOON:!950 Columbia 5 Star posted by: Parker on 6/6/2008 at 4:49:34 PM
I have a 1950 columbia five star according to the serial # chart. Where can I get good accurate info for the bike to fix it up?
Also is there different versions of five stars for each year?
I can't find any pics of a chrome and two-tone tank. Any thing is helpful.
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BALLOON:Phantom Chainguard for sale posted by: sean on 6/4/2008 at 10:22:26 PM
I just bought a bunch of old ballooner bike stuff and in it was a really nice original schwinn phantom chainguard. The guard still has the brackets attached with the original rivits and has been sandblasted. There are no dents and the guard is amazingly nice and straight. I have no idea how to post pics on this site but will happily send pictures to all who are serious. $75.00 plus shipping. can be reached at vanfunandmore at yahoo com
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:paint posted by: bill on 6/4/2008 at 6:38:12 AM
Can someone tell me what colors were available on the 57-58 schwinn jaguar mk 2. and where can I buy it.
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AGE / VALUE:roadmaster bicycle posted by: ROY on 6/2/2008 at 6:00:08 PM
hi,
i have a vintage roadmaster, i'm guessing in the 1930's? ..the serial# is A4201.if anyone could help me on the correct year it would be very helpful.i can't find anything on it.thank you very much!!
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:1954 Starlet posted by: Kyla on 6/1/2008 at 7:33:40 PM
Hi, I have a 1954 Schwinn Starlet that I am trying to restore. I was wondering if anyone could tell me where I can get the proper Holiday Rose and Summer White Cloud paint. Also, if anyone knows where you can get the decals for a bike like this? Thank you, Kyla
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:1954 Starlet posted by Brian on 6/2/2008 at 6:02:57 PM
http://www.memorylane-classics.com/ Call them, they dont email. They have most everything you need for that bike. I dont know about paint though.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:1954 Starlet posted by Kyla on 6/2/2008 at 6:44:54 PM
Thank you!!
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AGE / VALUE:Seeking information posted by: Joe Julian on 6/1/2008 at 10:17:42 AM
I have come to own a vintage bicycle for which I have no information. The nameplate says "Heidemann Works" "Hanover". The name on the chain guard is "Rotorjet". I've collected all of the parts and have re-assembled the bicycle. It is all original, including rims, tires and tubes. Unfortunatley I am unable to find any information on this bike. I would assume it in the late 40's or 50's era. CAN ANYONE HELP

Thank you

Joe Julian
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Seeking information posted by Steve on 6/3/2008 at 5:38:51 AM
You have a German bike & it will be hard, but not impossible, to get info on it in English. You will just have to saerch online & see if you can get help. Use " Heidemann Fahrrad " in your search. Fahrrad = bicycle in German.
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AGE / VALUE:   WHAT THE HECK IS THIS???? posted by: JEANINE on 5/31/2008 at 1:30:59 PM
an oddly framed bike with 20 in rims with M15267X10776439 on left side by back tire ???

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   WHAT THE HECK IS THIS???? posted by ken on 6/2/2008 at 2:10:26 PM
You're going to have to post a picture to get any help on this. More than one manufacturer has used serial numbers of that length, and even with the builder's name you shouldn't expect to get model info from the serial#.
The red Schwinn is a 69, by the way. That's in the chart on this site. The cruiser is an '82, if it's a Chicago bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   Please help us, guys.... posted by: Jeanine on 5/31/2008 at 6:46:15 AM
what year is schwinn cruiser with serial number by front emblem marked KS531527 ???
a odd framed bike with 20 in rims with M15267X10776439 on left side by back tire ???
red girls schwinn 20 in rim with E79 on back right side of frame and EE59153 on left side ???
and a frame similar to a classic style schwinn except one bar under one bar rather than the typical two smaller bars under a bigger bar. i know it has a grease nozzle on top of crank casing and has 8H13?120 ( and yes, i don't have any idea what the 5th digit/letter is. looks like a big mouthed six or an oddly shaped G. ) ???

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BALLOON:Replacement (Axel) ' Nuts & Bolts' posted by: Kevin on 5/29/2008 at 12:04:11 PM
I'm trying to track down a pair of front axel nuts (flared hub nuts) to fit a 1/4" bolt. These are actually for a repro Western Flyer. Anyone know of a good place to find those difficult nuts & bolts?
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AGE / VALUE:Vista Rover posted by: Lori on 5/29/2008 at 8:54:12 AM
HI,

I found an old bicycle in my Dad's barn. It's a Vista Rover.

It's in pretty good shape. Mild rust on the fenders. Handlebars are rusty, but the body is in good shape.

I am not finding much on a search for Vista or Rover.

Anyone know anything about this company?

I'm going to need new tires. From reading on this site, I guess they are called balloon tires. I know nothing about these bikes other than they are nice sturdy, soft riding bikes.

I have always wanted one of these "beachcomber" style bikes. I was excited to get it.

Thanks for any info anyone has to share.

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AGE / VALUE:Schwinn posted by: john on 5/23/2008 at 6:51:50 PM
I have a old Schwinn "Tank" bike that is dark blue with white pinstriping. The serial #DA28888.This bike also has a chrome rack on the back. The bike is a little rough.what is it worth and what year was this made in

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn posted by ken on 5/27/2008 at 10:56:03 AM
If the number is on the left rear dropout, it's a 1965.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn posted by John on 5/27/2008 at 4:23:22 PM
The #s are at the left rear if you were sitting on the bike.What model would this be I dont see any sign of model on chain guard and the Schwinn logo under seat on down tube.Did they make this model in other colours.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn posted by ken on 5/28/2008 at 10:31:32 AM
Serial numbers don't encode that info, so you have to search.
Thanks to Bob Hufford and friends, a catalog is available; see if you find one that looks like yours.
http://www.geocities.com/sldbconsumer/1965/65cc1.html
The rack may have been a dealer option; does it match the ones in the catalog?
Let us know what you learn.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn posted by John on 5/29/2008 at 6:35:13 PM
It would seem to me that I have a 1965 Schwinn Fleet with factory rear rack,tank but no horn and no light on front fender.What point do you measure from to determine the size of frame.Not all that bad of a find,I just went to the front door of a house and asked the owners if I could have the bike that was in the backyard.A older man comes outside and taks me to the backyard where the bike that I could see from the road was a ladies bike from the sixties also and just behind the ladies bike was the Schwinn.After some small talk I asked if I could buy or have now 2 bikes and he said YES. That was it Free for the taking.
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MISC:Persons Majestic Siren posted by: Danny on 5/22/2008 at 12:55:33 PM
I just received my first P-M siren. I dont see how to mount it. Does anyone have pictures on this mounted?
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          RE:MISC:Persons Majestic Siren posted by Geo. on 5/28/2008 at 9:31:51 PM
Don't have a picture, but they mounted on the front fork with the shaft running against the tire. Generally had a chain connected so when you pulled up on the chain, the unit tipped up against the tire and ran the siren. Release the chain and it pulled away from the tire. Spring loaded.
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          RE:MISC:Persons Majestic Siren posted by zaz on 7/8/2008 at 8:22:18 AM
instructions from an original box


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