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AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Identification posted by: Steve on 5/17/2008 at 4:29:25 PM
I found a ladies bicycle in the desert not far from my home in So. Cal. about 10 years ago. I knew it was an oldie but there was no I.D. After restoring it I have noticed it has some things in common with a Mercury bike I saw on ebay.(the way the chain gaurd attaches to the frame for one) I looked for the serial# and it is a 4 digit number 9673. Anyone have any idea what I have here?
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AGE / VALUE:   Stelber all silver bike w/ tank posted by: Michael on 5/14/2008 at 7:08:47 AM
I bought a bike that states it is a stelber. The bike is all silver/chrome with a silver tank,fenders, chain guard, etc. I can not seem to find this bike anywhere. I was hoping someone could give me a little information about the bike. Year, value, etc. If anyone has any information I thank you
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BALLOON:   ROSS ID serial number??? posted by: Matt on 5/13/2008 at 6:10:35 PM


I picked up an ooollldd rusty Ross for my Fiancee last year. I wanted to restore it last winter to give her for her birthday last July...well, it was a bit overwhelming, so it sat (as it's in rough shape)
S/N is 6150538
I'm not exactly sure when it dates from, I'd assume sometime in the 1960's.

Another question is this. The rims are VERY VERY rough...very rusty. Is it possible to find a set of period correct chrome wheels? I am not doing a 100% correct resto on it, as I'd like lots of chrome. Chrome fenders might be neat, not sure though. it's got a gas tank, and rack out back. It's all in good condition (save for the wheels) and I was able to get all of the paint off, and it the frame looks pretty good. The luggage rack, and chain guard will need a bit of filler to straighten it out, which is no big deal. Like I said, wheels, and fenders are realll rusty. I can probably salvage the fenders, but the wheels probably not. I'd like to get it done and give it to her this July for her Birthday.

Lastly, Does anyone have, or make repro period correct Ross headbadges? If worse comes to worse, I'll drill out the rivets, and fill the holes.

I'm actually having a blast stripping it down, and am not so discouraged now that I've stripped the luggage rack, frame and chainguard...

I'd appreciate any help!!!!

Thanks!
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          RE:BALLOON:   ROSS ID serial number??? posted by Jay on 5/20/2008 at 10:10:32 AM
I might have something that'll work. I just bought the remnants of an old bike shop and there are a handful of Ross's in there. If you haven't found one yet let me know.
Jay
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BALLOON:   imperial blubrass bike posted by: carolynbowen on 5/12/2008 at 5:04:57 AM
I recently purchased this bike, a bluegrass imperial, at a yard sale . I cannot find any info about this bike. It has firestone tires. It is a womans bike and has a headlight with twin bulbs, no kickstand.
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          RE:BALLOON:   imperial blubrass bike posted by jj on 5/13/2008 at 3:48:57 AM
Try using the black google search box above. There are a few references to that cycle in the archives here.
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WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by: Chuck on 5/10/2008 at 7:17:39 PM
Recently received a Schwinn Collegiate 3 speed from a friend. Where would I look for a serial # to try to determine it's age?
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          RE:WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by jj on 5/11/2008 at 5:46:06 AM
Probably next to the headbadge at the front of the bike, or at the back of the bike near the where the left nut attaches to the frame.
Then you can look the number up on the serial number charts here on oldroads
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          RE:WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by rod on 5/29/2008 at 3:37:11 PM
It's from the pre-70s era if the serial # is on the back left dropout, or the post-70s if it's on the headtube.
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AGE / VALUE:   help identifying parts posted by: derrick on 5/8/2008 at 7:37:09 PM
I have an early set of ballon tire fenders that are red with white pinstripe. ON the front fender is mounted a delta rocket ray light. It is white with the top part looks like a fin painted red whith a reflector on the front glass. It has a rear carrier rack on the back that is all solid metal no holes in it mostly red with white going alone the back edge and a bit on the sides. The fender are rolled not peaked and braces are riveted on. Back fender braces top set is actually curved not straight. The rear carrier mounts to the top of the fender. There is a bracket riveted on the rear fender, the carrier sits over that bracket and screws down. So there is no braces at all on the rear carrier going down to tire. Was just wondering what these might came off, i got them from a guy i just purchased and early 40's colson.
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AGE / VALUE:   Monark girls 24" posted by: Mike on 5/7/2008 at 3:10:50 PM
A liitle help here please, trying to identify a 24" girls Monark, Email me for a picture, Head badge says Monark Silver King Rocket, no serial number that I can find. Picked this up for $40 ,in the process of getting soda blasted. Godd deal or not ? Any help appreciated
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FOR SALE:   1949 Firestone (Monarch) Super Cruiser posted by: John Kavaloski on 5/7/2008 at 2:41:17 PM
This bicycle was bought new for my fathers 10th birthday in 1949. It is in very good original condition, and complete. I have been storing it for many years, but would like to sell it. I have some ideas as to its value, but that has yet to be fully determined. If interested, make offer, or submit your ideas on its value. Thanks. John 612-623-6286


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          RE:FOR SALE:   1949 Firestone (Monarch) Super Cruiser posted by Phil Henry on 5/10/2008 at 1:18:27 PM
Is anyone else having trouble viewing the picture?
I would like to post pictures of my own Firestone- a Pilot. I think it's 1930's. Not really sure though. I don't really know if these pics will be able to be viewed either.


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BALLOON:   History of Company/Identify year posted by: Patt on 5/5/2008 at 2:56:25 PM
Just picked up an old beach cruiser that is marked "NABCO - North American Bicycle CO. Bradenton, Fl." and the frame was marked with the #0800340 on the left rear wheel area. Any info on the company or possible identification of the year of this bike would help. It is a woman's bike frame.
Thanks
Patt
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AGE / VALUE:   good schwinn find? posted by: patte on 5/5/2008 at 7:45:18 AM
i just found his and her 1973 schwinn bikes, a matching pair. they are lemon yellow little bit of rust on rims. they have schwinn lights with generators, tire pump, owners manual, odometers. any idea of value or where to go from here. not sure tires are original but all in all the look great.
if anyone has a possible value let me know, or any suggestions please let me know. thank patte
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WANTED:   ROADMASTER SUPREME INFO posted by: JOHN PUCCI on 5/4/2008 at 7:50:21 PM
HELLO,
I AM RESTORING A 1937 ROADMASTER SUPREME MENS BIKE. I MAY HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT HANDLEBAR. BUT, I'M NOT QUITE SURE OF THE CORRECT DIMENTIONS. DOES ANYONE KNOW THE CORRECT SIZE OR A SOURCE FOR THE EXACT DIMENTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE BIKE'S VARIOUS PARTS? ANY PARTS, CALL JOHN (910)233-8552 THANKS
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Typhoon Hub, etc. posted by: Aaron on 5/3/2008 at 5:24:13 PM
Hello,
I just picked up a Schwinn Typhoon, and judging by the numbers, it's from May '70. It seems to "slip out of gear" occasionally...is there a good way to clean the hub? I don't want to disassemble something that's a complete nightmare to get back together...I'm also looking for the rear fender braces, or a new fender altogether...are these often on ebay or anything? Thanks for any help!
by: 24.231.204.143

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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Typhoon Hub, etc. posted by Aaron on 5/4/2008 at 5:42:56 PM
OK, I disassembled and cleaned the hub and it works nice now...plus, I just took the fenders off for now. The kickstand hangs a little low when it's up--any ways to tighten it up in there?
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Typhoon Hub, etc. posted by ken on 5/5/2008 at 5:39:35 PM
the Schwinn kickstand works better when it's cleaned and lubed-
http://www.bunchobikes.com/repair2.htm
and sometimes the retaining pin gets worn enough that the spring doesn't hold the stand tight in the detents.
in my experience however, some of them just line up a little low.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Typhoon Hub, etc. posted by Aaron on 5/7/2008 at 6:51:02 PM
Thank you!
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AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by: josh on 4/27/2008 at 11:11:07 AM
i bought a house and this bike was in the garage. the local bike shop told me its a pre war shelby and the best way to identify it was by the split (like a y) in the frame before the seat. if anyone has info on shelbys or can help me out in anyway it would make my day
by: 24.183.39.111

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by john on 4/28/2008 at 4:18:46 PM
Google Shelby Bicycles and you'll find quite a bit of info. Don't forget to also use the images section as well. I have a prewar model that I think is a model 30 obtained from the family of the original owner that was unfortunately "modernized" in the 70's by removing the original stand, battery holder for the horn/light combo, and installing a Wald chainguard. I also have Oglaend's bicyle catalog that I think is prewar that has Shelby Bicycle images but they are so small (2 3/4 x 1 1/2") it's impossible to see any detail. john
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by josh on 4/28/2008 at 5:56:10 PM
thanks for the reply man I've tried various yahoo searches, but not google. mine is i believe called a Rex? its all original parts although it was painted with 1960s bright orange paint
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by ken on 4/30/2008 at 10:36:31 AM
here are tons of pictures
http://www.nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/
let us know if you find a comparable
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by JOHN on 4/30/2008 at 1:07:07 PM
Josh: Mine was painted a "nice 1970's orange." I carefully stripped the top layer and there was enough of the original paint left to determine orginal colors and pinstripping location. I redid the mechanicals and with a repaint it was reborn. I use a big Wald Newsboy basket with my 15 pound dog along for the ride and it's a lot of fun on a nice summer day. Never fails to attract attention on the local rail trail, especially when I tell them its (the bike) almost 70 years old. Bikes were meant to ride so get busy on yours and have fun with it!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   pre war shelby posted by josh on 5/2/2008 at 5:38:56 PM
i found no comparable, mine definetly noseless and therefore one of the cheaper models
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BALLOON:   '54 Ladies Spitfire? posted by: Jess on 4/26/2008 at 8:04:52 PM
I just bought a 24'' 1954 ladies Spitfire, in pretty decent condition. I live in the DC area and am using it to commute to and from school/work-- I love the old Schwinns, and I consider mountain bikes to be too tacky nowadays. Although I'm not gonna use it for showing, I would like to restore it as best as possible-- I know that I need to do some brake work on her, because it takes her a good 10 feet to start slowing down, and I would like to do some more aesthetic work as well. Is there any book that could guide me through the restorations process fairly well? Even an online guide would be awesome.

Also, I was just wondering what people know about this type of bike? In looking through images on this site, I see only men's Spitfires. Is the women's version not very common?

Thank you, in advance, for all of your help!
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          RE:BALLOON:   '54 Ladies Spitfire? posted by Gordon on 4/27/2008 at 5:47:17 AM
You might want to visit the forums at the Schwinn website. There is one specificly for restorations. www.schwinnbikes.com/heritage
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   '54 Ladies Spitfire? posted by ken on 4/30/2008 at 10:47:20 AM
Maintenance is well worth doing even if you don't decide on restoration. Complete info on coaster brake service is posted on the park tool site:
http://parktool.com/repair/byregion.asp
You have to select Hub Service under the Region menu, and you'll find coaster brakes there (they don't file them under brakes...)
a printed manual is useful too, and you don't need a new one ;) so you might find one in a used book or library sale. If this isn't your cup of tea, get the coaster hub looked at at your shop. It can be made good as new.
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AGE / VALUE:   1930's Firestone Pilot posted by: prexphil on 4/26/2008 at 12:00:13 PM
The Firestone Pilot I recently acquired is in pretty rough shape- hardly a trace of paint on the thing. It has a long extended tank, a rack on the back, and a speedometer/odometer. (976 miles on it!)
Nameplate on front is in pretty good condition. A few who have seen photos believe it to be around 1935, which is older than I am able to find info about on this site. It is supposedly a pretty rare bike. Anyone care to offer input or make an offer?
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