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BALLOON:   BROKEN SPOKES posted by: GENE KELLY on 4/26/2008 at 11:01:49 AM
HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ON THIS.MY SISTER BOUGHT 3 HAMPTON CRUISERS.SHE SPENT OVER $1,100.00 FOR THE BIKES LAST YEAR.THE SPOKES ON ALL THREE BIKES ARE BREAKING ON FRT. AND BACK WHEELS.SHE WENT BACK TO THE BIKE SHOP WERE SHE BOUGHT THEN AND AS THE BIKES WERE STANDING THERE ONE SPOKE SNAPED.THE SHOP SAYS THERE IS NOTHING HE CAN DO BUT REPLACE ALL 6 WHEELS AT HER EXPENSE.HAS ANYONE OUT THERE HAD THIS PROBLEM?
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          RE:BALLOON:   BROKEN SPOKES posted by ken on 5/2/2008 at 12:41:19 PM
I've had the problem with bad wheels, but not with bad bike shop. The seller should stand behind the product. If they agree the wheels should be replaced, as does sometimes happen with cheap machine-built wheels, they should also agree they're their responsibility. I'd expect them to install a new spoke every time one broke. Remind them that correctly assembled wheels last a really long time.
Does your community have a chamber of commerce or better business bureau?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Help with bicycle ID please posted by: Michael on 4/23/2008 at 9:17:39 AM
I just picked up this little jewel at a roadside sale. They must have had a lot of extra gold paint! Anyway, I had no idea what it might be until I took a few pics and noticed some letters under the paint. A little laquer thiner and it produced SIMPLEX. I can't find any info at all on Simple bicycles, just Simplex Servis and derailleurs. Anyone?
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WANTED:   Book Pages posted by: Mr. Mann on 4/20/2008 at 12:07:37 PM
I looking for pictures of the pages in this book:Collectable Schwinn Sting-Ray Bicycles: 1963 1/2 - 1979. I am looking for the 1964-1970 pages of the sales prices of all the bikes? Please.

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          RE:WANTED:   Book Pages posted by Gordon on 4/20/2008 at 4:32:49 PM
I'd like to help you, but that would mean scanning 40 some pages. If you could narrow it down some I might be able to help.
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          RE:RE:WANTED:   Book Pages posted by Gordon on 4/21/2008 at 5:32:36 AM
Oops, I misread your request. The pages with the sale prices would be only 7 pages. However, I have been informed that it would be a violation of copyright laws to copy these.
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          RE:WANTED:   Book Pages posted by Mr. Mann on 4/21/2008 at 9:46:15 AM
Honestly I just need all those pages because I want all of the information on the hollywood. The 26" regular,deluxe,24" models and the 20 inch models. Gordon if you want to do it that way thats fine. I just need that info. I heard it gave good info. Please
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AGE / VALUE:   Older Schwinn info wanted posted by: Mike on 4/18/2008 at 6:53:41 AM
Hi,

I've got an old 26" Schwinn boys bike I am trying to date and identify. The serial number stamped on the bottom of the crank case is D21085. It has full fenders, teardrop headlight, rear rack w/light, 2 front bars, spring loaded seat, and the Schwinn Planes & Trains head badge. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Older Schwinn info wanted posted by Gordon on 4/19/2008 at 5:38:09 AM
The Schwinn factory suffered a fire in 1948 and serial number records before August of 1948 were lost. However, in 8/48 they were using "D9xxxx" serial numbers, and I would be willing to guess that your bike was built early in 1948. The model appears to be a B607 Deluxe Autocycle that is missing the tank.
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WANTED:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by: Mr Mann on 4/16/2008 at 5:20:12 PM
I am looking for information on the schwinn hollywood. I was wondering what years were they in the special color,white/rose and blue/white. Now I know that i asked this question before but nobodys talkin!! Does anybody know anything or have books on this matter. Any info would help. Thanks
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by Mr. Mann on 4/16/2008 at 5:26:08 PM
Please don't think I am being a smart a#*. SORRY
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by Gordon on 4/17/2008 at 9:30:46 AM
This may be of very little help, but it might be better than nothing.The first catalog listing for the Hollywood that I can find is 1957 and the description is: Unequipped girls model, pastel colors, whitewall tires, white saddle. The listing in 1958 was exactly the same as 57.!959 and 1960 lists the Hollywood but no description. No listing for 1961. 1962 it says Hollywood (FB) and the (FB)might be the colors offered. 1962 it was Hollywood (FB,WR)and automatic 2-speed only. WR might be white and rose? 1964 and 1965 were the same as 63 except colors were (RB,WR). That's as far as my info goes.
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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by Veronica Tegman on 4/17/2008 at 10:58:19 AM
I have a "B" and a "C", both 24" and white/rose. They seem identical.
White frame with rose decals/pinstriping, rose chainguard with white decals/pinstriping, white fenders with rose pinstripes, white rims (24 x 1 1/4) with black pinstripes, rose and white "S" seat, white handgrips, single red stripe Bendix hub.

Hope this helps.


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          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by Mr.Mann on 4/18/2008 at 12:50:15 PM
Veronica,they are 24 inch rims? They should be 26 inch rims. Plus I would like to see pics, maybe I buy them off you?
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BALLOON:   schwinn date & style info needed posted by: samantha on 4/15/2008 at 4:39:40 PM
I just bought this fantastic racing green Schwinn today. I am in love with it - but am desperate to find out what year it was made and what "style" it is.
The serial number is under the crank and appears to be
TY00011109
I cannot seem to find any images of other Schwinns with a similar font style matching my "Schwinn" any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


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          RE:BALLOON:   schwinn date & style info needed posted by ken on 4/16/2008 at 10:08:42 AM
see Paul's post below
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AGE / VALUE:   phantom age posted by: Eddie on 4/15/2008 at 6:30:34 AM
I have a phantom with a serial # starting with K2 would that make it an Oct of 1952?? or is the date code different on older bikes?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom age posted by ken on 4/15/2008 at 10:28:43 AM
If it's on the dropout, might be '53. see serial number chart on this site.
The info used to include a statement about serial number location taken from another source, but it has been disputed and is no longer quoted here.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom age posted by Eddie on 4/16/2008 at 4:15:03 AM
Yes it is on the rear drop out.


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AGE / VALUE:   Excelsior posted by: Doug on 4/15/2008 at 5:52:11 AM
Looking for info on Excelsior Schwinn Bulet horn with push horn, blue / white two tone color
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BALLOON:   Mercury bikes?! posted by: Amanda on 4/14/2008 at 6:10:05 PM
Hello, I've been looking for a leisure/riding bike and stumbled across a pair of blue & ivory vintage-looking bikes. I bought the ladies one and alas I'm terribly short and I think it is a balloon style. It's got 26" wheels and they're much fatter than my fiance's standard 10-speed bike's 26" wheels.

It's a very handsome bike, with fenders and a little rack over the rear wheel. Thing is, the seat is all the way lowered and my feet won't touch the ground. I've been searching and it looks like Mercurys are not plentiful on the internet... I was going to just buy some 24" wheels and tires and see if they will go on the bike's frame, so I can ride it without dying.

Do any of you happen to recognize this bike, or even have a general idea of what time period it came from? I searched on this site (great by the way!) and I was a pricing guide, looks like Mercurys were made in the 30s, up through the 50s maybe? I thought this was just a replica "vintage" bike, but maybe it's not... it could truly be old, I have no clue! I've attached a picture (I hope it works).

I'd love to hear anyone's feedback if you recognize it. Also, should I go back and buy its twin men's model? Thanks in advance!

[IMG]http://i28.tinypic.com/2igemu9.jpg[/IMG]
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          RE:BALLOON: Mercury bikes?! posted by Amanda on 4/14/2008 at 6:32:22 PM
Here are other pictures (links):

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=15hfy9l&s=3

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=35aix03&s=3

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2jiagy&s=3

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2jcdi6h&s=3
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          RE:BALLOON: Mercury bikes?! posted by joel on 4/16/2008 at 8:48:13 AM
Your bike is a replica, (1980s?/90s?)
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MISC:   schwinn hollywood posted by: Mr. Mann on 4/13/2008 at 1:01:22 PM
I am looking for information on the schwinn hollywood. What year were they first making them? I knew they stopped in 1979. Also I was wondering what years were they in the special color,white/rose or white/pink. I knew they made them only a couple of years. Any help would be grateful! Thanks
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          RE:MISC:   schwinn hollywood posted by ken on 4/14/2008 at 12:15:47 PM
I have one from 1960. White with blue trim.
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          RE:RE:MISC:   schwinn hollywood posted by Mr. Mann on 4/14/2008 at 4:05:25 PM
Would want to sell it? If so how much?
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          RE:RE:RE:MISC:   schwinn hollywood posted by ken on 4/15/2008 at 10:22:59 AM
Might depend on your location... you can send me an email. My Hollywood has no wheels, but does have original saddle, bars, stem, grips and fenders. I have pictures.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   schwinn hollywood posted by Mr. Mann on 4/15/2008 at 11:53:29 AM
I probably won't buy it I'm more into complete bikes.
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BALLOON:   DECALS posted by: Gene Kelly on 4/11/2008 at 6:59:12 PM
I have 2 colsons.one is a 1939 colson imperial and the other is a 1957 colson that has the springer ft.were the 2 springs are pointing out.dont know the model.Ihave never seen a colson with any kind of decals.did they use a decal on there tanks or chain guards.the only thing i have to go by is the head badge.Just need a picture of any decal for colson
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AGE / VALUE:   Green Phantom Cruiser Deluxe posted by: Paul on 4/11/2008 at 12:02:11 AM
I recently procured what appears to be a mint Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe, or possibly Green Phantom.. The S/N is TY96073847. Are there any S/N decoders available on the web?

I am looking for appraisal resources. Not for resale but for common sense purposes. I bought the bike for a daily cruiser rider thinking it was a mid nineties reproduction but upon closer inspection I think it may have been made in 1976. For example the steering tube badge has 1976 stamped into it and all of the steel is much thicker & heavier gauge than my 1997 Schwinn Super Cruiser reproduction with 7 speed shimano. All of the accesories are made of steel. It has the Phantom Tanks, Lamps & reflectors, unlike my Super Cruiser Repro. The spokes are much thicker than the 97. It only has one speed. The tires are made in the USA Schwinn Classics & still have the molding rubber spikes protruding. The protective plastic "cellophane covering is still protecting all of the painted surfaces on the tank. The bicycle is stunningly preserved & outright beautiful! I'd love to ride it but am scared to.

I found it in a pawn shop located in a small rural Montana community called Harlowton. The store owner only knew that a Local car dealer had riden it in 4th of July parades. 1976. Also it has a Global decal on the lower cantiliver tube that says "Schwinn Quality" on the perimeter & "The Second Century" on the Center of the globe.

I'm concerned about riding it if it is too valuable.

Any info you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Paul S. Gies
4/10/08
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AGE / VALUE:   What model? posted by: James Jantzen on 4/10/2008 at 5:41:29 PM
I have a Hawthrone bike that someone thought it was 1958 Space Rocket. I was not able to find a model number, but there was a number 36-13 on the rear hub. This bike has 2 lights, one on each side of the tank. I have done a Google search, but have not located any information or pic. I did not take the tank assembly apart so I'm not sure if there any model # in there.
Any help would appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What model? posted by ken on 4/14/2008 at 12:19:22 PM
Hawthorne was the Wards house brand, no? I'd look at pictures of the major builders of that era, try to find a match.
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BALLOON:   Morrow Hub posted by: Tomas on 4/9/2008 at 11:03:59 AM
I am working (over the phone) with a guy who has a 1954 Schwinn with a springer fork. Serial # M816552. He told me that it says "Morrow" on the brake arm on the rear hub. Is this historically accurate hub or put on later than origianl? All of the Schwinns that I have trestored have been New Departure or Bendix. THis is a new one on me ANybody???
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AGE / VALUE:   corsair cruiser? posted by: ben on 4/7/2008 at 9:51:27 AM
picked up bsa and western flyer 3 speeds and a "corsair" single speed cruiser this weekend. can't find anything anywhere on the corsair. 26 inch wheels, giant fenders, a huge chainguard (not full case), lightset, big rack, motorcycle style kickstand that hooks to the rear fender and a single speed hub with coaster brake. can anyone tell me anything about the corsair? it looks really old.

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