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AGE / VALUE:   1950's Goodyear Double eagle bicycle posted by: Cole Darof on 4/8/2011 at 1:08:11 PM
Hi everyone I'm hoping someone can help me. I recently purchased a 1950's possible 40's Goodyear double eagle bicycle. It's a full size mens cruiser. I believe it's the deluxe model but the springer forks are throwing me off. I can't find any information on these bikes anywhere. Is it because they're so rare? Does anyone know the value on this bike or any information at all? I can send pics and will try to post some later. Thanks for your time
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's Goodyear Double eagle bicycle posted by Gordon on 4/8/2011 at 7:06:59 PM
Made by Columbia for sale by Goodyear Tire Co. in their stores. There is a photo of one at http://www.nostalgic.net/bicycle942.htm

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AGE / VALUE:   Restored AMC Flash Bicycle posted by: Katrina on 4/3/2011 at 8:29:42 AM
I have a vintage AMC Flash bicycle that I would like to sell but I would like to know more about it and its value. This bike was a gift so I do not know where it came from, but was told it was from the 1950s. It has been completely restored, the parts are original but they have been repainted and there are new tires and other accessories. Can someone give me more information about this bicycle? Maybe its age, some history, and a possible value? Thank you!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Restored AMC Flash Bicycle posted by ken on 4/7/2011 at 9:58:51 AM
It was never a Cadillac. Sold in hardware stores late 50s- early sixties. The repaint won't help the value any compared to decent original paint.The right buyer might pay $100 for it, as an alternative to a big box bike.
It should be a reliable rider more or less forever. I hope you ride it.

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AGE / VALUE:   What is my bike? posted by: Gavin on 3/28/2011 at 12:19:04 PM
Please help me ID my bike. Serial # P106115.
See pic below.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is my bike? posted by Gary M on 3/28/2011 at 3:31:30 PM
AMF roadmaster, or some similar rebadged 59-66 or so single speed midweight. I have the exact same bike in my line out front. I could have said dozebs of things on the supplied badge or screened on the chaingaurd.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is my bike? posted by Gavin on 3/28/2011 at 4:08:00 PM
Thanks for your help. Bottom Bracket and Crank rebuilt, the rest soon to follow.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by: Mike on 3/18/2011 at 12:58:08 PM
Question: Why are the Western Flyer bicycles not of much interest/collectible? I think they are nice and have value, but they seem to not attrack much attention. I was just curious as to what drives a vintage bike worth. I know the condition is big in determining value. But outside of that, please elaborate on year, make, and model being the inital driving force. Thank you in advance for all comments.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by Gary M on 3/18/2011 at 7:17:47 PM
Look close at any other makes of midweight bikes. the quality and attention to detail on all other brands is pathetic. Prior to the mid 50s most makes did things like blend and conceal welds, smooth bracket edges, and used better componenets overall. I personally like many other brands of muscle bikes over Schwinn, but in general, like most i stick with what sells, and people like. I do like the look of the AMF roadmasters.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by Mike on 3/21/2011 at 12:36:39 PM
I have a 1960 Western Flyer and I wish I had the money upfront to fully restroe it....chrome is expensive. But I think it is very nice. Need a couple of items to fully restore it like the light kit, chainguard, seat, hand grips. But it will be fun to restore over time. The pic is prior to teardown. Right now it is fully tore down.


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by Gary M on 3/22/2011 at 10:02:43 AM
nice bike. you would not beleive what a can of WD40 and some steel wool will do to that bike. PAint the frame, polish the chrome as is, and re assemble it and ride it
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by ken on 3/22/2011 at 11:57:29 AM
A 1960 Western Flyer is a Murray -as far as I know. They may well have had contracts with other suppliers as well. If complete and rideable, its collector interest is probably comparable to that of a 1991 Ford: better if it's a T-bird, not so good if an economy model. If it's not a full-dress tanker in great condition it's not going to be rare or collectible for a lot more years yet. Restoration is of no value, Gary's right. Clean, overhaul and ride with pride.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Bicycles posted by Michael Crawford on 6/30/2011 at 3:31:35 PM
Ive just purchaced a five bar middle weight. Its cleaned up real nice but missing the fenders and a tank. All the five bars ive seen dont have a tank. But mines got the clips under the sencond set of bars. What style of tank am i looking for?If you need a pic ill send one later.
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MISC:   7 speed cruiser posted by: perry Greco on 3/13/2011 at 5:33:52 PM
I just picked up a very nice red/black schwinn "phantom" style bike with a shamono internal 7 speed rear hub. It also has a old style full length chain gaurd,and AS bolts. All the others Ive seen on line have a different gaurd and external gears. Do I have a early model worth anymore or just a run of the mill repop?
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          RE:MISC:   7 speed cruiser posted by jj on 3/14/2011 at 4:31:07 AM
That Shimano 7-speed makes it a newer bike, unless someone added a new rear wheel to an older bike.
What size are the tires?
Do the pedals have reflectors?

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          RE:MISC:   7 speed cruiser posted by perry greco on 3/14/2011 at 5:12:40 PM
26 by 2.125 and yes it has reflectors in the pedals. Chrome fenders too. I know its a repop but was hoping it was a rarer early model. Ive got a pic but cant figure out how to post it DUH !!
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          RE:RE:MISC:   7 speed cruiser posted by ken on 3/17/2011 at 12:33:49 PM
That's been available new as recently as three years ago. After a coworker bought one I looked it up, so I'm sure. The current schwinnbikes.com catalog doesn't have it, though, as far as I can tell.
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AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike posted by: Kim on 2/26/2011 at 12:23:06 PM
Can anyone tell me what kind of bike this is and an approx. age, I have gotten alot of different info. We believed it to be a Schwinn as both rims says Schwinn. The seat says Mesinger, # on bike is W252445. Thanks for any help you can give me as I am stumped.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is this bike posted by gmain on 2/27/2011 at 2:34:27 PM
a Frankenbike! Its peices of everything laying in the scrap pile that would fit on the frame. vintage Schwinn S2 wheels worth maybe 200 or more, not much more. rest solid scrap iron, painted up late 50s AMF junk. I would bid $125
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by: Taylor on 2/23/2011 at 4:26:08 PM
I have a Schwinn Corvette that I purchesed off of the original owner. It has copper paint, a three speed Strumley and Archer rear hub with the control on the handle bars, a generator operated headlight and taillight, the mounting bracket for the front spring loaded rack, the crash bar and chrome springs on the seat, chrome fenders, chrome rims, the original whitewall Westwind tires, and the plastic starburst headbadge that is glued on. The serial number is H317810. I would really like to know what year this bike was produced.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by Gary M on 2/23/2011 at 6:36:23 PM
scrub down the rear hub, its dated, and production is generally within a month of that date.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by ken on 2/25/2011 at 12:26:49 PM
August 63 according to the chart. That badge makes it an interesting model. Do you have links to any history of the badge? Just used in 62 and 63, I think, but I don't know. Consumer catalog illustrations don't show it. The Coppertone color is in the 63 catalog but not the 62, for what it's worth.
I owned one with a kickback hub. Sold it and shipped it, and the buyer sent back pictures of the torn end of the box and the badge missing off the bike. I don't know to this day whether it was a scam, but I assume so since that would be a long shot coincidence, first the box getting damaged right by the headset, then a thief coming along who knew what that badge was. I'll never ship another bike. Anyway, keep an eye on it.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by Taylor on 2/25/2011 at 4:48:09 PM
Thank you very much. I too am not sure either of exactly when that headbadge was used. I would like to know when it was used. I do know for certian that it was only used two years. Also I would like to know about how much this bicycle is worth. Thanks again.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by ken on 3/1/2011 at 1:05:18 PM
What date did you find on the S-A hub? How do you know the badge was used two years?
The only way to determine its value is to sell it. Condition has a lot to do with it. Mine had been pretty well beat up and went for a hundred US ten years ago, but with a 2-speed.

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AGE / VALUE:   Shelby Cadillac posted by: Anthony on 2/21/2011 at 7:55:13 PM
I picked up this bike and I would like to gain some info on it. I have not had a chance to really get in depth with it, so here is what I have as of right now.

Shelco
No. 51
79352 (serial #)

There is a head badge that says Cadillac that starts low and swoops high.

The bike is going to need some major TLC and would like to know what it is supposed to look like.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Shelby Cadillac posted by Vin on 2/22/2011 at 4:45:16 AM
Check the Picture Database (under the Technical Resources tab at the top of any page here).

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AGE / VALUE:   Rear rack posted by: Carl Lapoint on 2/13/2011 at 10:11:15 AM
I am looking for a rear carrier rack for a 60's Murray Jet fire. e-mail or call 978-602-4649
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WANTED:   1960 Schwinn Hornet Tank Decal Wanted posted by: Matt on 2/7/2011 at 8:30:49 PM
I'm in the middle of restoring this bike and have been looking for the tank decal. It is a straight line font decal that is gold with black trim. I have pics I can email anyone who can help me find it.
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AGE / VALUE:   What kind of bike is this? Year/Make? posted by: Jack on 2/6/2011 at 6:05:06 PM
Bought this bike recently at a swap meet, first tank bike I have acquired. 24 inch rims, battery system inside tank. Does anyone have any info on this bike? Please answer on my e-mail @ hondaboo_2@msn.com. I will send some pics, until I can get my pics on this website.
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BALLOON:   What Do I have here? posted by: Mark on 2/6/2011 at 6:26:47 AM
Have a mystery bike.Has 26 X 2.125 tires, a bendix 2 speed kickback. Trying to post some pics
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          RE:BALLOON:   What Do I have here? posted by Mark on 2/6/2011 at 6:38:10 AM
here's a pic of the crank


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          RE:BALLOON:   What Do I have here? posted by joe on 2/11/2011 at 5:35:40 PM
You have a colson
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          RE:BALLOON:   What Do I have here? posted by Mark on 2/12/2011 at 9:10:27 PM
Thanks,now I'll try to put it back together
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AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Schwinn date check posted by: Danny on 2/3/2011 at 1:42:33 PM
Can someone verify if this SN# X75852 with it's uniformed stamping is from 1937? Crankset arm is stamped AS & CO, with just a single # 2 and a space before a diamond shape on opposite side of center arm. Thanks!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Schwinn date check posted by Danny on 2/3/2011 at 2:00:56 PM
This is on a 26" mens straightbar, curved downtube frame, sweetheart sprocket(1" pitch), truss rod fork no key port, no headbadge. Bought the bike from the original family the mother won the bicycle in a store raffle when she was a little girl, the children did not know what badge was on the front and mother was no longer living to tell. Fenders were changed along with the seat, missing chainguard also. Rims were chromed has a Morrow coaster brake.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Schwinn date check posted by Gary M on 2/4/2011 at 12:16:56 AM
all prewar date codes lost in fire of 48. post more pics, but your original owners guess is ass close as your gonna get unless we see valid original accesories
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Schwinn date check posted by Danny on 2/4/2011 at 2:54:51 PM
My interest was mainly in the serial number itself, I had read somewhere if the stamping was straight, tight, inline or arranged in a similar manner that this stamping procedure was used only one year which I remember as 1937. My SN# appears to me to be in that realm, I'm thinking that the frame/fork, AS stem(not a cross-brace handlebar), and sprocket could be OG to this bike. Is it unusual that the SN# would start with an X***** on a Schwinn Pre war? I've never seen this letter used before with Schwinn SN#s.
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Pre war Schwinn date check posted by ken on 2/4/2011 at 4:26:29 PM
Danny, I remember something like that too. There used to be a site called Schwinn Frame Dating Info that had a lot of detail about early number stamping, but that link has been broken for quite a while now. Mark Smith might be able to help. bunchobikes.com
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AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by: Jessica on 1/29/2011 at 4:50:38 PM
I have a bicycle that I am trying to figure out what it is and the year. If anyone has anything that can help me I would really appreciate it.



Facts:

1.Frame number is horizontal and printed under crank, numbers are all the same size, has a capitol E and # is E84905
2. It is Pre war because it has skip chain.
3.Drop out is open in the back and has small Schwinn type adjusters
4.Has all Schwinn accessories : pedals, handlebars, grips
5.Skip chain sprocket is not sweat heart but has long slots cut into it.
6.The crank is hard to read but looks like it might say - HM 6 CO

Thanks


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by jj on 1/30/2011 at 6:04:45 AM
Long slots sound like Shelby.
Can you post a photo?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by Gordon on 2/1/2011 at 7:45:44 PM
Skiptooth chain was used into the early 1950's.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by Joyce on 2/11/2011 at 3:43:37 AM
I have a bicycle that i am trying to figure out what the year is .If anyone has anything yhat can help me ,i would really appreciate it .
the no on the bottom of the bike is 1-210-60
it has and Elgin head band on the front of the bike
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by Joyce on 2/11/2011 at 3:44:10 AM
I have a bicycle that i am trying to figure out what the year is .If anyone has anything yhat can help me ,i would really appreciate it .
the no on the bottom of the bike is 1-210-60
it has and Elgin head band on the front of the bike
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   What year and make is my bicycle? posted by jj on 2/11/2011 at 4:47:07 AM
Can you post a photo?
What size are the tires?

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AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by: Aaron on 1/28/2011 at 10:08:19 PM
I picked up this bike over the weekend...no identifying name or badges, the sticker on the front bar says "safety first". I did find a serial number on the left rear wheel mount. Looks like original paint. There was some sort of design on the seat post bar, but it's all faded out. Any help would be appreciated.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Aaron on 1/28/2011 at 10:12:58 PM
Trying to post pic again...


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by jj on 1/29/2011 at 5:15:17 AM
Have a look at the "Middleweight" bikes in the "Picture Database" under the "Technical Resources" tab above.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Gary M on 1/29/2011 at 1:03:38 PM
AMF Western Flyer, early 60s there is apicture of that exact bike under western flyer
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Aaron on 1/29/2011 at 8:49:30 PM
Not finding it...I searched under western flyer, AMF, 1960's...got a link?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Gary M on 1/30/2011 at 3:35:28 AM
go to technical resources on page top here, then photo id, then search by make, slide down to western flyer and click. its a 1964 in the picture just like yours, rack light and all.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Aaron on 1/30/2011 at 9:58:19 AM
The red 1964 western flyer isn't at all the same. The red bike has a single upper bar with double bars under. Mine has the double bars on top with the light switch between them and a single bar under. Tank design is all together different, much more angular, rack and supports are different, pedal sprocket is different...not the same bike. Any other ideas?
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Gary M on 2/1/2011 at 3:08:49 AM
yeah it was late. that one is a murray. yours is an AMF, i am quite certain, same age. Like a Skyrider or similar. I may even have a skyrider chaingaurd here.
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Gary M on 2/1/2011 at 3:16:05 AM
murray have shark fins behind the axle. while yours looks like a standard murray twin bar, it dont seem to have the fins.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by Gary M on 2/1/2011 at 3:26:42 AM
see similar parts but not frame here
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-26-Teal-JET-FIRE-Murray-Bicycle-w-Wire-Basket-/190391991896?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c543f3e58
standard murray twinbar frame very different
http://cgi.ebay.com/MURRAY-BUILT-FLIGHTLINER-CHROME-SPECIAL-EDITION-BICYCLE-/380311683139?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588c57c043
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help me ID this bike... posted by gerry on 2/4/2011 at 3:32:19 PM
I have an Iver Johnson serial 289028 bike. I believe it to be in the 1920-1930's Does anyone know how to determine the exact date? Thanks, Gerry Ph 574 3093571 email glwier@yahoo.com
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