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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1958 Starlet Rear rack posted by: jason on 3/7/2008 at 3:13:55 PM
Hi, does anyone know what kind of rear rack the 1958 starlet came with? I cannot find a good image online of this rack and I need to buy one. Obviously, I want to buy the correct rack, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone have one for sale? Is this rack supposed to be a 9hole?

Additionally, Does anyone know if Schwinn made a late 50's bike basket? My bike has a basket on it and it seems to be manufactured to fit the front truss rods perfectly. Was this an aftermarket basket back in the day?

your help is greatly appreciated, thanks, J (from Southern CA) jnolte77@gmail.com
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1958 Starlet Rear rack posted by ken on 3/12/2008 at 6:56:40 AM
9-hole is correct. I'll see if I can email you a picture of a 56 (been having trouble with attachments).
I'll be interested to hear about baskets. My guess is that Wald would have made a Schwinn-approved model for dealer installation- does yours have any markings at all?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   date for parts posted by: don on 3/6/2008 at 5:52:52 PM
I just picked up a medium tire small tank bike amf roadmaster saturn, i believe to be in the early sixteys would like to know if anybody could date it for sure everything there but the headlight. Thanks.
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AGE / VALUE:   Heidemann Works of Hanover posted by: Mike on 3/6/2008 at 12:27:55 PM
I have a old girls bike, looks more like a scooter with pedals. It has white balloon tires. It gas a spare tire cover on the rear fender with a decal of "Heidemann Works of Hanover". I can't find any info about this bike. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   question posted by: Gary on 3/6/2008 at 6:38:32 AM
Hi, I have and old huffy bicycle and am curious as to why the seatpost bolt and handlebar bolt to tighen the handlbars are screws instead of hex bolts. I thought maybe someone just put screws in instead but you couldn't even fit a regular bolt in the handlebars so I guess its made that way. I am told its a 50 something huffy. I have searched and can't find anything about any bikes having screws instead of bolts. I hope someone can tell me about this. thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn "gremlin" 16" tires posted by: Steve on 3/5/2008 at 8:50:26 PM
HELP !! I am looking for 16-2.125 tires that have raised white letters that say "scrambler" on them. They are for an 8 year old Schwinn kids "gremlin" bike.
Thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   Prewar bicycle video posted by: Greg on 3/2/2008 at 3:07:08 PM
Just finished my first attempt at a video for vintage bicycles.
A montage of pre WWII bicycles and motorbikes I put togethor. Best way to view it is full screen, click on the little rectangle in the lower right hand corner of the video screen. Enjoy!
[url]http://youtube.com/watch?v=2adzsbzf5oU[/url]

Greg
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AGE / VALUE:   ?? Ranger vintage Bicycle help! posted by: Trigg Clark on 3/1/2008 at 6:26:07 PM
Hello I recently purchased this bicycle at a garage sale and I've been looking everywhere to try to figure out what make/model/year/value it is and is worth if anyone can help me that would be fantastic. I'm going to post some pictures they aren't that great but I can take more if I need to... all I have found is that it says Ranger on like 4-5 parts of the bike other than that I can't find any unique markings so any help would be great.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: ?? Ranger vintage Bicycle help! posted by Trigg Clark on 3/1/2008 at 6:33:19 PM
More pictures.
http://www.putfile.com/pic/7762996?pos=top
http://www.putfile.com/pic/7762995?pos=top
http://www.putfile.com/pic/7762994?pos=top
http://www.putfile.com/pic/7762992?pos=top


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: ?? Ranger vintage Bicycle help! posted by ken on 3/3/2008 at 11:26:15 AM
TC, the pictures aren't very clear. Do the rear dropouts form a backward-facing point? If so, I'll be sure- it looks to me like a Murray-built from about 1962. It would be cousin to the Flightliner and some other hardware-chain store models, e.g. Gamble's Hiawatha, Western Flyer, etc. Search the archives for those keywords. Value isn't terribly high but you have a nice complete example- the saddle and the rear rack are hard to find.
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AGE / VALUE:   any guesses??? posted by: johnny on 2/28/2008 at 9:27:40 PM
have belived its either 1952 or 1959 or 1967??? confusing serial # charts, anybody like to try? serial # r651668, the # 0n the inside of crank says A 3 7 . SOMEONE PLEASE CHECK OUT THE CHART AND SEE IF U CAN DECIFER IT? THANKS A MILLION!1
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   any guesses??? posted by Scott on 3/1/2008 at 7:20:32 PM
To which serial # chart are you referring?Or are we to guess the make too?:)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   any guesses??? posted by johnny c on 3/11/2008 at 7:31:18 AM
the chart here at oldroads, thanks
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by: Kaci on 2/28/2008 at 4:40:39 PM
Ok, I am as green as they come. Go easy! I have purchased a girls Sears Spaceliner (mid 60'S?), and a mens JC Higgins Flightliner (60's?) and would like to ID the year and serial/manufactures #'s so I can buy appropriate parts from
bike afficionados like yourself. Spaceliner #502 463330 342444 with a "pointed" rear frame at the rear axle. JC Higgins #502 47041.790954 with a JC Higgins tank. Both have chain guards with the names on them. (space,flightliners). Any help is appreciated, I WTB a rear rack for the Higgins, and a tank for the Spaceliner preferabbly year appropriate. Thanks again!!!! G-Day
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by doug on 3/2/2008 at 5:48:27 AM
I believe these bikes were made for sears by murray company try to see if they can help.I have a girls I was going to sell but found out the value is less than the shipping cost I think I will donate to a museum.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by ken on 3/3/2008 at 11:38:48 AM
Yes, they are Murray built. Lots of archived discussions on this site.
I would love to hear about a database of Murray serial numbers or a way to decode them.
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          RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by Charlie on 3/6/2008 at 1:09:44 PM
i'm a newbie, as well. on the frame of the bike i just painted is a serial number ?? MOY 30 X 7 984175. it also said that is a B F Goodrich on the chainguard. does anyone know who made it ? there wasn't a head badge on it. I'd love to find which is the right one for it so I can buy one.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by doug on 3/9/2008 at 2:18:09 PM
Cleveland welding and schwinn.made bikes for BF Goodrich maybe others as well.Try Ebay look for people who collect and sell headbadges and have Knowledge of same not just fast buck artists. leave a message on restoration tips here too.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Nubee with space and flightliners posted by doug on 3/9/2008 at 2:18:11 PM
Cleveland welding and schwinn.made bikes for BF Goodrich maybe others as well.Try Ebay look for people who collect and sell headbadges and have Knowledge of same not just fast buck artists. leave a message on restoration tips here too.
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MISC:   Identifying a ?1960's English child balloon tyre bike posted by: Al Green on 2/27/2008 at 1:38:04 PM
What is it - and can I get spares to renovate it from rust to glory! 40 years on, I've retrieved my first bike (it's early-mid 1960's) from Dad's wet shed - never knew he'd kept it - to renovate for my 4 y/o daughter. It has 16" x 2.125 white 'Dunlop Balloon' tyres; a Sturmey Archer single speed rear hub with a pedal-backwards-to-brake; a front rod & caliper brake; has fat tubes, & no crossbar - is it a 'cruiser'?; and has a 'Sunbeam' stencil on the chain guard. The front forks have indistinguishable decals on their necks. Never saw nor seen anything like it, though I guess it's likely to be a Raleigh and therefore mass produced here. It was a fetching red-frame; the blue-mud-guards and the rear carrier have all but rotted. The chromed handlebars are rust-speckled. Thanks! - picture to follow.
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          RE:MISC:   Identifying a ?1960's English child balloon tyre bike posted by ken on 2/28/2008 at 12:08:38 PM
It's not a cruiser, unless there's a subcategory "sidewalk cruiser". You won't have any trouble finding new tires, although the standard nowadays will be 16x1.75, and you'll need to take a few links out of a new chain. Unless you're bent on restoration, you can remove the mudguards, and replace them with chrome if you like, although most kids don't mind slashing through puddles. Wald makes a set of fenders for 16x1.75 but not for 16x2.125
http://www.waldllc.com/
There may be a plastic aftermarket fender for recumbents that would work if you're made of money.
I look forward to seeing a picture.
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          RE:MISC: Identifying a ?1960's English child balloon tyre bike posted by Al Green on 3/20/2008 at 8:02:02 AM
Thank you for this - very useful guidance, and I like the chrome fender idea. Pic still to follow - now in a pile of pieces, though pleasingly now with fully-inflated original tyres and inners despite 40 years on its rims!
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BALLOON:   I would like to know the worth of my bike to sell? posted by: Norm on 2/25/2008 at 11:25:52 PM
I have a 1947 Schwinn World b6 springer, that I've had since new. Serial number B96793 It has a locking fork, front drum and rear Bendix brake. Tires 26 X 2.125. Origonal fenders,Person pedals, no tank, chain guard or rack. The old repaint had the original paint design. Condition probably #2. I have photos, but see no way to attach photos here. I need a reply soon.
Thanks Norm.
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AGE / VALUE:   AMF Lancer posted by: Scottm on 2/25/2008 at 9:27:34 AM
I just bought an AMF Lancer with the light can still intact for $50. It has a bendix coaster brake with a red stripe around the center. It's been attacked a few times with spray paint, but I'm guessing it was red and white.I was able to read lancer on the side of the can and AMF on the sides of the front forks. I found the serial number on the left rear dropout. M345615
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showpost.php?p=101725&postcount=1

Any info on dating would be awesome. Thanks, Scottm
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Lancer posted by Scottm on 2/26/2008 at 12:56:49 PM
It took a little research and the bike is a 62 Roadmaster. If anyone has more info I would be most grateful.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Lancer posted by ken on 2/28/2008 at 12:14:47 PM
there are a couple of 60s Roadmasters on nostalgic.net- here's one
http://www.nostalgic.net/pictures/1175.htm
Is it similar?
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AGE / VALUE:   1953 schwinn corvette posted by: bruce on 2/23/2008 at 6:26:44 PM
aloha--i recently acquired a schwinn corvette--all in original condition--it is green in color and according to its serial number, it was manufactured in dec of 1953--the only thing missing was the seat post clamp--on ebay there seem to be a couple of different types of seatpost clamps being made which might fit this bike--i know a very little about balloners and almost nothing about middleweights--would appreciate any kokua from anyone who is akamai about schwinn middleweights in general, and schwinn corvettes in particular--will throw in free surfing lessons should you ever make it to our sunny shores--mahalo no kokua--a huihou kakou
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 schwinn corvette posted by ken on 3/4/2008 at 7:25:52 AM
Bruce, I can send you a decent photo of the clamp on a '63 Corvette. I am not how you say akamai but would guess that the bolt head on a '53 would have the AS logo, whereas the '63 just has the S. The nut on these babies didn't change much in those years: it's got a sort of flange that makes it effectively twice as wide, perhaps to keep the wrench out away from the frame a little?
email me if you like.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 schwinn corvette posted by Bobo on 3/6/2008 at 9:24:26 PM
Uh, like what country are you from? What's akamai, houihoo,
kokua, and surfing mean? Sounds like a bunch of kamikazi
hooey hooey to me! And didn't, like, Chevrolet make the
Corvette, not Schwinn? If Schwinn made it, it would have
been a pedal car! Chevrolet made it and it had a 235 cu. in.
blue fart 6 cyl.engine in it in 1953. ...so THERE!
BOBO
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BALLOON:   ANYBODY HERE? posted by: JOHNNY C on 2/23/2008 at 6:23:56 PM
PRIMED, PAINTED, THEN CLEAR COATED... WOULD IT BE WISE TO PUT WATER DECAL ON TOP OF CLEAR COAT??
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          RE:BALLOON:   ANYBODY HERE? posted by John on 2/27/2008 at 10:11:54 AM
Yes. That is the way that Schwinn did it.
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          RE:BALLOON:   ANYBODY HERE? posted by booboo on 3/6/2008 at 9:28:30 PM
Schwinn didn't clear coat their bikes!
.................BooBoo
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MISC:   FOUND SCHWINN posted by: JOHNNY on 2/21/2008 at 5:50:55 PM
FOUND TODAY A SCHWINN, FRAME LOOKS LIKE STINGRAY BUT LARGER WITH 24 26" WHEELS RACK FRONT AND BACK AND A SMALL CHROME TANK, FIRST TWO LETTERS IN SERIAl # hb....... did not have mag sprocket but kinda clover leaf maybe even diffrent, gold in color all chrome tank, or which is left of tank, its shot!! any name for this bike, or yeaer,also found a english hercules tourist that looks 40S
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          RE:MISC:   FOUND SCHWINN posted by JOHNNY C on 2/22/2008 at 2:47:30 AM
NOT SURE BUT AFTER FURTHER STUDY MAYBE ITS A FLEET??
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          RE:MISC:   FOUND SCHWINN posted by gary on 7/5/2008 at 2:55:32 PM
I had a brand new hercules tourist back in 1954 when I lived in San Diego. Great bike. Gary
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