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MISC:   Need help identifing Old Schwinn posted by: Scott on 2/3/2008 at 11:19:29 AM
I have been searching for the proper identification of an old bike I aquired last year. I have searched databases using the numbers I located underneath the pedal sprocket: R3044 and nothing comes up. Any ideas out there? Any help in identifying this bicycle is appreciated.
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AGE / VALUE:   Norwood Custom Bicycle posted by: Craig White on 1/31/2008 at 2:47:42 PM
Hello there,

I have a Norwood Custom Middleweight, red in good shape. Seems to be all original. White grips say "Trim Grip", front steel rat trap carrier, full red fenders, 26x1.75 Toledo White Walls, no markings on hub, Serial # is a capital I, P, or R, on side bottom of BB Shell and then 6287835 in center of shell. Any info would be appreciated.

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Craig
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BALLOON:   what year is it? posted by: michael on 1/30/2008 at 11:15:27 AM
b ought an old schwinn serial h916063 26 inch rims
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          RE:BALLOON:   what year is it? posted by ken on 2/1/2008 at 11:55:33 AM
August, 1959 per the list on this site, if the number is on the left rear dropout.
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Gene Kelly on 1/28/2008 at 4:07:18 PM
THE SCHWINN ACE HAS 28" TIRES NOT 18" SORRY ABOUT THAT.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by ken on 1/30/2008 at 11:33:04 AM
Gene, have you got any pictures? 28 by what? You got me curious. Schwinn quit using 28" singletube tires in about 1933...
Also, you can always go to nostalgic.net and look at their photo archives and try to find similar looking machines.
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          SCHWINN ACE :    posted by GENE KELLY on 1/30/2008 at 4:56:38 PM
THE TIRE JUST SAYS 28' THATS ALL IT SAYS.I PUT BIKE UP ON E-BAY FOR 5 DAYS. LOOK UNDER SCHWINN COMEPLETE BICYCLES.
FURTRADER40
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Gene Kelly on 1/28/2008 at 3:33:35 PM
NEED HELP
HAVE A BOYS SCHWINN ACE. R29384.THE CODE SAYS 1955,BUT THIS BIKE DOES NOT HAVE A KICK STAND.I READ THAT ALL SCHWINNS HAD THEN AFTER 1946 ALSO HAS 18" TIRES AND CROSS BAR ON HANDLEBARS.THE REAR FENDER HAS A COOL LOOKING TAIL LITE, BATTERY LITE WITH A SWITCH ON SIDE. HOW REAR IS THIS.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   tank identification posted by: jlloyd on 1/28/2008 at 12:56:46 AM
I'm trying to identify what make, model, year, etc of a tank that a friend recently gave me. The tank is approx 15" long, 3" tall and only about an inch wide. It looks like it would mount ON TOP of the frame tube and is anchored in the front at the head tube. It's Red in color with a white wing graphic, with an "H" that is enclosed in a circle. I've been looking everywhere for some help. Maybe someone here can identify it? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   tank identification posted by Gordon on 1/28/2008 at 7:47:52 PM
Sounds like it might be from a Hedstrom childrens bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by: Carl on 1/27/2008 at 10:12:46 AM
Hello devoties, I am hoping to learn the age and model of my old cruiser. I have a Schwinn which I believe is a Panther. It has the head badge with the prop plain racing downwards above the Schwinn name in arch form. Below the name is a sedan racing a steam locomotive. The serial number, and there are a few stampings is as follows: 7000278 B19432 p 4 M(?). I have consluded that "P" stands for panther, that "B" is for February and that the ditit "1" after the B is for the year 1951. Does this sound right?
I found this bicycle beside a barn in central Texas in 1981 along side a girl's Rocket also from Chicago. It has a straight bar frame, forward rear dropouts, locking steering, knee action spring front fork, heart chain ring, winged chain guard, one inch pitch chain, Messinger saddle and AS bolts. I would add a picture, but I'm not up on how this is done. Any help in IDing this fun ride would be appreciated. Kind Regards, Carl from Seattle
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by ken on 1/30/2008 at 11:35:13 AM
Does it have the patent welded-on kickstand? If so, 51 sounds reasonable.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by Carl on 1/31/2008 at 11:16:33 AM
Yes Ken, it does have the welded kickstand mount. Thank you for sharing this trivia.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by ken on 2/1/2008 at 12:20:28 PM
There's more... the following used to be on the Schwinn serial # page: "Serial numbers were under the bottom hanger bracket until 1952 when they were moved to the left rear dropout. They were moved again in 1972 to the head tube. Several different numbering systems were used and sometimes the same numbers were reused in different years."
I have not seen any stampings on a Schwinn like the ones you describe; typically the serial # is just a letter and five or six digits, like the number you have starting with B- but they went through a lot of different systems. I'd use the location of the number as a guide. The B numbers on this list are from 52 and 53, which is still within the period of inch pitch chain. Bt if your numbers are under the crank, it may precede the 1948 beginning of the list... let us know what you learn.
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AGE / VALUE:   Century Cycle co. posted by: Bob on 1/24/2008 at 8:07:59 PM
I would like to know sometiihng about a Blackhorse 26"
bicycle from the Century Cycle co. . It has a rear drop down stand , front and rear brakes by metal rods . I don't know if it is English or American . I read that Century bikes might have been made by Mead or Schwinn Cycle Co..
Any history would be appreciated . thanks , Bob
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn American Delux posted by: Randy on 1/24/2008 at 7:52:50 AM
I found a 1954 Schwinn American Delux in a neighbors basement. It has the fender light and the horn tank in good shape. I would like to purchase it and restore as a first project. It is has some rust, but is really fairly nice. I have no idea what I should offer her for the bike. Any help would be appreciated.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Schwinn American Delux posted by Roger Blake on 1/26/2008 at 7:23:32 AM
It all depends on the bike condition. First though, I don't think the American was made in 1954. http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1959/1954.html Schwinn serial numbers were repeated so they can not id the age in and of themselves.

Post pictures on http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/forumdisplay.php?forumid=4
and give serial number and serial number location.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Take a look vintage Japanese roadsters posted by: Richard on 1/23/2008 at 4:25:09 AM
Greeting fellow bicycle enthusasts.
Anyone interested in old rod-brake single-speed bicycles complete with fender ornaments should check out the folowing. The articles are in Japanese but the albums on the left side of the page are really cool.
http://chikutakurinrin.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/


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FOR SALE:   Heavyweight\Balloon 3sp Hand Brake Schwinn Jaguar Frames posted by: gmain on 1/20/2008 at 9:26:29 PM
I have 4 or 5 1954-56 Schwinn frames, all heavyweight, or balloon tire frames, with hand brake ribbons, seeking offers. Also 1956 Schwinn American 2 speed, factory lever 2sp, now has a sweet red band kickback, fresh laced with an equally nice S7 rim. Very nice original S7 front rim and oem tire. Its needing repainted, rear fender has been straightened, could be rolled smoother. Bike exceot rear hub is 100 percent original. The original 2sp lever hub, and cable fasteners included, never had a lever, thats why I installed a period correct kickback. Will provide pics to serious inquiries. Bike currently has front rack and rear paperboy carriers. Currently seeking trade offers mostly, but will sell these and lots of other Schwinn stuff outright.
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Heavyweight\Balloon 3sp Hand Brake Schwinn Jaguar Frames posted by Ron on 1/26/2008 at 8:39:58 PM
looking for 50's fork part of springer fork,i have struts spring hardware ect. how much for fork? also want s-2 rims,thanks Ron
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BALLOON:   "Empire" posted by: rickstrange@msn.com on 1/20/2008 at 7:12:03 PM
I have a bike with no Identification other than "EMPIRE" written on the badge can anyone tell me something about this bicycle, thanks rick
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MISC:   CHIMO....ever heard of it? posted by: Tom on 1/13/2008 at 6:59:02 AM
Back in the 80's I was going to get into biking but didn't have the $$ it took to buy right. Had an avid cycler recommend a CHIMO Cobra...Raya 27 X 1 1/2 rims....Sun Tour derailers....pedals say Roto Italy...High Tension 1020 Double Butte Frame (24" seatpost)...Elina Super Pro seat...Sakae chainwheel. Appears to be a "mutt". Worth replacing the rubber and riding? Or start over and do it right this time?
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          RE:MISC:   CHIMO....ever heard of it? posted by chimo on 1/13/2008 at 7:07:27 PM
Sounds like a vintage lightweight. Ask under that topic.
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          RE:MISC:   CHIMO....ever heard of it? posted by Henry on 1/26/2009 at 9:14:19 AM
I've got a chimo I just love. I stripped everything off the frame and put on new components, it's the best bike I've ever had. I'm still searching around for the history, but it seems like a Canadian company was selling them.
http://apps.facebook.com/mycycle/pics/305283
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          RE:MISC:   CHIMO....ever heard of it? posted by John on 2/1/2009 at 9:51:37 AM
I have a Chimo Cobra from the early eighties. When I was into road biking it was a grat bike. It has a long frame so since I am 6'2" it was very stable. Is there a market to sell bike? It has been hanging in my gargae for many years now and I just don't ahve the time to use it.
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AGE / VALUE:   rollfast age posted by: jay darlington on 1/7/2008 at 8:00:31 PM
i'am new to the vintage bikes and need some information i have an old rollfast mens looks very similar to one in the picture database 1930-1940 but mine has the skip tooth sprockets i have been told thats pre war were the other sprockets used pre war i would like to know what year mine is i'am getting ready to restore thanks jay
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   rollfast age posted by Gordon on 1/8/2008 at 9:29:16 AM
Skip tooth chain was used as late as 1953, so it does not mean a bike is prewar. And some prewar bikes used 1/2 inch pitch. If your bike has the frame ears for a rear stand, that would be a pretty sure indicator that it is prewar, or if the down tube from the steering tube to the crank housing is straight, not curved, then it probably is prewar.
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BALLOON:   Foremost posted by: harbi32 on 1/2/2008 at 5:21:28 PM
I have an old 60's model JC Penney Foremost of my mom's. I am wanting to fix it back to original for her. Are there any good sights to check out for parts? Or is there another bike that the parts are the same and easier to get?

I can supply a picture if needed.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Foremost posted by jj on 1/7/2008 at 8:23:06 AM
It probably takes standard parts you can find at your local bike shop.
For tires and tube you can go to Walmart

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          RE:BALLOON:   Foremost posted by harbi32 on 1/7/2008 at 7:30:02 PM
Thanks! It looks like all I'm gonna need is a new front fender, wheels, and grips. The thing I am really trying to find is the graphics. I figure I'll probably have to paint them on again or print them up myself. Working on her bike has made me want to start doing this as a hobby. I am really enjoying this!
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