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AGE / VALUE:   Chain guard posted by: Mike VerBrugge on 11/30/2007 at 7:12:03 AM
I'm having problems trying to locate the manufacture or type of bike that a chain guard marked "sonic scout" belongs on. The guard is green on the lower half and white on top with a red pin stripe. Any ideas? Thanks Mike V.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chain guard posted by sonic scout on 12/1/2007 at 5:45:40 AM
Most likely made by Evans.
Loads of info and photos in the archives, use the black google search box above.
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FOR SALE:   1963 Monarch/Girls posted by: Valerie on 11/29/2007 at 11:19:14 PM
I want to sell this bike I have had in storage for 43 years. I got it for my birthday when I was a kid. It is totally original and in excellent condition. Needs a good cleaning because it has been in the attic all this time.
The bike is loaded with chrome and has fenders and luggage racks in front and back of chrome.
Orginal headlight and tires. Tires are whitewalls.
The bike has a three speed but it wasn't necessary to use it.
It has handbrakes but you didn't have to use those either. You can back pedal or brake with the pedals.
I have been looking online and have yet to see anything even similar to this bike. It is nicer than any I have seen so far. If anyone could help me with information on this bike or is interested in purchasing it. I can get the serial number and a pic. But I am not interested in cleaning the bike to sell it. I just don't want to toss it because I know it is a collectible one. Thanks, Valerie
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AGE / VALUE:   cannot figure out make??? posted by: Phil on 11/29/2007 at 8:43:58 PM
I recently came across an old bike in my parents garage. pretty much just the frame, handlebars,light, seat, etc. I have been trying to find out what make and model the bike is. It is a cruiser of some sort with Schwinn handle bars, forks, and springer front end. The bike frame doesnt show any Schwinn pieces though. The badge has 2 letters on it, (LW)?? I took of the crank to try to find a date stamp and it is: JM165E? The serial # is located on bottom of frame under crank it is: F4100752 ? Can somebody PLEASE HELP me figure this out. Also the paint is like a translucent red, orange, yellow? On the frame is the word STARCRUISER, as well as on the back of the seat. Under the seat is the word TRADITION.???? So if anyone has any info please let me know!!! Thanks- PHIL
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MISC:   Does anyone know anything about Liberty bicycle co. posted by: Stephen on 11/29/2007 at 1:00:46 PM
I have aquired a Liberty mens bicycle
and I am trying to find out where they were and
when they were around.

I am also looking for a 36 hole, fixed gear, skip tooth rear hub.
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          RE:MISC:   Does anyone know anything about Liberty bicycle co. posted by ken on 11/29/2007 at 2:59:18 PM
I know of at least three types: Schwinn-built Liberty badged machines sold by Chicago Cycle Co.; Murray-built Liberty badged machines from the early 60s; and a 40's vintage Schwinn lightweight that said LIBERTY on the downtube. I have pictures of all three. The Murray was the subject of a thread here some years ago; I think it might have been a Chicago Cycle deal also but the photos I have don't prove it. Email me if you want pics. Can I have a picture of yours?
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MISC:   "World" brand bicycle, 1938 ? posted by: Chuck Staufenberg on 11/28/2007 at 5:39:29 PM
I'm trying to recall the brand of bicycle I got for Christmas in 1938. I think it was a "World" something or other. It was the typical baloon-tired model, with mudguards, etc. The one photo I have of it does not show the nameplate on the steering head, but I think it was a representation of the World.

Any suggestions for research or answers will be appreciated.
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BALLOON:   pre-war (or war); Make and Model? posted by: Joy Sabl on 11/28/2007 at 3:50:51 PM
I got this for $10 at Freeride last night. Browsing the web, it looks kind of like a 1930's Columbia, but even more bomb-proof. Inch spacing / skip chain, integral kickstand with fender latch, bizarre but comfy seat. I plan to fix it, shine it and ride it, not sell it, so I don't care what it's worth...but if I knew what it was, finding parts might be easier. More details with the pictures.


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          Update posted by Joy Sabl on 11/30/2007 at 12:22:59 AM
My husband suggests maybe it's an Indian...
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MISC:   Serial numbers posted by: Ed Teel on 11/28/2007 at 9:52:12 AM
I need help with Serial number I.D.
Schwinn Mens Hornet? #A14105
Schwinn Girls Hornet? #C9596
Thanks, Ed

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BALLOON:   Just saying Hello posted by: juan pedro gutierrez on 11/27/2007 at 11:22:19 PM
I'm new on vintage Bikes.
I just Recived a bike from a friend The make is schwinn it has studed ballons tires
it has goose neck stem
Serial N# VR789022 on the front
No fenders
A chain guard that says schwinn Cruiser
the Front schwinn enblem says chicago on the side.
this is my question is it a comun bike or is it worth restoring it.

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WANTED:   JC Penney Foremost posted by: Matt on 11/26/2007 at 9:31:14 PM
I have an early 1960's model JC Penney Foremost bike that was my mom's. I have decided to fix it back to original, or as close as possible. I was wondering if there were any sites or stores that I'd be able to get parts for this bicycle from? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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          RE:WANTED:   JC Penney Foremost posted by dave on 12/27/2009 at 8:04:57 PM
i have an old jc penney bike, but it's a kids bike with a banana seat. is that what you're looking for?
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BALLOON:   Year of this Elgin? posted by: Chris on 11/26/2007 at 8:38:17 PM
can anyone give me an approx year on the elgin pictured below?
its a skiptooth and doesn't look as if it ever had a tank attached.
thanks!


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          RE:BALLOON:   Year of this Elgin? posted by ken on 11/27/2007 at 1:19:03 PM
IMO, 1936 ±2.
I looked at some pics on nostalgic.net... seems like that's about as late as they used that chainwheel. Take a look:
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1930%27s+Elgin+Motobike+red+1%2Ejpg
There's a few in their list with the balloon tires and recurved fenders from that era. But some of them are only dated as "1930s" so that's a start.
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          RE:BALLOON:���Year of this Elgin? posted by Chris on 11/27/2007 at 3:01:48 PM
thanks ken.
I just found this picture over there today:
http://www.nostalgic.net/index.asp?S=arc/bicycles/1936+Elgin%2Ejpg

so I'd agree with the 1936. I've got a bit of work to do...

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AGE / VALUE:   RED & WHITE MENS THUNDERJET posted by: Mark on 11/25/2007 at 1:25:22 AM
Just purchased a RED and WHITE Vintage THUNDERJET Bike.
Looking to see if it is worth restoring.
I bought it as I have never seen one before and the front tag reads THUNDERJET AMERICAN MADE.
It has a brown SADDLE TYPE Seat with springs that says SCHWINN. NOT RIPS OR TEARS. WHITE GRIPS AND RIMS.
HAS A CHRME LIGHT MOUNTED ON THE FRONT RED FENDER. Fenders have Dual white pin stripes. The tank has a real cool ART DECO THNDERJET LOGO painted on it with a small UFO painted below it.. BIKE LOOKS COOL..
TIres say Super Deluxe in black raised rubber lettering
Chain guard reads SUPER DELUXE in White..
Any info would be greatly appreciated..
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BALLOON:   Seat posted by: Alan Lantz on 11/23/2007 at 3:11:21 PM
Looking to recover original seat.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Seat posted by ken on 11/27/2007 at 1:25:28 PM
Our man sam (small s) does gorgeous saddle restos. Since he has posted his return email here before, I think it's ok to put it here: samclingo at hotmail dot com
tell him ken says hi-
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BALLOON:   Age/Value posted by: ChuckS on 11/13/2007 at 1:18:37 PM
Trying to determine age/value: Girls balloon-size, Chicago Cycle Co badge, A/S on bottom of crank, front AND back cable brakes, holes in sides of rear fender (for skirt?), springer, lockable front fork (w/key),tank, fender light, rear rack, egg-white w/ blue highlighting, in original cond.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Age/Value posted by ken on 11/14/2007 at 7:37:25 AM
The obvious Schwinn-built pre/post wwII indicators are fork ends (pre) vs. dropouts (post) and the welded-on proprietary kickstand (post). \If it's pre, there is a set of more subtle distinctions at angelfire.com/rant/allday101/schwinncodesrebuild1.html
including stuff like how the serial number is stamped.
Can you post a picture or two, please?
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AGE / VALUE:   Please Help me ID this bike posted by: Anthony on 11/11/2007 at 8:30:18 PM
I just bought an old cruiser on ebay, privately owned, and I could really use some help getting some specs on it, like the make/model/year as well as what to look for as far as restoration. The bike has no badge, but the seller offered the little bit he was able to track down on the internet. Here's what I know about it (along with pictures):

It has a gooseneck stem.
It has a skip tooth chain and sprocket.
It has a bendix rear brake/hub (No bands).
It is a girl's bike (bought for my girl.)
It has 26 inch tires (which I've already replaced with new white wall balloon tires, as the seller seems to think the old tires were not original. I did save them though.)
It has painted fenders.
The Serial # (D30282) is located under the crank/bottom bracket.

I think that's all I know. I don't know much about bikes, except how to ride them. I just changed my first set of tires yesterday (mostly a success). But I would very much like to mechanically restore this bike. The look of the bike (paint, dents) I will take care of when I know it's riding solid. So I need to figure out what kind of bottom bracket it has and I'd rather find out from the model than from taking off the crank arm and feeling helpless when I can't put it back on and don't have any idea what to do with the bracket once I see it.

Anyways, I'm hoping you guys can tell me if it's a Schwinn or Schwinn built and any other details. I've looked through the pictures database, but the shortage of pre-war girl bikes and my inability to spot fine details makes it hard. Any help is really appreciated.

Thanks!

Oh! And there are more pics and details (along with guesses already made on the year/model) at the ebay listing here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260173071390&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Please Help me ID this bike posted by Anthony on 11/11/2007 at 9:29:51 PM
Update: The shop that shipped the bike to me from PA mentioned it was a bendix brake/rear hub. On closer inspection, it seems to be a "Eclipse Machine Co/ Made in Elmira, NY" hub. There are mixed resources online, some implications that this was a company bendix bought out. I hope that helps.


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Please Help me ID this bike posted by ken on 11/12/2007 at 11:57:12 AM
Can you post a picture of the headbadge?
I don't think those are original wheels.
It looks prewar Schwinnlike from here... you could take a brass brush and see if you can find an AS on the end of the bolts at the stem or seatpost. Sometimes they become illegible, so you may need to overhaul that bottom bracket after all. A Schwinn crank will have AS&Co in the center, so take it out, look at it, grease it up and put it back.
You can do this. Take a look at
http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=92
The critical detail is the lefthand thread on the assembly.
If you don't have the big wrench a channellock should do it.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help me ID this bike posted by schwinnster on 11/27/2007 at 8:27:49 PM
i seen your bike on ebay it should be around a 1947 as the schwinn serial number chart i have goes back to 1948 schwinn had a fire so all records were lost from 48 back pull the crank assembly it should have the as&co and most schwinns have the date stamped by the as&co thanks and good luck the schwinnster
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Klunker: Trying to identify age, model, etc. posted by: Joe on 11/10/2007 at 7:09:31 AM
Hi,
I picked up this "beauty" recently. I've gone through all the bearings and such to make it a solid rider. I'd like to know as much as I can about this bike. I'm calling on your collective expertise to help me. If you see a piece will you please comment? Here's what I can readily identify to state that it is prewar:
1) bolt-on kickstand
2) rear facing rear dropouts
3) skip-tooth
4) Chainguard (?)

* Can anyone state anything regarding the stem?

* Chainguard?

* It has a rubber Mesinger seat with springs (marked "19" on the rails). Does that provide any clue?

* Both hubs are New Departure. Model D rear; WL front.

* I pulled the cranks (which may not be original) (no dog bone shape) and they are marked AS&CO with "6001" -- I'm assuming that is a Schwinn model number?

* The solid star skip-tooth chainring -- does that identify anything?

* There are 3 sets of numbers on the bottom bracket shell.

* The frame has a curved down tube, and an arched rear fender attachment / seatstay brace.

link to photos: http://s31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/63woods/Prewar/
* The bars are really dark with rust (?). I can't tell if the bars were once chromed, or if they were black (war era).

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