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AGE / VALUE:   Simmons bicycle posted by: John T. on 10/3/2007 at 2:42:19 PM
Wondering if anyone has any info on Delmar Simmons Hardware Company Bicycles? Found one in the trash-all surface rusted but solid,complete and functional. Thanks;John T.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Simmons bicycle posted by JimW. on 10/11/2007 at 7:03:50 PM
Most bikes wearing headbadges of hardware or department stores were made by the big bike companies. So yours can best be identified by shooting a photo and posting it here. The chainring and chainguard are good indicators of the maker, and the frame design as well.
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BALLOON:   1940's Columbia...? Help posted by: Dave on 9/30/2007 at 9:43:45 PM
I just picked up a vintage Columbia... same one my dad had when he was a kid... used original photo as a guide when purchasing. Bike is missing name plate though... also missing rear carrier. I'd like to find these original parts... but step one would be to determine the exact year / model of the bike. My dad told me it was a Columbia... and from his age in the photo, I'd say the bike was from the early `40's.... boy's bike, skip-tooth chain, "Torpedo" fender headlight, no tank, solid front fork.... obviously not a "deluxe" model, but it did have a front headlight and rear carrier. Would also like to find out what the original tires were on this bike - I'd like to restore it to as original as possible. Original paint is good... maroon with cream accents. I can email photos of the bike. Any help greatly appreciated in terms of identifying the exact year and model, as well as determining what frame nameplate, rear carrier and tires should be on this bike... and how I can find these parts. My dad is old and not well and I'd like to fix up this bike and present it to him as soon as possible, hopefully it will bring back some good memories for him. Thank you (and I'm sure my dad thanks you too).


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          RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by Dave on 9/30/2007 at 10:17:41 PM
I just wanted to add: I just did some further research and found a picture of a "1950's Goodyear" bicycle that looks very much like the bike I am trying to restore... it is indeed a Westfield (Columbia) bike... same frame, chainguard, sprocket, etc. I also found a 1948 Columbia catalog that shows a bike almost exactly like the one I have here... so it appears that my bike here is probably closer to late `40's than early `40's... and does appear to be one of the most stripped down models offered. I'd still appreciate and help in determining what type of badge, carrier and tires were on this bike, and how to find. Thank you


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          RE:RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by jr on 10/2/2007 at 7:05:26 AM
Check the serial number list on this site for the year. The parts you seek are common, but you might be able to replace the bike for less $$ than restoration. There's a nice one on Ebay now.
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          RE:BALLOON: 1940's Columbia...? Help posted by paul on 10/5/2007 at 12:52:34 PM
to identify the year Columbia, Westfield, and Elgin cycles see letter number combo under bottom bracket: A = 1936, B=1937 and so forth, I have a 1942 Westfield Compax Traveller with serial number starting with letter "G" paul
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          RE:BALLOON:   1940's Columbia...? Help posted by brenda dula on 6/1/2010 at 5:45:08 PM
looking for info on 1950 or 1960 ladies goodyear bicycle
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AGE / VALUE:   tank bike "standard" posted by: kenny on 9/28/2007 at 7:35:35 PM
hi i recently purchased a bike that i am having a hard time identifying.it is a 26 in. green in color tank bike with a back rack and a regular front fork.most of the parts on the bike including the tires are made in west germany.there is a sticker on the back down seat tube that sais made in west germany.the front badge ses "standard" and is surounded by laeves.the word "standard" is also on the tank and on the chain guard. i found the badge on a web site but it did not say what bike or vintage it was related to.if anyone has any info on this i will aprecieate your input.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   tank bike posted by Esteban on 10/12/2007 at 5:21:19 AM
Standard was a German bike. You may do a search of " Standard Fahrrad ". [ fahrrad is German for bicycle' Hopefully you can find one about like yours & get the page translated from German to English @ an online translation site,
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by: Lane on 9/27/2007 at 3:34:56 PM
Greetings, I have picked up a old 26 inch middleweight bike with steel clad wood wheels. I will need tires to ride. Where can I find these and what kind of cost?
Thanks, Lane
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by morris on 10/4/2007 at 6:40:45 PM
coker tire
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tubular Tires for steel clad wood wheels posted by Lane on 10/17/2007 at 4:23:18 PM
Thanks!
Lane
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AGE / VALUE:   J.C. HIGGINS posted by: Doug on 9/26/2007 at 5:23:38 PM
Hello, I recently purchased this J.C Higgins bicycle for $10. I was told it was a 1946 or 48'. It's a skip tooth so it should be from that era. I thought it was rusty when I saw the online image but that turned out to be the faded original maroon paint. It has a yellow tag on the seat tube where I can just make out the number 501-235. I'm curious what year it is. I'm fairly mechanical and am going to attempt to relace the wheel (with the help of sheldon brown) but am unsure on where to acquire some spokes and nipples. Any applicable info about the bike in general. will be appreciated. Either way enjoy the photos. Thanks!


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MISC:   columbia posted by: jerry on 9/25/2007 at 5:36:16 PM
I have a old columbia cyclone 60. I am trying to figure out the year made. ser number is E423 43 just the way it shows with a space between 423 and 43. Then below that it has G 5. i can't seem to fiqure it out. Thanks. jerry
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BALLOON:   Morrow hub posted by: Forrest on 9/25/2007 at 4:27:12 PM
Anyone overhaul a Morrow? My hub sometimes takes an extra revolution to the back-stroke to apply it's brake. It's unnerving; you can imagine. Is there an adjustment of some sort that I can make? Is there some tricky way this thing should be reassembled? I thought I put it back together the same way. Or, is something worn out?

I just got this '37 Shapleigh (Columbia) together and want to keep riding it.

Thanks,

Forrest
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          RE:BALLOON:   Morrow hub posted by Gordon on 9/25/2007 at 6:11:13 PM
According to the book I have, poor braking of a Morrow hub is caused by a worn brake sleeve. It says the sleeve cannot be repaired or adjusted, it must be replaced. Hope this helps.
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          RE:BALLOON: Morrow hub posted by jr on 10/3/2007 at 11:50:46 AM
Could also be that the cones are too loose or there is too much slack in the chain.
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BALLOON:   what years posted by: harley on 9/25/2007 at 3:56:58 PM
what was the last year that western flyer had front truss on bike? between 59 -63 maybe. i just bought one on line for 29.00 and pics show front truss and the flat type of tank. wont have access to serial #s for a couple of weeks.
thanx Harley
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          RE:BALLOON:   what years posted by ken on 9/26/2007 at 10:28:09 AM
Western Auto didn't build 'em, just sold 'em. It may be a Murray- they used several styles of truss rods in the 60s.
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WANTED:   Firestone Whitewall 26X1.75 ? posted by: Ferdie Pulido on 9/24/2007 at 7:35:57 PM
I picked up a Firestone 500 bicycle recently and would like to restore it. Does anyone know if any reproduction Firestones bicycle tires have been made? These are white walls with the Firestone logos on them. If so, can anyone please direct to to where I can find them. Thanks in advance.
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AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by: Deb on 9/24/2007 at 7:08:51 AM
I purchased a great old rusty bike this weekend with intent of putting a basket on it and using it for a yard decoration. As I got looking at it, I discovered the plate on the front, "Mead Cycle Co., Chicago" and model "Ranger." This bike is solid rust but has no pitting. It appears the bike is complete, even has reflectors and bell, as well as rubber from the tires. I know next to nothing about old bikes and tried to look it up out of curiosity, and it looks like it is a pretty old bike. I wondered if I should be using it as a planter or if it has some value. Thanks for any info!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 10:58:28 AM
You've got some work to do. It's a pretty old bike. The topic of manufacturer versus distributor came up here recently with respect to Mead. The Wheelmen site lists Mead as manufacturer through 1918. Some Mead Rangers are Schwinn-built. It may be as old as 1910 up through the 30's. Is there enough tire to make out a size? If not, can you determine whether the tires were wire-bead?
If it has all its original parts you can probably date it pretty accurately - and chances are you could sell some of the parts if the frame is beyond reclamation. Check for AS on any of the bolt heads; take out the crankset or stem and see what it says; and compare the chainwheel and the overall shape with pictures of Rangers of known age. And post us a picture so we can enjoy it too.
It might still be a planter, but if so it will be a very interesting one.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by Chris on 9/25/2007 at 2:40:22 PM
I asked Leon Dixon ahwile back what happened to Mead Ranger. The buildings, drawings, who owns the name today? His answer, from his reply e- mail to me.
"Most of the buildings were sold off in the 1950's, a distributor would up with most of what was left but he (The Ddistributor) committed suicude and I don't know who owns the name today.


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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by ken on 9/26/2007 at 10:53:56 AM
I've got a Mead Pathfinder in approximately planter condition from about 1920. Someday I need to find it a good home. As noted previously, I've done some research but would love to learn more about its history.
I have no site to post a picture to but will send one if anyone wants it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by Ralph on 10/4/2007 at 6:16:25 AM
In 1950 my grand mother gave me a 26" balloon tire coaster bike. It was a "Ranger" made by Mead. I was only 6 at the time but I grew into the Ranger and used it until I got my drivers license.
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BALLOON:   What is it? posted by: Jim on 9/23/2007 at 8:33:50 PM
Hey, great site! I have an old Schwinn I hope someone can help me identify. Has an Arnold Schwinn headbadge that says pullman on it. I got it from the original owner but he is in his eighties and was a little foggy on when he got it. I`m trying to figure out the year and would like to see what it looked like new, as I would like to restore it to original. Has all its original parts except the tires. It also has a welded kickstand and the locking fork. It has the feather chainguard. It is covered with about 5 spraypaint jobs, but I found what appears to be original red paint behind the headbadge. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance, Jim
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          RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 11:00:59 AM
got pictures?
for dating info, try
http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodesRebuild1.html
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AGE / VALUE:   ACE not a arnold schwinn posted by: Tommy on 9/22/2007 at 5:32:41 PM
Hello I have a ACE bicycle female bike the badge DOES NOT say ace than alnold schwinn .It reads ACE than ace stores than Chicago USA this is a freak or what. What is its value. badge value should be interesting? I want to sell this bike but want to get more info .Cant find any that just say ace thank you .tprovini@yahoo.com for photos, new jersey


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WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by: Sal Cardella on 9/22/2007 at 6:01:54 AM
I'm trying to find info about building a pee wee herman bike , what frame was used j c higgins ,fenders,tank,saddle bags.
please call me with info 520-483-1296
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          RE:WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by Glenn on 9/22/2007 at 1:47:13 PM
Hi Sal -
I happen to know the guy that actually has THE Pee-Wee bike from the actual studio movie. He can likely help you. Send me an email and I will give you his name and number. :)
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          RE:WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by Sal on 10/6/2007 at 10:06:16 AM
I would love to have the guys number. I just got an Elgin and JC Higgins that I was going to combine. Havig trouble with the saddle bags and rack.
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BALLOON:   Columbia 5 Star posted by: Glenn on 9/21/2007 at 11:05:59 AM
Does anyone have access to a diagram of the front drum break assembly for a 1950/51 Five Star? I am looking to dis-assemble but dont wont to embark on such a journey without at least a diagram. Thanks!!
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by: John E on 9/20/2007 at 7:12:04 AM
Greetings all. I normally frequent the vintage lightweights discussion area, because that is where my passion and expertise lie. However, I would like to learn more, such as model and year, about my first bicycle, which I bought used for $15 in the early 1960s. I hope someone here can help.

Here is what I remember about it:
black Schwinn cantilever frame w/ oval head badge
black mudguards and chainguard
chrome 26 x 1.75 rims
classic Schwinn 4-circle chainring
2-speed Bendix coaster brake hub
handlebar-mounted gearshift looked like a brake handle
(aftermarket?) paperboy/apehanger handlebars

Early 1950s Phantom? Corvette?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Ken on 9/20/2007 at 10:15:56 AM
John, first of all, thanks for all your valuable input on the lightweight forum.

You don't mention a tank- without it, and given 1.75 (or is it 1 3/4?) Corvette is a likely choice. The two-speed Bendix goes back a ways, as does the 4-circle ring, but didn't middleweight Schwinns begin with the Corvette? Somewhere along in there, Hornet went middleweight. Then there's Tiger, and the various Jaguars. Gordon B will have more info. Consider whether the chainguard might have been the oversized one with the round logo on it- that ended about 55.
I always browse the photos on Nostalgic.net for comparables.
Keep us posted-
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           1950s Schwinn model identification posted by John E on 9/20/2007 at 3:21:17 PM
Thanks for the kind words and for your help, Ken.

The tire size was indeed 26 x 1-3/4".
There was no tank under the front of the top tube.
The chainguard was not oversized.
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           1950s Schwinn model identification posted by John E on 9/20/2007 at 3:25:57 PM
I am beginning to think it might be an "American."

Does anyone know when the 2-speed brake handle style shifter was used? I presume it was phased out in favor of the 2-speed kickback hub.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Gordon on 9/20/2007 at 6:44:32 PM
I think 1960 was the last year Schwinn offered the Bendix Multi-speed hub. That doesn't help a lot, but it does make the list of possible models a bit smaller. I'm thinking it wouldn't be a Jaguar, Panther, Corvette or Hornet because they would have chrome or stainless fenders. That leaves Tiger or Spitfire.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Jessica on 9/20/2007 at 7:12:46 PM
I recently just got two old Schwinns and Im having trouble figuring out the year they were built and about how much there worth. But honestly, I just want to know what year they are. The serial number for one of them is: 8L24158
and the other is E845061. Thanks.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Gordon on 9/21/2007 at 5:18:44 AM
8L number is March of 1958 and E8 number is May of 1958.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Jessica on 9/21/2007 at 6:01:11 AM
Thanks Gordon!
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 11:10:39 AM
Good call on the fenders. American had painted fenders- is it a possible?
I bet there weren't many Multi-speeds made as late as 1960. By 62 the Bendix AutoMatic was hot stuff.
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