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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What spray paint works best on vinyl seats posted by: Dan on 1/27/2011 at 9:51:56 PM
I would like to paint the tip of my Messinger seat white, what type and brand of paint will I need? I noticed Krylon has a paint for plastic in a spray can or do I need vinyl spray paint specifically? Thank you!
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AGE / VALUE:    Late Chicago Schwinn posted by: Rob Stone on 1/26/2011 at 3:29:20 PM
I have an odd Schwinn. Headset serial number is BU52XXXXX. It is a fillet brazed frameset, Oval Chicago badge, medium rise handlebars. The fork is a large round tube with welded on triangular gussets where the axle bolts on. It is a 10speed with large metal serrated petals. No decals except a warning that wet rims effect the stopping power of the brakes. It has Schwinn approved high flange hubs with really wide chrome steel rims. There was a crossbar brace that has been removed from the handlebars. Heavy, well made straight tube frame. It appears to have original brown metallic paint. Can anybody help? Serial number seems to be too late to be a fillet frame.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Late Chicago Schwinn posted by gmain on 1/26/2011 at 9:32:38 PM
sounds like a Sierra mountain bike.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Late Chicago Schwinn posted by Rob Stone on 1/29/2011 at 6:37:44 AM
I didn't know the Sierra's ever had the fillet brazed frames. Thanks!
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WANTED:    schwinn cruiser posted by: shawn ford on 1/20/2011 at 2:04:16 PM
Looking for tires that are original and horn grips and seat
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          RE:WANTED:    schwinn cruiser posted by ken on 1/24/2011 at 1:00:17 PM
We tend to ignore posts which leave out critical information, but I'm cranky today so I'll give it a shot.
1) schwinn cruiser can mean anything from the 1930s to the present. Please post the age of your bike. The information you need is on this website unless you need minute detail about a bike that's more than 60 years old. Grips and saddles are fairly straightforward if you know the age, model and color.
2) No tire will be original any more if you put it on your bike. You will need to decide (if your bike is old) whether you want old tires that match original specification, repro tires or tires to actually ride.
3) You need to specify the tire size you are seeking. If your bike was made in Chicago after (what? 1955?) you will need a different bead seat diameter than if it was earlier or made elsewhere. See tire sizing on sheldonbrown.com
4) What kind of horn?

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          RE:WANTED:    schwinn cruiser posted by jj on 1/25/2011 at 4:43:41 AM
Good reply, Ken.
There are internal horns for sale here: http://oldroads.com/coololdbikes
(if your bike is old enough)


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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: G Main on 1/10/2011 at 1:36:11 AM
"the tin" refers to the missing tin fenders and chaingaurd.
this can be a beautiful bike. I have the correct chaingaurd for it, needs restored, buts its complete and straight. $50 if you want it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by okozzy on 1/10/2011 at 9:45:16 PM
thanks for the offer, but right now my first concern is to get it on the road; i'm going to try and loosen up those spokes or i'm going to have to rebuild that rear wheel.
okozzy.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Gary M on 1/11/2011 at 2:42:49 AM
you may want to consider a cheap walmart cruiser, or a used one from a flea market, put the later wheels and sprockets on it, and ride it while you restore the wheels.
wait till you buy a skip tooth chain. all the wally world stuff will fit it, and you will have new tires for 100 bucks. you can spend 100 bucks on just a chain, let alone oem spokes and nipples.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by okozzy on 1/11/2011 at 7:42:36 AM
great idea Gary.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Gary M on 1/12/2011 at 5:10:45 PM
yeah right now wally world has a ladies cruiser with all the parts you need, plus fenders, will look nice, for 99 bucks. can of paint on the fenders, you will have a sweet looking bike.
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BALLOON:   Old Schwinn, Year / Model ? posted by: Okozzy on 1/8/2011 at 7:17:58 PM
I know nothing about vintage (bikes / restoration) but before I get started on this project wanted to know at minimum what I have; I know that it is a Schwinn but don't know what year and or model. The headbatch says "the world", the serial no. is A63211 in small easy to read letter/numbers below the bottom bracket. I don't want to restore this bike to it's original look but want to keep it's present look and get it to full working condition so that I can actually ride it in town.
Thank you in advance,
Okozzy.


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          RE:BALLOON:   Old Schwinn, Year / Model ? posted by gmain on 1/9/2011 at 1:47:57 AM
without the tin model id wont be easy. but its a real nice prewar schwinn. no serial numbers before 48 om record. pull the crank apart and see if its got a date on it. probabaly had nice ducktail fenders, a tank, light, i think it was a deluxe bike. nice peice.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Old Schwinn, Year / Model ? posted by jj on 1/9/2011 at 6:29:00 AM
Yes, that is a great start. Skip tooth chain, and good shape. Congrats
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          RE:BALLOON:   Old Schwinn, Year / Model ? posted by okozzy on 1/9/2011 at 9:11:14 PM
thank you "gmain" and "JJ" for responding to my questions.
What is a (tin model id)? and where can i find it?
I pulled the crank apart and all i can see is maybe the numbers(510) stamped on one side and on another section (flip side) what i think is the number 8?
the wheels seem to be original with a bendix 36 - 13 coaster break, i think the tires (Carlisle, Indian head lighting dart) will hold air. i believe i'm going to have to re lase the rear wheel though, the spokes are in pretty bad shape (loose) and the nipples are frozen.
i have included a picture of the headbatch.

thanks for your help!


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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage American Flyer (RED)?? posted by: teresa lake on 1/6/2011 at 5:33:40 PM
Found this at a local estate sale. Looked to be in decent shape, of course American Flyer is painted on this red bike. Any idea how old this is or can anyone tell me anything about it? :)


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage American Flyer (RED)?? posted by jj on 1/7/2011 at 4:41:10 AM
American Flyer cycles are not all that common.
That looks extremely clean. Was it restored?
I see stuff in our archives about that cycle.
Use the google search box on our site.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage American Flyer (RED)?? posted by ken on 1/7/2011 at 11:39:56 AM
Its 50th birthday can't be many years away. Early to mid 60's. There are devices that can fix the fender damage, the most sophisticated being sets of rollers you pass the fender through- the simplest being a two-by-four cut to the fender's radius (the small radius, that is) that you rest the fender on the outside curve of and knock out the dents with the inside piece and a hammer.
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AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN PRE WAR BIKE posted by: john kleinschmidt on 12/31/2010 at 6:13:32 PM
I bought what they told me was a 1938 schwinn ace. I paid 40 .oo It has a 3 speed rear hub and a front drum brake . It was colored like a army colored drab green . the three speed hub works but has broken linkage . Was wondering if anyone knows any thing about value of bike and if it was used by any military please let me know if any one can thank you
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN PRE WAR BIKE posted by ken on 1/4/2011 at 11:15:37 AM
this web site
http://www.theliberator.be/
says the US Army issued standard bike specs in 1942. Until then anything could have been used, but it would be hard to document. Do the 3-speed hub and the shifter match your date information? Look them up on
http://www.sturmey-archerheritage.com/

Value is mainly a matter of condition. If it's a '38, I doubt that your Schwinn is in its original paint, but that's just my guess.

Let us know what you learn, please.
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AGE / VALUE:   REX Duplex - Swedish made 1940's posted by: Peter on 12/31/2010 at 11:45:58 AM
REX (Swedish made) Duplex bicycle. Very little information is available online except that written in Swedish. Any idea on value/age? Thank you.


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MISC:   Schwinn Crusader? posted by: Brent on 12/26/2010 at 4:08:52 PM
I recently acquired a vintage Schwinn bicycle. The bike is definately a Schwinn with the crank serial number dating it to 03/27/51. However, I don't know the actual model. The chain guard faintly (under several layers of paint) reads "Crusader". The tires read "Schwinn Typhoon Cord" 26 x 2.125. Any ideas as to the actual model of this bike? Thanks for the help.
Brent


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          RE:MISC:   Schwinn Crusader? posted by jj on 12/27/2010 at 5:47:02 AM
Check the Archives by using the Google search box on any page.
It might be a BF Goodrich Crusader, made by Schwinn.
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          RE:MISC:   Schwinn Crusader? posted by brent on 12/27/2010 at 1:12:03 PM
since the badge says schwinn, i'm pretty sure it isn't a bf goodrich but the chain guard just might be. i was hoping that someone would see the pic and tell me exactly what model this is.
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          RE:MISC:   Schwinn Crusader? posted by Gary M on 12/29/2010 at 12:48:12 AM
It has a 60s AMF chaingaurd on it. It has a deluxe crank, and balloon handlebars, but cheap forks, and no options. wheels and fenders dont belong, from what i can see, more pics are needed, but i would scratch those. Its my opinion you have a Standard Non-Equipped version of a Schwinn, almost a Black phantom, but nothing left to prove itself, except the crank, and that was used on other models as well. if you bought all phantom parts it would be impossible to tell from original, But i cant see the rear fender strap.
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AGE / VALUE:   1955 24 inch dx posted by: Adam on 12/25/2010 at 2:14:20 PM
Can anyone tell me the value of this bike. I was told it was fully restored with original parts, except the tires and seat.
Thanks
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   kiskback 2speed hubs posted by: rich on 12/17/2010 at 6:35:18 PM
how can i tell if a bike has a kick back hub and where can i get more information about them?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   kiskback 2speed hubs posted by Gary M on 12/17/2010 at 7:17:51 PM
well they say Automatic on the brake arm, are larger and have 3 painted band in the center
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   kiskback 2speed hubs posted by ken on 1/4/2011 at 3:12:43 PM
take a look at this
http://www.nostalgic.net/bicycle245.htm
It illustrates the Bendix AutoMatic - three red, blue or yellow bands identify the gear ratios and the brake type. There were in fact kickbacks from other companies but this is the common kind.
I recall previous discussions on this site- search the archives, and there's a ton of stuff on the web if you search Bendix AutoMatic 2 speed. Check out Tom Findley's pages
http://www.trfindley.com/pgbndxhbs.html
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MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by: DOYLE on 12/8/2010 at 5:00:24 AM
I am in the process of disassembing an old unknown model wooden wheel bicycle. It has no headbadge, but I believe that someone may know the maker due to the chainring and frame style. On the top tube, front fork and bottom around the pedal assembly there is metal embelishments that was welded on during assembly. Which leads me to belive that this was more of an upscale bicycle. The seat is marked emblem. This bicycle is very rusted but is restorable. The whole bicycle is pitted - I have taken my time to remove the seat post, handlebars, just to see the original chrome underneath. It gives me hope. My quick question is have you ever ran across non-standard size bolt threads on a vintage bicycle. I have the gooseneck bolt out, the seat frame bolt and the bolt that holds the seat post out - and i was wanting to replace them with stainless steel variety due to the fact that they are pitted on the heads - I have found that they have an unsual thread pattern, they look to be a 5-16th or 3/8ths bolt but they are not a fine thread or a course thread, or even a metric - I dont want to screw up and force in a bolt that would damage the current threads. The chainring is my next project - taking it apart safely will probably take most of my patience. Any assistance will be appreciated, Thank you for all your help


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          RE:MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by jj on 12/8/2010 at 5:03:05 AM
I moved this from the "Restoration" topic to here.
Not because it is a balloon tire bike, but because photos can be posted there, and also because the Balloon Tire people may have some insight.
You can post pics now.
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          RE:MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by Patrick on 12/8/2010 at 10:13:11 AM
Are they fine or course? Course threads could be the Whitworth type. They have a 55 Deg. angle whereas standard UNC threads have 60.Fine threads could be 5/16"-24 or 28 Tpi. Same with 3/8"
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          RE:MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by ken on 12/8/2010 at 11:27:11 AM
Doyle, There has been discussion here before regarding nonstandard threads. To me the bottom line was, New Departure and others had proprietary threading. I found one reference
http://oldroads.com/arch/BLL2003_6_94_42_50_AM.html
but didn't chase the thread back to the previous reference. So the quick answer to your quick question would be, Yes.

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          RE:MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by doyle on 12/8/2010 at 3:38:06 PM
THANK YOU KEN AND PATRICK FOR YOUR RESPONSE. i AM GOING TO TAKE THESE THREE BOLTS TO A MAJOR BIG BOX STORE LIKE MENARDS OR LOWES AND THRY AGAIN TO MATCH THEM UP WITH A REPLACEMENT. I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT THEY COULD BE REPLACED. I HAVE BEEN EXTREMEMLY CAREFUL REMOVING THEM SINCE I DONT WANT TO BREAK THEM OFF. IF YOU COULD SEE THE CONDITION OF THESE BOLTS YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND, THEY WERE SO RUSTED ON THE FRAME I HAD TO TAKE A PICK AND WORK AT THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BOLT HEAD TO GET TO SOME THREADS TO LET SOME RUST REMOVING SPRAY PENETRATE AND WICK DOWN THE BOLT. I AM GOING TO DO THIS BIKE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. BROKEN BOLTS HOPEFULLY ARE NOT IN MY FUTURE, IF I HAVE TO USE THE ORIGINALS I WILL - I INTEND ON USING YOUR REFERENCE LOGS ALOT, THERE IS SO MUCH I DONT KNOW ABOUT PROPER RESTORING OF A VINTAGE BICYCLE. THANK YOU FOR THIS WEB SITE. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOME PHOTOS OF THIS BICYCLE BUT I AM NOT FOR SURE HOW TO DO THAT - REGARDS DOYLE
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          RE:MISC:   UNK. VINTAGE WOODEN WHEEL BICYCLE posted by Keith Body on 12/12/2010 at 10:18:42 AM
Doyle, If you can, email me some detail pics.
If you have chrome plate, not nickel, then it is after 1930. I have specialist knowledge of european bikes, but it might help to know which side of the atlantic you are.
Wooden rims were commonly used on racing bikes even after WW2.
Keith
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Cyclone posted by: Linda on 12/1/2010 at 2:30:46 PM
I have this Columbia Cyclone, I don't know what year or exactally what it is as I can not find this model anywhere. It is blue, with basket, bell in the frame, rear flat panel over tire. I have pictures.
Can some one assist me in the model, year, and value?
Thank you
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Cyclone posted by jj on 12/2/2010 at 4:45:06 AM
Lots on info in the archives here on you Columbia Cyclone.
Use the Google search box on any page here at OldRoads.
You can look up the serial number under the Technical Resources section to determine the year.
And for a price, look up Columbia Firearrow or Firebolt. They were pretty close to the Cyclone model.
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WANTED:   Parts Wanted posted by: GARY MENEGHIN on 11/28/2010 at 6:52:59 PM
I am recoditioning an original condition 1952 Rollfast Hopalong Cassidy 24" boys bike and need these parts to complete the bike:
1) 24" U.S. Royal White Wall with chain link tread tires
2) chrome hubcaps
3) rear carrier with B&W fringe

I would appreciate your help in securing these parts.

GARY MENEGHIN 925-937-2347
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          RE:WANTED:   Parts Wanted posted by Curtis Hopalong Steitz on 12/6/2010 at 4:23:29 PM
I don't have any hubcaps for a 52 Hopalong Cassidy (most 52'Hopalong's bikes came with spoke wheels) but I've got the 52 Biola version of the spinner hubcap that fits a 52 Chevy sedan. You want to buy them homei?
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            Parts Wanted posted by rich on 12/7/2010 at 5:38:15 PM
I am looking for headlight lens for a 1963 Murray Strato Flite (2 triangle shapes) and a headlight lens for a 1965 Western Flyer Cosmic Flyer (2 oval shapes) I also need a set of fenders (same fenders would fit either bike)
Thanks, Rich
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AGE / VALUE:   I have to sell my 46 Huffman Ever Best posted by: Gary R. on 11/13/2010 at 12:19:25 AM
I hate seeing this kind of post my self but hard times is knocking and not stoppin. lol..I have been having to sell off my bike's I have held off on this one because it was or is and probably will be my best pick ever.I literally pulled from the rafters of a basement were I it sat at least 40yrs the women said. I might even have something good and not know.It has came down to me having to sell it.It has original paint and is in remarkably good shape,paint,etc. .Fen. braces are clean and straight I had the sprocket crank bearing cups and pcomplete pedals re chromed The repro are not the same.Person repo seat ,handle era goodies I went all out on this bike since it was my true first Ballooner. Can anyone give me a ball park Value of the bike. I know What I have in it so I dont know it value at all. So I dont even know if I put to much in it or finally did good? Like I said the Pick of my Life. If anyone can help me out I would greatly apppriciate it Gary
More pik can been seen here http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v83/GARRY65/Bicycles/Cruisers/Huffman%20Ever%20Best/


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