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MISC:   A few questions - Help please posted by: Sandy on 6/22/2007 at 11:31:54 PM
I have a two questions that hopefully someone can answer. I found an old ladies Schwinn in my Grandmother's basement and I am in the process of restoring it. Serial # CC44984, which would make it March 1967. I have no idea the original color, but it has two layers of paint which I am removing now, the top color being tan and under that is red. My first question is: is it possible to tell the model of this bike? I keep reading things like "fastback" etc. It is a single speed with a battery operated headlamp, a horn tank, and a tan and white leather(?) seat with a "S" on it (not a banana seat). I just like to know exactly what I have.

My other question is: How do I get this blasted horn tank off!!??! I don't want to damage it but it does not want to seem to budge - how does it open/ come off? Am I overlooking a fastener?

Thank you for your help!
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          RE:MISC:   A few questions - Help please posted by Gordon on 6/23/2007 at 6:33:41 AM
There should be two screws that hold the halves of the horn tank together. It could be an American, Starlet, Hollywood or Fiesta. The model would have been painted on the chainguard.
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          RE:MISC:   A few questions - Help please posted by Sandy on 6/23/2007 at 2:36:48 PM
Thank you for your help. I found the screws once I knew what to look for. They had been puttied in and painted over (i'm assuming for a smoother look) It's a shame that I will never know the model of the bike - the paint was destroyed long before it came into my hands and all decals and Schwinn paint are lost to the years. If anyone could tell me what the differences were to the models maybe I can figure it out. Thank you
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          RE:RE:MISC:   A few questions - Help please posted by Brian on 6/25/2007 at 4:14:29 PM
We need a picture to determine what model it might be. Also try posting on the Schwinn forum, lots of experts there. http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/forumdisplay.php?forumid=4
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AGE / VALUE:   schwinn rims posted by: Bikedude on 6/19/2007 at 11:27:34 AM
Does anyone know when they stopped using white rims and went to chrome on Schwinn middleweights?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn rims posted by Gordon on 6/19/2007 at 8:05:31 PM
I have always been under the impression that the painted rims were on the less expensive models and the chrome on the deluxe (more expensive) models.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn rims posted by Chris on 6/20/2007 at 3:06:06 PM
Alwas tinges of rust where the nipples go and underneath that white pait is rust.
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia mystery posted by: Judy on 6/18/2007 at 2:37:49 PM
My daughter found a bike at a garage sale (I have not seen it yet but am dying to). She says she can see a Columbia Westfield Mass logo. She says the chainguard has the words Automatic Duo Speed on it. It is a blue (what she referred to as maybe a precursor to electric blue) men's type bike. It is in working condition - at least good enough for her to have rode it around a bit but does need a lot of cleaning etc. I am waiting for it to come home so I can see serial number possibly. In the meantime - does anyone have any idea which model/year of Columbia men's two speed this might be? It is the kind of two speed that shifts by clicking the pedal backward.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia mystery posted by ken on 6/21/2007 at 7:16:54 PM
If that's the Bendix AutoMatic hub, it will have three red, blue or yellow stripes around the hub. (Probably red) These are from the era ca. 1960-65 (I hope someone posts accurate start and end dates.) Also known as kickback hub. Typically a deluxe feature, but not enough to identify a model by. I remember Bendix advertising the hub in Boy's Life and in comic books; many bike manufacturers used them. I would like to hear all about it if it's NOT Bendix...
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia mystery posted by Judy on 6/25/2007 at 11:38:43 AM
Well, the girl child confirmed 3 red stripes. Also serial number L265642 which I think indicates 1962 - I did find the serial number listing somewhat confusing as 1947 had L5000 to L3xxxxx numbers. I am assuming though that 62 would be the correct year since that is when the bendix kickback hub was popular. I still have not seen the bike - just a fuzzy picture on a cell phone - kids - and it appears to be what looks like a single bar camel back style.
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AGE / VALUE:   Need Help dertermining Age posted by: Todd on 6/17/2007 at 9:57:28 AM
I recently bought a Huffy bike - I have done as much research as I can on it, but can't seem to nail down an age for the bike so I thought I would come to the experts. Can anyone help me in determining the age of this bike - The serial number is C83073 84823. It has 2 X 2.125 tires. Thanks for any assistance you can give.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help dertermining Age posted by nate on 6/18/2007 at 5:09:17 AM
I'm no expert, but I can tell you you can look up that number on the Huffy Serial Number Chart on this site. Click on 'General Resoures' above!
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn? posted by: Shannon on 6/14/2007 at 8:57:13 AM
I just bought a "schwinn" cruiser, used. There are only decals that say "cruiser" on the derailer and the bottom tube. The serial number on the bottom of the crank reads LX901900, is this really a schwinn? If so, what year? I thought it looked like an 80's model, but I'm not so sure.
Any help would be appreciated.


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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   J C Higgins??? posted by: Frank on 6/13/2007 at 10:03:29 PM
Is this a Jc Higgins Serial Number?
mod502 46940 and 518812.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Roadside Cruiser posted by: Todd on 6/13/2007 at 11:12:37 AM
I just got my wife a Huffy Bicycle - It says Roadside Cruiser on the chain guard - It has this serial number - HC4271484 - Anyone know what year it is from? Thank-you for any help.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Roadside Cruiser posted by Julie on 6/18/2007 at 1:32:52 PM
Mine doesn't say Huffy, but does have a Montgomery Wards sticker and serial # HP0704794. I'd love to know the year of mine also!


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AGE / VALUE:   Westfield/Columbia Seat Post Bolt posted by: Liz McLeod on 6/12/2007 at 5:28:42 PM
I have a 1946 Westfield Crescent ladies' balloon-tire bike with a broken seatpost binder bolt -- the seatpost tube has no collar at the top, but rather bolts directly thru the tube, and the bolt has a flatted-out section to accomodate the seatpost -- an ordinary round bolt won't work. I'm told these bikes interchange parts with the Columbia bikes of the same era -- so I'm wondering if anyone might have a spare lying around their junk box or know of a source for a repro? Thanx!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Westfield/Columbia Seat Post Bolt posted by Gordon on 6/12/2007 at 8:23:53 PM
I believe I have what you need. Can you give me the dimensions of the bolt? Length, diamter, etc.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Westfield/Columbia Seat Post Bolt posted by Liz McLeod on 6/13/2007 at 6:08:46 AM
Hi Gordon,
It's 1 5/8 inches long, with a 1/2 inch head -- same dimensions as a standard type round binder bolt. The flatted section begins about 1/4 in. from the base of the head and extends approximately 3/4 of an inch -- ending just as the threaded part begins.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Westfield/Columbia Seat Post Bolt posted by Gordon on 6/14/2007 at 5:33:10 AM
I have a bolt that should work - sent you an email.
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AGE / VALUE:   Viking Westfield Mass bike posted by: Olaf Koehn on 6/10/2007 at 10:32:43 AM
Hello!
I just bought an old Viking bicycle with tank. Headbadge says:"Viking, mfg, Westfield, Mass".
Does anyone have any info about those bikes/brand?
thank you
Olaf
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AGE / VALUE:   I'm Back!!!! posted by: gary sulzberger on 6/4/2007 at 5:57:34 PM
Regarding a previous posting about a schwinn typhoon with the skip tooth set-up. Could I use a '67 collegiate as a donor bike to swap the crank out?? and if I did would the skip tooth parts have any value?? Thanks gary
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   I'm Back!!!! posted by Gordon on 6/4/2007 at 9:35:56 PM
If the Collegiate is a 3 speed and not a 5 speed, I think it would work fine. You could just swap the chainring or the entire crank/ring assembly. The skiptooth parts may have some value depending on condition and what they are (Schwinn, etc.). The only skiptooth part that seems to consistantly bring bucks is the chain.
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AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Indy 500 posted by: RM on 6/4/2007 at 2:46:49 PM
Hi Folks,
Im trying to place and age (and possible value) on a Firestone Indy 500 I recently purchased for $80 Canadian. The chap I purchased it from found it somewhere down in the States on a purchase run.

Cheers Folks!


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Indy 500 posted by ken on 6/6/2007 at 11:02:41 AM
IMHO: age=45±2; value = 80 Canadian, until you sell it...
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Indy 500 posted by mike on 6/6/2007 at 7:59:15 PM
i have that same bike and i am also trying to find some info on it is it a firestone indy 500 bike also does you head light work
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:���Firestone Indy 500 posted by Rachel on 6/7/2007 at 7:30:52 AM
I have yet to track down replacement bulbs for the light, so Im not sure if its in working condition or not. I haven't been able to dreg up much information on the Indy 500 Firestone bikes as of yet.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Indy 500 posted by Linda on 7/18/2007 at 9:38:44 PM
I have just bought a Ladies version of this same bike but all the guts are missing on the light. My bike is in pretty good shape. Anyone know how you can find out how much this is worth? I'd like to find out what year my bike is but can't find anything about it on the internet. Anyone know where to look?
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BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by: gary sulzberger on 6/2/2007 at 7:21:14 PM
I just came across a 1964 schwinn typhoon skip tooth. I didn't know that schwinn put out a skiptooth that recently.Anybody know where I might find a chain or how to repair a chain or any other info would help!! Thanks Gary
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Gordon on 6/2/2007 at 8:37:51 PM
Schwinn didn't make a 1964 with a skiptooth, it is probably the work of a previous owner. It would be far easier to find the original design 1/2 inch pitch chainring than to find a good inch pitch chain for a decent price. Ditto with the rear sprocket.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:22:42 PM
I have the old sweetheart skip tooth chainring and bolted into the inside of it is another skip tooth chainring only this one is smaller. It fits the 1900's era Schwinn Tandem!

A testament to the awesome and odd parts and bikes I pulled from the hellish meighborhood of 6 and Livernois in Detroit. The old Shop of Gene Pourtouisi of Cyclopedia mail order. The back inventory of Cyclopedia......... Survived.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:24:50 PM
Infuriated that others from California would dare come and work my territory! You ain't having fun in this until you get mugged, robbed and the living crap kicked out of you as you walk to the truck!

Still would not have missed the adventure for anything!
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          RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:31:07 PM
Today the Schwinn cranks survive on the newest bikes put out by the current Schwinn company. The cloverleaf design, that is. It's stamped overseas and the finish is different from old school 1960's Schwinn. Very odd seeing this part made overseas. Like a bit of Americana we lost but then again we've lost about everything have'nt we? All our manufacturing industry gone.
Every time I left detroit a pal escorted me to my car with a gun and belt like he's Jesse James or something except a few times I was in a hurry and this one panhandler didn't like me in "his" neighborhood. The shop is gone now but what all I got from there and where it led to and I solved a mystery and beat out huge collectors to where the real treasure really was. I tell you it was incredible!
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AGE / VALUE:   The age of Rollfast Bicycles posted by: Paul L. Kordus on 6/2/2007 at 5:03:38 AM
I have 3 Rollfast bicycles that I want to know the age of them. Can anyone help me find this out or direct me to a website that may know ? I have 2 mens and 1 womens all with a 26 x 1.75 wheel on them. Thanks PLK
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AGE / VALUE:   help two bikes posted by: CHARLES on 6/1/2007 at 6:02:12 PM
I,M TRYING TO FIND INFORMATION ON A PAIR OF BIKES, ONE IS A MENS DUNELT 3-SPEED RED AND GOLD W/ CHROME FINDERS, SERIAL # 4462972: the other is a ladies western flyer blue, serial # mo 2891.37205869, both have 26x1 3/8 wheels and tires, i believe the dunelt ha s/a rear hub with thumb shifter, any info on date of manufacture, and approx. value would be great e-mail me w/ info at onestressedcookie@yahoo.com
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BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by: mike on 6/1/2007 at 2:30:15 PM
I have an old american flyer girls bike and there is a string that weaves through the rear fender (or is supposed to) I'm not sure of the purpose or how it's supposed to be threaded. anyone familier with this?
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          RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Gordon on 6/2/2007 at 5:38:56 AM
Patterns varied, but the purpose was always the same - to keep the ladys skirts from getting in the spokes.
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          RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by mike on 6/2/2007 at 10:39:59 AM
thanks,that does make sense.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Chris on 6/6/2007 at 6:55:21 AM
The Germans had different patterns of string skirt guards. Page after page of patterns. Intricate. expensive. A true lost art this is. You'd be stunned . The material waits to added to my web page. I told the Bugatti Trust people to go ----- themselves.

This is something I want to resurrect. Find the equipment and sit and learn to make skirt guards for ladies bikes fromt the 1900's.

This material I have is the start.
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          RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by ken on 6/8/2007 at 10:33:57 AM
Chris, is your page up? Link, please. We have read your posts with interest for a long time. Are you the author of that essay about Wanting It New?
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Chris on 6/12/2007 at 2:35:50 PM
No web page quite yet. Have to find a internet computer dude to assemble it. I've been working on it. Yes, Wanting it new. was mine. e- mail me at:
humberchristopher29@hotmail.com
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