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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Hooked edge rim posted by: Darren on 3/27/2007 at 4:58:57 PM
I recently purchased a 1956 Columbia-built Five Star American. The tires have "for hooked edge rim" on the sidewall. Anybody have any insight into these? Will I have trouble finding the proper tires? Thank you.
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WANTED:   schwinn speedster 24 in posted by: david on 3/27/2007 at 4:35:51 PM
hi im looking for a 24 in schwinn speedster for my girlfriend. and condition any color
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BALLOON:   2 spd benix hub sprocket compatability w/ modern chain wheel teeth spacing posted by: bicyclejuju on 3/25/2007 at 3:50:31 PM
I am planing on installing an old bendix 2 spd kick back hub on my old 1951 fat tire schwinn. I am building it up with old school bmx equipment. Is the teeth spacing on the bendix cog the same as a late 90's gt bmx chain wheel. I want to make sure I can use a chain compatable for both.
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          RE:BALLOON:   2 spd benix hub sprocket compatability w/ modern chain wheel teeth spacing posted by Tom on 3/26/2007 at 7:28:55 AM
I have this hub on my 61 Columbia and had no problem using regular replacement chain. Does the sprocket look different? If so, you'll have to check it. Mine worked fine with regular brand x 'modern' chain, although I'm not sure what your front bmx sprocket looks like or uses...
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BALLOON:   Schwinn Gooseneck posted by: Matt on 3/25/2007 at 5:09:02 AM
I am looking for a 26" Schwinn DX Gooseneck in excellent shape or reproduction. It has the bolt on the inside top. Thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   tire size posted by: gary on 3/24/2007 at 3:09:31 PM
I am rebuilding by daughter's she is now 37 and need a little help the tire size that come on it was 26x175 I am having trouble finding that size but have found some 26x225 will they work.
thanks for any help gary
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   tire size posted by ken on 3/25/2007 at 1:11:34 PM
The short answer is yes.
More info:
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/559.html
But Harris doesn't carry a lot of bargains... Unless you want a cruiser repro, Xmart has tires that will fit. Actually they sometimes have a decent cruiser tire too. The question is how she will use them. Don't buy more tread than you absolutely need, because it's more effort to push around. Get slicks if you're staying in the street. Most bike shops have a street tire in a 1.5 or 1.9 width.
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage schwinn_ need help to identify posted by: Julie on 3/24/2007 at 11:04:32 AM
My boyfriend and I came across an old schwinn that we are interested in restoring, and would like some more information about it. It is a red/white mens 24", serial # F253832. The head badge has a plane and a train on it and has chicago in small letters across the bottom. I came across some info that said that indicates a bike made after 1965, but this bike seems older than that. Can anyone help me out. Much thanks!!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage schwinn_ need help to identify posted by Matt on 3/25/2007 at 5:05:11 AM
Julie,

Your bicycle is older than that. This website has the code info you are looking for.

http://www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber3.htm
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage schwinn_ need help to identify posted by Skip Intro on 3/25/2007 at 6:00:54 AM
Serial numbers are here on oldroads, too. Just click on General Resources at the top of any page.
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AGE / VALUE:   Wonder posted by: josh on 3/23/2007 at 11:57:34 AM
I bought this bike from a neighbor who was moving away and getting rid of a lot of stuff. I couldn't find any serial # on it. I was wondering from the picture if anyone knew any info of the age, type and value. It has a kickstand on it that goes under the back tire (I wasn't sure what the specific name for that type was) and a fender skirt. Most of the parts are original. If anyone could help me out with info that would be greatly appreciated.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wonder posted by joshua Santos on 3/23/2007 at 2:00:16 PM
there is also Morrow brakes on it. I don't know if that helps or not. Is there any particular place that I should look for the serial #? Also included is another pic


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wonder posted by josh on 3/23/2007 at 2:08:47 PM
and another...


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wonder posted by josh on 3/24/2007 at 10:51:09 AM
NEW INFO----
New Departure
k14777
Eclipse Machine Division
CN1-36-13 or
CNI-36-13 (I wasn't sure if the marking after the CN was the number one or the letter "I")
Made in Elmira, N.Y.

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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Wonder posted by JimW. on 3/27/2007 at 9:57:52 PM
That's a sweet-looking bike, Josh. Too bad it doesn't have a head badge. That would make it easy. Unless somebody with a better eye than me can identify it for you, I'm afraid you're going to have to go through the picture database here, to look for a similar bike.

Things to look for are a bike with a matching crank sprocket. The one on yours is pretty distinctive; it's definitely not a Schwinn. Notice how the points of the "star" are swept back, almost like a saw blade? That isn't typical. The skirt guard is also a very specific styling clue. Look at as many photos of girls' bikes as you can. The one on yours looks like it came with the bike, so if you find another one exactly like it, you'll narrow your search considerably. A lot of girl's bikes had skirt guards, but they're all different by brand, at least in the details. The chain guard is usually a pretty good means of identification. Too bad yours has been painted over, but the shape is still fairly distinctive, with that cartoon-cloud-billow- like lower profile.

The seat/chainstay shape in the rear of the frame is also distinctive on yours, in the way the tubes' angles relate to each other and the rear dropout plate with that round mount for the rear stand as part of it. That's different. Also notice that the fenders come to a distinct peak in the top center; that's not common, either. Also notice that the little cross-tube in the forward part of the frame, connecting the top and down tubes is angled parallel to the ground. That is also not common.

Somebody here can probably recognize it from only a few of those clues, so you might wait a couple of days. Gordon Bradbury could probably nail it for you, and he comes around fairly often, or maybe Sam Lingo. You could also E-mail your photos to Leon Dixon at National Bicycle History Archive of America
http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/ He has an E-mail link on the site.

Good luck with it. I'm sure you'll find the answer.


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MISC:   SERIAL NUMBER CHART-CCM-1921-1974 posted by: theCCMguy on 3/22/2007 at 1:14:38 PM
I noticed some guy selling this on e-bay. He found it in the same spot I did and made a bunch of copies and is trying to flog them. Well if you want a copy of my list(the list on e-bay went to 1960.Mine goes to 1974 so far) e-mail me and I'll give it to you. FREE It is a work in progress so there's some missing years. Ride On
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          RE:MISC:   SERIAL NUMBER CHART-CCM-1921-1974 posted by nate on 3/23/2007 at 10:45:21 AM
Can you post it here?
Thanks-in-advance

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AGE / VALUE:   SEREAL# SPACELINER posted by: johnny c on 3/22/2007 at 3:37:12 AM
hello i found the #s left rear, 502..469020..593162... any idea the year model of this spaceliner (chrome)
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BALLOON:   SILVER RING by COLSON posted by: Rick on 3/21/2007 at 1:43:43 PM
I have a SILVER RING brand, mens 26" balloon bicycle that was manufactured by COLSON. I believe it is from the 1930's. It has been repainted, was well used and I don't know how much is original. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks! Rick
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial number posted by: Gene Kelly on 3/20/2007 at 4:06:57 PM
HAVE A STRAIGHT BAR BOYS SCHWINN WITH SERIAL GO775 IS THIS A 1950 MODEL? IS THE O A NUMBER OR A LETTER.
THANKS FOR ANY HELP
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn serial number posted by rod on 5/17/2007 at 2:22:21 PM
To avoid confusion with the numbers in their serial #s, Schwinn never used 'I' or 'O' letters.
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MISC:   SPACELINER CHROME BIKE posted by: johnny c on 3/19/2007 at 8:08:51 PM
ive bought a chrome bike that says spaceliner on the chaingaurd, is it a murray or sears is my question? no headbadge, no tank but can see there should be one, springer front is here,rear rack and maybe somthing else was on the sides of rear rack. any insight on my find??/
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          RE:MISC: SPACELINER CHROME BIKE posted by JR on 3/20/2007 at 7:55:02 AM
Murray made them for Sears. There are offbrand clones that are slightly different but the Spaceliner is a Sears exclusive.
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          RE:MISC:   SPACELINER CHROME BIKE posted by ken on 3/20/2007 at 10:16:26 AM
You can find lots of discussion and pictures on these bikes. It never had a badge, since the tank went around the headtube. The tank had dual headlights and a horn. The luggage rack had a central part containing a taillight and fin-shaped grab rails outside that. The saddle also had a grab rail.
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          RE:MISC:   SPACELINER CHROME BIKE posted by johnny c on 3/20/2007 at 7:08:35 PM
thanks, i got a chance to better inspect it today, frame is pretty good cond,rims too, needs another crank and rack little rusty than thought originally, but i am glad to have one of these myself.thanks for the info
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MISC:   SPACELINER CHROME BIKE posted by: johnny c on 3/19/2007 at 8:08:51 PM
ive bought a chrome bike that says spaceliner on the chaingaurd, is it a murray or sears is my question? no headbadge, no tank but can see there should be one, springer front is here,rear rack and maybe somthing else was on the sides of rear rack. any insight on my find??/
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AGE / VALUE:   jc higgins posted by: Jeremy on 3/19/2007 at 10:37:00 AM
At what point did J.C. Higgins stop using skip toothed cranks? I have an old J.C. and would like to find out the production date. I have the model and serial numbers but don't know what to look for.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   jc higgins posted by gordon on 3/20/2007 at 3:01:45 PM
If it is a JC Higgins, you know it was made after they started making bikes again after World War II. Sears bikes before the war were Elgin. About the only way to get a good handle on the year of manufacture is to get a copy of the Elgin Hawthorne Collectible bike book and match your bike to one of the catalog reprints.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: jc higgins posted by John S. on 11/1/2007 at 5:37:33 PM
I have a JC Higgins bicycle that probably made pre-1960's. I would like to determine its manufacture date. The numbers stamped on the crack are: MOST, MOD50245500, 179656. These numbers are one above the other. Any idea's?
John S.
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AGE / VALUE:   seat post size posted by: elliott on 3/18/2007 at 10:26:17 PM
what is the seat post size for schwinn balloon tire bicycles circa 1950s?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   seat post size posted by ken on 3/19/2007 at 7:50:18 PM
13/16"
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