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BALLOON:   thunderjet posted by: mick on 12/15/2006 at 2:39:29 PM
Does any one know anything about a THUNDERJET bike . I have a 1955 thunderjet that I would to restore. Its made by Chain bike corp.I need the decals to restore it

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          RE:BALLOON:   thunderjet posted by Gordon on 12/16/2006 at 6:57:57 AM
I don't know anything about them, but I have two of them. Both girls bikes, one has 26 inch wheels the other 24 inch. The 24 inch I got fromt the original owner and it is in very nice shape, missing only the fender light.
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          RE:BALLOON: thunderjet posted by -=PS=- on 1/7/2007 at 3:38:25 PM
I just picked up one today - and I'm very curious about what the original front and rear fender lights looked like. I thought it was a baloon tire bike when I bought it (bike store going out of business), but it wasn't wearing them. Where do I start looking for parts? Mines got intact decals on the "tank" but the decals on the chain guard "custom deluxe" is kinda' rusty. Reminds me of my big sister's bike that I learned to ride on as a kid.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tires for a 1901 shaft drive rambler posted by: Randy on 12/11/2006 at 8:30:23 AM
Hi,
I have a 1901 Rambler shaft drive bicycle with wooden rims. The rims are very deep and a 27 inch clincher tire will go on but not stay seated. Can anyone tell me what the correct tire size should be, and if they are available?

Thanks,

Randy
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tires for a 1901 shaft drive rambler posted by nate on 12/12/2006 at 6:23:58 AM
I think they take the 28" tires they sell at www.cokertire.com
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tires for a 1901 shaft drive rambler posted by Randy on 12/12/2006 at 1:56:02 PM
Thank you very much.

Randy


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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Tires for a 1901 shaft drive rambler posted by Jon on 12/15/2006 at 7:10:03 AM
If you need some 28" tires, I got a set of IRC Guaranty Roadster's 28 x 1 1/2. They are NOS and in great shape. Send me an offer at webbs_bicycle_recycle@yahoo.com


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MISC:   Worksman Tandem Restoration posted by: Peter on 12/10/2006 at 3:52:21 PM
Hello ! I have been to this site probably a million times, but I have not found a discussion place for Tandem bikes.
Can a link to a page be made ???? I have purchased a Worksman Tandem bike, that has 26 X 2.125 tires, so I guess that would be considered Ballon Type because of it's size. So that is why I am posting my message here. Someone left this bike sitting outside for probably 2-3 years or more, and I am in the process of bring it back to life. ( a good winter project!) This is not my first restore ... have a few under my belt already ...
I have already spent hours stripping the bike, and working on the frame. It now has 2 coats of primer, and will be painted candy apple red with the a silver metallic undercoat. The last step will be to clear coat the whole frame. Nice ! I will send a pic to old roads when this project is completely finished. I have seen one other post a few years ago that said the same, restoring a Worksman tandem, and was wondering how it came out. I tried to e mail the person but they no longer have the address linked to the post.
For anyone who may have a Worksman bike, most of the parts for any of their bikes are still available, and can be ordered easily over the phone. I have found a few sites on the internet concerning these bikes, but only a few.
Is anyone else out there into Worksman tandems ????
Anyone interested in communicating about tese bikes, feel free to drop me an e mail or a pic .... !
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          RE:MISC:   Worksman Tandem Restoration posted by nate on 12/11/2006 at 6:33:10 AM
I think oldroads doesn't have section for tandems because there are tandems built in so many styles: Balloon, Lightweight, middleweight and even some Schwinn Sting-Rays were built as tandems (the mini-twinn)
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          RE:RE:MISC:   Worksman Tandem Restoration posted by Chris on 12/18/2006 at 6:21:54 PM
Interesting! We need to open up a new section just for tandems. Good Idea.

I have a skip tooth double chainring that goes to a very, very old Schwinn tandem and I pulled it from a old, ancient shop and even though I have never listed it for sale I am sure that I am married to it forever. But..........Who can tell!
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BALLOON:   info posted by: eric ee on 12/8/2006 at 8:16:05 PM
i have a old bike that has seminol indain on front head plate also has westfield any info please
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          RE:BALLOON:   info posted by nate on 12/11/2006 at 6:31:37 AM
Westfield is in Massachusetts, near Springfield where Indian bicycles and motorcycles were made. Westfields are pretty much the same as Columbias, I think. Unless you have a genuine Indian bicycle, which would be nearly priceless. since they are sought by both bicycle and motorcycle people.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   pedals posted by: David Odland on 12/8/2006 at 11:23:21 AM
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Pedals posted by: David Odland on 12/8/2006 at 11:01:13 AM
I have cast parts to replace the worn rubber on my "bow" pedals now I want to find a material that is close to the original. Any idea how to determine the hardness or composition of them?


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FOR SALE:   Murray Meteor & Schwinn Fleet posted by: mc on 12/4/2006 at 10:18:10 PM
I am selling a Murray Meteor, 24" wheels, tank, headlight, truss rods, red/white, good condition, $150. Also a Schwinn Fleet, fair condition, $50. Pick up in Houston area preferred. Pics on request.
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WANTED:   50's higgins girls horn tank posted by: eric on 12/3/2006 at 2:15:51 PM
looking to replace a stolen horn tank on a 50's flow style J.C. Higgins girls bike. No major requirmentts on color or horn function. I'd even be happy with a non horn model.

Thanks
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          RE:WANTED:   50's higgins girls horn tank posted by Gordon on 12/4/2006 at 7:46:58 AM
I am sending you an email, I have several of these tanks for sale.
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BALLOON:   ID model and age of Roadmaster posted by: Roger Blake on 12/2/2006 at 9:10:18 AM
Help me identify the model name and year of manufacture for this Roadmaster. I suspect it is in the 40’s from the rearward facing dropouts and skip tooth chain. The serial number is Roadmaster G46436 AC, but I could not find a serial database for Roadmaster on the web.

http://members.cox.net/rogerblake/my-roadmaster.jpg


Here is a similar one that sold on eBay but no date or model number was given. The crank sprocket has a different pattern and it has a tank. I wonder if mine did. Mine has holes in the front fender for a light.

http://members.cox.net/rogerblake/69_3.jpg

Thanks
-roger


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AGE / VALUE:   Sears Spyder "500" posted by: Brian on 11/29/2006 at 6:34:19 PM
I have a Sears and Roebuck Spyder "500". 26" frame, 2 or 3 speed Bendix kicker. Color is gold, green and into blue. Black banana seat with spyder emblem. I am looking for information on this bike year, ect. Any help please!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Spyder posted by nate on 11/30/2006 at 6:24:05 AM
There are a bunch of Sears Spyders in the picture database here. You might find one exactly like yours and be able to determine the date.
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BALLOON:   Monarch Rocket Info. posted by: Grant on 11/27/2006 at 6:44:59 PM
Hello, I have an early 50's? Monarch Rocket that I picked up at a thrift store some time ago and would like some info on where I could get an accurate picture of this bicycle to help aid in restoration. The bike was mostly intact when bought, but it didn't have a tank on it. It did however have the fender mounted headlight (which was missing) It has a rack in the back, and had white painted rims with red pinstripe on both sides of the spokes. The bike itself was red with the typical white markings on the front of the frame and on the tips of the fenders. The bike also had black rubber mud flaps on the bottom of the fenders. The seat was leather with a chrome grab bar on the back. The chain guard is missing, but is there another model that is similar? I have another Monarch for parts, but not a Rocket. I would like to paint this bike as close to original as it was, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Monarch Rocket Info. posted by George on 12/1/2006 at 7:47:11 PM
Pick up a copy of "evolution of the bicycle" volume 1 + 2 and there are plenty of pictures of Monark bicycles to look through.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Monarch Rocket Info. posted by nate on 12/4/2006 at 6:58:06 AM
Monarck .vs. Monark .vs. Monarch...
The Picture Database here has them spelled three ways. Are they all the same brand??
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WANTED:   Sears Screamer chrome rear seat reflector posted by: Joe on 11/27/2006 at 12:47:26 PM
Sears Screamer chrome rear seat reflectorI need the one with 3 reflecors complete and in good shape
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WANTED:   Sears Screamer chrome rear seat reflector posted by: Joe on 11/27/2006 at 12:47:26 PM
Sears Screamer chrome rear seat reflectorI need the one with 3 reflecors complete and in good shape
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          RE:WANTED:   Sears Screamer chrome rear seat reflector posted by Joe on 12/1/2006 at 4:49:04 AM
Sorry my e mail is jbgb39@yahoo.com thanks!
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FOR SALE:   Vintage balloon tanks posted by: Joe on 11/27/2006 at 8:42:31 AM
I have a
Monark Hoilday horn tank, pre war Cleveland Welding and a Motobike tool box tank for sale
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          RE:FOR SALE:   Vintage balloon tanks posted by Gordon on 11/27/2006 at 5:18:11 PM
Tried to send you an email but it was returned as undeliverable.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   updating 60s bike posted by: Ed. Torbeck on 11/26/2006 at 11:15:57 AM

I have a nice, probley 60s era, single speed cruiser bike that I would like to update as a winter project. I think it was made by the Cleveland Welding Company, but has no badges and has been repainted in the past.

I am wanting to put a three speed hub with coaster brake and a springer front fork on it.
Is this a feasable project?
I would like to hear from any one who is knowledgable and perhaps have done the conversion.

thanks for your reply,

Ed.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   updating 60s bike posted by Gordon on 11/26/2006 at 4:47:15 PM
Shouldn't be a problem. If you get a springer, make sure you get one with the correct length steering tube. You will need to find a 3 speed coaster brake hub with the correct number of spoke holes (most likely 36). I occassionally find these hubs on bikes at the local thrift shop.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   updating 60s bike posted by Ken on 11/28/2006 at 11:43:52 AM
Very feasible and fun. I have a hot rod Flightliner with 3-speed coaster. I used a Shimano 333 hub mostly because I had one, but also they are said to be less prone to missed shifts and slippage than the Sturmey-Archer. I also used a twist grip shifter.
As Gordon hints, you may have to build up a wheel; I don't recall any ballooner or middlewight 3-speed that had a coaster, but who knows? Wheel building is the second most satisfying activity there is.
I found that the ratios available were a little high for my advanced age, so I installed a smaller chainwheel, which does the trick and gives it a custom look.
Note to Gordon- I hope you're stashing those hubs. They are getting fewer and farther between.

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