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AGE / VALUE:   test vin posted by: test vin on 9/17/2006 at 3:01:03 PM
test vin
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   test vin posted by test vin on 9/17/2006 at 3:03:12 PM
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   test vin posted by test vin on 9/17/2006 at 3:03:24 PM
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   test vin posted by Gary M on 9/18/2006 at 7:55:26 AM
welcome back! how frustrating. as big as this site is, it must have been a nightmare. I posted a pic of my 56 Starlet, have been waiting! also have a 56 Robin hood with odd forks, almost lok bent, but no signs of it, however they curve way out front. may have been gradual over yrs. looks cool.
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BALLOON:   1930's - 40's American Bikes posted by: Jon Wright on 8/31/2006 at 4:56:30 PM
I need help on identifying recently old found bike. Been told it might be a Mead. Badge is missing, but everything else is mostly there (luggage rack, fenders, tires that hold air seat, etc. Has broken left pedal spindle, but otherwise decent but rough. Been under a house next door for 60+ years. I can provide serial number and pictures to those that might help with the identifycation.
Thanks! Jon
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AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by: mark on 8/30/2006 at 2:25:23 AM
HELP!! Does anyone know the easiest and or best way to remove the kickstand from a '69 Schwinn Panther? There's a pin on the under side that I can get to turn but not pull out. Please help! Thank you, Mark
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:33:57 AM
You will find complete step by step instructions at Mark Smiths website: www.bunchobikes.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Panther kickstand posted by mark on 8/30/2006 at 3:04:58 AM
THANX GORDON!!!! Thats exactly what I needed to know!! Mark
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by: Darren on 8/29/2006 at 12:37:35 AM
I recently purchased a Janney Semple Hill StarFighter. It's orange with a white springer seat. It appears to have had a tank (and fenders) at one time. I've only been able to find out that it was a private label for a Minneapolis Hardware Store. The serial number is E000082B26. Perhaps somebody knows what year it is from and which company manufactured it.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:35:08 AM
A photo would help.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Darren on 8/31/2006 at 2:15:50 AM
Here's a photo...


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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Janney Semple Hill posted by Gordon on 8/31/2006 at 3:04:29 AM
I believe that is an Evans.
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BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by: Barbara on 8/27/2006 at 7:32:54 PM
I'm not sure of the year on this J.C. Higgins. Any information is greatly appreciated. Also I'm not sure how to post multiple pics though but here is one at least. Thank you!


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          RE:BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:42:39 AM
I believe it is a 1947 because it has the same skirt guards as the Elgins built before world war II. I'm sure they were just using up left over parts. (no bikes were produced from 1943 to 1946) The skirt guard style changed in 1948.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Don't know the year posted by Barbara on 8/30/2006 at 9:13:33 PM
Thanks for the info Gordon. Now alls I need to do is get tires, a chain, pedals and all that. I just want to get it back into riding condition.
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BALLOON:   New bike, help to identify, please posted by: Marcy Bell on 8/26/2006 at 10:25:21 PM
I got a bicycle yesterday at a garage sale for $15. I *believe* that it is a balloon tire bicycle, but I'm not sure exactly what the definition of that is. It says "Zenith Marshall-Wells" on the front nametag, under the handlebars. The crank for the chain looks different than the other bikes I have had, so it must take a differet type of chain, not sure what, though. I'm including a pic. If anyone can help me, that would be great. From a cursory inspection, the only thing appearing to be wrong with this bike is that the tires are flat (haven't checked to see if they will hold air or not) and it's missing the chain. I pushed it around and everything seems to do what it's supposed to. My goal is to be able to ride this bike. Any tips on how to get it ready to ride so that I don't ruin anything?
Thanks,
Marcy in Oregon


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          RE:BALLOON:   New bike, help to identify, please posted by mark on 8/27/2006 at 12:27:22 AM
Not too sure of the age or make, but I'll bet it had a "skip-tooth" chain and sprocket. Skip-tooth sprockets have the teeth spaced farther apart so the chains links are spaced differently than a normal chain. Type in"skip tooth" on ebay and you'll probably find one. The bad news is it will probably cost more than you paid for the whole bike! You can post a message on this site for a chain and probably get a better deal.Folks here don't seem to be out for money, just a love for vintage bicycles. I will keep my eyes out for one for you. I just got one from my Grandfathers garage, but plan to use it for a future project(SORRY). gOOD LUCK, mARK
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          RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:25:39 AM
The front fork looks like a Western Flyer or hawthorne. A quick Google search turns up all types of zenith-marshall wells items. Sounds like a dept store bike...But Cannot find who really made the bike...Good luck.
-Erin
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          RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:30:23 AM
Does the front sproket look like the rear? If so, All you need is a chain to get it going...if not...email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I may have a front sprocket for around $15 plus shipping.
-Erin
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          RE:RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by mark on 8/29/2006 at 4:46:42 PM
Hey Erin, do you have a front skip tooth sprocket for sale?
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON: New bike, help to identify, please posted by Gordon on 8/30/2006 at 2:47:26 AM
If Erin doesn't have what you need, I have many to choose from.
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          change the chain posted by Gary M on 8/30/2006 at 9:25:31 PM
the front sprockets are all the same, 5 min swap. the rear are just as easy, pop off the snap ring, toss on a standard gear. why try to fix up skip tooth on a non collectable rider? use standard readily available parts and chains.
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          RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:37:36 PM
Unless The rear is a skip tooth new departure...Needs a special spanner to remove, and may not come apart...I was trying to clarify if the sprokets were a match...if not, and one is a skip tooth, the front is easier to remove. If the sprockets dont match (which in the photo, they dont appear to) one will have to be changed.
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          RE:RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:38:52 PM
Also, factor in rust...took me an hour with a mapp torch to get the last rusty crank set apart. clearly not a 5 minute swap.
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          RE:RE:RE:change the chain posted by Erin on 8/31/2006 at 7:41:09 PM
Mark,
Email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I have one that needs a little straightening. Off a 1936 schwinn admiral. $15 plus shipping.
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AGE / VALUE:   any info on a girls sportcrest bike posted by: rob on 8/26/2006 at 12:49:15 AM
HI ALL i have a girls bike with a sportcrest name badge its white and purple with double headlights and a decoration on the front fender cant find any info on it such as make year etc ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT I LIVE IN CLEVE OHIO IF IT HELPS THANKS rob


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: any info on a girls sportcrest bike posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:34:08 AM
A photo of the whole bike may be more helpful.
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MISC:   bikes for sale posted by: bob. on 8/25/2006 at 10:06:16 PM
i have 8 bikes for sale email me for price and
pitchers
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AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by: Mark on 8/24/2006 at 11:25:01 PM
Does anyone know how to date a Sears bicycle? I found 2 pics. of the same frame style but with different seats. One says it's from the 50's and the other from the 60's. Can you get approximate dates from the reflectors? (SAE62) Thank You, Mark
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Sears Bike posted by Erin on 8/29/2006 at 6:36:45 AM
Look under the bottom bracket or on the rear dropouts for a serial number. Please post a photo.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Sears Bike posted by mark on 8/29/2006 at 4:45:02 PM
hate to sound like an idiot, but how do you post pics?
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Ross posted by: Dennis on 8/24/2006 at 2:31:56 AM
I was given a old Ross trying to find out the year it was made serial # is 5413514 it is a 24" ballon bike has a red white and blue metal symbol in the front, metal spring on front fork, this bike has a very large chain guard. I hand blasted the frame(it was repainted metalic purple) from what I can tell the fork where white the frame was black and the chain guard was red The tires which I think are vintage where made in Penn. and have a print of a chief on the side walls
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BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp #D08316 covered in old Red Porch Paint posted by: Doug Edwards on 8/24/2006 at 2:35:52 AM
I just picked up 4 Bikes for 100 bucks. One is a Schwinn Wasp that has been covered in whats look like old brick red Porch Paint, Kind of peels off. I am trying to tell the year but am somewhat confused with the serial number matching up to the charts I have found. Serial Number# D08316. Does anybody know the exact year of this bike. Is there a trick to getting the latex paint off. The original color looks to be blue. I will get some Pics up this Weekend.

Proud Owner of the only 2 IVERSON Dragstrippers I have seen with my own eyes...................DOUG
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp #D08316 covered in old Red Porch Paint posted by rod on 8/24/2006 at 5:48:03 PM
Your Schwinn Wasp is from April 1960. As far as taking the frame down to the OG without ruining it is a time-consuming process in itself; you can try degreaser diluted with water as I am with my '70 that someone drowned the original green with silver, but remember: It's a process. Good luck!
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          info posted by George Matherly on 8/28/2007 at 1:29:52 PM
i want to know more info about an early 50's schwinn hornet
here info about it to help u out.
-its an 26'
-its black
-i think its an heavywieght but i dont know
-its not an deluxe
- its just a plane bike
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AGE / VALUE:   Ensign Bike posted by: Joe on 8/23/2006 at 11:36:37 PM
Hi:

I saw a bike at a garage sale this weekend called a ENSIGN. It looked 1930's- 1940's, but I have never heard of this type and can't find anything of the internet. ?? I wish I had looked closer, I might even be mispelling the name(sorry).

The bike also had the name of an Atlanta, GA hardware company on a permanent tag. It was a standard size mens bike with a tank in the middle. It had a flat carrying rack(not bars), chain guard and silver fenders. Blue/grey in color with a black triangle padded seat(leather?).

Any idea who the manufacturer might be?

Thanks,

Joe Cox - Birmingham, Alabama
joe@surplusrealty.com
Cell 205-541-5861

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AGE / VALUE:   Ensign Bike posted by: Joe on 8/23/2006 at 11:00:43 PM
Hi:

I saw a bike at a garage sale this weekend called a ENSIGN. It looked 1950's, but I have never heard of this type and can't find anything of the internet. ??
The bike also had the name of an Atlanta, GA hardware company on a permanent tag. It was a standard size bike with a flat(not bars) carring rack on the back, fenders and a tank in the middle.

Any idea who the manufacturer might be?

Thanks,

Joe
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What year is this? posted by: Alan on 8/21/2006 at 7:48:03 PM
I recently purchased a ladies AMF Jet Pilot bicycle with a horn tank, rear carrier, chrome rims and fenders, etc...and have NO IDEA what year it is! Any help would be great.
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AGE / VALUE:   what brand bike is this? posted by: Scott on 8/21/2006 at 3:02:53 AM
An old guy gave me this bike that was in the back of
his garage. He didn't know what kind it was. Monza
G.T. is printed on the chain gaurd. Here is a link to
some pictures:

http://scohen.100webcustomers.com/oldbike/

Any idea on what it might be?


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   what brand bike is this? posted by rod on 8/24/2006 at 5:56:16 PM
Whatever the company that made it was done under Huffy; their 5-star sprocket chainring gave way. You can look up the serial# (located on the left rear dropout) by clicking on the serial# charts on this site. Good luck!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   what brand bike is this? posted by Jim on 8/25/2006 at 12:16:06 AM
It's a mid 60's Huffy. I have a 66 Eldorado with the same frame, chainguard and sprocket.
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