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AGE / VALUE:   I can not seem to find any information about this bike posted by: Josh on 8/27/2010 at 6:11:10 AM
I recently bought this bike on ebay however I can't find anything about its history. I figured I would ask the masses here and see if anyone has any leads. Does anyone know of a bicycle manufacturer from York, PA in the early 1900s? Thanks, Josh
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   I can not seem to find any information about this bike posted by john on 8/31/2010 at 3:16:19 PM
I know of 2 individuals associated with York, PA bicycles. First is CB Red Klinedinst. Opened his bike shop in 1909 I believe. He did not manufacure bicycles, but purchased them from main stream makers and rebadged them with his name. Shop closed about 2 years ago. Second is JW Richley. Opened his shop in late 1800's and according to his autobiography, he purchased frames and built up bikes from various components. Don't know how they were badged. If you care to post your email (in a way that could be read by human eyes but not automated spamers)I'll contact you to see if I can provide additional info on either of these 2 individuals. john
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Armstrong Info posted by: Jody on 8/26/2010 at 4:40:01 PM
Can anyone help with info on my ARMSTRONG bicycle
womens single speed coaster brake painted black chrome fenders
seat tube serial number 210-BD
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Armstrong Info posted by jj on 8/27/2010 at 4:28:48 AM
26 x 1 3/8 tires, right?
It is an English cycle. Try asking under the English Roadster topic.
Also - lots of info on them in the archives here at OldRoads.com. Use the google search box.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Armstrong Info posted by ken on 8/27/2010 at 10:43:14 AM
It's one of the Raleigh Industries brands, probably intended for US export. (I conclude this because I bought one in about 1962 at a Coast to Coast Hardware store. It wasn't expensive and the paint was gorgeous.) Look it up on sheldonbrown.com

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AGE / VALUE:   bike show posted by: jim taylor on 8/26/2010 at 10:25:51 AM
im the old grumpy guy from de pere wi, i am looking for polo seats, the kind used on autocycles from the 1930s, there will be a bike swap meet 8/28/2010 in neenah wi , if you have a polo seat bring it along, for info on the bike show contact cranked at crankedbikestudio.com or email crankedbikestudio@gmail.com
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FOR SALE:   parts for Sears Spaceliner posted by: Doug on 8/25/2010 at 6:35:27 AM
I have some parts for a later model Sears Spaceliner, the tank and rack were stripped in prep for repainting. The plastic control housing is broke in two. A carefully performed glue job would fix it. The horn and light parts are still attached, don't know if they work. Taking offers. Pictures available upon request.
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          RE:FOR SALE:   parts for Sears Spaceliner posted by danny martin on 8/29/2010 at 6:35:25 PM
please send pictures thank you.
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          RE:FOR SALE:   parts for Sears Spaceliner posted by danny martin on 9/2/2010 at 5:45:53 AM
please send pictuers.


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          SOLD:  parts for Sears Spaceliner posted by Doug on 9/8/2010 at 9:19:36 AM
I'm sure you will be happy with the parts Danny.
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BALLOON:   Shelby Explorer? Cannot find any info on this model posted by: James Seiber on 8/21/2010 at 7:05:27 PM
I recently acquired what seems to be a Shelby Explorer, yet I cannot find anything ANYWHERE online about it. Looking at your pictures and other models I am positive that it must be genuine. It looks like many of the girl models, possible "supreme"? It's appears to be entirely original, baby blue paint (almost perfect, especially decal), two tone vanilla and blue seat, fenders etc seem to be in great shape, some rust on handle bars, tires flat, but overall in wonderful condition. It seems to be a complete great bike. Since you all seem to be so knowledge, I figured you where the ones to ask! Can anyone give me any information thus far on the bike? Maybe someone has some old catalogue's its in that could help? Thank you so much for your time, any information would be great. I will post a picture asap.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Shelby Explorer? Cannot find any info on this model posted by stanley ackley on 9/2/2010 at 10:53:46 AM
I,ve got one to.shelby explorer.not as good of shape as yours but was able to read the decals.can,t find any thing about them anywheres.has stars cut out on front sproket.have you found out anything yet?
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          RE:BALLOON:   Shelby Explorer? Cannot find any info on this model posted by James Seiber on 9/11/2010 at 12:03:37 AM
IT turns out mine isnt as in good of shape either. A lot more rust then I thought, etc. Please help. btw, stanley..I'll take some pictures for you.
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AGE / VALUE:   Firestone 880 speed cruise Help posted by: dawson smith on 8/18/2010 at 9:15:32 PM
This awesome bike was bought from an estate sale from the original owners.i have no idea what it is worth. the original horn works and looks brand new in-side the tank. the light is rusted because batteries was left in it. the paint is 9/10 condition. the horn is delta and the light is delta hawk, the seat is TOXEL. any info is greatly appreciated.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone 880 speed cruise Help posted by ken on 8/26/2010 at 10:41:30 AM
I believe it's Murray-built. There's a similar one in the Oldroads picture database, posted by Menotomy, so there may be a record of what that one brought- and yours has the accessories. Your Troxel saddle isn't original, since it doesn't match; the original may have been white or off-white.
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AGE / VALUE:   how can i tell what year my shelby bike is posted by: matt on 8/17/2010 at 6:15:37 PM
i just got this shelby bike and i was trying to figure out the year and if any one has info about it so i could but it back to stock it going to be my very first full resto so any help would help thanks


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   how can i tell what year my shelby bike is posted by jj on 8/18/2010 at 3:55:51 AM
Compare it to the Shelby cycles in the Picture Database here.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   how can i tell what year my shelby bike is posted by mike behen on 12/7/2010 at 9:18:41 AM
how can you tell year of a shelby bike thanks
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AGE / VALUE:   how can i tell what year my shelby bike is posted by: matt on 8/17/2010 at 6:15:37 PM
i just got this shelby bike and i was trying to figure out the year and if any one has info about it so i could but it back to stock it going to be my very first full resto so any help would help thanks


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AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by: leighann on 8/10/2010 at 4:34:32 PM
This last weekend my son and I were at an auction and this bike came up for bid. The owner of the auction bid on it and told my son that he had to take this bike. He just kinda took to my son and every time there is a bike for sale, he sometimes makes him take them even if he don't want them. But this one was different. I looked on the internet and I cannot find any that look like our. Is it wrong? Or does it just have the wrong part? Is it rare? Is it worth anything? Would my son be wise to fix it up? Would it be something worth selling?


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by ken on 8/11/2010 at 2:12:59 PM
It's not valuable or rare, and it's rusty. The handlebars are wrong, and possibly the saddle. The luggage carrier is aftermarket. The cable from the three-speed shifter is supposed to pass over the pulley under the seat on its way to the hub. It looks like a Sturmey-Archer hub- hard to tell from the photo. Is it? If so, you can determine its age here:
http://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html#sturmey
You can get the gears working following Sheldon Brown's directions. The cable won't reach to the end of those handlebars; either slide the shifter down or find some regular roadster bars. Regular bars would work better with the existing brake cables too. Some local bike hoarder (like me) will have some.
If the chain isn't rusted solid you may be able to oil it and get some more miles out of it.
Wise to fix it up? Yes, but don't expect to make money on it. Ride it or give it to someone who will ride it.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by mike on 8/13/2010 at 5:32:35 PM
The front of bike says thunderjet, and the serial number is 6137199. Is this a Ross bicycle, or some other make?


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by gmain on 8/13/2010 at 8:28:04 PM
the rack is worth abouth 5 bucks, the shifter cable and hardware about the same. the bike is worth .02 per pound
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by ken on 8/14/2010 at 8:48:37 PM
That's cold, gary, even if true. I say any bike you can ride is worth cabfare... wonder if the tires hold pressure.
OP never answered about the hub.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by ken on 8/14/2010 at 8:50:19 PM
Mike, I thought maybe Huffy.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by gmain on 8/21/2010 at 2:47:40 PM
I should have been more subtle, but I am having the worst year of my life in the bike business. And reality is where i am at you couldnt give that away, if you put 2 new tires on it.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by jj on 8/22/2010 at 3:25:05 PM
Sorry to hear that.
Do you deal mostly in the antique and collectible side?

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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by gmain on 8/24/2010 at 1:18:57 PM
i buy and sell, and repair used bikes. collecting the good ones myself. Its about time for the annual Huffy Toss, where i strip all the cheap bikes and haul them in for scrap. nothing sells here. bicycles are dead in central michigan.
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Need help with bike identification posted by ken on 8/26/2010 at 10:20:44 AM
Same here. At a recent garage sale I started a respectable Varsity at $40... wound up taking ten for it at the end of the day. On the other hand, I had a Roadmaster 10-speed with no derailleur hanger; decent 27" wheels, all alloy components- I put the small chainring on the outside of the crank, centered the hub for a bmx freewheel, and singlespeeded it with 1/8 chain, and sold it for $75. It turned out nice, weighed about 22 lbs complete.
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BALLOON:   derby bike need help posted by: mike on 8/2/2010 at 6:00:13 PM
http://s807.photobucket.com/albums/yy356/realoldfot/derby pictures are email back with your infor thanks
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BALLOON:   barn find derby bike from the 50s need infor on it thanks posted by: mike on 8/2/2010 at 5:46:32 PM
my wife toll me im crazy for finding this old piece of junk barn find derby bike it going to need to be restore i think it worst some buxs help me in find the yr and model of it i know it should not go to junk yard i know it can be new again


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          RE:BALLOON:   barn find derby bike from the 50s need infor on it thanks posted by ken on 8/3/2010 at 10:23:49 AM
photobucket says page not found
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AGE / VALUE:   columbia-1940'S posted by: marie on 8/1/2010 at 11:05:46 AM
Hi
Someone wanted to throw this in our dumpster so I took it home. I think it's a Columbia Superb? 1947?
serial number L209347. Badge says "The Westfield Mfg Co, Westfield, Ma USA"


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia-1940'S posted by VintageColumbiaBikes.com on 8/3/2010 at 7:37:45 AM
You are correct. It is a 47 Columbia Superb. Besides the serial number, the design on the front of the front fender and bottom of the rear fender are unique for 1947.
It's a very nice dumpster find.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia-1940'S posted by Eddie Miller on 8/4/2010 at 6:11:31 PM
It looks just like my bike. I have a 1945. I have pictures of it on the balloon tire society web site


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia-1940'S posted by marie on 8/5/2010 at 6:53:54 AM
Thanks for the info. I love to ride bikes but I am not really a collector so my next questions are what is the value? By the way, I grew up in Westfield and my 3 oldest brothers worked at Columbia in the 70's and I worked there for one summer in the 80's. I was working there when they made the reproduction bike with the certificates.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   columbia-1940'S posted by MrColumbia on 8/11/2010 at 9:01:51 AM
I worked at Columbia from 1979-1981 and my father Jack Kowal ran the Columbia museum through the 90's until 3 years ago. You will have to check out my website on Columbia Bikes and their history VintageColumbiaBikes.com (MrColumbia)
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AGE / VALUE:   Can you help ID this bike? posted by: Leslie on 7/31/2010 at 5:20:14 AM
I was trying to find out the age of my ‘new’ bike. I have enclosed a picture of the bike as well as the serial numbers on the bottom of the pedal crank housing. The numbers are very hard to read, so I used paint and rubbed over it to try and make it stand out. The back hub is stamped with New Departure Model D.

There are 2 rows of numbers under the pedal crank housing. The letters/numbers I can make out are:

6 or 0 4 ? ? (can't really read last 2 numbers on top)
6 or 0 4 E H

Hopefully you can give me an idea on the age of this bike. It belonged to a friend of mine’s mother. Her mother is the original owner and the best ‘guesstimate’ we could come up with is the 1940’s. (She lost her mother to Alzheimer’s in March.)

Thanks for any help you can offer!
Leslie


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AGE / VALUE:   1935 Scwhinn (Complete) posted by: Skip Rhode on 7/27/2010 at 6:18:52 PM
I would like to find all the information I can on this frame. I'm fairly certain it's a 1935. It's serial number is NH359898. Note the unusual v shape that passes the down tube. That's the only difference between it and other bikes I've seen from that era. Please view attached photos. It's been carefully and gently cleaned and disassembled, as well as greased and reassembled. Didn't want to do too much. Where should I go from here? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Skip


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MISC:   Can anyone please help me ID this bike... posted by: Gary on 7/26/2010 at 10:15:43 PM
A friend of mine turned me onto this girls bike for $15.. so I figured cool wheels and a skip tooth for my Rat Rod. IT has middle weight tires and after market fenders but those look to have been probably changed after the ugly blue raddle can paint job. Any how, it is missing a tank and or light. Large skip tooth as well, not sure if org. or aft. market chainguard.
I was just curious to know if anyone has a clue what it is make/model, heck I might not want to part it out it rides fine as is.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Gary


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          RE:MISC:   Can anyone please help me ID this bike... posted by jj on 7/27/2010 at 4:04:50 AM
Somebody will recognize that chainring.
I'm drawing a blank right now...
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