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MISC:warning there is a thief on this board ripping off people posted by: Scott on 8/9/2006 at 9:31:01 AM
Hi, there is a guy on this board selling stuff he never delivers. his name is "Gus" Gary McFarland pinstriper1943@hotmail.com he sold me a bike and asked me to pay with Paypal, so I wouldn't have his address, and never shipped the bike. he even had the guts to ask for more money after he had the first payment. it has been 3 months and all I get is "it's going to be shipped this week, I was out of town, I had to work, UPS wouldn't come and pick it up, the box is too big, they want more shipping" you get the idea. watchout for this guy he's a crook and a liar.
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          RE:MISC:warning there is a thief on this board ripping off people posted by Brian on 8/20/2006 at 6:15:21 PM
thanks for the warning man
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AGE / VALUE:   western flyer schwinn posted by: Karen on 8/8/2006 at 9:55:21 PM
I have what I think is a 1956 or 57 girl's Schwinn 3 speed. RiA 2903 A is on the center bar. Also on the center bar it says made in England. Any ideas of what it's worth. It's in pretty good shape.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   western flyer schwinn posted by JimW. on 8/9/2006 at 1:27:26 AM
I don't think Western Auto ever sold Schwinn-built bikes. I think their Western Flyers were made by Cleveland Welding or one of those other "generic" bike makers. However, almost any 3-speed bike marked "Made In England", badged by Western Auto or any other American chain store was probably made by Raleigh. Yours is probably a Raleigh "Sports", if it has caliper brakes, a Sturmey-Archer rear hub, and 26" tires.

You can probably get better info if you ask your question, with more detailed description, on the "English Roadster" list on this site.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   western flyer schwinn posted by jr on 8/9/2006 at 8:10:14 PM
Lots of companies made bikes for Western Auto. Made In England is the key here. It is probably a Raleigh or Hercules. If it has a Sturmy Archer hub, it will have the year on it.
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BALLOON:   How old are they posted by: ducetherestorer on 8/8/2006 at 12:09:30 AM
I have a old Ross 24" mens bike trying to find out how old it is. The bike is complete ballon tires fender chain guard one speed no serial # The Ross symble is red white and blue
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          RE:BALLOON:   How old are they posted by ducetherestorer on 8/24/2006 at 2:54:06 AM
I did find serial number #5413514
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AGE / VALUE:   1962 westernflyer posted by: louis on 8/7/2006 at 10:18:01 PM
i have a westernflyer i think is a 1962 boatail that i restored i wanted to get an idea of value and i am looking for a rear carrier that came with the delux model.i have a photo of the delux model.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1962 westernflyer posted by Dennis on 8/8/2006 at 12:36:40 AM
I was hoping you could help me I'm try to find out how old is my Western Flyer
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WANTED:   schwinn typhoon posted by: Bates on 8/7/2006 at 5:36:18 PM
im looking for an early schwinn typhoon 2- speed......black....dont care the condition
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BALLOON:   gachon bike posted by: greg on 8/7/2006 at 2:20:07 PM
Have this maybe 50's ballon tire full fender, three speed,rear drum brake Gachon bike (Gachon Cycles Inc, Montreal)- can't find any info at all! Can any body help? thanks Greg
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          RE:BALLOON:   gachon bike posted by Rejean on 8/16/2006 at 5:45:32 PM
Hi
I have one Gachon bike. You indicate "Gachon Cycles Inc, Montreal" Where is you'r information this bike from Montreal?
See this page :http://www.transportdurable.qc.ca/veloavendre.htm
Where you leave? I am at Montreal Canada.
The man who sel at my this bike are 80 year old. He purchase this bike around 60 year alone.

Probaly this bike is buld by Pierre Gachon first North American to ride in Tour de France-1937, professional 6-day racer) or brother Albert


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          RE:BALLOON:   gachon bike posted by Alexandre Ouellet gachon on 10/12/2006 at 5:47:02 PM
i have a little knowledge about those, as it turns out, The father of my granpa built those (family buisness)
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   what model is this schwinn posted by: navtek2 on 8/6/2006 at 10:30:44 PM
trying to figure out what model and year is my childhood bike is.i went to website for serial numbers and found that according to charts it is a 1956 but looking at pictures of old bikes on the web i dont see any that are like mine. the frame has a straight bar going from the headtube to the tube for the crank. the seat clamp appears to be brazed to the seat post. the chain is skiptooth and has 9 hole teardrop openings at the pedal sprocket. the serial number is v77359. any info would be appreciated
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just Need to Know posted by: Cookie Mobers on 8/6/2006 at 9:30:47 PM
I just bought a Texas Ranger at an estate sale. It needs to be restored, but am having a hard time finding anything out about the bike. The tank says Texas Ranger. The chain guard says Texas Rangerette special. It is a boys bike.. could the chain guard be off a girls bike? I know nothing about this brand other than the basics. If anyone has an information, or better yet, sites I can go do.. I'd appreciate it. Thanks
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just Need to Know posted by Cookie on 8/6/2006 at 10:29:37 PM
Ok, Now I'm fairly confused. I now don't understand who made the bike. Initially I thought it was Montgomery Ward, but now I'm finding out about "Roadmaster". I'm completly confused. I also know that the Chain Guard is from a girls bike. Any help or input would be helpful.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just Need to Know posted by Gordon on 8/7/2006 at 3:10:35 AM
I don't know anything about Ranger bikes, but Cleveland Welding made bikes sold under their brand name Roadmaster, and also made bikes for Montgomery Wards sold as Hawthorne. Cleveland Welding also sold bikes through Gambles Hardware sold under the name Hiawatha.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just Need to Know posted by Cookie on 8/7/2006 at 2:56:24 PM
Thanks Gordon. I'll probably be posting more questions as I narrow down to what model/make this is. Looks like it might be a bit more research than I had anticipated. Thanks again.
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BALLOON:   It has all the looks of a Schwinn but... posted by: Joe Burkart on 8/5/2006 at 12:31:49 AM
I would appretiate some input on a 26 " mens cruiser ID #
D02497 it has a marrow coaster brake, springer front fork, and skip tooth sproket with heart patter . The older dude I aquired it from stated while doing constuction at an air force base in Northewrn Ca. after opening a wall to put a door inbetween this approximatly 3foot gap sat this bike springer forks fender paint army green
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          RE:BALLOON:   It has all the looks of a Schwinn but... posted by Bates on 8/7/2006 at 5:39:55 PM
this bike might be a black phantom by schwinn

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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   It has all the looks of a Schwinn but... posted by Ken on 8/10/2006 at 2:28:50 AM
...or Autocycle, B6, or Panther, to name a few. Take a look at pictures on this site and at http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/
The Phantoms and Panthers have chrome fenders.
What's the location of the serial #?
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BALLOON:   It has all the looks of a Schwinn but... posted by: Joe Burkart on 8/5/2006 at 12:31:49 AM
I would appretiate some input on a 26 " mens cruiser ID #
D02497 it has a marrow coaster brake, springer front fork, and skip tooth sproket with heart patter . The older dude I aquired it from stated while doing constuction at an air force base in Northewrn Ca. after opening a wall to put a door inbetween this approximatly 3foot gap sat this bike springer forks fender paint army green
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WANTED:   Spaceliner Parts posted by: Glenn on 8/2/2006 at 10:47:34 PM
Does anyone out in bicycle land have access to 26" SPACELINER parts? Or perhaps have a contact for me that might have access? THANK YOU!
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          RE:WANTED:   Spaceliner Parts posted by Gordon on 8/2/2006 at 11:10:32 PM
What parts do you need? I have a few things.
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          RE:WANTED:   Spaceliner Parts posted by Glenn on 8/4/2006 at 5:55:40 PM
Hi Gordon, I have a complete bike, just some parts are pretty rusty and if I could find other parts that are not so rusty it would make my life easier. Can you e-mail me a list of what you may have?
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          RE:WANTED:   Spaceliner Parts posted by Gordon on 8/5/2006 at 2:11:35 AM
Sorry, I just don't have the time to go through the 150+ bikes I have here and try to guess what parts you need.
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          RE:WANTED: Spaceliner Parts posted by Glenn on 8/7/2006 at 5:10:42 PM
Fair enough. Front and rear fender, gooseneck, batter-pack for under fender, chainguard. Thank you again!
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AGE / VALUE:   Wartime Roadmaster ? posted by: Chris C. on 8/1/2006 at 12:10:29 PM
Did Cleveland Welding continue Roadmaster production through all the War years, 1942-45? My all original bike has the prewar frame, curved fender braces, blackout hubs....has the half moon handlebars seen on late 1940's models. I've had a tough time pinning down it's year, is there any info on Cleveland Welding serial numebrs located on the bottom bracket?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wartime Roadmaster ? posted by Gary M on 8/2/2006 at 7:32:16 PM
FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD...
WW2 War Dept ordered production of all bicycles to end shortly after the start of the war. All the bike manufacturers received wartime projects. During the war, it was noticed that the work force shifted to mostly women, with no transportation, so production of black out bikes was authorized from Cleveland Welding, possibly others, none i have seen. Chrome was not allowed. hence the painted hubs. I have seen these hubs installed on prewar and post war bikes, since by 1945 these were all there were in anything worth using, and anything dead was made into scrap iron. SO if your prewar mens bike needed a hub, there werent many to chose from. It was concidered un patriotic to keep junk iron, so thousands upon thousands of american machines of all description hit the scrap heap. Many owners of Packard and Cadillacs were releived of the engines right out of their cars in the driveway. Later replaced, but Brand New Packards set all war long on dealer lots and in private yards with no engine. some daring young men were using it in a military vehicle in some jungle.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wartime Roadmaster ? posted by nate on 8/2/2006 at 8:25:08 PM
Thanks Gary M for providing that information. I particularly liked that last line.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wartime Roadmaster ? posted by Scott on 8/9/2006 at 10:03:53 AM
Hi, I have a 1944 Dayton bike, and have collected a bunch of information on wartime stuff. starting in 1942 All but two Bicycle manufacturers were forced to go into war time production. the two companies were Columbia and Huffman/Dayton. Cleveland Welding did not make any actual wartime bikes. there were, however, leftover prewar stuff that was sold until it was gone. and after the war bike makers and all manufacturers for that matter started to produce. at first stuff came out made from mostly prewar stuff and is hard to figure out precisely except that if you have one of these oddballs it could have any combination of stuff on it. steel was rationed for several years after the war and as a result actual bikes from 1943-1949 are kinda scarce(Not that it makes them particularly valuable). there were basically two types of bikes made during the war. the first was called the universal military transport bicycle. the war dept. contracted them from both companies and they had to have fully interchangeable parts. these were all 26"x2.125" balloon tire bikes. the other was the civilian transport bicycle. most of these were 26"x1-3/8s" tire bikes though some were balloon tire bikes. there were 2 of these civilian bikes on e-bay recently both Huffmans and both Girls. mine is an oddball mens Balloon tire civilian model. I don't think there were more girls bikes, rather I think that the mens models were used harder and more, and are more scarce now because of it. I hope this gets to you and also that it helps. I have some ads from Cleveland Welding if you want e-mail me and I will send copies.
Scott
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AGE / VALUE:   HELP posted by: Mark on 7/31/2006 at 10:11:35 PM
Can anyone help me identify this bike? No #'s no tag. Piece that goes from handlebar stem to front "book rack" says Darwin. It has Wald 7140 pedals. It's a girls bike with a double frame bar from front to seat bar. 26 in. rims with IRC S7 tires. Looks like it may have had a tank at one time. Handlegrips say "Plastiche Dassand". The only marking on the frame is an SE on rear of frame. I have pics if needed. THANK YOU for any info. Mark Montez
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 Speed shifter posted by: Amanda on 7/31/2006 at 8:59:16 PM
i have a 1970s Schwinn Breeze w/3 speed. When i pedal even on the easiest speed setting it is extremely hard to get going. it this just the way bikes were made then, for flat plane riding only, or could it be the shifter or back tire hub? any response is welcomed
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 Speed shifter posted by John Metz on 8/6/2006 at 2:18:49 PM
There should be a definate difference in perceived effort. The pedals should spin faster and easier in the lowest setting. Check to see that the little chain entering
the rear hub actually moves when the shifter position is changed. The problem is likely ni the shifter or cable but
in rare cases the pawls inside the hub could be stuck especially if the bike has sat idle for an extended period.
There should be an oiler cap on the hub. Put a few drops of lightweight oil in and ride some to see if it frees up.
If it does follw up with a few drops of 30w moter oil. Hope this helps. Check out www.sheldonbrown.com for more
info on three speeds. I beleive you want to click on the old bikes page. Good luck! 95% of the time it is the cable or shifter so..........

Cycle on!
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 Speed shifter posted by Ken on 8/10/2006 at 2:33:36 AM
Take it to your local bike shop, Amanda.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Spaceliner Chrome posted by: Glenn on 7/29/2006 at 9:46:52 PM
I have a 64 Spaceliner complete. Including battery pack in rack as well as complete metal tank and plastic light housing. Can anyone help me out with the rust on the chrome or perhaps refer me to a chrome plater in Mass? Thanks!!
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Spaceliner Chrome posted by Gordon on 7/30/2006 at 1:09:33 PM
I have good luck with 4 ought (0000)steel wool. Sometimes it helps to use it with some WD 40. After removing the rust put on a coat of good automotive paste wax to help keep the rust from forming again.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Spaceliner Chrome posted by Glenn on 7/30/2006 at 1:11:31 PM
Thank you Gordon!!
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