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FOR SALE:   F/S Elgin Blackhawk/Falcon posted by: Joe Bowen on 6/8/2006 at 10:20:41 PM
Frame, fork, rear wheel, chainring, crankset, chain, truss rods..e mail or call me direct jbgb39@yahoo.com
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          RE:FOR SALE: F/S Elgin Blackhawk/Falcon posted by cliff on 6/11/2006 at 4:38:09 AM
What year is your blackhawk,whats the price?
Do you have pics?
Thanks
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BALLOON:   parts posted by: Terry on 6/8/2006 at 4:16:34 PM
I have a Donald Duck bike that the quacker horn doesn't work on. I am looking for someone to repair it. I would also buy one should someone have one. Any heip would be appreciated. Thanks
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          RE:BALLOON:   parts posted by joel on 6/9/2006 at 7:16:24 PM
Have you tried...
http://www.bunchobikes.com/repair2.htm
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BALLOON:   age of bicycle posted by: kevin on 6/8/2006 at 12:07:30 AM
i have a sears & roebuck j.c.higgins balloon tire bike
with fenders,rear rack and headlamp,i was wondering if anyone knows the age of this bicycle.the stamped numbers
are MO5-0 14396 MOD502 52
thanks kevin
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by: Dave Adams on 6/7/2006 at 7:20:22 PM
HI ,
Can anyone tell me what what a lead or aluminum tag on the post above the crank that says ( 1967 ,Danville, Badge 133 ) means??Cannot seem to locate the serial number .Maybe under the paint?
The Schwinn is spray bombed black frame with chrome fenders and chain guard .( Also painted black ).Has the black and white Schwinn seat and white Schwinn handlebar grips.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 7:58:58 PM
That sounds like a licence plate.
The serial number will be on the head tube or on the left rear dropout.
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Dave Adams on 6/8/2006 at 7:47:07 PM
Thank you for the SN# location information . I'll definitely check it out.
Would the licence plate be something that a city would require of the owner ? I've never seen a soft metal,wrapped tag like this.And only remember the scaled down vehicle type licence plate.
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Brian on 6/9/2006 at 2:16:22 AM
Many cities and towns registered bicycles as a way of collecting tax and also to identify ownership of case of theft. There were many types of plates from stick on to small and large size tin, like miniature auto tags. Some elaborate ones like you have were made of aluminum that wrapped aroun the seatpost or headtube. They were round, square, star, shield shaped and many more. Some tags had built in reflectors and some during WWll were made out of a paper composit material to conserve steel.
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          RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Dave Adams on 6/9/2006 at 1:18:35 PM
Thank You very much, Brian. The Licence explanation /information was really interesting.
One more question, I am scraping off approximately four layers of paint on this bike frame. Is the SN# always stamped into the metal frame for Schwinn Bicycles or is it simply stamped in the original paint . I don't want to scrape it off . Thank You ,This is a fantistic discussion group

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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by David on 6/14/2006 at 9:33:01 PM
Stamped into the steel. You'd need to use a grinder to remove it.
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AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by: Sarah on 6/7/2006 at 4:25:36 AM
I've got a Columbia 5 Star & I'm trying to find out more about it. I was guessing it was late 40's early 50's, but it looks like the serial #, R563960, places it in the late 60's.
Original decals say "Westfield Mfg. Co.", and the decal on the front fender says "Anniversary ...(something)"-- but is scratched.
It's very pretty, though a little roughshod. Green tea icecream green w/ black trim. It's got a tank, a built-in lock in the front (1/2 the key broken in the lock... but came with other1/2!). It is missing front light & looks like it probably had a back rack originally.
Anyone know what's up?
Could it be a 60's repro of an earlier bike?? Am I reading the chart wrong?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 3:20:34 PM
I don't think they repoped any Columbias until the 1980s.
You might want to search the archives here. I remember seeing discussions about how to tell a repop Columbia from an original.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by Sarah on 6/7/2006 at 3:59:46 PM
Thanks for the tip, I'll look at that. Yeah... I really don't know much about vintage bikes, but I do know 'old.' The way it's aged (slow,gentle oxidization) & its materials really don't suggest it's from the 80's (Ha! ...Guess that doesn't sound old....because *I'm* older!). As I said, the serial number is what confused me. The R5----- sequence seems to me to have a gap between 1951/'52 into which this# falls, which is then picked up in 1967.
Maybe I can do a little more homework on components (hubs, etc.).
Thanks for your thoughts.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 7:59:36 PM
Yeah, what brand is the rear hub?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by Sarah on 6/8/2006 at 5:36:41 AM
Well... I can't tell. I have a suspicion that the rear hub may have been replaced, too. It's chrome & doesn't have any markings that I can see. The front wheel is white w/ red stripe, & the tire reads "The Special IRC Balloon Tyre" & is 26x 2.125 (I know it's just a tire, so probably irrelevant to age). I tried to attach a picture from my phone, but Sprint's showing me no love.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   spaceliner tailight posted by: Dana on 6/6/2006 at 12:36:32 AM
hi there , i am looking for the spaceliner tailight that mounts on the very top, at the rear of the carrier plus the other components, on / off switch and battery pos./ neg. metal contacts. this seems to be one of the harder lights to find, any reproductions out there? nos? thanks, DANA
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   spaceliner tailight posted by Joel on 6/6/2006 at 1:58:28 PM
Boy's or girl's?
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          RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: spaceliner tailight posted by Dana on 6/7/2006 at 2:55:00 AM
it's a boys, all chrome, even the carrier, murry built i beleive it to be a 65,66 maybe. any info would be great... thanks, Dana
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BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by: Cliff on 6/6/2006 at 12:16:46 AM
I've got a Schwinn straight bar Hornet with a head badge that that reads Schwinn Spitfire. This was the first Schwinn I've ever seen with that type of head badge, and was wondering if anyone had any information about why these badges were made? The serial number on the bike is S41670, and from what I could see it was made in 1957. There is one more odd feature about this bike, it doesn't have a built in kickstand, and there is no evidence that one was sawn off and then replace with a bolt mounted one. I know that some older Schwinns didn't have built in kickstands, but I thought they were much older than this one. I own a few other balloon tired Schwinns but this is the first one I've ever seen with these characteristics. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Ken on 6/7/2006 at 2:30:00 PM
Serial number location is critical here. Where is it?
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Cliff on 6/7/2006 at 8:08:39 PM
It's down where the rear axle goes in, on the left side.
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          RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Cliff on 6/7/2006 at 8:46:55 PM
Here's a picture of it. Maybe that will help. The crank is out of the bike because I'm fixing to clean the bearings.


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          Schwinn Hornet posted by Kristin on 6/17/2006 at 5:02:58 PM
Can someone tell me what year they started making the Schwinn Hornet?
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just got a Schwinn Speedster posted by: Tim on 6/5/2006 at 9:01:57 PM
Hi, This is the first time that I have used a forum like this. I am new at this and would like to know if anyone can help me. I just got a Schwinn Speedster. If I read the serial number right, it is a 1953.(J059240) I would like to know what helpful cleaning tips you can give me in the way of cleaning, getting chrome clean, cleaning chain, and painting ideas. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks, Tim
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just got a Schwinn Speedster posted by Brian on 8/20/2006 at 6:49:33 PM
for chrome your can use steel wool.....if the chain is siezed up you can soak it in waste oil....if not just spray on some w-d 40
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FOR SALE:   Early 50's Higgins Color Flow posted by: Tim on 6/4/2006 at 8:16:46 PM
For sale: Early 50's J.C. Higgins Color Flow by Sears. 26" balloon (white wall) tires, wide seat, beehive spring front end, carrier rack in back, full fenders, chrome, and plenty of attitude! Great shape for a non-restored vintage bike. Must see. When entering the address, put in a tilde (SHIFT + key to left of #1) instead of the apostrophe preceding tmsconst in the following address line: http://home.ptd.net/'tmsconst/HigginsBike


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MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by: Spike on 6/3/2006 at 7:29:18 PM
I'm trying to date my Columbia Twosome serial number is 0005949 I don't find anything like it.It has Kelly Sure stop 26 X 1.75 tires,The head badge is a peel and stick type.It appears it never had reflectors on pedals or wheels
one lone plastic and aluminum reflector on the rear fender.
Bendix red stripe coaster brake rear hub marked BENDIX usa.
My guess is late 60s.Anyone have an idea?
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          RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by rod on 6/5/2006 at 10:07:50 PM
I clicked on the serial# chart, and the closest I could come to your serial would be 1958: the 1st '0' should be a 'D' followed by six digits according to what I saw on the chart; doublecheck it to make sure and go to the chart to check it out. Good luck!
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AGE / VALUE:   Elgin 1931-1940 posted by: Kenny Boren on 6/3/2006 at 4:26:21 PM
Additional info on my Elgin; serial #9182 2 model #502 184 Elgin se... Also has a New Departure rear hub model D
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AGE / VALUE:   Elgin 1931-1940 posted by: Kenny Boren on 6/3/2006 at 4:18:00 PM
On the picture data base, the 9th picture down is an Elgin which appears similar to mine but 'Oh so much nicer'. My question is what is the year and the model of this Elgin and if possible what is the potential restored value of said bike?
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AGE / VALUE:   vista bike posted by: bob jackson on 6/2/2006 at 4:50:37 PM
i have a vista workhorse bicycle where was it made and how old is it the bike is yellow
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BALLOON:   help with s\n posted by: robert on 6/1/2006 at 2:27:53 AM
hi, i came across this schwinn beach cruiser frame i was told it was a older version,the serial# is G025908 and it stamped on the bottom of the crank shaft anyone could tell me more about it would be appreciated thank you all
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          RE:BALLOON:   help with s\n posted by nate on 6/1/2006 at 12:39:35 PM
The serial number looks like 1960.
You can only tell the year from the serial number of a Schwinn. They don't code model or any other information in the serial number.
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          RE:BALLOON:   help with s\n posted by rod on 6/2/2006 at 7:59:41 PM
Actually the letter code of the serial# stands for the month frame was made; the 'G' means that your cruiser was made in July of '60. Another tip: Schwinn never used 'I' & 'O' letters in their serial# system because of the numbers '1' & '0'.
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          RE:BALLOON:   help with s\n posted by goob on 6/7/2006 at 10:46:29 PM
If the serial number is on the bottom of the hanger it's not going to be a 60's
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          RE:BALLOON:   help with s\n posted by Nancy on 6/10/2006 at 10:01:15 PM
Could be a 1950 bike...

02/02/50 G023822 - G025993


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AGE / VALUE:   Fleetwing posted by: Hondo Miller on 5/31/2006 at 4:11:45 AM
I am looking for any information about Fleetwing bicycles from the 30's? I picked one up and was wondering about it's value, etc. It's exactly the same as the one in the picture database. Thanks, H
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