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MISC:   ELGIN BICYCLE QUESTION... posted by: Fred A. on 6/7/2010 at 2:04:12 PM
I recently purchased a mens Elgin bicycle with the curved seat tube.I believe it's from the late 30's...but was this frame still used in the early 40's?
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          RE:MISC:   ELGIN BICYCLE QUESTION... posted by ken on 6/10/2010 at 3:12:48 PM
There's one like that marked 1941 on nostalgic.net. They also indicate that Elgins were made by both Westfield and Monark around that time; there's a whole Elgin page there.
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BALLOON:   Can Anyone Identify This Aging Beauty? posted by: Jarrod on 5/31/2010 at 7:31:38 PM
Hi All, I'm new to this site but was hoping I could enlist your collective expertise. My father passed away several years ago and I found his old childhood bike in a barn at a family farm. I've scoured the internet trying to identify it and attempt to restore it but can't find anything on it. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated to help flesh out some more history behind the treasured family heirloom. Thanks in advance!!

Here are a few more pics:
http://picasaweb.google.com/jarrod.kudzia/RaydoggSBike#5477628956956485458
http://picasaweb.google.com/jarrod.kudzia/RaydoggSBike#5477628956588126898
http://picasaweb.google.com/jarrod.kudzia/RaydoggSBike#5477628961308170386
http://picasaweb.google.com/jarrod.kudzia/RaydoggSBike#5477628958563406530


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          RE:BALLOON:   Can Anyone Identify This Aging Beauty? posted by jarrod on 6/2/2010 at 8:11:43 PM
Well, after further digging and only 1! sighting ANYWHERE online of this bike, I figured out it's Hiawatha Seminole from somewhere in the 50's but that's as close as I can get. Does anyone know anything about this history of Hiawatha? Where they were sold, manufactured, etc? I can't believe how little information exists about these bikes. Thanks in advance for any direction you guys might be able to provide.
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          RE:RE:BALLOON:   Can Anyone Identify This Aging Beauty? posted by ken on 6/3/2010 at 10:33:50 AM
Hiawatha was the Gamble's Hardware brand name. In the late thirties Hiawatha bikes were apparently made by the Shelby Bicycle Company; you might try searching that name. The NBHAA website says that the company had facilities in Shelby, Ohio and in Los Angeles. Of course, Gamble's may have been supplied by other manufacturers as well.
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BALLOON: What is this bicycle? posted by: justin on 5/29/2010 at 9:18:45 AM
I believe this is a Huffman but I'm not sure of the model or much else about the bike. I'm thinking it might be a Dayton Zephyr based on this photo I found online: http://www.bicyclebill.com/IMAGES/photos/450s/DaytonZepher.gif

here are two pictures of the bike I have:
http://i.imgur.com/B3KUr.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UvaIf.jpg

It has a skiptooth chainring with the wrong chain on it. The rear hub is a Bendix coaster and I'm pretty sure it has the wrong sprocket size on it. Pictures of the Bendix hub: http://i.imgur.com/W9fNe.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ir9WI.jpg This makes me think the Wheels are not original.

Other notes:
Tank, chainguard, and rear rack are missing.
serial number on bottom bracket is 0041BH-1
original colors are dark green/olive green with yellow green pinstripes. The blue paint is spraypaint. Under that is red paint over the original.
The headlamp and seat are not original.

Any ideas as to what this is? What the year of make is? Any info is welcome. I plan to restore this and get it back into riding shape.


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AGE / VALUE:   Must Sell tomorrow posted by: Joanne on 5/28/2010 at 5:04:47 AM
another attempt to add photo of serial numbers


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AGE / VALUE:   Help ID Bike- Must Sell May 29! posted by: Joanne on 5/28/2010 at 4:36:40 AM
I got this bike used in 1962, Badge "Spitfire" but have learned it is not a Schwinn but some other pre-war. Tires, fenders, seat have been replaced, and kick-stand added. Otherwise, all orig parts. I repainted it same shade of blue. Vague recollection seeing "Made in Germany" but cannot find that at this time. SN is 42368878


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help ID Bike- Must Sell May 29! posted by Joanne on 5/28/2010 at 4:51:56 AM
trying to add photo


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help ID Bike- Must Sell May 29! posted by Joanne on 5/28/2010 at 4:53:29 AM
trying to add photo


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help ID Bike- Must Sell May 29! posted by jim taylor on 6/11/2010 at 4:46:57 PM
i want it i will buy it must have it , need for my collection
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help ID Bike- Must Sell May 29! posted by Joanne on 7/11/2010 at 12:42:36 PM
Unable to ID the bike, I still have it. Are you still interested? Clicking on your name does not bring up a current email addy.

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BALLOON:   help with year of my bike posted by: anthony on 5/27/2010 at 9:01:55 PM
i have a thunderjet super deluxe with a eagle on the tank and i cant find any info about this bike please help with year or value it needs restore no damage only surface rust needs paint job
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AGE / VALUE:   Need Help with Bauer Bicycle posted by: stan on 5/27/2010 at 9:19:24 AM
I just recently found a vintage Bauer Bicycle and need help to identify from what year it was. The bike has a tag that reads Bauer Klein-Auheim western Germany also has F & S Kommet hub. Any information of its age or if it a rare bike etc. Thanks

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help with Bauer Bicycle posted by stan on 5/27/2010 at 9:46:55 AM
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BALLOON:   Cleveland Welding Bicycle posted by: Christopher Erb on 5/25/2010 at 6:11:46 PM
Hey I just recently purchased an old bike at a rummage sale and am trying to figure out what brand and year it is.. I have looked for a marking of some sort and all I could find was a mark for Cleveland Welding bikes, I know that they made bikes for several of the big name companies, so it really didn't help me.. I did find the serial number A32653 53CW. There is no head badge or tank on it and I am at a loss on where I could find out what kind of bike it is.. So if you could help, that would rock! Below is a picture of the bike..


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          RE:BALLOON:   Cleveland Welding Bicycle posted by jj on 5/26/2010 at 3:44:19 AM
Maybe a Roadmaster?
Compare it to the balloon tire bikes in the Picture Database (see the link at the top of the page under Technical Resources)
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FOR SALE:   Coker Schwin Sears posted by: Jeff on 5/16/2010 at 10:31:16 PM
Coker Monster Cruiser 36 inches of Big Steel Bliss Deluxe model .Near new condition $500
Schwinn Speedster 3 speed Mid 70`s model. All original including tires ,Sturmey Archer,seat $150
Sears Boys bike Chrome frame,26" Newer wheels needs fenders/tank.1962(original owner w manual) $100
All three for $625 Jeff 360 461 2695 Port Angeles WA


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MISC:    serial number posted by: sam on 5/13/2010 at 9:35:48 PM
I was wondering about the model of ladies schwinn bicycle I have. The serial number makes it a 53', But I am curious if it may be a hornet or wasp or...... the serial is as follows K437950 I know with cars they are broken down to the engine size, transmission, the rear diffie, so on and so forth. Is this a similar idea. I want to return the bike to its original condition if at all possible. thank you for your time!!!
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          RE:MISC:    serial number posted by ken on 5/14/2010 at 11:17:42 AM
Serial numbers do not indicate model. Models were distinguished by accessory features; e.g. the difference between a girls' Spitfire and a Deluxe Spitfire in the '53 catalog is the addition of luggage rack, headlight and truss rods. If you have the original equipment you can find which bike it is here: http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/index.html
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AGE / VALUE:   Old CCM bike posted by: pedro on 5/12/2010 at 11:52:30 AM
Hi,

I juste bought this old CCM bike, and I was wondering wich model and wich year it was.
I did some research on the internet, and it look like a CCM 1924, but I'm not sure, and I don't know where to find the serial number...
I'm planning on restaure it, but I'have no experience with antique bikes, so I'll maybe need a few tips.
Everything seems to be original, except the painting, but I think I can find the originial colour, under the dirty black latex painting. The pedals are maybe not original too (plastic pedals on a bike that old seems bizarre to me...). I also know the wheels are 28''.
I also want to know how much it worth ?
If it doesn't worth a lot, I'll maybe do another paint, to get a "cleaner" bike, but if it is a valubale collection bike, I don't what to do things wrong, so maybe you guys can tell me if I have to be carefull with some things.
Thanks.

Pierre

Sorry if my english is sometimes not so good, but I'm french !

Pictures of the bike :

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AGE / VALUE:   tru test bicycle posted by: Jim Hayes on 5/11/2010 at 6:27:00 PM
Anyone know anything about tru test bicycles?

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   tru test bicycle posted by Edward on 7/24/2010 at 12:26:50 PM
All I know is I have one. it's a girls bike and it rides good and looks good
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BALLOON:   road master id? posted by: john on 5/7/2010 at 7:40:59 AM
hello, family bought house that was 13 years old,i was 11 years old at the time of purchase,house was built in 1954, parents passed away ,i live in home now, i recently brought old bike down from attic,first time bike has been moved since we moved in when i was 11! i'm now 54! it's an old road master luxury liner for sure, serial # is C42104, has skip tooth, chrome fenders , an springer front fork, all original, tank,rack and seat is missing...does anyone have a way to determine year made? any clues would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   cruiser posted by: jim on 5/6/2010 at 6:29:03 PM
My neighbor has a bunch of old bicycles for sale and the one I have my eye on is an old schwinn cruiser with basic cantilever frame and headbadge. It has no fenders, or chainguard and is covered with housepaint so I'm having trouble identifying it, but I'm sure I can get the paint off. The seat is solid white and the grips are black. I haven't seen a schwinn like that yet and I've looked at hundreds of pictures. Does anyone have any idea what it could be and is it worth 20 bucks?
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          RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   cruiser posted by ken on 5/11/2010 at 8:04:57 PM
If you can ride it it's worth 20 bucks. Schwinn cantilevers run from late thirties to the present. Middleweights, 50s to 80s. If it has a serial number that indicates Chicago manufacture, see list on this site, you can at least date it. Don't expect to ID a model from a frame. Models were distinguished by what was attached.
All the old ones had fenders and chainguards. None had a white saddle, I'm thinkin.
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AGE / VALUE:   SE in circle twin top tubes posted by: reese on 5/3/2010 at 11:05:56 AM
i found this bike in a shed so dont know anything about it. i need help figuring out what it is i know its been repainted and has been changed a lot the head badge looks like it was reqtangular with a drop down at the top but is missing. just a shadow. it has a serial number of d271622 and a se in an circle where the rear wheel attaches. it has twin top tubes side by side. it also has a cool star looking sproket which really drew me to the bike. if anyone knows what this is please let me know or where to look. thank you so much i dont want to throw this away if its something i should restore. thanks reese
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SE in circle twin top tubes posted by reese on 5/3/2010 at 11:34:43 AM
hers a pic of the frame


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SE in circle twin top tubes posted by Patrick on 5/4/2010 at 6:40:00 AM
Looks like a 60's Rollfast.

Pat
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SE in circle twin top tubes posted by reese on 5/4/2010 at 10:39:44 AM
thanks for the clues i will keep looking until i am 100 percent sure because i am warming to the idea of trying to restore it to somewhat origional state.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   SE in circle twin top tubes posted by Jill on 5/4/2010 at 6:02:19 PM
My 60's Hawthorne has the se in a circle the letter J and 6 digits. Trying to find out who was manufacturing the frames for Hawthorne in that time frame.
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