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AGE / VALUE:   help posted by: michael on 11/25/2008 at 11:15:35 AM
i have found a TEXAS RANGER LONGHORN-5 muscle bike. it has high rise handle bars and banana seat and 5 speed shifter on top of frame, can any one help me with who the maker of this bike is, maybe the age of it, and maybe the value. thanks, michael
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AGE / VALUE:   Walmart Stingrays (Krate Look a Likes 07) posted by: Russ on 11/22/2008 at 9:29:11 PM
In 2007 at Christmas time Walmart had a sale on Schwinn Stingray style bikes. They were similar to the Krate with the Springer front end. Can someone please clue me in? Are these really part of a limited run? Some have been on Ebay claiming to be such but I can't find any info on these any where. Any information would be helpful.
Thanks,
Russ
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Walmart Stingrays (Krate Look a Likes 07) posted by Patrick on 11/26/2008 at 8:17:31 AM
Hi Russ,They were "Black Friday" bikes. They sold for $88.00 assembled or in the box. They had a lot left over @ Christmas time and beyond. I have 2 of them and my son loves them. I've seen the clowns trying to pass them off as "Krates" for $500,nobody is paying it.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Walmart Stingrays (Krate Look a Likes 07) posted by K.LYONS on 11/26/2008 at 2:19:21 PM
THEY WERE OUT FOR AWHILE AFTER X-MAS. I GOT TWO (GREEN)-(BLACK) FOR $52.00 EACH. NOT THE QUALITY OF AN ORIGINAL, BUT STILL A COOL BIKE FOR THE PRICE. I PERSONALLY WOULD'NT PAY MORE THAN $100.
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MISC:   OldRoads Update posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 11/20/2008 at 9:05:21 AM
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AGE / VALUE:   Ross Cruiser posted by: Alicia on 11/15/2008 at 2:33:06 PM
Hi, I picked up a Ross cruiser "De Luxe" and was wondering what year it might be. It was manufactured at the Rockaway Beach plant, which should put it in the 50's - early 70's range. Thanks!
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WANTED:   Green fastback posted by: Doug Gerhart on 11/12/2008 at 6:50:03 PM
Does anyone know if schwinn's 5 speed fastbacks came with the same width tires as the krate in 70-73? I just bought a 71 green fastback just like I has as a kid but the tires seem thinner.
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          RE:WANTED:   Green fastback posted by jj on 11/13/2008 at 5:19:54 AM
The Fastback should have thinner tires.
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AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know what bike this is? posted by: Tom on 11/3/2008 at 5:16:02 PM
I picked up this bike a month ago, sold the two others (cruisers) but kept this to restore and to be used by my daughter. I have already replaced the tires with vintage NOS whitewalls, similar to what was on the bike when I got it. New tubes, new seat, 36inch sissy bar, diamond shaped sissy bar pad and mirrors. Also to come are a vinatge light and horn if I can find one I like. It comes with a Shimano 3 speed twist grip setup. I am thinking about converting to a stick shift. What I am curious about is maker and year. The chain guard has a decal that says "Super Deluxe" and the front sticker says "Made in Germany". I guess its just an off brand but was hoping somebody would recognize it. I have more pictures I can email. Let me know.

Thanks.
Tom


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Tom on 11/3/2008 at 5:26:59 PM
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Tom on 11/3/2008 at 5:27:50 PM
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Tom on 11/3/2008 at 5:28:40 PM
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Tom on 11/3/2008 at 5:29:38 PM
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Myron on 12/5/2008 at 7:55:07 AM
You have a mid-70's Rapido Super-Deluxe.
The sissybar pad and mirror accessories were
added after purchase.
If you go to the oldroads picture database
http://oldroads.com/pic_query.asp
and search on the Make,
you will see a few pictures that show the chainguard,
front sprocket and decals are very similar.
I have the Super-Deluxe 3 speed in violet with twist-shift.
Went through the same search because the decals didn't give me much to go on.
Mine is made in Czechoslovakia.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Anyone know what bike this is? posted by Tom on 12/5/2008 at 2:23:51 PM
Thanks for the info, I will look into it. I am the one that added the extra tall sissy bar, sissy bar pad, white seat and mirrors. I am changing the seat again to a white sparkle version, I am also adding a stick shift and removing the twist shifter, adding sparkle grips, Sears horn/headlight, new pedals, speedometer and more. Spending a ton but dont care, its going to be my 8 year old daughter ride this spring.
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AGE / VALUE:   Ap[ollo 5 Speed posted by: Tony on 10/26/2008 at 6:36:59 PM
I got a hold of an Apollo 5 Speed bike that was still in the box! All that was missing was the seat but I found one on ebay ; )I built it up and it is sweet! It needs nothing! All there! I dont know what year it is as the box was totally thrashed = ( but I can tell you that it is MINTY! but it has the shifter on the stem and not on the top tube like most of the other Apollos Ive seen? Question is whats it worth? Not that Ill ever sell it as it has become a part of my personal collection! (YES! its that sweet!)Any info on how to determine the year and the value would be appriciated = ) If you need a pic I will try to post one tomorrow as the bike is at another property. Just think of a "show room new" kinda charcoal colored Apollo 5 Speed if you want to give me a rough value ; )
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WANTED:   Need huffy rail 16x 1 3/8 chrome front fender posted by: sean on 10/26/2008 at 2:51:27 PM
I need a Huffy rail 16x 1 3/8 chrome front fender. If anyone has one available please call 1-920-850-5389 Sean. I will buy outright or trade. Thanks.
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          RE:WANTED:   Need huffy rail 16x 1 3/8 chrome front fender posted by sean on 11/2/2008 at 12:30:36 PM
I also need a 5 speed dual stick shift with the brake built in for this bike. I also need a dual bar huffy three speed console cover, three speed stick shift, a glitter blue sissybar backrest and a booger green sissybar backrest. 1-920-850-5389 (sean)
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Playbike info wanted posted by: Scott on 10/18/2008 at 1:59:36 PM
I recently saved a Columbia Playbike from being scrapped, and I am interested in finding the date code if it has one. I looked for one while washing and waxing it but didn't see any. It is green metallic with a coaster brake, and the front fork is "s" shaped- it curves forward and then curves back down- unlike any of the others I have seen online, the manufacturer plate is missing from the front, as is the front wheel and fender. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.
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MISC:   Another Price Guide posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 10/8/2008 at 2:35:09 PM
We are working on another bicycle price guide which looks at current asking prices for used and vintage cycles and parts by searching on-line classified ads.
If you would like to try it and give us some feedback, we would appreciate it.
The link is:
http://oldroads.com/p_query.asp


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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer-Buzz Bike 7 - Purple posted by: Jim on 10/3/2008 at 7:29:00 AM
Hi, I'm hoping someone tell me more on this bike My son & I recently came upon. Was in a pile of bikes & was told, you take 1 you gotta take'um all!! Well, we grabed'um.
1st of all please...is a schwinn & western flyer the same?
& if so would the stingray frames be also-just names on the chain guard differant?? I'd like to know the year for sure, if I could? & 1 other question. Is a buzz bike 7 a rare one?? Because I cannot find anything on the web on a "7"????Well, Heres the story & thanks for taking the time to read on.....
My son & I's B-day is both on Oct. 07- He's gonna be 7 & well....He was my 40th B-day present..
Anyway, I decided to restore this 20" (Originally Purple) bike. The Chain guard read: Buzz Bike 7 & uder the set area had part of the western flyer emblem still there- No head badge. The banana is blue, as well as a 2nd paint job someone did & has the stingray name tag on back side of set. The sissy bar was a bit taller than a reg. short style but not the real tall ones like the 36" I bought for it. After some researching, & founding this website, witch is the best,I found the ser. # back around the rear wheel bracket. The # is: M06 38X10004847 with a dot between the 6 & the 3. I also noticed that the back wheel has the single red band around the center like I rememberedon schwinns back in the day.
I've found, being a self employed mechanic, that I cant wait to get the cars fixed so I can get back to working & restoring this bike. It likes just like a stingray. The bike was a piece of rust-I mean bad, but I'm doing this for my sons 7th B-day here in a few days. I'm down to a chain & peddles. (Only because my son cant wait to ride it but cant until his B-day.)
Well, now that I've explained I see you can even paste picture links here on this dicussion area.
This is a great site!!! Heres the website on the pictures before we dug into the rust...
Thanks agian & hope you have a good day.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer-Buzz Bike 7 - Purple posted by Patrick on 10/6/2008 at 3:08:51 AM
Hi, Your bike was made by Murray Ohio Manufacturing. It looks like its from the mid '60's. Thats a nice father and son project, your son already looks like he's having a blast.Schwinn bikes were a completely different company, made in Chicago. Good luck
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer-Buzz Bike 7 - Purple posted by Greg on 10/19/2008 at 7:09:54 AM
I was looking for info. myself on these bikes.I have one fron when I was a kid , around 1974 or so,that has been in ny fathers barn for the past thirty five years or so. We just pulled it from some other jjunk that was to be thrown away and my son , who just turned 16 wants to try and fix it up. The fram and wheels are very rusty, tires flat. The seat and sissy bar are not the originals. I had to replace the purple seat with white tream and the short sissy bar many years ago.
have you found and more places that may have original parts? I just started looking. If I could find another bike for parts I would be interested. Also have you found any pictures of any in original condition? I will continue to search and if I find anything I will pass along.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer-Buzz Bike 7 - Purple posted by Sean on 10/21/2008 at 3:24:01 PM
I have a purple western flyer boy's buzz bike for sale. Pretty decent shape too. $50.00 plus the shipping if your interested. (vanfunandmore at yahoo com)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer-Buzz Bike 7 - Purple posted by jam007 on 9/29/2009 at 2:13:28 PM
i refinish buzz bike #7's and owned 2 when i was a kid great bikes and strong bodys sharp and its a 60's bike.
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MISC:   SEARS MUSCLE BIKE INFO NEEDED posted by: DON on 10/2/2008 at 7:42:23 PM
NEED INFO ON A BIKE I BOUGHT NEW IN 69/70/71??,BOUGHT THIS BIKE NEW FROM JC PENNYS STORE.
IT LOOKED IDENTICLE TO A SCHWINN LEMON KRATE BUT THE HANDLE BARS WERE A RAMS HORN DESIGN (SIMULAR TO A TEN SPEED FLIPED UP SIDE DOWN ONLY LARGER),HAD THE SPRINGER FRONT,SMALL FRONT TIRE ,FAT REAR SLICK,METAL FLAKE SEAT,AND SUPER TALL SISSY BAR.
IT ALLSO CAME WITH THE HANDLEBAR FULL TAPE WRAP AND GRIP STREAMERS.
THE FRAME LOOKED IDENTICLE TO THE SCHWINN KRATE BIKES.
ID LIKR TO FIND ANOTHER BIKE LIKE THIS TO RESTORE OR A NICE ORIGINAL,BUT CANT SEAM TO FIND ANY INFO ON THIS MODEL ANY HELP WOULD BE APRECIATED.
THANKS
CUSTOMD
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          RE:MISC:   SEARS MUSCLE BIKE INFO NEEDED posted by DON on 10/2/2008 at 8:19:19 PM
SORRY,NOT SEARS BUT JC PENNY BRAND,AND IT WAS A 5 SPEED.
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          RE:MISC:   SEARS MUSCLE BIKE INFO NEEDED posted by John on 10/7/2008 at 8:30:33 AM
It is called a Swinger 3 or Swinger 5 depending on if it was a 3 speed or 5 speed bike. They pop up on Ebay once in a while. ame Chainguard as a Murray Eliminator except says Swinger on it.
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          RE:MISC:   SEARS MUSCLE BIKE INFO NEEDED posted by Eddie on 1/5/2009 at 12:56:29 PM
did it look something like this?

[IMG]http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k129/hearseguy/Bikes/eliminator004.jpg[/IMG]

AGE / VALUE:   1950s firestone traveler posted by: Matt on 10/1/2008 at 1:52:48 AM
Hi, am going to look at this bike today. Is there any desire out there for these bikes? I would like to buy it, fix it and resell it. I have a picture of it, If it is average condition what price may this fetch? Thanks, any info helps.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950s firestone traveler posted by matt on 10/1/2008 at 2:00:15 AM
It looks like single speed, with a coaster brake if that helps.
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WANTED:   Krate 5-Gear & Disc Brake Conversion posted by: Jon on 9/30/2008 at 10:16:09 PM
I'm interested in finding the equipment needed to convert my old Schwinn Fairlady Krate bike into a 3-5 speed, as well as adding disc brakes.

Anyone know where I might be able to find the products I need? I'm not familiar with exactly what specific parts I'll need, and hoping go maybe get a conversion kit or something. Obviously a new rim/hub, but....any help? More interested in the gear additions but thought I'd mention the disc-brakes as well.

Thanks in advance!
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          RE:WANTED:   Krate 5-Gear & Disc Brake Conversion posted by Patrick on 10/1/2008 at 5:39:03 PM
Hi, The 3 speed is pretty easy, but a little pricey.For either option, you'll need front and rear caliper brakes and related hardware (cables, clips).The rear requires an adaptor that is very hard to find and costs about $30.00 alone. The fork will have to be changed, to accept the front brake caliper, this means you'll need to find one in the same color or paint it. Now you have to buy the rear hub, shifter and related hardware to make it work ect.ect.ect.The five speed isnt so easy. The frames for five speed bikes are wider @ the rear. The vintage disk brake/5 speed set-up is VERY EXPENSIVE, at least $400. Honestly, you're better off just buying a nice 3 speed Fair Lady, they can be had on E-Bay almost any day of the week. Schwinn never made a five speed Fair Lady or other girls Sting-Ray type bike, that I can remember.Patrick
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          RE:WANTED:   Krate 5-Gear & Disc Brake Conversion posted by gmain on 11/4/2008 at 9:12:21 AM
i have a period correct Shimano 5speed disk brake hub complete with mounting hardware. no welding required. same as stingray, but styled a bit different. They changed the style some to sell for Schwinn. you would need a pro to tell the difference. its in excellent condition. $175 complete.
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          RE:RE:WANTED:   Krate 5-Gear & Disc Brake Conversion posted by frank on 11/30/2008 at 6:51:14 PM
looking for disc brake hub for my 69 orange krate, can u help frank 215 651 1050 please call
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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer posted by: Erock on 9/28/2008 at 10:38:35 PM
I purchased a Western Flyer 20" buzz bike today that is in
B to B- shape before I clean er up! How much is it worth??

NO 1+3 wheele bar etc just a bike.
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