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AGE / VALUE:   Confused posted by: Gabe on 2/10/2010 at 10:40:29 PM
I have a stingray model frame, Im not sure if its a schwinn because the headbadge is missing, the pedals dont have deflectors and the banana seat is an extremely early troxel design, whenever I match up the serial numbers with any database I come up with 1950 and 1952.. So my question is did schwinn make stingrays in those years? or could it be a different model frame?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Confused posted by Gabe on 2/10/2010 at 10:47:05 PM
by the way the serial # G358073 and it is a Campus Green bike
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Confused posted by Patrick on 2/11/2010 at 6:42:27 AM
Post a couple of pics. BTW,your e-mail doesn't work.

Pat
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Confused posted by David on 3/5/2010 at 8:05:30 PM
Stingray bikes started in 60s.
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WANTED:   serial number info. posted by: donald simpson on 2/5/2010 at 2:22:38 PM
i have a 20 inch 5 spd sears bike i beleve its a screamer in original condition hears the number off the bike can anyone tell me what it is an the number is 502477251 25496
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AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Red fox posted by: Korey on 2/2/2010 at 8:06:38 PM
I too have a 1979 Columbia Red fox. I was looking for info on it also and may be interested in selling . It is all there but needs to be restored. I have pics available on request
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Red fox posted by Tommy on 2/25/2010 at 1:12:15 AM
I am very interested. Please click on my name to email me some pics and a price. Are you willing to ship it??

Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Red fox posted by Tommy on 2/25/2010 at 1:12:18 AM
I am very interested. Please click on my name to email me some pics and a price. Are you willing to ship it??

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AGE / VALUE:   identify Columbia 20 inch muscle bike posted by: Dan Paulson on 1/22/2010 at 9:24:08 PM
ok, I picked up this, what I believe to be a 1973 Columbia 20 inch Red Fox. It seems to be all original with the 3speed Sturmey Archer England hub Carlisle tires, ARAYA steel wheels, and the serial # is 9 013 0690 It is red, has the Red Fox on the chain Gaurd and nice fox head on the seat. Anyway I have been looking but none of the charts go past 1972 so I thought you could help? I do have several pictures if needed. Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identify Columbia 20 inch muscle bike posted by Dan Paulson on 1/26/2010 at 8:54:28 AM
Ok, I have done a little more research and found it to be a 1974 or ? Cause I guess the stick shifts were outlawed in 1973 so it has to be after that. Mine has a 3 speed trigger pull, I installed a rear brake cable and a front reflector, everything else seems to be original. So if anyone can positively identify this and confirm it being called a Red Fox, let me know. Thanks!
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   identify Columbia 20 inch muscle bike posted by Tommy on 1/26/2010 at 10:35:29 AM
Please email me a picture. It has to be newer than 1974 because I see nothing in the catalogs up to that year. I own a Silver Fox which is a 79. Maybe it is newer than you think. I am an avid Columbia collector. I am sure I can help. The more pics and more details will help me identify. Also a serial#. I can match it up to one of my other bikes.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identify Columbia 20 inch muscle bike posted by Tommy on 1/26/2010 at 10:39:01 AM
OOPS I just noticed you did post the number. It is a 1979 for sure. I would love to see it still if you would email me a pic. Also, I will give you top $$$ if you want to sell it at some time.
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          3 spd hubs posted by david carroll on 2/9/2010 at 3:30:37 PM
can you tell me if a sturmey archer 3 spd hub is reliable? how bout a bendix 2 speed kickback? should i just get a new shimano? i'm putting a 70cc motor on my bicycle and i want a 3 speed hub so i can shift. please advise. david ok to call also 562-552-7751
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          RE:3 spd hubs posted by jj on 2/10/2010 at 4:36:37 AM
I think the most reliable is the Sturmey-Archer AW 3-speed hub. It is also the most common and easy to find used for around $20
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AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN STINGRAY POSSIBLY A LITTLE CHICK posted by: CAITLIN on 1/9/2010 at 1:26:10 PM
HI THERE, I RECENTLY GOT A BIKE FROM A NEIGHBOR WHO SAID HE THOUGHT IT WAS A LATE 70'S MODEL STINGRAY. IT'S LIGHT PINK WITH WHITE TIRE GUARDS THAT HAVE PINK PINSTRIPES. THE SERIAL NUMBER IS KU523048. I WAS TOLD BY A FRIEND ITS AN 83 OR 84 BUT WHEN I GOGGLED PICTURES IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE ANY 80S MODELS. CAN I GET SOME HELP ON IDENTIFYING IT? WAS IT A REMANUFACTURED ONE? THANKS SO MUCH!

It looks almost identical to this one except the banana seat is plain white, no flowers. http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-20-GIRLS-LIL-CHICK-SCHWINN-STINGRAY-BICYCLE_W0QQitemZ290360899862QQcmdZViewItemQQssPageNameZRSS:B:SRCH:US:105#ht_500wt_1182


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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn 26" Tire Outer Diameter posted by: kitfox on 1/6/2010 at 8:29:34 PM
Can anyone tell me the OUTER DIAMETER, meaning the total wheel size of a Schwinn 26" tire? I do not have access to such a tire to measure myself as I am in Beijing and American bikes...well, there are none.

I am trying to figure out whether such a Schwinn tire combination would fit with a fork/mudgaurd combination I already have. Of course I would need to order the tires from the US, which is really expensive so before I do that, I want to check if it would fit at all.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn 26 posted by tommy on 1/10/2010 at 8:25:03 AM
A 26" inch tire is 26" outside diameter. All bike tires are sized by the outside diameter. None of them are exactly 26" but they are close. Hope this helps
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AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn sting-ray posted by: tom on 12/17/2009 at 3:32:51 PM
i have a schwinn sting-ray 5 speed fastrack #cb89369
with made in USA patent pending on the seat
is this a rare bike
tmmy428@yahoo.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn sting-ray posted by tom on 12/18/2009 at 12:15:57 AM
I made mistake its a fastback
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn sting-ray posted by Tommy on 12/18/2009 at 10:35:54 PM
It is not a very rare bike. Depending on condition amd model they can sell from $100-1000. There are many many Fastbacks out there for sale. They are great riding bikes though. My favorite Schwinn to ride.
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MISC:   Looking for parts posted by: Alan on 12/17/2009 at 9:48:34 AM
I found my old bike from 1970 and would like to give it a restoration. It is a Western Auto Buzz bike and in bad shape. The river has been over it many times. Basically the frame is left. Where would a man look to find parts?
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          RE:MISC:   Looking for parts posted by Tommy on 12/27/2009 at 10:21:50 AM
Are you looking to restore it with the correct parts or just fix it up so it is clean and ridable? Maybe you can find a girls bike of the same model. Not many people collect girls bikes and they are great for parts. Most of them were not abused the way boys bikes were. Ebay or Craigslist are good places for finding bike parts. Also check out musclebikeforums.com , it is a site dedicated to bikes like yours. It is a great place for help and info about musclebikes. Good luck.


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AGE / VALUE:   AMC THUNDERBALL posted by: Joe on 12/14/2009 at 5:22:57 PM
I just picked this up from CL. I know it is a girls bike but I am curious as to the date of manufacture.Looks to be all original with the original red line tires. I bought it for my grand daughter. I bought her a Schwinn Bantam 2 years ago for Christmas. I prefer old to new any day and she sure enjoyed the Bantam.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMC THUNDERBALL posted by jsdais@hbci.com on 12/15/2009 at 4:30:04 PM
Not sure how to get a picture on here. There is no one in the household right now under the age of 50 that could help me! Perhaps if someone emails me I can send the pic that way and they could post it? Thanks Joe


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMC THUNDERBALL posted by jj on 12/16/2009 at 4:39:01 AM
How to upload a picture

1. The picture must ALREADY be uploaded to some place on the web.
You can use a free photo sharing service like snapfish.com or flickr.com, or you can create our own personal web site in our Reader's Rides section.

2. Cut-and-Paste the web address of the photo in the box provided. (ex: http://oldroads.com/img/ed03_16_8.jpeg)

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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMC THUNDERBALL posted by joe on 12/17/2009 at 5:05:19 PM
Well if I can't get it this time you will have to use your imagination!


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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMC THUNDERBALL posted by Joe on 12/17/2009 at 5:10:17 PM
It worked! I am curious as to the date of mfg of the bike. I am guessing early 70's? Anyone have a boys to go with this? THanks
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AGE / VALUE:   HELP!! bicycle identification posted by: dawson smith on 12/10/2009 at 4:21:00 PM
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk21/dawsonsmith/109_0652.jpg
i bought this bicycle. and it does not have a badge on it. under the seat it has a sticker that has 1978 on it. i would like to know more about this bicycle i do not know any thing on this bike.


http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk21/dawsonsmith/109_0654.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk21/dawsonsmith/109_0671.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk21/dawsonsmith/109_0653.jpg


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP!! bicycle identification posted by dawson smith on 12/10/2009 at 4:48:50 PM
Here is a better picture of it.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP!! bicycle identification posted by Tommy on 12/12/2009 at 4:33:14 PM
Looks like an early to mid seventies AMF built bike. Could be a Western Flyer Buzz Bike or something along those lines. It is missing a few parts to be correct. It is nothing of any great value but could be a great rider for anyone to have. I would say it is worth $20-50. Good luck
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AGE / VALUE:   Husky by Norco posted by: that guy on 12/5/2009 at 10:39:00 PM
an old woman at a house I was working at gave me an old girls muscle bike.It's yellow and is made in Japan.the front plate reads Husky A Norco Product. any Ideas?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Husky by Norco posted by Tommy on 12/6/2009 at 6:57:20 PM
I may be able to help with some pictures. Have you tried usind Google or Bing to find info? Email me a picture by clicking on my name and I will try to help. Also try musclebikeforums.com There may be someone there that can help.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Husky by Norco posted by Tommy on 12/7/2009 at 4:36:29 PM
Well, I can tell you that Norco is a Canadian owned company. I guess the bikes could have been out sourced to Japan. Unless there is another Norco bike maker, but I doubt it. Any luck with pictures? Some Japanese made bikes are good bikes, some are not.
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AGE / VALUE:   identification posted by: Chris on 11/18/2009 at 11:06:15 AM
I have a single speed muscle bike that was re-painted and I have no idea what manufacturer it is. I looks to be around early '70s. Serial # is OCC0029908 also stamped (BO AN CHINA) I assume means made in China. It has a springer fork, smaller front tire, etc. Any place to find the type based on the ser.#? Thanks! Chris
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification posted by Tommy on 11/20/2009 at 9:24:29 PM
If you post some pictures I may be able to help. It does not sound like a 70's bike to me being made in China. Chinese stuff did not come out until much much later. The OCC # leads me to believe this is one of those Orange County Chopper bikes made just a few years ago. Either try to post a picture here or you can click on my name and email a pic to me. Send me a pic of the whole bike and then a pic of the crank and the serial #.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification posted by Tommy on 11/29/2009 at 9:17:43 AM
After I posted this I found out that your bike may be an AMX Swift Hornet. They have serial#'s similar to what you posted. Again, if you post a pic or email it, it would be far easier to figure out what you have.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   identification posted by Barbara Tew on 4/14/2010 at 5:57:50 PM
I have a bike its a AMX SWIFT HORNET I was told from a man that is selling his that if it is an oiginal then it could be worth $1200 to $1500 I dont know how to tell or who I can get to run the serial # to find out if it is an original here is the serial# 01J0016312 any info that you could help me with would be greatly appriciated.
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MISC:   Candy sky blue Stingray posted by: Adam on 11/12/2009 at 7:53:14 AM
I have a Sky blue 1966 3 speed Stingray that need a paint job. Can anyone tell me the GM Color that matches?
Thanks,
Adam
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          RE:MISC:   Candy sky blue Stingray posted by doug on 12/5/2009 at 4:05:18 AM
There is a guy on Ebay in bycycles section who has origional color Schwinn paint in spray cans,About 22.00 I believe,Hope this helps.
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AGE / VALUE:   have serial number posted by: Carl on 11/9/2009 at 10:21:46 AM
I have a Schwinn Sting Ray Orange County Chopper. Rear tire is an Innova Sting Ray 20 x 4 1/4 and the front is 24 x 2.10.
Serial number is SNGNP04D25140.

Very simply-what do I have?

thanks!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   have serial number posted by CARL on 11/24/2009 at 6:58:47 AM
Is there a reason no one has replied to my post? I really expected an answer from all of the "experts" reading these posts.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   have serial number posted by jj on 11/25/2009 at 4:58:36 AM
Those Orange County cycles are pretty new. Maybe no one here collects or follows them. Or maybe no one has any knowledge of how to decode their serial numbers.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Penguin was first factory muscle bike posted by: John Brain on 11/8/2009 at 8:41:24 PM
The first factory made muscle bike finally shown to be the Huffy Penguin . Pete Mole of John T. Bill & Co ( a California bike and parts distributor)commissioned Huffy to make the bikes for exclusive distribution. The full story on the bike and how it came to be produced can be found in a new article at Bike Rod and Kustom http://bikerodnkustom5.homestead.com/brainhistory63_muscle.html

A related story on the Schwinn StingRay can also be found in the current issue.

This should finally lay to rest the controversy over who made the first muscle bike. It was the Huffy Penguin.
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