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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   28" Single Tube Tires posted by: Troy on 7/16/2007 at 7:41:23 PM
I am having a very difficult time finding 28" single tube tires for a bicycle I saved from the dump a few years back. I suspect that the bicycle is from the late 20's due to the wooden wheels, skip link chain, and coaster brake construction. Is there still a source for these tires, and if so, where.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   28 posted by nate on 7/17/2007 at 5:42:20 AM
Cokertire.com has the tires and tubes

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   28 posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 5:41:50 PM
I think John at Schipplings in Kitchener Ontario has a few in stock (He'll be 92 in June and the company has been in the bike buisines for about 100 years)

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   28 posted by Calvin on 5/23/2008 at 8:59:55 AM
Is john ok??
I've been by the store and see that he's been closed and no one answers the phone.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   LEAD PAINT?? posted by: Arika on 7/9/2007 at 11:55:54 AM
I'm wondering if anyone can tell me whether or not bicycles from the '70s were painted with lead based paint? I'm literally in the middle of sanding and I feel sick...

Thank you.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   LEAD PAINT?? posted by Nate on 7/10/2007 at 5:28:54 AM
That's a very interesting question.
I've heard of car and bicycle paints being laquer or enamel, but never heard about the paint containing lead.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: LEAD PAINT?? posted by Bob Giess on 8/22/2007 at 7:41:41 AM
Hi Arika, I can only speak from British made bikes but the majority produced in the 70's were stove enamalled and this process contains no lead. You may find that sanding in an enclosed area without ventilation and with face mask on will have make you feel unwell. Try water bases paint stripper, its easier and quicker IMHo




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   flash"schwinn posted by: david on 7/6/2007 at 11:49:29 AM
restore or not please help

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   menotomy cleaning kit posted by: ann marie on 7/4/2007 at 7:55:13 AM
Hi, in the middle of cleaning my old triumph 3 speed- bought the cleaning kit -- was wondering if anyone has the paint & rust tips sheet that comes with it--- the info wasnt included when it was sent... I'll take anything I can get- and I dont want to ruin the paint.
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   vintage huffy fury posted by: Ursula on 7/3/2007 at 8:50:08 PM
"Hi there I was given a vintage Huffy Fury. THere is not a lot of information
about Huffys' anywhere. I live in so. cal at the beach and have a few bike shops here. However, it seems to be like taking your car to get it fixed. each shop says there is a different issue and with each opinion I get a completely different price. I do know that the # i found on the bottom of the crank shaft
was the way I identified the model which is 2645-330 and the number i found on the back fork by the wheel hub is 608682. I cannot figure out the year. THere is no tank.

The biggest issue is due to above model number is that the back wheel spins
freely but does not move with the pedal when the pedal is pushed forward. There is no hand break or gear shift.

Tonight when I took it to the last shop to see what the 3rd opinion would be, they told me I needed a whole complete new wheel, whilst this maybe true, I went with my gut (due to a few hundred dollars) came home and looked up the only fury information I could find which was a vintage advertisement for sale on ebay and the very little info I have about this bike and I am fairly
certain this is or was a 2 speed missing the gear shift or handbreak, I found the bendix cable holder down near the back wheel. So rather than going on and on here. How can I change this out to make this a coaster break without spending a bunch of money to see if that is the issue first? I am glad I followed my gut because none of the shops said a word about the 2 speed. Sorry to go on and on I am looking for as much information as I can get on this bicycle before I fork money to buy parts I do not need.
thanks so much!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   vintage huffy fury posted by Ursula on 7/3/2007 at 9:12:46 PM
One more thing if this helps me get info. The huffy logo on the front in metal says Made in Azusa, California. If I need to post pics I will.
thanks again




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Chain posted by: Joe on 7/1/2007 at 7:31:47 AM
I just bought a schwinn varsity and I am in the process of cleaning it, however I can't seem to find the link to remove the chain. Is there one? and if not can I just remove a link and replace it?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Chain posted by nate on 7/2/2007 at 5:23:59 AM
Some chains don't have a 'master link'.
What you need to do is pick up a chain-break tool. You can get them at Walmart or any bike shop for under $5




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   AMF Chrome Plastic restoration posted by: Joe Gielniak on 6/25/2007 at 9:26:08 AM
I'm restoring my father old AMF Royalmaster bike from the early sixties and the dual bulbed headlight tank bezel needs some attention. the chrome has since faded off the plastic
and has a small crack in the front. I think repainting is the only option, due to the crack any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   advice on everything please!! posted by: Nicky on 6/25/2007 at 3:40:23 AM
Hi, much advice needed. I salvaged a bike brown with rust, ready to be dumped. All I can tell you about it is that its a Hercules Balmoral 3 speed ladies bike with 26" wheels. I got it originally not because its vintage (if it is).. purely as i needed a bike and couldn't afford one. Now i've fallen in love with it. I'm very impatient and need to get it restored now as I move to Spain in August and have a vision of me riding it along the lovely country lanes lol. But I'm stuck!! I can't remove the chain holder cog thing (yes i don't know what i'm talking about) lol, also i can't remove the front leg things that house the front wheel. Can anyone help me please?? I only have July to have it all done.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1963 stingray fastback posted by: charles on 6/24/2007 at 4:21:52 PM
i am about to begin restoration...or building from scratch a 1963 stingray. I bought the frame on e-bay and am very excited. My first question is about front forks. I am more interested in building a cool looking bike than a factory oringinal. I wanted to put on the smaller front tire like the gray ghost and was wondering what kind forks i needed for this project. Do i use a 24 inch fork and a 16" tire or do i have to buy a special fork.
thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1963 stingray fastback posted by charles on 6/24/2007 at 4:40:09 PM
sorry i looked again this is a 67....my fault




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   30's schwinn cruiser posted by: Aaron on 6/18/2007 at 5:41:46 PM
I have a 30's schwinn cruiser ser#H3U008 Iwant to restore it but I need a chain guard I don't even know the name of the model can anyone show me where to start?

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Removing Rivets on Headbadge posted by: Jaosn on 6/14/2007 at 11:01:59 PM
Does anyone have any advice on removing the rivets that secure the headbadge in place?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Removing Rivets on Headbadge posted by nate on 6/15/2007 at 5:26:22 AM
You can drill them out.
Use the right size bit and you won't damage anything.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   decals posted by: Mike Dempski on 6/14/2007 at 8:40:31 AM
I have a 1980 Schwinn continental in near mint cond. Serial # ia ER..... Where can I get decals???

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Found old rusted Packard, decent condition JC Higgins, refurbishable Road posted by: Chris on 6/13/2007 at 8:10:31 PM
Just looking for advice on how to really tell if a bike if fixable, refurbishable, etc? Take them to a local shop and ask?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Found old rusted Packard, decent condition JC Higgins, refurbishable R posted by nate on 6/15/2007 at 5:28:40 AM
I'd suggest just taking them apart and cleaning pieces one-by-one.
It is really satisfying and you can learn a lot!

Packards (and some JC Higgins) can be worth big bucks.
Also, don't repaint them. That can hurt their value.
"It's only original once"


          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Found old rusted Packard, decent condition JC Higgins, refurbishabl posted by Chris on 6/17/2007 at 6:12:36 AM
Thanks for the reply! I am excited to get working on these bikes!!!

I'M LOOKING FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE ON WHAT PRODUCTS TO BUY TO CLEAN WITH ETC, AND WHAT TOOLS I NEED TO GET TO RESTORE THIS JC HIGGINS AND ROADMASTER, AND WHERE TO BEST FIND PARTS FOR THE ROADMASTER, THANKS!!

I think the Packard is too rusted, I mean this thing must be 80 or 90 years old, and outside with mother nature 79 of it, but very cool looking, and don't think I could even get the parts seperate from each other, it's so beat, but solid and complete?
BUT, the JC HIGGINS, a women's version i guess, has the tank on it, it's seems to be part of the bike's frame. I just saw a photo of a 1952 model, and I'm sure mine is at least 5 -10 years older, and isn't missing any parts, just needs restoring. I also have a Roadmaster, it looks like early to mid 50's, maybe earlier, and I have the tank, but am missing the front wheel, the light cover ring(?) and a few bits of hardware for reattaching the tank etc. BUT it is in pretty decent condition, and has almost all original parts. I'd really like to get this one going, but it has alot more parts, so I'll save it for my 2nd bike, OR should I try and restore 2 or 3 at a time? I also have a Sears Roebuck cruiser and a Western Flyer cruiser, both look to be from mid 50's and pretty rusted and a little banged up. Are they worth restoring? Can I send photos to someone who actually just read all of this? Thanks, your awesome. Chris


          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Found old rusted Packard, decent condition JC Higgins, refurbish posted by lorne on 6/24/2007 at 6:50:55 PM
HI

I RECENTLY PURCHASED A J.C. HIGGINS 1956 JET FLO BICYCLE.

OVER ALL IT IS IN ORIGINAL CLEAN CONDITION.
THE BIKE IS MISSING THE HONEYBEE SPRING SET UP DOWN TO THE FORK ADN THE HEADLIGHT

CAN ANYONE HELP OR DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANYONE THAT MAY DEAL IN THESE PARTS.

THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE.

LORNE

          old jc higgins womens bicycle posted by blair on 10/27/2009 at 11:04:29 AM
I have an old jc higgins womens bike model no.502 475NY serial no. 231187. Does anyone have any idea what this one is or if you do not, could you tell me how to find out the year ect... ? Thanx a million.
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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Raleigh Twenty folding posted by: Marcus on 6/13/2007 at 8:03:39 PM
Anyone have any tips on getting this 39 year old bike restored? Everything works good, but it has been sitting in a garage for 35 years and got very dusty and rusty. Very sentimental. Any advise, please.

Thanks,

Marcus@accessvans.com

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Raleigh Twenty folding posted by Huw on 6/16/2007 at 5:26:54 AM
Hi there - I've done a Raleigh Twenty myself (a terrifically fun project) and there is quite a community of friendly helpful people who've also fallen in love with the Raleigh over at www.bikeforums.net. There's an area specifically for folding bikes on there and there are lots of threads with tips, photos and advice. You might also want to look at Sheldon Brown's pages on upgrading his here:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/raleigh-twenty.html

My Twenty has a site:
http://littlepixel.info/twenty/AnotherRaleighTwenty/Home.html

And a new 'wiki' style one not yet finished:
http://littlepixel.info/twenty/wiki/index.php?title=News

Hope this is all some help - hope to see you over at the forums with some pictures sometime!
http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=221

Best of luck with your restoration!
Huw[p][a href=http://littlepixel.info/twenty/AnotherRaleighTwenty/Gallery_files/108_0824.jpg target=_blank][img src=the_camera.jpg][/a]
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          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Raleigh Twenty folding posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 5:51:28 PM
I just picked up and fixed up a 1972 Raleigh Twnty Shopper - blue with frame mounted racks front and rear, and 3 speed Dynohub. The rims were too badly rusted to save, but Schipplings had a pair of new rims in stock (these were the british/canadian 20" wheels, not the "american" ones) so I restrung them and put new rubber on. It is now my wife's "ride".




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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Who restores saddles? posted by: Larry T. on 6/10/2007 at 3:33:40 AM
I have an old (1890's to 1910?) track bike that needs a restoration of the saddle. I have the old one that is falling apart in pieces. Anyone know of a good saddle restorer?

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