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AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959? posted by: Terri on 11/3/2006 at 8:59:42 AM
This is a repost from the lightweight discussion. I can't work the pic stuff but can email some if you contact me through my email at 4rfan4@sbcglobal.net. I bought this bike at an antique store and would like to restore. Looks all original except seat cover. Almost identical to Western Flyer golden anniversary issue except tank has light that wraps around forks and looks like owl eyes when they meet in the front. I don't have internal parts for it or switch and can't find anything that is close to the parts. Is this a rare light configuration? Also need the lens cover for the back but have the rest. It has a Komet Super hub and had original tires from Western Auto but had to replace because of cracking. Need help in restoring or should I? Thanks for any help! Terri
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by terri on 11/3/2006 at 3:26:05 PM
By the way the # on the bike is MOS 2082 101-5o2. Sorry, I forgot to put it in the above message.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Skip Intro on 11/4/2006 at 9:14:35 AM
If the tank wraps around in front of the forks, it could be very very valuable.
Don't restore it - restoration can kill it's value. Just clean it up.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Terri on 11/4/2006 at 10:27:52 AM
To the above message, can I send you a pic? We really would like more information and am I chasing a wild goose looking for the lights that might have fit in the tank? It is very unusual. My daughter wanted it for xmas (she's 19)and doesn't want a new one but would like the lights working. Thanks, Terri
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Jim on 11/5/2006 at 3:28:11 PM
Terri,
From your description, it sounds like you have one of the "Flyer" series; there was a Sabre Flyer, Silver Flyer, Sonic Flyer and Cosmic Flyer. These were all middleweights (26 x 1.75 tires) from the late 50's through the early 60's. All of these had the tank and lights that wrapped around the headtube. Since you need the lens cover for the back, I'm guessing the carrier has a light unit instead of reflectors, which is leading me to believe it may be a Sabre Flyer. Does the bike have a spring fork and does the chainguard have anything on it? If you'll send a photo(s) I'll try to ID it further.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by terri on 11/5/2006 at 6:33:40 PM
Jim, I don't know how to upload the pic stuff but yes it has a light on the back and spring fork. There is also a reflector on the rear tire fender which all fenders are chrome as well as the chain guard. It is all black except the front forks are orange on the lower half. Only other detail is some slight white pin striping on forks and the light rack in the back. The tires which I believe are original are solid black. Any ideas of value? Hope this helps.
Terri
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Jim on 11/6/2006 at 8:52:23 AM
It sounds more and more like the Sabre Flyer. It was the deluxe middleweight for Western Flyer, with the jeweled pedals, Mylar trimmed saddle and the Davis Deluxe whitewall tires. In 1962, it retailed for $62.95. As to value, the middleweights are rising in popularity but don't have the collector following of the balloon tire bikes and especially the pre-war bikes, so your bike (in good to excellent condition) could range from $100 to $300. If someone needed that particular model to complete a collection, then the value would be whatever they wanted to pay. In the case of the lights, most bikes of that era have had batteries left in them and thus rusted the battery tray. Sometimes battery trays from similar style bikes can be substituted, but then usually require you to drill some holes in your tank (since the screw locations are different). Best bet is to try to find a good tray from that particular model, but then you may spend several years or more. If your daughter wants to ride it, why not just get an aftermarket modern light that mounts on the handlebars? They are infinitely brighter than the old ones, and can be removed so no damage is done to the originality of the bike. Also, make sure to get the rear hub repacked. The grease tends to harden over 40 years, and you need to be able to stop when you want!
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Terri on 11/6/2006 at 9:54:05 AM
Thanks, I just sent pics to your email and then found your note. Think we will just go ahead and repaint. I haven't looked at the tray in the back yet but it might be too rusted to fix. It rides great and stops fine, so maybe someone who owned it before did some work on it. Thanks again, Terri
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Sonic Flyer 19--?posted by Ron on 1/15/2010 at 5:48:00 AM
Bought this at an estate sale...interested in age and value or market. Thought about using it as yard art but seems a waste if anyone wanted to restore it. I can email a pic if anyone is interested
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Jamie on 1/28/2010 at 3:44:18 PM
Hey, I have a WESTERN FLYER SONIC FLYER BIKE IN BRIGHT BLUE WITH A HEADLIGHT, BACK FENDER, AND GLITTERY BLUE SEAT WITH RACING STRIPES ON IT. I BELIEVE IT IS FROM THE LATE 50, LIKELY EARLY 60S?? IT WAS A LUXURY MODEL. I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE ONLINE. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YEAR? AND ITS WORTH. THANKS.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Jamie on 1/28/2010 at 3:44:41 PM
Hey, I have a WESTERN FLYER SONIC FLYER BIKE IN BRIGHT BLUE WITH A HEADLIGHT, BACK FENDER, AND GLITTERY BLUE SEAT WITH RACING STRIPES ON IT. I BELIEVE IT IS FROM THE LATE 50, LIKELY EARLY 60S?? IT WAS A LUXURY MODEL. I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE ONLINE. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YEAR? AND ITS WORTH. THANKS.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Mike on 3/11/2011 at 2:58:28 PM
I have a bike I will send you a pic of that I believe to be a 1962 western flyer. I am looking for the light kit for it. I have absolutley no idea of where or how to go about restoring it. Please advise. I say 1962 due to the discussion above.


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by Mike on 3/16/2011 at 10:36:22 AM
Does anyone have the chainguard for this bike? Or have a places to go check?


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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by william duncan on 1/2/2011 at 9:50:29 AM
i have a western girls western flyer sonic flyer lights work little rust for sell
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer 1959?posted by jj on 1/3/2011 at 4:36:09 AM
Can you post some pictures?
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