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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   phantom junker posted by: sam on 3/28/2000 at 9:07:38 AM
First-thanks for the answer on the seat for my american.After finding this site ,now I see old bikes every where-SO I'm on my way to work yeaterday with a little time to kill.You know just driving slow and lookin.About that time a peeck-up truck passes me with two old geesers headed to the scrap yard with a load.Right on top is a phantom(well a schwinn anyway).I caught up to them at the light-jumped out and made the deal.Now for 20 bucks this is what I got-schwinn centilever frame(g439995)stamped on bottom braket-a cantilever tank-two rims-schwinn pre-war stile wing chain guard(did it maybe come off a hornet)-the sprocket is not the clover type or phantom star type kinda a swirl look(do you have any idea on it)no fenders and the seat came from england(dunnell) can ya'll help tell me what I got(I thank 1952 but not sure) anyway it's one old gal saved from the scrap heap---sam--(how many razor blades would a schwinn make?)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom junker posted by sam on 3/28/2000 at 10:20:13 AM
forgot to add the front hub does not have the schwinn script on it and the rear hub is new depture(did schwinn use new departure? or did someone change wheels?)also the front fork is not schwinn--o well maybe I got a good start on a cruzer.(can't get much for 20 bucks these days) - sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom junker posted by Jeff on 3/29/2000 at 5:47:49 AM
Whatever it is, you've got a great find!
I'm pretty sure Schwinn used New Departure rear hubs all the way up through the 1940s.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom junker posted by sam on 3/29/2000 at 11:45:48 AM
After serching the data base I found the front sproket is the sane as the one on the monark rocket--guess I got some schwinn and some monark,It rolls!--sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   phantom junker posted by Pee-Wee on 3/29/2000 at 7:26:22 PM
Schwinn used New Departure all the way through to 1957 to my knowledge, because I used to have a B.F. Goodrich that used a Schwinn front hub and a New Departure rear.

BALLOON:   1935 Shelby Motorbikes posted by: David N. on 3/28/2000 at 9:14:35 AM
Do anyone have any pictures on the toolbox version or roundsided tank of the bike. I have 2 of the bikes one of them is a Western Flyer.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by: Curious on 3/27/2000 at 10:47:47 PM
What are the differences between the Skipper and Typhoon in their mid to late 60's through 1970's incarnations? What about the Heavi-Duti? I see these Schwinns every so often in varying condition and the frames seem quite similar.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by Kevin C. on 3/28/2000 at 4:11:41 AM
I believe the Skipper was a 20-inch boy's bike, like the old "Buddy" with a cantilever frame.
The 26-inch Typhoon and Heavy Duti both have cantilever frames, middleweight tires, and coaster brakes, but the Heavy Duti has thick, 105 gauge spokes, a heavy-duty saddle, tractor-tread tires, a wider chainguard and front fender with two fender braces instead of one. Heavy Dutis were often marketed to newspaper boys after the earlier, balloon-tired Wasp went out of production in, I believe, 1964. Heavy Dutis are scarcer; the earlier ones had painted fenders but most of the ones I've seen had chrome ones.
Typhoons, but the way, also came in 20 inch, 24 inch, and some of the 26-inch Deluxe Typhoons were three speeds with hand brakes. Nearly all of them are either coasters or two-speed kickbacks. The first-year Typhoons (1963) had straight-bar frames; all the others were cantilevers.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by Rif Addams on 3/28/2000 at 8:21:25 AM
That's kinda odd, my '63 Typhoon is a cantilever...

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by Kevin C. on 3/28/2000 at 10:40:41 AM
That IS odd. I'm not questioning your statement, but my 1963 Typhoon is a straight bar and a recent discussion on the Schwinn Forum noted that that 1963 was the first year for that model and the only year for the straight-bar Typhoon.
On the other hand, it's well known that late-year Schwinns often had features used for the coming year. Perhaps that is what yours is.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by Kevin C on 3/28/2000 at 11:07:36 AM
My mistake! I double-checked the discussion and found that 1962, not 1963, was the first year for the Typhoon and only year for the straight-bar Typhoon. Sorry for my confusion.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn Skipper, Typhoon, etc. posted by Rif Addams on 3/29/2000 at 8:19:22 AM
No worries. My '63 Typhoon is an Oct. 1963 model. I also have a March '66 Typhoon deluxe. I love my middleweights!
And to be honest I have totally bastardized my '63 into a Kustom motorized Kruiser. Just by adding the springer (possibly clevland welding, but not sure) has made the bike as heavy as the fat tire bad boys.
The '66 Deluxe is all original in fair to middlin' shape. I won't mess with that one, it's perfect as is.

MISC:   Monarch Supertwinn Motorized bike... posted by: Rif Addams on 3/27/2000 at 9:57:32 AM
Does anyone have any info and /or pic.s of the Supertwinn motorized bikes? Any leads, help, info, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a bunch,

   RE:MISC:   Monarch Supertwinn Motorized bike... posted by BillG on 3/28/2000 at 6:02:13 AM
There is one in the Picture Database

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn seat posted by: sam on 3/27/2000 at 7:03:20 AM
I bought a 1955 schwinn american and would like to know what the seat covering material was when the bike was new.The bike came with a new type "S" seat of plastic.the books I have show the old type seat in the 55 model but I don't know if it was leather or vinyl -- sam


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn seat posted by Adventurer on 3/27/2000 at 5:49:02 PM
I believe it was vinyl

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn seat posted by Adventurer on 3/27/2000 at 5:51:23 PM
I believe it was vinyl

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by: Dan on 3/26/2000 at 8:57:47 AM
Trying to find year and value on 26" Mens Columbia, serial #W322482, have pic.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia posted by Gordon on 3/26/2000 at 11:45:55 AM
Have you tried the Columbia serial number chart? Scroll down on the home page of this site.

AGE / VALUE:   Accessories posted by: Adventurer on 3/25/2000 at 9:13:50 PM
Does anyone out there have any of these- Make-a-Light generator, Carlisle "Lightnings", Rocket Ray headlights, skirt guards, or saddlebags?

MUSCLE BIKES:   Executive Muscle Bike ? posted by: Joe on 3/25/2000 at 1:35:37 PM
Has anyone out there heard of an Executive muscle bike? I cannot find any information about this "Executive" make/model.
The bike is in very good condition, and I am looking to sell it, but I would like to find more information
about the bike. You can see pictures at http://members.aol.com/jfpjfp/executive.html

AGE / VALUE:   Carlisle Rubber Co. "lightning" whitewalls posted by: Adventurer on 3/24/2000 at 7:33:24 PM
I'm not sure if I am too late, but does anyone out there have a good, decent pair of Carlisle Rubber Co. "Lightnings" for a 26 x 2.125" wheel that they would be willing to part with?

WANTED:   adult tricycle posted by: Bob on 3/24/2000 at 6:39:59 PM
I am looking for an adult tricycle from the 1880's. These have hard tires, not pnuematic. Any condition considered. I have a good 1889 Springfield Roadster I would trade. Bob

AGE / VALUE:   wanted 55" G&J Wheel posted by: Bob on 3/24/2000 at 6:39:59 PM
I need a 55 inch front wheel, radial spokes, for a Gormully and Jeffrey ordinary. Wheel bearings, cranks, and pedals would be a plus. Thanks! Bob

WANTED:   1938 Western Flyer posted by: Randy on 3/23/2000 at 10:25:06 PM
I have a mens 26" Western Flyer which I believe was built by Shelby for Western Auto stores. I need a number of things including a chainguard and rack. Can anyone point me to a source for WF or Shelby parts? I live in RI. Thank You!

   RE:WANTED:   1938 Western Flyer posted by Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles on 3/24/2000 at 8:36:34 AM
I think we've got an NOS Western Flyer chainguard and rear rack in the parts bin. Last time I saw them they had some shelf wear. They are from the mid 1980s when the WF's were repopped and are similar to the Columbia chainguard we have for sale on our parts page.
Send email if this is what you are looking for and I'll dig them out.

   RE:WANTED:   1938 Western Flyer posted by Adventurer on 3/24/2000 at 7:04:40 PM
If I am not mistaken, Western Flyers were manufactured for Western Auto Stores by Murray Ohio

   RE:RE:WANTED:   1938 Western Flyer posted by JD on 3/25/2000 at 6:01:04 AM
Western Flyers were made FOR western auto stores by many makers over the years, one of which was Shelby.

MISC:   Columbia Twosome tandem bike posted by: Brian on 3/23/2000 at 7:17:31 PM
I just picked up what I thought was a Schwinn Twinn tandem bike. It's been repainted, though, and I noticed on the chain guard the words COLUMBIA TWOSOME raised slightly (decal underneath). The entire bike, including chainguard, is almost identical to many Schwinn Twinn single speeds from the mid to late 60's. Can anyone tell me the relationship between Columbia and Schwinn? Did Schwinn supply components to Columbia? Is this most likely a "mix 'n' match" bicycle? (The front forks are the common Schwinn "blade" style, and every part has the same color paint underneath the respray job.)

I also cannot find a serial number anywhere on the frame. Is there a special place to look?

Finally, does anyone know how to remove the spray can paint job without damage to the underlying decals?

Thanks in advance,


   RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome tandem bike posted by Jeff on 3/24/2000 at 6:49:37 AM
Could be that someone bolted on the Columbia chainguard at a later date.

Check the "Restoration Tips" discussion area on this site for how to remove house paint and still keep the good decals underneath. That topic has been discussed a lot over the the past 5 years on this site, check the archives, too.

   RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome tandem bike posted by JOEL on 3/24/2000 at 8:12:42 AM
There's a product called GOOF-OFF that will remove spraypaint. Be careful around the decals. Schwinn has no relationship with Columbia. Probably have to clean it up and see what you have.

FOR SALE:   roadmaster posted by: mandy on 3/21/2000 at 8:23:57 PM
have a green girl's Roadmaster middleweight or balloon(i'm not sure) frame for sale. Complete FRAME except for the front fork.Make me an offer

FOR SALE:   roadmaster posted by: mandy on 3/21/2000 at 8:23:57 PM
have a green girl's Roadmaster middleweight frame for sale. Complete FRAME except for the front fork.Make me an offer