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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Ballooner posted by: George on 4/12/2000 at 7:12:46 PM
Just curious how much my regular riding bike is worth. It's a red & white 1950 Schwinn DX straight-bar. It has a tank, feather chainguard, rack, pinstriped fenders, and a Rocket Ray. On the handlebars are two "Safety Mirrors", an American Flag bell, red & white streamers, and a "Cadet" speedometer. There are red "Tingley" mud flaps, Schwinn red jewel hub caps, and a set of red & white "Wacky Wheels". "Red Dice" valve cap covers, leather saddle, and large leather saddlebags. There is a rear taillight with "Make-a-Lite" generator. There are also ELGIN skirt guards I had custom painted and fit to match the Schwinn perfectly. The whole entire bicycle and every single accessory is in mint condition, and the bike itself wears the original red & white paint. Thanks.

BALLOON:   old Coast King... posted by: Rif Addams on 4/12/2000 at 6:56:07 PM
I have an old curved bar (not cantilever) Coast king frame with tank and chaingaurd. The paint is mostly gone but I can almost make out the name on the chaingaurd. It says 'SkyWay" or something like that. The tank has a picture of an old military style airplane on it. Someone sugested it may be late forties, but I am inclined to think it is early fifties. I am fixing this old cruiser for a friend of mine can anyone give any info on this diamond in the rough?
I do appreciate your help.
Thank you,
Rif Addams

BALLOON:   would like more info on old coast king posted by: mike jr. on 4/12/2000 at 1:17:34 PM
hi, i have an old coast king electra 26" mens bicycle.
somebody told me it's a 1955-1960. when i got it about a
week ago the paint was peeling all over. it's got all
original parts but the rims and tires. the guy that i got
it from gave me some schwinn coaster-brake rims. i'm in the
process of sanding it tom the metal and i'm going to paint
it banner red, with ivory white trim.
please get back to me and tell what it will be worth
after i'm all done with it. thank-you

WANTED:   saddlebags posted by: Pee-Wee on 4/11/2000 at 9:10:21 PM
Help! Looking for some saddlebags.

HI-WHEELER / BONE SHAKER / SAFETY:   harley bicycle springer fork posted by: Stephen on 4/11/2000 at 4:54:53 PM
I was wondering if any Harley Davidson bicycles were made with spring forks?
I have a spring fork that looks identical to the ones on the Harleys from 1916 to
the early 1920's. I don't see how it could be a motorcycle fork being the clearance for the wheel
is only 1 and 7/8 inches wide. Any guesses? Thanks,Stephen

   RE:HI-WHEELER / BONE SHAKER / SAFETY:   harley bicycle springer fork posted by Jeff on 4/12/2000 at 5:22:11 AM
I've seen pictures of them with truss rods, but not springers. It could have been from one of their early motorcycles. They had skinny bicycle tires.

FOR SALE:   TONS of great stuff! posted by: xhtc@hotmail.com on 4/11/2000 at 6:09:29 AM
I have lots of stuff and will sell or trade, what do you need? Also, I BUY! One part or an entire collection.
See my Oldroads Page:

WANTED:   Lightning Darts posted by: Marlon on 4/10/2000 at 7:52:54 PM
I am looking for a good pair of 26 x 2.125" Carlisle Lightning Darts in whitewall. Can anyone help me?

WANTED:   unusual bikes posted by: Pee-Wee on 4/9/2000 at 8:19:19 PM
Anyone know where I can find a 1949 Dayton Twin Flyer, 1939 2-speed Hiawatha DeLuxe Arrow, 1939 Elgin Twin Bar, or a 1965 Bowden Spacelander?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Plastic Re-plating posted by: Dan on 4/9/2000 at 10:21:41 AM
Anybody have a source for re-plating plastic parts. Am in southeast Mich area. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks Dan

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Plastic Re-plating posted by Cocord on 4/10/2000 at 6:54:07 AM
Try an autobody shop in your area.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Plastic Re-plating posted by JimW. on 4/18/2000 at 1:32:20 PM
Plastic parts are normally vacuum-metallized. Aluminum wire is
vaporized by an electric arc and deposited on the part in
a vacuum chamber. This is much different from the electroplating
process used on metal parts. I would check the yellow pages,
under "vacuum metallizing". Good luck.

MISC:   help me please posted by: deedee on 4/8/2000 at 3:03:19 PM
I am looking at buying a bike , the man said it is a 1971 reproduction of a 1950's bike, A ______? Flyer ? It is in great shape! I thought he called it a radio flyer , but I can not find anything at all on this. He told me this bike was only reproduced in 1971. Can anyone help me, I hesitate to buy it not knowing anything about it. Thank You , Deedee

   RE:MISC:   help me please posted by jd on 4/9/2000 at 6:23:54 AM
I believe that's a Western Flyer reproduction. They are pretty well done, as far as repros go, but for the money you could probably find an original one. A better investment in the long run.

But if you want a NEW bike, go for it. Also look at the Roadmaster Luxury Liner repros and Columbia Dashboard Bikes(will find PLENTY on ebay). They are very good quality made from original factory tooling. Better looking in my opinion. Happy Hunting.

   RE:RE:MISC:   help me please posted by Cocord on 4/10/2000 at 6:55:45 AM
To add to that... I don't think the Western Flyers were re-popped in the 1970s. I think they were re-popped in the middle 1980s.

MISC:   what is it? motobike posted by: mike on 4/7/2000 at 9:32:53 PM
i bought what i thought was a yamaha moto bike but it was not according to pics i have seen. the seat is not adjustable motorcycle seat and it says on the bottom of the crank hanger tube made in taiwan. it has shocks back and front. never seen any thing like it before. what could it be?

   RE:MISC:   what is it? motobike posted by Joe on 4/11/2000 at 6:12:45 AM
Sounds like a "Venture" or "Ideal". There is a picture of a Venture in the picture database.

WANTED:   26x1.75 S7 Rims (36 hole) and Tires posted by: Mike Benno on 4/7/2000 at 1:06:20 PM
Looking for Schwinn Rims and tires for 1956 Schwinn American. The rims need to be in new or no rust (26x1.75 - S7). The tires should be as fat as they come and also in new condition

   RE:WANTED:   26x1.75 S7 Rims (36 hole) and Tires posted by Kevin C. on 4/8/2000 at 3:50:02 AM
New middleweight tires are available at most any bike shop. As for the rims, I'd buy a nice, clean old girl's Schwinn locally and part it out. They're common and it's usually cheaper that way.

   RE:WANTED:   26x1.75 S7 Rims (36 hole) and Tires posted by sam on 4/8/2000 at 7:24:42 PM
Mike,I saw your other posting on the american,do you have the 2 speed?The chrome rims & front hand brake came with the 2speed.I thank in 55&56 schwinn used the bendix 2speed with manual shift(should have a cable)check to see if it has a hole in the right side of the axle (likt english 3speeds)--sam

AGE / VALUE:   Hey Gordon, Stop light switch...? posted by: Rif Addams on 4/6/2000 at 11:29:54 AM
Hey Gordon,
You posted earlier about an article in Classic Bike magazine; pertaining to fabricating your own brake light switch.
Any chance you might be able to scan and e-mail that article to me?
I woud love to try it out!
Thanks so much,
Rif Addams

AGE / VALUE:   Hercules posted by: Pee-Wee on 4/5/2000 at 7:33:19 PM
Who knows about a Hercules? i picked one up today for $20.00, and was wondering if this was a good deal? How old is it? It has a diamond frame, Sturmey-Archer 3-speed, two-tone saddle, and 26 x 1 3/8 tires on the chrome rims (in good shape). Very nice and an even better rider. Tell me about it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hercules posted by ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 4/6/2000 at 7:44:50 AM
You picked up a bargain! Unless this was trashpicked, you could not have done better! This is a "city bike" it was made in Nottingham, England in the Raleigh factory. It is a brand of bike that Raleigh bought up and so Hercules became the" B " line of slightly cheaper bikes that Raleigh offered. These go from $50.00 to $125.00 or thereabouts. If it is in working order, all the better. This stuff is discussed on the "roadsters page" here. Of course Sheldon Brown has this huge, incredible web site that covers this stuff. E-mail me with any questions, but check out Sheldon's site first.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hercules posted by rdrum on 4/6/2000 at 6:45:06 PM
Mine was made by AMF and looks like whar he sas his does and its a mid to late 60.s.

AGE / VALUE:   Western flyer/Roadmaster question posted by: rick on 4/5/2000 at 4:53:08 PM
Folks, I just bought repro tail light for my 47 Western Flyer Super and it comes with a stop light attachment. The chain triggers a switch when the bike is back-pedaled: where and how was that switch mounted originaly? There is a screw hole on the upper portion of the bracket that goes on the lower rear fork section, where does it screw? On the chainguard? Am I missing something?
Help would be appreciated...

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western flyer/Roadmaster question posted by Gordon on 4/7/2000 at 5:38:41 AM
The article I'm scanning for Rif shows the switch mounted about 6 inches ahead of the rear sprocket on the bottomside of the frame tube. It is held on with a strap like the one on the coaster brake arm. When you are pedaling, the chain is slack on the bottom. When you backpedal, it tightens up and activates the switch. I'm sure it will take a little experimenting and adjusting to get it right. Hope this helps.