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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Childs Bike posted by: Steven Adler on 4/3/2000 at 6:42:16 PM
Can anyone help me identify this bike it is a Schwinn childs bike s/n

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Childs Bike posted by BillG on 4/4/2000 at 6:21:23 AM
You can only tell the date of manufacture by the serial number, you can't tell model, color, etc. Check the picture database and look for a Schwinn that looks like yours.

AGE / VALUE:   AMF Saturn Roadmaster posted by: Bryant Arnold on 4/2/2000 at 10:45:47 AM
Hello all!
I am curious about this bike i have aquired. It is an AMF
Saturn Roadmaster. It has flying suacers on the rack and
star cutouts in the sprocket. It looks to me to be from
the early 60's. Is there there much interest in these AMF,s?
Can anyone give me a year and value?
Happy Trails-Bryant

AGE / VALUE:   springfield, mo show posted by: rdrum on 4/2/2000 at 10:23:07 AM
does springfield,mo. have a spring show? if so, when?

AGE / VALUE:   Memory Lane Classics posted by: Pee-Wee on 3/31/2000 at 8:49:29 PM
I do a whole lot of business with Memory Lane Classics, and a bunch of people ask me how to contact them. Well friends, I am going to tell you! Thier telephone number is (419) 832-3040. They have a catalogue out now that is 84 pages long, costs $4.00, and contains nearly everything you'll ever need! The address is Memory Lane Classics-24516 Third St.-Grand Rapids, Ohio-43522. Send them a check and you-re in business!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Memory Lane Classics posted by Gordon on 3/31/2000 at 9:21:35 PM
Might as well give people the website too:

FOR SALE:   Elgin Bluebird,Colson Clipper and Wards Duralium posted by: Rick on 3/31/2000 at 5:17:51 PM
1936 Elgin Bluebird needs restoration complete except upper portion of speedo cable excellent body, seat and pedals finished $6500.1948 Colson Clipper needs restoration $1300.1937 Wards duralium Restored $900

   RE:FOR SALE:   Elgin Bluebird,Colson Clipper and Wards Duralium posted by Rick on 4/3/2000 at 10:36:44 AM
Please note that I will not respond to vague and anonomous E-mails,thank you

BALLOON:   24" by 2.25 tires posted by: Hugh on 3/31/2000 at 1:11:33 PM
I have a motorized Safticycle with 24" dia by 2.25 tires. Does anyone know of a source for these? I'd like to have whitewalls.

   RE:BALLOON:   24 posted by Gordon on 3/31/2000 at 2:11:01 PM
They often show up on eBay under the Collectible\transportation\bicycle category. There is one there currently: 297246603 Single Firestone 24 x 2.125 WW Bicycle Tire

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Radio Bike on eBay................. posted by: Gordon on 3/31/2000 at 7:52:00 AM
Not mine, but know that several have posted lately looking for this bike. Item number 297215502.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1956 Schwinn Mystry Bike posted by: Mike Benno on 3/31/2000 at 7:13:58 AM
I am trying to identify my old cruiser bike. I have been able to date it (Serial number 7F08396). I'll give you some of the features. The frame style has seat stays that go to the head tube (cantilever?). Mono top tube. The frame and fenders are red with two white pin stripes and white tips on the fenders. There is a multi-colored (blue and rust) checkered pattern panel on the seat tube. Front caliper brake, rear coaster brake on a huge Bendix single speed hub. 26x1 3/4 wheels (S7). No chain guard. One interesting feature, the rear fender is 3/4 length.

Any help would be appreciated. Would this be considered a balloon tire or middleweight?

Mike Benno

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1956 Schwinn Mystry Bike posted by Gordon on 3/31/2000 at 8:03:05 AM
I'm assuming since you were able to date this bike that it is a Schwinn. The pattern you described I have seen on some Schwinn Americans. The rear fender I would guess has been modified by a previous owner. If the back edge looks factory, check where it attaches to the frame behind the pedals, there should be a tongue shaped piece there. You say the Bendix is huge. Does it have 3 bands around it? If it does, it is a 2 speed automatic. It should also indicate that on the coaster brake arm. S7 rims are considered middleweight. Are the lower tubes from the seat post curved down to the fork tube? If so, then it is cantilever I believe. Hope this helps in some way.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1956 Schwinn Mystry Bike posted by JD on 4/5/2000 at 2:46:04 PM
It is a Schwinn Middleweight. Maybe a corvette, Racer, typhoon, hornet,? Look through the pictures in the database here or on EBAY to find a match.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1956 Schwinn Mystry Bike posted by sam on 4/8/2000 at 3:26:21 PM
the checkered pattern would be an american. If the decal is good leave it ' they are not reproduced.Also the rear hub might be the 2 speed standerd shift(with a smooth hub),look to see if the hub might have had a cable shifter like the english 3speeds(some one might have removed the cable)--sam

AGE / VALUE:   Phantom tail light posted by: Jimmy on 3/30/2000 at 5:41:28 PM
I just got a new Phantom taillight for my four hole rack, and this particular taillight has a brake light that comes on whenever you stop or slow down, just like a car. Does anyone out there know how to hook it up?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phantom tail light posted by Gordon on 3/31/2000 at 8:06:28 AM
I'm not sure how it is supposed to work, but I have an old issue of Classic Bike that shows how to make your own stop light switch. If you want, I could try and scan it and email it to you. If that doesn't work, we could always go snailmail.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Phantom tail light posted by Rif Addams on 4/5/2000 at 2:32:47 PM
Could you scan that and send it to me please? I would LOVE to have that and try it out!
Thanks so much,
Rif :-}

AGE / VALUE:   Phantom tail light posted by: Jimmy on 3/30/2000 at 5:41:28 PM
I just got a new Phantom taillight for my four hole rack, and this particular taillight has a brake light that comes on whenever you stop or slow down, just like a car. Does anyone out there know how to hook it up?

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Fire Arrow posted by: Pee-Wee on 3/29/2000 at 7:04:08 PM
Is anyone interested in a 1957 Columbia Fire Arrow frame, bars, rims, and seat for sale? The frame was painted professionally a few years back, but the paint is still lusterous, new handlebars, a pair of N.O.S. multi-colored streamers, a recovered original red seat with chrome guardrail, new bugle horn, an N.O.S. round mirror. The bike has it's original 26" x 1.75" rims (need to be rechromed along with the sprocket and stem). Has red dice valve caps. The bike comes with a non-working, but very cool looking battery headlight with a PROPELLER drilled into the middle from the 50's, and a rear taillight for a generator hookup. $55.00 or best offer plus $25.00 shipping & handling ($80.00 total). ALSO-a mint condition Schwinn Krate speedometer. This is very cherry. The glass is 100% clear and free of scratches, superb cable, and the needle does'nt even wobble, and the chrome shines like new! Only thing is it has a broken driver bracket (but the odometer, and driver are 100% accurate!). $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping & handling ($30.00 total). Thanks, and email if interested-no waiting!

WANTED:   Ranger Fenders posted by: Allen on 3/29/2000 at 8:58:05 AM
Ranger Bike, serial number 013817, ballooner, with tank, rack, etc.. Need a decent set of fenders for a restoration. Front Fender is 36.5 inches long front to back edge and 5 inches wide. Rear Fender is 46 inches long and must have the clip for the dropstand. Braces would be nice but not necessary as mine aren't too bad. If anyone knows what year this bike is, I'd really like to know. Sorry, it's not for sale either. Thanks.

FOR SALE:   1950 Gene Autry Girl's Westerner by Monark posted by: Joy on 3/28/2000 at 9:58:37 PM
First posted on or about 12/26/99-description can be read there.

AGE / VALUE:   Camelback frames posted by: George on 3/28/2000 at 9:39:51 PM
Anyone out there have any old camelback (straight-bar) framed bikes they would sell? My main interest is Schwinn & Monark.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Camelback frames posted by Gordon on 3/29/2000 at 5:43:58 AM
Single upper bar? What era?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Camelback frames posted by George on 3/29/2000 at 7:16:25 PM
I want a DOUBLE bar frame, from the late 40's or 50's.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Camelback frames posted by casey on 4/1/2000 at 5:37:22 AM
are you interested in a 24" schwinn? if so please contact

WANTED:   Huffy Radio Bike posted by: Pee-Wee on 3/28/2000 at 8:43:12 PM
This is probaly a hopeless shot in the dark, but does anyone out there in computer-land have a Huffy Radio Bike that they would ever sell? I'll take ANY condition from a basket-case, to a two-wheeled-wonder. If you can help at all, please answer. Remember, ANY CONDITION AT ALL!

   RE:WANTED:   Huffy Radio Bike posted by Jeff on 3/29/2000 at 5:45:00 AM
One of my Holy Grails, too. A few years ago there was a young guy on the west coast who had one for sale at $400, but I didn't have the money at the time. I should have skipped a few meals.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Huffy Radio Bike posted by Pee-Wee on 3/29/2000 at 7:22:25 PM
Jeff, you seem to have a very good head on your shoulders from what I have read. What with your comments abouts about the "Stingray crowd", and now you tell me that the Huffy Radiobike is one of your Holy Grails as well. Do you have any classic collections? I have a very small collection. Actually, only four-a 1953 Monark Holiday with wood grain chainguard trim, a 1964 Sears Spaceliner, a 1955 Schwinn DeLuxe Hornet, and a 1957 Columbia Fire Arrow that I am selling right now.