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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

WANTED:   SCHWINN CORVETTE posted by: MP on 6/15/2000 at 8:58:02 PM
Want to trade 1, 2, or 3 bikes for a red or black Corvette in reasonably restorable condition. Prefer the 3-speed version. No reproductions or new replacement parts. I'll pickup the freight. E-mail me for traders.

BALLOON:   basketcase Black Phantom posted by: Matthew on 6/14/2000 at 9:28:04 PM
The other day, I bouth a Schwinn Black Phantom from an 92 year-old "Codger DeLuxe" that lives about 5 mile from my house. Anyway, I want to know if it's worth fixing up-I'll try to describe it. The horn tank is smashed in one side, the horn is gone, and the frame is slightly bent to the left. The chrome is gone, and the paint is completely chipped/scratched/worn. There is no front fender. The rims are peppered with rust. The grips are suffering from dry rot, the seat is missing the tabs, and the rack is smashed down in the middle, making the taillight stick clear up into the air. The 3" rear Stimsonite is gone! No chainguard, rust abounds it, and the Carlisle Lightning Darts are showing canvas cording. The right pedal only has one block. When I gave him $35.00, I actually rode it home! It creaks, the seat dropped down on me, a spoke broke, and the front tire popped at the curb in front of my house. Is it worth fixing? By the way, rust has eaten a hole the size of a golfball in the tank. Thanks, Matt.

   RE:BALLOON:   basketcase Black Phantom posted by sam on 6/15/2000 at 2:12:37 AM
YOU ROAD IT !!! Now I know what they mean when they say Schwinns are bullet proof.---Sam

   RE:BALLOON:   basketcase Black Phantom posted by sam on 6/15/2000 at 9:43:35 PM
Mat,Hi again,I also bough a phantom in bad shape.The way I look at it if the bike were worth a lot you would be locked into just one thing to do,but with what a bike like yours--well you've got a world of things you can try.I plan to use repop parts and regular colors,but what if I went with a wild paint(no one would care cause it was junk to start with)the point is I plan to ride not hide it--let kids that never saw one ride it too.Can't do that with one in a glass case.---Sam

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Coaster brake problems posted by: brent on 6/14/2000 at 7:33:54 AM
I've got a problem with the bendix coaster brake on the Western Flyer I'm fixing up for my wife. The brake doesn't grab unless you really get back on the pedals hard. Is there a web page anywhere that gives instructions for disassembling these hubs?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Coaster brake problems posted by Ray on 6/15/2000 at 1:50:15 PM
Brent, When I first got into restoring older bikes this was the first problem I ran into. Fortunatly I had an old bike shop guy walk me throught the entire process. Anyone remember Quigleys bike shop in Manville NJ. It was Old Man Quigley. Well I can tell you that you probably have the grease inside the hub hardened and turned to varnish. Clean it off with a good safe solvent and re grease it, assemble it and it will probably work like new. As for instructions, I have pages in my Schwinn repair manuals that will help. Give me a fax number to send it to you and get ready for a dirty but fun job.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Coaster brake problems posted by Terry on 6/21/2000 at 9:37:18 PM
Back in the early 60's I rode a 5 tube Hawthorne which demonstrated the same thing. I was around 12 when I had this bike. I don't remember much about what I did, but it consisted of disassembly, cleaning, regreasing, and reassembling. Make sure to study the assembly order as you take it apart, as there are several pieces. I saw a schetch on this web address of a new departure hub.

Good luck.

BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by: Peter on 6/13/2000 at 7:48:42 PM
I just bought a black Schwinn cruiser (see my earlier entry
two posts down) and would like to learn the model name and
approximate vintage. It has 26 inch wheels and fat white-
sidewall tires. It is a mens bike with curved top tube and
down tube. The seat stays continue in an arc past the seat
tube, all the way to the down tube about 5 inches from the
fork tube. It has chrome fenders; the rear fender is full
length, the front fender is not quite (water can still spray
on to your feet in the rain). The chrome rims are stamped
Schwinn Tubular Wheel (I think). There is white lettering
on the top tube that reads "Schwinn" with a star on each
side of the word. The chain guard reads "Schwinn American."
It has a two-speed kickback hub that is stamped "Bendix
Overdrive 2 Speed Automatic U.S.A." Finally, it has a two-
spring black vinyl saddle with the customary white front and
white "S"
If I had to guess the vintage, I would say 1960-1964.
Am I close?

P.S. The bike has two different tires. The front (which
I would guess is original) reads "Schwinn Westwind 26x1 3/4
Made in USA by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co." The tread
patter is made up of small rectangles.
The rear tire (which has a slightly less rounded profile)
reads "General Twin-Trac Nygen Cord 26x1 3/4 The General
Tire and Rubber Company, Pennsylvania Athletic Products Div.
Made in USA, Jeannette Penna."
Anyone know which tire is correct?
Thanks again for any info. Keep on Rollin'

   RE:BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by Kevin C. on 6/13/2000 at 8:23:41 PM
It's a middleweight, not a ballooner, and the front tire would be the proper one. Probably from the early or middle 1960s. You can check keithsbikes.com for the serial number code to look up the date of manufacture. The model is stated on the guard: it's a Schwinn American.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by Peter on 6/14/2000 at 6:51:51 AM
Thanks for the info. Where exactly is the serial # on this bike anyway?

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by JOEL on 6/14/2000 at 7:30:40 AM
Look on the left rear dropout.

   RE:BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by sam on 6/14/2000 at 9:24:43 AM
Peter,the 2-speed rear end sells on ebay for more than you paid for the bike.You might change to a regular bendix coster. Also the schwinn middle weights used schwinn s-7 rims so you must buy tires made for them(tire should say s-7)I do have a question,are the fenders chrome plated or stanless steel?--sam

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Bike I.D. posted by Peter on 6/14/2000 at 1:40:23 PM
The fenders are chrome plated.

WANTED:   1941/1942 Rocket posted by: Adam on 6/13/2000 at 7:30:30 PM
Interested in the purchase of a 1941 or 1942 Rocket.
Bicycle I am searching for would preferably be red and white. I belive this was a bargain bike in its day but would like to restore for grandfather any helps or leads would be greatly appreciated.
Is the show in Boston open to old school bmxers too?
thank you Adam

   RE:WANTED:   1941/1942 Rocket posted by JOEL on 6/14/2000 at 7:28:32 AM
I'm guessing you are looking for a Monark Rocket. I have a rough but complete 24" postwar Rocket for $75 + shipping.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   1941/1942 Rocket posted by Adam on 6/14/2000 at 4:37:11 PM
interested in Monark rocket would it be possible to get photos?

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Twinn 1971 posted by: Jim Loucks on 6/12/2000 at 9:26:11 PM
I have an all original 1971 Schwinn Twinn Womens tandem.
Curious to the value range. Condition is average.
Thanks for the help serial # is CG000094.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Twinn 1971 posted by RON on 6/26/2000 at 8:11:36 PM
I have the twinn above. I found out that mine is a 1974. I am also trying to find out what the value might be. Can't seem to find anyone that knows much about the Schwinn Twinn. Mine is im pretty good shape and I only paid $35.00 for it, I guess that was a good buy??????? I am in need of a rear wheel or rim for this Schwinn Twinn 26x 1-3/4 S-7 chrome, coster brake.

BALLOON:   schwinn 2-speed hub posted by: Peter on 6/12/2000 at 3:12:15 PM
hey, what's up.
The other day I bought a schwinn balloon tire cruiser (probably from the 1960s) at a rummage sale, it is a little rusty but the price was right--$20. Unfortunately the bike has an irritating 2-speed hub that is switched back and forth every time the crank is turned backward. Does anyone know if it's possible to adjust the hub so it will stay in low??? Low gear is fine arouind town, high gear would be usable only going down a long hill or something like that.
Thanks for any response.

   RE:BALLOON:   schwinn 2-speed hub posted by Kevin C. on 6/12/2000 at 9:14:10 PM
Sometimes you can put a front hand brake on bikes with a two-speed kickback coaster hub. That way you can leave the hub in one gear and still stop. I have never heard of a way to adjust one to stay in one gear.

   RE:BALLOON:   schwinn 2-speed hub posted by Gordon on 6/14/2000 at 9:54:13 AM
Breaking the tab ends off the index spring will stop it from shifting, but I don't know if it would then be in low or high.

FOR SALE:   UNIROYAL AIRFLITE TIRES posted by: MP on 6/11/2000 at 11:57:26 AM
1 set Uniroyal Airflite tires NOS, never mounted, 24x1-3/4 (fits S-7 rim), make offer

BALLOON:   Colson Co. History posted by: Susie on 6/8/2000 at 9:00:43 AM
Hey, I was wondering if anyone knows the history, and all the bikes (well, most of them), of the Colson Company of Elyria, OH. My brother received a Colson bike from an aging neighbor, and we are not sure what type of bike it is and the years it was made although my brother assumes that is was made sometime during the 1930's to 1960's. I believe that it is a man's bike, and I know that is is red with blue and white trim, and I believe it also has a badge on it of some sort. Any information that you could give us about the bike, the company, or values would be greatly appreciated!

   RE:BALLOON:   Colson Co. History posted by Jon on 6/9/2000 at 5:52:35 AM
Colsons command pretty high prices. Particularly if they have the internal shock built into the head tube. Do your research before someone tries to buy it off you.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Colson Co. History posted by Susie on 6/9/2000 at 7:36:04 AM
Jon, thanks for that tidbit, I kinda got that impression from what I have seen around the net. That is why I am trying to research it, but there doesn't seem to be a great deal out there about Colsons. If you know of any good sites, please let me know, and thanks again.

AGE / VALUE:   Does anyone know ? Ross ? posted by: Frank on 6/8/2000 at 5:07:38 AM
I have two Ross bikes.One is a girls bicentenial(76) with a banana seat.The other(boys) has the name "Super Deluxe" on the chainguard and I think it was made in the fiftys.The super deluxe is not very high(maybe 2-2 1/2 feet high at the seat). If anyone knows worth or where I could find out more ,please let me know. Thank you Frank

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Daisy Daisy posted by: Dee on 6/7/2000 at 12:24:43 PM
I recently found a Huffy "daisy daisy" bike.
Can anyone give me any history/value on this bike?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Daisy Daisy posted by Dee on 6/7/2000 at 1:22:50 PM
I forgot to say it's a tandem bike.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Jaguar Mark V posted by: Bill Koles on 6/6/2000 at 6:23:04 AM
I would like to know range of value for this bike. 80% restored...good to very good condition

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Jaguar Mark V posted by bob on 6/6/2000 at 6:50:29 AM
Either it is restored or it's not restored. Nice Jags sell for around 2-300. Ones that need work sell for far less.

BALLOON:   '37 or '38 Elgin posted by: Carl Johnson on 6/5/2000 at 10:10:18 AM
I have recently aquired an Elgin that is the same frame as the '38 Oriole in the photo gallery. I purchased it from the shop where I work, and the owner has said that he researched it in old Sears cats., and says it is a '37. There are photos of it at http://photos.yahoo.com/carldavidjohnson

It is only a single speed with an Elgin stamped brake arm and finned hub, New Departure ft.hub.

   RE:BALLOON:   '37 or '38 Elgin posted by Carl on 6/5/2000 at 5:47:25 PM
Oops! I goofed, the photo gallery that has the '38 Elgin Oriole is at www.nostalgic.net Another web site with lots of good photos.

AGE / VALUE:   COLUMBIA-TANDEM posted by: STEVE on 6/2/2000 at 11:58:01 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   COLUMBIA-TANDEM posted by RON on 6/25/2000 at 10:06:45 AM
I just ask for help on a tantem Schwinn. I have seen several other people asking about this type of bike. Maybe we can't find anyone that knows about TANTEMS. GOOD LUCK


MIDDLEWEIGHT:   PINK LADY??? posted by: STEVE on 6/2/2000 at 11:55:05 PM

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   PINK LADY??? posted by bob on 6/6/2000 at 6:46:38 AM
Nope. They made Fairladys in pink.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   PINK LADY??? posted by lorenzo on 6/7/2000 at 10:17:01 AM
It may be a Coulmbia. They made a girl's banana seat bike in the 70's called the "Pink Lady". Flowers on the seat, 20" tires, step through frame.