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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   20" bicycle posted by: Larry L. on 8/12/2000 at 12:58:18 PM
I have a 20" boys straight bar bicycle. It has a skip tooth spocket, and the badge says, DERBY with a picture of a airplane.Would anybody know where it was manufactured? Thanks, Larry

AGE / VALUE:    cruiser size posted by: henry on 8/11/2000 at 7:17:01 PM
hi could someone set me straight on frame sizes for old schwinn cruiser type bikes . i just bought a schwinn spitfire ( it says this on the front tag and it says hornet on the chain guard) the tires are 26x2.125 i am 6 foot 2 and this feels kinda small . i just had an 50's hawthorn stolen from me and that size was ok . did i buy a small bike ,is 26" the largest size for cruisers . i want a big bike . could you halp me out with some info thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    cruiser size posted by Kevin C. on 8/12/2000 at 1:36:53 PM
Cruisers typically are 26-inchers, but frames come in various sizes, making a bike's overall height smaller or larger. If you don't want to buy another bike, you can get an extra-long seatpost and gooseneck to make it fit someone your size.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   YEAR OF BIKE posted by: Ron on 8/11/2000 at 6:45:18 AM
I just bought a girls Murray Jet Fire 26" middleweight Ser.#21X66 72571. Can anyone tell me the year?????????? I was told that it is a 1950. It is all original with rack has 2 headlights built in tank. Chain guard has Jet Fire on it. It is green and white, chrome fenders and Rims with white wall tires. In very good shape no rust. Also what would it be worth if it is a 1950????????? Thanks for any help. RON

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   YEAR OF BIKE posted by JD on 8/11/2000 at 7:29:47 AM
Sounds like you are off by about a decade. The first middleweight bikes came along in the early 50s but most were made after 1957.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   YEAR OF BIKE posted by Lexie on 8/28/2000 at 12:32:15 PM
We have the same type only blue and white. Saw somewhere that it runs about $350. We are looking to sell ours for that.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   need info on a Tempo posted by: Dennis on 8/10/2000 at 6:47:37 PM
have purchased a womans' Tempo, complete..28 inch, heavy frame, stainless forks & rack, awesome aluminum chainguard, from an 88 yr old man. I need info on it..in great shape. I'm sure it's an import

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyers posted by: Mark on 8/9/2000 at 11:45:51 PM
Does anyone know of a photo archive that shows
Western Flyer basic middleweights from the early 60s?

FOR SALE:   parts posted by: christian on 8/9/2000 at 1:56:38 PM
parts for sale: 1963 s-7's, painted white. 7 cond. need a good bath, $50.00 shipped.
girl's 26" starlet chainguard, blue, great shape, $15.00.
shwinn blue "s" seat, great shape but slightly faded to a bluish green color, includes stem,
$20.00 shipped. 1967 raliegh "r.s.w. 16" bicycle. complete and nice but do not have the rims
, seat or chainguard, $50.00 shipped. please e-mail me for details or pics. thanx, christian

   RE:FOR SALE:   parts posted by JAMES on 8/9/2000 at 8:45:54 PM

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   parts posted by JAMES on 8/10/2000 at 4:19:47 AM

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   parts posted by JAMES on 8/10/2000 at 4:29:54 AM

   RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:   parts posted by christian on 8/10/2000 at 10:02:07 PM
it's your lucky day! i just got one more blue "s" seat today and this one has
a crash bar!it's a little more vintage and a little better shape. gimme a call at 1-218-778-0075
or you HAVE TO E-MAIL ME for fast service. thanx, christian

   RE:FOR SALE:   parts posted by christian on 8/14/2000 at 6:15:59 PM
rims are sold. seats are sold. thanx julia, thanx james.

BALLOON:   Shelby and Hiawatha Questions posted by: Al on 8/8/2000 at 9:51:28 PM
I just acquired a Shelby bike and am trying to identify the model. It's a 26 inch boy's bike with a springer front, chrome tank, chrome chainguard, and missing fenders. There's no writing on the tank or guard, but the headbadge says "Supreme". I can't find a Shelby Supreme, though. Also, I found that Hiawathas were made by Shelby for a time, correct? I have a womans bike without a headbadge. How can I tell if it's a Hiawatha or Shelby? I've seen photos that make it look like both.

   RE:BALLOON:   Shelby and Hiawatha Questions posted by Jay on 8/10/2000 at 6:46:26 AM
Search the archives here for Shelby and Hiawatha. I've seen the relationship explained here in the past.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Shelby and Hiawatha Questions posted by Al on 8/10/2000 at 4:53:18 PM
Thanks, I'll do the search. I've searched the photos, but I'll do the discussions, too. I think the Shelby is an Air Flow.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by: Gary Main on 8/8/2000 at 9:06:46 PM
have a schwinn ladies bike here may have some useful parts on it for some restorer Its Schwinn Hollywood 20 in ladies bike. its i think a 1953 model its ser num is kg000 For sale

AGE / VALUE:   JC Higgens Flightliner & Black Phantom posted by: Don Gaber on 8/8/2000 at 9:54:45 AM
I have a JC Higgins Flightliner, Chrome w/red tank & luggage rack, spring fork, all original with working horn & light in tank & wonder about what it's worth. It's in very good condition. Also a Schwinn Black Phantom, repainted years ago, fair condition, mostly there. No Tank or fender light, lock missing on fork. It also has a Two speed Bendix rear hub with cable shift.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   I bought a bike posted by: mike bilski on 8/7/2000 at 11:25:25 AM
I purchased a 1957 Columbia torpeto speed liner. 26" MW. It has everything origal, but from fender is missing, it has been repainted , it has a 2 speed bendix hub with a shifter on the handle bar, I picked it up for 10 ucks, the rear hub skips when i shft gears. I took it apart and greased all the bearings, Is there some type of adjustment to correct this problem. all parts inside the hub were like new. and what is this bike worht, #C197955

AGE / VALUE:   Mercury posted by: racerrex on 8/6/2000 at 9:14:43 PM
I have a Mercury frame (girls) that I need help dating. I really don't know much about them. Any help would be welcome. Serial # is 39249 stamped in the BB. Nice brass headplate. thanx

AGE / VALUE:   Explain Schwinn serial number posted by: Robert on 8/6/2000 at 1:13:19 PM
I looked at the Schwinn serial number chart and could not decipher it. I just bought a Tornado serial no.JO16814.

Could someone please explain how this crosses over to date of manufacture?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Explain Schwinn serial number posted by MNSmith on 8/6/2000 at 4:26:40 PM
Look at the first of the new numbering chart. "J" is the month, "0" is the year. Skip the "I"'s and "O"'s. That leaves you with September of 1960.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Explain Schwinn serial number posted by Robert on 8/7/2000 at 5:15:38 AM

BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by: Robert on 8/6/2000 at 12:27:10 PM
What is the difference between a middle weight and a balloon tire? Is it strictly that the middle weights run 1 3/4 or narrower tires?

Also is lovelylowrider a good place to buy from?
They have very good prices. My son is going thru a 20"
bannana seat Columbia and they have all that he needs.

   RE:BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by Kevin C. on 8/7/2000 at 4:51:54 AM
Balloon tires are 2.125 inches wide; middleweights are 1 3/4 or 1.75 inches wide. Middleweights came out in 1955, I think, and pretty much made balloon tired bikes obsolete within a few years. If your old tires are 1.75, make sure you get those, because those marked 1 3/4 aren't the same.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by Robert on 8/7/2000 at 5:14:54 AM
Thanks for the info.

   RE:BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by sam on 8/7/2000 at 2:14:12 PM
I would like to add that Schwinn m/w tires only fit schwinn m/w bikes.I think all other brands interchange,but schwinn had to be different.I have an order with lovelylowrider right now,will let you know how ther service is.--sam

   RE:BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by sam on 8/7/2000 at 8:09:47 PM
lovelylowrider order came in today. got tires spring fork barings chain gard and d/t fenders.all parts were good , no damage in shipping took about 10 days(I sent m.o.)bike looks good with the new parts.will use lovelylowrider again for cruzer parts.--sam ps. really liked the tires www(2.25)round profile not square like some.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Couple of questions posted by Mark on 8/10/2000 at 11:16:18 PM
Also be aware, Schwinn S-7 tubular rims require tires
that are designated for S-7 rims. Lots of middleweights
of the 60s used these wheels.

AGE / VALUE:   rims for sale posted by: christian on 8/5/2000 at 7:23:07 PM
it sure is hard to find a set of white painted s-7's in nice
shape. but it's your lucky day because i have a set for sale!
these are 26 x 1 3/4 and are from a 1963 bike. these have just
a tiny hint of rust coming through in a few places in the middle but i checked
and it will actually rub right off. you can't see it from three feet away.
if interested e-mail me an offer. i will also take a partial trade on
a correct and complete 1976 5-speed sting ray rear wheel
in nice shape. prefer with a slick attached. thanx, christian

WANTED:   Horn Tank posted by: Marco on 8/5/2000 at 6:29:43 AM
WTB used horn tank for a 58 Jag Mark II, condition not important.