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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   '52 schwinn tiger decals posted by: AL on 9/15/2000 at 9:12:50 PM
Dose anybody make decals for the chainguard and frame of this type of bike? I got hold of one with two xtra coats of paint and it will most likely get stripped and repainted black w/white accents, The chrome fenders and rims are nice and it would be kool to keep the original detailing. Any sources would be appreciated.... Thanx, Alex J.

AGE / VALUE:D n B Portafold posted by: Dave Feuerman on 9/15/2000 at 5:33:16 PM
I recently purchased a D n B Portafold. I got it from a bike shop that was selling it on consignment to a local resident, who picked it up for a few bucks at a garage sale in Long Island. I'm not sure of the year. I noticed it says "made in japan." It has an orange frame with pale lime fenders, a working generator with a chrome light and an electric bell that looks restorable. It's amazing engineering - the best part... it folds up, although I haven't entirely figured it all out. You gotta appreciate the complex beauty. Can anyone give me more info on this, and an estimated value? It's in great condition! I absolutely love it!

MISC:   Schwinn Phantom posted by: Kykstand on 9/15/2000 at 12:56:49 PM
The other day I'm in the local bike store that sells Schwinns, GT's, Treks. Over in the corner is a Black Phantom. I thought it was probably a repro but upon closer inspection I noticed it had a more aged appearance. After talking to the mechanic he tells me that is in fact an original, and some guy walked in and told him he was going to throw it in the trash and asked if the bike shop wanted it. Of course they took it! All original in real good shapt and everything worked including the electrical accessories. I would've have like to find that one before the bike shop did!

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Phantom posted by Wings on 9/19/2000 at 2:49:06 AM
I think that is the bike I gave away in 1968! Been kicking myself ever since!

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Phantom posted by Gary Main on 9/28/2000 at 5:07:53 PM
i run a small bike shop, and i leave a pile of bike scrap by the back door. For some reason this attracts bike disposal. what a Deal!!! i have got Treks, Cannondales, Mongoose, you name it. all FREE.

BALLOON:   ladies firestone posted by: Mike Watson on 9/14/2000 at 6:33:39 PM
One of my neighbors has two balloon tire bikes.
The first bike is a ladies Firestone, blue with white trim
and it has tank on the frame. The bike looks all original.
The second has been repainted, not sure what brand it is.
The seat tube pierces the top tube, GT BMX style. Does anyone
know the value of the first one and the brand of the second

AGE / VALUE:   Hawthorne posted by: Bob on 9/14/2000 at 2:44:44 PM
I have what i believe is an old Hawthorne Bicycle. I believe
that because the screw holes for the name badge are
horazantal instead of verticle like other makes. it has a
Troxel saddle, and the brake says "New Departure Brake" It
has a bolt on kick stand and it is a model with chain
adjusting screws. The frame has parallel top tubes that have
a slight turn in them. I can not find a serial # as this
bike appears to have a few coats of paint. Anybody ahve an
idea of the age of this bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hawthorne posted by Gordon on 9/14/2000 at 8:05:01 PM
If your bike is a "prewar" (before WWII), the frame will have "ears" or "stops" on the frame by the chain adjusting screws that were for positioning the rear kickstand. Post war bikes had the side kickstands. Rear chain adjusters on Hawthornes were used into the 1950's.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hawthorne posted by bikeyard on 9/22/2000 at 5:51:40 PM
Can you send a photo/s?

AGE / VALUE:   firestone posted by: Joe Ervin on 9/12/2000 at 11:11:33 AM
I have a 24" firestone super cruiser with firestone whitewalls,can anyone tell me its value. fair condition

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   firestone posted by Bob on 9/13/2000 at 7:39:30 AM
Probably a Monark-built bike. Pretty common.

BALLOON:   Fender Rolling posted by: Randy on 9/11/2000 at 5:01:37 PM
Does anyone know who does fender rolling. I've often heard it refered to, but never found where it's done. I'll go anywhere in the New England area if it's available. Thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Fender Rolling posted by Kevin C. on 9/12/2000 at 3:17:08 PM
The Fender Doctor is Wes Pinchot, 1-847-259-0484, weekends or evenings. He lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

   RE:BALLOON:   Fender Rolling posted by Gordon on 9/12/2000 at 9:04:29 PM
Keith Murdock has a roller, he is in Boulder, CO. His website is http://www.keithsbikes.com

BALLOON:   235 miles through Holland on a Phantom posted by: Tom Findley on 9/11/2000 at 7:24:35 AM

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   WANTED: Murray Spaceliner Copy Seat & Rack posted by: Wendell Adams on 9/10/2000 at 8:10:22 AM
I picked up a Murray Spaceliner look-alilke. It is an all chrome 26" middleweight. The seat is incorrect. I need a white or red saddle with a chrome crash bar. Also I think their was a rear rack that was red and chrome. Any help would be appreciated. Unsure of bikes name, the chainguard lettering is rubbed off. But I am pretty sure its is a stripped down version of the spaceliner. It has the same hubcap on the sprocket. Thanks!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   WANTED: Murray Spaceliner Copy Seat & Rack posted by JOEL on 9/11/2000 at 11:22:32 AM
I recently sold a similar bike. It was painted (not chrome) and just said Murray on the chainguard. On the headlight nose cone it had a department store name. The tank and headlight were slightly different from the Sears version and the guard was a different type. HTH

AGE / VALUE:   Arnold Schwinn Packard/Panther posted by: Steve Ockler on 9/10/2000 at 6:59:45 AM
Trying to identify: Girls Bike-Headbadge says Arnold Schwinn w/ diagonal banner saying"Packard". Chainguard says Panther. S/N G038249. 26" X 2.125 tires. New Departure rear hub. Pretty rusty but only needs fenders. Everything else other than tires appears to be original.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Arnold Schwinn Packard/Panther posted by Grant on 9/21/2000 at 9:09:47 AM
The serial number is from 1950. Scwinn made bikes with car names
on them for many years from the 30's on. The Packard car company
made a series of special show cars with fibreglass bodies called
"Panther". There were 3 or 4 of them, all huge convertibles with
straight eight engines and
all made in the early 50's. Packard never made a "Panther" model
for sale, only the show specials.

AGE / VALUE:   MATCHED PAIR posted by: JOE on 9/9/2000 at 7:06:46 PM
Recently acquired a matched pair of bikes...no indication of make..model...need some assistance on identification..the best piece of information offered is they both have several star cutouts on the large chain sprocket...any information would be appreciated..

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   MATCHED PAIR posted by rd on 9/10/2000 at 8:57:51 AM
May be Texas Rangers, They have several small stars cut out and Huffys had large stars on some.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   MATCHED PAIR posted by Joel on 9/11/2000 at 11:24:09 AM
AMF Roadmaster bikes had the star sprockets.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MATCHED PAIR posted by Christopherrobin@starmail.com on 9/14/2000 at 7:26:54 AM
There were too many diffrent patterns of stars to make it easy on us.

BALLOON:   MADE IN WESTERN GERMAN posted by: Vern Barkel on 9/9/2000 at 5:56:46 PM

BALLOON:   girls Mainliner bike posted by: Lled Smith on 9/9/2000 at 4:33:44 PM
I'M trying to find out how much a girls Mainliner bike is worth?
The bike has a 1spd skiptooth drive train. Also it still has the tank.?

MISC:   PEE-WEE HERMAN'S BIKE- LET'S CLEAR IT UP! posted by: Matthew on 9/9/2000 at 3:11:03 PM
I have seen quite a few postings about Pee-Wee's bike in the last few months, and it seems that there are a lot of different ideas of what he rode. Huffy, Monark, but I think it's about time we cleared it up. Pee-Wee Herrman's bicycle is a postwar SCHWINN DX. Some of the accessories were fabricated for the movies, but a lot of them were'nt. For example, the spiral discs were available in the 1950s. The fender skirts are very similar to Elgins, and the tiger head was actually made in the 1960s. The generator was a make-a-lite, and the headlight was a Delta Rocket Ray. The seat was a Mesinger. The bell was an American flag bell, and the whitealls were Carlisle Lightning Darts. The mud flaps wer also made in the 1950s. I hope that this has been of use to some people out there.

   RE:MISC:   PEE-WEE HERMAN'S BIKE- LET'S CLEAR IT UP! posted by Keith on 9/13/2000 at 9:58:39 AM
Here's a bit of trivia -- the movie actually had two seperate Pee-wee bikes, one in the opening "dream" segment (and the cover of the video), and one for the rest of the movie.

   RE:RE:MISC:   PEE-WEE HERMAN'S BIKE- LET'S CLEAR IT UP! posted by Christopherrobin on 9/18/2000 at 7:48:39 AM
The lion on the front was weird. I do not know where you would find that.The mirrors are recent hardware store finds.

AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by: ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 9/9/2000 at 8:18:09 AM
Schwinn Tandem skip tooth front sprockets (double!) 50.00 plus shipping http://www.ChristopherRobin@starmail.com

   Sold posted by ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 9/11/2000 at 10:16:07 AM