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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   off topic posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/26/2001 at 4:07:41 PM
She just backed up and didn't use mirrors or didn't turn her head.I heard the crinkle crunch of sheet metal and I blew the horn and she said "Oh,I didn't see you!"
I'm fine, it's just that I wonder what happens if she hits a cyclist without a outer door shell to protect them. Or a child or a jogger or pedestrian. You have to be alert, quick, wide awake,sharp and aware of what is around you. There is no room not to be. Ever see a drunk go Zig- Zag across the highway late at night? It is horrifying, oddly unique, extremely dangerous thing to witness.I hope you never do. If I was on the bike, she would have hit my leg,knocked me over, ran me over too. She only stoped backing up when I blew the horn.
These are the reasons why I do not ride a vintage motorcycle or any motorcycle at all. Safe in my bed before 10:30PM going to the market can wait until tomorrow.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   off topic posted by edgar x on 10/26/2001 at 8:45:00 PM
Best safety item I ever put on my bike is the "Air Zound" horn. Check one out, they are LOUD!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   off topic posted by Stacey on 10/27/2001 at 10:47:44 PM
"I didn't see you." such a lame excuse! That tells me the driver has their head so far up their... well, you know where they have their head. The responding officer should have revoked her license for driving while blind on the spot. Some people just never take the time to actually look!

Have eye chart, will travel.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   off topic posted by sam on 10/28/2001 at 2:58:44 PM
Looking and seeing are two different things.People often look but there mind does not "see" what they look at.The most visiable vehicle on the road is a POLICE Motorcycle,the least visable vehicle on the road a reg motorcycle.In my line of work the lucky ones are the ones that are able to say"I didn't see you".How can you not see a thing that weights 10,000 tons,and is a mile long?takes two miles to stop."I didn't see the train"he told the officer--he was lucky to be alive.Please "see what you "look" at.

MISC:   Readers' Pages posted by: Jeff on 10/24/2001 at 10:10:07 PM
Are the Readers' Pages on this site permanantly gone or just down because of the server ooops from a few weeks ago?

   RE:MISC:   Readers' Pages posted by JC on 10/27/2001 at 12:23:26 AM
Have you asked VVVintage?

BALLOON:   cycle truck picture wanted posted by: jeff on 10/24/2001 at 9:23:34 PM
Does anyone have a good clear picture of a war erra cycle truck they could send me? The picture in the data base is not very good....thanx in advance

   RE:BALLOON:   cycle truck picture wanted posted by Joel on 10/26/2001 at 2:30:47 PM
I have B & W catalog pix and a complete housepainted bike. If any of this will help you, email. There's also a picture on MN Smith's site.

   RE:BALLOON:   cycle truck picture wanted posted by MNSmith on 10/26/2001 at 10:41:44 PM
What details do you need? Keep in mind that Cycle Trucks were produced from 1939 to 1944, then in 1945-46 production stopped. 1947 production resumed with the new style frame. I have one of each style frame so what details do you need?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   cycle truck picture wanted posted by Kevin C. on 10/27/2001 at 1:50:02 AM
I have a wartime Cycle-Truck, too, with interesting wartime features: wooden pedal blocks, wood grips, black hubs and black paint on the handlebars.

BALLOON:   Lobdell Horizontal Spring Saddle posted by: Jim Maier on 10/24/2001 at 6:17:32 PM
Could anyone tell me what the Lobdell horizontal spring saddles were used on? What years? I've got a mens version, possibly with the original seat post since it's bolted through the post.

Any info appreciated.

   RE:BALLOON:   Lobdell Horizontal Spring Saddle posted by Joel on 10/27/2001 at 2:17:13 PM
Shelby Airflow for one.

BALLOON:   Value on 1967 Columbia Rambler posted by: Frank Alla on 10/22/2001 at 2:25:33 PM
I have a 1967 Columbia Rambler, serial R599763 for sale. Candy apple red frame, chrome fenders, whitewalls, all original, only missing one pedal rubber. Have scanned pictures.

   RE:BALLOON:   Value on 1967 Columbia Rambler posted by BillG on 10/24/2001 at 11:46:38 AM
Woman's or Men's model? Men's go for more.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Value on 1967 Columbia Rambler posted by Frank Alla on 10/24/2001 at 11:47:22 PM
The the 1967 Columbia Rambler is a mens model.


AGE / VALUE:   1964 (?) Schwinn Co-Ed posted by: Dawn on 10/22/2001 at 10:11:56 AM
I have a Co-Ed, with serial no. B449769. It's blue with red and white decals, and has an upside-down top hat inside a ring (An Uncle Sam motiff?). It's in fair condition (rusty paint and chrome), and I want to restore it. Can anybody tell me if I'm correct on the year, and what it might be worth now and restored?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1964 (?) Schwinn Co-Ed posted by Doug on 10/22/2001 at 11:54:29 PM
I,ve never heard of that model which I find interesting can you upload some pictures to the database? any other schwinn people heard of this bike? the tophat motif is another new one to me but as they say you learn something new everyday hope you can share more about this bike, 64 sounds like the correct year to me acording to the chart.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1964 (?) Schwinn Co-Ed posted by Dawn on 10/24/2001 at 6:40:30 AM
Unfortunately I don't have any good pictures. But that won't stop me from sharing what I do have with you. Here's an album:
I hope this helps.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1964 (?) Schwinn Co-Ed posted by Doug on 10/24/2001 at 1:36:59 PM
Well I tried twice to get the address to come up no luck sorry.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1964 (?) Schwinn Co-Ed posted by Dawn on 10/26/2001 at 12:01:44 PM
Here, try this one.
I just put it on my webpage.

AGE / VALUE:   1957 Mark II Jaguar posted by: Pat Sullivan on 10/20/2001 at 10:57:07 PM
Would the reproduction Phantom rear rack and tail light be correct for the Mark II? I saw a picture of a Mark II with a rack and light, looked the same as the Phantom rack.

AGE / VALUE:   Sportsman bike posted by: Larry Davis on 10/20/2001 at 3:53:24 PM
I have an old bike and the only name on the bike is the name Sportsmaster. I think is is a Schwinn bike about 1955. Can you help me identify the maker. The serial number is P369855. The number is on the rear wheel dropout. Reply thru this forum, but I would like for you to e-mail me because I have trouble finding these forums the second time. My address is charles_d42@yahoo.com. Remember you hit the shift key on the slash or it will not come to me. Thanks Larry

MISC:   24" schwinn hollywood girls bike posted by: ronnie on 10/18/2001 at 3:38:59 PM
I just picked up a 24" schwinn hollywood girls bike. the bike was stored for years. everything on it is original it is very clean.Even still has the schwinn westwind tires.The serial# is BB61715 located on the lower left rear axle. Can anyone tell me the year and is anyone interested in this bike? Even the wheels came pretty clean.

   RE:MISC:   24 posted by Doug on 10/20/2001 at 2:58:37 PM
The serial # chart on here will help you with the year,sounds like a nice bike probably worth the 100 to 150 range ;dollars that is.

   RE:RE:MISC:   24 posted by Beth on 10/22/2001 at 3:11:28 PM
Unfortunately, 24 inch bikes are not too popular.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   24 posted by Doug on 10/22/2001 at 11:45:26 PM
My 4 ft 11 wife likes them for obvious reasons , we have 3 24 inchers now need more room soon!

   RE:MISC:   24 posted by Larry Allen on 10/29/2001 at 4:15:30 AM
In Schwinn serial numbers starting with two letters,the first letter designates the month of manufacture.Therefore,your bike was made in February.The second letter designates the year of manufacture,starting with "A" being 1965."B"is 1966."C"is 1967,and so on it goes.But the letters "I"and"O"are skipped to avoid confusion with numbers one and zero.

AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/18/2001 at 3:13:41 PM
With the garbage truck a block away and closing fast, I had to quickly decide it's fate. What would you do? Quickly now! times running out!

Red, mans Schwinn, deraileur gears, 1970's Schwinn Gt 100 derailer with metal jockey wheels, Town and country time period bike. I dunno, no decals and I'm not exactly sure of model. No tank bike, later than that. A five speed complete with thick, chromed Schwinn shifter. 26 x 1 3/8 wheels, (Schwinn Origonal)
No real value, these never sell on e- bay and this isn't mint, far from it. Cloverleaf sprocket(* you already have a wall full of sprockets(cloverleaf's in the collection)
Quick! the truck's here, make up your mind!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by sam on 10/18/2001 at 3:51:17 PM
Take it and run--if you got it and don't want it you can toss it--if you leave it, you can only want it.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE Can't and won't save them all! posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/18/2001 at 4:06:10 PM
That's one way, perhaps better too. I won't do this because I'd never get rid of it. If it doesn't meet standards or if it has no needed parts for a project or if it holds no real value then it doesn't make it into the trunk.
I left it there and I'm not sorry I did.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by sam on 10/19/2001 at 1:25:39 AM
With the cloverleaf sprocket,bet you didn't look to see if it had schwinn scrip hubs.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by sam on 10/19/2001 at 2:34:38 PM
Not what we do alike but what we would do different that make us friends---your standards keep me from being happy with an old house painted bike and urge me on......

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/19/2001 at 3:57:37 PM
The hubs had no script at all, this was a later bike

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by Doug on 10/20/2001 at 2:55:46 PM
sounds like a schwinn colegate not very collectable but one of the finest bikes I ever owned rode hundreds of miles on it and the brakes wer so good you could lock up the front and bring the rear tire off the ground even at high speeds wish I had my old one back.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/20/2001 at 5:08:59 PM
You are right, that's what this was, and now I feel bad about letting the garbage collector men grab it and crunch it up.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left it posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 10/20/2001 at 9:20:05 PM
The only thing on these Schwinn Collegiate mens bikes I want is the Schwinn (Huret Alvit) derailer. The whole rest of the bike, I give to a pal who uses the parts. I don't care for this particular model Schwinn. It's probably worth $50.00 the the right person, but I don't want to hang onto it/don't want it in my way. I gave $2.00 for it. These are too heavy for me but others like this bike a lot. I met a lady today who paid 3.00 for hers but it was a 3 speed 26 inch ladies bike. She had the mag sprocket and Sturmey-Archer 3 speed with a N.O.S. trigger.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Somebody would have wanted it, others turned up their nose and left posted by Jeff on 10/23/2001 at 5:43:42 PM
I plucked a campus green Collegiate out of the trash earlier this year. It was a 1972 tall frame five speed in pretty good condition. It had a tasty set of small reflector block pedals on it and a nice headbadge. All it needed was a new rear inner tube. I replced the tube, swapped the pedals with a set of rattraps, and put a scratched badge on it. I then gave it to a neighbor friend. He rides it all the time. That's one more bike saved from the trash and it is once again being enjoyed by somebody that probably wouldn't be cycling if the bike hadn't come along.

   Very Cool Collegiate here! posted by Gary M on 10/29/2001 at 3:57:10 AM
i collect them from death usually. i haver one that is awesome, its a 71 mag sprocket 5speed, Red all original... But... its a Bent Top tube model, looks very cool compared to the Std models.

AGE / VALUE:   motobike posted by: sam on 10/17/2001 at 6:21:40 PM
Wasn't going to start till all the parts had arived--just couldn't help myself.Frame is cleaning up nice but old paint is hard to remove where there are several layers.I figure the bike to be around 1934 Cleveland welding.Head badge was missing but ghost looks to be old style monky wards.

BALLOON:   What is it? posted by: Ken on 10/17/2001 at 1:02:11 AM
Bike is like the cycle truck with large head set over a small wheel with a 26" rear. Skip tooth - New Departure
Head badge reads Cleveland welding company. Anyone heard or seen anything like it?

   RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by ken on 10/17/2001 at 4:12:26 AM
To clarify my question: rather than the advertising plate,this bike has an arch that touches the top tube. like the Iver Johnsons. The braze ons are on the front forks for the kick stand and behind the headset for the basket where they belong,so its the Schwinn Cycle Truck with "In God we trust" TOP TUBES that touch in the center.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by MNSmith on 10/17/2001 at 6:41:04 AM
Like this? If so, looks like a Roadmaster. http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/Roadmaster%20cycletruck.jpg

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by Joel on 10/17/2001 at 3:34:21 PM
Sure sounds like a Roadmaster Cycletruck. The sign plate goes in the arch. They are pretty scarce, only made for a short time.

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by Ken Peterson on 10/17/2001 at 9:04:17 PM
Thank you very much. The picture is definitely the bike that my next project will potentially become.Is the double stacked baskets original or innovative? The kick stand appears to bolt on to the hub,not to the braze ons half way down the forks.Probably a change in years mfg..Thank you again.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by Kevin C. on 10/18/2001 at 12:16:54 AM
I have a Roadmaster Cycle Truck. I read someplace that they were made only in 1940 and 1941. The doubled baskets in the photo are not correct. There should be only one, and it is larger and made of flat mesh steel, with a lid. It mounts onto two angle-iron brackets that clamp around the headtube, with no struts to the hub. The proper drop stand mounts onto the eyelets on the forks. It is oddly shaped, and kind of dangerous because it can rub the street if you turn sharply.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by bikeman on 10/18/2001 at 4:40:30 AM
some had wire some had expanded steel brackets- there were several versions some had no basket at all- also some had the "bent" "suicide" stands some had schwinn style

BALLOON:   how original is it? posted by: Howie on 10/16/2001 at 4:25:54 PM
I am about to look at an ols schwinn for sale, told it is a '55, should this have the s-2 or s-7n rims? what year did they make the change? owner says they are 26 x 2.125 tires (s-2) mounted on the painted rims with the red pinstripes. what should be on a '55?? Sorry I don't know the model, if that matters. Also, should a '55 have the "ducktail fenders" or should they be the ordinary curve??. I have a '57 now with two parallel tubes under the top tube. Was this the spitfire?? Any help appreciated.

   RE:BALLOON:   how original is it? posted by sam on 10/17/2001 at 2:02:24 PM
1955 was the first year for the middleweight size bike---but Schwinn still built the balloon size too.Really depends on what model it is.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Rack posted by: Henry Andresen on 10/16/2001 at 2:06:54 AM
Need for a 1952 Schwinn 26 inch Women's Cruiser.correct rear
rack.The bike I beleive was a promotional model for Goodyear Tire Co.
Serial number is F95588 Color dark blue with cool gold and red pinstrips.
Need info and of course rack,also cover and bulb for front light.Thx!!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Rack posted by Joel on 10/16/2001 at 5:46:21 PM
Schwinn made bikes for BF Goodrich but not Goodyear. The correct rack will depend on the model.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Rack posted by Henry A on 10/18/2001 at 6:10:38 AM
What info might I guy need to I.D. the model?Will the Serial number help or is that good for the year of production only?

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1952 Schwinn Rack posted by Henry A on 10/18/2001 at 6:12:13 AM
I do now remember that this is a BF Goodrich model.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Jaguar Mark II Gearshift posted by: Pat Sullivan on 10/14/2001 at 7:55:59 PM
I have a 1957 Schwinn Mark II Jaguar. What is the correct shifting lever that mounts on the handlebar? It has the 3 speed Sturmey- Archer hub but it has a J. C. Higgins shifting lever. Is the lever I need a Schwinn or a Strumey-Archer? (and where can I get one?)

   Pic of shifter posted by Tom Findley on 10/15/2001 at 1:20:16 PM

You need a Sturmey-Archer shifter. They show up on ebay. Do a search once a week.

Page showing rest of Jaguar:


   RE:Pic of shifter posted by Cal on 10/15/2001 at 2:08:47 PM
I think I've seen Jags with a 'Speedy Shift' shifter. It is a standard sturmey-archer shifter but with a different label on it.

   RE:RE:Pic of shifter posted by JOEL on 10/15/2001 at 3:44:10 PM
I have a 58 & 63 Jag, both have Sturmy shifters.