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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

WANTED:   WTB: Schwinn half-tank, Monark sprocket posted by: Kevin C. on 2/6/2001 at 6:29:30 PM
Wanted: red and chrome half-tank for 26-inch Schwinn Panther III (boy's); and large front "teardrop" sprocket, half-inch pitch chain, for Monark. Please email if you have either one.

   ATTENTION, Ken Martin posted by Kevin C. on 2/10/2001 at 1:57:35 AM
I tried to reply to your email but the message was returned as undeliverable. If your sprocket is 8 3/4 inches wide, half-inch pitch, has five small running teardrop cutouts and six large ones, and is NOS I am interested. Please let me know.

MISC:   the schwinn guys posted by: bendixbob on 2/6/2001 at 5:57:15 PM
the schwinn guys have ruined their forum,lets hope the BAD seeds dont show here

   RE:MISC:   the schwinn guys posted by Tom on 2/11/2001 at 1:31:24 PM
Looks like bad boys Scoot (Scott) & Guido (Brian) have moved on over to Christian's bike forum. Birds of a feather....

AGE / VALUE:   '63 shwinn racer posted by: jeff on 2/6/2001 at 5:21:00 PM
I came across a 1963? schwinn racer (serial#H347450).everything looks to be original,but the paint is in fair to poor condition. it has a sturmey archer 3spd,the s-6 rims, and just about everything else says schwinn approved on it. what's it worth?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   '63 shwinn racer posted by ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 2/6/2001 at 5:36:57 PM
No more than $50.00 Check out e-bay and see what these sell for

FOR SALE:   Parted out my 1955 Red Phantom posted by: Ray on 2/6/2001 at 5:37:32 AM
Check ebay under my seller name Wheelman@nac.net for any Phantom parts you need. Finish that project before Spring.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Parted out my 1955 Red Phantom posted by Ray on 2/9/2001 at 7:59:10 AM

WANTED:   Schwinn Men's Crankshaft posted by: MNSmith on 2/6/2001 at 12:04:12 AM
1934 or 1935 and must say so!

AGE / VALUE:   what vintage / value? posted by: Rick on 2/5/2001 at 10:32:41 PM
Have a Hawthorne girls 26 inch all chrome with a front tank (with a on/off switch and horn button) and a rear rack that has a battery holder at the end that holds two D cell batteries and has a red plastic lens cover for back light, has green paint on the front tank and green paint on the rear rack also on chain guard a green stripe on top of chrome and has "Hawthorne" painted white in the green paint, it has chrome fenders and a simulated front truss on fork, also has a persons white seat with springs and a chrome type rod? guard? that goes around the back of seat, I assume this bike is a early 60's or mid 60's has a 68- 69 bike license on from the town that I live in, any help would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what vintage / value? posted by Joel on 2/6/2001 at 11:22:31 AM
60s sounds about right.... Should have 1.75" tires. Rollfast made bikes for Wards/Hawthorne during that time. If you compare it to pictures of other Hawthorne and Rollfast bikes you can probably narrow down the year. Sounds like a deluxe model w/taillight, crash guard seat,...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   what vintage / value? posted by jd on 2/6/2001 at 1:13:28 PM
check out Ebay item # 554447573.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   what vintage / value? posted by Rick on 2/8/2001 at 8:32:06 PM
Thanks jd the item # on ebay you suggested was right on! this is the boys model to the girls bike I have, The seller doesn't know much about it, as is same with me, but I'll probably add it to my collection, Thanks again

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   what vintage / value? posted by jd on 2/12/2001 at 8:55:26 AM
Cool. Glad to help. I think that one is from the late 50s or very early 60s.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Looking for 65 Murray Meteor Flite posted by: Jim Euler on 2/5/2001 at 8:24:52 PM
Looking for a 1965 Murray Meteor Flite; will consider any
condition, but of course would prefer complete and original.
I know, I know, what are the odds . . . Anybody??

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Looking for 65 Murray Meteor Flite posted by bikeyard on 2/7/2001 at 5:27:17 AM
I have two mens and 2 womens. Of course the mens are not complete but both have tanks(missing lens) and the womens are in better condition. I could get you some pics later in the week. Maybe a start at least.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Looking for 65 Murray Meteor Flite posted by jim on 2/7/2001 at 9:45:36 AM
bikeyard: that would be great. I'm interested in seeing what
you've got. Thanks. (I also e-mailed you)


   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Looking for 65 Murray Meteor Flite posted by Mike Stone on 2/7/2001 at 11:00:59 AM
Just for your reference, not all Meteor Flite bikes had lights on the tanks. I have an early girl's Meteor Flite with a tank that has no lights.

The tank was painted with emerald green and white paint. The letters "Murray" were gold paint with red shadowing; not decals.

On one of Tom Findley's web pages, he states that more of these Murray Space-agers (all of similar design) were produced than Sting-rays and Krates. This is surprising considering that I see more Sting-rays and Krates than these cool Space-agers. Maybe fewer of the Space-agers survived the dumpster than the muscle-bikes.

Anyway, I understand the fascination. Good luck with you search.


FOR SALE:   1951 Phantom? posted by: Larry on 2/5/2001 at 12:26:43 PM
I have what appears to be a 1951 Phantom without a tank,rack or lights that I would love to sell. Ive had this bike for a long time but I would like it to go to someone who has the time and desire to restore it. It has New Dep.hubs,a springer
fork,askip tooth "sweetheart" crank and was originaly black.
I would like to get $100 for it. I have a picture to e mail.

   RE:FOR SALE:   1951 Phantom? posted by Larry on 2/6/2001 at 7:55:02 AM
It turns out that this bike is probably a Hornet. It has the "straight bar" frame not the cantaliever style. Thank you all for that info. Is any one interested in a Hornet?

   RE:FOR SALE:   1951 Phantom? posted by julio on 2/15/2001 at 8:11:05 AM
Please send me a picture to my email.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Latest Project: 1964 Sears Spaceliner posted by: Tom Findley on 2/5/2001 at 8:45:30 AM
Copy and paste this url into your address box, then press ENTER.


WANTED:   Where can I find a quality wicker bike basket? posted by: Don on 2/3/2001 at 8:20:37 PM
Where can I find a good wicker, or willow, bike basket? My wife has always wanted one on the front of her balloon tire bike. I've seen just a couple in the local bike shops, but the seem to be made poorly. I remember that some of these were of very high quality, but I have'nt been able to find one.

   RE:WANTED:   Where can I find a quality wicker bike basket? posted by jeff on 2/6/2001 at 5:34:17 PM
J&B importers sells a wicker basket that is pretty decent, it is held on by leather straps. many bike shops can order from j&b, but if you can't find one locally, give jeff at colorado bicycling adventures a call 970-586-4241

WANTED:   1950 Black Phantom parts posted by: Rafo. on 2/2/2001 at 5:24:38 PM
I am looking for the following parts, used or NOS, for a 1950 Black Phantom:
seat, gooseneck, horn tank w/horn, typhoon tires, high flanged front drum hub, rear rack w/light, fender headlight.
Thank you all for whatever help you can provide.
Rafo in PR.

   RE:WANTED:   1950 Black Phantom parts posted by julio on 2/15/2001 at 7:52:19 AM
Call Bayamon Cycle sport in P.R. tel.798-1475 or in the USA. Memorylane classics(419)832-3040,(419)832-1342.

BALLOON:   WHO MADE IT? posted by: Chris on 1/31/2001 at 3:27:14 PM
I'm trying to find out any information on who actually built this bike. The Head Badge says ZENITH made by Marshall Wells Company. This is a boys 26" Balloon Tire Bike. Almost looks like a RollFast. Any info would be excellent!!

   RE:BALLOON:   WHO MADE IT? posted by bob on 2/2/2001 at 9:26:21 AM
I am not familiar with that brand but if it looks like a Rollfast, it probably is. Rollfast made lots of department store bikes.

   RE:BALLOON:   WHO MADE IT? posted by aaron on 2/19/2001 at 8:31:14 PM
is this a brass head badge with some blue paint?

FOR SALE:   FS or Trade a Restored Schwinn Jaguar Mk V posted by: Eric on 1/31/2001 at 10:57:17 AM
Bike was professionally repainted in coppertone and rechromed by the previous owner. Bike looks great. It comes with a half tank, springer, headlight, white walled tires and rear rack. If you are looking for middleweight that needs nothing done to it heres your opportunity to pick one up. It is forsale or trade if you have a 5 speed 20" bike in restorable condition maybe we can work something out.

AGE / VALUE:   TIRES TIRES AND MORE TIRES posted by: Michael on 1/31/2001 at 9:33:25 AM
Hi! Maybe ya can help me out here.......I happen to have aquired about 15 BRAND NEW UNIROYAL TOURING tires they are USA made they say that they fit american hooked rims 24 x 1.375 or 24 x 1.25 rims. Anyone looking for these type of tires? I happen to have 8 or 9 3 peed sturmey arecher 3 speed rear wheels also. I have more stuff too contact me and maybe i have what ya need! I have a bunch of OLD stuff.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   TIRES TIRES AND MORE TIRES posted by todjob on 2/6/2001 at 6:21:33 PM
24" midweight tires are not going to be your fastest selling tires only thing i can tell you is find people who have bought those bicycles on ebay and contact them to see if they need a set.good luck

BALLOON:   Searching for posted by: Ralph on 1/30/2001 at 2:12:34 PM
I have a 1980 or there abouts Western Flyer female balloon bike. I am trying to locate the three stickers that appear on this bike. I am also looking for original tires which are 26X2 125 which have (lighning dart written on them). If anyone could help me locate these items, please email me.
(I am also looking for the chain, star and original handle bars.

   RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by bob on 1/30/2001 at 2:49:02 PM
Lightning Darts? Balloon tires? Doesn't sound like an 80s bike. Could you provide more info?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by jimmy on 1/30/2001 at 8:44:11 PM
carlise went out of business in 1984 i belive there is a flea market here where i live has a murray montery girls bike and it has the w/w lighting darts and it's the mid 80's plus i just bought a western flyer boys bike with the same tires and it's the mid 80's too

   RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by Gordon on 1/31/2001 at 7:47:17 AM
I don't know when the manufacturing source of Carlisle tires changed, but the earlier ones are marked "Made in USA" and the later ones "Made in Taiwan". I have found several of what I call "New Old Style" bikes with the Taiwanese Carlisles. These bikes are often sold in the discount stores and are styled after the old cruisers.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by ChristopherRobin on 2/1/2001 at 12:28:17 PM
Some Taiwaneese company got their hands on the molds that make the tires and moved the operation to where labor is cheap and Bang-Zoom they're making tires! It is not the first time we all have seen this. But it does kind of throw you to see it.

   RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by todjob on 2/6/2001 at 6:12:27 PM
THE stickers you are asking about you can get one of two ways take a hand held scanner scan them put it on disk and take it to a print shop have them cleaned up and will print newones if they are not the bike name no one will ask for patent info i.e. schwinn murray ect.
or you can contact the co. and request a sticker set
if its the headbadge one (the sticker up front between the handle bars and front tire) you might concider finding an older metal one to put on.

   RE:BALLOON:   Searching for posted by todjob on 2/6/2001 at 6:17:14 PM
the chain you can buy anywhere Wal-Mart is my suggestion I havent see one any better than any other,or pay a little more and get one at a bike shop the handlebars should be made by wald should be able to find one on ebay or there again a bike shop,whats a star?