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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Phillips Heavy Weight posted by: bill on 4/20/2001 at 12:11:32 PM
Am trying to find out information on the production of Phillips Heavyweights during the 30s and 40s.
Does anyone collect or have any of these. I am purchasing one from the UK and would like to get some data. It has 26x2x1 3/4 tires.
Any other owners welcome to contact me!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Phillips Heavy Weight posted by sam on 4/20/2001 at 2:18:45 PM
Bill,go to the links or readers web pages(forget which)and look for a listing called "Chrome raleigh"some guy in Pa. has one.Also A friend of mine here in Tx.has one of these english balloon rod brake what-evers.Can you also get tires from england?I think they are F-2(26x2)--sam

AGE / VALUE:   A very good Day!! posted by: Gary on 4/19/2001 at 9:49:50 PM
got a call from my brother today, someone was cleaning out an old barn and wanted some bikes out. So i hopped into the scrounge van to go look. Was happy enough with the Schwinn Frontier mountain bike i got for free there, to justify my gas. However, in the back behind the standard huffy 10 speeds and typical junk set an all original 1962 Schwinn Typhoon Straight bar. i couldnt find the bars or neck, and its got a much older leather spring seat on it, but my day was much better!!! white painted, pinstriped rims, chrome fenders, roller block pedals and all. Reminds me of the day i bought a 65 mustang gt convert with all the options for $50.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   A very good Day!! posted by Gary on 4/22/2001 at 7:33:57 PM
Back to the barn, looking for the bars. finally... outside rusted beyond any hope. neck cleaned up fair, but i need a set of Bars, anyone have a original set? {not mint} i am not going to restore this thing, but i want it all there. found a plain S seat, and its together, but those bars must go.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   A very good Day!! posted by Rif on 4/30/2001 at 4:32:48 PM
Hi Gary,
if those bars are the typical Schwinn typhoon mid weight bars, I may have some. I'll have to scrounge around out in the shop, but I think I may be able to help.
E-mail me we'll chat more about it. I have three typhoons at the moment, a 63, a 64, and a 66.
Been hoping to find a 62, but no luck yet. :-}

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   A very good Day!! posted by Gary on 4/30/2001 at 8:15:59 PM
like i said no need to be perfect, i have grips, etc. maybe we can trade something, there is a pic in the files here of a twin to my bike. also i just got an older straight bar schwinn, havent dated it yet.

BALLOON:   Shelby? tandem restoration posted by: Andrew on 4/19/2001 at 4:55:53 PM
I've got a rear-steer tandem in pretty good condition. It's a great ride. Somebody once told me that it was probably a Shelby from around 1939. Does anybody have or know of anyone that might have brochures or pictures that could help me out in restoring the bike? I have pictures available if helpful. Thanks !!!

   RE:BALLOON:   Shelby? tandem restoration posted by Joel_Z on 4/20/2001 at 3:26:33 AM
Colson was known for making "steer from the rear" tandems in the thirties. The Colsons had distinctive frames and shouldn't be too hard to identify. Email a picture if you can.

AGE / VALUE:   68 Columbia Sports 3 posted by: Gary on 4/18/2001 at 8:07:25 PM
Not Rusted 1968 {s22******| Columbia Sports 3 make nice parts or restore. wrong seat and bars on it otherwise all there and nice. Cheap

AGE / VALUE:   Need age and value posted by: Frank on 4/18/2001 at 3:54:39 PM
I have a Schwinn bike s/n D23260 purchased about 1947. It is a Continental w/26 x 2.125 tires, burgundy & cream colors, rear seat. The bike is in reasonably good shape, but the box with the horn is missing due to rust-out from old batteries. Year Mftrd. and reasonable asking price?

WANTED:   AMF Bicycle posted by: Hank on 4/17/2001 at 11:46:15 PM
I'm restoring an older bike and I cannot find a serial number or information on thisd bike. AMF Roadmaster, (Skyrider Deluxe)

   RE:WANTED:   AMF Bicycle posted by Jeremy lagania on 4/19/2001 at 4:53:39 AM
dose the bike have the tank with the plastic light shroud?

   RE:WANTED:   AMF Bicycle posted by sam on 4/19/2001 at 1:46:55 PM
Is that the one that has the stars in the chainring and piked fenders?I think saturn was an other model in this line.Strange there's not much on these bikes,I see a lot of them--sam

   AMF Bicycle posted by Mike Stone on 4/21/2001 at 5:38:09 AM
Hank, all I can tell you is that AMF was a sporting goods gear company. They bought bikes from many different manufactureres including Hercules from England and Japan. The AMF buyers were truly global buyers.

As always, identifying private label bikes like yours starts with knowing the original manufacturer of the bike.

   RE:WANTED:   AMF Bicycle posted by goob on 4/23/2001 at 6:45:58 PM
I think that you will find that most AMF bikes were made by Arkansas Manf. and forgery in Little
rock, Ar.

AGE / VALUE:   Uniroyal Chain tread tires posted by: Gary on 4/16/2001 at 10:22:22 PM
Just got a very nice Uniroyal Chain Tread tire, 26x2.125
United States Rubber Company no skidmarks, not rotted or cracked. inflated to 35 lbs nothing cracking open anywhere. Would of course be a display tire, its older then mud. Looks to be rideable. Offers.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Uniroyal Chain tread tires posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/17/2001 at 9:28:43 AM
I have a childrens book from the 1930's called "The romance of rubber" it tells the story of rubbber and it is a U.S. Rubber publication it shows the tooling used to make your tire. E- mail for a free copy

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Does anybody have information on packing bikes for UPS shipment? posted by: Mike Stone on 4/16/2001 at 6:56:09 PM
Hey, Guys:

Some time ago somebody was going to post some hints/instructions for packing bikes for shipment.

I have been away from this forum for a couple of months and might have missed it.

I think Mark Smith was going to post instructions on his websight.

Can anybody tell me where to go to get the information?


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Does anybody have information on packing bikes for UPS shipment? posted by jj on 4/17/2001 at 5:58:47 AM
I found the link.

This web site has a great set of archives, over 5 years worth, I think. But I wish they'd make it easier to find stuff in the archives..!

The packing/shipping discussion starts here:


   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Does anybody have information on packing bikes for UPS sh posted by Mike Stone on 4/17/2001 at 8:44:27 PM
Thanks, JJ. Your information was very helpful.


AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN posted by: Michael on 4/16/2001 at 5:43:29 PM
I have a 1959 SCHWINN it has all origanol parts. The parts are fenders ,pedals,fork,bars,and tires,wheels.Is this a good make or model.

FOR SALE:   E- bay item #11351592265 posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 4/16/2001 at 4:31:05 PM
Check out E- bay item #11351592265 1950's Vintage Aluminum bike Classic Cruiser
Do I see a locking fork in this one?

I have these cranks at least four of them. I had no idea what they went to until I spotted this bike today on e- bay!

Why can't I find the whole bike in this old shop instead of scattered parts?
I will never use these crank parts and so I have cranks all over the walls. Im turning it into a art form.

What is this bike on e- bay anyway? Evinrude perhaps?
Not my auction,no relation to seller, I am just observant I guess.

   RE:FOR SALE:   E- bay item #11351592265 posted by Schwinnderella on 4/16/2001 at 11:43:29 PM
Number listed has an exrta 2 in it ,correct # is 1135159265. I believe the bike is a Monark Silver King, or could be the Wards version also built By Monark. Happy Collecting!

   RE:FOR SALE:   E- bay item #11351592265 posted by sam on 4/17/2001 at 12:17:57 AM
it's a silverking,from the 1930's.Most came with 24"wheels.And yes some came with a locking fork,but that was just the start---stanless steel fenders-tool box seat-2-speed rear end-how about alum.handle bars(with built in speedo)Delta silver ray horn light....and the list goes on.The most interesting thing you can't see,the frane tubs are joined to the cast alum.parts with weges like the ones that hold the gooseneck in.And Christopher those sprockets would be correct for most Monarks---sam

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   E- bay item #11351592265 posted by ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 4/17/2001 at 9:30:44 AM
Then I have Monarch sprockets then. Thanks and sorry for the mistype. I'll be more careful.

AGE / VALUE:   1977 Schwinn Typhoon posted by: Gary on 4/15/2001 at 10:51:24 AM
Just got a Schwinn Typhoon, ser LN nov 77. has 26x1.75 f+r
Heres my question. The front rim is a serrated center schwinn standard wheel, but the rear is a 333 shimano coaster, with extra heavy rim, and a set of oversized spokes, on a non-serrated rim. Is this wheel stock, like a PaperBoy? and still maikng typhoons in 77? or is this a heap?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1977 Schwinn Typhoon posted by ChristopherRobin on 4/16/2001 at 4:42:13 PM
Somebody they switch that wheel on youse! The 77' Schwinn Typhoon did not have a the 333 rear hub. It would have been a Bendix coaster brake with the brake arm saying "made in Mexico" Bendix was ahead of other U.S. companies in skiping off to Mexico. I wouldn't exactly say it is a heap. Perhaps the former paper boy wanted a three speed.

   1977 Schwinn Typhoon posted by Mike Stone on 4/16/2001 at 6:54:59 PM
Did Schwinn switch between 3-speed and single speed on the Typhoon?

I have a '60's era Typhoon which is a three speed with a Sturmey-Archer hub. I was interested at Christopher Robin's post stating that a '77 Typhoon would have a single speed coaster brake.

Mike Stone

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1977 Schwinn Typhoon posted by Gary on 4/16/2001 at 10:34:54 PM
i kind of like this thing, i may ride it myself, that heavy duty Shimano coaster brake looks like it would hold up fine. Must have been on a tandem or something. I may also convert it to a 24 speed custom cruiser. who can say.

   RE:1977 Schwinn Typhoon posted by ChristopherRobin on 4/17/2001 at 9:33:21 AM
I was wrong to say that, Mike Stone is correct. By 77 they would have been offering 3 speeds for awhile. Sorry. I still think the Shimano was not origonal to the bike in 77. It would have been Sturmey.

AGE / VALUE:   Tour de Fat 2001 posted by: sam on 4/15/2001 at 9:56:13 AM
Check out this web site for info--should be a lot of fun http://www.newbelgium.com/n_tour.html

AGE / VALUE:   Swap Meet June24, Boston, MA posted by: Joe on 4/14/2001 at 8:13:36 PM
Summer Bike Show Sunday June 24, 2001. Weekend after Fathers Day Annually.. This show is free to all vendors and the public..

Boston Show Directions: Interstate 93 North or South approximately 1 mile North of Downtown Boston. Take exit 28 Sullivan Square Exit go around the rotary “Under the Bridge”

For more information and show details please contact me.

Thank you, Joe

BALLOON:   l954 Columbia posted by: Ann D on 4/14/2001 at 12:30:40 PM
I have a l954 Columbia Rambler-Model D(New Departure).The serial # was found on the rear wheel support W276348 and there's a #1 or an H on the bracket under the pedals. Members of my family worked at the Columbia Mfg Co(even when it was called "The Pope"). Any idea of value or worth? It's in good condition(never rode it much).

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn 20'' posted by: Tino on 4/13/2001 at 6:10:20 PM
I restored a 1951 schwinn 20" girls bike for my 6 year old,and would like to add a horntank. Does anybody know if it takes a 20" tank? or will a 24 or 26" tank work on this bicycle.Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn 20'' posted by Cam on 4/16/2001 at 4:51:48 AM
What model is the bike?

A tank from a 24" or 26" frame most likely will not fit without making modifications to the tank.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn 20'' posted by Tino on 4/16/2001 at 5:08:04 PM
It is the dx girls model with the ducktail fender in the front and the big 2.125 tires. Thanks for your response.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn 20'' posted by x on 4/17/2001 at 9:41:51 AM
a tank from a 26" probably WILL fit this is one rare case where the tanks did fit on the smaller bikes - they are cheap enough to take a chance