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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   AMC Flash Schwinn posted by: Simon on 5/25/2001 at 4:45:00 AM
Does anyone know anything about Schwinn's with a AMC Flash headbadge, it's a '49, has black & red paint like the phantom, crome fenders, springer, ser # Fxxxxx. the bike came from Rochester North Dakota.

   RE:BALLOON:   AMC Flash Schwinn posted by Gordon on 5/25/2001 at 12:58:49 PM
I've lived in ND all my life and never heard of a Rochester. I have heard of AMC Flash however. I found a headbadge in a box of stuff from a bike repair shop. I had no idea it was a Schwinn though.

BALLOON:   schwinn trike .repler bros posted by: tim on 5/25/2001 at 2:33:32 AM
I have old trike by schwinn and need info.Can send pics,also have repler bros.,skip tooth made in Dayton Ohio.Any info ?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Suburban posted by: Andrew Hayden on 5/23/2001 at 5:16:26 PM
I have a 1978 Suburban with a front freewheel system, what years did Schwinn produce this system, also, what year was the Suburban introduced & discontinued?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Suburban posted by Phil on 5/24/2001 at 5:02:28 AM
I thought Suburbans were lightweights?? You might want to ask under the Vintage Lightweight forum.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem, old posted by: Shellrose on 5/20/2001 at 5:23:58 PM
I'm trying to find out about my bicycle. It is a Schwinn Tamdem, serial #T884. My father thinks it is from the '30s or '40s. It is quite heavy 50-55 pounds. The round medallion on the front of the bike, under the handlebars has "Schwinn" at the top, "Tandem" at the bottom and "AS" in the middle. Can anyone help me date this bike?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem, old posted by Joel_Z on 5/21/2001 at 2:43:29 PM
Does your bike have chainguards on both sides? A big one connecting the two cranks and a small one driving the rear wheel? If it does it is probably a Town & Country. Value depends on condition, original paint, rust free chrome, original parts. Try to provide an accurate description to help identify it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem, old posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/22/2001 at 7:32:16 AM
Schwinn made a tandem before the Town and Country, little is known about it however. Does this have a skip tooth crank and chain?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Tandem, old posted by JOEL on 5/22/2001 at 9:47:54 AM
Chris...Do you have a picture of one of these? When were they made? Not shown in the prewar Schwinn book 1933-WWII.

AGE / VALUE:   Ethics and Cleveland Welding bikes posted by: Gary on 5/18/2001 at 9:38:07 PM
Ok. I have 3 of these things. one is a Nonpareil mens frame, one is the 1936 {hub date} unbadged mens model, and i have a 30s roadmaster ladies bike in fair cond. Would it be so terrible to take the Roadmaster parts and put them onto this clean rust free unbadged mens model? the roadmaster of 1936 would be this exact frame, and for all i know this may have been a Roadmaster. I can see how a bike such as this could cause trouble, as nobody could tell if what they had is in fact a true copy. Given the fact that i have access to a pile of these frames, i may convert every similar ladies bike i can find into much more desireable mens frames.
So if i call it a restored bike, and the frames are all the same what rule could i have broken? I dont see me getting a 1936 Roadmaster Mens bike any other way.

   DO IT posted by I would on 5/21/2001 at 12:42:44 PM
No harm done

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ethics and Cleveland Welding bikes posted by Joel on 5/21/2001 at 2:21:57 PM
Gary, The frames are probably the same within a given year. If you piece together a bike with the correct parts and paint job then it is restored. But things were changing pretty fast before WWII and models didn't usually last more than a year or two. Also, CW parts (chainguards,...)are sometimes specific to the brand so a western flyer guard may not be the same as a roadmaster.

AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: Pauline on 5/18/2001 at 12:36:40 PM
I need help!! Been searching everwhere!! I have a old bicycle that says "Warrior" all over it . I would like more info on it . Does anyone know any ? Thank you for your time

AGE / VALUE:   Ok What brand of Cleveland Welding is this? posted by: Gary on 5/17/2001 at 9:54:19 PM
Ok, i now have yet another of those cleveland welding clones, it was tossed out of a truck in front of my shop today. 26x2.125 tires, skip tooth chain, typical rear dropouts. Bendix hub, only says Elmira Ny. then 36-13. ther brake arm says Bendix in Red letters only. the crank has a dogleg, on the sprocket side like a western flyer.
the sprocket has 4 kidney shaped cutouts. bike isnt rusted at all, was in a garage all its life, i will be repainting it soon. i doubt this triple ring front fork is proper, i have a blade i am putting on it. the chaingaurd is simple, rising wingtip style in the back, and behind the front sprocket it has 4 ridges stamped into it. Not much to go on, with a nondescript bike without a headbadge. Standard pointed center full fenders. Any guesses?

AGE / VALUE:   Admiral by Arnold Schwinn & Co posted by: Gary R. on 5/17/2001 at 10:45:22 AM
I have found an Admiral bike by Arnold Schwinn & Co. has kick stand that latches to rear fender...has rims, half round filled with wood, tire size 28X1 1/2. Has head plate and is girls bike....Anyone have any info on this bike...Ser 89 76 96

AGE / VALUE:   HIGHTSTOWN NJ MEET 5-20 SUNDAY! posted by: Paul on 5/17/2001 at 9:53:53 AM
Early bird gets the worm

SUNDAY MAY 20 RAIN OR SHINE. 683 RT. 33 (int of

FOR INFO CALL VAN 609 448 2928.

c/p for MAP:
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AGE / VALUE:   J.C. HIGGING & MAYCY"S CYCLONE posted by: Carol on 5/17/2001 at 6:40:08 AM
Any info on the above mentioned bike line? I have two cyclones one 26 in one spd coaster and really fat fenders full length.other cyclone 26 1 3/8 beat up skinny fenders and the Higgins 24 1 4/8 womans bike blue and white paint very very clean stored in an attic it looks like. any info would be appreciated


BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by: jim welch on 5/15/2001 at 6:05:29 PM
I am looking for info on a westfield bike. It a boys bike with 26" balloon tires,it had to be made before 1951 as it has a Dallas Tx. bicyle linces sticker on it. It had a light mounted on the front fender,which is missing the paint,most of it missing was red with either white or cream trim and crome rims.
Any information would be grately appreciated

   RE:BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by sam on 5/16/2001 at 6:31:36 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Westfield Mass where Pope built there plant--later pope changed to Columbia

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by Joel on 5/17/2001 at 9:21:40 AM
Columbia...yes. Check the serial # list for the year.

   RE:BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by JIM on 5/17/2001 at 5:47:44 PM

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by sam on 5/18/2001 at 9:40:54 PM
that tag would not be correct for a balloon tire bike.1939 or 1949 would be closer.

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   westfield bikes posted by JIM on 5/21/2001 at 9:05:21 AM

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Collegiate Single Speed Mens posted by: Jim Griffin on 5/15/2001 at 9:21:42 AM
The serial number starts with "EQ" so I believe it ia a May 1979 bike but what I do not know is it's value. It has original everything including the original paint that has several chips but very little rust anywhere. I have tryed to find one to compare with but I have never seen a single speed Collegiate. Please advise.

WANTED:   SCHWINN STINGRAY GRIPPER SLIK WANTED (S-7) posted by: brad on 5/15/2001 at 5:13:04 AM
schwinn gripper slik wanted (S-7{20 inch})
tube not wanted tire wanted send me pic at LEEWEE911oo@aol.com
Thanks brad

BALLOON:   MS 30/60 posted by: Jeff in Minnesota on 5/14/2001 at 8:16:48 PM
Hello everyone, great morning for a 30 mile ride on an almost complete restored '52 Black Phantom! 40 degrees, blue sky and almost no wind. My resto guy "forgot" to paint the headlight assembly and I rode it with just batteries in it (lights on of course). It was a wonderful ride, my brother rode his new fangeled 10 speed and was kind enough not to shift too much until really needed. We buddied up with a nice gentleman riding a 3 speed Stingray he was in his 50's I'm guessing and I glad I was riding my big seat and not a skinny bannana for 30. Horn got me some attention from a few and I acctually passed a couple riding a tandom, but that was down hill and they did catch up and commented on how nice my bike looked. I will post pictures this week when I get my headlight back. Oh fate can be amazing, my mother volunteers and when she handed me my number to put on my bike I could not believe that out of 400-600 #'s I got #57, my old circle track race car #. Thanks for all the support at this site best to all.
Jeff H.

   RE:BALLOON:   MS 30/60 posted by Dave in Minnesota on 5/18/2001 at 4:35:21 PM
Hello Jeff in Minnesota

I heard that you got the bike working O.K.
Now it's time for the boat, huh?
Well, stay off the bumpy roads and keep the tires full of air.


AGE / VALUE:   Need help with a phantom posted by: Dan Mc on 5/14/2001 at 7:15:10 PM
I have what I think is a 1949 Schwinn Black Phantom. Serial is F033278. I've looked all over the web and I've found some bikes that look close, but not just like it. It has a black frame with white accents, springer front end, front disk brake, locking fork, complete headlight assembly on the front fender, the front badge is not the typical Schwinn - this one says Schwinn Majestic, black and white chainguard with Schwinn decal, the pedals say "Deluxe" on them, the tires are Typhoon 26 x 2.125, the fenders are not chrome - they are black with white accents and red pin-striping, rear rack, is there supposed a tank/horn assembly? It's been stored for awhile, seems ridable, needs a good cleaning and some air in the tires.
Is this in fact a 1949?
Is information available(books, pictures) that show and describe the original bike.
Are parts available?
Any ideas on it's value?
Any info is appreciated.

Thank you very much!!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help with a phantom posted by MNSmith on 5/14/2001 at 10:32:29 PM
Hi Dan,

It seems like a 1949, although I don't think it is a Phantom. Phantoms had chrome fenders. Maybe it is a B-6 or a Hornet. This website is a good place to look for a model that looks like yours. Try a search on a Hornet or a B-6 in the picture database. Your bike might have come with a tank and horn or it might not have. Parts are available for it and we can figure out the value better when we know which model it is. Visit some of the websites listed in the links section here at Old Roads and you might find more info. Especially visit Bunch "O" Bikes!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help with a phantom posted by sam on 5/15/2001 at 6:09:10 AM
Dan,look close at the paint around or on the sides of the head tub,if it had a tank originally it should have some marks where the tank would have scraped against the frame.B-6 tanks which were not chrome are avalible(repop)Also seems schwinn started using the standard schwinn badge sometimes around 1950--before that the head badges had a larger variety(cool)--sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help with a phantom posted by Dan Mc on 5/15/2001 at 8:47:12 PM
Thanks to MNSmith and Sam for helping ID my bike. After looking around it looks like it is a B-6. It also looks like it did have a tank at one time. I put air in the tires and rode it around tonight. Pretty cool! Is there info available on the history of the B-6?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help with a phantom posted by sam on 5/16/2001 at 3:13:46 PM
Dan , I think it was 1938 that schwinn first came out with there cantilevered frame--go to the links on this site and clik on "Classic Riders" they have an original 1940 autocycle