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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Sears/Murray Twin tube 26x1.75 cruiser. posted by: Gary M on 6/15/2001 at 8:35:59 PM
complete and original except paint Sears obviously a Murray, from the long tips behind the rear axle, and the sprocket, and chaingaurd. Any way of determining the age? its another nice peice for my collection, but a lowly standard model nontheless. Thanks Gary.

BALLOON:   Truss Rods posted by: Ron on 6/15/2001 at 3:58:54 PM
When were truss rods beginning to be used ? Thanks

   RE:BALLOON:   a guess... posted by JOEL on 6/18/2001 at 4:58:54 AM
Probably 1890s.

WANTED:   Need this pedal posted by: Ray on 6/14/2001 at 6:19:53 PM
Need the left pedal that looks like this one. Will buy set if you have. It is from a 1955 Peugeot that is nearly complete.

MISC:   Cheaper skip tooth chain? posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/14/2001 at 8:26:59 AM
My mechanic said to go to a shop that sells chain and buy it there, that you can get Humber pitch or skip tooth 1 inch there and it is cheaper then buying it thru a shop or e- bay or whatever.

   RE:MISC:   Cheaper skip tooth chain? posted by JOEL on 6/14/2001 at 1:07:37 PM
If you find one, post the info.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Cheaper skip tooth chain? posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/14/2001 at 5:38:52 PM
I'll ask him for specifics and post it.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Cheaper skip tooth chain? posted by Doug Reed on 6/15/2001 at 10:16:13 AM
Try precision industries (formally precision bearing) In Omaha NE.(402) 593=7000 good company to do bussiness with.

AGE / VALUE:   Need help identifying this brake.... posted by: GS on 6/13/2001 at 9:39:43 AM
Need Help....
Can anybody tell me what kind of brake this is?
Sorry for the poor pictures.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


WANTED:   Ingo Bicycle front tire posted by: Ray on 6/12/2001 at 10:30:34 AM
Looking for a tire that can go on an Ingo scooter type bicycle from the 30s. This is a tubeless tire that looks like a 20 inch. I am open to suggestions also as this is probably an impossible find.

   RE:WANTED:   Ingo Bicycle front tire posted by JOEL on 6/12/2001 at 3:08:29 PM
My Ingo has a Gillette 20 X 2.0 front tire. Someone had some for sale here a few months back (Bikeyard??). I'm looking for some Ingo parts too, met some helpful folks and may be able to point you in the right direction.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Ingo Bicycle front tire posted by Ray on 6/14/2001 at 6:19:14 PM
Joel, Thanks for the encouragement. Still looking, if I come across any Ingo parts I will let you know. I just need the tire to complete mine.

AGE / VALUE:   Coast-to-Coast Coast King posted by: Julia on 6/12/2001 at 7:16:17 AM
I bought a ladies coast king bike at a garage sale last weekend for $9.00. The paint is in good condition and the serial # is clear on the dropout. Does anyone know where to find serial #'s for coast to coast bicycles? Just want to know the age. Pretty sure it's not worth much to anyone but me.

AGE / VALUE:   55 schwinn hornet/spitfire posted by: Doug on 6/12/2001 at 1:00:08 AM
I just bought a girls 24 inch spitfire hornet in origional good shape I think I paid a little too much wanted another opinion 260.00 is what it cost me not regretting buying it its a great bike I personally thought about 200 is closer to real value any expert opinions?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   55 schwinn hornet/spitfire posted by Cal on 6/12/2001 at 4:55:26 AM
Does it have a tank or rack or lights or anything like that?
If it is just Plain Jane but with nice original paint and decals you still may have done ok.

In general, girl's bikes aren't worth as much as boy's bikes.

Just ride and enjoy it!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   55 schwinn hornet/spitfire posted by Gary M on 6/12/2001 at 9:10:19 AM
i had a 1953 ladies 24in Spitfire in pretty fair shape dropped off here last month. pretty bike.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   55 schwinn hornet/spitfire posted by Doug on 6/12/2001 at 2:08:35 PM
It does have origional tank horn with no corrosion (works) even the paperwork and a nice rear rack my wife is kinda short,(for her weight) just kidding ladies !! so the 24 inch bikes work well for her Thanks for your input

AGE / VALUE:   HELP TRACKING A SERIAL # FOR "HIAWATHA" BICYCLES posted by: STEVE on 6/11/2001 at 11:20:34 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP TRACKING A SERIAL # FOR posted by goob on 6/12/2001 at 1:51:55 PM
Don't think you will find a serial number list as hiawatha's were made by several companys for Gambles Dept. Stores.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP TRACKING A SERIAL # FOR posted by STEVEN on 6/12/2001 at 3:33:19 PM


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP TRACKING A SERIAL # FOR posted by Gary M on 6/13/2001 at 8:47:38 AM
there are various differences in frame designs, look at the pictures in the database

BALLOON:   Who made.... posted by: Robert on 6/11/2001 at 8:09:39 PM
Who made the early motobikes for Cleveland?

AGE / VALUE:   Diamond Chain Co skip tooth in a pretty green box! posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/11/2001 at 5:26:11 PM
I am going to keep trying to pry the remaining 3 boxes of skip tooth chain out from my pals grip. Cash and a friendly but persistent attitude.
The last one was not full nickel plate but black. One can never have enough cheap skip tooth chain in origonal boxes right?
Wish me luck!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Diamond Chain Co skip tooth in a pretty green box! posted by Cal on 6/12/2001 at 4:57:11 AM
Those are gettin' up there in value, 'specially with the box. What are you paying him for them?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Diamond Chain Co skip tooth in a pretty green box! posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/12/2001 at 8:14:06 AM
25.00 per box these go from 46.00 on e -bay right now up to perhaps $100.00

AGE / VALUE:   Thunder Jet Bike posted by: Brian M. on 6/11/2001 at 4:07:20 PM
I just bought a Thunder Jet bike at a local flea market. It has a black frame and fenders with a red tank, chain guard & back "shelf". I think it's been repainted but the original decal wasn't painted over. It has a front light, a back "shelf". If someone could give me a ballpark estimate of it's value I would greatly appreciate it. Please excuse the lax nature of my terminology!

BALLOON:   help identify the make posted by: Jake Stott on 6/9/2001 at 10:43:02 PM
I just aquired 3 bikes, a CCM, a Sterling and a bike of unknown make. The unknown bike is a women's bike with front suspension, a rear rack, a Bendix bb2 (?) red line single speed hub, a plastic decorative cover on the crank arm, a chrome frame with teal highlights, and a serial number that is 14 characters long (02469110891619, no it's not a car serial number)located on the left rear drop out. The fenders are too oxydized to tell if they were painted or chromed. It's a very funky bike, I hope you can help. Thanks.

AGE / VALUE:   Need a date for the Schwinn Tandem that followed me home today. posted by: Don Hanf on 6/9/2001 at 6:10:38 PM
Hello again. Another stray bicycle followed me home today. It's an older Schwinn tandem ser.# T006136. It is a single speed with drum brakes on both the front and rear wheels. The round headbadge just says, "Schwinn Tandem". The sprockets and chain that goes from the front to the rear passenger are on the left side. The sprocket and chain from the rear rider to the rear wheel is on the right side. Both chains have guards, the front chainguard is full, it completely covers the chain. The rear chainguard is the standard type.

Thanks for any help that you can give me!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need a date for the Schwinn Tandem that followed me home today. posted by Joel_Z on 6/10/2001 at 3:08:25 AM
Your bike sounds like a Schwinn Town & Country. I believe these were made from the late 40's to the 50's. It should have a curved rear seat tube that follows the shape of the rear tire. If you email the serial #, I can look up the year it was made.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need a date for the Schwinn Tandem that followed me home today. posted by Don Hanf on 6/10/2001 at 5:20:03 AM
Yes, the rear tube curves around the rear tire. The bottom tube is also much thicker than the rest. The serial number is T006316.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need a date for the Schwinn Tandem that followed me home today. posted by Joel_Z on 6/10/2001 at 3:37:51 PM
I missed the serial # in the first post. I couldn't find where your serial # falls exactly, but I think it is probably a 1950 model. Schwinn used serial numbers for 1950 tandems that started with T00.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by: Bill on 6/9/2001 at 2:32:21 PM
Just retrieved an old "friend" from long-term storage and
want to restore it. It's a Schwinn Cycle Truck that I
bought new around 1961 and have had ever since that time.
The bike is complete and original, with very few little dings,
but has extensive (light) surface rust. It will need
repainting and everything re-chromed.

My questions are:

Where can I get a set of matching tread tires to fit the
20x2.125 front and 26x2.125 rear wheels ... something that
looks appropriate for the age?

Who does bike chrome work, and how can I get in touch with

How can I find out the exact shade of red that was
originally on the bike, so that I can match it?

Finally, what's the as-is and restored value of this bike?
Just want to know so that I can tell when the expense has
exceeded the value (usually does). Thanks!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by MNSmith on 6/10/2001 at 1:23:45 PM
1) Tires: Not an easy search. If I remember correctly, for a 60's Cycletruck, the front tire should be a "Studded Balloon" tire, same as the rear, both black wall. One way to find one is to search forever on Ebay till one or a pair comes along. Maybe a wanted ad on the Schwinn Classified Forum will help!

2) Try to find a chrome shop in your neighborhood. Once you do, ask to see a sample of their work and ask if they do many bikes. If they do, ask if they can give you some contact info of the local bike restorer for reference. Also, check with your local bike shop. Most usually know the guy who restores "old bikes" in your neighborhood. That guy can tell you who has the best chrome shop!

3) To find the exact shade of red, remove the head set or the crank set. Inside those tubes you will find the overspray of the original paint, untouched by the elements. That is your best paint sample!

4) As a rough estimate, beat up but complete, they can sell from $200 - 500. Restored they can go for $1000 - $1500 or more. Just a rough estimate. Depends on how much of a buying mood the general bike public is in.

Feel free to stop by my web site for more restoration tips, Cycletruck samples, or Cycletruck parts! http://www.concentric.net/%7Errrrguy/bike.html . Bunch "O" Bikes

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by Kevin C. on 6/11/2001 at 4:45:16 AM
I have been told that Rustoleum's "Regal Red" is a dead ringer for the red that Schwinn used on Cycle-Trucks.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Chrome plating posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 6/12/2001 at 8:16:49 AM
Getting a look at the prior work of the chrome shop is very important.