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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   Monark Super Deluxe Ladies bike I.D. posted by: John Pavkov on 6/19/2001 at 7:06:44 PM
Ihave a Monark similar to the photo of the 1947 model on this website. Mine had the small headlight, dual fork springs, ribbed luggage rack without the rear "grill". Drop center rims, rear fender braces attached to the frame. It has a white seat, grips and pedals. It is a dark blue with white script"super deluxe" on the tank,"Monark" on the chainguard. The white script on the tank has red background and white "flashes" before and aft. Under the sprocket is: M111 1904030 . Can anyone identify the year of this bike?
Thanks, John

AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by: Scotty on 6/19/2001 at 2:24:30 PM
I am considering purchasing a 1954 J.C. Higgins girls bike-how can I tell if it is a color flow or jet flow etc, and are there any other things that I should look for that would be nifty or unique. thanks!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by GaryM on 6/19/2001 at 10:52:39 PM
I just had one of those Ladies JC Higgins given to me. mine, however its badged, and painted {very many times i may add} this thing is nothing more then a Murray in sheeps clothes. Funny i have 4 50s murrays here, none with a murray badge on it.

AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26" posted by: kevin on 6/19/2001 at 12:50:14 PM
I have this Rollfast bike
(http://www.iup.edu/'bmwg/bike1.jpg and http://www.iup.edu/'bmwg/bike2.jpg for some crappy pictures of it) it's a coaster, and is not a springer. it has 1.75" tires and there is a reflector on the back fender which is slightly flared. there is a hook for a tank, and holes on both sides of the head tube, which I think was for a light that was part of the tank, since there is no badge there.

I don't care how much it costs really, i was just wondering what year it is and where i should look for the serial # at.

Oh and the letters on the seat tube label look pretty much like the letters on this badge (http://gurlpages.com/kevboa/rollfast.jpg)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26 posted by kevin on 6/19/2001 at 1:02:08 PM
oh those picture of my bike are http://www.iup.edu/'bmwg/bike1.jpg and http://www.iup.edu/'bmwg/bike2.jpg

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26 posted by kevin on 6/19/2001 at 1:27:00 PM
sorry, those pictures are

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast 26" posted by kevin on 6/20/2001 at 6:39:17 PM
i found my serial # finally and here is some other info
serial #:F299169 and near it was a circle with SE inside
it also has a Bendix thing on the rear hub to ensure that it doesn't slide around while I'm riding (if that could help somone date it). i'm thinking late50's to mid60's.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by: Tom on 6/18/2001 at 11:49:49 PM
I have a Racycle Speedliner Columbia Built.Serial #4157854 Any guess what year it is. The bike is not complete. The wheels are missing and the handlebars. The guy I got the bike from gave me the original rear hub a Bendix 3 spd with the shifter. Does anyone know what rims came with this bike.I don't think there is room for a baloon tire in the fenders. What shift cable do I use, Sturmey? Where can I get parts for this hub. Thanks

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by Tom Findley on 6/19/2001 at 5:39:09 AM
If there isn't enough room for baloon tires, it would take 26 X 1.75" tires.

The ebay seller bicyclebones sells Bendix parts for the hubs. It may be a 2-speed. I don't think Bendix made 3-speeds.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by sam on 6/19/2001 at 11:46:37 AM
Tom, you say you got the shifter,does it look like a brake handle.If so then you have the two speed.I have seen the cables for these on ebay(about $20)And Tom Findley,I also though bendix only made a 2-speed but a couple of weeks ago I got an email showing a german made hub with the bexdix name on the brake arm--so bendix may not have made it but they sold one.------sam

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by Tom on 6/19/2001 at 10:30:21 PM
I bought the Racycle as a frame,fork and fenders. I now found the guy I got it from has the hub and shifter. He told me it was what he thought to be a 3 spd. It may be a 2 spd. He does not know bikes so I will wait until I get it. Does anyone know how to date the bike. Is there a date on these hubs like SA. Anyone have pictures of a Racycle. This one is butter yellow with a blue/green pinstripe and half forks.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by goob on 6/20/2001 at 4:01:26 PM
I havea 55 racycle it has a columbia serial number on it that begains with a letter. doees it not have a letter on number

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   50's Racycle Speedliner posted by Tom on 6/20/2001 at 10:33:04 PM
I cleaned up the serial# area and found the serial # A157854. Same as Columbia bikes. This would be a 1936 or a 1955 from the Columbia charts. I would think a 55 because of the multi speed hub or were these hubs made in 1936.

WANTED:   corvette parts wanted posted by: ron chase on 6/18/2001 at 9:56:19 PM
Hi, recently picked up a fairly clean corvette I'm going to use for transportation this summer, I was hoping someone could steer me in the direction of a good used or reproduction rear reflector, and an original seat(blue) have parts to trade or cash.

   RE:WANTED:   corvette parts wanted posted by Doug Reed on 6/19/2001 at 4:59:49 PM
There was a Blue and white S seat in new condition on e-bay last week might still be there.was at about 30.00 if I remember correctly.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Streamliner posted by: Matt Johnson on 6/18/2001 at 9:03:25 PM
Just picked up a Streamliner, Serial #H139975 at a garage
sale for $40. I believe that makes it a 1951. This will be my first restoration and I was wondering whether anyone knew of a good place online for pricing as well as reference photos for this particular model.
Thanks for your help!

AGE / VALUE:   1954 Schwinn with 26" wheels posted by: Dean on 6/18/2001 at 7:50:18 PM

Hoping someone out there can pass along some info. Found this great old bike at a garage sale and want to fix'er up. tracked the serial number down to being a 54'. I can tell some of the parts are not original and that some of the parts were probably taken off of the bike. Specifically the the front forks I know are not the original ones. doing a bit of searching around leads me to think that it is a black Phantom because of the wheel size. the hubs are New Departure which leads me to believe that they are original. Am I right in thinking this? It also came with chrome fenders. Are these possibly original as well? I just like the bike and enjoy putting a little time in it. It's already worth the $12.00 I paid for it but what does something like this go for to someone looking for one. If someone knows where I could line up the rest of the original parts it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1954 Schwinn with 26 posted by sam on 6/19/2001 at 12:00:33 PM
$12!!!that's my kinda deal!If it's a phantom it will have a phantom style front fender light or a hole/cut out for that style of light(not small holes for reg light)Does it have the phantom tank?and if it's a phantom the colors(if original) will be phantom colors.Your bike also could be one of the others that were just a step behind the phantom.Take your time ,the search is fun too--and good find.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Unknown Tandem posted by: Dave on 6/18/2001 at 5:50:44 PM
I recently purchased a cruiser-style tandem for $60. It can
be ridden as it is, but I'm planning on restoring it as a
neighborhood "show-off" piece. The front is a man's frame,
and the rear a woman's, all middle-weight in appearance. No
chainguard, single-speed, coaster brake. No serial number
that I can see, and the headbadge is missing (pins are about
3" apart, one above the other, and a 3"x1" primer colored
spot where it may have been. Pedal are rubber block type,
with patent number and "AUSL (or AUSl) stamped inside one of
the blocks. I plan on replacing the bent fork with a
springer, but don't know if it'll support the tandem's weight.
I'll post pics as soon as possible. There are bargains out
there, if ya just look for 'em.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Unknown Tandem posted by Dave on 6/20/2001 at 10:27:42 PM
Update: I pulled the old fork, intending to replace the old
headset with a new 1" headset, and found that the I.D. of the
head tube was 1 1/4". If there's anyone out there with some
experience in older bike parts, I could sure use some help in
locating parts.

AGE / VALUE:   1947 Schwinn Tandem, I think posted by: Shellie on 6/18/2001 at 5:19:55 PM
I have some pictures of a bike I would like to post so I can get some feedback on age and value. How and where can I post them?
Thanks- Shellie

AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by: Mark on 6/18/2001 at 8:23:51 AM
Hello all,

I was hoping for some expert opinions on the following matter. I was recently on a bike ride when I came across a lawn that had a few bikes for sale. One of the bikes was an old womans frame Schwinn fat tire cruiser that intrigued me. It has an old style badge with the words Schwinn with a train and airplane also on the badge. The bike has the old style sprockets and chain with the large gaps (sorry not up on the correct terminology). Also, the chain guard had a circular area on it that probably had some sort of decal or badge on it. It is in pretty sorry shape but I can tell it was a blue bike with white rims. Mechanically it seemed as if it would be sound after a good cleaning. A few things like the grips, seat, pedals were junk though. I didn't get the serial number because I didn't want the seller to think I knew anything about bikes.

Anybody have any rough guesses as to what it is worth?
He wanted $50 for it. I wasn't sure seeing that it was a womans frame and in a pretty crusty state.

Thanks! Mark

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by sam on 6/18/2001 at 9:51:33 AM
$50 sounds right from your post.If the chain gard is a pre war feather it's worth $100 if regular delux or post war feather $35 the head badge might bring $20 or more so right there you have $50 worht of parts--buy and ride--sam

BALLOON:   Columbia serial # location posted by: Andy on 6/17/2001 at 9:09:40 PM
I have an early 40's? Columbia w/ tank horn and have seen the ser. # listings online. I don't see a # stamping on the bike and would love to know where to find the ser. #?? Thanks for any help and for the use of this site!! - Andy

   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia serial # location posted by david on 6/18/2001 at 6:57:47 AM
The serial # should be stamped on the bottom of the crank hanger tube.

   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia serial # location posted by Andy on 6/18/2001 at 8:43:58 PM
Thanks David for your reply. I had already looked at the bottom of the frame where the pedal shaft is and saw nothing. This bike appears original paint so are they normaly a really thick paint that needs scraping to see the stamping? Thanks again and for use of this free site!! - Andy

   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia serial # location posted by david on 6/19/2001 at 3:56:22 PM
If it's not on the crank hanger tube, the check the left rear dropout.

BALLOON:   Age - Value - Parts Needed for J.C. Higgins posted by: Timothy M. Stahl on 6/17/2001 at 6:24:17 PM
I have narrowed it down to a mid 50's J.C. Higgins but with the options it has - I don't know the model name or if it is complete. Please view pics at http://www.geocities.com/tmsconst/JCHIG.html?992305171300
I see holes in the front fender, but I see there is a fender brace spot welded just at those holes - is this burn through from the spot welder or the infamous light mount. Also, from seeing other pics, the light attaches to a bracket coming out from under the beehive springer not to the fender. My bike is missing the tank, the headlight and the perferated piece on the chain guard. Almost the same option combination of the "Standard" J.C. Hig of the mid 50's. As compared to the 'Super' and other 'Deluxe' models. I may put this bike up on Ebay, but wish to know all the details first. I won't undersell the bike in any circumstance. Lastly, I need one half of one pedal. One rubber block and the through bolt and nut. Thanks in advance to any who can help.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Western Flyer Tandem posted by: moose on 6/16/2001 at 3:19:49 PM
I just purchase the most fun $10.00 (yard sale) can buy - a Western Flyer Tandem. Works great, good seats, rusty fenders and handlebars. It is probably not that old; maybe 70's?? Anybody know anything about these bikes??

AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer posted by: David on 6/16/2001 at 2:13:06 PM
I have a men's bicycle 26" with a Western Flyer headbadge. Complete except for fender mounted headlight. Original seat and pedals have been replaced. I am trying to restore to as original as possible. Serial # D13490, located underneath crank. I think the bike was made by Cleveland Welding (ther's a W with a C around it next to the serial #). I was told that the Columbia numbers are the same, but I'm not sure. Any ideas as to age/value, and any sources for Western Flyer decals or pictures would be appreciated.

FOR SALE:   Iver Johnson Bicycle posted by: Dave Harris on 6/15/2001 at 8:56:02 PM
FOR SALE: Iver Johnson Girl's Bicycle. Built In The USA, I am Not Sure Of The Year, 1930's? Blue, With White Trim, Serial #545978, Kick stand on the side, Has both fenders, Rear hub is "New Departure" Model D, Skip Tooth Chain & Sprockets, Chain Guard is Blue& Very Shapely, 28 Inch Tires, Rims Have Been Painted Silver, This Bike Looks 100% Original. $300.00 + Shipping. Pictures Available, Via E-Mail. motodave2@msn.com