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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Monark girls bike posted by: raymo on 6/25/2001 at 5:01:51 PM
Does anyone have any tips on determining the age of a Monark girls bike with a rear rack,horn on tank (works),light on front fender,seat has rear rails on left/right sides.Super Deluxe model.Maybe alot like Johns bike.I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks,raymo

BALLOON: Stolen Bicycle posted by: Mark A. on 6/24/2001 at 7:57:01 PM
Near completed project bicycle stolen from my basement in Geneva, NY, within the past three weeks. Missing: Schwinn Typoon, Black with cream stripping, circa 1958. All original except I still have the rear tire and chainguard. Sturmey Archer TCW hub dated 9/56. Rear fender sported a registration sticker from Rochester, NY: #6296, expires April 30, 1969. Serial number DB46480 on left dropout. Also a dealer sticker on down tube: Sam's Bicycles, Rochester, NY. Any help locating this bike would be very much appreciated. Geneva, NY Police CR#01-06313-06. Thanks!

   RE:BALLOON: Stolen Bicycle posted by Cal on 6/25/2001 at 5:16:53 AM
Sorry to hear that.
You were smart to record the serial number.

   RE:BALLOON: Stolen Bicycle posted by sam on 6/25/2001 at 8:58:00 AM
I read the other day that 90 per cent of bikes stole in N.Y were used to deliver food.They like large bikes.

   RE:RE:BALLOON: Stolen Bicycle posted by Christopher on 6/27/2001 at 7:54:52 AM
I saw a piece on television and they showed the bikes all piled up on junky boats and they were being taken out of the country. It makes me want to go become a port or customs official. I'd seize the boat or detain it and run serial numbers. Unfortunitly there are bigger things to be minding and I believe they are doing the best they can with the resources they have.
Still, it bites to walk out and discover your beloved bike and transportation is missing and to think that my vintage Rudge had been spirited away to some foreign country by a slimy thief. If I get this great revelation on how to do something diffrently and cut this problem down I will suggest it to somebody somewhere.
I would try to take it with you and not leave it. I am sure there are lots of people who would say to me. 'Hey, you can't bring that bike in here! What are you doing?"

AGE / VALUE:   67 girls 24 inch middleweight posted by: Doug on 6/24/2001 at 11:06:44 AM
Just cleaned up an old 67 Sears middleweight Ive had for a few years,used the stuff they sell here and it looks darn near new,even origional tires are very good no weathering,will trade for late model American neuclear submarine ,(fully armed of course)Just joking too complicated to drive.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   67 girls 24 inch middleweight posted by sophieb on 6/27/2001 at 5:12:34 PM
Hey! I'm trying to date a Sears bike middleweight. What does yours look like? Serial Number, etc? See my post below. Thanks.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   67 girls 24 inch middleweight posted by Doug Reed on 6/28/2001 at 5:57:53 PM
Mine is a girls bike medium to dark blue,blue and white troxel seat Murry frame top post is 2 small posts on either side of the headtube chainguard says Sears only no model indicated chrome fenders the rear fender Vee,s out at the bottom wald spring rack on the front headbadge is round coming to a dull point on top and bottom Sears is the only word on it chrome rims Sears tires made in Japan.serial # is on bike and Im not where the bike is right now can give it to you later if you still want it.

AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by: Doug on 6/23/2001 at 11:19:48 AM
I have a redline bendix hub just like the one in the database exploded diagrahm.for some reason on the pedal stroke it binds up in about 3/4 of a turn it is all cleaned up and lubricated so that is not the problem and the nuts are not real tight but the locking nuts are which keep everything from tightening itself up, bearings look good not sloppy.only thing that looks questionable to me is the blue steel round clip inside doesnt look perfect is that the problem? any comments appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Gary M on 6/23/2001 at 9:09:01 PM
its possible you put the brake shoes in backwards. they are different on both ends, you need to look close.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Doug on 6/24/2001 at 6:07:04 AM
This hub has only one shoe, wedge shaped and looks identical either side ??thanks for the info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Gary M on 6/24/2001 at 8:21:32 AM
one shoe? should be either 2 or 4. my point is that the angle of the taper on either ends of the shoe is not the same. is the reaction base assembly all tight? thats the lever on the left. All 3 bearing sets cleaned and look good? unless its assembled wrong something is moving in the bearing sytem. Does yours have the coil spring insert or the clip type spring on a 2 peice drive clutch?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Doug on 6/24/2001 at 11:00:48 AM
Everything that is here looks good not sloppy.I re assembled it exactly as it came apart,Im starting to think something may be missing I cant tell from the diagrahm going to drop it off at the shop this week for a estimate I havent had one apart in 35 years but as I mentioned I was carefull to put everything back as was.It has the clip type spring and thats the part which is a little out of round may be the problem.Not expert enough to troubleshoot these myself.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Jim on 6/26/2001 at 8:03:10 PM
Sounds like you have the Bendix Junior. It has only one shoe. The Glenn's bicycle manual suggests to replace the retarder spring every time you disesemble it to "ensure proper operation"

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Doug on 6/27/2001 at 12:35:24 AM
You win! that is exactly what the bike shop said was wrong and repaired Thanks for the info

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   bendix hub problem posted by Rif Addams on 7/1/2001 at 10:07:15 AM
Yup! Ya' just gotta love Glenn's Bicycle "bible"!
It's got everything about everything in it...
Never leave home without it!

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvair posted by: Fletcher on 6/22/2001 at 7:45:51 PM
I have a womens bike that has Corvair on the gas tank. I think it is a huffy but am not sure. The serial number is 5H298331. Does anybody have any information about this bike?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvair posted by Chris on 6/25/2001 at 11:51:09 AM
Huffy did make a bike called the Corvair (they used a lot of car names). Based on that model name and the serial number, your bike is probably a 1965 model. The Corvair bikes that I have seen had chrome wheels and fenders, and a tank with built-in headlight. I think that the model name of this bike was changed to Camaro starting in 1967.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvair posted by JOEL on 6/27/2001 at 12:24:39 PM
I've seen a Sears version of the same bike.

AGE / VALUE:   Century/Schwinn posted by: Dick Baseley on 6/22/2001 at 6:04:05 PM
I have an old heavyweight girls bike. It has a headbadge that says CENTURY diagonally and has the name 'arnold Schwinn' at the bottom.The S/N is on the bottom bracket, [?]95574. It has a kiptooth chain, the chain ring has heartshaped cutouts, and the coaster brake is a new departure model D. Is this a 'pride and joy' priceless treasure, or a 'ride and enjoy' just for pleasure??

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Century/Schwinn posted by sam on 6/23/2001 at 1:13:49 PM
I wouldn't call it priceless but ride and enjoy TREASURE would work for me

BALLOON:   basic information posted by: Ron on 6/22/2001 at 11:06:10 AM
I recently acquired a Roadmaster Skyrider Deluxe (26" girls) bicycle in original condition; Serial # 1588342. I am curious to know the age and value of this bicycle. Any information would be appreciated

MISC:   need information please posted by: Eric witt on 6/21/2001 at 9:52:02 PM
I just bought a bike from a swap meet. The chain gaurd says westpoint on it. Nobody I've talk to knows a thing about westpoint bikes. So if anyone has any info. that can help me learn more about this bike and what year it is please e-mail me. Thank you

   RE:MISC:   need information please posted by Gary M on 6/22/2001 at 8:39:44 PM
i think Wespoint was a Sears line, look at Murray bikes for similar items, like points behind the rear axle nuts, and man-hole sprocket

WANTED:   ROUND spoke refelectors posted by: Geoff on 6/21/2001 at 2:53:12 PM
Hi, I'm looking for some round spoke reflectors or any information on repops of these. thanks.

AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by: Sophieb on 6/21/2001 at 2:17:05 PM
I've got an old Sears boys cruiser. It is stripped of fenders, relfectors, lights, chain gaurd, etc. Serial No. 507.451610. Any ideas on age and manufacturer ie Murray/Huffy? Front wheel fork is tubular with 3 horizontal plates on top w/chrome cap. Bendix brake RB2.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by sam on 6/22/2001 at 9:45:06 AM
Murray made most of the J.C.higgins Sears bikes.If it has two bands on the hub it would be a 2-speed kick-back , maybe a Sportflite.Check the front sprocket to see if it's the Murray "manhole cover"style---sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by sophieb@dfn.com on 6/22/2001 at 12:44:12 PM
The sprocket is a flower pedal design or star design

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by Gary M on 6/23/2001 at 9:11:29 PM
Could it be old enough to be an Elgin?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by sophieb on 6/23/2001 at 11:13:56 PM
If Elgin's are pre WWII than I don't think it is an Elgin. The people at Huffy say this looks like a Sears serial number (see above). This is a single speed cruiser. "5H6" is stamped on the rear wheel bracket. There are no points on rear wheel brackets(i.e. Murray). I want to say it is from the 70s but won't until I see other bikes with the front forks as described above. Nevertheless, it is an old bike that I have put back into working order. It just doesn't have a name as of yet.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by Gary M on 6/24/2001 at 8:29:01 AM
Front forks, like curbs, potholes, and logs come and go.
since its a commonly replaced part, i never use it for id.
probably have better luck with the rear hub, chaingaurd and front sprocket. I think sears also sold some AMF {westpoint}

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by sophieb on 6/24/2001 at 6:08:42 PM
You're right. Thanks for the tips.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by Chris on 6/25/2001 at 11:55:43 AM
Your description of the chainwheel matches a design used by Huffy in the 1960's, as does the description of the fork. The 5H6 on the left rear dropout looks like the first part of a Huffy serial number, most likely from 1965.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sears Bike posted by sophieb on 6/26/2001 at 7:22:13 AM
Photos of Huffy bikes from 1964 ca. suggest the same above suggestion by Chris. Thanks. I may try to research Sears stock numbers and post for reference. However, that may be impossible or too much work (like getting an act of congress).

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   coaster brake repair posted by: Geoff on 6/21/2001 at 11:29:04 AM
Hi, I recently started fixing up a '64 Spaceliner and an AMF Skyrider Deluxe. My big problem is that I've been reduced to Flintstone brakes for both of them. Besides the wear on my shoes, this also isn't the safest method of stopping, so if anyone could give me some advice on how to fix coaster brakes it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   coaster brake repair posted by Gary M on 6/21/2001 at 12:11:10 PM
It is a simple problem. old grease has formed a hard layer upon your braking areas. strip the hub, clean it all, then reassemble it with new grease. pretty simple operation.

   Spaceliner restoration posted by Tom Findley on 6/22/2001 at 6:16:04 AM
You may find the restorarion notes helpful.


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   coaster brake repair posted by Geoff on 6/22/2001 at 10:55:43 AM
Thanks, I'm gonna get on it this weekend.
P.S. any idea what a scrapped Schwinn Girls frame with several coats of house paint might be worth?

   RE:Spaceliner restoration posted by Doug Reed on 6/24/2001 at 6:22:11 AM
Hi T findley I looked at your spaceliner restoration website what a super cool site I recommend! You worked your butt off on that and had some really creative ideas to restore that bike looks great.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   coaster brake repair posted by Gary M on 6/24/2001 at 8:38:58 AM
I went to an auction last year, dumb thing had 2 rings, and bikes on both of them. so i had to go back and forth to try to get the things i wanted. in the process i missed out on a nearly mint Spaceliner for $12. still bummed, but i got what i was bidding on in the other ring, a cool airplane.

   RE:RE:Spaceliner restoration posted by nick pagani on 7/24/2001 at 8:20:26 PM
I'm trying to find a tank (complete) for a men's Spaceliner. Any help or leads would be great.

BALLOON:   Need some advice posted by: Dave on 6/20/2001 at 8:47:45 PM
I need some advice or direction on two things. I recently bought a heavy-duty Schwin spring from my favorite classic bike shop in Ohio, for a pre-war spring fork. After installing it and hopping on the bike, the spring compressed almost fully. I weigh about 170, and have a heavy duty spring on my Phantom which gives me no problem. I asked to exchange the spring for another, thinking that it might be defective, but the dealer will only issue a credit. Are the newer Schwinn repop heavy duty springs softer than a few years ago?

My other problem is a grinding noise on a '51 Hornet. The frame alignment is good, it's got a sweetheart skip-tooth crank (straight), a recently overhauled New Departure Model D hub, and a straight skip-tooth chain. I get a terrible grinding noise on power strokes that seems to reverberate off the chain guard (it's not rubbing either.). I think my next step is to change the chain, then the sprocket, etc by process of elimination.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


   RE:BALLOON:   Need some advice posted by Jim on 6/20/2001 at 9:52:29 PM
The grinding sound I would first guess come from the bottom bracket bearings and then perhaps a problem with the hub. The alignment on a derailuer bike between the chainwheels naturally becomes quite out of line and doesn't make that sound so I would not blame that system. However thats my theory. Bicycles have a way of proveing me wrong.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Need some advice posted by JOEL on 6/21/2001 at 5:02:08 AM
Maybe the frame is flexing enough to allow the chain to rub the chainguard. A slight adjustment might do the trick.

AGE / VALUE:   Girls Black Phantom, rare? posted by: Tom Quinn on 6/20/2001 at 1:40:01 PM
Walking out of the Capitol, I was stopped in my tracks by an original faded Black Phantom girls bike! It was chained to a post outside...

I have never seen one of these before. Is this a rare bike? The light and tank were missing, the whole bike was faded but barn fresh...

Please e-mail me if you know anything about this.

Thanks! :-)

From sunny, and very hot Sacramento

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Black Phantom, rare? posted by MNSmith on 6/21/2001 at 9:56:53 AM
I see the girls Phantom only offered in 1955. That could make it possibly rare. Phantom experts would know better than I.

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Cruiser? posted by: Sophieb on 6/20/2001 at 11:08:01 AM
I have an old Huffy (I think) cruiser single speed. The serial number is under the crank housing. Any way to determine age, etc with the serial number?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Cruiser? posted by Cal on 6/21/2001 at 5:42:43 AM
A while back someone entered a description of how to decode Huffy serial numbers. Does anyone remember that?

AGE / VALUE:   Korlis 26" Girls bike posted by: Jay on 6/19/2001 at 10:10:17 PM
Just got a 26" girls bike made by Korlis of Poland. Still has the Stomil tires on it. Serial # is 1*613479. Can anyone tell me what year it is? Was this some sort of pre-Soviet invasion import? It has a ZZR brand chain & hubs. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks