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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:Q's on a '61 Corvette Five Speed posted by: Todd on 7/25/2001 at 6:50:50 AM
Hi folks-
Just discovered this site. Maybe someone can help me- I just aquired a the above bike in a trade, and I think it has strong potential. I have never seen a Corvette Five speed before, is it rare? I also need a few items to get it back to original, mainly the shifter, rear cogs and derailleur, but also the chainguard and a front fender. Oh yeah, and a decent set of handlebars. Did I say a few? Can anybody point me to a picture of this bike? I have no idea what the shifter is supposed to look like, just that it is mounted on the top tube ala stingray. A source of Decals? I usually deal in newer Schwinns, for which I have a bunch of spares, but this thing- well I like it alot and want to do it right. Any help would be appreciated.

   RE:BALLOON:Q's on a '61 Corvette Five Speed posted by JOEL on 7/25/2001 at 8:22:58 AM
Yes, the 5 speeds are pretty scarce. You might try the Schwinn forum if you don't find the parts here or try Memory Lane Classics (see their website). Best to call.. they don't always answer email. They have decals too.

I have a chainguard, needs paint.

   RE:BALLOON:Q's on a '61 Corvette Five Speed posted by Tom Findley on 7/26/2001 at 5:54:31 AM
Jerry Herron sells the top tube decal for the shifter:


A pic of the bike is in the Schwinn Bicycles book by Pridmore and Hurd. The shifter looks like those on the Varsity of that year. It does not have stops like a Sturmey_archer, just a handle 3" long which you set to move the chain.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:what kind of bike? posted by: byran on 7/24/2001 at 5:29:26 PM
ok nbhaa told me there is no such bike made by sears named "fleetwing" my bike is a murray "astro flite" 1963 model. so for now the mystery is solved i can start restoration

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:what kind of bike? posted by Gary M on 7/25/2001 at 9:23:12 AM
Thats odd. I have a Fleet Wing badge here on my desk. I just cant beleive they never made a bike for it.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:what kind of bike? posted by SOPHIEB on 7/25/2001 at 5:52:46 PM
????? Ha!

AGE / VALUE:info on Midwest Industries posted by: David on 7/24/2001 at 6:34:04 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any info on the following: a kid's bike (I assume), looks kind of like a tricycle, but with only 2 wheels, pedals on the front wheel. Tire sizes are 12x1-1/2 front and back, the tires have printed on them: Eclat, Akron, OH, ez-turn by welsh. The bike has "Midwest industries, Willard, OH" printed on it. It is a dark pink/red with white rims. My dad bought it in 1962 and said it was old then. Sorry for the long post, any ideas? Thanks in advance,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:info on Midwest Industries posted by Cal on 7/25/2001 at 6:17:06 AM
I've seen these before. It has hard rubber tires, right? I think they are from the 1920s and were early 'sidewalk' bikes for kids.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:info on Midwest Industries posted by David on 7/25/2001 at 6:58:15 AM
Yes, it does have hard rubber tires. Any idea on what it's worth? Seems to be in pretty good shape.

AGE / VALUE: posted by: bryan on 7/23/2001 at 4:35:14 PM
this is a added part to my earlier queery. the only model of bike i could find that looks almost the same is a sears spaceliner did schwinn make a similar "space age" looking middleweight?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Cal on 7/24/2001 at 5:57:07 AM
It could be a JC Higgins - they made a chrome bicycle with a red tank.

Does it say Schwinn on it? Could someone have simply put a Schwinn headbadge on it?

What width are the tires (1.75)?

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by TF on 7/24/2001 at 6:06:08 AM
Schwinn did not make a chrome space-age bike. They made the Stingray, which caused the end of middleweights.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by JOEL on 7/24/2001 at 6:52:37 AM
The style of the frame sounds like a sears/jc higgins flightliner. (definitely NOT schwinn) Huffy and others also made chrome frames. You should find a picture of a Flightliner in the archives.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by bryan on 7/24/2001 at 11:39:30 AM
thank everyone! the bike looks allmost identical to the "62" sears flightliner. i guess someone could have put another tank on it. and it does have 26/1.75 tires

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by JOEL on 7/24/2001 at 1:09:41 PM
The Flightliner was made by Murray for Sears. Murray frames have a distinctive pointy rear dropout.

If it really has a Schwinn tank added, you can probably trade it for the right one.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by bryan on 7/24/2001 at 1:19:45 PM
ok folks its a 60's sears fleet wing i found the exact same bike on nostalgic.net it dos'nt have the same crankshaft,but that is the orignal tank some just changed the switch so the light would work. is it worth anything?

AGE / VALUE: posted by: bryan on 7/23/2001 at 3:06:48 PM
i have a 26in mens bike.the whole body is chrome except for the tank which is red thats where the light and horn is.(thats the only part of the bike that has the schwinn logo on it) the top and bottom tube are doulble chrome rods that extendto the rear axle,also has a rear rack i cant find a serial number

AGE / VALUE:Help me out with the age of my old Schwinn posted by: Larry on 7/22/2001 at 7:04:31 PM
Please help me out. I've got an old Schwinn 26 in mens bicycle that i'd like to restore, but i can't find any info about this particular bike on the net. I need some info so i can restore it back to as close to as original as possible. I'm guessing it's a early to mid 60's model, but that is just based on bikes i've seen similar to it. The frame is similar in style to an old spitfire, but it has dual chrome bars extending from the neck down to the front axle. The serial # on the frame is B338276. If anyone could help me out with ANY information about my bike, please email me.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Help me out with the age of my old Schwinn posted by goob on 7/22/2001 at 7:31:37 PM
i think you have a feb 1963 year.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Help me out with the age of my old Schwinn posted by Tom Findley on 7/23/2001 at 7:03:31 AM
Buy a 1963 brochure so you can check all the details. The 1961 cqtalogue shows the Hornet and Streamliner with 2 chrome bars going down to the fork.

AGE / VALUE:Huffy Silver Jets (Beautiful) posted by: Howard on 7/22/2001 at 10:58:54 AM
Does anyone know the age/value of a matched pair of beautiful chrome Huffy Silver Jets? Are they rare (I NEVER see them anywhere-like I do the Spaceliners and such)? And is a matched pair even rarer? They look like early 60's and have flawless chrome frames with maroon headlight tanks with horn and light switches in it and maroon rear rack with tail light. And maroon & silver chainguard--and of course the little chrome jets on both front fenders. And where could I sell them? Any help or knowledge would be appreciated. Howard

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Silver Jets (Beautiful) posted by Chris on 7/24/2001 at 7:45:07 AM
The Silver Jet was the top-of-the-line Huffy middleweight. To determine the age, look at the first digit of the serial number (precedes a letter). This should be the second digit of the year. Determining the first digit of the year requires looking at certain features of the bike. Does the boy's bike frame have the two smaller tubes above the tank, with the single larger tube below it? If so, the bike is at least a 1964, as that style of frame was introduced in 1964. There are other clues, such as the style of the chainwheel, that can help determine the year.

AGE / VALUE:cool bikes posted by: Doug on 7/22/2001 at 5:35:04 AM
Hi fellow bike nuts,I just was looking at e bay and at the top of the first page are 2 of the nicest bikes Ive seen a Monark silver king and a Hiawatha arrow really cool to look at but pricy take a gander if you have time see yall later.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   cool bikes posted by Jim on 7/22/2001 at 11:19:46 PM
Good eye Doug. Two of my personal faves. Thanx

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   cool bikes posted by JOEL on 7/23/2001 at 7:10:52 AM
Nice stuff. Did you see the Huffman Twinflex?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   cool bikes posted by Doug on 7/23/2001 at 3:46:48 PM
Going to check it out shortly ran out of time yesterday thanks for the hint.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:cool bikes posted by Gary M on 7/23/2001 at 10:20:12 PM
To me there is no finer looking bike then a Monark Silver King Hex Frame. I want one badly. have a 1950 ladies bike nearly mint waiting to strip for parts to build mine. just need a clean frame

AGE / VALUE:austrian frame posted by: eric on 7/21/2001 at 8:53:31 PM
i just picked up an older bike. it's a sears brand. what caught my attention though was that the lugged frame was made in austria. it was wienmann side-pull brakes front and rear, a five speed cogset, a cottered crank with one chainwheel. another interesting feature is that it has a pulley under at the juncture of the tt, st and seatstays that the rear derailleur cable is routed through. can anyone give a little history on this bike? i didn't even know dept. store frames were made in any other place then taiwan. any info would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:austrian frame posted by Mike Stone on 7/23/2001 at 10:43:00 PM
I cannot tell you about your specific bike, but Sears was importing three speeds from Austria at least as early as 1958. I actually saw a mint Sears Austrian three speed with all the papers and even the receipt from 1958. Foolishly, I didn't buy it for the $5.00 price tag.

Anyway, I see these bikes often. They were exceedingly well made with high quality components and lugged frames as you described. I parted one out a couple of months ago and kept most of the parts because the quality was so very nice. Only the frame when to the dumpster.

It was a real shame to part out such a fine bike, but they have such low value and I didn't have the space to keep it.

If you need a bike to ride, you have a nice one there in the Sears Austrian bike.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:austrian frame posted by Charlie on 7/29/2001 at 4:59:49 AM
I agree about the Sears Austrian bikes. I have one a friend dug out of a dumpster. It's gives a surprisingly comfortable ride and is very well-built. It has some cool features like an oil filler cap down near the bottom bracket and a chainring that says JC Higgins. I don't know why their value is next to nothing.

MISC:any one please help posted by: cindy on 7/21/2001 at 7:45:02 PM
hello i have a schwinn bike G080796 can someone please give me some info on this bike

   RE:MISC:any one please help posted by D.L. on 7/21/2001 at 8:50:40 PM
Looks like it was made in April 1950. Look at photo database or post pic's

AGE / VALUE:I have the serial number but what is the model? posted by: julie on 7/21/2001 at 1:59:24 PM
I have a girls schwinn balloon tire bike with the serial # e195478 on the bottom of the pedal crank case. It is blue with white pinstripping, the chainguard kinda looks like it has a wing motif to it no name of model, it looks like there was once a sticker on the chainguard, there is a round impression on it. any help on the model name, I think from the serial number it is a 1952. but how do I find the model name?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:I have the serial number but what is the model? posted by Doug on 7/21/2001 at 5:54:24 PM
Post a pic if you can or check the picture database on here to see if they have one which looks similar to yours good luck.

AGE / VALUE:Huffy Serial Numbers posted by: Sophieb on 7/20/2001 at 2:06:58 PM
Does anyone know how to decode Huffy serial numbers from the 1960s. Also, does anyone have old Sears catalogs from the mid 60s indicating model numbers for bikes sold by Sears but manufactured by Huffy? Thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Huffy Serial Numbers posted by Chris on 7/24/2001 at 7:48:56 AM
See my response to the question above regarding Huffy Silver Jets. Basically, you can determine the last digit of the year from the first digit of the serial number. After that, you have to look at other features of the bike to determine if the decade is 50's, 60's or 70's.

FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by: George Stage on 7/19/2001 at 9:16:31 AM
have 1948-52 murray strato line, blue with white.
1930s Raleigh with drum brakes black
1930s royal needs restored black/white, 1974 schwinn sprint (rare bent frame road bike)blue, schwinn traveler, schwinn breeze, schwinn 3 spd racer, men and womens 1970's huffy sportsmen's. 60s columbia, murray jetfire or missile mens and womens. chrome spaceliner. have others. except for the stratoline, royal and sprint, most other bikes are in restorable to perfect condition but only around $20 because i have too many. the royal would be around $100-$300 im not sure. and i was told to ask 1200 for the murray but im not sure. please email for a better discription or pictures. thanks for the read

   RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by Kevin C. on 7/19/2001 at 5:08:32 PM
George--Please check your e-mail. I will take the Raleigh.

   RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by 666 on 7/23/2001 at 8:16:45 PM
George, check your fingers for your rings to make sure they are still there after you sell the raleigh.

   RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by Gary M on 7/23/2001 at 10:22:49 PM
where are you located?

   RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by James Cox on 7/24/2001 at 6:24:44 AM
Could I get more information on your Royal and your Murray? Thank you very much.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by George Stage on 7/24/2001 at 9:31:22 AM
Ok if you havent noticed I dont know what many of these are worth. lol Im in Ohio near Cleveland. For any more info on the bikes email me and I will send a pic and a discription, instead of crowding this page any more. the raligh is sold for a little over $100 right now and im satisfied with that, The murray im not expecting 1200 for but it is worth quite a bit, I really want to know what that schwinn sprint was worth but nobody can tell me. And that schwinn traveler is worth probably $100 also its mint and only needs a front tire! but im probably not going to ask that much because of shipping costs and I need to sell most of these bikes.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:bikes for sale posted by george stage on 7/25/2001 at 8:43:30 AM
The royal may be sold. The murray is a girls, its blue and white, it is all original except for the tires. It has a good front headlight that is complete and the battery terminals had no corrosion. It still has the rear reflector, it has a tank with a horn also had good battery terminals. the paint is mostly good but does have some scratchs and rust here and there all decals and pinstriping are still there. chrome is decent.im not expecting $1200 but a good offer wont be turned down. give me an email for pics

FOR SALE:NOS 20" Balloon Braces posted by: Bikeyard on 7/18/2001 at 2:32:18 PM
For Sale 10 pairs of 20" balloon braces. Wald. $35 shipped View them at http://bikeyard.home.mindspring.com/balloon

   RE:FOR SALE:NOS 20 posted by Bikeyard on 7/18/2001 at 2:35:25 PM
Correction 5 pairs 10 braces total

   RE:FOR SALE:NOS 20 posted by MNSmith on 7/18/2001 at 3:00:24 PM
I'll take 'em. Check your email. Thanks!

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:NOS 20 posted by Bikeyard on 7/18/2001 at 4:35:40 PM

   RE:RE:RE:FOR SALE:NOS 20 posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/19/2001 at 8:43:09 AM
I was in this old shop one day, and suddenly I went into a transe and I was unable to stop myself from bringing home every brace in the place all 10 boxes full. Strange because I don't care about this stuff! I have braces, many braces. I will get all the 20 inch stuff together. E mail me if you want braces.
Wald braces!people buy braces! Oh goodie! ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com

AGE / VALUE:Vista Rover posted by: Patrick on 7/18/2001 at 2:04:59 PM
I have a Vista Rover Cruiser(?) bicycle, which I bought at a rummage sale 16 years ago. I love it but dont have any info onit year value etc. It also has no fenders which I'd like to replace. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Vista Rover posted by Robert on 7/25/2001 at 9:38:13 PM
I have a Vista-duo tandem bike that I bought used back in the early ' 80's. It's a single speed bike. I have yet to see another like it. I wonder who made these, and or who sold them. Your Vista bike is the only other that I've ever heard mention of. Anybody out there have any info on these off makes? Thanks.