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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Rover bicycle posted by: Wayne Martin on 9/2/2001 at 3:56:41 PM
Anyone have any information on a Rover bicycle? See the bike at www.geocities.com/mil_works/bike.jpg Any age/value info would be greatly appreciated.

AGE / VALUE:   Reproductions, Yeah or Nay? posted by: Kent on 9/2/2001 at 11:45:57 AM
I was wondering if some of you experts could voice your opinions on reproductions in general and specifically, the Roadmaster Luxury Liner, Columbia Superb & Schwinn Phantom.
Any advise give would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Reproductions, Yeah or Nay? posted by Kent on 9/2/2001 at 2:17:56 PM
ooops! found the right forum. will post there. sorry!

BALLOON:   Schwinn Panther Axle Nut posted by: Don on 9/2/2001 at 5:23:31 AM
I have a 1950 Schwinn Panther with the New Departure rear brake hub. I need to locate a outside nut for the rear axle (the ones outside the dropouts)which appears to be very close to a 3/8's 24. Any info on this part would be welcome. Thank You

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Panther Axle Nut posted by Call Memory Lane at (419) 832-3040 on 9/4/2001 at 10:45:17 AM
No nuts from a hardware store will fit a bicycle.

   Gotta persuade the vendors to bring in the small bit parts like fasteners, e.t.c. posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 9/4/2001 at 5:34:37 PM
Next swap meet you go to, ask the people to bring in the boxes of small bit parts in to the meet. Envision whole tables where a box of parts is dumped onto where folks can root thru and find things like nuts, bolts, brake hardware, e.t.c.

   RE:Gotta persuade the vendors to bring in the small bit parts like fasteners, e.t.c. posted by Joel on 9/5/2001 at 3:00:25 PM
Sounds like the Memory Lane booth.

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Panther Axle Nut posted by Jeff on 9/9/2001 at 11:29:10 AM
Most bike shops should have a nut to fit your axle. It probably won't be an 11/16" head though

WANTED:   Rollfast Seat Post Clamp posted by: Tom on 9/1/2001 at 2:21:10 PM
Does anyone have an NOS Seat Post clamp and bolt for a mid 40's Rollfast. A used one in excellent condition would be OK.Is there anyone who makes these.

AGE / VALUE:   Coast to Coast posted by: John B. on 9/1/2001 at 4:17:47 AM
Hope somebody can answer this one. Who made the bikes marketed by the Coast to Coast hardware stores? Took one "in trade" for my old Collegiate at the motorcycle swap yesterday. Must be late '50s or '60s. Cantilever frame, painted fenders, red band Bendix. Really not in bad shape and both wheels match so I'm guessing its all original. I don't imagine its worth a bunch, but for what I had invested in the Collegiate, I figure the guy paid me $10 to take his old bike. Any help is appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Coast to Coast posted by Gordon on 9/2/2001 at 6:18:57 AM
Some were made by Schwinn, but these were usually marked "Schwinn" somewhere else on the frame regardless of the C To C headbadge. Later ones I believe are either Huffy or Murry. Perhaps you can match chainring design, dropout features or other characteristics to bikes in the photo gallery.

MISC:   ross 26" posted by: Richie on 8/31/2001 at 12:19:22 PM
does any one know where i can get some pics of a ross 26" mens bike around late '50s early '60s?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Tornado info decals posted by: John Pavkov on 8/31/2001 at 8:44:52 AM
I have a 1957 Schwinn Tornado that I'd like to restore. I really need the decal that says "Schwinn Tornado" on the chain guard. Also any info as to color schemes and the seat type would be helpful.
Thanks Alot, John

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Tornado info decals posted by goob on 8/31/2001 at 9:14:33 PM
Did you check memory lane or maple island?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Who made 30s-40s Western Flyers? posted by: Rudgematch on 8/30/2001 at 7:45:48 AM
I was wondering if anyone knew who manufactured the Western Flyer middle weight frames of the late 30s and early 40s.
I't thinking of the twin top-tube variety... (not cantilever). They're HEAVY and heavy-duty.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Who made 30s-40s Western Flyers? posted by Joel on 8/30/2001 at 2:09:57 PM
Shelby and Cleveland Welding Co. built pre WWII Western Flyers.
These were NOT middleweight bikes.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What kind of bike is this? posted by: John on 8/30/2001 at 7:03:02 AM
I have a middleweight frame from the 60's. My father bought it used in 1966. It has pointed rear drop-outs. I can answer any questions you may have to help figure out what it is.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What kind of bike is this? posted by JOEL on 8/30/2001 at 7:45:37 AM
The pointy rear dropouts would be a Murray built frame. Could be any number of dept. store bikes.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What the value of posted by: Mary on 8/29/2001 at 10:10:35 PM
Could anyone give me a dollar value for blue and white
Hollywood Schwinn, serial number E338921 (May '53???).
Just rusty, but still has original leather seat pouch (rough).

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   What the value of posted by Lynn on 9/10/2001 at 4:54:19 AM
Bought a Schwinn Bantam at a garage sale Serial #A16579. Date built?

AGE / VALUE:   Brunwick posted by: sam on 8/28/2001 at 6:37:18 AM
Is Brunwick Bicycles the old Columbia(AMF)Co.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Brunwick posted by Annette on 8/28/2001 at 12:37:29 PM
Brunswick Bicycles are the ones who made the replicas of 50's styles bikes. Examples 1953 Roadmaster Luxury Liner Cruiser, 50's style Columbias, & 50's style Western Flyers. For more information please contact me by email or call 510-769-0980.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Brunwick posted by Gary M on 8/28/2001 at 3:25:47 PM
they also make Mongoose, FS Elite, and quite a few others.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Brunwick posted by bikenutz on 9/9/2001 at 11:31:15 AM
Pacific now owns Mongoose.

BALLOON:   Columbia or Rambler posted by: Jess on 8/27/2001 at 12:14:35 PM
I found a treasure in a garage yesterday. The bike says five star supurb, the grips and seat tube say Columbia, but the stem plate says "Rambler". Seial Number matches a Columbia of 1954. So is it a Columbia or a Rablmer or both? Any insight would be appreciated.


   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia or Rambler posted by Schwinnderella on 8/27/2001 at 1:38:12 PM
This is a columbia , I believe ,With a Rambler headtag. Columbia used different tags for different outlets just as Schwinn did.

   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia or Rambler posted by ken on 9/4/2001 at 5:22:51 PM
Rambler was not an outlet, but a model name of a Columbia model.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Middle weight De/lux Hollywood posted by: Ben on 8/26/2001 at 7:46:13 PM
I have a Girls, Middle weight, Schwinn DE/LUX Hollywood, tire size is 26" x 1 3/4" black nylon. Clean condition, seat is in great shape, white, paint is good, rear wheel sprocket has 1 red ring, has front and rear racks. How much is this worth? I would like to sell it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Middle weight De/lux Hollywood posted by Gary M on 8/26/2001 at 10:48:57 PM
i have a beauty on my lot here, its a 65, one rack, blue, 2speed rear hub, been here for months @ $125. heard about one selling for $350 on Ebay, but couldnt find the auction to prove it. anything over $100 is a fair price, at least here anyway.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwin Middleweight Tiger (Blue) posted by: Ben on 8/26/2001 at 7:39:24 PM
I have my Schwinn Tiger (Blue), purchased 12-23-60, tire size 26" x 1 3/4" white wall nylon, Male, clean condition, seat excellent blue, two speed shifted with the peddle, rear wheel sprocket has 3 red rings. How much is this worth? Yes I am willing to sell it.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Parts frozen until auction is completed posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/26/2001 at 12:38:00 PM
With Schwinn on the auction bock again, the local shop cannot order parts. Everything seems to be frozen. How long this will go on I don't know. If your local shop has the same problem I don't know that either, but I would guess that is the same all over the country. Lets hope things get back to normal. The re- pop parts like racks and springer forks are going fast and aren't likely to re- appear.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Parts frozen until auction is completed posted by goob on 8/26/2001 at 6:26:06 PM
I ask my local schwinn dealer what he was going to do when huffy toke over schwinn and he said he was no longer going to carry schwinn. He thanks they will end up in wal-mart and wal-mart will sell and send them to him for waranty work. He is looking for another line of bikes.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Parts frozen until auction is completed posted by sam on 8/26/2001 at 6:47:30 PM
Hay Goob,maybe it's time to check into Benotto of mexico!They have a large plant in centrol Mexico and produce a large line of bikes,including cruzers and rod brake roadesters,mountan bikes ,BMX & kids bikes.Maybe our bike shops should start carring there line instead of Tiwann bikes with american names---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Parts frozen until auction is completed posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 8/27/2001 at 5:04:20 PM
I am not talking about E- bay but rather the fact that the Schwinn Company is up for sale again.