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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Huffy Silver Jet posted by: Kris on 10/27/2002 at 5:58:33 PM
I am looking for a Huffy "Silver Jet", girls frame in green, bike. It was my first "Big Bike" as a kid. If anyone knows the whereabouts of such a bike, please let me know. Thanks to all!

BALLOON:   Phantom Tank installation posted by: Lynne on 10/26/2002 at 9:54:40 PM
I have a '90's Schwinnrepro that I am considering building into a Phantomesque cruiser and just wondered about something. Can somebody please explain to a mere simple girl and bike build virgin how the Phantom horn tank installs into the frame?
Can anybody help?

Cheers, Lynne

   RE:BALLOON:   Phantom Tank installation posted by sam on 10/26/2002 at 11:52:50 PM
Should be a couple of screws on one side of the tank.Unscrew them and you have two halfs--sanwitch the frame between the tank halfs and put the screws in to hold the tank together.Good choise for a cruzer.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Phantom Tank installation posted by Lynne on 10/27/2002 at 8:56:40 AM
Thanks for the info Sam, I have seen repro tanks for sale on the web but was unsure about ordering one in case it wouldn't fit into my frame.
Time to start building I think !

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Jet-Rider... posted by: Fred A on 10/25/2002 at 9:28:03 PM
Does anybody have an idea as to the year the Columbia Jet-Rider came out? I just bought one on ebay, with the rear stay number begining with "HO" and isn't showing a listing on this web site. It's a men's middleweight with a straightbar, spring fork up front, a rear carrier and chainguard. Appears 100% original. Seat is two tone. Colors are white and blue.

Thanks in advance..........
Fred A

AGE / VALUE:   Model Name/Value posted by: Jeff on 10/25/2002 at 3:35:12 PM
I am trying to determine the model name and approximate value of a bike I just inherited from my dad. Here are the specifics as I have determined from my research: The Bike was purchased in 1947 (as determined from the warranty card). The Serial number is located on the bottom of the bottom bracket and is numbered 000048. The frame style is not cantilever and not straight bar, so I guess it is called DX? The paint scheme is Red with Cream accents with the Hornet style pinstriping. The Stem is a Wald, prewar model(slotted at the bottom with a round wedge). The Sprocket is a sweetheart skip tooth. The bike was originally equipped with painted fenders, but they were removed by my dad when he was a boy. The fork is a flat bladed model w/o truss rods. Did the bike originally come with truss rods? The front hub is a Schwinn Script hub, The rear is a New Departure. I believe the rims are s-2, factory painted white with black pinstripe. Tires are Original Schwinn Typhoon Cord blackwalls (brick pattern). The Seat is the messenger style (springs front and rear, low profile leather, original leather embossed but I can't make out the text. I do not believe the bike originally had a tank. The badge is bronze and reads Arnold Schwinn & Company, One World, Chicago Illinois. Any information related to this bike would be helpful. As the serial number is 48, does this make this bike one of the first post war models?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Model Name/Value posted by MNSmith on 10/28/2002 at 6:23:05 PM
I doubt the bike came with truss rods otherwise it would have the truss rod forks. The first post war models were made in 1946. A DX frame has a lower bar that has a gentle curve. This bar is directly below the top bar.


MISC:   Tire date codes? posted by: Steve C. on 10/24/2002 at 4:00:32 PM
Does anyone know how to read the date codes on Schwinn tires?

   RE:MISC:   Tire date codes? posted by sam on 10/27/2002 at 10:17:54 PM
If you ask that guestion on the muscle bike group--they know the answer--but it's somewhat complicated with a circle thing devided into 4 parts and a dot in each part to mean which year etc.Sting ray guys worry about such stuff a lot---sam

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Silverjet bicycle posted by: Eric on 10/24/2002 at 1:19:35 AM
Hi i am supposed to go look at a bike called a silverjet it reads that on the chainguard, i dont know who made this bike, cant find any pictures or info on this site, Thank You, Eric law

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Silverjet bicycle posted by Chris on 10/25/2002 at 9:12:23 PM
Huffy made a middleweight bike in the late 50's to mid-60's called a Silver Jet. The frame was chrome-plated, as were the fenders, with the tank, chainguard, and rear carrier painted. It was their top-of-the-line middleweight bike, and had a horn in the tank, along with a two-bulb headlight, and even a taillight attached to the rear carrier (at least in the 60's).

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Silverjet bicycle posted by Jim on 10/26/2002 at 8:44:52 PM
There is currently a Silver Jet on Ebay, #727289469.

AGE / VALUE:   texas rangerette circa 1955 posted by: david on 10/23/2002 at 9:54:38 PM
i have recently purchased a texas rangerette. can't seem to find mch info about this cycle. can anyone help?? would liek to know who made the bike and find some pictures too.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   texas rangerette circa 1955 posted by sam on 10/24/2002 at 4:24:46 PM
I've seen these bike.They must be kinda like a western auto bike(western flyer)in that several companys built them.I don't know who sold them.I have one that that is a 60s AMF bike(sting ray style)I'd start by compairing your bike to Murrays,Huffys&AMF bikes.

AGE / VALUE:   texas rangerette circa 1955 posted by: david rush on 10/23/2002 at 9:54:38 PM
i have recently purchased a texas rangerette. can't seem to find mch info about this cycle. can anyone help?? would liek to know who made the bike and find some pictures too.

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AGE / VALUE:   What is this tank from?? posted by: edgarecks on 10/22/2002 at 10:38:10 PM
Does anyone know if this tank (ebay # 726835318) was made for a specific bicycle, or was it strictly an aftermarket product? I have a set of these, they don't fit Schwinn cantilever frames, they do fit Murray and some others.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What is this tank from?? posted by Gordon on 10/23/2002 at 2:44:04 AM
I had a middleweight Wards Hawthorne with that very tank. But I don't know who made the bike for Wards.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Early Varsity posted by: Ted on 10/20/2002 at 12:28:16 PM
The following question should be a middleweight question; When did schwinn first produce the Varsity, I just found a 1953, 26 x 1 3/8 tires, Sturmey Archer 3-speed, full fenders. I've only read about the 1960 8-speed being the first one? This '53 is all original out of a barn! Anyy information is helpful.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Early Varsity posted by Gordon on 10/20/2002 at 2:20:43 PM
Collectible Schwinn Built Bikes book list the Varsity as being available in 1953. Described as a Standard Model Lightweight 3 speed with rim brakes. Mens model was W115 and ladies was W615. Sold for about $65.00.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Early Varsity posted by schwinnderella on 10/20/2002 at 6:45:10 PM
I also have a 53 varsity. Are you sure yours has a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed. Mine as well as other 3 speed varsities I have seen have a Brampton 3 speed. I would love to see a pic of yours. You can see a pic of mine on Rubin's Schwinn Collector's Site as well as other pics.Here is the link for my Varsity.

AGE / VALUE:   Could it be an Autocycle? How would I know? posted by: Don on 10/20/2002 at 2:18:42 AM
Hello. Another old Schwinn followed me home from a farm auction this afternoon. It is in pretty sad shape with lots of surface rust and the like. But there were a few things that drew my attention (and bid number) to it. Mostly it was the fork. The fork has lock (but no key). It also has two small "arms" that extend straight foward just below the head tube. The truss rods pass through these small "arms" and down to the area of the front axle. It also has a sprocket that is unlike any of my other Schwinns. I did see some pictures of Autocycles and they have this same type of sprocket. But I have no idea if these sprockets were used for other styles of bicycles. Without removing the rear fender stays I can only read the first five digets of the serial number "B5977". Any ideas about this bike? What else should I be looking for on it? I'm planning on going to Memory Lanes bicycle swap meet on Oct 25th. Even in rough condition is it good trading material?
Thanks, Don

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Could it be an Autocycle? How would I know? posted by Ken on 10/23/2002 at 6:10:17 PM
If I recall correctly, The Fender Doctor does locksmithing for Schwinn fork locks.The Fender Doctor is Wes Pinchot, 1-847-259-0484, weekends or evenings. He lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

AGE / VALUE:   1953 Black Phantom posted by: Dave on 10/17/2002 at 2:34:48 PM
1953 schwinn Black Phantom for sale .this bike is in outstanding original condition.E-mail me for pics

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Bicycle posted by: Bob on 10/17/2002 at 4:39:57 AM
In posting my note the other day I messed up not saying the name of the bike. It is a Columbia with the # 423 1493 marked on it. it is red with yellow pin striping. I'd appreciate if anyone knows the age and what it might be worth. Thanks Bob

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   CORVETTE & PANTHER posted by: Marty Mullins on 10/16/2002 at 9:46:14 PM

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   CORVETTE & PANTHER posted by Cam on 10/18/2002 at 10:31:01 PM
I'd grab them both. How many 3-speed middlewieghts do you see? How many old American Schwinns do you see?
Oldrhodes here has NOS Schwinn rear racks for that Corvette, click on Parts For Sale above.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   CORVETTE & PANTHER posted by Steven Dopp on 10/18/2002 at 10:33:13 PM
Sounds like a reasonable price on both bikes if they are in decent condition. The Corvettes never came equiped with a rear rack stock as far as I know.