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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   columbia 3 star posted by: mark on 3/15/2002 at 12:04:38 AM
Does anyone know what year columbia stopped putting the truss on there bikes? Also what year did they stop making the 3 Star bike? Thanks

FOR SALE:   Mint Shelby Airflow posted by: Matt Brady on 3/14/2002 at 7:37:44 PM
Hi, i have a shelby airflow frame in excellent condition that i am interested in selling if it is worth anything to anyone. it had surface rust but i cleaned it up and painted it. it has like two dents the size of this "O". The original nameplate is on the headtube in good condition other than being painted over. This is extremely straight solid and smooth. It has the original forks except for the front support bars. they are rusted a little but i havent tried to clean them. It also has a pair of bars and a stem in rough condition but i doubt if they are original. What appears to be the original rear (or maybe front?) fender is in excellent condition. The bearing cups are in the frame but they have been painted. The bearing cones and the bearings themselves are there too. I got this to build a lowrider bike but i found out how old and rare it is. ill feel guilty using it for something other than a restoration. i dont have the tank or any other parts. I dont know a thing about antique bikes but i know this is rare enough to be worth something. Please email me back. Thanks - Matt

   RE:FOR SALE:   Mint Shelby Airflow posted by Matt Brady on 3/17/2002 at 2:29:58 AM
I found out what this is worth and i am asking $300 for everything but make an offer and we will work something out. Thanks

MISC:   rixe or pixe bikes posted by: teresa on 3/14/2002 at 6:42:35 PM
hi, my husband and i recently acquired an old bike. it has a fender name badge that is either pixe or rixe. it has fancy writing and you can't tell whether it is rixe or pixe. it has a serial number. the seat is a leather one and says person manufacturing, worchester mass.. we cannot locate any info. on this type of bike. does anyone have any info.>? thanks.....mark and teresa

BALLOON:   Paint scheme for 1935 Shelby men DeLuxe posted by: Bill on 3/13/2002 at 1:33:58 AM
I trying to find the correct color scheme form my 1935-37 Shelby Men's Balloon DeLuxe bike. It's base paint is a maroon and supposed to have blue trim with white from the head stem down each tube in the shape of points. DeLuxe on the gas tank. I looking for anyone who can show me a color picture and then what shade of blue and what the Deluxe color would look like. Thank you for any help.

   RE:BALLOON:   Paint scheme for 1935 Shelby men DeLuxe posted by Cal on 3/13/2002 at 1:43:18 PM
Have you looked at the Shelbys in the Picture Database?

WANTED:   chainguard posted by: freddie on 3/12/2002 at 9:36:26 AM
I come in peace.Hi I just picked up an old bike yesterday and I need some help. It is a skip tooth ladies bike with new departure hubs,model D. coster brakes,chain adjuster screws.It also has a series of holes along the rear fender with two small butterflie lookin brackets near the dropouts for laceing to keep a skirt from getting into the spokes. The headbadge is missing as is the chainguard.Somebody in the past covered the entire bike with brushed on red barn paint. I think this was a good thing as there is no rust at all.The tires were rotted but I put on a new set and rode it about 2 miles with no problem. I would like to get a age proper chainguard if I can. I would like the correct one for this bike but not knowing the make is a problem.Also the fender braces are pre war. This bike would be very easy to restore as accept for the barn paint and missing guard it is in perfict shape.Can anybody help me. Thank you and will be waiting for a reply.

   RE:WANTED:   chainguard posted by steve on 3/12/2002 at 2:40:00 PM
Could you post or send a pic? That's the best place to start.

   RE:WANTED:   chainguard posted by Joel on 3/12/2002 at 9:28:50 PM
Yes, post a picture if you can. Your discription has no clues to point to a particular maker. You might also try looking at pictures on the web (here, EBAY, Nostalgic.net, first flight bikes,...) and see if you can find a good picture. The old paint may clean off of the original paint underneath, at least well enough to match the colors and find the paint scheme.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   chainguard posted by freddie on 3/12/2002 at 11:13:37 PM
I have tried many times in the past to post a picture and can never get it to work.Maybe I can get my step daughter to help me as she is much better with computers than I am. The high tec game when I was growing up was kerplunk.I love old bikes and now have 35 in my collection with more questions than answers. pictures would help a lot.

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   chainguard posted by steve on 3/13/2002 at 2:15:49 PM
You could try to email a JEPG photo to me directly as an attachment.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   chainguard posted by JOEL on 3/13/2002 at 4:00:02 PM
Free image hosting at ONEBIGVILLAGE.COM is really easy. You can load the picture directly off your hard drive, then post a link.

MISC:   Miss America posted by: Randy on 3/12/2002 at 7:34:17 AM
Hi, There was a beautifully restored Miss America bike on eBay maybe two weeks ago. Did anyone save a picture of it? I can't seem to find it in past auctions. Thanks!

   RE:MISC:   Miss America posted by Joel on 3/12/2002 at 3:48:43 PM
I didn't catch that one but you might find a picture at Nostalgic.net

   RE:MISC:   Miss America posted by metlhed on 3/12/2002 at 11:05:54 PM
i have a picture of one i dont know if it is the same one though. email me for it.

AGE / VALUE:   I can't find a serial # posted by: Spencer on 3/12/2002 at 12:07:26 AM
I bought an old Bike at a garage Sale-- The previous owner said it was a schwinn -The Bolts are initialed with an A.S. The Badge is Lasalle "Chicago Bicycle and supply" I have no idea how to figure an age on this thing It has a light on the front fender, little reflectors hanging from the hubs It is Black with some white trim-- looks original but I don't know anything about old bikes Year? and is it worth anything? Thanks - Spencer

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I can't find a serial # posted by MNSmith on 3/12/2002 at 1:35:08 AM
Go to http://www.concentric.net/%7Errrrguy/bike.html . In my Repair and Restoration section is an article that shows you where to find "Those pesky serial numbers" for Schwinns. Find your number and post it here. Someone will come along and help you date it!! Maybe even me!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I can't find a serial # posted by clayton on 3/17/2002 at 10:57:11 PM
i am not sure but your bike is a a schiwnn about a 1954-1960 i recently seen one on ebay that fits your deacription its called a phantom i think and it sold for 1200$ on ebay but it was like new condition send me a pic also check under the tank (if it has one) for a horn if it does and it works itll be worth bout 1 hundred dollars more

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   I can't find a serial # posted by MNSmith on 3/18/2002 at 8:43:50 AM
I don't know how possible that would be since the LaSalle headbadge probably wasn't used past 1954.

AGE / VALUE:   what is this? posted by: Kathy on 3/10/2002 at 6:27:04 PM
One of my friends just bought a B.F.Goodrich made by schwinn
the bike is original dark blue the rims match the color of the bike ,not a springer but has struts from gooseneck to wheel,baloon tires leather seat any ideas on the year.
he think`s it`s a57 but it has got a black Morrow coaster brake so that tells me it`s older than he thinks
Any help???

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what is this? posted by clayton on 3/17/2002 at 11:00:25 PM
uhh check that gooseneck for anyplace to put a key cuz lately i seen a schwinn front fork with a lock

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia 5 star superb posted by: Greg Adamian on 3/9/2002 at 7:57:52 PM
My wife came home with a Columbia 5 star superb. We suspect it is a repro but aren't sure the serial number is G 1323846
It is in very good condition and I'd like to know the value and if it is in fact a repro.

Thank you

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia 5 star superb posted by JimW. on 3/10/2002 at 7:49:10 AM
If it's in nice shape, with good paint, intact decals, and functioning bells & whistles, it's probably the repop from a few years ago. If she traded the family Lexus for it, it may be an original, but is still probably the repop. But, it's a very nice repop anyway. There's an article at the CABE about the repop, and the differences between it and the original. It's well worth reading, and may answer your questions.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia 5 star superb posted by Schwinnderella on 3/11/2002 at 1:57:27 AM
What color? I believe the reproductions were green and cream ,the cream looked more like yellow to me. How about reflectors on the pedals? As I recall the repo came with reflectorized pedals but non reflectorized rubbers were included. Serial # should help identify.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia 5 star superb posted by Greg on 3/11/2002 at 12:01:23 PM
Thank you. It is green and cream and in good condition but the pedals aren't reflective. I am now 99% sure it is a repro. I will check out the cabe, so thanks for the suggestions. By the way, she didn't trade in the Lexus .... her friend did (lol). He bought it at auction and now wants my wife to sell it (she sells vintage jewelry so I don't know what he was thinking). Anyway, thank you both again for the help.


MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn American posted by: mike on 3/9/2002 at 5:31:51 PM
I recently picked up a I believe, a 1956 (W14615)? green and white Schwinn American Girls 26 in bike, It's in OK shape, (rusty rims and handlebars, but I think they will clean up for a rider) I restore stingrays, and don't know much about these, Is it worth anything, I'm restoring it for my wife, she had one as a kid...just curious...thx MM

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn American posted by sam on 3/10/2002 at 12:48:16 AM
Value is not high.In the schwinn middle weight class the Corvette is the one with the most value.The Americans came as standard(painted rims)or Delux (chrome rims&2or3speed)Should give 40 more years of good service with little work.Hope ya'll enjoy them--sam

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn American posted by mike on 3/10/2002 at 6:29:11 PM
Thanks San, Looks like I have another resto project on my hands... thanks again...MM

BALLOON:   Columbia - Thunderjet posted by: Ray on 3/8/2002 at 6:47:21 PM
Dear Sir or Madame -I am pulling together my family’s history and am desperately seeking a picture of a Columbia “Thunderjet” Bicycle(26 inch) that my mother and father bought for me around 1951 - 1953 time frame. The bike had a black frame and a red tank. The “tank” also has a white decal (painting ?) of a Thunderjet streaking through the sky.
I realize this is a “shot in the dark” request...but any assistance or direction you might be able to offer would be gratefully, gratefully appreciated.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Ray

   RE:BALLOON:   Columbia - Thunderjet posted by Joel on 3/8/2002 at 9:47:07 PM
Is this it?


BALLOON:   MERCURY BICYCLES posted by: JOE on 3/8/2002 at 6:19:18 PM
Looking for information on Mercury bicycles.1948 to 1950.Model F26 perhaps?

BALLOON:   Gamble ? posted by: Dan on 3/7/2002 at 11:25:20 PM
I passed up a ballooner at a sell that I'm curious about. It had a repaint in 1985 by "Doug" it said so on the BB shell, so the paint wasn't orig and I really hoped I could get it for a few dollar's. Well the Auctioneer started out by saying " I sold one of these classic bicycles yesterday for 300 dollar's" from then on the bidding went beyond what I thought the bike was worth and I left the sale. The only brand name I could find was on the faded tin badge near the bottom had read Gambles, was this a bike produced for the Gambles Department store's or Proctor and Gambles, anyone have a guess on this one ?

   RE:BALLOON:   Gamble ? posted by Jimbo Jones on 3/8/2002 at 12:57:45 AM

Yes. Often called an Gambles Hiawatha. Probably made by clevland welding. Simular to a roadmaster or hawthorne. See picture database .

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Gamble ? posted by Joel on 3/8/2002 at 2:52:34 PM
Gambles bikes were also made by Mercury and Shelby at times. Some of the Shelby-built Hiawatha bikes are quite valuable.

BALLOON:   Need rebuild info for Bendix Automatic 'kickback' red band hub posted by: bryan on 3/7/2002 at 7:38:33 AM
Hello all.

I picked up a 2 spd. bendix kickback hub recently.
It's a bit gunked up internally and would like to disasseble it, clean and lube it. Can't figure out how to get the damn thing apart!

Any tips would be really helpful. It's the red band model.

Please email me...cheers!


   RE:BALLOON:   Need rebuild info for Bendix Automatic 'kickback' red band hub posted by Tom Findley on 3/7/2002 at 12:11:13 PM
Go to this page:
Scroll down and click on the link to Mark Smith's Bendix Kickback hub overhaul page.

WANTED:   28" tires posted by: Al J. on 3/6/2002 at 9:36:36 PM
I'm looking for a source for the pre-war 28" single tube type tires. If you know a website or have a phone #, I'd appreciate the info. Thanks.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by paul on 3/7/2002 at 12:47:03 AM
somewhere I read that Harper Manufacturing in Dunbar West Virginia has 28 inch single tube tires.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by Tom on 3/7/2002 at 5:19:51 AM
You could try www.firstflightbikes.com Jeff has some new ones 28 x 1 1/2" Have a look around his website for old bike stuff. I just bought off him.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by Stacey on 3/7/2002 at 11:31:20 AM
Coker Tire (www.coker.com) should have them.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by freddie on 3/8/2002 at 9:38:29 AM
What a lucky day. Memory lane classics has 28" tube type tires on page 51 of there catalog for $12.00 ea. The phone # is 419-832-3040. Good luck.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by ken on 3/8/2002 at 5:54:09 PM
Here's Harper tire info supplied by charlie h (thanx charlie)

Harper Machine & Mfg. Co.
1329 Dunbar Ave.
Dunbar, WV
Tel. (304) 768-1147
Freddie please note: "singletube" is not a clincher tire design.

   RE:WANTED:   28 posted by Al J. on 3/8/2002 at 11:52:07 PM
Thanks to all for your time and all the info.