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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   SHELLBY BIKE posted by: ASHUR on 3/29/2002 at 1:31:05 AM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   SHELLBY BIKE posted by aaron on 4/1/2002 at 1:17:10 AM
shelby is a very common bike made in the 1930s-1950s they made bikes under thier own name and for other companies including the best selling gambles hardware store bike hiawatha.

AGE / VALUE:   Am I Missing Something? posted by: Elizabeth Weber on 3/29/2002 at 12:34:12 AM
I took a magnifing glass to my Schwinn, Checked the rear dropout, checked the crankcase, check the neck tube, not a number in site, how deep are the serial #?
Should i get out the industrial strength paint remover?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Am I Missing Something? posted by Stacey on 3/29/2002 at 2:15:47 AM
Sounds like your Schwinn has been heavily repainted. The S/N stampings are generally a couple thousandths deep... on a good day. Though I've seen some lightly stamped, which make it difficult to tell a 6 from an 8 from a 9, etc. But you can usually find them easily. If, indeed, the bike has been heavily painted then either chemical or mechanical paint removal might just be in order. Good luck. Persever and you'll find them. When you do, please stop back and let us know what you've found.

In the wind,

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Am I Missing Something? posted by Elizabeth on 3/29/2002 at 9:49:18 PM
Well a lot of elbow grease later, the seral # is J148421 makes the year 1953, now all I need to figure out is the model (heavy duty, or corvet)

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Am I Missing Something? posted by MNSmith on 3/31/2002 at 10:32:19 AM
1953 is too early for both the Heavi-duti and the Corvette. Your choices are Phantom, Streamliner, Panther, Hornet, Leader, Meteor, Deluxe Spitfire or the Spitfire.

MISC:   New BikeRod&Kustom Webzine posted by: JimW. on 3/28/2002 at 9:01:59 PM

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   headlights posted by: Michael Paschal on 3/28/2002 at 3:03:08 PM
Hi, I'm tryig to restore my childhood bike, a 1961 Panther III, but am missing a few trim pieces. Does anyone know where I can find the twin headlights or starburst name badge? Many thanks.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   headlights posted by Jimbo Jones on 3/31/2002 at 2:00:49 AM
There is a set of the headlights on ebay right now.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by: Mike on 3/28/2002 at 4:51:54 AM
Hi, can anyone tell me the year of my Schwinn Corvette. It's emerald Green and the serial # is H944248 (I found the serial chart confusing). Thanks,

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by Tom Findley on 3/28/2002 at 12:52:36 PM
August, 1959

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Any value info available? posted by: j.m. on 3/28/2002 at 1:02:28 AM
Looking for any information on a Schwinn Heavy-Duti middleweight made in 1975 which I recently received from a family member. Would like to sell but have no idea what to ask for it. In fair shape, some rust, chrome fenders, fair rubber. Any thoughts welcome.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   tires posted by: roald on 3/28/2002 at 12:31:42 AM
im looking for replacement tires for an old schwinn traveler, s-6 rim size i believe. 26 x 1 3/8. i anyone making new ones and where can i find them? i would like to get good quality tires because i ride on gravel and pot holes. thanks,

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   tires posted by Tom Findley on 3/28/2002 at 12:50:23 PM
Call Memory Lane Classics at (419) 832-3040 9am-5pm Eastern time

AGE / VALUE:   Updates at Classic Riders posted by: Greg on 3/28/2002 at 12:07:27 AM
Lots of updates at www.classicriders.com. Check out our Gallery, Classicfieds, Service Center, and our newsest addition, Classic Bike News. CBN features the history of bicycle companies along with great pictures. Check back on a regular bases as many more articles will be added.

Thanks, Greg

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   SR College Sport posted by: Edna on 3/27/2002 at 5:16:54 AM
Did Sears Roebuck produce a 5 speed bicycle under the name of SR College Sport?
I bought this one at a garage sale, of course, and know nothing about it.
It seems like a strange make. Is it worth reconditioning?
No rust, the brakes work.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   SR College Sport posted by Edna on 3/30/2002 at 4:53:36 AM
Oops, a rather glaring typo here: it's a 10 speed. Egg on the face.
Sears put its name on everything they carried, so some other company probably made this bike for them, and labeled it with the "SR".

AGE / VALUE:   The maddness continues posted by: Tim on 3/27/2002 at 1:04:28 AM
Well I just bought another one this is a J C Higgins girl`s anyone know J C serial numbers #502 46610 032352 Any information asto age/value all my other bike`s are Schwinn`s I`m at your mercy?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   murray meteor flite posted by: jeff on 3/26/2002 at 11:08:56 PM
Looking to find out some info on a bicycle I just bought. I believe it is a middleweight. I would like to know any info anybody has on a murray meteor flite. The bike is a girs green bike with a light on the down tube. What year is this, where would I go to find tubes, tires and to see about getting the light fixed on this?

AGE / VALUE:   Am I getting this posted by: Tim on 3/26/2002 at 9:49:28 AM
Ser#jc56847 is this a 67?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Am I getting this posted by ken on 3/26/2002 at 9:01:18 PM
yup, Oct 67 according to the list...

AGE / VALUE:   No help on age?? C'mon now!! posted by: Brian on 3/26/2002 at 4:57:46 AM
Schwinn tourist with ser#122582 on left drop out. Has a lugged frame, one speed. Any idea?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   No help on age?? C'mon now!! posted by Kim on 3/26/2002 at 2:03:12 PM
Might want to also ask under the Vintage Lightweight topic.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   No help on age?? C'mon now!! posted by ken on 3/26/2002 at 9:04:32 PM
If it's got the quality/Chicago cross decal then I suggest you see if there's a letter or two hiding in there.

BALLOON:   red phantom / bf goodrich posted by: jason on 3/26/2002 at 2:33:14 AM
I have a red phantom W/schwinn @ BF goodrich, bolth on the badge.Is this more or less rare? Im in the blind, any info would help.

   RE:BALLOON:   red phantom / bf goodrich posted by ken on 3/29/2002 at 7:17:00 PM
Since no experts have chipped in, I will... I'm going to guess that collectabilty is about equal between Schwinn and Schwinn-built. The badge is the only difference. There is a book entitled Schwinn-Built Bicycles, by Pridmore & Hurd I believe, but I've been wrong once today already.

AGE / VALUE:   kick stand posted by: Don on 3/25/2002 at 11:07:30 PM
Help-I have a 1980 beach cruiser-springer front, drum brake, and five speed. I removed the kick stand to powder coat frame and can't figure out how to get it back together.I pulled the pin out easily to remove it but I can't figure out how to put it back in and collapse the spring. HELP PLEASE.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   kick stand posted by Stacey on 3/25/2002 at 11:50:02 PM

You might have a look here for the solution to your problem.

(that's supposed to be a tilde in front of the rrrrguy, not a "funny comma"... I forget it's name)

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   kick stand posted by MNSmith on 3/26/2002 at 3:58:58 AM
Thanks for passing along the web address Stacey!!! For those that would like to copy and paste the URL, you can use this version to do that! http://www.concentric.net/%7Errrrguy/repair2.htm And as always, feel free to ask as many questions as you need!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   kick stand posted by metlhed on 3/26/2002 at 4:08:03 AM
stacey, it is called an apostrophy, not a funny "comma" lol

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   kick stand posted by Tim on 3/26/2002 at 10:04:12 AM
If you do alot of these it`s worth it.I have a cheap C-clamp with an old socket welded to the piviot end slot the socket so it fits over the kickstand a scrap piece of wood on the frame protect`s the paint fit it over the frame piece turn it down just snug if you go to tight it`s hard to put the pin back in .You could just buy the tool but where the fun in that?