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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Homemade decals posted by: Bob on 5/13/2002 at 5:18:47 AM
Hey! I just discovered a way to make inexpensive homemade decals.Maybe some of you already know about it, but I experimented and came up with this alternative to buying the inkjet waterslide decal sheets for Thirty bucks.
I used clear inkjet address labels. Using Paintshop pro I created the image, then printed multiple images on the labels (some hit the gaps between). After letting the ink dry for two hours I top coated with Krylon clear acrylic spray (the same the water slide decal people use). After it dried...Presto peel and stick, that wont come off and are waterproof! The only problem is if you need white, as inkjet printers dont print white, it comes out clear. In my case I was putting a black and white decal on a tank that was white so it worked great. Now on to the gold and black post decal.
Email me if you have any questions.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Homemade decals posted by Stacey on 5/14/2002 at 4:42:46 PM
Excellent idea... and they come in a variety of sizes too, even full sheet I believe. The possibilities are endless!

Something that occured to me with regard to your "white" dielema which might doo the trick, especially if you use a wide border around the white area. Print the same "decal" out on the white label stock, then carefully with an e-xacto knife, cut out the necessary white piece and then lay it on the back of the "decal" you made on the clear label stock to create the needed white area. It would be interesting to see how well this would work. Regrettably, I stuck with just a black laser printer.

In the wind,

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Homemade decals posted by goob on 5/14/2002 at 10:36:22 PM
has anyone heard if schwinn decals can be made now that they are in bacnkrubt?

FOR SALE:   Shelby Airflow posted by: Matt Brady on 5/12/2002 at 11:44:47 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. Make an offer - $225 sounds reasonable to me but email me and we can work something fair out. Thanks - Matt

AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by: Phil Randall on 5/12/2002 at 9:27:55 PM
I am wanting to restore a J.C. Higgins boys bicycle that I purchased last week. It looks similar to a picture of a bike in the J.C. Higgins section on this site. That bike was a 1960. Mine is red with white pin stripes. It appears that it once had a tank as there is a bracket of some sort behind the head tube. I would like to identify the year and model of this bike. It also looks like it had a speedometer at one time as some of the mounting bracket is still on the handlbar stem and there was part of the mechanisim still down on the front axle. How hard would it be to find an apropriate tank for this bike? Are there any J.C. Higgins collectors or parts suppliers out there that can help me? It has a Komet or Kome ? coaster brake. My bike did not have grips or tires so I am wanting to find some appropriate pieces to replace what I am missing.

thank you

FOR SALE:   Old Elgin frame - fork - etc. posted by: Ray on 5/12/2002 at 3:40:16 PM
Check it out...


AGE / VALUE:   a bike posted by: clayton on 5/11/2002 at 2:30:26 AM
hey 1 of my friends got a spaceliner at a auction awesome shape he payed a buck for it it has a horn lites that run off a battery who makes it what year did they make them

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   a bike posted by Gary M on 5/12/2002 at 2:07:28 AM
its a Murray sold through sears. if the front lense is intact its a miracle, and treat it as such. is it rusty? if so you could part it out for fast cash if the lense and tank are nice, but i dont think they are bringing what they deserve, nicest one i ever saw at an auction was $13 and i bid 12$

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   a bike posted by Gary M on 5/12/2002 at 2:07:42 AM
its a Murray sold through sears. if the front lense is intact its a miracle, and treat it as such. is it rusty? if so you could part it out for fast cash if the lense and tank are nice, but i dont think they are bringing what they deserve, nicest one i ever saw at an auction was $13 and i bid 12$

BALLOON:   Hudson brand posted by: Michael Pasqualini on 5/9/2002 at 2:35:12 PM
I am looking for some help. I am new to this hobby and I have an old bicycle with ballon tires ( 26 x 2.125 ) and springs above the front tire. The name on the badge says 'Hudson" but I cannot find any info about this brand. Anyone have an idea on if this is an offshoot brand (american, english) or vintage (approx) ? Thanx

   RE:BALLOON:   Hudson brand posted by sam on 5/10/2002 at 10:19:34 AM
Sounds american.you'll have to check the data base for a match--look at the front sprocket on you bike and try an match it up with one in the data base

   RE:BALLOON:   Hudson brand posted by Gary M on 5/12/2002 at 2:12:21 AM
Hudson was the name of a American car, and a darn good one at that. being so that bike may bring a ton more then its actual value. Wether its a schwinn or a CW in wolfs clothing, i bet you will get more with a fresh paint job, chrome clean and spruce up from a Hudson owner, advertise it in Hemmings, under Hudson. unless its clean nice paint, or similar, shine that puppy up!

BALLOON:   Model name and equipment posted by: John on 5/8/2002 at 4:57:41 PM
Am looking for a model name, list of original equipment, pics etc. of Schwinns similar to mine. Ser.# E05110 which I think was made in 1952? Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Thanks - John

   RE:BALLOON:   Model name and equipment posted by goob on 5/8/2002 at 10:47:18 PM
Serial number will not give you a modeal. need the description

   RE:BALLOON:   Model name and equipment posted by ken on 5/9/2002 at 5:50:30 PM
start by looking at the pictures in the vintage bicycle picture database on this site. Might as well take a picture of yours that you can email, so you can show others. Don't give up.

BALLOON:   Model name and equipment posted by: John on 5/8/2002 at 4:57:41 PM
Am looking for a model name, list of original equipment, pics etc. of a Schwinn Ser.# E05110 which I think was made in 1952? Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Thanks - John

   RE:BALLOON:   Model name and equipment posted by JOEL on 5/13/2002 at 4:54:45 PM
That could also be a 5/1960 serial # if it is located on the rear dropout. The serial number does not indicate the model and there are many models.

BALLOON:   1952 Schwinn for Sale posted by: Jim Swain on 5/7/2002 at 8:07:51 PM
I have a 1952 Ladies Schwinn Panther for sale. Serial Number is G310757. It is in good shape with all original parts and paint. The horn does not work and it is missing the light on the front fender. Original tires, seat, etc. It is not rusted and is in rideable condition. If interested, please contact me and I will mail you a picture.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Tiger.. 1958? posted by: Toby on 5/6/2002 at 11:09:41 PM
Hi, I have done a ground up restoration on a men's Schwinn Tiger, but am still unsure about its year. The serial # is K 63225 and is stamped on the left rear dropout. According to the year/serial # chart on this site it is a 1953. For some reason I don't think this is correct, or is it?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Tiger.. 1958? posted by Bobo on 5/23/2002 at 6:07:28 AM
Toby.. Your bike is not a Schwinn. According to the serial # it is a 1938 Hargenhoosle from Germany. Its value at an auction would be from $3,000 to $5,000 in #1 or restored condition. Good Luck!

AGE / VALUE:   Identification posted by: John on 5/6/2002 at 8:24:52 PM
starting from scratch! I recently aquired an old bycycle and would like to restore it. I am looking for references, pics of original bike etc. the name plate under the handle bar is B.F.Goodrich and there is an old sticker on the frame below the seat that has schwinn on it. I can't seem to find a serial #. The front end has an extra brace almost like a springer, the tire size is 26x2.125 and the frame is red. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identification posted by Joel on 5/7/2002 at 2:03:39 PM
Schwinn built bikes for BF Goodrich. You will find the serial # under the bottom bracket, on the left rear dropout, or under the badge on the steer tube. The extra brace is called a truss rod.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identification posted by John on 5/7/2002 at 3:00:32 PM
thanks Joel. I now have the ser.# E05110 and according to the schwinn chart the bike was built in 52. Any idea where I might track down the model name, original equipment, pics etc.?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identification posted by sam on 5/9/2002 at 1:32:23 AM
I think they used the same model names as Schwinn did just added the Goodrich badge.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Identification posted by Brian Ptacek on 5/11/2002 at 2:23:31 PM
i am inquiring about a 50's to 60's model Firestone Vagabond, and i was just wondering either where to look or if you could find a price and a picture. thank you


MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Need ken h phione of kens bike barn posted by: Eric Law on 5/6/2002 at 6:02:40 PM
does any one know his last name or his phone number,, his email is not working

AGE / VALUE:   Spider Man bike ca. 1978 posted by: Rif Addams on 5/5/2002 at 8:49:39 PM
Hi All!
I am a pack-rat / collector. I have come to the conclusion that I need to thin out some of my stock.
I decided that, with the advent of the long awaited and much anticipated "Spider Man" movie perhaps I'll start there. The time seems right.
First off I am a Spider Man Collecter, not just some bozo trying to score some quick cash from a current fad. I hate to break up any of my collections but I've just got too much.
So, slowly getting to my point here, I was wondering the what the value on my child size, hard tire (tricycle type), all original, non coaster brake Spider Man sidewalk bicycle might be?
Anyone got an idea?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spider Man bike ca. 1978 posted by same on 5/5/2002 at 11:46:27 PM
I should add that I understand that this will be of lower desirability to bike enthusiasts as opposed to the Spider Man collector / enthusiast. I'm just gathering info from different resources at the moment.
Also, the head badge (decal) says A.M.F. Junior.
Again thank you,

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spider Man bike ca. 1978 posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/9/2002 at 8:18:13 PM
Now if the Spider Man bike shoots out web goop and the pursuing nasty dog gets all stuck up in webbing, that would be great!

You would think with all the folks growing up on Spiderman that instead of pepper spray they would have liquid webbing compound in little guns that immobalize the burgular or whatever.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spider Man bike ca. 1978 posted by smg on 5/10/2002 at 4:43:35 PM
The sci-fi author Alan Nourse used this idea in a 1962 juvenile space opera titled "Raiders from the Rings".

AGE / VALUE:   150.00 Schwinn Corvette? posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/5/2002 at 7:48:20 PM
Mens (or boys) Schwinn Corvette with S-7 rims with a Sturmey-Archer S.W. with a Cyclo adaptor making it a 9 speed. A Huret Alvit does the shifting mated up with a Cyclo speed shifter. Nice red frame/ fork. original tires (whitewalls)
original seat, handlebars, grips are missing.
no front or rear rack
If the Corvette had a tank it is missing too. I don't think the corvette had a tank. Original chainguard is there, good condition.
rear and front chrome fenders are origonal but they have been crunched in places. Each one too. they can be straightened.
He wants $150.00 for it. I said "No!"

He didn't like that! and said there were others who would grab it. We'll see.
Original rims have not been out kissing kerbs. It was refreshing to see that. This was pulled out of the garage and sold and now he wants to mark it up and sell it to me. I like to pull them out myself. No middleman, unless it calls out to me to bring it home. This one was not talking loud enough!
I have a Wasp with 26 X 2.125 wheels and another typhoon and it didn't seem cheap enough for me. The Cyclo adaptor was cool.

This bike is too heavy, but the way it was geared made it acceptable. I am not a middleweight guy, not fully and it shows.

Carlilse 26 X 2.125 Indian head whitewalls used, for $35.00
seemed steep to me. I have been spoiled by picking these up for less. Still, these go for this much and higher. There are Carlilse whitewalls on e- bay this moment. I have s-7 wheels and Pirelli replacement tires already. A green girls bike and I saw two more. I don't want any more.

What about you guys? Any Schwinn Corvette loving bike people out there? I'll bet somebody would want this and be glad to find it!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   150.00 Schwinn Corvette? posted by Chris on 5/5/2002 at 8:07:24 PM
No front fender lights or rear lights either.
I'm getting so that if it doesn't have all the options and is in good shape I pass on it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   150.00 Schwinn Corvette? posted by ken on 5/7/2002 at 7:00:09 PM
Corvettes don't have tanks. Some came with SA 3spds... The hard part to replace will be the saddle, which had the grab rail. I wasn't able to get $150 for my 63, with Bendix kickback and all orig except saddle, but its paint is not good.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   150.00 Schwinn Corvette? posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/7/2002 at 11:40:51 PM
Thanks! Without the grab rail seat,I couldn't grab it!

AGE / VALUE:   Looking for Phatom front fender light. posted by: Howard on 5/5/2002 at 2:21:33 PM
Does anyone know where I can find a metal front fender light,either repro or original? Thanks, Howard