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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Twosome posted by: Gary on 5/21/2002 at 3:41:44 AM
Have an original Columbia tandem (Twosome). Maroon and white in color...Where did they put the serial number on these...Any help is appreciated...

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Twosome posted by Kip on 5/21/2002 at 1:12:14 PM
Under the crank hanger, I think

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Twosome posted by Jim on 7/2/2002 at 11:07:47 PM
Hi Gary,
I just read your description of your "Columbia Twosome". I have the same bike in the same colors and was wondering if you knew how old it is, its value and if you have any other useful information you can pass along. I look forward to hearing from you.

AGE / VALUE:   1940s Colson Ace Fyler posted by: Gina on 5/21/2002 at 12:09:13 AM
I have a 1940's Firestone "Ace Flyer" which I am trying to restore. I know nothing on bikes, but do plan to use this as a beach cruiser, for week-ends. My bike does not have a tank, and does not have a rack. The paint is a dull red and creme yellow details. Should my bike have a tank/rack? What is the value. My friend said i should buy a new chain and tires (the originals are black and thick, but cracked) Is it important to keep the original chain? I can purchase new tires. looking for others to email who have the firestone. I believe this is a bike for a man. gina

AGE / VALUE:   Montgomery Ward Mens Hawthorn bike posted by: George on 5/20/2002 at 4:15:19 AM
Could you please help me. I need information on an old bike I purchased, its a mens Mongomery Wards Hawthorn bike serial number J08910. Thanks George

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Montgomery Ward Mens Hawthorn bike posted by Gordon on 5/20/2002 at 3:12:51 PM
There is no serial number list for Hawthornes that I am aware of. Your best bet is to buy the book "Elgin, JC Higgins & Hawthorne Balloon tire Bikes". Or, if you can email me a photo of the bike, I can check in my copy and try and identify it for you. The photo should show the chain ring, chainguard, carrier and tank - if present.

AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by: Jimmy on 5/20/2002 at 1:28:50 AM
is a black schwinn corvette all original with racks, lights, chrome and decals worth anything??

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by Tom Findley on 5/21/2002 at 11:27:21 AM
Go to www.ebay.com Type

Schwinn Corvette

in the search box. You can see what's available now. Then Click on the Completed Auctions bar on the left. You can see what they are bid up to.


AGE / VALUE:   Lincoln Schwin posted by: Ernest Evans on 5/18/2002 at 9:13:38 PM
Looking for info on a girls Lincoln Schwin serial E107794.
Need parts and any information available. I know nothing about old bikes,this was bought new for my wife.
Thanks for any help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lincoln Schwin posted by ken on 5/20/2002 at 2:31:11 AM
I think what you have is called a Schwinn-built bicycle, which basically means it's a Schwinn that was retailed by another firm. A look at the serial number database on this site left me somewhat in doubt; where's the serial number located? If under the pedal crank hanger, your bike is pre-1952. If it has a built-in kickstand it's post-WW2. Serial numbers don't normally indicate model. In order to be of any help, we will want to know tire size and other features. Take a look at Schwinns in the picture database (above) and try to find one that resembles yours. Good luck.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lincoln Schwin posted by Ernest on 5/20/2002 at 2:04:40 PM
Thanks for the reply. Here is some additional information based on your reply.

The serial number is on the bottom bracket, and it has a built in kickstand. the tire size is
26 X 2.125. It has Schwinn Quality Chicago on the down tube and on the chain guard.

The plate on the front says Lincoln and Chicago Cycle Supply Co.,Chicago, USA.

Is this a true Schwinn bike? Is it of any value as a collectable?

There are no pictures in the data base. Where can I get parts?

Thanks for any information you can give me.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lincoln Schwin posted by Chris on 5/22/2002 at 12:30:34 AM
Tell us what parts you are needing. Have you checked out the books on Schwinn?

AGE / VALUE:   Struck again posted by: Gary M on 5/18/2002 at 6:22:17 AM
got a couple cool bikes today. 1956 Schwinn heavyweight frame, says American on it, has hand brakes, with the right ribbon on back, has a Bendix 2speed lever action coaster on the back, looks nice. also got a early Ladies Roadmaster, complete in very nice trim, will make my boys model complete... Except judging from the sprocket the boys is a CW and the girls is a Murray. oh well i will just make one anyway. and just for the heck of it i got a near mint Schwinn Paramount 25 in road bike with all Deore components for free. not a bad day eh? and BTW i crawled through the pile till i got the correct chaingaurd off that Murray Eliminator i got last week. what fun

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Struck again posted by sam on 5/18/2002 at 3:04:18 PM
Gary,Roadmaster did use a sprocket very similar to the Murry " manhole"sprocket for one year(pre-war I think)good finds---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Struck again posted by Gary M on 5/19/2002 at 12:33:30 AM
your correct i can say that, this is a Cleveland Welding Roadmaster, its an all original bike, and has a 4 row manhole sprocket, its a prewar skip tooth in fair shape, i am now considering a his and hers, both my prewar bikes are straight and stock.

AGE / VALUE:   Rocket ray on Schwinn's posted by: Andrew on 5/17/2002 at 9:40:00 PM
I wanted to know when the Delta Rocket Ray was first used on Schwinn's, there's a very nice 1949 girl's Panther on ebay currently. Is the Rocket Ray correct? I've heard that '51 was the first year?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rocket ray on Schwinn's posted by cj on 5/17/2002 at 10:58:52 PM
I have a 49 boys and don't know what it is call but the light is flat with an S on top of it.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rocket ray on Schwinn's posted by Schwinnderella on 5/17/2002 at 11:26:25 PM
Either your bike is not a 49 or the bike has the wrong headlight,the headlight you describe was original on a middleweight , Happy collecting!!

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rocket ray on Schwinn's posted by cj on 5/18/2002 at 1:07:40 AM
i don't know which light you are refering to but i have had mine sense christmas 1949 and its all orginal

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rocket ray on Schwinn's posted by Schwinnderella on 5/18/2002 at 3:15:10 AM
I guess I do not know what light you are referring to. I do not have a 1949 catalog but my 1950 catalog shows a Rocket Ray for the Panther. I suppose you could be referring to a Phantom type light but the S on the top that you mention cunfuses me. Certainly the autocycle from that time period uses a Phantom style light and is of course very similar to a Panther. I suppose that earlly Panthers could have used the Phantom style light but I have never seen one with an S on the top. happy collecting!!

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn w/metal basket posted by: sheila on 5/17/2002 at 2:38:15 PM
I have acquired an seemingly old schwinn with a metal basket on the back. I have no idea where to look for numbers on the bike, what is the dropout? I am new at this.
Please advise with any info that may help. Thank you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn w/metal basket posted by Stacey on 5/17/2002 at 2:58:47 PM
Congrats on you new Old Bike... and welcome to the addiction too! A "Dropout" is the large heavy metal tab or stamping where the rear wheel attaches to the end of the frame. Look on the left one (as sitting on the bike) or under the "Bottom Bracket" the large diameter tube that the pedal crank passes through. Can you give us more information on your find? Tire size, seat and handle bar type, number of speeds, or in some instances colored bands on the rear wheel hub might give clue in the case of a Schwinn. Details... we need details! LOL!

In the wind,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn w/metal basket posted by MNSmith on 5/17/2002 at 10:07:47 PM
You can try this. http://www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber.htm

FOR SALE:   3 Womans Schwinn Breeze models posted by: Michael on 5/16/2002 at 1:11:15 AM
3 Breeze model Schwinn's 4 sale they are all in very good condition. I would like to find a good home for them ASAP!! One is from 1976 and yellow in color the others two are from may of 1970 all bikes are all original.The other two are 1 green and 1 blue. I can e-mail as many pics are needed.

AGE / VALUE:   Monarch Super Deluxe girls balloon tire posted by: paul on 5/14/2002 at 5:07:25 PM
I have a 1950s? lime green colored Monarch Super Deluxe girls bike complete with whitewall tires, headlight, gas tank horn, front basket, rear rack and springer fork in fair to good condition. I'd like sell it to make room in my but have no idea of a fair value. Anyone? I also have a 1947 Columbia girls balloon tire complete, and 3 other bikes for sale too.

MISC:   New concept posted by: Ryan on 5/14/2002 at 2:19:04 AM
i am looking into designing a pedal car for adults. it will be based on a new 3 wheeled recumberent with front wheel steering and rear wheel drive. i am planning to make a fibreglass flaring kit in the style of a vintage car. any feedback on the flaring and 'big boys pedal car' concept would be much apreciated!

   RE:MISC:   New concept posted by ken on 5/14/2002 at 4:32:38 PM
Have you seen the books called Encycleopedia that come out once a year (since about '98)? My book store carries them. They have great pictures and descriptions of alternative cycling technologies including 3- and 4-wheeled recumbents. You can't help but get some ideas.

   RE:MISC:   New concept posted by ken on 5/17/2002 at 4:33:00 PM
Another fabulous source, with hundreds of jpegs and other stuff, which I forgot to mention, is the International Human-Powered Vehicle site. ftp://www.ihpva.org/incoming/ is the directory of member uploads. Everybody should check this out...

AGE / VALUE:   Steyr 26" Girls Bicycle posted by: Louis on 5/13/2002 at 7:32:17 PM
I bought a 26" Steyr girls bicycle with a San Marco seat, front and rear generated lights, ESGE rear luggage rack, front and rear hand brakes, 6" Semperit baloon tires and a Simplex five speed shifter. Bike is in excellant condition, some minor pitting on chrome. Would anyone have idea as to age and approximate value? Thanks

AGE / VALUE:   Steyr 26" Girls Bicycle posted by: Louis on 5/13/2002 at 7:32:17 PM
I bought a 26" Steyr girls bicycle with a San Marco seat, front and rear generated lights, ESGE rear luggage rack, front and rear hand brakes, 6" Semperit baloon tires and a Simplex five speed shifter. Bike is in excellant condition, some minor pitting on chrome. Would anyone have idea as to age and approximate value? Thanks

BALLOON:   Help us with our bike posted by: Mitch/Holly Kenitzer on 5/13/2002 at 2:32:29 PM
We recently purchased aan old bike at a rummage sale. At the park someone stopped us and told us that this was an older bike that we should restore possibly from the 1950's. This bike is a girls bike and it has all the original tires. The name on the bike is Murray also Monterey. Obviously we know nothing about vintage bikes but it's never too late to learn. If you have any information on this kind of bike , please e-mail. Thanks

   RE:BALLOON:   Help us with our bike posted by Stacey on 5/13/2002 at 10:53:42 PM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Mitch & Holly. But your Murray Montery I don't think it is much older that late 70's at best... probably mid to late 80's. I bought one at a thrift shop last autumn for the neat wide white wall tires. Paid $5.00, but the rest of the bike was toasted.

Please, don't get me wrong... very retro styling there and a great bike to ride and enjoy in the park. Clean and polish it, fix any defects... even do a kustom repaint and hang some fox tails from those nice wide bars! Give your desires and creativity their head here and have fun with your new mount. It would be cool if you could share some photos when you have it finished. Thanks for visiting with us.

In the wind,

   RE:BALLOON:   Help us with our bike posted by goob on 5/14/2002 at 10:33:56 PM
I got took. I paid $20.oo each for a boy and girls pair.

AGE / VALUE:   Spaceliners going up in value posted by: Tom Findley on 5/13/2002 at 2:04:20 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Spaceliners going up in value posted by Gary M on 5/14/2002 at 12:21:35 AM
now if that as my bike i wuld be lucky to get a $50 bid