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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Light bulbs posted by: Bob on 5/28/2002 at 10:40:40 PM
I have just completed restoration of my boyhood bike, a '63 Sears Mainliner (Huffy). Turned out great, but I am having a problem with the dual light bulbs burning out after ten minutes or being to dim. I have tried two different types from True Value, one pair said for flashlights with one AA battery (burn out)and the other said for flashlights with two AA batteries (too dim). It takes two screw in flashlight type bulbs, and has two side by side D cells. Any help on which type of bulb I need to use and where to get them i.e. Radio Shack ect?
Thanks in advance.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Light bulbs posted by Gary M on 5/29/2002 at 2:51:39 AM
they are probably not burning out, they are most likely breaking from vibration and bumps. try an automotive type bulb instead of a flashlite bulb

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Light bulbs posted by Bob on 5/29/2002 at 2:21:04 PM
Thanks Gary, but where do I get "automotive type" 3 watt bulbs? or do I use two 1.5 volt bulbs?

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Light bulbs posted by Jimmy on 5/29/2002 at 9:39:28 PM
Radio Shack would be my first try, they have all types of electrical stuff, then you could try any automotive store, like O'Reillys, Napa, Advanced Auto Parts, or try walmart, target, kmart, or some type of elctrical store that sells light bulbs.

WANTED:   Schwinn Corvette or similar posted by: Peyton on 5/28/2002 at 9:03:14 PM
I'm looking to purchase two vintage Schwinn Cruisers of late 50's/late 60's vintage in good condition. Any ideas?

In addition, I'm 6'2", and I know that most Schwinns don't fit me correctly--what is the largest frame size from that era? Thanks!

   RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Corvette or similar posted by Tom Findley on 5/28/2002 at 9:57:36 PM
The largest cantilever frame was 19" from the crank housing to the top of the seat tube.

After trying to get the handlebars and seat raised to the proper riding height, I think a middleweight bike like a Corvette would be too small for you. Get a baloon tire bike (26 X 2.125" tires) and wide handlebars like the Phantom, Wasp, Hornet, and Heavy Duty has. Even though the frame is the same 19" the tires stem, and handlebars are bigger, and fit adults better.

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Corvette or similar posted by Jeff on 5/31/2002 at 6:00:22 PM
In the early sixties Schwinn made a "king size" American. I've only ever seen one of these but I remember it had a taller frame.

AGE / VALUE:   The Average Value for 1956 Huffy Radiobike posted by: Jimmy Lee Ray on 5/28/2002 at 8:21:29 PM
Hey pals, what's the average value for an 1956 Huffy Radiobike in mint condition? I've that ol'bike here for immediate sale you du'ya want it! I livin'now in El Paso, Texas.

Jimmy Lee Ray
El Paso, Texas

AGE / VALUE:   Need help identifying posted by: Frances Beauman on 5/28/2002 at 5:58:57 PM
We have an old Schwinn bicycle which had been in my uncle's garage forever. He was 92. We tried to determine its age by comping the serial number the list we found on the old roads web site to try to determine the age but cannot seem to match the numbers exactly. The serial number on our bike is 7F89498. It is a boys Hornet in good condition with all original hardware. Can anyone tell us what year it was built and what is worth?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help identifying posted by Stacey on 5/28/2002 at 10:01:36 PM
Might your "F" really be an "E"? Sometimes the stampings were a bit lacking in the depth department. If that's the case, possibly the lower arm on the "E" didn't srtike completly, thus giving the illusion of an "F". If indeed your dropout is stamped with an "E" then your bike was built somewhere between 11/19 & 11/25 of 1957.

Thanks to our good friend Guido this information is detailed at: http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/CodesStartPage.html

BALLOON:   new departure rear hub posted by: Chuck A. on 5/28/2002 at 12:32:15 AM
Hi, Ihave a '58 schwinn DX I rebuilt the rear hub(new departure),packed the bearings and internal parts with synthetic grease,but it squeeks loudly when I apply the brakes. any ideas on why this is happening? THANKS,Chuck

   RE:BALLOON:   new departure rear hub posted by A Friend on 5/28/2002 at 2:00:26 AM
Let me ask a very dum question, did you wash out the hub real good, and the indivisual disks inside the New departure hub? Those little friction plates inside the hub may have rust in between the plates. Causing a sqeeking sound almost like a rough sqweeling. When something has sat for many years it becomes like a varnish. Reclean everything again, and take all the plates apart and clean the bearings real good, and do a visual inspection with a magnafide class. Check the bearing seats for wear. Don't over tighten your parts. Hope every thing works out for you.

   RE:BALLOON:   new departure rear hub posted by Tom Findley on 5/28/2002 at 12:09:41 PM
Add a teaspoon of 10-30w oil to the hub.
A Bendix automatic hub I have squeaks after it has set unused for a few weeks, and stops with regular use.
This is after cleaning it to bare metal, and regreasing it 3 times.

   RE:BALLOON:   new departure rear hub posted by Chuck A. on 5/28/2002 at 4:50:16 PM
Thanks for the info. I did clean everything inside the hub,and the parts did have a varnish like coating on them.I will clean everything again just in case. the oil sounds like a good idea, there is a little flap covering a hole that I assumed was for oil, but I'm new to this old bike stuff so I was'nt sure. THANKS for the help. Chuck A.

   RE:BALLOON:   new departure rear hub posted by Chuck A. on 5/31/2002 at 11:04:41 PM
just wanted to let you guys know that the 30W oil did the trick.no squeeking and the bike stops great. THANKS again for the help. Chuck A.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by: Jimmy on 5/26/2002 at 4:08:06 PM
Hello, I want some information on the Schwinn Corvette. First I want to know where I can get parts for it,like a seat, fenders, wheels, tires, and grips. And I want to know where I can find the white decals that go on the chaingaurd, seat tube, top bar, and the fork. The headbadge I plan on restoring, and the frame, I would like to paint it black by spray can, the other bike I did turned out nice. Does anyone know what were the original parts, mine has a front rack, a generator with missing lights, front + rear brakes, three speed shifter with tanish wiring, it was probally white oringinaly, and white Schwinn grips. Big springer seat, its black with white on it, ww tires, and thats all about I know about it. Any info. will help.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by sam on 5/28/2002 at 3:05:31 AM
First,schwinn started the Corvette in 1955(ok some will show to be 1954)so check the serial number for date.Black would be one of the original colors.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by Tom Findley on 5/28/2002 at 12:03:11 PM
The parts you want regularly sell on www.ebay.com

The decals are for salew from Memory Lane Classics at (419) 832-3040

The Corvette came with a battery headlight, front rack, and usually with 3-speed hub and handbrakes. 1 and 2-speed hubs were available. The bike did not have a horn tank or rear rack.

If you type

Schwinn Corvette

in the ebay search box, you will see several bikes with pics for sale each week.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Corvette posted by Jimmy on 5/28/2002 at 8:51:19 PM
llright, that sound just like my bike, I will check with memory lane classics for decals.

AGE / VALUE:   Help posted by: Chcuk on 5/25/2002 at 8:07:25 PM
I have a roadmaster bike made by the clevland welding co. (not for sale)
I am looking for help on its age, Serial no is E76230. My dad bought
it used after WWII for his transportation. I'm thinking of rebuilding
It has ballon tires front and back 2x1.25, Skip crank sprocket/chain and high
curved handlebars. What strikes me as unusual is the fender supports,
vertical and horz. are slightly curved. I was going to take it appart
and have some parts refinished but what little research I have done
it appears that most parts are painted ie.: rims, fenders head piece etc.
either the bike was a stripped model or someone took off the tank. It does
not appear that it had any lights attached to the front fender??

Any help someone can give me before starting this project is appreciated

Thanks Chuck

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help posted by sam on 5/26/2002 at 2:02:36 AM
Are the sprocket and hubs also painted?(black?)If so the bike would fall in the war bike era--from 1941 till just after WW2 or about 1946-47.Look in the data base under Roadmaster.And those curved braces make it more valuable.May have been the Base model without tank or lights.They can be added later if you want them.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Help posted by Gordon on 5/26/2002 at 1:50:38 PM
Many of the Cleveland Welding (Roadmaster) bikes of that period had the headlight mounted to a bracket just above the fender. It was part of the fork.

AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Show Boston, MA posted by: Joe on 5/25/2002 at 3:15:28 AM
Bicycle show. Sullivan Square 1 Mile north of Downtown Boston. Please email me with question. The show is free to all.

BALLOON:   Date Codes posted by: Guido on 5/24/2002 at 7:46:46 AM
I only have about 5 years left to type and arrange, but it can be used to date the ballooners already. Check out the Codes pages at. http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/CodesStartPage.html

I got the log book codes from a real bike nut for free (you know who ya are), Thanx a million !!

   RE:BALLOON:   Date Codes posted by Joel on 5/24/2002 at 2:10:16 PM
It's about time someone put this list on the web. Thanks Guido !

AGE / VALUE:    Go back in time, tell me "No re- pop parts!" posted by: Chris on 5/23/2002 at 11:13:44 PM
The re- pop Schwinn fenders are horrible! Ugh! Put them on, take them off, set them aside, hide them away so I don't get the urge to toss them out into the alley!
Ugh! Too wide, tinny, the braces don't look like origonal braces. These attach with screws whereas original was riveted on.
I don't like the new re- pop rear rack with the light either. Nor do I like the springer fork that is all chrome. Ugh!

And that's another thing......! The stupid bike came a Wald front rack and I cannot use it with the springer fork! AAARRGGH!
I put the original fork back in. Of course all the bearings races and cones are worn out completely so I installed all new parts. What all kinds of bottombracket one piece cones for Schwinns or re-placement parts to what it goes I'll never know. It took forever to get the right exact parts to thread onto the stupid one piece axle. It's coming along fine now.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Go back in time, tell me posted by Chris on 5/23/2002 at 11:25:05 PM
I'm delighted that I have been parting out exercisers for bit parts. Nice long full chromium plated seat post and seat and clamps and screws and nuts that are new and not rusted and frozen. Grips all sorts of goodies so seak out and dismantel Schwinn Exercisers. Now the Air Dyne,I would leave intact.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Go back in time, tell me posted by Chris on 5/24/2002 at 9:07:07 PM
You cannot find the re- pop parts now. It dried up. Unless you are near a shop that has some left in stock. Take a look, you might find it fine and disagree with me.

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn hollywood posted by: wes on 5/22/2002 at 11:55:42 PM
i have a schwinn hollywood its rose color its got 22x175
schwinn white side wall tires its in excellent condition
serial#6d13137has a ringer on the handle bars sold new by curtis cyciery in lawton oklahoma need kind of an estiment of worth and year and again thanks wes(been inside stored)

AGE / VALUE:   1 posted by: 1 on 5/22/2002 at 8:52:23 PM

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by: Collector on 5/22/2002 at 8:42:54 PM
Ummm, I found a bike called a Gorra Gorra Moshialli?Thats what the chaingaurd reads, it is 24" and has a headbadge that says, Gorra Gorra bicycle company, 1941, made in china.Is this a war bike? It does have many "Scars" on it, like some holes in the seat, and the handlebars and wheels have dings and deep shots in them. It also has a mini portable first aid kit attached to the handle bars, with a little glass jar, some rotted peices of wood on the seat, and a neat little holder, maybe for a gun, on the fork. The leather and seat are old looking. I found this deep in a forest while wandering around in china on a tour with some company members I work with. I used to collect bikes but then quit after becoming a fireman. Then I saw this at this years company vacation and it triggered it again. The color is faded brown, brown seat, and the wheels are 34 spoke. All measures are in metric. I am not possitive but to me this looks like a bike thats been thru war.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by Chris on 5/22/2002 at 11:36:49 PM
One of the most interesting stories we have heard here in a long time. Thats for sure!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by Tom Findley on 5/23/2002 at 11:15:37 AM
China switched from Chinese characters to English in 1940 to confuse the Japanese invaders, so this is definitely a WW2 bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by Guido on 5/24/2002 at 7:01:27 AM
By your description of the bike, with deep shots in it and holes etc.And the location from which it was rendered. It makes me wonder who died and left it there. A skeleton may have been close by. A very interesting story indeed.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by none on 5/27/2002 at 3:20:57 PM
WOW, I am pleased to see this as being a war bike, I am going to have it appraised soon. As for the skeltons, There probally were, after all we were in the same place as re-acted in the movie, "Pearl Harbor", which is the same place the real attack on China took place, so I bet there were some lost souls and skeltons. That doesnt creep me out, I see this stuff everyday as a fireman. Thanks Bye, I will come back when I need more help.

AGE / VALUE:   I am Lost posted by: Jim on 5/22/2002 at 1:50:13 AM
I found a very old (looking) J C Higgings bicycle in a ditch while hunting. It is a girls, it has a basket on the front and is not in that bad of condition. How and where can i find out how old it is and where to find the parts to restore it. I can send a picture to anyone if that will help! I will be thankfull for any help!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I am Lost posted by Joel on 5/22/2002 at 2:04:59 PM
So, I'm picturing a bike strapped over the hood of a truck with gun racks...

JC Higgins brand was used from after WWII til about 1960. Send a picture and I can look it up.

AGE / VALUE:   spaceliner posted by: chris on 5/21/2002 at 10:32:39 PM
Hello i just picked up a sears spaceliner from a flea market.all original,even sears tires. i just saw one on ebay that went for 7oo+. mine has a little different rear rack ive got two small reflectors under the rack,its missing the light lens but horn works.paint is only on front fairing and rear rack.faded on rack perfect on front end chrome is real good for the apparent age of bike.im rubbing out the pits and its looking real nice havent taken it apart yet to look for #'s but if itd help identify i can supply. Im a cruiser buff and want to know any info anyone has for me ill send pics if requested."A REAL BIKE ONLY HAS ONE SPEED..........CRUISE"

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   spaceliner posted by Tom Findley on 5/22/2002 at 11:16:37 AM
You have the first version of the Spaceliner with the long white tank. I think it was made in '64 and '65. The second version had the short > shaped tank, and was made '66 to '68(?). Each version had a standard painted frame model, and a deluxe chrome fram model with sprung front wheel.

The bike on ebay set a new price record for Spaceliners. They usually stop at about $350.

The lens is broken on most bikes. I have thought about trying to cast some out of clear resin, but it would require a 2-piece mold. Lately I have been thinking about trying to make a solid lens that would look alright, but would not let the light shine through.

Here is a page shhowing more info.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   spaceliner posted by chris on 5/22/2002 at 2:17:18 PM
sorry for the lack of info last time, mine has the chrome frame,no springer, red fairing,red rack #02469421842740,rear hub has red stripe around center,bendix brake and rear sprocket is an 18t dont know if that matters. i checked the tubes and they are sears as well, they even are holding air!,pedals have diamond shape reflector.Ive only had it since sunday but already love it,thanks for your reply and the link. See Ya on the Road.