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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   195? J.C. Higgins posted by: Kraig on 7/16/2002 at 11:19:25 PM
I have a JC Higgins bicylcle that was in my grandmothers garage for years. I found a pic online of a 1953 Color Flow, Girls and it seems to match mine almost exactly. Is there anywhere that I can post a picture(s) to get some help identifying exact model and value. I would ultimately like to sell.

MISC:   Get your Date Codes for Free posted by: Guido on 7/15/2002 at 10:43:50 PM
Get your serial number and it`s location and use this url to get the year, month and possibly the day your old Schwinn was built. Feel free to copy any or all of the text to make your own comprehensive date codes catalog.


   RE:MISC:   Get your Date Codes for Free posted by gary cone on 7/17/2002 at 3:20:54 PM
i have two bicycles-- old girls schwinn 26" baloon tire ser# B37657.
and a 26" baloon tire "schwinn deluxe cruiser" 5 speed with springer forks -all original- ser# MQ 527396. CAN YOU

BALLOON:   Cadillac posted by: Jeff on 7/15/2002 at 9:46:13 PM
I recently purchased a balloon tire bike with a head badge "Cadillac" on it. Boys bike, skip tooth chain, grease fittings, no chain guard. Any information would be great. Manufacturer? Era? # produced?

AGE / VALUE:   Road to perdition movie bicycle posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/15/2002 at 7:46:04 PM
The bike ridden in the first few minutes in the current movie: The Road to Perdition
What make and model of bike is this? Early, American 28 inch wheel, mens or boys bike.

Iver Johnson?
Has me stumped!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Road to perdition movie bicycle posted by Don on 7/16/2002 at 3:03:16 PM
Well I have not seen the movie, but Iver Johnson was a famous cycle and arms manufacturer. They were based in Fitchburg, Mass. They made products from the mid 1800s,(I think), thru 1955. Incredible quality and craftsmanship. If your lucky enough to have one or restored one, you would know. Just my two cents...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Road to perdition movie bicycle posted by Chris on 7/16/2002 at 4:55:18 PM
Yea, youre right. I would know if it was. This bike in the movie was not a truss model so i doubt it.

AGE / VALUE:   old schwinn posted by: DJ on 7/15/2002 at 6:05:08 PM
I have an old ?50's schwinn bike that I would like to determine the year and value of. Suggestions please and also what would be the best way of trying to sell it?

AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins posted by: cathy on 7/15/2002 at 3:28:15 PM
I have a bike found in trash 1952 J.C. Higgins Sears and roebuck headplate, Leather saddle need redone no padding the bike itself is in excellent shape schwinn typhoon tires. Handlebars are round circular no square bends. Is this bike collectable anyone interested to little for me.

AGE / VALUE:   I found this old bike in my grandma's barn. Has anybody ever heard of a Cadillac bik posted by: Andy on 7/15/2002 at 4:11:48 AM
I found this bike in my Grandma's barn and it has the little tag on the front that says what it is but it is really hard to make out. I think it says Cadillac but like I said it is hard to tell. I need to know the make so I can begin ordering the parts that I need for it. Any info will help so feel free to respond to this. Thanks,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   I found this old bike in my grandma's barn. Has anybody ever heard of a Cadillac posted by Joel on 7/15/2002 at 3:07:26 PM
Does it say Chicago Cycle Suply at the bottom? These were Cadillac dealer givaways. I have seen Schwinn and Shelby bikes with this badge.You will have to provide more info to identify it.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 Speed Shimano posted by: Joe on 7/13/2002 at 6:11:26 PM
I just picked up a K-Mart 3-speed for my wife to put around the neighborhood. The bike works fine except for a "clunk" in first gear. Does anyone have some web addresses for working on these hubs? I have some for Sturmey Archer but have not found any for Shimano.


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 Speed Shimano posted by Andy on 7/15/2002 at 4:17:49 AM
Have you tried the shimano web site. Sometimes you can download the owners manuals. Thats all I can think of.

FOR SALE:   1948 Huffman Lafrance posted by: Mike on 7/13/2002 at 5:26:37 AM
I have a 1948 Huffman Lafrance. All original, except for the rims and pedals.
Wondering if anybody can tell me what it's worth.

AGE / VALUE:   girls monark holiday posted by: troy on 7/13/2002 at 4:22:00 AM
I bought a girls monark holiday for 5 bucks. I don't know the year, or value or the class. It's all thier I think but a gas tank thing and a light on the front fender. It is blue and the crome is all pitted. It has a front springer suspension, and a rack on the back. Tires are shot and look really old. I have seen pictures of a 1950 monark firestone holiday 26" it looks just like it but it's a men bike, and mine dose not say firestone. If anyone could could help me out it would be great, I would like to get my new hobby started soon. Please e-mail me for it is a big message board. Troy

AGE / VALUE:   GIRLS WESTERN FLYER-1941? posted by: heatherly on 7/12/2002 at 9:45:17 AM
I found a bike recently made by "Western Auto Supply Co.", there are still the original handlebar streamers! I can tell the seat is original, however, I only have one stock pedal, and it hasn't a chaingaurd. Anyone know whom would be interested? I live in the southern california high-desert, so, it is rather well preserved, no rust, etc...
serial no.: f11159
website for photo: www.everyones@myplace.com
e-mail: everyones@myplace.com

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Would like info on my Sears bike. posted by: Brent on 7/11/2002 at 3:29:24 AM
I just received a sears bike from a relative.
It has a lugged frame from Austria and Sachs Torpedo internal 3spd hub.
26 1 3/8 tires from Austria. Chrome fenders and rack plus headlight. The number is 503.473860. The bike is in amazing shape, no rust no pitting on the chrome. The fork has a chromed crown. Shifts and rides like a new bike. Thanks for any info you may be able to provide.

BALLOON:   What year, model Schwinn???? posted by: Ned on 7/10/2002 at 8:48:27 PM
Hi everybody.

I just pulled out my fathers bike from there garage where it has been sitting for many years. The bike was his when he was a kid. He was born in 1939 and probably got the bike around 1949-1954(a guess).

It is a green schwinn, has the gas tank with horn button, and the front light. The light on the front fender is a torpedo shape but looks different from all pictures I can find. It does not have the rack on the back fender. It looks like most of the phantoms but has the light set above the front fender instead of in-line with the fender. Also the light is the longer torpedo style not the short style like the panther.

I am getting a digital camera from a friend and will try to post some photos asap.

Overall the bike needs loving and I plan to restore to original as much as possible.

Thanks for any help.


   RE:BALLOON:   What year, model Schwinn???? posted by Andrew on 7/14/2002 at 11:55:13 AM
Old Roads has a page showing Schwinn serial numbers and year of production. Some Schwinn's of the late 40s-early 50s had the torpedo style lite. I have a '51 straight bar (Panther style) tank bike, was a Newspaper promotion type bike, kids could win them in raffle's, etc. Last night I rode it to a local music festival where it got lots of "nice bike" comments. It's an unrestored rider with a great 'stratoliner dispatch' canvas saddle bags. rides like a dream!

BALLOON:   Rocket Ray posted by: Bob on 7/9/2002 at 11:01:02 PM
Can anyone tell me how to tell the difference between an original and a reproduction Rocket Ray light? Is there any difference? Are the reproductions made in the USA?

   RE:BALLOON:   Rocket Ray posted by Mike on 7/14/2002 at 12:00:55 PM
They are very much alike, I say the original is better, it's the real deal!

AGE / VALUE:   1939 Sears Elgin fully Equipped Streeamlined Girls Bicycle posted by: cora on 7/9/2002 at 4:11:54 PM
I have one of these bikes and would like to inquire about the value and also an estimeate on the cost for someone to reburish. It has the seat eventhough the cover is gone. It has the skirt,carrier, fenders; the tirpedo lights are missing and the handlebars are rusty. the chain and wheels,tires, I am not sure they are original. I live in Houston, texas. I would like to have it repainted, etc. and as full to original as possible. Will someone respond as to how many $$$$$$'s I would be spending. I am not wanting to do this myself. And who does reburish and is fair and honest. thanks. cora

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1939 Sears Elgin fully Equipped Streeamlined Girls Bicycle posted by gary M on 7/9/2002 at 5:03:54 PM
you can put $1000 into that bike and its still not worth a stingray rear tire. save yourself the loss and heartache, just paint it yourself, and smile. i am not saying its not cool, i own a real nice one, and its got almost no value. i suppose some uninformed person may have paid $800 for a mint one at one time, but i cant seem to find him.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1939 Sears Elgin fully Equipped Streeamlined Girls Bicycle posted by Joel on 7/9/2002 at 5:59:29 PM
Hi Cora,
Elgin girl's bikes are mostly pretty common and in good condition sell for $1-200 MAX, more often under $100. There are several models that are quite valuable and you have not provided any clues as to which model you have.

Professional restorations are very expensive. If you have one of the lower end models, you would be better off to buy one in good condition.