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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   schwinn motorbike posted by: billy on 7/25/2002 at 4:09:28 AM
i just ended up with a schwinn motorbike including the tank and locking forks (with key) it also works,it appears to have the correct crank, but not a skip tooth sprocket, which i would have thought it should have. how do you determine the year? is there some restoration info on these particular 35-39 bikes? thanks

   RE:BALLOON:   schwinn motorbike posted by sam on 7/26/2002 at 2:04:00 AM
good score Billy! and not all pre-war bikes came skip-tooth.Some had reg(1/2"pich)chains.I'd try the Bunch-o-bikes site under the links.

FOR SALE:   FS various balloon tire bicycle frames and parts posted by: Tom on 7/23/2002 at 3:08:06 AM
FS 40s Huffy balloon tire bicycle only missing wheels and chain ($100). Late 40s straight bar Schwinn frame with handlebars, seat, chainguard, crank, fork, and chain. Colson 40s bicycle missing only wheels.

FS front balloon tire wheel
one balloon tire rear wheel skip tooth Schwinn
One middleweight red band two speed kickback wheel w/o tire
ONe Monark Super Deluxe horn tank
Three very long handlebars with good chrome for 30s bicycle

   RE:FOR SALE:   FS various balloon tire bicycle frames and parts posted by horn tank on 7/25/2002 at 9:39:56 AM
How much are you asking for the monark horn tank?

BALLOON:   2 speed new departure posted by: paul on 7/22/2002 at 12:34:27 AM
I have a 1942 Westfield Compax Traveler "Take apart" bicycle. It is fitted with a 2 speed New Departure coaster brake hub. It is lever operated, NOT KICK BACK. I need the bell crank for this hub. Shimano bell crank of 20 years ago is similar but the thread is finer. Kindly advise availability price and postage. Thanks! sincerely, Paul

AGE / VALUE:   Road to Perdition bike posted by: Schwinnderella on 7/20/2002 at 2:00:41 AM
With respect to the previous discussion about the bike seen in the opening moments of this movie,I believe it is an Iver Johnson,at least the head tag is,no question.

AGE / VALUE:   1966 Western Flyer posted by: Wanda on 7/19/2002 at 10:55:59 PM
I have a 1966 Western Flyer strato flyer that I think is all chrome. I want to fully restore it and would like to see a photo somewhere online that shows an example of this bike restored. Can anyone help me with this?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1966 Western Flyer posted by sam on 7/21/2002 at 1:11:59 PM
Wanda,take a look in the photo data base under sears spaceliner and see if that's the same as your bike.Murry built bike for several companys.If this is not your bike then your bike is most likely a AMF built bike.If you tell us what the front sprocket is like then someone here will know---sam

AGE / VALUE:   AMF Westpoint (age, other information) posted by: Lee Frederick on 7/19/2002 at 5:13:35 PM
need age & info. on an AMF "Westpoint" middleweight, 26" rim
-1 pc. crank w/6 stars in sprocket (3 small, 3 large)
-peaked fenders
-white tank with horn, twin headlights,"Westpoint" on side
-black frame, curved seatstays, top tube, down tube
-"Westpoint" on chainguard
-badge on seat tube: 50's or 60's style AMF logo, "CYCLE DIVISION LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS"
-"VS" lettering on fork blades
-Bendix coaster brake, red stripe on rear hub
-red & white saddle, quill-type seatpost (no binder clamp)
-"M256125" serial # on LR dropout


BALLOON:   Aircycle/ 4 Star posted by: Dan on 7/19/2002 at 2:11:19 PM
Just missed out on a Ballooner at a yard sell, it was waiting for the owner to return to pick it up. It was in great condition, the brass headbadge read Aircycle Four Star. It's condition has me wondering if this is a reproduction built by Schwinn as it appears to have a 4 circle crankface, and a chainguard that looks alot like a Hollywood model's, the Bendix brake arm was dated 83' or 86' from what I could tell. Is this an 80's repro or an older model updated?

BALLOON:   Tank, Tank parts for JC Higgins balloon tire bike posted by: Debra on 7/19/2002 at 2:28:45 AM
I have recently acquired a his and hers set of JC Higgins balloon tire bikes. I believe they are probably from the 50's. Each bike has a his or hers tank with 4 holes on each side of the tank that I believe originally contained lights. Is that available or where could I go to for help. Appreciate any response...Thank you....Deb

   RE:BALLOON:   Tank, Tank parts for JC Higgins balloon tire bike posted by Joel on 7/19/2002 at 2:07:49 PM
The holes were little reflectors with chrome trim that are specific to the bike. They are kind of hard to find.

You can probably find a picture on Ebay (Look for JC Higgins Colorflow) or in the database here.

BALLOON:   age and make posted by: Charlie on 7/18/2002 at 2:55:12 PM
I recently dug out of my mothers basement a 26" bicycle in not so great condition. After some research I beleive it is a Schwinn. The S/N is B07594, at first I thought it may be a Schwinn Corvette but the photos I found do not quite match. The photo on this site show a normal sprocket. My bike has a skip tooth sprocket and chain. Can anyone give me better details on this bike? I would like to restore it to original condition and need some help.

Thanks, Charlie

BALLOON:   Hornet/Excelsior posted by: Bob on 7/18/2002 at 4:30:50 AM
What is the difference between an early 50's Schwinn Hornet and Excelsior?

   RE:BALLOON:   Hornet/Excelsior posted by MNSmith on 7/23/2002 at 5:13:11 AM
Nothing except the headbadge.


MISC:   2nd annual Kansas City Bicycle & Scooter swapmeet posted by: Calvert on 7/18/2002 at 3:56:12 AM
Just a reminder....it's now 1 1/2 weeks away.
Sunday June 28th at 6am

Last year's event was an enormous success.

El Torreon (Kansas City) Bicycle Swap Meet page:

I'll be there primarily looking for old touring and light weight stuff but last year's turnout was heavily in favor of the Ballooner and Krater crowd. So I may bring those mid-thirties aluminum Monark parts I've been meaning to sell for my aunt. There's a couple of Delta horn lights and s/s fenders with the original tail-lights. I still have sell the troxel girls streamlined saddle (i sold the Boys corresponding tool box saddle last year). She needs the money and I need to get this stuff out of my basement.

Seems like most of the shopping I do these days is on Ebay.
I really miss getting to meet old friends and actually handling the goods before parting with my hard-earned bucks.

I'm gonna try to get up to Alan Kinsey's long-enduring swap
in Des Moines later this year but meanwhile in the heat of the
summer, this swap in KC is the best in the MidWest.
We even have a Pub Cruise the night before.

Collectors and pickers from all over have been calling in
for directions and information so we've had to scramble
to arrange for more space.

Check out our Web Site for details
& let me know if you have further questions.


MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Suburban....a Middleweight? posted by: Andrew on 7/17/2002 at 11:14:10 PM
Not sure what message Category a '78 suburban 5 speed should be in, some told me 'lightweights', but it's no lightweight at 42 lbs. A very nice bike with the indexed shifting & front freewheel system,(am suprized this system never took off, it a great way to shift), one can change gears while pedalling, coasting, or just walking the bike. I did a 125 mile bike tour with it, no problems, even got complements on it from a guy with a $3200 Trek!

   Bike is a lightweight posted by Tom Findley on 7/18/2002 at 11:26:42 AM
The Middleweights had 26" X 1 3/4" wheels and weighed 57-60 lbs.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Suburban....a Middleweight? posted by Daniel Ayala on 9/9/2002 at 7:54:18 PM
I hope it was mostly downhill! I have a 74 lightweight suburban! 42 lbs. Going downhill is a blast!! Danny

AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by: Ruben on 7/17/2002 at 10:15:44 PM
My folks have had an old women's schwinn collecting rust in the backyard for many years. I'm curious as to its year and model. The number F43817 is stamped on the rear drop bracket and the bike is olive-green colored. Any info is greatly appreciated.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Girls Shelby Airflow w/tank posted by: Adrienne on 7/17/2002 at 7:08:39 PM
I Have a girls shelby airflow w/tank that I got for free on a e-bay misshap, it's really in need of some work. Can any one tell me where I can possibly get some parts? would be great!!!!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Girls Shelby Airflow w/tank posted by Don on 7/18/2002 at 3:20:49 PM
Hello Adrienne,
It seems you could try E-bay for parts. There is a nice shop that has old bikes in Huntington(Indianapolis & Newland), Pomona swap meet has a lot of bikes or just give it to me, haha. Talk to ya later, Don.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Girls Shelby Airflow w/tank posted by Adrienne on 7/20/2002 at 1:39:35 AM
Thanks Don, Huntington is where I got the bike. I will try that shop. I'm right near there. Thanks Again, Adrienne

AGE / VALUE:   A bike called an Eldorado. posted by: Steve on 7/17/2002 at 3:15:08 PM
I found a bike in a trash pile calledan Eldorado. Does anyone know who made this bike, or it"s possible worth.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   A bike called an Eldorado. posted by Chris on 7/17/2002 at 8:10:18 PM
Huffy used that model name in 1960-65, possibly longer. If you post the serial number (located on the left-rear dropout), I can try to determine the year. Also, what color is/was the bike, is it boys or girls, and what size are the wheels (20, 24 or 26)?