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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   1975 Bantam and 1977 Hollywood posted by: Bill on 10/16/2003 at 7:40:01 PM
i would like to know an estamt of how much these two bikes are there both 20inch and compleate

AGE / VALUE:   old jc higgins posted by: bill on 10/16/2003 at 2:48:13 AM
I recently bought and old jc higgins at a flea market. It was disassembled but complete. all parts matched exactly.
is a ballooner 26x2.125 tires springer fork ,large tank,original seat, louvers covering front of rear wheel,
rear rack is large with a large red tail light lens.rear rack is factory riveted to fender. has 2 battery boxes in tank 1 for horn 1 for front light. has no serial number anywhere. has a unique stainless jc higgins headbadge factory riveted to the front.chainguard has 36- 1/2" holes in it.
There is nothing even close on the web or ebay.the springer is the same as the late 40s one on ebay, but this one has a extra bracket on it for the headlight. skiptooth also. needs refinishing and rims and tires replaced. has anyone ever ran across a bike like this before?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old jc higgins posted by sam on 10/16/2003 at 11:30:54 PM
The louvers mean it's a girls bike--Right. Color Flow is my guess.

WANTED:   WTB Nice 37-38 Elgin Headbadge posted by: Matt on 10/15/2003 at 10:37:40 AM
Wanted: nice 37-38 Elgin headbadge, turquoise/yellow badge, must be in nice shape with good shine to colors.

   RE:WANTED:   WTB Nice 37-38 Elgin Headbadge posted by roach on 4/9/2004 at 5:17:43 PM
I have a neat elgin (i think Elgin)front fender ornament, crome w/ glass center inside glass it has a v with an eagle in the middle, I send picture if you are interested!! no headbadges though!!

BALLOON:   Roll Fast headbadge posted by: Craig on 10/14/2003 at 12:32:28 PM
My friend found a 24" girls rollfast balloon tire bike. I has the round (aluminum in color) head badge with raised circular lines within badge. When was this badge used I'm assuming the early to late fifties?

BALLOON:   help posted by: jeff on 10/14/2003 at 1:41:25 AM
I just picked up 2 balloon bikes, 1 mens, 1 girls, can't find any names on either one! Girls has new departure hubs & coaster brake,and seat is LYCETT made in england,tires are allstate crusaders, goose neck has 6 indented lines on each side 3 long and 3 short. mens bike has a red line in the center of rear hub,has bendix coaster brake and rear sprocket,carlisle zephyr flyte tires 26x1.75 It has 2 bars running where boys bikes do,then under them are 2 more about 6 inches down, that almost meet(about 2 inches) in the rear. Any help would be great!!! Thanks, Jeff

   RE:BALLOON:   help posted by Joel on 10/15/2003 at 8:26:20 PM
To JEFF and RICK (below)
Your discriptions offer a few clues, but not nearly enough to identify your bikes. Post some pictures for more info.

BALLOON:   Don't know what I have? posted by: Rick on 10/12/2003 at 11:18:44 PM
Just picked up the following...boys bike with 26x2.125 tires, Mesinger seat, Hunt Wilde Corporation handlegrips, Coasterbrake rear hub, Shimano "brake anchor". No other markings found yet...might be copper in color (under the spraycan blue) fenders I believe are chrome (blue again).

I'm sure it is nothing fancy, but I would appreciate any direction you could provide. I would like to restore it as my first (maybe not last) venture into this aspect of bicycles as a hobby. Any assistance or direction would be much appreciated!


   RE:BALLOON:   Don't know what I have? posted by Rick on 10/13/2003 at 4:16:50 PM
A couple of items since my posting...Additionally there is a 4” Triangle reflector attached to the “handlebar stem”. The serial number stamped on the right side of the headset tube is M09 005030.


MISC:   George Wyman Update posted by: Rif on 10/12/2003 at 2:45:14 AM
I have just added a whole bunch of new pictures and text to the new George A. Wyman web site.
It can be seen at:
Click on the "road updates" link to see the new pic.s and read the beginings of the centennial ride across the country.
Click on the "building the bike" to see some of the build up of our replica. I have only just started on that page so it's still kinda sparse and rough, but some of it is there.
It took a while but i guess I'm starting to figure out this whole web site building, html writing, techno crap.
Keep the Tire Side Down,

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   info about schwinn spitfire posted by: reggie on 10/11/2003 at 1:21:42 AM
i need any helpful info on middleweight schwinn spitfire. i have a wing "style" chain gaurd for one but no bike. mine is red. what years were they made in? and what colors? please reply with info

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   info about schwinn spitfire posted by Gordon on 10/11/2003 at 2:25:53 PM
Are you sure it is a middleweight? They were making Spitfires as far back as 1951 at least, perhaps earlier, and the middleweights didn't come out until 1955. The last year for Spitfires was 1960 according to my literature.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   info about schwinn spitfire posted by Rod on 5/13/2005 at 2:03:20 PM
The Spitfire name itself spans from the early-'50's to Schwinn's closing 1n the 80's; by the way, I have a '58 girl's model.

MISC:   Have only seen one posted by: jARED on 10/11/2003 at 1:04:21 AM
I have a mint 1953 Schwinn Jaguar, The rear Sturmey Archer 3 spd hub shell is made from aluminum I havent seen this before or since only on later Sturmey hub as in their 5 spd. Any info please respond.

MISC:   No known bike posted by: Jared on 10/11/2003 at 12:52:54 AM
I have in my shop a 1951 Arnold Schwinn CoEd ladies in mint condition single speed coasterbrake lightweight 26x13/8 s-6 in that awsome met.blue Schwinn used in later models. But all research has not found a CoEd made that early,the person I got it from said it was made for her by Edward Schwinn. If you have any info to the contrary please give a response.

WANTED:   Year conflict posted by: Jared on 10/11/2003 at 12:41:12 AM
I have recently got an old Schwinn frame and fork originaly cream and red with wing designs on top and downtube. s#C60008 or G60008, s# places it in the 50's but there isnt a built in kickstand which was on most all Schwinn's after 46 except for 20in. cruisers like the Hornet. If you have any ideas what year this may really be let me know.

   RE:WANTED:   Year conflict posted by Jeff Bikeguy on 10/11/2003 at 1:59:06 AM
Some of Schwinn's entry-level middleweights in the late 50's had bolt on stands. (Some of the ballooners too, I had a deluxe Hornet with a bolt-on stand.)

MISC:   shelby supreme posted by: jeff on 10/10/2003 at 2:44:00 PM
hi does anyone know what would be the correct handle bar stem for a shelby supreme year is about a 1940's, I have a stem that was on this frame when i got it and it has a large center raised area and the bolt goes in from the front, now i have seen other types of stems on these bikes like a stem that had the bolt screwing down from the top to tighten the bars to the neck, I would like to be certain as to which type was on the bike, as I am trying to get all parts together,

   RE:MISC:   shelby supreme posted by rif on 10/11/2003 at 2:59:55 PM
That sounds like the correct neck to me. Now I am no expert, but all the earlier bikes I have and have come across have this style neck. The other neck you describe seems to me to be later, as in late fifties and on through to today.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   myth about ladies phantom posted by: herschell on 10/9/2003 at 12:17:06 AM
there is no such thing as a ladies schwinn phantom. only mens models were produced from 1949 to 1959 and were red/black, green/black, and inverse of both colors. anyone trying to pass off one it is fake probably made from a ladies hornet or b-series bike. although they look good.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   myth about ladies phantom posted by Jeff Bikeguy on 10/11/2003 at 2:00:59 AM
They're listed in the Dealer literature. I believe they were a 1955 model year bike only. There also was a two tone blue model offered for a few months.

AGE / VALUE:   Shelby Questions posted by: john on 10/8/2003 at 11:42:38 PM
Any Shely experts out there? A friend gave me a 1939 26" ballooner (Probably a model 32) that was purchased new by a relative of his who was killed in WW II. I've restored everything I had, but I'm missing quite a few of the hangon pieces: tank, tail light, carrier, chain guard, kick stand, and the lens and battery carrier for the Delta combination light/horn. Can anyone give me a hint on where I might search on these items? I've kept my eye on ebay and other sites, and attended numerous bike shows, but no luck. Also, bike has truss rods, and the fenders were crudely pushed in where they met. When the fenders were straightened I couldn't get the rods past the fenders. Any advice appreciated. Thanks. John

BALLOON:   tires posted by: Kelly on 10/8/2003 at 11:33:17 PM
My mom purchase a Purple Hiawatha/Astro flite from a garage sale a few years ago. She rode it for several until my brother got a hold of it and bent it up. I'm going to restore it, but I bought new tires for it 26x2.125 white walls and threw the originals away. The problem is they are to big to fit into to the mud guards. Does anyone know the original tire on this type of bike? I know that they where wider then ten speed tires which is what my mother would prefer. The SERIAL # on it is G3 709-1 4120 5 if that helps please let me know if you have any information. kelly

   RE:BALLOON:   tires posted by Gordon on 10/9/2003 at 12:17:05 PM
That bike uses 26 x 1.75 tires.

   RE:BALLOON:   tires posted by Gordon on 10/9/2003 at 12:17:19 PM
That bike uses 26 x 1.75 tires.