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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by: Fred A on 12/15/2003 at 3:25:11 PM
Hi all....

I have a woman's 1930's Rollfast bike missing only the seat (and tires that had to be pried off). Light, tank, rear rack and chainguard are all there. The bike was spray bombed in red, but I managed to get it off, revealing the burgandy & white paint beneath it. Even had parts of the original decals, but the paint on the fenders and horn tank is poor. Anyway...does anyone know where I can find out the exact year? It has flat fender braces and the front fender does not have the white tip. Fenders have doulble white pinstripes. Any help is appreciated!

Fred A

   RE:BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by Kim on 12/18/2003 at 12:38:09 AM
I'd think the flat braces puts you to around '35

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by Fred A on 12/18/2003 at 3:59:08 AM
Hi Kim...

I was told that 1939 was the last year for flat braces, so it isn't any newer than that. Rear hub is a New Departure with an oil filler if that helps any. The bike would look gorgeous with a repaint and new chrome, but I'll leave it alone for now. As bad as some of the paint looks, "it's only original once" as they say. Still, I can't help wondering how all those years ago what the young girls face looked like when she was given this bike, and how great it would look to bring it back to its former beauty.......

   RE:BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by dude on 12/19/2003 at 10:49:45 PM
and how much it would cost to restore a bike not worth restoring........

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by Fred A on 12/21/2003 at 1:16:32 AM
Apparently you have no clue as to what certain parts are worth alone on this bike ............do some homework.

   RE:BALLOON:   1930's Rollfast posted by gary m on 12/21/2003 at 5:19:31 AM
same as my entire bike collection worthless. wont draw a bid on Ebay. but tear them apart... people go nuts.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by: Kid on 12/12/2003 at 5:20:56 PM
I have a woman's Schwinn, having trouble with the year, on the left dropout it has 4544551, on the right dropout it has G1284, anybody know what year that might be? Thx for any help

AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by: MAX on 12/12/2003 at 2:13:40 AM
anyone ever heard od a Solex bike made in the 50's that has an engine on it sort of like a Whizzer

does it have a value or a collectible interest?



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by gary m on 12/12/2003 at 6:09:27 AM
they made those for ever. just looks like it was made in the 50s. honestly as old as they are now i cannot imagine one of them still running good. 2 stroke engines only live so long and man those are way back, no idea where any parts are hidden. the bikes are rickety, and heavy, when the engine dies you toss it in the ditch and walk. i am sure there is a solex fan somewhere with a different view point but some bought edsels too. save your money.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by sam on 12/12/2003 at 2:56:56 PM
And they are still being built in china!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by max on 12/12/2003 at 6:06:25 PM
actually the old man told me he bought it in 1952 new and he almost never used it
the bike is in good shape and the engine works fine,it has been in a barn since then
should i still get the bike or should i tell him to trash it

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by Stacey on 12/12/2003 at 6:55:25 PM
I'd say get the bike Max. Even an Edsel has some historical value... Hemming's says they have some cash value too :-)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by sam on 12/14/2003 at 12:27:36 AM
I too just ran across one that a friend got in a motorcycle deal he did.I might just trade him out of it---and after doing a search--Solex is again being sold in the USA , so parts are avalible!Stacy's right get it!---sam

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by Chris on 12/14/2003 at 6:10:26 PM
Get it!
This one is original!
The new ones are expensive!
Good Luck, listen to Stacey!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ever heard of aSOLEX bike with an engine posted by Kim on 12/18/2003 at 12:39:30 AM
New ones are around $1000.
I've ridden a few. They are pretty powerful.

BALLOON:   hiawatha strato chief posted by: kevin on 12/12/2003 at 1:26:08 AM
got an old hiawatha would like some info and or pics its a mens it is close to the meteor cheif but it has a headlight instead of horn on the tank any help would be appricated

   RE:BALLOON:   hiawatha strato chief posted by kevin on 12/12/2003 at 1:33:01 AM
sorry e-mail @ kevinraddad@aol.com

WANTED:   Trade one of your rides? posted by: A Jackson on 12/11/2003 at 1:28:54 AM
Hi, all...
Just posted this over on the English Roadster section, but thought someone here might also be able to help me out. I am in the process of conducting an interesting experiment. For Christmas this year, I purchased my girlfriend a very nice early 60's Raleigh Sports. Tuned it and took it for a test ride, and now I want an old Brit bike of my own. However, I'm a bit short of cash with the holidays and all, so I propose the following: I have for TRADE ONLY a complete 1955 Schwinn Black Phantom. It's all there and all original, except for a missing rear light and incorrect rear reflector. Fully ridable, but is a restoration project. I'm looking for a good to great condition Raleigh DL-1, but might consider other interesting trades (mint Raleigh Superbe?) I'm not looking for cash offers, just a trade. What do you have? I'm in northern Indiana....

   RE:WANTED:   Trade one of your rides? posted by gary m on 12/12/2003 at 6:13:44 AM
your wanting to trade a 800$ bike for an 8$ bike eh? seems like a bit of a ripe deal to me.

   RE:WANTED:   Trade one of your rides? posted by max on 12/12/2003 at 6:16:06 PM
i have a 1960's Raleigh Sports 3 speeds in good condition
the bike is brown and everything on it is original
no rust and the chrome is good,it also has the original raleigh rack the full rubber pedals

   RE:WANTED:   Trade one of your rides? posted by Ed on 12/21/2003 at 2:23:28 AM
I have an older (68) Raleigh Rampar ladies bike that is mint or a 69 Robin Hood mens bike (Made by Raleigh) that is near mint. Both have the 26x1 3/8 tires (Or should I call them tyres?)

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Trade one of your rides? posted by Chris on 1/11/2004 at 8:27:11 PM
I had a Robin Hood Sports and I wish I never sold it. It was too nice, too new conditionwise, too nice a color, the rims were special and I just am sorry that I ever let it go.

I'm better about this these days. I have hooks and hang things up and I have more of an "eye" and if in doubt it goes into "Do not mess with" catagory.

WANTED:   1930's Troxel seat wanted posted by: MAX on 12/10/2003 at 2:38:08 PM

   RE:WANTED:   1930's Troxel seat wanted posted by sam on 12/12/2003 at 3:13:48 PM
Max,this is the light for a silverking http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2209858417&category=420

FOR SALE:   6 NOS american Fyer bike badges posted by: Stephen Thorpe on 12/9/2003 at 1:34:24 AM
I have 6 NOS American Flyer bike headbadges all for $28. shipped if in US.
Also have deluxe B-6 chainguard in need of resto. $20. shipped.
Write for pictures, All goes to a good cause, ....me :)
Thanks Oldroads!!!

WANTED:   looking for parts posted by: MAX on 12/8/2003 at 5:26:15 PM
hi I am looking for parts to restore my 1937 Monark Silver King, i need a chainguard, a rear rack (aluminium), pedals, seat and a tube battery pack to light up the rear light .........don't tell me to look on ebay i already did

   RE:WANTED:   looking for parts posted by Ed on 12/21/2003 at 2:27:03 AM
Hey Max, Long time no hear from you. How is that resto job coming along? When I told you to look on Ebay, at that time, there was a battery pack like you were looking for. Obviously, you did not get it, sorry to hear that, but it was a viable lead at the time. I hope your search goes well.

FOR SALE:   Vintage solid tires and parts! posted by: Joe on 12/8/2003 at 2:17:30 AM
I just wanted to post this here before going to eBay, I have a large assortment of solid tire bike wheels and new old stock tires for sale. There are around 50 used wheels, and a few dozen tires plus some old tricycle parts, many sizes. I would say there's probably a good pick-up truck load all together. $80 takes all or none. Located in Southern NJ.
Email me for more info.

AGE / VALUE:   MURRY MAKE? posted by: LUKE on 12/7/2003 at 4:00:25 PM
Good day classic bike restores around the world!!!!
My question is,did murry make the 1961 j.c.pennys[foremost] line of bikes.I think so,but am not 100% sure.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   MURRY MAKE? posted by Joel on 12/9/2003 at 8:00:05 PM
Murray definitely made some of the Formost bikes. If it has pointy dropouts, it's a Murray.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MURRY MAKE? posted by luke on 12/9/2003 at 11:59:23 PM
Thanks joel,
IT,s a pointy murry all right.

FOR SALE:   1959 schwinn hollywood fenders posted by: johnny on 12/7/2003 at 1:51:34 AM
nice fenders off a 1959 hollywood,seems to have had headlight mounted on front one,,no headlight but still has bolts that held it,i can send pictures threw email to show before you buy,please email me direct with ???s

AGE / VALUE:   id this bike posted by: joe on 12/6/2003 at 12:36:47 PM
can any one tell me how to go about to id this bike, ot is a girls 26 inch, firestone super cruiser, i understand many makers made thrm for firestone, who was the big maker of this, i have searched and searched and can not find one like it. thx all

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   id this bike posted by Gordon on 12/6/2003 at 2:29:03 PM
Very likely it is a Monark.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   id this bike posted by joE on 12/6/2003 at 11:10:55 PM
any info on this ride. firstone super cruiser girls 26 inch with 2.125 tires model number 18009a31
would be much appreciated and a value on it if possible

BALLOON:   Headbadge posted by: Bob on 12/5/2003 at 12:56:11 PM
Hi, I just purchased a 46 or 47 Schwinn B6 & need to know what Headbadges they might have had. Any info greatly appreciated.

Thanks; Bob

   RE:BALLOON: Headbadge posted by MNSmith on 12/7/2003 at 4:06:19 AM
It could have had anything. Hole spacing would narrow the choices. Admiral, Ace, BFGoodrich and Excelsior were all abundant back then, but it could have been anything!


AGE / VALUE:   huffy [eldorado] posted by: john on 12/5/2003 at 1:10:14 AM
hello,could anyone tell me how rare and how much of a worth is a huffy eldorado in fair shape.1958 to 1962.
thanks john

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   huffy [eldorado] posted by gary m on 12/6/2003 at 9:22:05 PM
i had an average condition ladies on ebay last month didnt get a $30 bid. listed it twice. front lense on the light is ost valuable part. take it off and yard sale the rest is what i would do. Or strip it and look for a male frame, its everything you need to make a camaro

BALLOON:   Schwinn Plains, Trains, Automobile posted by: Tom on 12/4/2003 at 11:31:33 PM
When did Schwinn make a Balloon tire bike with no springer, no rack, no cross bars. It looks plain with the Plain Trains and Autombile headbadge. Red and white. Where is the serial number.

   RE:BALLOON: Schwinn Plains, Trains, Automobile posted by MNSmith on 12/7/2003 at 4:03:39 AM
From the thirties up through the fifties is when the bike you described was made.

Go here for serial number help: http://www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber.htm