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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   what year is my ''europe''? posted by: luke on 1/25/2003 at 9:30:15 PM
hello;i have a bike made in western germany probely in the late 50's or early 60's.the name of the bike is''europe'' and model name is ''luxus-klasse''.bike is gold.has chrome fenders and a rear rack.any info on dating this would be greatly appreceated. thank you. .serial#125304

WANTED:   52 Columbia 5 Star Superb posted by: Richard on 1/24/2003 at 12:11:17 PM
I'm looking for the rear taillight, seat and whitewall tires for the 52 Columbia 5 Star Superb I just got.

BALLOON:   Rixe Balloon Tire Tandem? posted by: Joe on 1/24/2003 at 6:55:06 AM
Hi, I have a somewhat strange balloon tire tandem, the headbadge says "Rixe". It, I believe was made in Germany, it has three piece cranks, a springer style front end and drum front brakes. I have posted some pics at www.bikepics.s5.com, if anyone can help me identify this or tell me anything about these, please post a message here or email me. It is a little rough, but I thought it was neat to see a balloon tandem import. The frame is unique as well with very large oversized lugs.

   RE:BALLOON:   Rixe Balloon Tire Tandem? posted by Ken on 1/26/2003 at 11:53:36 PM
Joe, enjoyed seeing your Rixe picture. It is an unusual configuration! You should try posting it to the Oldroads picture database. I hope somebody will chime in with Rixe stories.

   RE:RE:BALLOON: Rixe Balloon Tire Tandem? posted by Humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 1/28/2003 at 9:52:30 PM
I have had so much fun with this stuff! I have a pile of greasy, skip tooth cranks for tandems. Old, skip tooth balloon tire tandems, perhaps I have the crank to this exact bike.
Oh, please post pictures because we don't see early balloon tire tandems in hardle any book or on the web.This is something that should be built up upon. A balloon tire tandem web page.
Skip tooth cranks are way cool anyways!

AGE / VALUE:   W.F. Galaxy Flyer posted by: Danny Joe on 1/24/2003 at 5:04:44 AM
This Western Flyer was sold to me by a co-worker who bought it used 15yrs ago. He and his wife had bought newer bike's and this one was in the way.

It's a cantilever 26in. frame and look's to be late '60's early '70's. Chaingaurd decal reads Galaxy Flyer, has a Shimano brakearm and the headbadge is a W.F. sticker with AMF near the bottom. Any Western Flyer collector's out there have an idea what year's this model may have been sold? My '70 W.F. Buzz Bike has a similar headbadge sticker, does the Shimano brakearm date this bike after 1970? His sell's pitch was that it had "new" 26x2.10 tire's and tube's, which it did, so I gave him a $20 for the bike and he was happy. I figured the tires & tubes and him bringing me the bike was worth that much.

BALLOON:   Serial Number location on Scwinn Bicycles posted by: Matt on 1/24/2003 at 2:48:57 AM
The question I was asking previously was "where on a Schwinn bicycle do you look to find the serial number"? I have access to serial number charts, I just don't know where to find the serial number on the "Miss Teen" Schwinn that we own. Can anyone help? Thanks!

   RE:BALLOON:   Serial Number location on Scwinn Bicycles posted by MNSmith on 1/24/2003 at 8:09:46 AM
Look here: www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber.htm


   RE:BALLOON:   Serial Number location on Scwinn Bicycles posted by metlhed on 1/26/2003 at 4:30:00 AM
look on the left rear dropout. i think left maybe right. or under the crank housing(youll have to flip it over to see it) or it might be under and to the left of the headbadge.

MISC:   Great site for Schwinn and other parts posted by: stuart on 1/24/2003 at 2:41:44 AM
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BALLOON:   Schwinn Serial Number posted by: Matt on 1/23/2003 at 2:06:36 PM
Can someone tell me where to look for the serial number on an old Scwinn bicyle. I am trying to identify the year of manufacture. The model is "Miss Teen" girls bicyle, but I can't find the serial number. Thanks!

   RE:BALLOON: Schwinn Serial Number posted by stuart on 1/24/2003 at 2:41:35 AM
i have a Schwinn serial number chart on my site at stingraystu.com there is also one on this site as well. i hope this helps,

FOR SALE:   Big update. posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 1/21/2003 at 11:05:57 PM

We've just posted a bunch more bicycles (including a war-era Dayton. It's a lightweight but is probably of interest to balloon collectors) and priced others at "winter prices".
Click on "Bicycles For Sale" at the top of this page.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Big update. posted by sam on 1/22/2003 at 2:21:02 AM
What type of head badge was used on the WW2 Dayton L/W ?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Treasure 26" wheel size bicycle posted by: Jim on 1/18/2003 at 6:49:52 PM
I am looking for information on this 26" wheel size bike, it's red with chrome fenders boys bike. Says Treasure on the head tube. looks to be the same vintage as the schwinn corvett from the late 50s. anyone ever seen or heard of this brand.

MISC:   Whatizit posted by: Joe Henry on 1/16/2003 at 5:33:17 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm new to this bicycle webpage stuff. I'm 50, and I'm just now digging a bike out of my dad's barn that I rode as a kid in the late 50's/early 60's.

It's 26", got a "springer" front end (single spring), probably a "ballooner", has a tank, no lights or horn in tank, no fenders now. Head plate says Shapleigh's, with picture of a Jet, and Shapleigh Hardware Company, St Louis, MO.

I'm not going to restore it to correct, just make a good "rider" out of it. Can anyone give me any info? Probably made by a major manufacturer for Shapleigh?? What kind of fenders, correct rims/tires, paint colors, etc.??
Its been painted several times thru the years (I got it used in the 50's, painted it with a "rattle-can", and a brother and two sisters rode it after me, and painted it numerous times). If my memory serves me right, it was originally light blue with a jet plane on the side of the tank?!?! Any info, history, pictures, etc. would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Joe Henry, Tulsa, OK

   RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 1/16/2003 at 8:48:03 PM
Leon Dixon has done a lot of writing on old bikes and he knows his stuff. I cannot remember the web page address. It's the National bicycle archive of America, I think.
Can some of you guys point this fellow in the right direction?

   RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by sam on 1/17/2003 at 1:52:32 AM
No sure but that plane sounds like a Huffy.(huffman mainliner)do the rear drop outs(the cuts where the rear axel goes) face backward?

   RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Ken on 1/17/2003 at 3:35:05 PM
Leon Dixon can identify your bike from photos if he's not backlogged; his email is oldbicycle@aol.com.
The website of National Bicycle History Archive of America is at http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/
Lots of pictures to compare can be found at http://nostalgic.net/arc/bicycles/
There is one Huffman with a single-spring fork on the oldroads picture database.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Joel on 1/17/2003 at 3:54:39 PM
I'm with Sam, I'll bet it's a Huffy or Murray from the tank graphics. Can you post a picture?

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Joe on 1/17/2003 at 6:36:36 PM
Hey Guys,
Thanks for the replies, I appreciate them. I've looked at a lot of .jpg's, and the front spring most closely resembles a Schwinn Phantom, but the tank doesn't look exactly right. I don't have a picture to post yet, maybe soon. I don't have the bike at my home yet. I dug it out of my dad's barn @ Christmas, but didn't have the right vehicle to haul it home in. It's currently 135 miles away. Maybe have it home in 2-3 weeks. Thanks again for all your help. I'll try to get a .jpg to post as soon as I get it home.


   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Watcher on 1/18/2003 at 3:06:02 AM
Keep your eye on your wallet if you decide to deal with Leon Dixon!

   RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Richard on 1/18/2003 at 3:45:36 AM
I've found that if you use that GoJo hand cleaner with the orange pumus, it will cut thru the various coats of paint and get you back to the original color.

   RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by Gordon on 1/18/2003 at 5:04:03 AM
It could be a middleweight Monark since the springer looks like a Schwinn. The late 50's early 60's timeframe would be correct also.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Whatizit posted by bill on 1/22/2003 at 1:29:17 AM
Yeah, Leon has a hard time sharing information without a cost attached to it. Be prepared to empty wallet for any authentic info.

AGE / VALUE:   Antique Truing Stand? posted by: Joe on 1/16/2003 at 11:49:46 AM
I have come across an old truing stand, I know it is from around the turn of the last century or older by the type of casting and the shop which it came from (closed in the late 1940's).
Can anyone positively identify it or maybe give me some idea of it's value?
It is made of 3 cast iron sections, (a base and two uprights), with brass indicators, and sping loaded axle clamps.
It has apparently been repaired long ago in it's past, as is you can see obvious welds on each upright. It is still a functional tool and shows very little wear for it's age. The cast parts have been repainted but the rest is untouched as found.
If anyone wishes it may be viewed at:
(www.bikepics.com) Page 2 of the site.

If anyone has seen one of these or can tell me more about it, I would greatly appreciate any information I can find.
Thanks, Joe

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Antique Truing Stand? posted by Robert on 1/30/2003 at 6:59:51 PM
Icannot tell you much if anything about the stand , except I have seen 2 like it. One is in use at an older bike shop here in San Antonio. Shop has been around for about 80 years. It is on the bench in the back there. The second belongs to an older man that has a bike junkyard. I tried to buy it from him but he said he might still need it. Neat looking piece and looks to be a good one.

AGE / VALUE:   Hearts in Atlantis (bicycle) posted by: humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 1/16/2003 at 12:58:58 AM
In the final moments of the movie the young Bobby Garfield is riding the Schwinn Black Phantom down the road. If you look closely the chain and the sprocket and the chainguard is on the left side and not on the right side where it belongs.
On the Schwinn Black Phantom the chain, sprocket and chainguard are on the right as is the case with most all bikes.
The movie people switched it over to the left side. The effect is better, cleaner and not distracting. We see the legs turn the pedals and are not distraced by the crank and the Black Phantom named chainguard and none of the parts like the chainguard and the crank is in the way of the view. It's a neat trick for the purpose of the film.
The crank and bottombracket parts are clean and it is only shown for a few moments and then they cut away to a upper body shot with the child looking at trees. The whole scene and the movie itself was very well done. You'd have to be a bike nut to noitice the switch.
The timing was good, we were lucky to see this classic, an American Icon, re-introduced. I liked the part where Bobby peers into the window and sees his dream bike. The Black Phantom is on a spinning dias and it turns around into view and there it is! All new and with shiny chrome and those fenders. They go to a shot of the lettered chainguard with the neat way the words Black Phantom are written across it.
Everybody who loves Schwinn and especially folks who are familar with the Black Phantom liked that scene. The audience was thinking of their bike.

The magic charm and allure of the bicycle in the hands of talented and experienced movie makers is a powerful thing.
I hope we see more movies that show bicycles and cycling.

Think of all the stories that have not yet been brought to film.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hearts in Atlantis (bicycle) posted by Stacey on 1/24/2003 at 10:34:15 PM
Hearts Im Atlantis is out on film?!?! Cool! Is it a cinema release or home video?

Have you read the book yet, Chris? I'm sure the movie misses something, being only 3 of the 5 sections of the book. Se la merde! Such is the story of book to film adaptations!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hearts in Atlantis (bicycle) posted by Chris on 1/25/2003 at 9:24:56 PM
I saw it last year at the movie theate, like 5 times and picked up the video recently on V.H.S. tape. Today it's on D.V.D. but you'll need a D.V.D. player and I don't have one yet.
I have never read the book but now I will, because you say it is more complete.
Oh, What a world!

FOR SALE:   New (NOS) Parts Site posted by: Ginny Rini on 1/15/2003 at 9:02:17 PM
I am beginning to post parts on my new parts site, it will take some time to get them all posted (be patient). I already have a up and running Old School BMX site. Keep an eye on my new site for allot of good parts. all my sites can be accesed from http://rinienterprises.home.attbi.com

MISC:   1940 Tricycle makers posted by: Susan Ludwick on 1/15/2003 at 5:58:04 PM
Found a picture of me with a new birthday tricycle in l942. My home was in Weeping Water, NE. Want to identify the maker of the trike. It has rather large wheels. The logo on the trike is hard to read but the last three letters may be LEE. Who knows who might have made my beloved trike which I rode from ages 6-9 . I received a new Schwinn bicycle after the war was over at Christmastime. Thanks for your help. Susan

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Pair of 1963 Schwinn Typhoons posted by: Peter on 1/14/2003 at 4:13:11 PM
Hey Guys!
I have come across a pair of 1963 Schwinn Typhoons.
A boy and girl's model.
They are very clean and original, for my eyes anyways.
I was wondering if anyone can help me determine the value and if I paid too much for them.
Any help would be appreciated and all opinions would be welcome as I am only a novice at best when it comes to these
middleweights and balloons.
Thanks again,

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Pair of 1963 Schwinn Typhoons posted by DREW on 1/16/2003 at 11:09:28 PM
What's the wheel size, 24" or 26", I had trouble getting $65. for my '63 with 24" wheels. The larger 26's would be a bit higher. not a big demand for girls Typhoon's....just list on the high side, then come down on the price. Too bad it wasn't a '63 Stingray, this would bring $750. plus!