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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

FOR SALE:   We've added more inventory. posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 3/27/2003 at 4:10:04 PM
Click on "Bicycles for Sale"
and "Parts for Sale"
at the top of this page.

MISC:   The Rusty Spoke posted by: extreme bike on 3/26/2003 at 8:49:21 PM
I am looking for a bike shop or someone who uses the name "the Rusty Spoke" who is supposed to be in California. He appraised a bike for someone and I have some questions about the year of the bike. Does anyone have a contact phone number for him?



   RE:MISC:   The Rusty Spoke posted by Dave on 3/26/2003 at 9:38:11 PM
Hey Bro, the phone # is 1-858-581-1931, or the web page is rustyspokes.com/

AGE / VALUE:   Jim Brown Racer posted by: Jason on 3/26/2003 at 5:18:32 PM
I recently obtained a vintage bicycle. I am an avid classic auto collector, but this is my first bicycle. According to the plaque on the front, the bicycle is called a Jim Brown Racer. Underneath that it says "Brown Fence and Wire Company" - From the looks of other bicycles on this site, I'm placing the era of the bike between the late 1940s, early 1950s. If anyone has any information on this bike it would be much appreciated. It is very complete, and very original. It has been stored in a machine shop for the past 15 years. It has little or no rust, just a lot of dirt and grime. It has lights on both fenders, and a horn in the tank. After replacing the batteries in the horn, it worked perfectly. The lights need a little work though.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jim Brown Racer posted by JimW. on 3/26/2003 at 8:00:22 PM
Offhand I'd say that it's a re-branded bike. This was common practice back then. Many businesses sold bikes by big makers, with their own markings and head badges. It could be by Schwinn, Cleveland Welding, etc. The best way to identify it is to make note of the details, like front sprocket, chainguard, front fork design, fenders, tank, etc. Then look through the photo database on this site until you find one that looks like it in those details. Or, you can e-mail photos of it to Leon Dixon at the National Bicycle History Archive, and he can probably identify it for you. http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/index.html#anchor0

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jim Brown Racer posted by sam on 3/28/2003 at 3:42:04 PM
In some of the bicycle books I've seen that reproduce old advertizements they show bikes sold by Jim Brown.As Jim W said they were a re-badged bike.

MUSCLE BIKES:   The Old Schwinn Bicycle Museum is Officially Open (Well, Sort Of?) posted by: Old Schwinn Bicycle Museum on 3/26/2003 at 1:29:02 PM
Although we’re not nearly ready, we’ve come to the conclusion they we’ll probably never get to the point where we’re “ready” so we’re opening the doors. Quite a few folks have already found us anyhow, so what the heck!

As you’ll quickly see when you start to poke around, there is still a lot of content missing. We’ll be adding more and more stuff over the next few weeks so please bear with us. With that being said, you should at least be able to see where we’re headed. We sincerely hope you enjoy the museum and more importantly we hope that you’ll contribute your knowledge and wisdom to help the museum grow.


In case you might be wondering, the Old Schwinn Bicycle Museum is a virtual museum and is not affiliated with Schwinn Cycling & Fitness Inc.

If you’d like to get a hold of us, there are email addresses scattered through out the Web site so find one and drop us a line.


The Old Schwinn Bicycle Museum

   RE:MUSCLE BIKES:   The Old Schwinn Bicycle Museum is Officially Open (Well, Sort Of?) posted by Ken on 3/26/2003 at 8:47:22 PM
Congratulations on a beautiful and useful site. However, it appears to play fast and loose with historical fact, much the way a Schwinn advertisement did... on the same page it states that German balloon tire bikes were observed in 1931-2 and that the B10E was "the first balloon tire bike"... see the discussion initiated by Brad Tierney one page back.

WANTED:   ROLLFAST!! posted by: Rollfast1 on 3/25/2003 at 2:49:16 PM
I am always looking for Rollfast bicycles. Prefer mens ballooners or middle weights in nice original condition but always interested in parts, pieces, accessories, signage, display pieces, misc memoribilia. So dig out that old Rollfast stuff, take a pic and send an email.

WANTED:   Decals posted by: Schwinn Fan on 3/25/2003 at 2:47:10 AM
Hello, I found this while searching for schwinn decals, and it looks like theres alot of activity here, so I am going to post a message here. I am searching up and down for decals for a 1951 Schwinn Corvette three speed bicycle. I need the seatpost pinstriping, long fork darts, schwinn corvette chaingaurd script, and the top tube schwinn decal. The top tube decal is like none other I have ever seen on a schwinn, it's more curvy than the regular Schinn scripts I have seen. The bottom of the "s" pulls far back towards the head tobe, and there aren't and stars on the side of it. I need these decals in white. I have found every part to restore this bike to original except these decals. Any links to sites or information on where I can aquire these would be great, Thanks

Schwinn Fan.

   RE:WANTED:   Decals posted by Tom Findley on 3/25/2003 at 1:07:47 PM
Schwinn began making Corvettes in 1954.
You can get the decals from Memory Lane Classics:


From your description, I think the bike was made in 1954-58 range.

AGE / VALUE:   iverson posted by: amy on 3/21/2003 at 9:58:04 PM
I just bought an old, somewhat clunky bike. I have no idea if it is anything special. I am assuming it isn't. However, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about Iverson. The bike I bought is an Iverson Grand Touring bike. It is a one-speed cruiser type bike. It has a sticker that says "BMA/6 Certified" on the post below the seat. If you know anything, please let me know! Thanks, Amy

BALLOON:   Looking to buy Schwinn aerocycle/motorbike/autocycle or Evenrude bicycle posted by: David on 3/21/2003 at 4:49:51 PM
I'm currently in the market for a higher end Balloon tire bicycle, must have original paint, can be rough. Mainly looking for a Schwinn aerocycle/motorbike/autocycle or Elgin Falcon/blackhawk or Evenrude bicycle. Please email me with any available ballooners you may have, thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Looking to buy Schwinn aerocycle/motorbike/autocycle or Evenrude bicycle posted by mike on 3/25/2003 at 6:28:48 AM

Please send your contact information to me VIA this email adress and I will contact you personally. a Phone number would be preferable.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Looking to buy Schwinn aerocycle/motorbike/autocycle or Evenrude bicycle posted by David on 3/27/2003 at 1:44:51 AM
Hey Mike feel free to reach me at (920)458-9868. Anytime is a good time to call. I'd like to pick up a good ballooner in the next couple of weeks, thanks.

MISC:   Bike Show/Swap Meet posted by: Eldon Hammond on 3/21/2003 at 4:11:09 AM
Antique/Classic Bike Show & Swap Meet. Saturday May 31, 2003
Pana, IL 62557
see site listed for complete details. http://www.geocities.com/bikes62557

BALLOON:   Autocycle dating and parts questions posted by: Rog on 3/21/2003 at 2:26:58 AM
I bought a boys Schwinn Autocycle from a guy whose brother got it from his dad. It's been painted over once, wheels in bad shape, pretty rough condition, but most all of the parts of there. The tank is rough and with quite a bit of rust, but still in okay condition. It has a Northwest Patrol headbadge that's cloudy. It's got the springer fork, and most all of the parts. What I am wondering is the age and some of the accesories. I have looked all over the web and here and wherever to try and determine the right things for it. I can tell it used to be black (The rack is black and the tank is black with a barely readable Autocycle logo on it) Also, the crank has 40 on it (The part on the inside of the hub). I believe it is a 1940 regular Autocycle (not the Special or the DeLuxe). What is really driving me crazy is what did the regular Autocycle have on the front fender? What it a fender bomb, or train light, or some other light (The front fender is missing)? Any help for this and possibly how best to restore it (I have restored a 1957 Roadmaster Royal Eagle, and fixed up a 1961 Flightliner and a 1961 Roadmaster Saturn). I'm looking for this to be by BIG restoring project. Thanks for any help. Rog

   RE:BALLOON:   Autocycle dating and parts questions posted by MNSmith on 3/21/2003 at 10:22:24 AM
If the crank says "40", it probably is a 1940. The 1940 Autocycle had the feather chainguard. Both the standard and super deluxe came with the springer. The deluxe had twin Silverays and a fender bomb. The rgular Autocycle had the streamlined ( Phantom ) light. Deluxe had the floating saddle, cross bar speedometer with wiring in the handlebar. The regular had the standard crossbar handle bars. You can find restoration tips at my web site.


BALLOON:   URGENT HELP NEEDED ON SCHWINN GIRL'S BICYCLE... posted by: Mario Romano on 3/21/2003 at 1:32:46 AM
Some days ago I saw an old Schwinn Girl's Bicycle for sale at a bicycle shop here in my city. I examined this bicycle and I describe it right below. I need a little help from my Oldroads friends with the identification and manufacture year (selling prices of some missing parts will be welcomed too)...

rear wheel...: 26x2.125 balloon tire
brake........: coaster brake
fenders......: MISSED
saddle.......: MISSED
colours......: blue and white
head badge...: MISSED
symbols......: Schwinn logo painted on the seat tube

This bicycle have the serial number B93489 (someone could decode it to me?) engraved on the bottom bracket tube (lower part).

Thanks a lot!

   RE:BALLOON:   URGENT HELP NEEDED ON SCHWINN GIRL'S BICYCLE... posted by Guido on 3/21/2003 at 6:57:49 AM
Might be a 1945 or 1946 but it`s hard to tell because there is no real record before 1948.

BALLOON:   evenrude streamliner posted by: mike on 3/20/2003 at 5:31:33 PM
I have a bicycle made by the evenrude boatmotor co. the bike has a fullfloating frame its hard to explain how it works but it works well. dose anybody have litrature on this bike. thanks mike

   RE:BALLOON:   evenrude streamliner posted by Dave on 3/20/2003 at 9:23:24 PM
Hey Mike do you have any photos, or if you could email me at dmk441@yahoo.com with a better description, color, year approx., form of frame, etc. I could probably help you out. I'm in the market for an old evinrude, feel free to email me so I have a better idea, thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   evenrude streamliner posted by Ken on 3/20/2003 at 9:29:22 PM
Seems to me there's one in Evolution of the Bicycle... fairly rare bike... nostalgic.net doesn't seem to be working but I bet there's one there too.

   RE:BALLOON:   evenrude streamliner posted by paul on 3/22/2003 at 1:10:56 AM
if I remember what I read on the 'net sometime ago, this bicycle was made in 1937. It was dangerous to ride because of breakage of components and could cause death or serious injury. The company recalled them and got out of the business of making bicycles and relied on the outboard engine business which was the successful portion of their manufactory. paul

FOR SALE:   F/S NOS BW Balloon Tires, Made in USA posted by: Matt on 3/20/2003 at 4:52:02 AM
1 pair NOS BW 26X2.125 Carlisle Lightning Darts, perfect - $50.00 plus shipping.
1 pair NOS BW 26X2.125 Goodyear Allweathers, very slight wear, not noticeable at all when inflated, hard to see when not inflated. - $40.00 plus shipping
1 pair NOS BW 26X2.125 Wards Riverside Mates, very slight wear, not noticeable at all when inflated, hard to see when not inflated. - $40.00 plus shipping
1 pair NOS BW 20X2.125 Carlisle Lightning Darts, perfect - $40.00 plus shipping.

AGE / VALUE:   Firestone 500 II posted by: Benny on 3/20/2003 at 2:25:42 AM
I have a Firestone 500 II . Its a red ladies bike. It has the wide white wall tires, has the tank thing for the headlights, has the rack in the back. It is in ex. cond.
What year is this bike? What is it worth? Thanks, Benny

AGE / VALUE:   huffy camaro posted by: RICK on 3/19/2003 at 5:42:18 PM
1969 huffy camaro missing headlight chain guard & chain med.rust tires hold air any offers welcome