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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   amc tandem posted by: thalldo on 4/30/2003 at 11:46:29 PM
I have a AMC tandem with a silver lightning bolt on the head badge. It has a front caliper brake stamped with Weinmann Switzerland on it. The rear brake is a Bendix coaster brake. 19 tooth rear cog. 26x1.75 tires. serial number on the left rear drop out: 1H392107 (upside down). I am restoring it, I doubt if it has a great value, but would like to have an idea if it is worth rechroming etc.
The cranks are also stamped with a W in a box. 2 chains, both on right of bike. originally red fine metallic flake paint. any info would be of interest. thanks!!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   amc tandem posted by thalldo on 4/30/2003 at 11:56:04 PM
i forgot to say that it is a men's front and a rear women's style tandem. It has sloppy welds.

WANTED:   HELP.... posted by: Shelly on 4/30/2003 at 4:21:27 PM
Somebody please help me! I have inherited an old Ross, it is a female with a 26 inch back tire and had headlights at one point. I can't find ANY information on how to date this bike and find some general information on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   RE:WANTED:   HELP.... posted by Stacey on 5/1/2003 at 9:41:19 AM
Shelly, until there is an organized effort to demistify the Ross numbering system, we will just have to rely on the crank stamping to give us an approximate date of manufacture.

WANTED:   Any Schwinn Aerocycle Parts posted by: Dave on 4/30/2003 at 3:33:40 PM
If anyone has any Schwinn Aerocycle parts please email me.

WANTED:   western flyer x53 posted by: steve on 4/29/2003 at 7:22:54 PM
I am looking for a chain guard for the above referenced bike. Please contact me via e-mail with picture and price. Thanks

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   for sale posted by: paul on 4/29/2003 at 12:04:44 AM
available for pick up in Eastern MASS. 3 year old Columbia Pioneer, full fendered 3 speed internal hub comfort bike, 2 year old Mad Wagon 3 speed internal hub comfort bike with off road tires. Both bicycles are mint kept indoors and adult owned with few miles. Your choice $90 each or the pair for $150 just in time for the good weather! Thanks! paul

FOR SALE:   A Few More Bicycles For Sale posted by: Richard on 4/28/2003 at 9:54:32 PM
Schwinn Apple Krate Project $200
Murray Eliminator $125
69 Sears Spyder 500 $200

BALLOON:   Details of 1952 Schwinn Phantom posted by: Eric True on 4/28/2003 at 8:26:02 PM
I just bought a 1952 Schwinn Phantom and am considering restoration. First of all, does anyone know of who can undertake the correct repainting/decals of the frame/fork/rack/chainguard for me? It was originally that cool coral/orange and brown two-tone. If not, are repro decals available? Color codes or repro paint? Also, my bike has incorrect wheels/tires. Is it supposed to have chrome S-2's? And, should it have the sweetheart skip-link front sprocket? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Details of 1952 Schwinn Phantom posted by MNSmith on 4/29/2003 at 8:54:18 AM
I'm kinda scratching my head here. The Phantom came in a few specific colors. Black and red, the reverse scheme of those same colors, and green and black. Not to mention the one year only, special blue version. Orange and brown doesn't sound like a Phantom. If it is a Phantom, S2's would be correct. If it is another model, other rims would also be correct. The sweetheart chainwheel would usually be found on earlier versions. By 1952, it would have had the deluxe chainwheel.


   RE:BALLOON:   Details of 1952 Schwinn Phantom posted by sam on 4/29/2003 at 12:15:31 PM
Mark,could this be a Ranger?Mead lasted till about 1952.Brown was the rangers color.

   RE:BALLOON:   Details of 1952 Schwinn Phantom posted by Eric True on 4/29/2003 at 7:57:13 PM
Sorry, guys. I got to looking at so many bikes on the web yesterday that. . . . I don't have a Phantom. It's a Panther.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Details of 1952 Schwinn Phantom posted by MNSmith on 4/29/2003 at 9:12:13 PM
With the colors mentioned, I was thinking more along the lines of a Panther too. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2171333368&category=35961 .

A Panther should have S2's. Sweetheart chainring is normal. How much are you willing to spend on a correct restoration. They can get expensive! One of the best in Southern California is Bob Usasi at bobcycles@aol.com . Another in the Pacific Northwest is Dave Stromberger at www.nostalgic.net . Ask either, I'm sure they would be glad to give you a quote.


AGE / VALUE:   79 Schwinn Spitfire posted by: Ryan on 4/28/2003 at 11:09:17 AM
Just got myself a schwinn spitfire, all original, needs new paint and rechromed wheels, single spped, all there, just wondering what its worth?

AGE / VALUE:   help posted by: gasper on 4/28/2003 at 7:32:33 AM
I recently purchased a bike at a local swap meet. I would greatly appreciate any help in finding the year this bike was made. I know that it is a roadmaster 24" bike with a tank in the center of the bike, with the logo roadmaster on the tank and also the roadmaster badge on the front of the bike. the serial number on the bike is B16327 54Cw . thanks for any help!

BALLOON:   "Cadillac" bicycle - Schwinn? posted by: Pam Pittenger on 4/28/2003 at 3:14:00 AM
I received a "Cadillac" bicycle from my mother-in-law who bought it when she was a "govermment girl" in the 1940's in Washington, DC. She needed the bicycle for medical reasons and had to get a paper from her physician to be able to buy it. I don't know the exact year. She said shortly after she bought the bike, you didn't have to have approval to buy bicycles. Also, the bicycle was blue. She said it really stood out in the store because the vast majority of the bicycles there were black. Can anyone tell me anything definitive about this bicycle or where to look next?

   RE:BALLOON:    posted by sam on 4/28/2003 at 4:39:01 PM
During WW2 bikes could only be bought by approval of the rations board---sam

   RE:BALLOON:    posted by Ken on 4/29/2003 at 7:52:26 PM
Cool find. The Cadillac bikes I've seen were Schwinn-built. There's a Cadillac badge at

FOR SALE:   Several Bicycles For Sale posted by: Richard on 4/28/2003 at 12:11:00 AM
I have several bikes for sale.
April Schwinn FairLady $125
Bicentenial FairLady $175
Early 70's green Huffy Rail $125
16" Kent Stingray Style $ 50
Huffy Cheater Slik 3 $100
Old School GT Performer $ 80
Official Bike of 1976 Olympics $ 75
27" Nishiki racing bike $ 75
27" 89 Lotus 2000R $150
Early 50's Shelby $125
Prewar Hawthorne $125
Prewar Elgin $400
Early 70's Western Flyer $ 50
Early 60's 24" Women's Sears $ 75

Here is a link for pictures of above bicycles. There are pictures of other bicycles in this folder. If the bicycle is not mentioned above, it's not for sale. Sorry!

   RE:FOR SALE:   Several Bicycles For Sale posted by Richard on 5/5/2003 at 10:45:27 PM
The GT Performer is sold.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Ladies Hollywood posted by: Peter on 4/27/2003 at 7:56:33 PM
Hello Guys,
I've just picked up a (1970?) Schwinn Ladies Hollywood.
It's in really great shape and I was wondering......
The Serial Numbers are KF 14158, now would that equate
to October 1970?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks to all!
( Revised Version ! )

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1970 Ladies Schwinn Hollywood posted by: Peter on 4/27/2003 at 7:49:14 PM
Hello Guys,
I've just picked up a (1970?) Schwinn Ladies Hollywood.
Its in really great shape and I was wondering......
The Seraila Numbers are KF 14158, now, would that be equate
to October 1970?
Any helping would be appreciated.
Thanks to all!

BALLOON:   Vintage tandem posted by: TBeers on 4/27/2003 at 1:48:39 PM
Hey y'all. I'm looking to restore an old Huffy tandem my husband picked up for me at an auction. The paint is pretty good but the tires are gone. I have no idea where to start. Chrome on the handle bars is non-exsistent, but all the grips are there. Couldn't tell you anything about the gears but is it heavy to push. Size the tires are 26x.1.75. Can I use a 26x1 3/8 that's listed here on the site for sale. I'd want the white sidewalls, in keeping with the look. That's what's on there now. I'd just like it to be road worthy and able to take on Sunday drives. Any ideas? Thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Vintage tandem posted by Brian on 4/27/2003 at 9:23:50 PM
26 x 1/38 tires wont fit. Use 26 x 1.75 tires from kmart or walmart - they have whitewalls. Their Kenda brand 26 x 2.125 should also work. This was originally a balloon tire size but now are being made smaller. New handle bars can be purchased at any bicycle shop, around $8.- $12. If they are not too bad, just paint them silver. I just restored an old tandem myself and had it featured in a movie shoot.

   RE:BALLOON:   Vintage tandem posted by TBeers on 5/11/2003 at 6:04:05 PM
Brian-thanks for your reply. I have not been able to find those size tires at my local Wal-mart or K mart. I have found the 2.125 on the web. After reading other posts, I see that 1 1.75 is different from a 1 3/4". That's what I have, a 1 3/4" size. Is the 2.125 a match for that? What movie was your bike in?

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by: Amal on 4/27/2003 at 1:06:08 PM
Hi everybody
I have an old Schwinn Flying Star that was in the garage when I bought my house 15 years ago.
I would like to find out more about this bike.It has a manual Bendix hub. How would I go about that. Is there a serial number I should be looking for and where. Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Flying Star posted by Greg on 5/6/2003 at 11:41:06 AM
If there isnt a number on left side rear dropout look under crank hanger that would be pre 1951 I think