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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know? posted by: Amanda on 5/28/2003 at 3:17:07 PM
Well, I was hoping I'd be able to post a photograph. I am not a vintage bike person, I just stumbled upon an old schwinn girls bike. I've dated it by the serial number to 1953 but I have no idea the model of the bike. I'm also unsure about whether I should restore it or leave it alone. It has all original parts on it as far as I can tell, it does have a few rusty spots but i don't know if it would devalue it to restore it. Any suggestions on where to start? Anyone willing to look at a photo? I could email a photo. Also, there is a photo here of an identical bike under "sold items, 1953 girls schwinn" or something like that, even the color is the same.

Thanks for any help you might want to give.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Anyone know? posted by MNSmith on 5/29/2003 at 6:57:29 AM
If it has enough paint left, I would leave it as original as possible. Afterall, it is only original once.

Visit my web site for tips on how to clean it up!


MIDDLEWEIGHT:   THE REVOLTION WILL NOT BE MOTORIZED posted by: Dick~s Vintage Bicycles on 5/27/2003 at 3:24:45 AM

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   THE REVOLTION WILL NOT BE MOTORIZED posted by Sam on 5/27/2003 at 3:31:05 AM

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   THE REVOLTION WILL NOT BE MOTORIZED posted by Ken on 5/29/2003 at 5:34:39 PM
It's already in progress...

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   CRITICAL MASS OKLAHOMA posted by: Dick~s VIntage Bicycles on 5/27/2003 at 3:03:58 AM
Anyone else in the OKC area asking themselves what the hell hapened to CRITICAL MASS in OKC? Ok if you are in the Okc area and arent then maybe you should. I moved away and when I came back I found a link to the old group but wouldnt you know its a broken link and obviously a broken CRITICAL MASS GROUP. So if any of you are out there lets get this going again. Or any other OKC Oklahoma area people interseted in a organized ride pertaining to balloon tire bicycles , or any other form of non motorized vessel lets talk..maybe go for a ride, catch a beer and enjoy this strange trip we are on......
Dick's Vintage Bicycles

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE posted by: Dick~s Vintage Bicycles on 5/27/2003 at 2:49:54 AM
Hello all!!!
Im not really looking to buy or sale, just say a few words to my bicycle counter culture..It seems sometimes as with most things we lose track of the reason in owning a classic/vintage bicycle..Now before I say this i understand the monetary interest to some people is the driving factor in this hobby if thats what you want to call it. But in my opinion as a collector that plays with his toys why would you want a bicycle that you were afraid to ride it to the store"granted you carry a thick cable lock" or around the neighborhood or anywhere. The bottom line is we will all be dead in the ground eventually with worms and other critters making homes in our rotting corpses...(im graphic im sorry lol) so why in the heck would you want to collect them and not ride them?? I say this cause I know a few people personally that do this..and I love them dearly but I dont see the point...Im sure some will lash me verbally for this but I dont care really ...SO IM SAYING TO YOU ALL GET YOUR BICYCLE OLD OR NEW AND RIDE IT DAMMIT!!!!! RIDE IT ANY CHANCE YOU GET ...TAKE IT OFF THE PEDESTAL AND GET ON IT AND RIDE RIDE RIDE RIDE ....did I say all this out loud? sorry
Dick's Vintage Bicycles

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE posted by Benny on 5/27/2003 at 4:16:32 AM
Here! Here!
My wife got to wanting to ride bicycles, so I said I'd rather find her an older bike to ride. I found her a Firestone 500 II. She rode it by herself for a while, but then she wanted company. Her sisters wanted no part of it, so I told her I'd look for me one. Well I found a Repop
53 Roadmaster. We started rideing everyday. She kinda liked the springer frontend on the roadmaster, and the big seat.
I started looking for a hers roadmaster. Well about 4weeks later I had one. I redid it to kinda match the repop. Now we ride about 8 miles a day. Man its a blast! People sure
notice you on one of these babys! (like if you were in a classic car) All the thumbs ups, the hey nice bike, and I had one just like that when I was a kid, sure makes your day, and not to mention honking the horns, are real cool too, by the way the older horn sounds much better than the repop. Well i'm about finished rambling now. Take a look at my pics at www.picturetrail.com/poeman

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE posted by Dick on 5/28/2003 at 3:03:10 AM
Very nice rides you have... I would agree the vintage horns just sound better, compared to the repops..If I was in your area Id come ride and I'd bring the beers

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE posted by John on 5/29/2003 at 1:03:08 AM
Hey Dick, ride em' if you got em'! I read that like any piece of machinery, a bike needs to be used to keep everything operating smoothly.

I have a 1939 Red Klinedinst Special Shelby that weighs about 70 pounds and we take it out on the local rail trail about twice a year for a 15 mile ride. I get all kinds of comments, and jealous stares when I park it next to the walmart huffy's. The knees start to ache bit on the trip back, but we have a heck of a good time. My wife always rides her lightweight Shogun on these trips, but I just bought a girls 1960 Red Klinedinst Special Columbia Thunderbolt middleweight. Next winter I'll put that on the repair stand, clean and repack everything, then see if she can keep up with the Shelby. John

FOR SALE:   schwinn corvett posted by: rickey on 5/26/2003 at 5:30:31 PM
i have a schwinn corvett with all the accessories aval.can send photos 334 756 7561 alabama im open mo-sat mint cond.

   Pic of bike posted by Tom Findley on 5/29/2003 at 8:17:38 PM

   RE:FOR SALE:   schwinn corvett posted by rickey on 5/30/2003 at 10:10:40 PM
thanks mr tom for the pic,s

FOR SALE:   Hiawatha Gambles tank bike posted by: Pete on 5/25/2003 at 6:08:40 PM
Selling a 50's Hiawatha tank bike in decent shape.
I ride this bike often, but need to make room for other projects.
Send e-mail for photo

   RE:FOR SALE:   Hiawatha Gambles tank bike posted by Pete on 5/25/2003 at 6:11:45 PM
contact e-mail is vanalavu@hotmail.com

BALLOON:   Tires posted by: Sudzy on 5/24/2003 at 11:29:35 PM
My old bike says it has 26 X 1 3/4" tires. Can I replace those with a 26 X 2.125 tire?

   RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Ken on 5/26/2003 at 12:05:54 AM

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Kim on 5/26/2003 at 12:54:38 PM
There's also a tire sizing guide right on this site. Click on General Resources at the top of this page.

   RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Gordon on 5/26/2003 at 1:47:40 PM
2.125's may fit the frame and forks but probably won't work with current fenders.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Tires posted by Ken on 5/29/2003 at 5:46:31 PM
Won't fit the rims either...

AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN JAGUAR MK V posted by: Mike on 5/23/2003 at 7:42:08 PM

I have a Schwinn Jaguar Mk V, S/N A437574 (which makes it a '63 or '64, I think). It's all origional, except for the tires and complete except for a missing headlight and speedometer (the brackets for both are still attached). The horn still works. It has a 2-speed Bendix rear end. It's black and in fairly good condition (a few small scratches here and there). This bike was handed down to me by a cousin in about 1968 or so and I rode it every day until 1973 when I saved up enough money for a shiny new Schwinn Varsity 10-speed. It's been in my parents garage since then. I'm looking to sell it, any ideas on what it's worth would be very helpful.
Thanks, Mike

AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by: Miguel on 5/22/2003 at 10:33:38 PM
My mother used to have a bike that I got stolen by leaving it somewhere I shouldn't have. I'm not sure of the make but it was possibly a Raleigh? It was a straight tubed mens bike, and the entire frame was chrome plated. It had cruiser style bars if I remember correctly. What really stood out on it was the shifter and grips. It had a grip shift, with the indicator and grips being white. It was the most interesting bike I had ever seen before and since. I believe I remember it having whitewall tires with a brick pattern on them. 1.75's or possibly 2.125 at the biggest. Anyway, I am trying to find one now after all these years, so I can give it back to her. Help me find out what this bike was. I'm not sure what classification it falls under on the database either, so whatever help you can give would be great. Thanks, Miguel

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Chrome framed three speed? posted by Miguel on 5/22/2003 at 11:03:06 PM
Also, if I'm not mistaken, it also had a solid white or possibly two toned springer seat. No stickers or any identifying marks on it, had a chain guard also chromed to match. It had a fancy looking crest of some sort on the headset tube front, also. Sorry if this is vague, Im' going on 15-20 year old memories here, lol! Thanks again.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by Brian on 5/24/2003 at 4:29:05 AM
Sorry I cant help you find a bike but I do have a lot of those Grip Shifters, nos in white.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by sam on 5/25/2003 at 1:45:09 PM
Raleigh did make cruzer style bikes but they had curved bars and I don't remember a chrome one.Sears space liner and Huffy silver king(1960s) had chrome frames again in the cruved type.Raleigh built an all chrome rod brake roadester and Hero also sells an all chrome rod brake roadester they have 28" wheels.---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by Jimbo Jones on 5/25/2003 at 9:13:56 PM
My guess is either an AMF or Robinhood. White seat and white walls leads me towards the AMF, fancy badge the robinhood.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by Ken on 5/26/2003 at 12:10:18 AM
some Raleigh-built AMFs came with Sturmey-Archer twist shifters. But chrome?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chrome framed three speed? posted by Jimbo Jones on 5/26/2003 at 7:25:22 AM
Come to think of it, it may have been a JC Higgins or another department store. Couldn't find it in the ebay completed section. Had a one peice crank.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Chrome framed three speed? posted by Chris on 5/27/2003 at 4:06:28 PM
The Raleigh Sports or Raleigh D.L.22 was offered in all chrome frames and fenders. Pretty bike and kinda rare.
The 28 inch rod brake bikes were also all chrome every once in a blue moon.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Tandem posted by: POP on 5/22/2003 at 4:25:23 AM
I just picked up an older Schwinn Tandem and the serial number starts with a 2FC-0000. Any idea on the age and model name? Checking the database for serial numbers here yields no clue for me. It has a third seat tube for the stoker's handlebars. The plate on the front says Schwinn, Chicago.

   OK, I'm curious... posted by Ricky on 5/29/2003 at 6:01:25 AM
A picture would be most helpful.

1. Does the stoker bar connect via linkage to the fork?
2. What rims does it have (S5)?
3. What tire size?
4. What brakes? (does it have a drum brake?, if so, front or rear?)
5. Is it a "one-speed"?
6. Is the frame "lugged"?
7. Is the kickstand welded-on or bolted?
8. Is the rear-most seat tube straight or curved?
9. Is there a chainguard?
10. Round or oval headbadge?
11. Does it have an offset (adjustable) front crankset?

AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by: Amber on 5/21/2003 at 6:05:21 PM
I acquired a sweet dark green Rollfast that was in my grandparent's garage when they moved to FL in 1986 to use while I'm in college. I have the serial number and know the size of the tires. I would like to know how to find out how old it is and the model (if applicable). Does anyone know how I can do this? Thanks!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rollfast posted by Ken on 5/22/2003 at 6:12:09 PM
Start by searching the picture database on this site; look for features that match yours. More Rollfasts from 30s 40s and 50s are on the nostalgic.net site.

MISC:   husqvarna bicycle posted by: cheryl on 5/21/2003 at 2:07:11 AM
I hope someone out there knows something about husqvarna bicycles. I've spent hours searching all the Husqvarna sites and others. I just want to know a little bit about them. I bought one at a garage sale for 2 dollars. It looks quite old, it's a ladies bike with ballon tires and upright handlebars. Does anybody know about them or own one?

   RE:MISC:   husqvarna bicycle posted by andy bee on 8/10/2003 at 11:32:23 AM
Hi! Maybe i can help you about yor Husqvarna. If you state the framenunber wich i placed on the right side under the saddletube it´s possible to see when it was made. The swedish factory husqvarna started in the 1700 as a gunfactory and through the years they made all kind of household stuff, bicycle, motorcycles and chainsaw,and so on. The bicycle production started in 1896 and ended in the early 1960´s i think.

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: John on 5/21/2003 at 1:35:53 AM
I've got a 26" boys Derby middleweight that needs complete restoration. Missing fenders and chain guard. Is this thing worth the work it would take to get it back in shape? No tank or other special features, just a lot of work involved here. Also have an "American Flyer, Precision Built" (says on the head badge) middleweight. Complete except for headlight, but needs total resto. Has tank but that's about it for extras. Anybody know anything about these? Thanks John

AGE / VALUE:   Skyway bicycle posted by: donald ross on 5/20/2003 at 11:09:13 PM
I have a skyway bike. I think it is 26" with chrome fenders, generator and head light, gold color, single pull caliper brakes and racks on both the front and rear tires. The serial number is 4e01813.It was purchased around 1966 thru 1970. would anyone have any information on this bike? Thank You!

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn '61 Tornado posted by: Ken on 5/20/2003 at 6:14:05 PM
Wondering about the value of this bike? Serial number is either B1 5117 or B115117. With a little help from oldroads.com and Mark Smith,okay a lot, I was able to identify this bike. Original parts appear to include the frame, fork, stem (AS), handlebars, grips, seat post (AS), drive train, and wheels, and fenders. Frame and markings indicate original paint, but the tank appears repainted. It has a rear rack rack from an old Red Phantom that someone tried to incorrectly retore it with. The front fender light (Delta) is also an add on, but old and functioning nonetheless. Fenders are likely stock, but the front has been bobbed. The seat, peddles, and hubcaps are also not original as they lack the Schwinn stamping, but just like the light are old as well. Bike is in excellent condition. Pictures readily available. Any ideas as to value. Thank you.

   here is a pic of the bike, thanks posted by Ken on 5/20/2003 at 8:10:30 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn '61 Tornado posted by Ken on 5/21/2003 at 8:57:43 PM
Hi Ken, I'm Ken. That bike is what flea market folks call a marriage. Mark Smith knows a lot more about Schwinns than I do; does he think the wheels, tank and chainguard are right? (The tank is Schwinn, but Tornado?) In my experience, Tornadoes came with painted rims and German hubs.
As far as value, a guy here in our town does custom cruisers like that and asks $200.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn '61 Tornado posted by KenT on 5/22/2003 at 1:23:01 PM
Thanks Ken, Mark mentioned the tank could be original as some Tornados did come with tanks. My guess, it's an add on as it's been painted, but the rest of the frame looks good with all the opriginal decals/ old safety inspection stickers. Yes the Hubs are German, I took a good look at them the other night. The rear hub had what looked like a little switch (don't know what if anything it does). Chainguard is questionable. He did say he doesn't really follow the middle weight market. Thanks again, both you and Mark.