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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by: Michael on 5/7/2003 at 6:10:36 PM
I purchased a set of reproduction Schwinn S-2 26" wheels on the internet to replace damaged ones on a vintage Schwinn Typhoon. I recieved them and found that they are too small for my original 26 x 2.125 tires. Do new cruiser bikes have smaller wheels? Does anyone have an explanation for this discrepancy in size? Does anyone have a vintage wheelset for sale?

   RE:BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by DSchwinnDog on 5/7/2003 at 9:41:48 PM
I think on the Typhoon it was an S7 rim that was orig. You purchased S2 rims, which are smaller in dia. than S7. S2 rims are for 2.125 (balloon) wide tires, S7 fits 1.75 or 1 3/4, I think.
Good luck, SD

   RE:BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by Greg on 5/7/2003 at 11:37:50 PM
The S-7 Wheels will only take 26x1 3/4 tires made for or by Schwinn I found this out when I tried to put 26x1.75 tires on my 59 Schwinn Panther

   RE:BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by David on 5/9/2003 at 8:01:30 PM
Remember one of the rules of thumb of bike tire sizing: Tires with widths expressed as decimals will not generally fit the same rim as tires with widths expressed as fractions. I.e. 26 x 1.5 will NOT fit the same rim as 26 x 1 1/2.

   RE:BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by Michael on 5/9/2003 at 10:17:36 PM
Whoops! Thanks very much for the help.

   RE:BALLOON:Typhoon Wheels posted by Humma Hah on 5/14/2003 at 11:07:18 PM
Schwinn S-2 rims were used on the heavy-weight cruisers. S-7 rims were used on the "midweights", which includes most, or all, models of Typhoon (I still ride one daily, and still have an S-7 rim on the front wheel).

Both are fractional-size rims, i.e. 26x1 3/4 for the S-7, not 26x1.75. No decimal tire will go on S-2 or S-7 rims without breaking the bead wire and damaging the rim. I did actually succeed in mounting one when I was 12, after about 4 hours of struggling, and doing irreparable damage to the wheel and tire.

FOR SALE:More Bikes For Sale posted by: Richard on 5/7/2003 at 6:01:06 PM
More bikes have been added for sale.
Huffy Clean Machine $35
Western Flyer Convertable $35
20" Ross $25
20" Murray Stingray Style $45
Murray Firecat $175

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Racer posted by: Robin on 5/7/2003 at 3:56:15 PM
I have just aquired a Schwinn Racer. If I'm reading the serial number charts correctly, it would be a 1966. The serial number is on the rear drop-out and starts with HB. Am I correct that this is a 1966? It's in fair to good condition. Everything works and all parts look original but it's pretty dirty and has moderate rust areas on the chrome. It's cleaning up pretty nicely. It's destiny is to become my "around the town" bike.

TIA, Robin

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Racer posted by Ken on 5/11/2003 at 12:30:38 AM
'66 is right. Is that a 3-speed?

FOR SALE:comfort bicycles(duo) posted by: paul on 5/6/2003 at 12:21:10 AM
Columbia, full fendered, rack, Madwagon with off road tires, both bicycles are comfort upright style, both with 3 speed Shimano Nexus, street tires on Columbia and off road on Madwagon. Both low miles, adult owned, kept indoors, like new. $75.00 each your choice delivery in Mass can be arranged. Two nice machines in time for the good weather. Thanks! paul

AGE / VALUE:Memory Lane posted by: Tim on 5/5/2003 at 12:46:01 PM
Does anyone have a e-mail address for memory lane classics?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Memory Lane posted by Benny on 5/5/2003 at 11:55:08 PM
I've had email from them at this address:
Hope this helps, Benny

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Memory Lane posted by Tim on 5/6/2003 at 12:15:58 AM
Thanks I`ll give it a try

AGE / VALUE:boys 26" bike hawthorne posted by: Dale on 5/5/2003 at 10:31:25 AM
just found a boys 26" hawtorne bike, has a double crossbars on the top instead of a single one, front fender is made of cast, attached to the front fork, really looks more like a stub than a fender one piece, seat looks to be orgingal, says made in England on it. if u can assist with any info please help, thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:boys 26 posted by sam on 5/6/2003 at 2:00:33 PM
I have a Murray that has a fender fork thing like you talk about.It is used to mount the springs.Take a look in the photos for early 50s Murray/western flyers with springer forks.

AGE / VALUE:rollfast posted by: rick on 5/5/2003 at 4:57:07 AM
I have aquired a rollfast bike that is blue with white details. It has fenders, chainguard, generator light, very nice I would even say perfect blue leather mesinger saddle. The bike has 26" wheels and in excelent condition. The handlebars are unique in that they angle back from the stem abruptly and streight. It has the familiar Rollfast headbadge and a distinctive looking frame with two parralel top tubes turning downward about two thirds of the way back and the seat stays are in line with the top of the two tubes giving the very low apearance to the rear end of the frame. The chainring has the letter "H" in its center and several "H's surounding it. The seat tube has a decal that depicts the same "H" and a likeness of the chainwheel. All in all a very unusual looking bike. I am very curious as to its value.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:rollfast posted by David N. on 5/7/2003 at 12:15:06 AM
its only a $50 bike if it don't have a tank or light.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:rollfast posted by Ken on 5/8/2003 at 6:18:52 PM
I think David may represent the minority opinion here.
take a look at
and see if it looks familiar. You may have something good there.

AGE / VALUE:Goodyear Hi-Way Special? posted by: Brent and Teresa Salyers on 5/5/2003 at 2:42:18 AM
We are restoring my old bike. When we sanded it down, we found "Hi-Way Special" on the chain guard and "Goodyear" on the tank. Serial #D18947. This is all we know! We are trying to find any and all info. on it to restore it as closely as possible. PLEASE help! Even if it is just to point us in the right direction to search for ourselves it would be greatly appreciated!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Goodyear Hi-Way Special? posted by rick on 5/5/2003 at 4:54:21 AM
I also have a Goodyear Highway Patrol bike. It is a Columbia bike with a tank, rear rack, fenders, chainguard, headlight, etc. It is in very good unrestored condition and is brown and iviory in color with red pin stripes. I have no idea as to its value and would appreciate any information you might have regarding the bikes age or?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Goodyear Hi-Way Special? posted by DannyJoe on 5/6/2003 at 1:35:17 AM
Yep, I got one too, mine is a cantilever framed bike which I think is a 1961 middleweight. My tin headbadge was mostly unreadable but I made out a faint "Goodyear" "Hi-Way Patrol" on it. Are your's straight-bar or cantilever syle bike's with tank's? I'm unsure of how mine was originally set-up, I found mine with shorty chrome fender's, a gold sparkle spring seat and ape-hanger's, most likely a '60's early '70's semi-custom done by the owner. I've decided to keep it this way, it was a very clean bike with good chrome, the paint was a little faded but with very few scratches. It was bike I picked up for less than a dollar, it's what I ride when I'm feeling "Old School".

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Goodyear Hi-Way Special? posted by Brent and Teresa on 5/6/2003 at 4:21:35 PM
Mine is a "girls" bike with a tank. There's a bell in the tank, it had a rear rack and was originally a metalic blue w/white lettering. It says "Hi-way Special" instead of "Hi-way Patrol." We found an ad w/picture for the Boys hi-way patrol on Nostalgic.net I could not find my serial # on the Columbia list, but did on the Schwinn for 1952. My dad had been thinking it was a Schwinn and that his cousin got it in 52-53. So, I'm confused!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Goodyear Hi-Way Special? posted by Brent and Teresa on 5/7/2003 at 4:46:28 AM
My bad...after closer inspection, it DOES say "Hi-Way Patrol Special" Duh! So, does that mean it is a Columbia for sure?

AGE / VALUE:bike id posted by: josh on 5/5/2003 at 1:28:30 AM
I posted early about about a what i thought was a schwinn racer but I have not been able to find any ladies frame Schwinn racers. It has tubular s-6 rims that are marked 27 1/4. It has hanger on the front for centerpull. But it is missing the brakes. there is braze on cable guides on the top tube. Any help in finding out what bike this is would be great

AGE / VALUE:schwinn 3-speed posted by: josh on 5/4/2003 at 10:57:36 PM
I got schwinn ladies 3-speed. It does not have any decals or chainguard. THe AW hub dates it at 1969 and the serial number is mf20953. I believe it is a racer or trallever. But what i need to know is how was the shifter cable routed? It is missing the shifter and cables. thanks

MISC:Schwinn tandem eccentric BB Q posted by: David on 5/4/2003 at 4:33:20 AM
I'm taking apart the T&C...
The front BB is mounted in an eccentric to adjust the timing chain tension. Are the two ends of the eccentric BB mounting just a friction fit in the frame's BB shell? Should I just drive them out with a drift?

WANTED:New Sweetheart sprocket? posted by: Don on 5/4/2003 at 1:50:42 AM

Does anyone know if there are new non-skiptooth sweetheart sprockets available? I would like to put one on my wife's Schwinn cruiser four.

Thank you, Don

   RE:WANTED:New Sweetheart sprocket? posted by Greg Olivera on 5/6/2003 at 3:52:17 AM
Don try www.AztlanBicycle.com Hope this helps Ride To Live Live To Ride

AGE / VALUE:Schwinn Racer posted by: DannyJoe on 5/3/2003 at 4:44:04 PM
What year was the Racer first built? I was given one today that I believe is a 1960, serial no. H056456 on the rear drop-out but the serial chart on this site for Schwinn has the letter for month and then a no.1 as the second digit for the year 1960. What year do I have? The seat tube has a decal of a Top Hat in the center and the headbadge is different than any '60's Schwinn I've seen, wing-like design on side of badge.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn Racer posted by Gordon on 5/3/2003 at 11:25:42 PM
Your bike was built on August 22, 1960. My info lists the Racer as being a promotional model offered in 1956 with either a coaster brake or 3 speed, or with an optional 2 speed. Listings for 57 and 58 are the same with standard listings for 1959 and later.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn Racer posted by DannyJoe on 5/4/2003 at 1:47:42 AM
Thank's Gordon, I own a '58 3spd. Traveler which look's similar to this '60 Racer. The Traveler has stainless steel fender's where as the Racer's are painted, what are other difference's of a Traveler and Racer of the same year? This '60 Racer was going to the dump until I rescued it, it's complete with nice decal's and minor rust spot's, it came with an '60's AMF Skyrider 26in. cantilever frame bike which is complete and restorable and there's more bike's buried in her garage if I want them, I live for day's like these.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn Racer posted by Chris on 5/9/2003 at 5:51:07 PM
The early Schwinn Travelers have alloy shelled Sturmey- Archer 3 speed hubs ( 1954) and despite the Schwinn being bomb proof and heavy as heck it is a pretty bike and it does have it's own following. Keep saving them.

AGE / VALUE:Columbia 5 Star Superb posted by: Tyler on 5/2/2003 at 3:32:51 AM
I bought this bike in 1984. I know it is an original does anyone know the value. It's a mens red has scratches,light rust, and some corrosion from batteries that were left in it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Columbia 5 Star Superb posted by Richard on 5/2/2003 at 11:18:46 PM
It could go anywhere from $150 to $2500. Depending on who's looking at it.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn tandem posted by: David on 5/1/2003 at 10:33:02 AM
Are Sturmey Archer drum brakes and AW hub strong enough for use on a Schwinn Town & Country tandem? I plan to build wheels for my naked frame soon.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:Schwinn tandem posted by sam on 5/1/2003 at 1:39:07 PM
The AW should hold up fine for the power part and the drum is better(I'm told)than the coaster,most of the brakin comes from the front brake.A strong full size drum like those used on worksman bicycles would be good for the front wheel.