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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   tires posted by: al on 7/2/2003 at 12:08:28 AM
i have a set of orange goodyear tires dated approx. 1973 the rear is a balloon 20x2.125 the front is called a wing foot 20x1.75 i was wondering if anyone could tell me what their worth

AGE / VALUE:   1950's Red & White Western Flyer posted by: Randy Smith on 7/1/2003 at 7:38:26 PM
I have a cicra 1950's Red & White Western Flyer mens bicycle and was wondering what it may be worth. It is in at least an 8 on a scale of one to ten. Its all original and has not dents or missing parts, just a little surface rust. If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated.Also I may be interested in selling it if anyone is interested.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's Red & White Western Flyer posted by Don Sams on 7/21/2003 at 3:33:46 AM
Randy : Is this a tank style bike ? Does it have any other markings on it other than Western Flyer ? What kind of price would you have to have for it ? Do you have a digital camera to send me pictures of it ? If you don't can you better describe the bicycle ? I might be interested if you are reasonable on the price !! THANKS DON !!!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's Red & White Western Flyer posted by Randy on 7/29/2003 at 1:27:49 PM
I will be gald to e-mail you pictures, but it will probably be Monday 8/4/03 before I can.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1950's Red & White Western Flyer posted by RANDY on 8/28/2003 at 8:17:47 PM
I have pictures and have e-mailed them to your response address. If you see this and your address has changed let me know if you are still interested.

AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia Three-star posted by: E. J. Bryan on 6/30/2003 at 8:01:24 PM
I have a Columbia three-star girl's bike. It's needs repainted. How do you replace the decals that appear on the frame, tank and rear rack? Also, I sent the chrome fenders off to be plated, but the plating shop sent them back after three months saying they were too thin to plate. Any suggestions as to plating or replacing?

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by: Barbara on 6/29/2003 at 7:52:19 PM
I have a later model Schwinn Hollywood, I am guessing 1967, (the 63 model came with a carrier which this didn't have, and the 75 had 20" tires and this takes 26", or did they make 26" ers in the 70s and not say so? Anyway, I am assuming I can tell by the serial #, which is WHERE? The bike is in very good condition, all original parts- (except that I was in a rush to be able to ride it, so I took it to my local bike shop where they are replacing both tires (they are Roadgrippers-don't know if they were the original ones, but they have lots of dry rot- also replacing or repairing 1 broken spoke, then I found this site and wonder if getting it fixed was such a good idea, speaking in terms of originality-anyway where is the serial # and are there any other markings that will tell me how old this bike is?
Also, the fender braces? have some rust on them, the guy in the bike shop told me to use chrome paint on it, but I shudder at the thought of painting it-is there a rust remover?
Thanks- hope I can find my way back here to read the replys!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by doug on 6/30/2003 at 11:23:52 AM
Hi Barbra the ser.# will either be located under the crank hanger(that is the large gear and levers where the pedals attach) or by the rear drop out that is where the axel attaches the rear wheel to the frame on the right side of the bike as your sitting on it. or if its really a newer bike it would be on the fork tube on the front of the bike.you can always have the bike shop show you also,as far as rust removers theyre are a lot of them but the rust will return quickly if you dont re paint or plate the part.for really authentic looking fenderbrace plating you can use a spray on galvanizing coating or for a nice job not perfect use rustoleum alluminum silver in the brush on style with a foam disposable paint brush easy to do and looks pretty good but you will have to do all of the braces on the bike so they will match.good luck and blue skies to you.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by doug on 6/30/2003 at 11:27:52 AM
too early this morn I guess the Ser # if on the dropout will be on the left side sorry for the mistake

   Schwinn serial number locations posted by Tom Findley on 6/30/2003 at 11:40:08 AM

For the rusted braces, use chrome polish on them to see if it will remove the rust.

If it won't and they look ugly, replace them with new ones from Memory Lane Classics, or prime and paint them silver.

New cadmium plating for them would cost a lot more than new braces.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Hollywood posted by Barbara on 7/3/2003 at 12:38:50 PM
Hi Doug and Tom
Thanks for the info. I guess you can tell I'm new at this so I appreciated the exact locations you told me . Do you have any idea if this bike has any value? Not that I would ever sell it- it has tons of sentimental value for me- but if I can keep it in the family, well sometimes people will take better care of something, if it's "worth anything". Maybe in another 100 years or so?

AGE / VALUE:   '53 Rollfast Hopalong Womans posted by: Clay Bonvillain on 6/29/2003 at 4:59:34 PM
Can anyone tell me where I can find more info and approximate current value on this bike. I have found lots of info and pics of the "boys" style, but I can't seem to find a value for the "girls". I have a chance to purchase one and am trying to figure out what would be a fair price. Thanks CB

BALLOON:   General Information posted by: Craig on 6/27/2003 at 12:14:44 PM
I have a late thirties Elgin Girls special, it has the front fender over the fork. I see alot of elgins the same time frame with the fender under the fork. Did this combination pertain to specific models or the year they were made?

   RE:BALLOON:   General Information posted by Joel on 6/27/2003 at 8:15:43 PM
Yes, only certain models and years have the fender over the fork. Elgin bikes were made by at least 3 different companies.

AGE / VALUE:   Coast to Coast early 60's bicycle posted by: Doug Skapyak on 6/26/2003 at 11:12:44 PM
After nearly 40 years I have found my pre-drivers license bicycle. It is a Coast to Coast model called something like "Coast King" or "Gold Coaster". It was actually painted a metallic gold. I pick it up Sunday. Can anyone out there steer me to info on restoration and history of this bicyle? I'm so excited to have it back. Thanks?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Coast to Coast early 60's bicycle posted by Ken on 7/1/2003 at 5:45:43 PM
Will you send me a picture, please? I had a Coast King, briefly, in about 1961. No idea who the manufacturer was. They probably had various suppliers through the years. Coast to Coast was where I bought my Armstrong 3-speed, too, but that's another story.

AGE / VALUE:   an old bike posted by: Val Burk on 6/26/2003 at 1:59:56 AM
A neighbor just gave my daughter a vintage bike in pretty good
shape. It has the logos "California" and "Malibu Hopper" on
it, and serial # GAC4 900723. Could anyone tell us what kind
of bike this is? Thank you!

MISC:   Bicycle show posted by: Joe on 6/25/2003 at 2:51:31 AM
July 19,2003 show, tropies,fun see our website

AGE / VALUE:   Information posted by: Don on 6/24/2003 at 4:12:28 PM
I just purchased a bike at an auction and need some info to determine make & model
*Serial # m4 5010X3522675 (not positive on m)
*Chrome chain guard with the word "Liberty"
*Emblem/decal says Chicago Cycle Supply Co. and has a
picture of a torch
*Chrome fenders, and the frame is a dark brown color

I would appreciate if anyone had some information for me. Thanks

BALLOON:   ? 1948 Girls Schwinn Deluxe posted by: Patricia on 6/24/2003 at 3:42:33 AM
Hi, Could anyone help me with this bike. I received it for my 5th or 6th birthday which would have been 1948/or49. Bike is in original condition which is quite good considering the age (better condition than I am, lol. The only numbers I could find are stamped on the frame right under the sprocket ( 294674 ) bike is navy blue with a white stripe down each side of fender outlined in a red stripe, if this is any help. There is a front headlight,rear tail-light,wire basket & horn. Any help would be appreciated so I could find out the value of the bike and if it is worth more restored or left original. Thank you!

   RE:BALLOON:   ? 1948 Girls Schwinn Deluxe posted by MNSmith on 6/24/2003 at 5:40:20 AM
Patricia, think of this. A bike is only original once. So,of course, it is worth more unrestored. Unless it is a rusty hunk. Is there a letter with that serial number?? That would make the serial number complete so we can really determine the year.


   RE:RE:BALLOON:   ? 1948 Girls Schwinn Deluxe posted by Patricia on 6/25/2003 at 2:22:34 AM
I sent you some picture I had taken yesterday of the bike and just rechecked the number again and realized the letter must have been filed off at some point for whatever reason before I removed it from my parents garage. I do know from picture they have I received it in Sept. 1948. Thank you for trying to help.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Deluxe Breeze posted by: jason on 6/23/2003 at 1:23:13 AM
I have a old Schwinn Deluxe Breeze that was givin to me. I was wandering what this bike could be valued at, the serial # is CD08848, the bike is in fairly good shape everything is still on it, just a little rusty. thanks for your help

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Deluxe Breeze posted by Tom Findley on 6/23/2003 at 11:53:35 AM
Wealthy European vacationers will offer you $12,000 for it in Monaco. Take it there and ride it up and down the road along the beach.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Deluxe Breeze posted by Ken on 6/23/2003 at 4:20:07 PM
Be nice, Tom:) Seriously, although the advice to visit Monaco is good, here in Chicagoland the Breeze is a garage sale item and will bring $20 on a good day. Sad, because it's pretty good transportation, but there it is.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Deluxe Breeze posted by Chris on 6/24/2003 at 4:59:46 PM
(I remember that day and this bike)

"Chris, Do you know what that fellow told me? The nerve of that guy! Stood in my shop and told me the bike was not for sale and to get my hands off of it. Do you know what I did then? ( I figured it was get the bike, because we stood there looking at it)_
I offered him an amount and he looked at me and he sold it right there. Do you know what I did then, Chris? I put my hands all over it and then I called you."
He sold it to me for a bit more than he paid and then I put my hands all over it too. Still have it.
I tried to explain that is the way folks act but he told me it was just an old English 3 speed and nobody need act like that. Everybody made a buck and what I gave for it is still under what these sell for.
Sometimes people offer a lot just to have it and many folks don't care and offer a crazy amout for it if they have money and really want it.
Hopefully if you take the Schwinn to Monaco and have a crappy attitude like it's gold then somebody will pay an insane price for it.
Still, I would not go agrivating the rich and powerful in Monaco over anything. I don't go touching until it's mine and then they don't care anymore. Then they carry it to the truck for me. Try not to rub a potential seller the wrong way.

AGE / VALUE:   Scwinn Beach Cruiser posted by: Margaret on 6/22/2003 at 9:19:02 PM
should anyone know the value of a 1980 Scwinn Beach Cruiser...all original...runs great!
thank you,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Scwinn Beach Cruiser posted by Tom Findley on 6/23/2003 at 11:52:35 AM
Wealthy European vacationers will offer you $12,000 for it in Monaco. Take it there and ride it up and down the road along the beach.

BALLOON:   Cadillac Shelco posted by: Warren on 6/22/2003 at 12:15:55 PM
I recently purchased a women's balloon tire complete and in good original condition. It has a round headbadge that says only CADILLAC and under the crank housing a metal plate with a serial number and the name SHELCO stamped into it. What kind of bike is this, where and when was it made, what is it worth, and who wants to buy it? Warren.

   RE:BALLOON:   Cadillac Shelco posted by Joel on 6/23/2003 at 9:59:41 PM
Probably a Shelby with a Chicago Cycle Supply Cadillac badge.

BALLOON:   NIB Schwinn Phantom posted by: Warren on 6/22/2003 at 12:06:21 PM
I'm eyeing up one of the repop Schwinn Phantoms still new in the box. The ones that sold for up to $4000, made to the original Phantom specs. I was told I should make sure the one I am looking at as made in the U.S. and not in China and that you can tell by the serial number. Is there such a distinction and how do I tell on the one I'm looking at? Thanks, Warren.