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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   62 schwinn HEAVY DUTI posted by: Dave on 8/17/2003 at 3:40:43 AM
I have a bike im trying to identify I believe it may be a 62 hevyduti....this thing is a monster it has only the front rim and tire the hub is a bendix model k heavy gauge spoked rims double knurl it has ducktail fenders(painted) cloverleaf sprocket...it isnt a complete bike,but I would like to try to restore it...does anyone have any info or pics for me on 62 schwinns...this is the biggest bike i have ever seen it is a monster..id like to get it back on the road......please help me...thanx Dave

   RE:BALLOON:   62 schwinn HEAVY DUTI posted by Bobby on 8/17/2003 at 7:29:49 PM
The bike is acually a "American", the American's were offered three ways, Deluxe, King Size and Heavy Duty. The king size has a longer dimension of the seat tube and the head tube and a extra large cantilever frame, it was marketed for tall teenagers and adults. The Heavy Duty American was unique because of its 120 gauge Spokes and heavy-duty front hub and seat. Both the king size and heavy duty were only available for three years 1962,63 and 64. The King Size was the only middleweight bike offred this way. Hope this helps.

   Pic of 1962 American posted by Tom Findley on 8/18/2003 at 11:40:21 AM

   RE:Pic of 1962 American posted by Dave on 8/18/2003 at 1:30:52 PM
Thank you very much Tom...when I go to the pics they are very hard to see....could you please send them to me????at dreid2@columbus.rr.com... it would really helkp me out..

thanx Dave

   RE:BALLOON:   62 schwinn HEAVY DUTI posted by Rod on 5/13/2005 at 2:18:47 PM
My '73 Heavy Duti came with 120-gauge spokes in the rear rim though the front rim or fender was missing; my '66 and '68 models came with practically nothing .

   RE:BALLOON:   62 schwinn HEAVY DUTI posted by Rod on 5/13/2005 at 2:19:05 PM
My '73 Heavy Duti came with 120-gauge spokes in the rear rim though the front rim or fender was missing; my '66 and '68 models came with practically nothing .

AGE / VALUE:   1953 Schwinn Deluxe Hornet... posted by: Fred A on 8/15/2003 at 7:17:15 PM
I just bought a men's 1953 Schwinn Deluxe Hornet (serial # J9) at a neighbors garage sale. (All these years and I never knew he had it!) Anyway... the bike is deep red with black accents. It has a cantilever frame with a tank & horn, springer fork, chainguard, chrome wheels and 2-tone painted fenders. It's missing the headlight (two holes where it use to be)and I would like to know what it looks like so I can begin looking for one on ebay. Also...did the bike come with a rear rack? He (original owner)doesn't remember. I know the 52's did, but I don't see any marks where one would have been. The bike needs a bit of a restoration/detailing but will retain its original paint.

Thanks in advance!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 Schwinn Deluxe Hornet... posted by schwinnderella on 8/16/2003 at 6:04:37 PM
I am assuming this is a middleweight.All other deluxe Hornets I have seen or had have had the common 9 hole rear rack and Delta Rocket Ray light.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 Schwinn Deluxe Hornet... posted by Fred A on 8/16/2003 at 9:15:31 PM
Yes, it is a middleweight. A friend of mine said that he's pretty sure the bike is a '59, not a '53 because it doesn't have a feathered chainguard and that the frame is a cantilever, not a straight bar. I checked this web site for the serial number, and it could go either way. The full number (on the rear dropout) is J987396. Any ideas anyone?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1953 Schwinn Deluxe Hornet... posted by schwinnderella on 8/17/2003 at 1:26:17 AM
Sounds like a 1959 to me ,previous comments still apply.

   Pic of Middleweight Deluxe Hornet posted by Tom Findley on 8/18/2003 at 11:34:12 AM

   RE:Pic of Middleweight Deluxe Hornet posted by Fred A on 8/18/2003 at 6:15:57 PM
Thanks, Tom, for the catalog page. What year is it? My Hornet Deluxe is definately 1959, I found out, with a springer fork. Also, the paint job has black "dovetails" on the fenders to go with the black pinstripes on the deep red paint. My seat is also of the older, larger, wider variety with a rubber (leather looking) seat. This seat covering, I was told, was special order from Schwinn mainly for boys delivering newspapers so that the seat wouldn't stay wet.

Thanks again!

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   front freewheel? posted by: greg rourke on 8/12/2003 at 11:38:46 PM
found an old schwinn collegiate at a garage sale, it has a front freewheel...when coasting, the chain still moves, and the front sprocket goes around, seems like this was so you could shift while coasting. is this rare or unusual? the bikes in great shape, seems like it was hardly ridden. any input, please email me at oldrustycars@aol.com. thanks

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   front freewheel? posted by gary m on 8/13/2003 at 3:07:55 AM
is a 1981 fiasco, the things skip, wind up chain, some work perfect. is awesome conversion for a Tandem, so one or both can rest. is one yr only so who can say what will ever occur with its value. 0.0 right now is my guess.

AGE / VALUE:   HELP WESTFIELD(COLUMBIA?) posted by: Paul on 8/11/2003 at 6:40:17 PM

I just recently acquired a Westfield bike and was trying to find any info I can. Original paint is black with white markings notably atomic symbol on tank with horn in tank.
I was unable to find a serial number on it. It is a single speed with splint link drivetrain. Any info is appreciated.
Also I am looking for a repplacement chain as the one on this bike has seen better days.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP WESTFIELD(COLUMBIA?) posted by paul on 8/11/2003 at 8:37:05 PM
try to save(soak, clean and lube) the inch pitch chain you have, they are expensive and difficult to find. The serial number is on the bottom of the bottom bracket (flip the bicycle over) if the number starts with letter A it's 1936, two I own start with letter G which is 1942. paul

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   HELP WESTFIELD(COLUMBIA?) posted by doug on 8/17/2003 at 1:43:08 PM
try precision bearing company in Omaha NE they used to have every chain imagineable in stock or can tell you where to find it.good luck 402 593-7000

AGE / VALUE:   mens Schwinn 3spd. posted by: Tim on 8/11/2003 at 1:30:05 PM
I know this is for balloners and m/w(I collect them and visit this site often),But i`m looking for a 3spd for my dad to get some exersise after a heart problem.I thought I`d give this a shot.I whent to the lightweight part but those guys seem to rammble on and on,so I thought I come back to friendlier waters. Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   mens Schwinn 3spd. posted by Gordon on 8/12/2003 at 5:30:25 PM
I have a pretty nice original Schwinn Racer 3 speed. It is a boys frame with 26 inch tires. Just a suggestion, but you may want to consider a ladies frame for your Dad, often the older gents find it difficult to get their leg over the top bar on a men's model. If you think that wouldn't be a problem and my bike might serve the purpose I can send a photo or two. Shipping would probably run $25 to $30 and I would like $50 for the bike.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   mens Schwinn 3spd. posted by Tim on 8/13/2003 at 8:04:09 PM
I`ve got 2 breezes myself he won`t ride a girls bike Mr Macho I quess hes 80. Itoo told him it would be alot easier.I`m gonna look around here a little more. Thanks

WANTED:   rear luggage rack with light for a 1948 Schwinn Cadillac posted by: Sean on 8/11/2003 at 5:46:07 AM
Hi. I need to know if anyone could help me locate some parts. I have a 1948 Schwinn Cadillac Boys Balloon Bike. I need the horn assembly, the rear luggage rack with light, headlight insides, rear reflector for rear fender, front fender and kickstand. The bike is 98% complete, I just wanted to better its condition. If anyone has any of these items that are original parts and not reproductions please let me know, Thanks, Sean.

   RE:WANTED:   rear luggage rack with light for a 1948 Schwinn Cadillac posted by doug on 8/17/2003 at 1:47:38 PM
Hi Sean ive never heard of a schwinn caddilac could you post pics on the database must be cool thanks cant help you with parts sorry

WANTED:   tank and rear rack posted by: mike on 8/11/2003 at 5:10:59 AM
i am looking for a 1964 sears spaceliner deluxe tank and rear rack. prefer a red tank and chrome rack. the long '64 model, not the short 65 one. can anyone out there halp a guy out?



AGE / VALUE:   WESTERN FLYER TANDEM posted by: LYNDON on 8/10/2003 at 3:41:04 PM

AGE / VALUE:   1941 Girls 26 inch Challenger posted by: Jeff on 8/10/2003 at 1:11:39 AM
I was given a Girls bike by the name of "Challenger", its got a tank,horn, and a head lamp on the front fender, the paper work was inside the seat post and is dated 1941, anyone know the maker of this bike. Having the paper work that came with the bike when it was sold must add some value I would think ?

AGE / VALUE:   Age of my Frame posted by: Rob Dines on 8/9/2003 at 9:25:14 PM
Just purchased an old Schwinn DX frame. Serial number D01133. Was told it was a 1938. Is this true? Cool thing is it has track bike like adjusters on rear drop outs.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Age of my Frame posted by MNSmith on 8/14/2003 at 1:53:44 AM
Probably not. The first year for the DX was 1939.


AGE / VALUE:   1960s Firestone 500 posted by: Jerry on 8/9/2003 at 1:31:33 AM
I'm a biking enthusiast just getting introduced to collecting. I just bought an early 1960s Firestone 500 single-speed bike that's in incredible shape. It appears to be all original (has new tires, but the guy gave me the old, original ones). It's got the cool rear rack and front tank with a headlight. The headlight lens is missing, which appears to be all that's wrong with it. Any idea what it's worth? And is ebay the way to go? I'd be happy to e-mail photos to someone if they're interested in seeing it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1960s Firestone 500 posted by goob on 8/9/2003 at 5:15:15 PM
i have one in excellent condition i got for $30.00 but priced dependents on your area and condition of bike

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1960s Firestone 500 posted by doug on 8/17/2003 at 1:51:43 PM
I would imagine a 100 would be easy to get for that bike more if someone is wanting it for nostalgia..a friend of mine just sold a fishing lure on e bay for 1300.00 which he paid nearly nothing for....wish i had his luck..

MISC:   Can you identify the UK columbia? posted by: Colin Arnold on 8/8/2003 at 9:07:10 PM
We are trying to identify a recently purchased Columbia. We are satisfied that it is a Columbia by the badge impression and position however not much more seems to fit into place.

It is in black but looks to be originally army (or similar)green it carries the UK war mark and the serial number MG 145642. Its an inch pitch chain and rear back pedal brake only. The seat is a chistie hygenic which is pre 1900 so may not be its original and it currently has solid tyres but looks as if it should have balloon tyres.

If you can at all shed any light on this it would be much appreciated.

   RE:MISC:   Can you identify the UK columbia? posted by sam on 8/9/2003 at 2:04:40 PM
Try these guys---http://groups.yahoo.com/group/warbikes/

   RE:MISC:   Can you identify the UK columbia? posted by Colin Arnold on 9/15/2003 at 8:15:18 AM
Many thanks will give it a go. I've put some pics up at http://www.mvvcc.org.uk/mvvcc/ if anyone wants to have look.

MISC:   70's Columbia Tourist with chrome frame??? posted by: Miguel on 8/8/2003 at 4:37:04 AM
I posted a while back about trying to find out the brand/age of a bike, with no response. I have since found the very bike I was looking for, but green. It has all the same hardware, white grips, 3 speed grip shift, brooks style seat,etc... My question is...Has anyone ever seen or heard of an early 70's Comlumbia Tourist with a chrome frame? The one I found is green, and identical to the bike I'm looking for except for this feature. Does anyone make reproductions of columbia decals if I decide to chrome it? Did someone get this custom done in chrome after purchasing it?
The whole reason I'm buying this bike because my Mom had one back when I was a kid. It was stolen because of my stupidity, and I would like to return it to her. Here's a link to the ebay pic, so you can see what it looks like.

Ever seen one of these in chrome????


   RE:MISC:   70's Columbia Tourist with chrome frame??? posted by Joe on 8/8/2003 at 6:51:41 AM
I have seen several different versions of the Columbia Tourist but have never seen a chrome frame yet. I have a 1968 3 speed myself, it was originaly yellow. I have several others that are yellow, brown, blue, green and red. They may have made a chrome one, but it is probably a later model. All of the bikes I have are pre 1974.
As far as decals, you may want to try some older dealers, there were decals available but their hard to find. I lucked out and found a set for mine years ago from a dealer that had already been closed for several years back then, I had just happened to run into the owner in a store and had asked him if they did supply decals and he said he had saved a few, he had one complete set of the year I needed only. This was at least 10 years ago.
There are a few people who can make custom decals but they can be expensive. One place is koolbikes.com, you may need to supply a good pic of an original set.
Good luck!

   RE:MISC: 70's Columbia Tourist with chrome frame??? posted by Miguel on 8/8/2003 at 7:08:18 AM
Puzzling.. I was born in 67, and I could remember that bike being around throughout my childhood. As far back as I can remember anyway. I'll check out koolbikes for sure. How expensive are we talking here? Thanks, Miguel

   RE:RE:MISC: 70's Columbia Tourist with chrome frame??? posted by Miguel on 8/11/2003 at 3:21:06 PM
I bid on and won the green Tourist I linked to. Now my question is if I should just leave it alone and clean it up, or go the whole route wtih chroming, new repro decals, etc? I have heard time and time again how chroming can make metal brittle and easily breakable. I'm thinking I should just leave it alone, and polish up the existing chrome, etc... Just looking for a second opinion. I'm convinced it's the same bike my Mom used to own, though. Just too many things are identical.....Thanks, Miguel

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Sean on 8/7/2003 at 5:11:45 AM
Hi. I have a 1948 Schwinn Cadillac. It is a balloon bike and has been repainted in red spraypaint. I've used paint thinner and have found all the original stripes and paint underneath for use as a reference when I eventually restore it. The bike is black with black fenders, white and black tank and chainguard, and has a white and black two tone paint job with scallops near the fork tube. There are also white stripes on the fenders and on the curved side bars of the frame. The stripes had red pinstripes above and below them. The rims are non box style and were originally chrome. It has a springer front end and all its "AS" bolts. Everything is there but it needs a complete re-doing. I have found that the paint scheme and stripes and scallops appear to be unique to this bike as there are more of them and continue very fancy all over the bike. If I were around when this bike was new I know I couln't even afford to dream about it. I still can't. This bike is very elite and fancy and must have been very near the black phantoms in price and was most likely a top of the line model. I can't wait to get it restored. Maybe next year. I ride it often and intend to restore it since all its paint markings are clearly visible and defineable. My question is how many of these were built and how many are known to exist. I bought this in Kaukana, WI at the bike shop and the owner said he knows of no others around. The head badge says Cadillac on it and is in nice shape. I would love a picture and/or any information on the Schwinn Cadillac bikes that anyone has to offer. Thanks, Sean.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Ken on 8/8/2003 at 7:39:31 PM
Cadillac is a badge, not a model, but you may well have a B-607, which was the immediate predecessor of the Phantom. Schwinn-builts were generally available with a huge range of options same as bikes badged Schwinn. There's a B6 in the picture database on this site. Mark Smith (bunchobikes.com) knows an awful lot about these things. There is also a fabulous collection of vintage bike photos on nostalgic.net, but it's not always on line; you may have to keep trying. You may also find one like yours in Evolution or one of the Pridmore&Hurd picture books. They certainly had some sweet paint jobs.

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Belair posted by: Jen on 8/6/2003 at 1:19:03 PM

I am new to vintage bikes. My mom just gave me a Huffy Belair. It is in pretty good shape, but I want to touch up the scratches. It is red and white. I am having a very hard time finding out about this bike, and finding pictures. Can anyone tell me when it was from, if it was popular, and where I can see a picture? THANK YOU