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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:Help posted by: Rick on 1/3/2004 at 5:19:09 AM
I have a fat tire bike with fenders and one gear and a fake gas tank. Is it a balloon or a middleweight??? The tires are 26 inches. It is a murray.

Thank You

   RE:BALLOON:Help posted by Gordon on 1/4/2004 at 3:47:11 PM
The width of the tire is used to make that determination. A tire width of 2.125 is considered balloon, and a width of 1.75 makes it a middleweight. Occassionally I have found an old balloon tire bike with middleweight tires. Both the 2.125 and 1.75 tires will fit the same rim, however the balloon tires generally won't fit inside the middleweight fenders.

WANTED:paperboy items wanted posted by: Kahlil Rinaldi on 12/31/2003 at 9:47:21 PM
I'm looking for a paperboy website. Does anyone out there know of one with vintage photos??? Is there a place that sells new paperbags (fabric) for a rear rack?? Also, does anyone remember one of those bars that went on the handlebars to hold your shoulder bag???

If you have some old paper boy stuff you want to sell send an email. Remember that I'm looking for a deal too....don't expect to get rich off of me. Thanks for reading.

Kahlil Rinaldi

BALLOON:Roadmaster Luxury Liner Headlight posted by: Steven Stoural on 12/31/2003 at 6:51:32 PM

I have a late 40's Roadmaster Luxury Liner in which I need a lamp for the headlight (finned style). Can anyone tell me what type of lamp I need and availability (local hardware store)??


   RE:BALLOON:Roadmaster Luxury Liner Headlight posted by Gordon on 1/4/2004 at 3:50:10 PM
I think it is just a standard screw-in type 3 volt flashlight bulb. Should be available at your hardware store. If you can't locate one, let me know.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   a 1952 Corvette? posted by: John on 12/31/2003 at 4:38:29 AM

I have a Schwinn Corvette, serial number D36508. It has a Bendix 2 speed hand shifter on the right handle bar. It has S7 center stamped rims with Schwinn Westwind MW tires on it.

Any suggestions as to why the serial number (stamped on the dropout) places it as an August 1952? I thought they didn't build them until later on in the 50s. It's blue in color with the hockey stick chain guard (not the half chrome one of the 60's). Schwinn is on the top bar also...



   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   a 1952 Corvette? posted by Fred A on 1/1/2004 at 4:20:38 PM
Hi John...

Well, according to this website (which is what I use) your bike is from 1963. The letter D denotes the month, which is April, and the 3 is for 1963. I have a 1961 Panther with L1 on the rear dropout (December 1961). Hope this helps!

Fred A

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   a 1952 Corvette? posted by rd on 1/2/2004 at 4:26:37 PM
If it was a 1963 should have a six number serial

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: a 1952 Corvette? posted by John on 1/3/2004 at 5:36:27 AM
Yes, if it were after 1958, it would have six numbers instead of five. That's the important part.

Plus, it has the old style chain guard, not the one that is part chrome that was used in teh 60's. And - it has the Bendix hand shifter (for the two speed hub) that looks like a hand brake. If it were newer, it would be a kickback.

What was the first year that they started producing the corvette? Was it 53?



   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: a 1952 Corvette? posted by Fred A on 1/4/2004 at 4:22:34 AM
Oops! You're right about the numbers, John. Sorry! I looked to quickly.
There's a photo of a '53 in the Picture Database on this site. Check it out........

BALLOON:columbia ww2 bike posted by: Ed Crocker on 12/30/2003 at 2:48:42 AM
I have a guy trying to sell me what he says is an original Columbia ww2 military bike how can I tell if it is one ?
Do they have a serial # thats for military bikes? All I know about it is its painted olive drab and has blac hubs.
Any help would be appericated

   RE:BALLOON:columbia ww2 bike posted by paul on 1/6/2004 at 1:57:57 AM
if it is Columbia made in Westfield Ma, look under bottom bracket, if number is Fxxxxx it's 1941 and Gxxxxx it's 1942 and so on.......Jxxxxx would be 1945.......(Axxxxx was 1936). hope this helps date the year of the military bicycle. paul

AGE / VALUE:Columbia Springer Bike... posted by: Fred A on 12/29/2003 at 4:22:16 PM
Hi all.....

I have a 26'' men's (boy's) straightbar bike. It's a middleweight, with springer front fork, chrome wheels & fenders, rear rack, and a chainguard with built-in "degreaser" that says JET RIDER. Looks as though it might have had a tank at one time, otherwise the bike is all original. Seat is a blue and white vinyl. Bike is blue. When I checked the serial number, it appeared to be from the 40's which I know isn;t right. Mid to late 50's would be a better guess. Perhaps a leftover frame when the bike was made. But......when did Columbia stop making straight bar frames and springer forks? Anyone care to make a guess. or better yet, know for sure?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:Columbia Springer Bike... posted by gary m on 12/30/2003 at 3:55:27 AM
jet aircraft existed in the 40s

AGE / VALUE:prewar admiral posted by: david on 12/25/2003 at 7:10:51 PM
Am trying to identify the correct age of my prewar dx admiral. thought i had it pegged at 1940 because of the date stamp on the crank but my cyclock is of a straight back nature and i understand these to be the first design before they went to angled. any info is appreciated. happy holidays

AGE / VALUE:Monark Thunderbird ladies bike posted by: Ed on 12/24/2003 at 2:54:14 AM
Hello all,

Anyone out there know of a way to determine the date on a Monark bicycle? I just recently came across a freebie, a Monark Thunderbird ladies bike. It has 26" wheels and a really funky looking headlight system on it. Two little bulbs (lens is missing, need that!)in what looks to be like a tank setup. It has a luggage carrier on the back and is a one speed with coaster brake. The bike is kind of a teal color. The bike is mostly complete, but is missing a seatpost and seat, and a seatpost binder bolt (which also holds the upper support of the luggage rack on).

I am guessing that it is from the late fifties to early sixties. I am not sure. I don't know much about Monark but some of you out there may. How do I decode a date? What and where do I look? The paint is in excellent shape, but some of the decals are wearing a little thin. Thanks for any help. Feel free to e-mail me.

AGE / VALUE:circa 1944 Roadmaster posted by: Spike on 12/23/2003 at 12:13:47 AM
Just acquired a 26" Roadmaster boys bike.26 X 2.125 tires.
It wears a 1944 reg. tag.I`m wondering if there is a way to determine the age.It has peaked fenders With cream pinstripes and a Diamond blaze with a chevron on the tips.Murrow coaster brake, skip tooth sprocket.A delicate
arrow tip pinstripe on the forks.Metal headbadge looks like it would look better the other way up.
The rear axle drop out ears are bent outward appears as factory.
Thanks, Spike

   RE:AGE / VALUE:circa 1944 Roadmaster posted by sam on 12/23/2003 at 4:23:24 PM
Try www.oldschwinn.com for a morrow hub date code list.

AGE / VALUE:Old Cycletruck posted by: dick on 12/21/2003 at 11:34:44 PM
I bought an old cycletruck way back and cannot figure out its date. Its got no numbers anywhere. Its a skiptooth type with the big hubs and spokes, a seat clamp made right into the downtube (non removable),and adjustable rear wheel screws to align the rear axle. It has a brass headbadge that says Schwinn Cycletruck. I appreciate any help. Thanks, Dick

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Old Cycletruck posted by gary m on 12/22/2003 at 3:43:20 AM
OOOHHH a PreWar Cycletruck... WOW lucky dog. nice what ya thinkng like 34 or older?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Old Cycletruck posted by the undead on 1/7/2004 at 12:25:23 AM
it can't be a 34 or older they came out in 1939

AGE / VALUE:Evans Air Scout posted by: marc on 12/21/2003 at 4:20:53 AM
can anyone help me date an evans airscout. The headbagde is just a sticker. tires are 26 1 3/4. Flat fender braces, it has a tank no light or horn. It has the older and wider handlebars like 50's schwinn cruisers. The rear hub is a komet super. It was supposed to have a fender light which did not come with it, so I put on a delta lark which looks pretty sharp but I would like to know what it originally came with. I think it's a pretty snappy looking bicycle and would like to restore best as I can.

AGE / VALUE:Schwinn cantileaver brakes? ancient ones posted by: Chris on 12/21/2003 at 12:04:11 AM
The latest find is a ladies Schwinn American and it was nothing special. It has the 2 speed bendix with the shift leaver and it was the brakes that called out to me: "Hey, Stupid, yea, you! Buy me!"
They are engraved Schwinn and the front brake is a very old cantileaver brake set up that is bolted onto the front fork.

The whole thing looks like it is very British with the two seperated cables, fabric covered cable casing, and the shoes are against the tire and not onto the rim as it should be.

I argued that this is after market and not original but I was promptly told to: "Shut up!" as the brakes are indeed marked Schwinn all over then.

So it is Schwinn! and very old, never seen before by me type part.
He said all it needs is adjusting.
I still am not sure if it fits this bike.
This bike is rather old and probably an early Schwinn American.

I don't know how far back the "American" name goes.

Anyways, the bike is not skip tooth and it has the 26 x 1 3/4 size rim and the Westwind blackwall tires.

I confess, I picked it up for the parts.

The wheels will probably go on the Schwinn Pullman even though that was intended to have the full 26 X 2.125 size rims and tires.

This fellow has no bathroom and if anybody ever tells you that it is ok to go outside behind the store,

Don't you believe it or ever do that.

I always drive to the nerest gas station and use the facilities there.
When they tell you it is ok, they don't tell you that it is a ticket- able offense and an serious one at that.
So beware the old shops with no restrooms!

Any information on the Schwin Cantileaver brakes of years long ago would be greatly appreciated!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn cantileaver brakes? ancient ones posted by gary m on 12/21/2003 at 5:16:54 AM
I need the rear wheel and shifter if you want to sell them, and a red fender with pinstripes. have a 56 American Male needs fixed bad. any other nicities would be cool like the seat.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn cantileaver brakes? ancient ones posted by sam on 12/21/2003 at 3:34:51 PM
Good find Chris.Indeed the brakes are original to the American.When schwinn first built the Middleweight line(1955) the corvette was the top of the line---followed by the Delux American.The delux American came with manuel 2-speed,chrome rims,and the canti front brake.Also schwinn used the british tire size for their M/W where as other bikes used a standard American size.But the brakes were american made.If it's green I need a set of fenders!--sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Schwinn cantileaver brakes? ancient ones posted by Chris on 1/4/2004 at 9:42:06 PM
Back in the day yes, the shop had a working bathroom! It has not been useable in the last 30 years. I have the wall tiles. This was a famous shop!
How many time capsule hideways have working plumbing or even electricity?

AGE / VALUE:Doppelrad posted by: James on 12/19/2003 at 3:56:16 AM
Has anyone ever see or heard of a german bicycle called Doppelrad before? I found one for sale, it is similar to this bike http://pessoal.onda.com.br/marceloafornali/m25.htm
28 inch wheels, plunger brake in the front. were they ever sold here officially?

BALLOON:Shelby Supreem ? posted by: dent on 12/18/2003 at 12:48:33 AM
I have a Shelby Supreem(sp), the fender's are peaked with flat fender brace's the front down tube on the frame is straight rather than a flowing curve. Bullit style grip's and skip-tooth gearing. Now if we were to pick a model year of a Shelby Supreem with these feature's about what vintage would it be? The headbage does have what look's like a Knight's helmet at the top. dent

WANTED:WTB Very Nice Elgin Turquoise Headbadge - Late 30s posted by: Matt on 12/16/2003 at 2:42:53 AM
WTB Very Nice Elgin Turquoise Headbadge - Late 30s.