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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   Monarch Silver King posted by: Tom on 4/23/2004 at 3:30:09 PM
I bought a Monarch Silver King alluminum bike and would like to know how to find the exact year. I know they are mid 1930's. The bike is not complete but ridable now. What were the original components, hubs, crank, wheels, bars, etc. The rear hub is a Perry(not correct) drop center rims, non skip tooth chainring. Were the fenders alluminum or steel.

   RE:BALLOON:   Monarch Silver King posted by Max on 4/26/2004 at 3:32:39 PM
send me a pic i'll tell you about it

if you want to sell i'm interested

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Monarch Silver King posted by John on 5/10/2004 at 5:44:29 PM
I remember a class mate of mine in late forties had a Monarch Silver King aluminum bike his parents bought for him new. If I remember right, the frame tubes were hexigon. I think it had a spring fork.

I was a bicycle mechanic then but never worked on a Monarch.

John, in Portland

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Monarch Silver King posted by Mike Dwyer on 5/29/2004 at 6:40:02 PM
What is the value of a Monarch Bicycle with spring fork in good condition? Thanks! Mike

BALLOON:   NEW DEPARTURE FRONT BRAKE posted by: BOB on 4/23/2004 at 12:33:31 PM
Does anybody know if Schwinn's from the late 40's have a New Departure front brake.

Thanks; BOB

BALLOON:1956 Fleetwing by Columbia? posted by: Ken on 4/19/2004 at 6:18:28 PM
My father has decided to pass on to me his childhood bicycle. It is 26" Fleetwing (green with white or cream accents) made by Columbia. What I'd like to do is restore it as best I can (without a repaint) by replacing the worn out seat, grips and tires. The fender light may not work and the horn may be missing also.
My problem however has been a lack of info available regarding Fleetwing bicycles and trying to match it up to the same model under the Columbia name has been futile.

Anyone able to help or point me in the right direction?

Thanks! Ken

   RE:BALLOON:1956 Fleetwing by Columbia? posted by bob on 4/21/2004 at 9:23:59 PM
Fleetwing bikes ive seen were cleveland welding co. bikes. There are a bunch of them in the database here. Some of the parts you listed are reproduced. Try memory lane and maple island.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:1956 Fleetwing by Columbia? posted by Ken on 4/23/2004 at 4:27:56 PM
Thank you for the reply Bob. While my Dad insists it was built by Columbia I'll wait till I get the bike and compare it to other Columbia/Cleveland models from the mid- 50's.
And thank you for the pointer on where to get parts. I'm hoping the originals are still on the bike so I can purchase the idential item- even reproductions.

AGE / VALUE:   WEB sites posted by: John Metz on 4/17/2004 at 1:56:24 AM
Two other WEB sites besides this one that have pictures
are-www.bikeicons.com and www.nostalgic.net. Hope this
tip helps someone with indentification/age etc.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   WEB sites posted by bob on 4/20/2004 at 2:49:15 PM
try the links on this site and others.

BALLOON:   Admiral bicycle posted by: John Berry on 4/15/2004 at 9:40:52 PM
Found an Admiral at a thrift store for $45.00. Only info I have found so far is a picture of a 1936 catalog page. Bike has no fenders but appears to be in reasonable condition. Head badge is in decent shape. Can anyone shed any light on this?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Davis Flyer 50's posted by: Kendall Johnson on 4/14/2004 at 1:39:32 AM
A friend has a Schwinn Davis Flyer from the 50's Pic has a long horn tank, spring forks and curved chain guard Is it a Schwinn? Did Davis use Schwinn parts? Bike is complete -looks to need a good cleaning. Worth 200?

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Davis Flyer 50's posted by sam on 4/14/2004 at 6:12:31 AM
Davis Flyer sounds like a Huffman bike.Maybe it has some schwinn parts added at sometime.And if a Dayton/huffman bike with long banana tank,goes back past seat tube,they are worth $200+.Or if it turns out to be a schwinn with springer and tank 200 still sounds good.---sam

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Davis Flyer 50's posted by kendall on 4/14/2004 at 1:45:59 PM
Thanx for the info-some guy mailed me off the board and said
Schwinn often made the same bike but made it for non-Schwinn dealers eg; auto parts stores, hardware etc. I wonder If this one came from a Western Auto? The horn tank looks like a banana and goes from the front to the seat-has a small dent, horn doesn't work Still worth 200?

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn Davis Flyer 50's posted by JimW. on 5/6/2004 at 12:03:37 AM
Can't be from Western Auto; theirs were all Western Flyers.
Lots of other chain store branded bikes out there, though.
I wonder if Pep Boys had bicycles/ I'd love to see a chain guard with Manny, Moe, and Jack screened on it.

AGE / VALUE:   New Departure axle nuts! posted by: sam on 4/13/2004 at 4:26:56 PM
So those that have NOS ones keep them in a safe deposit box in a Swiss Bank! I needed two to compleat a ND hub--took two from a kiddy suntour hud and ran a sears 24 turn 3/8s tap tru them several times bending the tap to the side like worming out a hole with a drill. Presto--"new" new departure nuts!They work great and also have that flange on them as a plus---sam

AGE / VALUE:   nice 1941 Colunbia/Westfield posted by: joe on 4/13/2004 at 8:12:23 AM
last chance before I sell it at swap meet

BALLOON:   Info on Shelby barn find ! posted by: Perry on 4/11/2004 at 5:42:28 AM
Just found in barn, Shelby ballooner maroon/cream,tank horn, chrome front fender light and rear carrier, nice original shape. Looking for any info on bike, Late 50's ?? Ser # riveted to bottom bracket is No. 52-152717
can E-mail pics. SHEL Co. Thank You, Perry

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by: dent on 4/11/2004 at 2:06:12 AM
Strato or Strator Flite model bicycle, missing it's tank and headbadge, headbadge may have been hidden by front of tank. Is this a late '50's Murray bicycle, or Western Flyer model? Has front and rear racks, chrome fenders with rear reflector bezel. Just wondering if I should let it hang out with the rest of my WF'ers. dent

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by John Metz on 4/15/2004 at 6:43:35 PM
This model appears in a 1962 Murray catalogue which I
have. It is a Murray. The headbadge was molded into the
plastic btween the headlight lens. The correct name is
Strato Flite. A 1963 catalogue can be viewed at

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by John Metz on 4/15/2004 at 6:54:00 PM
I just che4cked the nostalgic.net site and the frame on
the 1963 differs from the 1962 so if yours is different
from the '63 I could scan the page in my catalogue and
send it to you.
I have a Murray Jet Fire and a Murray Skybolt that are
around 1964 vintage that I'm going to restore.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by dent on 4/16/2004 at 2:40:57 AM
Thanks, it may have had western flyer grips added later but the cantilever frame wasn't like my other WFer's. The Strato Flite bike I own has two smaller diameter top tube bars plus the two lower canti tubes, a 4-bar look. So what I have is my first middleweight Murray, it's ride is nice and solid. It will have to take a number in the resto pecking order for now. dent

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by John Metz on 4/17/2004 at 1:48:47 AM
Yes,the lower set of twin tubes ends at the seat tube on
the 1962 model but extend to the rear of the bike on the
'63. The '63 looks like a Sears Spaceliner which Murray

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   STRATO(R) FLITE posted by J. Haynes on 6/4/2004 at 2:51:28 AM
I have a couple of Schwinn cycletrucks (1951 - 57 and another old bike that doesn't have a name tag. The serial # in on the crank I21591 and the frame is gas bronze welded. Who is mfg. and what year?

MISC:   Huffy 5spd. with odd deraileur? posted by: dent on 4/11/2004 at 1:41:24 AM
This is another find which leaves me scratching my head, the bike is either from the '60's /'70's. The 5spd. freewheel is unusual in that it looks to be centrifugal in design and has the name Tokheim engraved on it.

It is a Huffy but the model name on the toptube is scratched and painted over, single front chainring with 5spd handgrip shift. This is one of those bikes you have to have because of that one unusual against industry standard bicycle part that never quite took-off. dent

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Starjet bicycle N.Y.C posted by: dent on 4/11/2004 at 1:24:44 AM
This is a brand new to me but some of the East coast collectors may have heard of Starjet bicycles of New York, NY. I picked up a mens 26in. cantilever frame Deluxe model Starjet in nice condition here in Illinois, doesn't have the craftsmanship of a Schwinn but its an offbrand keeper because it's unique. Painted rims, chrome fenders, BMA CERTIFIED sticker puts a late '60's guess on a year. Was this an early Asian made cantilever frame or an American made bicycle? Just more than curious! dent

AGE / VALUE:   PreWar ladies with huge spring posted by: Kathy Jo Uslabar on 4/9/2004 at 2:44:44 PM
I have a vintage bike I bought about 10 years ago for $100, I think. It has an emblem on the front that says "Cherokee" and a huge spring in the front. I was told by the person I bought it from it was sold by a hardware store chain in the south and was from the mid '30's. The parts, as far as I know, are all original, (maybe not the pedals though) but it was repainted in the 50's or '60's. I am not interested in keeping it, but don't know what to do with it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   PreWar ladies with huge spring posted by Gordon on 4/10/2004 at 2:39:42 PM
The description of the spring makes me think it might be a Rollfast if it is as old as you say, or if it in fact is newer it might be a JC Higgins. The Cherokee name sounds like a Hiawatha model, which were sold by Gambles Hardware stores, but I don't think they were in the south, I believe they were all in the midwest. I might be able to be more definate if I could see a photo. Any chance you could email one?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn tiger what yr? posted by: Mike on 4/8/2004 at 9:55:00 PM
I just picked up a schwinn Tiger. the serial number is K800213. it has a 2 speed bendiz rear hub but it there is a shifter in the hamdle bars. when i check the serial number is comes up with 10-24-58, but the chain gurad looks the olds on the 1960s. confused here

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn tiger what yr? posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 7:48:54 PM
Your Schwinn Tiger was unleashed in 1958 no doubt, and its chainguard design goes about as early as '58 to around 1968.

AGE / VALUE:   1955 columbia frame bent posted by: Drew Weirshousky on 4/8/2004 at 6:03:11 PM
I have a 1955 frame and fork. I bought it cheap and used the parts from it for another bike. The seat tube is a little bent and the headbadge is missing. other wise the frame is in fair shape. I know the frame could probably be straightened. I don't want to throw it out and was wondering if it's worth trying to sell it? Thanks for any input.