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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

AGE / VALUE:   Speed King 1930? posted by: Tim on 6/8/2004 at 4:49:03 PM
Hello, I see that Wm. Bingham sold bikes it seems for other makers but did he produce his own such as the Speed King? I have just purchased what I believe to be a 1930ish "Speed King" as stated on the fancy metal tag. Underneath the model name is Bingham's info. Is anyone familiar with a Speed King? Age, value, and any other info greatly appreciated. Condition is normal for age, no restorations, fresh out of a barn where it was stored. Previous owner said it was purchased 75 years ago. Pictures will be available soon.

AGE / VALUE:   not another one posted by: Tim on 6/7/2004 at 12:08:46 PM
Well,just got another one a ,deluxe American.Black and white,half tank with working horn,Schwinn scricpt fender mount headlight even works. It was at a auction so I paid a good buck but this thing is like new must have been kept in the basement.
I`m like a kid on Christmas morning,just had to share.

BALLOON:   193? Firestone Crusier posted by: Den Dutton on 6/6/2004 at 12:50:56 AM
I picked up at an estate sale today an original Firestone Crusier- Still in original paint (30s Brown) with pinstripes white with red stripes. I know nothing about these and it rides just fine- Here is what I have found, The badge has Firestone Crusier with a 30s style airplane (looking down from the top of it). Ser # 66010 FAC K9 tires are 26xs.125 it has a Speed Chief Speedo with a 30s style airplane and a Early 30s style race car. and New Departure Brakes (model D). It is kind of art deco with bumps in the chain guard, the gas tank and it has a horn built into the tank. The frame look to sit very low kin of like how a Harley Davidson of that ear sat. Can anyone tell me about this- I have pics I can email- are they rare? any value? Thanks a bunch from a guy who restores 30s Fords!

BALLOON:   Thunder Jet posted by: Rat Fink on 6/6/2004 at 12:53:47 AM
Hello,I just purchased a Thunder Jet that was built by the Custom Deluxe Chain Bike Co. but I can't find any info on this company...I did find a picture of the bike in the Evolution of the bike Vol #2 on page 189 bottom of page. Can anyone tell me more info on this Co. or model line?? Thanks in advance for any help!

AGE / VALUE:   merkrijwiel consul posted by: Scott on 6/5/2004 at 4:49:19 PM
Actually, I think the company name was merkrijwiel and the bike model was a consul. I still can find nothing on it. Does anyone have any information?



AGE / VALUE:   Dutch Consul Bike posted by: Scott on 6/5/2004 at 4:41:26 PM
I have an old Consul men's bike that was made in Holland a few years after world war two. I can't find a shred of information on it but it is a really cool and well made bike as well as being in top condition. It has the origional white rubber tires on it. Does anybody know anything about this bike?


BALLOON:   Horn Button......... posted by: Fred A on 6/4/2004 at 8:32:54 PM
Hi all...

Anyone out there know what the "EA" initials stand for on the horn button on my late 30's Rollfast bicycle tank?


   RE:BALLOON:   Horn Button......... posted by Gordon on 6/5/2004 at 1:45:47 PM
This probably isn't much help, but a lot of bicycle lights and horns were made by E.A. Labs.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Horn Button......... posted by Fred A on 6/5/2004 at 7:41:57 PM
Hi Gordon

Thanks for the reply. Well, this is more info than I had at least. I think these were also used on Schwinn's, if memory serves me well.

BALLOON:   1948 monark super deluxe posted by: paul on 6/4/2004 at 6:13:15 PM
hi just want to know if originally does a 1948 monark super deluxe bicycle comes with a dual spring like from a 50s monark super deluxe??

   RE:BALLOON:   1948 monark super deluxe posted by Bob on 6/4/2004 at 7:02:02 PM
Super Deluxe yes, Deluxe no.

AGE / VALUE:   26 x 2.125 tall handle bars, banana seat, strange rear wheel. posted by: den. on 6/4/2004 at 2:52:56 PM
Hi...I sure could use some help in identifying this bike. Head Crown is missing. I'm wondering if it had motor and if it can be restored. It has unusual flat front forks. And some kind of rear wheel that appears to have been belt driven. Kick stand has Alwood Rockford Ill pat pend. on it and only other ID is coaster brake has New Departure Brake.
And tires are Sears Allstate. Just wondering if anyone could please help me identify. I put picture up at:



   RE:AGE / VALUE:   26 x 2.125 tall handle bars, banana seat, strange rear wheel. posted by bob on 6/4/2004 at 7:07:43 PM
Looks like a 24" Schwinn frame with a Whizzer belt shieve on the wheel.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   26 x 2.125 tall handle bars, banana seat, strange rear wheel. posted by den. on 6/4/2004 at 8:14:16 PM
Thank-You very much for prompt reply and information. (always learn something here.) Probably worth fixing up and riding around on. I wonder it's age. I saw it and couldn't resist it. Thanks again Bob.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: 26 x 2.125 tall handle bars, banana seat, strange rear wheel. posted by Stacey on 6/5/2004 at 10:15:52 AM
It might just be the angle, but the front forks look bent as they exit the head tube.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: 26 x 2.125 tall handle bars, banana seat, strange rear wheel. posted by Ken on 6/14/2004 at 8:30:17 PM
good call Stacey. Also, am I alone in doubting it's a Schwinn? The welds don't look Schwinn to me, and the combination of forward dropouts and bolt-on kickstand is at least a question. Anything's possible, I guess, but... Check for serial number. The crank definitely does look Schwinn, but once you have a skiptooth sprocket it's easier to keep the chain, cranks and New Departure coaster together when you're building a whizzer. Bars and seat obviously have nothing to do with it.

One used but in great running shape, chicken power motor. comes complete with the gas tank. missing the throttle but that's not a biggie. Was in use until my buddy Marc fennagled it away from me now he wants to sell it!
Call him!
We can take digital photos and send you printed pictures of what all balloon tire/ schwinn stuff he has to offer you.
So that's also for sale as well.

call Marc and discuss it with him or e- mail me and I'll foreward it to him.
or e- mail me at ckokkinis@comcast.net

AGE / VALUE:   Heavy Duti posted by: Tim on 6/2/2004 at 10:45:59 AM
Hey guys and girls,I just picked up a nice yellow Heavy Duti 79.
Is this thing worth hanging on to? About a 8 sweet rider.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Heavy Duti posted by sam on 6/3/2004 at 2:01:28 PM
Heavy Duties were the industrial grade bike. Sold to industries such as steel or oil refineries,etc for short in-plant travel.Really strong bikes--very good bike to add a motor kit to,like the new wizzard, anglewings,or station kits---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Heavy Duti posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 7:19:53 PM
I have three Heavy Duti models: a black'66 (my personal favorite), a black'68 (currently being restored), and a yellow '73; to me they have that Phantomesque vibe that you just can't get with anything outside Schwinns, so if enjoy yours like I do mine, especially the '66, keep hanging on to it.

BALLOON:   ID help posted by: James on 6/2/2004 at 5:50:44 AM
I pulled an old bike out of the dumpster. It didn't have a head badge and I'm completely out of my element when it comes to bikes. Here's what I got.. it has a serial number starting with "B" stamped under the crank. It has a "38" on the crank. It has rear facing dropouts with a tensioner screw and should have (but no longer does) have a centerstand. Has a "sweetheart" skip tooth sprocket and New Departure hubs (front and back).

I think it's a Schwinn or something made by them.. I'm not sure of model and just wondering if anyone can help me ID it. I can email a picture if anyone is interested.

   RE:BALLOON:   ID help posted by sam on 6/3/2004 at 1:55:38 PM
Sounds like you may have a 1938 schwinn.Is it a boys or girls?What shape is it in--Fenders,tank,rack,seat or light?

AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN HORNET / DERBY posted by: jeff on 6/1/2004 at 12:43:31 PM
Wonder if either of these 26" bikes are worth cleaning up? Hornet serial # L02798.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN HORNET / DERBY posted by Rod on 4/28/2005 at 7:29:36 PM
Your Schwinn Hornet falls in the serial # areas of L00001-L99999 from either 1954 or 1956, which also has identical area; by the way, every Schwinn is worth cleaning up, believe me!

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: jeff on 5/31/2004 at 6:05:17 PM
I just bought 2 balloon tire 26" bikes,a mens schwinn hornet and a girls with the brass headbadge of "Derby" with a plane in it. i can't find Derby anywhere. Any ideas?

AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle posted by: firestone lady on 5/29/2004 at 1:39:06 AM
Just bought and old cruiser firestone bicycle. Does anyone know anything about these bikes? It is a woman's, light blue, coaster, white fenders and chain guard, cruiser bars, mertens seat, HI Speed Firestone badge, both tires are 28 x 1 1/2, no serial numbers, or any other identification, any info would be awesome thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle posted by sam on 5/29/2004 at 3:54:03 PM
From the wheel size you either have a Canadian bike or a very old American bike(my best guess)---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle posted by firestone lady on 5/29/2004 at 4:31:13 PM
Yes, this bike was bought in Canada. Seial # found on the rear drop out, d68116, does this mean it was made is 68? Also, coaster break says perry b-100 england, maybe it is an english bike? thanks for your input

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle posted by sam on 5/31/2004 at 7:33:18 PM
Perry(BSA) hubs were supplied to a lot of different bike companys worldwide.Your bike is mostlikely a CCM(Canadian company) built bike.Can't help with age??---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle posted by Cari on 6/5/2004 at 2:38:17 AM
We just acquired a Firestone Warrior cruising bike. Does anyone know anything about this?

   1948 Firestone - Tandem posted by Derek on 6/25/2004 at 3:51:03 PM
I think I have a 1948 Firestone - Tandem... I'm looking for a picture and/or information about them.