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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights

BALLOON:   Locking Fork Question posted by: Kendall on 8/6/2004 at 11:59:23 PM
This may sound really dumb.. but is there a trick to locking the forks on my old '49 Panther? I can feel it catch barely when I turn it a certain way.. Is there something inside there that can break? I forked out 12 bucks for a new key and I would like to get it to work
Any info would be helpful Kj

BALLOON:   Westfield posted by: John Berry on 8/6/2004 at 8:54:25 PM
I was given a mens' Westfield. So far, i've found a magazine ad that puts it about 1940. The headbadge says Westfield Mfg. but the ad says it was built by Columbia. Does anybody have any info or pictures? I also need a crank sprocket and info on what kind of pedals it had.

   RE:BALLOON:   Westfield posted by Cal on 8/9/2004 at 1:39:54 PM
Loads of info in the archives here

BALLOON:   schwinn cruiser id posted by: Beth on 8/5/2004 at 5:24:51 AM
I need some help identifying a schwinn cruiser I want to buy. I need to know the year and model. The serial number is J825099. Many thank you's.

   RE:BALLOON:   schwinn cruiser id posted by Gordon on 8/6/2004 at 12:44:14 PM
That tells us it is a 1958, but that is all.

BALLOON:   Identifying headlight posted by: Kurt on 8/3/2004 at 12:10:33 AM
Howdy folks,

I need help identifing the make and model of this ballooner/middleweight or musclebike headlight.

I saw it photographed on the Memory Lane Classic's site, but had no success in asking them about it.

Since Memory Lane was of no help, I created three different 3D C.A.D. renderings of the design to show the profile, front and 3/4 view of the headlight as a reference.

If anyone could help identify this light (or even better, steer me towards someone selling one), I would most appriciate it.

Thank you all for your help,



   RE:BALLOON:   Identifying headlight posted by Joel on 8/3/2004 at 2:45:44 PM
It looks like a Delta light that was used on Roadmasters with a bracket on the fork.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Identifying headlight posted by Kurt on 8/3/2004 at 4:33:09 PM
Which Roadmaster model? You don't mean the Luxury Liner, do you?

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Identifying headlight posted by Joel on 8/3/2004 at 6:49:07 PM
NOT the Luxliner. Several Cleveland Welding Co models have it. Here's an example...


   RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Identifying headlight posted by Kurt on 8/4/2004 at 4:07:14 PM
Doesn't look identical, but I'll take your word for it!

AGE / VALUE:   Fleetwing posted by: Hondo on 8/2/2004 at 1:52:55 AM
I just picked up a very old 26 inch cruiser with original springer fork. The only marking is the Fleetwing badge. Any ideas?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fleetwing posted by Craig on 8/2/2004 at 4:53:32 PM
From what I have found out - Fleet Wing came from the Jordon Marsh Dept. Store in Mass. It was a high end bike sold through Jordon's. I have a boys 26" with a S/A 3 speed hub from 1958. I'm guessing that his market was mostly arount NE area. As far as serial numbers/date of manuf. I'm still looking.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Fleetwing posted by Hondo on 8/3/2004 at 4:49:45 PM
Thanks for the info. Very interesting. I will email you a photo of my ride so you can see another Fleetwing.

BALLOON:   Schwinn fender + truss rods = fitting problems? posted by: Kurt K on 7/30/2004 at 1:31:19 PM
Hello all,

I have purchased a pair of Schwinn heavyweight fenders for a 1949 Henderson. I am building this particular bike for a friend. We decided not to use a springer fork on the front, as it would be in the way of an old U-Stone headlight that will be mounted to the handlebar stem.

However, she does prefer that the Henderson have truss rods running down the front. I didn't know this until I purchased the two fenders, so the front fender I bought does not have the two pressed-in areas for the springer trusses.

I was told by one fellow that the two "dimples" in the fender are not needed for truss rods, but it seems hard for me to believe - from what I can see, they run down the same area as the springer rods.

Could an expert on this throw some light on the subject for me? I would greatly appreciate it!

All the best,


   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn fender + truss rods = fitting problems? posted by Ken on 8/2/2004 at 6:01:46 PM
I'm no expert but I have a '56 Starlet with truss rods which has dimpled fenders.
A good site for old Schwinn info is

AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by: B R Green on 7/29/2004 at 9:26:26 PM
Hi. I recently acquired a cool old ladies' Huffy bicycle. The only identifying numbers I could find were 2651 stamped on the bottom bracket. You can tell there used to be a sticker on the headset, but it is no longer legible. The bike has gigantic cruiser handlebars, a sweet little jet thingie perched on the front fender, and a battery-operated twin headlamp/faux gas tank. The color is a deep turquoise or teal. It is a single-speed bike with a rear coaster brake. If I can figure out out to attach pics, I will do so to help with the indentification. Thanks in advance for any info anyone can provide!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by B R Green on 7/29/2004 at 9:37:52 PM
Let's see if this works:

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by B R Green on 7/29/2004 at 10:05:45 PM
Oh poo. Well, if you cut & paste the url into your browser, leaving off [img] and [/img], you can link to the pics.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by gary m on 7/30/2004 at 1:27:13 AM
early 60s Eldorado

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 7/30/2004 at 2:19:31 PM
We're going through a major upgrade of our Discussion Areas.

Pictures should work now.

-Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by B R Green on 7/30/2004 at 5:14:30 PM
Eldorado, huh? Cool. Thanks for the info. It only needs a couple of very minor repairs to get it roadworthy. Then I'm gonna think about a repaint and rechrome -- get it lookin' showroom fresh!


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by gary m on 7/31/2004 at 3:02:27 AM
mine looked like new.
put it on ebay 3 times
didnt get $35 opening bid
dont throw noney into it
just polish it and ride it
btw the plastic front is unavailable, take it off and store it

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by B R Green on 8/1/2004 at 4:52:53 PM
Yeah, I didn't really think it was worth a whole lot. I just think it's a really cool-looking bike, and exactly what I need to tool around the neighborhood. I was considering spiffing it up just for my own pleasure! BTW when you say the plastic front is unavailable, do you mean the front section of the headlamp? Thanks again for the info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by Torre Lewis 336-995-7774 on 8/25/2004 at 5:23:26 PM
Ive just got the same Eldodo 1960 from an old friend he told me to give it to my daughter and now she hates me.
The light in the front is broken.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Please Help Identify Cool Old Huffy posted by B. R. Green on 8/25/2004 at 9:25:06 PM
LOL! Kids today. They just don't appreciate the classics. :-)

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvette headbadge posted by: Ken on 7/27/2004 at 2:29:25 PM
Owing to an unfortunate experience with a shipping giant, I am seeking information on the value of the headbadge from a 63 Schwinn Corvette. If you are a headbadge collector or have been watching current eBay values, I would appreciate a reply here or by email. Thanks.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvette headbadge posted by VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 7/28/2004 at 12:01:28 PM
Ah, that shipping giant. The stories I could tell....

Was this the Schwinn 'Starburst' headbadge (used only for 2 years in the early 1960s) or the standard black-on-white headbadge?


   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvette headbadge posted by Ken on 7/28/2004 at 1:31:03 PM
Starburst. It was a '63. Not in the greatest shape-- the badge and the Bendix AutoMatic were its best features. I didn't know about the "only two years," I just knew it was special.

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Corvette headbadge posted by Gordon on 7/30/2004 at 12:39:33 PM
I believe the same headbadge was used on the Schwinn Racer and Typhoon Deluxe bikes of the same time period. You might get lucky and buy one of these bikes in poor condition with a good badge for the same price or less than just buying a headbadge.

AGE / VALUE:   Boston Bike swap posted by: Linda on 7/26/2004 at 1:50:10 PM
Sorry for short notice but it took a long time to find a place. There will be a swap on August 7th from 10-2 at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown MA. 151 Watertown Street. Contact me for more info. Be there or be square.
Do not miss the Larz Anderson Show the next day!!!


AGE / VALUE:   unidentified heavyweight posted by: Jason on 7/25/2004 at 9:15:35 PM
I just bought a rusted classic bicycle in Pennsylvania for $3. The man selling it said it was handed down to him as a child. I can't figure out the age or model but it seems to be mostly original. Here's some info:
Frame: serial number on bottom bracket V04572 (is this not a '56 Schwinn because of the serial number location??)
Front tire: (original?) Goodyear Speedway (26x2.125)
Rear tire: (not original?) U.S. Royal Chain 175 (26x1.75)
Front hub: New Departure - W (36 spoke, 4-cross)
Rear hub: New Departure coaster (model D?)
Skip tooth chain
Chainring: best description is 5-leaf clover (with heart-shaped leaves)
German pedals
Seat: blue/white Mesinger coil spring saddle (Schwinn style)
Fenders: chrome with flat, straight supports; single round reflector on rear
No tank, rack, chainguard,
Frame: curved top and down tubes with smooth welds
Bike appears to have been blue with painted fenders. I can't tell if the paint is original but I see evidence of decals which leads me to believe it is.
Does anyone know the age or make of this bike?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   unidentified heavyweight posted by Ken on 7/27/2004 at 2:28:32 PM
Schwinn numbers were not under the BB in 1956. Not having seen it, it sounds schwinnlike to me, esp your chainring description and the "smooth welds"... I suggest you look at some pictures on the picture database here or at
and try to find resemblances. Take pictures of your bike too. If you think it's Schwinn, go to
for features to compare (for example, does it have a welded-on kickstand?)

   RE:AGE / VALUE: unidentified heavyweight posted by Jason on 7/29/2004 at 6:20:26 PM
Thanks for the reply. I made a mistake in my description. The down tube is straight and the top tube/seat stays are curved smoothly. It is not a cantilever design. The kickstand is bolted on.

I checked out the pictures and it looks like a mid-30's model schwinn. Once I get a picture I'll upload it on this website.

BALLOON:   Flying Dutchman Bike posted by: Andrew on 7/24/2004 at 7:59:34 PM
Recently I bought a bike just by liking the looks of it but now after getting it home and playing with it I can't find any information about it.

Its a girls bike, with

Flying Dutchman on the tank, and on the badge,
whitewall tires,
it says made in Holland, also the accessories say made in Holland also,
the rear coaster brake is a Cendrix made in Germany,
chain guard also had flying dutchman,

Its a pretty cool frame, never saw one like it before. I got it home took it all apart and have worked on it, repainted it and brought it up to my likings. But now I tried to find anything like it online and havent had any success. I only found one picture of a flying dutchman bicycle, and mine is a lot different, I think possibly older. I cant find any info about the bikes, if they are rare? or anyone else online that has one like it.

I looked at a lot of sites and did searches trying to find any info about getting new decals for it ect and maybe someone on here will know about them.

BALLOON:   Pogue Miller & Co Bike posted by: Jim on 7/24/2004 at 11:56:18 AM
Just bought a barn full of old bikes. One has a badge that show Pogue, Miller & Co, Richmond, Indiana.

Heard of them? I can not find anything other than a picture of the factory in the 1880's from the Richmond, Indiana historical society.

Thanks, jiM

BALLOON:   what year posted by: jorge on 7/24/2004 at 12:24:54 AM
i have an old jc higgins balloon tire bicycle but i dont know what year can somebody help me please

AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha bike posted by: Donnie Larimer on 7/23/2004 at 2:07:03 AM
I haven't been in to bikes for many years, But I have one I want to find some info. It has a picture of an indian head on the badge on fork tube, under the picture it has the # G8 2 1073 there may be a one in front of the G. On the rear by the rearend adjuster screw is the # 7H88909. The rearend has a grease fitting on the arm it has Kome Super I don't think it belongs to the bike however as it is painted white with black stripes and the front rim is chrome and the fenders are chrome as well as the chain guard. The handle bar grips has Schwinn approved on them. Thanks for any info. Donnie

WANTED:   1952 Higgins Suspension Bolt posted by: Martin on 7/22/2004 at 3:49:12 PM
I have a 1952 J.C. Higgins ColorFlow and am looking for a shoulder bolt for the front springer suspension. I have three out of the four needed. I am also looking for a pair of the distinctive Higgins fender braces that wrap around the outside of the fenders. Any help out there?