AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle (do I own a ghost bike?) posted by: Daniel on 12/30/2005 at 8:35:07 PM
Boy do I need help! At the moment NO ONE can help me identify the particular Firestone bicycle I own. I own a Firestone 500. Not the 500 II from the 1960's. This one pre-dates that model. It appears to be the "sea mist green" color. The Firestone plate is not like ANY I've seen on other Firestone's. It is of the classic Red "F" on chrome plate with Firestone in red underneath.

It came from an elderly gentleman who says he's fairly sure he bought it in the 1940's for his wife. Here's the thing, the tank runs the full length of the bar with white(dart) style graphics on both sides of the tank seem to support his story placing it in at least the 40's or 50's.

All other 500's I've seen have a small tank, with indy flags, and the chain guard has indy flags. My model's tank is large with no flags (different graphic) and indy flags on the chain guard (which the chain guard doesn't match any I've seen either)

I know these Firestone's were made by Huffy, Murray, HP Snyder, Clevelend Welding, Werner Auto, ect, but this bike bears NO name from those makers.

Many collectors and restorers I've talked to aren't familiar with the 500 model predating the 1960's. Also there's a label that says (Arco Div. American-Marietta) The serial number starts with an (A) which is something I haven't seen on ANY Firestones.

Any suggestions???? The tires say Gillette Ambassodor 26x1.75 and appear to be the second set of tires for the bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle (do I own a ghost bike?) posted by Gordon on 12/31/2005 at 2:39:48 PM
Most of the 40's and early 50's Monark that I have seen were built by Monark. Try looking at photos of Monarks from that period and see if they look similar. They generally used the same chain ring on their bikes regardless of what company they were badged for.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Firestone Bicycle (do I own a ghost bike?) posted by Gordon on 12/31/2005 at 5:17:58 PM
Oops! That should say "Firestones were made by Monark".

AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Sonic Flyer, Boys posted by: Jared on 12/30/2005 at 12:14:06 AM
I am looking for any information on the aboved named bicycle. I think it may be a 1965 and am most interested on the decal on the seatpost. the one on mine is partial at best. thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Western Flyer Sonic Flyer, Boys posted by mike on 12/13/2007 at 10:42:21 AM
I have purchesed a Western Flyer Bicycle Sonic Flyer from a garage sale. Very Good condition, Orig Paint and tires. Was kept garaged for many years and orig owner. I have done some research on it and have found that this bicycle was produced in 1965. The decal that is on your seat post should have stars on it. The colors for my bike are red and white. White pinstriping on the back carrier. The headlight should have two bulbs in it and the chrome piece is a vacum formed. Here is a website that has been most helpful to me they have a huge selection of parts and resources available to help you. The Western Auto bikes were made by Murry and if you look on your coaster brake part you should find some serial numbers. Hope this has been helpful.
God bless

AGE / VALUE:   ladies 26 inch blue breeze posted by: Seggie on 12/29/2005 at 1:55:09 PM
hi i am new to computer, i have a schwinn bike as noted in the message subject. I would like any info. on my bike, i see serial # they are as follows.....on neck (sorry i do not know much about proper names of parts) # is FP530519. The tube tire reads as follows AC ORIGINAL EQUIPTMENT 26x1 1/4-1 3/8 MADE IN USA 01-2-030. Can some one please tell me if this bike is a middleweight, also i noticed from this site that it possibility might not have original seat & grips because mine are black, sorry i have taken apart this bike, it was sitting in my garage for years, it has been ridden only about 30 times, some rust but noticed the ball berings are in excellent shape. I have take apart as much as i know the wheel with the hub is still intact but dirty. I dont remember the year, anything info is much helpful. Thanks in advance. I am anxiously waiting please e-mail me back with any info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ladies 26 inch blue breeze posted by Gary M on 1/7/2006 at 10:50:44 PM
Breeze is either a midweight or a Roadster, they labeled both types as Breeze. depends on frame and tires, i am assuming you have a roadster frame. dont spend much on it.
not much value there. In fact i would toss those rims and find a set off a similar bike so you can use common tires.

AGE / VALUE:   age/type posted by: Jim on 12/25/2005 at 7:40:25 PM
Hello Can anybody give me an idea when this bicycle was made or type? I think it is a Heavy Duty.Serial # CR 564024.Also on the Schwinn emblem in front there is a #1340 stamped on it.Thank anyone in advance who can help.Regards Jim

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   age/type posted by John Metz on 12/26/2005 at 12:07:06 PM
See the serial number chart on this site. As I read it your
bike was made in March of 1980.
Cycle on!

BALLOON:   Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by: Dan on 12/24/2005 at 5:46:12 AM
This '40's-'50's balloon tired bicycle was in a collection I purchased, a ladies in original paint and in decent shape, only missing original front fender light & seat. Who built these bike's? are they rebadged house brand bikes or were they a company on their own? I can find very little about the Standard although I once had a '70's bike boom far east built Standard 10spd. but this balloon standard is American made as far as I can tell.

   RE:BALLOON: Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by sam on 12/24/2005 at 5:52:29 PM
Standard must have been a house brand--I had a german import with a Standard badge.---sam

   RE:RE:BALLOON: Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by Dan on 12/24/2005 at 11:05:51 PM
This bike has a skiptooth with dogleg crank, the sprocket looks like one i saw on a Rollfast model. I'll keep for it's one of a kindism.

   RE:BALLOON:   Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by Joe on 12/25/2005 at 6:07:38 PM
I've seen Standard badged bikes, but can't recall too many details, they were prewar bikes though. Do you have any pics? You may have to compare some of the features to determine who built yours. It's quite posible that it's a DP Harris built bike, but there were many sub brands of all of the manufacturers. Could be Cleveland Welding, Colson, Dayton/Huffman, or Columbia as well.
What comes to mind when you mention the Standard brand name is the famous Standard Oil of Ohio, I've seen many items with their branding, including appliances, so it wouldn't surprise me if they sold bikes as well. But of course that's just a wild guess.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by Dan on 12/26/2005 at 12:41:56 AM
Thank's for your imput, the Standard Oil Company wasn't even a thought but doesn't seem unlikely that it could have been sold thru Standard station's. It does have rear facing dropouts, I will try to add a picture in the next couple of days.

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Standard balloon tire bicycle! Standard is the brand? posted by Dan on 1/15/2006 at 3:54:37 AM
I now believe the Standard brand bicycle I have was made by Rollfast, similar sprocket, chainguard, on down to the identical painted spears, most likely from the 1940's.