WANTED:   WTB: Pedals posted by: Marty W on 2/19/2005 at 6:44:49 AM
I'm looking for a set of NOS or really nice Torrington #8 Pedals. They will be going on a Late 30s Elgin twin bar 20.
Thanks, Marty

AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins find; trying to figure age... posted by: Rif on 2/18/2005 at 2:14:04 AM
Hey all!
I have recently come across a late forties / early fifties J.C. Higgins in minty type original condition. It is a lower end model, no tank, no springer, no rear rack. Due to the condition of the paint, it looks as if these items were never on it.
Skiptooth chain, finned hubs, maroon with cream points and (added by an owner) nicely done turqoise pinstripes.
The info from the underside states:
MOD 502-283
257087 (or) 250787 ( i may have transcribed the numbers wrong as there is scribbles in my notes. Hey, I was on my lunch break and in a hurry to get back to work without being late.)
Anyone got any thoughts or ideas concerning this little gem?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   J.C. Higgins find; trying to figure age... posted by Joel on 2/18/2005 at 8:53:02 PM
Hey Rif,
Nice find. The 502 in the model number is code for Murray, but you probably knew that. Shoot me a picture and I'll look it up in the JCH book for ya. JOEL

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: J.C. Higgins find; trying to figure age... posted by Rif on 2/21/2005 at 4:01:10 PM
Thanks Joel,
I actually did not know that the 502 was the murray code, but will add a note to my archives! I haven't purchased yet, as I am considering between that higgins and an early fifties Mercury that is barn fresh, but complete.
I'll grab batteries for my digi, head on down to the LBS hwere they are located, and send pics of both.
Thanks again,

MISC:   ebay auctions posted by: RENE~ on 2/17/2005 at 8:28:04 PM
Is it me,or,doesn't it seem like ebay item prices are going berzerk? Especially Old/Vintage bicycle parts. I can't believe what some of the bidding pushes the prices to for parts. Seems to me, prices are closing in on "worth their weight in gold" figures. I mean, come on now..these prices are nearing those of vintage motorcycles! Soon enough it'll be that only the mega wealthy will be able to afford vintage bicycles and parts. We not so wealthy folks are going to be forced out....Again!!!
This concludes this rant. thanks

   RE:MISC:   ebay auctions posted by Kurt K on 2/17/2005 at 11:55:19 PM
My own two cents:

It already happened with the Musclebikes, the ballooners are not too far behind in prices.

The only segment of the hobby of which I haven't seen the same price absurdity is with vintage/English lightweights and roadsters, probably because most folks in the U.S. grew up with either a Schwinn Stingray, Huffy Rail, Sears Spaceliner, or Schwinn Corvette, to name a couple.

It's the same thing as the musclecar craze - who would have thought of a '70 Chevelle hitting over $100,000 fifteen years ago? It's the same thing with our beloved bikes...the time is right to sell. Folks are restoring, they want NOS parts. Others want the bikes and will take nothing but the best...money doesn't matter!


   RE:MISC:   ebay auctions posted by John M. on 2/26/2005 at 11:58:08 PM
You folks notice this disturbing trend too? Sad! Misinformation and misrepresentation are rampant too. I've
seen a few Murrays listed as Schwinns and a '72 Schwinn
Super Sport that was said to have sold for $500 new. $136.00 was the actual retail price in 72. The best options
are flea markets and garage sales. Lots of vintage stuff is in the classifieds in newspapers and swap or sale papers.
Some of the prices on ebay leave you shaking your head!

   RE:MISC:   ebay auctions posted by Rene on 2/27/2005 at 7:43:11 PM
It might be worth while for someone to concider venturing into the manufacture of reproducing balloon bike parts. I can also see a need for " A Generic Brand" of frames and springer forks, rims for various styles and years of the more sought after makes. This way we could build a bike from scratch with new parts, but it would still have that vintage era look. Plus it would be cheaper than paying through the nose for old crap that is worn,rusted,bent,
cracked, miss identified, etc. I would imagine that these things could be made off shore.i.e. India, the Pacific Rim area, and such places to keep the cost down. I think that really high quality reproduced parts would be a GOOD THING...I know that I'd appreciate it. I am not that much of a purist. I just want the right look and feel,without having to take a morgage on my home to get it! Come On; sound off on this.....

   RE:RE:MISC:   ebay auctions posted by John M. on 3/4/2005 at 1:52:55 PM
Good idea! They sell bare road and mtn. biek frame why not cruiser frames as well? Some manufacturers do still sell cruisers but Treks are alunminun frames and a newer version of the old look while Schwinn and Raleighs can get up there in price. Afew years ago Huffy had some low end
cruisers but I don't know if they still do. One big advantage with your idea though is that one could start with a bare frame and built the particular look they wanted.
Hey manufactuers are you listening?

BALLOON:   mechanical help posted by: jeff on 2/16/2005 at 3:24:18 AM
i have an an late 30's elgin i am breaking down to restore. i cant get the bottom bracket bearing cups out. does anyone have a trick or some advice to lend on this problem?

   RE:BALLOON:   mechanical help posted by Brian on 2/16/2005 at 5:06:59 AM
What always works for me is to use a steel rod against the bearing cup from inside the bracket. Tap with a hammer several places around the cup.

AGE / VALUE:   SEATTLE OLD BIKE SWAP MEET posted by: jon in Desmoines on 2/14/2005 at 5:07:39 AM
HERE IS THE SITE FOR THE SEATTLE OLD BIKE SWAP MEET THIS YEAR, 3/27/05 http://www.geocities.com/seattleoldbikeswap/

   RE:AGE / VALUE: SEATTLE OLD BIKE SWAP MEET posted by Rif on 2/21/2005 at 4:04:36 PM
Oh Yeah!
I'm there, as usual! Look for the aging, bitter, punk with decorated leather and spikey hair... Say hi and have a cup of java, we'll talk old bikes and all things related.