AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha Ballon Tire Questions posted by: Greg on 4/17/2005 at 3:36:29 AM
Just bought a nice Hiawatha Ballon tire cruiser from a bike shop. The shop owner said it is from 1948, and he restored the entire bike then antiqued it. And it's all original including the seat and grips, except for the pedals, tires and the spokes. The serial is 8H173371. Just wanted to get more info on the bike like age, approx value and some history since I don't know much about the brand. It looks and rides awesome and I attached a pic, hope it works. You can email me at Thanks in advance!


AGE / VALUE:   skip tooth posted by: eric on 4/17/2005 at 3:09:20 AM
I have a schwinn from the early fifties with a skip tooth. About what year did they stop using that type of chain/ And why did they keep using it after the standard style, that we use now came about?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   skip tooth posted by Gordon on 4/17/2005 at 1:29:04 PM
I have a 1953 Hawthorne with skiptooth, so I know they used it at least until then. Some manufactures never used skiptooth, but had 1/2 pitch from the begining. I have seen bikes from the 1920's and 30's with 1/2 pitch. As to why they stopped skiptooth - I haven't a clue.

AGE / VALUE:   Bendix 2/spd posted by: Tim on 4/15/2005 at 6:12:07 PM
What usally goes wrong with a Bendix 2/spd?
I`ve got one that won`t work also makes a strange noise when pedaling. I took it all apart and cleaned it all the parts look good. It`s of a 68 typhoon.
Thank you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bendix 2/spd posted by Gordon on 4/16/2005 at 11:50:35 AM
I'm assuming it is a yellow band automatic? If it won't shift, and you have cleaned and lubricated it properly, then the index spring must be broken.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bendix 2/spd posted by Ken on 4/19/2005 at 1:44:13 PM
Could easily be a red-band, on a 26" wheel; anyway, Barnett's has complete exploded drawings of all three types of Bendix AutoMatics, and best of all, a detailed chart of symptoms and what they mean. Go in your LBS on a rainy day and ask about it.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bendix 2/spd posted by Ken on 4/19/2005 at 2:12:41 PM
Better yet, (unless you have the Barnett manual) here's Mark Smith's Bendix page
with a nice troubleshooting chart
good luck.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bendix 2/spd posted by Tim on 4/21/2005 at 12:54:05 AM
I`ll have to try bunchobikes ,Mark has helped me out a couple of times before,as for a LBS I can`t find one around me that shows any interest in vintage iron
thanks to all

BALLOON:   Anyone with info on a Lincoln Schwinn? posted by: Larry Tesch on 4/14/2005 at 9:58:37 PM
I just purchased a 1940(?) woman's Lincoln Schwinn and I'm trying to find information about it. It has a Lincoln head badge and the Lincoln name decals on the tank and downtube, but Schwinn decals on the chainguard and seat tube. The front fender has the headlight housing that looks like it is formed or molded into it instead of a torpedo style, and the rear fender has a string skirt. I have photos that I can email. Any info on this bike is appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Anyone with info on a Lincoln Schwinn? posted by kim on 4/15/2005 at 12:46:53 PM
There is a ton of info on Lincolns in the archives here.
Just click on "Search 10 YEARS of our Vintage Bicycle archives" at the top of this page, then grab a coffee. The search takes a long time to run, but it returns pages and pages of info and has links to even more info.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Anyone with info on a Lincoln Schwinn? posted by Ken on 4/19/2005 at 1:45:38 PM
You might also want to search "Schwinn-built"

BALLOON:   Help with vintage tandom 1930's? posted by: Jason on 4/14/2005 at 7:24:53 PM
Hello, I am trying to find some information on a tandem bike that was my grandfathers. He got it in 1956 and it was old then from what I am told, so I don't know exactly how old it is. I would really appreciate any help you could provide about the bike.

2 seated tandem bike.
fire engine red in color, but probably repainted.
Steering from back or front seat possible, bar connects from rear to front to enable steering
from either position.
tire size: 26 x 2.125 front and rear
Silver fenders
Plaque on front of bike says: Model 48 / Columbia / Pope Migdo or Pope Migco

I can send pictures if that will help id it.
Any help would be great or suggestions of other place to ask.

Thank you for your time


   RE:BALLOON: Help with vintage tandom 1930's? posted by sam on 4/15/2005 at 3:51:33 PM
Good , a steer from the rear tandem.They were made by most Bicycle manufactures--Davis-Schwinn-Colson-and yours by Pope(which later became columbia)These type of tandems were built from 1895 to 1942(generally speaking)Your may have been a late 30s model if it has balloon tires---sam