WANTED:   22 mm or 7/8" spoke nipples posted by: MAX on 5/9/2005 at 8:51:12 PM
hi I am looking for some 22 mm or 7/8" long spoke nipples
i also need some 11 3/4" spokes with long treading
if anyone has some or know where i could find some please let me know

   RE:WANTED:   22 mm or 7/8 posted by MAX on 5/11/2005 at 12:31:39 PM
heellooooo ...anyone here
these are needed for a pair of wood wheel

BALLOON:   hawthorne bike posted by: donald on 5/9/2005 at 4:59:00 PM
I would like to know when a Hawthorne bike by wards was made. ser. no. H 62245 It's a Grils 24x2.2125 bike.
thanks for your help.

BALLOON:   japanese made balloon tire bicycle posted by: paul on 5/8/2005 at 1:26:29 PM
hi from the philippines and i got this probably 1940s balloon tire bicycle i do not know the manufacturer but it has a new departure coaster brake skip tooth N.D. Model and a skip tooth sprocket schwinn design 5 hearts , made in japan. .105 guage heavy duty. front hub and handle post are made in japan . no badge . rim size 26 x 1.75 Araya brand made in japan heavy steel. So i guess this is a japanese made balloon tire?? does japan made this kind of bicycles??

BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp posted by: Jeremy on 5/6/2005 at 9:10:00 PM
OK! So about three months ago, I was at my local bar with all my buddies hangin out watching some TV drinkin a few beers. Some of the regulars I know from the bar (kind of like aquaintences, not the BEST of friends, but not the WORST either) were practically BEGGIN me to go hang out at their apartment complex and kick it in the hottub. So I shrug my shoulders and say "why not!!" Long story short...it was a blessing in disguise. As i was leaving the complex, I got lost and had to take a long detour to get out of the complex, I live in Denver, CO, and the road I finally found to start the long trek home, was an empty one, no houses or anything around really, just a big giant concrete wall. So I;m walking and out of the corner of my eye, I see this BIG GIANT BEHEMOTH OF A BIKE sitting in this ditch, just laying there at like Three in the morning, I looked around, no one to see in either direction for miles...so I figured it was just some old piece of junk that somebody ditched, one of the tires was really low, but I figuerd I'd save myself a walk, so I jumped on it and rode it home!!! Needless to say it was in pretty great condition actually, some dents and dings, but all in all a pretty great bike. I didnt realize it was from the 60's until I saw these discussion boards, I rode this bike everyday to and from work for three months, then the bearings or the brake cones or someting just broke suddenly, I'm not sure if its bad karma, because I found the bike, or just AGE!!! I'm not trying to sell it, because I think this bike ROCKS!! I saw one guy sellin one for $800 and another guy sellin one for $350./....I sort of dont want to restore it, but I find myself having this itch to try and locate more bikes such as this, but I want to keep it the way it is, every dent is like part of the story to me!! so anyway thats my story...anyone know a true value on these bikes???

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp posted by John Metz on 5/7/2005 at 10:26:15 AM
Don't know a value for your bike but your parts breakage is not bad karma. Its likely age and lack of maintenance.
I recommend taking it to a bike shop for a check up,lube etc or if you can do the work yourself. One item you should
check is the chain. I had a chain break resulting in a crash because I put off replacement. I only got road rash
out of it but you may not be as lucky.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp posted by Kurt K. on 5/8/2005 at 12:54:00 PM
Also identify what kind of a coasterbrake it is, as the shop may offer to spoke in a new coaster hub instead. The new Chinese coasters have cheap chrome that don't belong on these beauties. Chances are the coaster is a Bendix model.

Send some pics to the fellows on the Schwinn forum (go to www.schwinnbike.com > "Heritage" > Restoration Forum), or here at Oldroads, and someone will probably be able to link you up with some new/good used original coasterbrake parts for your local shop to install.

Take care!


   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Wasp posted by Ken on 5/10/2005 at 6:14:35 PM
Is anybody feeling sorry for the person this bike was stolen from? Legitimate owners don't ditch their Schwinns in the middle of the night, dude.

AGE / VALUE:   trailblazer posted by: Michael swanson on 5/5/2005 at 2:57:32 AM
I have just found a very old bicycle,it has 28"rims by 1.5 and the rear hub is greaseable or add oil? the head plate says trailblazer with the word trail above the word blazer.also has some rods going down from just below the handle bars to the axle hub on the front tire. Also of importance is : I has a double bar from below the seat running forward to the neck ruffly about 5" below the main bar, one above the other. IT looks alot like a 1905 red indian on ebay, but havent been able to indentify this bike Help me please!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   trailblazer posted by Ken on 5/6/2005 at 2:25:03 PM
Take a picture and email it to the wheelmen library (instructions at thewheelmen.org)
Their list of 3000+ US brands 1890-1918 does not include Trailblazer. Features you describe were characteristic of bikes up til the balloon boom ca 1930. Good luck, let us know what you learn.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: trailblazer posted by sam on 5/8/2005 at 5:10:28 PM
May be compleatly off on this,but seems I recall seeing on ebay a Mead catalog with trailblazer in it.Wouldn't have Mead of Chicago on that badge would it?--sam

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: trailblazer posted by Rif on 5/9/2005 at 4:12:11 PM
I think you may be right on the money with this one Sam, but I can't for the life of me recall if it is in fact Mead.
There is a certain ring to it though...

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: trailblazer posted by Rif on 5/9/2005 at 4:17:20 PM
I was thinking Mead Pathfinder; I believe it to be Hawthorne, as my good friend Die has a Hawthorne Trailblazer in her collection. Her bike is roughly early 1920's.
I'm 95% positive on this...