BALLOON:   Fleet Wing posted by: Scott on 7/1/2005 at 8:52:03 PM
Does anyone know for certain who made Fleet Wing bikes?

   RE:BALLOON:   Fleet Wing posted by kim on 7/5/2005 at 11:36:14 AM
The early ones (1940s - 1950s) were made by Roadmaster I believe.

AGE / VALUE:   Find Manufacturer for this bike posted by: Lars on 7/1/2005 at 6:14:12 PM
I just picked up a balloon tire coaster bicycle. Fillet brazed frame (ladies style) 26 inch. No evidence of Mfr name, no evidence of insignia plate on headstock. Numbers on crank hanger SF Model 502 (206 off to side) Serial Number 140612. Fenders were overpainted, but original appear to have dual white pinstripe each side with leaf at end of fenders. (four stripes total running length).

Any help on who made this bicycle would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Find Manufacturer for this bike posted by sam on 7/2/2005 at 2:13:49 AM
The 502 is a sears supplyer number.---sam

BALLOON:   dating my frame posted by: Scott on 6/27/2005 at 8:58:12 PM
Ok I've got a tough one for you. I have (I think) a pre war Dayton. it has rear drop outs not fish hooks also not the larger dial your ride type rear drop outs (this is why I assumed pre war). the seat post is what gets me. it has the "L" shaped pre war type post but at the point where it goes into the frame it steps up to the regular post war size. It has not been altered. and it is a solid piece(it weighs a few pounds!!!). it also has a post war size and type clamp. most of the other pre war Daytons I have seen have lugs brazed to the frame. I'm still guessing that they went to this setup right before going with the later straight post setup. the question is when? also I have yet to find any serial # on this bike at all!! someone please help.

   update posted by Scott on 6/27/2005 at 10:36:41 PM
I just noticed another thing about this bike. the little brace where you attach the fender at the top right behind the seat is not straight like the older Daytons I've seen it's curved like most newer bikes (like a single speed Schwinn middleweight has) and fits the contour of the fender. thanx

AGE / VALUE:   fender braces Schwinn posted by: on 6/25/2005 at 10:17:00 PM
One Saturday long ago, I stubbornly brought home boxes of fender braces for Americal bikes. You know, the flat braces for Schwinns and other makes.

I have braces, especially the short ones for musclebikes. A lot of them. I picked up every one and brought them home to sit in the garage. This is bad because now I'm stuck with them and it was good because the shop later burned and everything I passed over or missed was later lost forever. If you need fender braces, new/ old/ stock rescued from the very jaws of fate itself!
E- mail me!

Most likely, these will never sell. I'll hang onto them for decades. I'll pull into the garage and growl at them wishing they would go away but do you know what?
I'm happy that I saved them and somebody someday might want one set so this is why I'll keep all 30 boxes of fender braces. or

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   fender braces Schwinn posted by Rod on 7/1/2005 at 2:32:21 PM
Now I know where to go just in case I get tired of straightening out the bent ones.

BALLOON:   HEAD BADGES posted by: scott on 6/22/2005 at 4:48:33 AM
does any one know what year Schwinn went from brass to aluminum head badges on the larger oval badges?

   RE:BALLOON:   HEAD BADGES posted by Rod on 6/30/2005 at 6:40:58 PM
It could be a big possibility that the brass-to-aluminum changeover may have taken place in the early- to mid-50's era.