AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Scott on 7/20/2005 at 6:18:19 AM
I am in the lancaster, Ca. area and need to find some old bike people (old bikes, not necessarily old people, but old people are fine as long as they have old bikes, not old people with new bikes, well I guess I shouldnt be too picky, so any one with any bike will do though I must be firm on the bike part, yes, you must have a bike) who would like to ride their bikes around!!!
e-mail me at:
P.S. no loonies! (well except me of course)

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Maker, Date for Western Auto Galaxy Flyer posted by: Zee on 7/20/2005 at 3:14:07 AM
I just got this great ladies' Western Flyer (Galaxy) from somebody who didn't know what she had, I guess; she gave it to me! Can anyone help me date it? I know the Western Auto bikes were made by different companies, and I think this may be a 50's model, but I'm not sure. I'm having a terrible time trying to date it!

I'm sure the tires aren't original (they're from Taiwan), and the seat may or may not be. I think everything else is, tho! It had a Wald front basket on it that I removed temporarily to put on another bike.

Also, does anyone have a good source for replacement Galaxy Flyer decals? This bike sat out in the weather for about six months (it's amazing it's still in such good shape!), and even with just a rag the decal paint on the chainguard came off with the surface rust!

There are two numbers on the head tube, both running on either side of the headbadge. One is PC 623899 (the serial # I believe); the other is J 2027 A78 8. I'm not sure why there are two numbers, but there 'tis.

I've added a photo. Also, please keep in mind that I'm fairly new to all this, so please don't get too technical! lol...



   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Maker, Date for Western Auto Galaxy Flyer posted by sam on 7/20/2005 at 8:31:36 PM
Reflectors on pedals came out in early 70s I think---maybe late 60s but that would seem to indicate a somewhat newer bike than 50s. looks like a good rider---sam

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Maker, Date for Western Auto Galaxy Flyer posted by Zee on 7/20/2005 at 9:49:21 PM
I'm not sure the pedals are original, though; I'd forgotten about that. There was quite a bit of surface rust on the parts they connect to; there was very little to none on the pedals themselves.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Maker, Date for Western Auto Galaxy Flyer posted by Zee on 7/21/2005 at 4:08:42 AM
Sorry to keep replying to my own post =0P I checked and the pedals were made by Wald, just as the bike basket was. Wouldn't that indicate that they were added later? If the original pedals didn't have reflectors maybe a previous owner swapped them out...? Also, there is a faded, small white tag on the seat post which says the Galaxy was made in Kansas City, MO.

The pic I've added shows the pedal (sorry, it's not a good photo, and you can't see where it says "Wald" on the silver part of the pedal), but it does show an obvious difference between the metal area of the pedal and where it connects to the bike in terms of surface rust. -Zee


AGE / VALUE:   Finding serial number lists for Huffy's posted by: Jeremy on 7/20/2005 at 12:12:12 AM
Does anyone know where I can find a list of Huffy serial numbers. I have what I think is a 50's huffy. Thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Finding serial number lists for Huffy's posted by Scott on 7/20/2005 at 6:16:57 AM
look at the top of the page you're on. there's a link for serial #s

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Finding serial number lists for Huffy's posted by Rif on 7/25/2005 at 3:20:33 PM
Go to Huffy's website, click on the contact customer service link, and e-mail the serial and model numbers. They'll reply in quick fashion. They will even send you color photocopies from their original catalogs...
I've done this with my 1957 Customliner and my 1979 Star Force bikes...

MISC:   "Antiques Roadshow FYI" Wednesday posted by: Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. on 7/19/2005 at 11:18:05 PM
July 20. Wednesday night at 8pm on PBS (WGBH, channel 2 in Boston).

Not sure about other markets, and only 90% sure it will be showing in Boston on Wednesday the 20th.

You'll see bikes from the 1930s to the 1960s. I'm not sure if we'll be on for 30 seconds or a couple minutes.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.

BALLOON:   Horn Switch removal 36 Scwinn posted by: Craig on 7/18/2005 at 6:45:14 PM
I have a 36' Scwinn Motorbike with horn button in the handlebars. It does not work and want to pull the switch out of the handlebars to service it. Being all original, I don't want to cut the bars. Any idea how to get the switch assembly out for servicing???