BALLOON:   Road Master posted by: Matt Forrest on 10/22/2006 at 1:51:05 PM
I am trying to find some information on an Old Roadmaster bike. It was built by chicago welding works and I think it is pre-war- no tank at and it is all black and white-possibly some red detail. It also has inch pitch chain. I am considering rebuilding it- but nto sure how to go about it. It has the orginal seat frame and has minor rust- but it snot bad. what is the best way to preserve the value?. I might consider sellign it to a real collector. Email me and I will soon have pics.

   RE:BALLOON:   Road Master posted by Roger Blake on 10/22/2006 at 5:46:19 PM
Email pics. It was built by Cleveland Welding Co.

AGE / VALUE:   help posted by: jason on 10/21/2006 at 9:52:15 PM
i just purchased a vintage bike it has no cerial number under the crank only the initials se on the left rear dropout also it came with an old bullet headlight that looks like it could hold a softball any help appreciated

AGE / VALUE:   elgin/ Murray1942?? posted by: Ben on 10/21/2006 at 7:06:06 PM
My father restored this older Murray girls bike for my daughter some yrs ago...we think he told us it was a '42 but we really don't know. It does have a small cargo carrier and cute torpedo shaped headlamp. We would like to sell the bike for reasonable value. Is this a Dime-a-dozen yard sale bike or does it have more value? We would appreciate any input. thankyou much

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   elgin/ Murray1942?? posted by ben on 10/21/2006 at 8:39:19 PM
Im adding a little more information to the girls Murray I described above. The tire size seems to be 20 x 2.125 and we did find a picture of a larger 1955 Murray in the picture archive, which looks very similiar with exception that our bike does not have a tank. Again,... any input greatly appreciated. thanks, ben

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 speed 63' corvette mechanics posted by: Ryan Clement on 10/16/2006 at 12:19:59 PM
I have completely restored a 1963 3 speed Schwinn corvette. I made the mistake of trying to disassemble and clean the 3 speed mechanism contained within the back rim. I thought I reassembled it together correctly but now that inner component itself is moving indepently from the rim and wheel. The pedals turn the chain, the chain moves the 3 speed component (which is connected to the rear sprocket), but the rear sprocket wont move the back tire. The pedal brake works when pushed back. I was told by the original owner that in order to change gears, you thrust the peddles backward to kick it in and out of gear but I would tend to think that that would contradict the peddle brake idea. There are no hand brakes on the bike at all. Anyway, if anyone knows how to assemble that componenet or has any idea of how the 63' corvette operates, please email me. Thanks!

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   3 speed 63' corvette mechanics posted by nate on 10/16/2006 at 1:24:28 PM
It sounds like it has a Sturmey-Archer S3C hub.
There are exploded diagrams of that hub on this site.
But maybe it is simply not adjusted properly.

First note: to change gears you don't really have to backpedal. Just don't be pedalling forward when you shift.
Here is how to adjust it:

Note: That little chain-thing near the hub is called an 'indicator chain'

1) Put the thumb shifter in 3rd gear
2) back off the lock nut on the indicator chain
3) unscrew the indicator chain until there is a lot of slack in the gear cable
4) now tighten the indicator chain just enough to remove the slack.
5) tighen the lock nut.

If the hub is working properly, this should solve your problem

AGE / VALUE:   2 pre war ballooner bikes for sale posted by: Marc on 10/15/2006 at 10:00:38 PM
I have 2 non schwinn pre war ballooners for sale. Items are a ROADMASTER PRE WAR CRUISER AMATEUR PAINT JOB, TANK, ETC..1936 ROLLFAST WOMENS CRUISER MOSTLY ORIGINAL WITH TANK. Sorry for yelling. I cut and pasted the descriptions. Items can be viewed at links below. Bikes are in Boise, Idaho. Shipping per bike around 60 dollars to the lower 48 states. Marc