AGE / VALUE:   Which one to keep, if any posted by: Ian Lindridge on 11/21/2006 at 11:02:14 AM
I have just come into possession of two Schwinns. From the serial numbers I have a 1957 lady's Hollywood and a 1965 men's Typhoon both with white painted wheels. The Hollywood is in ok shape needing not much more than a good cleaning and new handlebar grips (maybe new spokes); the Westwind tires are in good shape and hold air; the fenders are ok; needs a rear reflector and the red reflective tape removed.

The Typhoon has rusty wheels and the frame is well, quite worn and the chrome parts are rusty. Fenders are really beat up and the front is bent and crimped at that point. Needs new pedals too.

Both have chainguards, but both need better saddles.

So, do I keep the Hollywood and with some time have a nice looking bicycle that my wife could ride with me on my wonderful Dyno beach cruiser? Or do I use the Hollywood wheels/tires, pedals, cranks, bars, etc. for the Typhoon? The fenders will need to be replaced and probably sometime the frame repainted. There is quite a bit of rust where the paint is worn and polishing would leave much of the bare frame exposed. Then I would have a good paint job with not so new other parts. I would also like to change the Typhoon handlebars to the much wider 'wheelbarrow' size.

I much prefer the look of the men's cantilever frame. I don't collect Schwinns tho' I do collect bikes of "interest" to me and my heart without having to rent additional storage space! I have the thought to convert the Typhoon to a lowrider but that would cost as much as restoration tho' would look very nice. (I could purchase a brand new lowrider for what I could build however) Any suggestions from the experts?

Thanks in advance,
Ian Lindridge in Mpls/St. Paul area

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Which one to keep, if any posted by nate on 11/22/2006 at 6:18:13 AM
First off, I think you should keep them both if you can find the space. Both are cool bikes.
DOn't be discouraged by the rusty chrome on the Typhoon. Schwinn made great chrome and I'll bet that rust can be cleaned up and look like new.

BALLOON:   Museum exhibition posted by: Jeff Stevens on 11/20/2006 at 1:16:23 PM
Hello, I am writing a proposal for a bicycle exhibition at the San Francisco international airport museum approximately two years from now,and I am trying to locate bicycle collections in northern California. I am not sure yet if I will focus the exhibition on heavy or middle weight bicycles, it all depends on what collections are out there. Most of our exhibits are planed two years in advance and last for approximately six months. I want to exhibit ten to twelve bikes and am proposing the exhibition take place in the new international terminal.

If you believe you might be able to point me in the right direction to collections in northern California, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Jeff Stevens
San Francisco international airport museums

MISC:   What model is this posted by: Chris on 11/17/2006 at 8:54:38 AM
I have a Shwinn bicycle that according to the serial number was built in April of 1955. I am trying to figure out what model it is and if any one knows where i might find an original picture of one. The serial number is R16742. Thanks Chris

AGE / VALUE:   what kind of frame is this? posted by: Elliott on 11/14/2006 at 1:16:44 PM
I have what i think is an early 50s schwinn balloon bike frame. can anyone tell me what model it could be?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of frame is this? posted by nate on 11/15/2006 at 6:23:14 AM
Maybe a Spitfire?
Look at the Schwinns in the picture database on this site.
Also, the serial number will tell you the year.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   what kind of frame is this? posted by ken on 11/17/2006 at 8:58:46 AM
There's no percentage in trying to guess the model from the frame. That frame style appeared in about '38 and could be equipped with who knows what, rebadged, whatever.

AGE / VALUE:   Monark Silver King posted by: Cherie Willis on 11/14/2006 at 7:43:44 AM
I just got a Monark Silver King. How do I find out the year? There is no serial number any where on the bike. It appears to be mid to late 50's. Also is this the Swedish bicycle Company?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Monark Silver King posted by George on 11/22/2006 at 5:43:48 PM
The Monark bicycles were made in Chicago, IL. Not the Monark, Swedish motorcycles. The Monark bicycle company was on Grand ave. in Chicago. They produced their brands of Silver King as well as house brands for Mongomery Wards and Firestone. Should be a serial number stamped near the left rear axle mount or a plate underneath the crank housing. George S.