AGE / VALUE:   1939 Girl's Blue/White RoadMaster MINT posted by: Jessica on 1/16/2006 at 7:49:27 PM
What I am really looking for is a rough value of a 1939 Roadmaster Girl's bicycle. The bike is in mint condition (blue/white) and has recently been completely refurbished in the last 2 years. I am having a difficult time just locating information on the Roadmaster bicycles and even if you could point me in a direction - I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you in advance for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1939 Girl's Blue/White RoadMaster MINT posted by Jessica on 1/23/2006 at 4:27:42 AM
Hi, I am updating the previous request. The bike is 26" with new tires - 26"x2.125". Any help or additional information on the bike is greatly appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1939 Girl's Blue/White RoadMaster MINT posted by Sue on 1/26/2006 at 9:06:10 PM
My husband is refurbishing a bike that sounds like yours. We don't know the age. It's blue and white AMF Roadmaster Skyrider with 16" balloon tires(we think) and has a fender and rear seating area. have you gotten any other responses?

WANTED:   Fork for 1950s Schwinn Tandem posted by: Geoff G. on 1/10/2006 at 1:47:12 AM
Just picked up a partial Schwinn Tandem from the 1950s. It*s the one with the curved rear seat tube and the cottered cranks. It takes an unsusal heavy duty fork with oversized steer tube. Need the fork and most of the headset. Anyone who*s got one they*d like to sell, let me know. Cheers, Geoff

BALLOON:   Womens Murray Venus Bicycle posted by: William Tobias on 1/9/2006 at 8:37:36 PM
My wife and I went to an auction this past weekend and picked up a bicycle for her. It has goodyear white-wall tires and bendix pedal gear/brake. It also has dual head lights built in. Any idea when it was made. (Rides nice)

   RE:BALLOON:   Womens Murray Venus Bicycle posted by Gordon on 1/10/2006 at 1:41:39 PM
If the tire width is 1.75, it is probably from the late 1950's or early 1960's. When the space program got going, many of the bikes had names associated with space travel. Things like rocket, astro-flite, space liner, etc. and your Venus would fit right in.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Womens Murray Venus Bicycle posted by John Metz on 1/15/2006 at 2:09:54 PM
Gordon is right on target. I have a Murray Jet Fire and
a Sky Bolt. There were Strato Flites,Meteor Flites,Comets
etc.. I have tried to get a serial number chart for Murray
bikes but none seem to exist. I have even contacted Murray Inc and was informed this info is unavailable. We are left
to date these bikes via catalogues using modle names and
frame features etc. Wish I could offer more help.

Cycle on!

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Womens Murray Venus Bicycle posted by Gin on 2/3/2006 at 1:12:09 PM
Could you possibly help me. I bought a murray bicycle at a garage sale..simply because I thought it looked neat. I sent it to New Jersey with some friends who restore ACD cars and have placed 1st at Pebble Beach for the last 3yrs....just yesterday they informed me the bike is ALL chrome, except for the tank. I will be retrieving the bike because it is too expensive for them to rechrome was to be a "free" restoration. Could you give me any info on the is not in my possession now so I cannot send a photo. thanks

AGE / VALUE:   gambles hiawatha posted by: eric on 1/9/2006 at 4:25:39 AM
I need help... I have two Shelby built Hiawathas cir. 47-52. I don't know anything about Gambles Department store. We don't have them here in California, are they still in business? If not, how long have they been dead? Oh, and what kind of store was it? Was it like a Coast to Coast store,or more like Wards or Sears. Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   gambles hiawatha posted by Gordon on 1/9/2006 at 3:31:12 PM
The Gambles Hardware Store operated in my home town in NW North Dakota for years, but closed about 1980. It is possible there are some still operating, I think they were mostly in the midwest. It was very similar to the Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store. Occassionally someone will have an old Gambles flyer on eBay that shows some of the bicycles. At auctions I still run across Hiawatha outboards, shotgun shells and other items with the Gambles Hiawatha name.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   gambles hiawatha posted by hunter on 6/28/2008 at 6:46:43 PM
i recently found a 50's hiawatha on ebay that has "seneca" on the chain guard. Was this a name for the hiawatha brand or is this chain guard from another bike?

AGE / VALUE:   In referance to Schwinn clamp on brakes posted by: sam on 1/8/2006 at 4:30:09 PM
The fact that your bike may not show any sigh of having these brakes may not mean they were not there.The ones on my 1955 American were also missing but the original owner said they should be their.While cleaning the fork I just could tell that they had been ---only a slight discolor in the paint(no paint chips) and it had to be seen in bright sun at a good angle to even see this.I think by late 56 or early 57 these brakes were no longer offered.So your 56 may not have had they as you say---and they came only on the two-speed model---sam