MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn/Huffy Frame Comparison posted by: Tyson on 6/21/2006 at 2:40:22 PM
Hey all! New here and I have some questions about a Huffy frame I recently acquired. First off its a male bike and I believe it to be from the early 60's. Something like a Comet (with cat eye tank) or Huffy Good Vibrations style frame. Well, I'm doing a custom job on the bike and would like to add a tank to give the bike some weight visually. I've been eyeing those Schwinn Phantom Repros I keep seeing everywhere because it seems to me that this tank would fit perfectly on the frame (because it seems from what I've seen that this Huffy frame is almost the same as the Schwinn. What does everyone think??
Thanks Much,

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn/Huffy Frame Comparison posted by rod on 6/23/2006 at 8:11:17 PM
It won't work because Huffy's curved bars are narrow compared to Schwinn's bars; I had a Huffy beach cruiser from '82 that I hoped to Phantomized but when I discovered the tank wouldn't fit, I said, 'Back to the Schwinns!'

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn/Huffy Frame Comparison posted by Tyson on 6/26/2006 at 3:34:46 PM
Hmm...I'm still almost tempted to try it. Does anyone have the dimensions to the inner area of the Schwinns where the tank would fit? Also, the tube diameters would be great also.

AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha posted by: Ron Hicks on 6/20/2006 at 12:37:42 AM
I recently bought a Hiawatha girls bike with a sprung front end. On the bottom of the frame it's stamped F4503(?)5 and the rear hub is a Musselman Hub-brake Co. Model M. Can anyone shed some light on this bike for me. Thanks,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha posted by nate on 6/20/2006 at 12:55:39 PM
You'l find a lot of info Hiawathas in the archives on this site. THey archives are a bit difficult to navigate, but go to the home page here, then go to 'search the discussion area archives' and then search the balloon tire archives.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hiawatha posted by eric on 6/23/2006 at 4:57:23 AM
Shelby built alot of Hiawathas, might look at them also in archives.

MISC:   V.B.E. Show... posted by: Sean on 6/20/2006 at 12:25:04 AM

This is an invitation to everyone in the Old Bike Hobby to attend and show at the
first annual Vintage Bicycle Concours d'Elegance at Marymount; Saturday, August
26th 2006. Sponsored by the Vintage Bicycle Enthusiasts of Seattle (VBE), the event
will be held on the grounds of the Harold E. LeMay Automobile Museum collection
during the museum's annual open house.

The event's emphasis will be American Balloon Bicycles 1933-45, and American Balloon/Middleweight
Bicycles 1946-1966. There will be judged and display only categories Judged awards
will be presented for originals, restorations and distresstorations. Each
year the Concours will also celebrate a featured manufacturer or brand with several
special categories and awards. We have chosen Schwinn for 2006 and, while it is
still a closely held secret, Elgin has been selected for 2007.

Attendees will also be able to view the Harold E. LeMay Automobile Museum collection
located on the 80-acre grounds of the former Marymount Academy in Tacoma, Washington.
The LeMay Collection, built over a lifetime by the late Harold LeMay held well over
3000 vehicles at the time of his death and is listed in the Guinness book as the
largest single holding of collector vehicles in the world. With a one-day attendance
of over 30,000 people, this is the perfect venue to showcase our hobby.

We are currently canvassing the country for show bikes and have confirmed at least
8 Aerocycles to date. Our goal is to have a field of over 150 bicycles on display,
over half of those being deluxe Pre-War balloons. We are also at work on finalizing
this year's categories, setting judging criteria and inviting judges.

This is an invitation to everyone in the hobby to attend this inaugural event and
to contact us if you have ideas, would like more information, or have a bike you
would like to show now or at a future event.

For event information, including location and times, specifics on exhibiting a bike
in judged or non-judged categories, and area accommodations, please contact VBE:

Phone: Ron Summer at 206 364-0922,
E-mail: Philip Blau-Marshall at vbephil@earthlink.net

More information on the Harold E. LeMay Museum is available at their website


AGE / VALUE:   Murray USA Monterey posted by: Jessy on 6/19/2006 at 11:36:44 PM

I'm trying to find out more about a bike I purchased this weekend. It's a single/fixed speed with pedal brakes. Below is all the information and numbers I could find on the bike.

Murray USA Monterey
Made in Lawrenceburg, TN

If anyone knows more about this bike, or can tell me where to look, it would be greatly appreciated.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Murray USA Monterey posted by nate on 6/20/2006 at 12:54:18 PM
Plenty of info in the archives on this site.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Murray USA Monterey posted by carole on 7/25/2006 at 8:52:51 PM
I have a murray monterey bicycle. It is burgundy/red with chrome fenders. The odometer says it has 40 miles. Could you tell me it's worth? Thank you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Murray USA Monterey posted by nate on 7/26/2006 at 12:47:15 PM
What condition? What size are the tires? What brand is the rear hub?

BALLOON:   Tires - Westfield - Custom Deluxe posted by: Chris on 6/19/2006 at 7:04:51 PM
Three things:

1.Most important.... Where can I find balloon replacement tires for Westfield Custom Deluxe bike? Tire reads "26 x 1.75" and also says "fits 26 x 2.125". "Western Auto Supply Co.". Original tire is a white wall.

2. Where do I locate the serial number of the bike?

3. How can I determine the bike value once restored? I do not want to sell it, but just interested in knowing the value. The bike has handlebar basket, rear book rack, chain gaurd, flare fenders. As far as I can tell all original parts except handlebar basket.

I love this bike and can't wait to ride once it is restored. Thanks, Chris