BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by: Cliff on 6/6/2006 at 12:16:46 AM
I've got a Schwinn straight bar Hornet with a head badge that that reads Schwinn Spitfire. This was the first Schwinn I've ever seen with that type of head badge, and was wondering if anyone had any information about why these badges were made? The serial number on the bike is S41670, and from what I could see it was made in 1957. There is one more odd feature about this bike, it doesn't have a built in kickstand, and there is no evidence that one was sawn off and then replace with a bolt mounted one. I know that some older Schwinns didn't have built in kickstands, but I thought they were much older than this one. I own a few other balloon tired Schwinns but this is the first one I've ever seen with these characteristics. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Ken on 6/7/2006 at 2:30:00 PM
Serial number location is critical here. Where is it?

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Cliff on 6/7/2006 at 8:08:39 PM
It's down where the rear axle goes in, on the left side.

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn Hornet? Spitfire? posted by Cliff on 6/7/2006 at 8:46:55 PM
Here's a picture of it. Maybe that will help. The crank is out of the bike because I'm fixing to clean the bearings.


   Schwinn Hornet posted by Kristin on 6/17/2006 at 5:02:58 PM
Can someone tell me what year they started making the Schwinn Hornet?

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just got a Schwinn Speedster posted by: Tim on 6/5/2006 at 9:01:57 PM
Hi, This is the first time that I have used a forum like this. I am new at this and would like to know if anyone can help me. I just got a Schwinn Speedster. If I read the serial number right, it is a 1953.(J059240) I would like to know what helpful cleaning tips you can give me in the way of cleaning, getting chrome clean, cleaning chain, and painting ideas. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks, Tim

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Just got a Schwinn Speedster posted by Brian on 8/20/2006 at 6:49:33 PM
for chrome your can use steel wool.....if the chain is siezed up you can soak it in waste oil....if not just spray on some w-d 40

FOR SALE:   Early 50's Higgins Color Flow posted by: Tim on 6/4/2006 at 8:16:46 PM
For sale: Early 50's J.C. Higgins Color Flow by Sears. 26" balloon (white wall) tires, wide seat, beehive spring front end, carrier rack in back, full fenders, chrome, and plenty of attitude! Great shape for a non-restored vintage bike. Must see. When entering the address, put in a tilde (SHIFT + key to left of #1) instead of the apostrophe preceding tmsconst in the following address line:'tmsconst/HigginsBike


MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by: Spike on 6/3/2006 at 7:29:18 PM
I'm trying to date my Columbia Twosome serial number is 0005949 I don't find anything like it.It has Kelly Sure stop 26 X 1.75 tires,The head badge is a peel and stick type.It appears it never had reflectors on pedals or wheels
one lone plastic and aluminum reflector on the rear fender.
Bendix red stripe coaster brake rear hub marked BENDIX usa.
My guess is late 60s.Anyone have an idea?

   RE:MISC:   Columbia Twosome posted by rod on 6/5/2006 at 10:07:50 PM
I clicked on the serial# chart, and the closest I could come to your serial would be 1958: the 1st '0' should be a 'D' followed by six digits according to what I saw on the chart; doublecheck it to make sure and go to the chart to check it out. Good luck!

AGE / VALUE:   Elgin 1931-1940 posted by: Kenny Boren on 6/3/2006 at 4:26:21 PM
Additional info on my Elgin; serial #9182 2 model #502 184 Elgin se... Also has a New Departure rear hub model D