BALLOON:   parts posted by: Terry on 6/8/2006 at 4:16:34 PM
I have a Donald Duck bike that the quacker horn doesn't work on. I am looking for someone to repair it. I would also buy one should someone have one. Any heip would be appreciated. Thanks

   RE:BALLOON:   parts posted by joel on 6/9/2006 at 7:16:24 PM
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BALLOON:   age of bicycle posted by: kevin on 6/8/2006 at 12:07:30 AM
i have a sears & roebuck j.c.higgins balloon tire bike
with fenders,rear rack and headlamp,i was wondering if anyone knows the age of this bicycle.the stamped numbers
are MO5-0 14396 MOD502 52
thanks kevin

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by: Dave Adams on 6/7/2006 at 7:20:22 PM
HI ,
Can anyone tell me what what a lead or aluminum tag on the post above the crank that says ( 1967 ,Danville, Badge 133 ) means??Cannot seem to locate the serial number .Maybe under the paint?
The Schwinn is spray bombed black frame with chrome fenders and chain guard .( Also painted black ).Has the black and white Schwinn seat and white Schwinn handlebar grips.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 7:58:58 PM
That sounds like a licence plate.
The serial number will be on the head tube or on the left rear dropout.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Dave Adams on 6/8/2006 at 7:47:07 PM
Thank you for the SN# location information . I'll definitely check it out.
Would the licence plate be something that a city would require of the owner ? I've never seen a soft metal,wrapped tag like this.And only remember the scaled down vehicle type licence plate.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Brian on 6/9/2006 at 2:16:22 AM
Many cities and towns registered bicycles as a way of collecting tax and also to identify ownership of case of theft. There were many types of plates from stick on to small and large size tin, like miniature auto tags. Some elaborate ones like you have were made of aluminum that wrapped aroun the seatpost or headtube. They were round, square, star, shield shaped and many more. Some tags had built in reflectors and some during WWll were made out of a paper composit material to conserve steel.

   RE:RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by Dave Adams on 6/9/2006 at 1:18:35 PM
Thank You very much, Brian. The Licence explanation /information was really interesting.
One more question, I am scraping off approximately four layers of paint on this bike frame. Is the SN# always stamped into the metal frame for Schwinn Bicycles or is it simply stamped in the original paint . I don't want to scrape it off . Thank You ,This is a fantistic discussion group


   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Schwinn S-7 bicycle posted by David on 6/14/2006 at 9:33:01 PM
Stamped into the steel. You'd need to use a grinder to remove it.

AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by: Sarah on 6/7/2006 at 4:25:36 AM
I've got a Columbia 5 Star & I'm trying to find out more about it. I was guessing it was late 40's early 50's, but it looks like the serial #, R563960, places it in the late 60's.
Original decals say "Westfield Mfg. Co.", and the decal on the front fender says "Anniversary ...(something)"-- but is scratched.
It's very pretty, though a little roughshod. Green tea icecream green w/ black trim. It's got a tank, a built-in lock in the front (1/2 the key broken in the lock... but came with other1/2!). It is missing front light & looks like it probably had a back rack originally.
Anyone know what's up?
Could it be a 60's repro of an earlier bike?? Am I reading the chart wrong?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 3:20:34 PM
I don't think they repoped any Columbias until the 1980s.
You might want to search the archives here. I remember seeing discussions about how to tell a repop Columbia from an original.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by Sarah on 6/7/2006 at 3:59:46 PM
Thanks for the tip, I'll look at that. Yeah... I really don't know much about vintage bikes, but I do know 'old.' The way it's aged (slow,gentle oxidization) & its materials really don't suggest it's from the 80's (Ha! ...Guess that doesn't sound old....because *I'm* older!). As I said, the serial number is what confused me. The R5----- sequence seems to me to have a gap between 1951/'52 into which this# falls, which is then picked up in 1967.
Maybe I can do a little more homework on components (hubs, etc.).
Thanks for your thoughts.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by nate on 6/7/2006 at 7:59:36 PM
Yeah, what brand is the rear hub?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Girls Columbia 5 Star, rough condition posted by Sarah on 6/8/2006 at 5:36:41 AM
Well... I can't tell. I have a suspicion that the rear hub may have been replaced, too. It's chrome & doesn't have any markings that I can see. The front wheel is white w/ red stripe, & the tire reads "The Special IRC Balloon Tyre" & is 26x 2.125 (I know it's just a tire, so probably irrelevant to age). I tried to attach a picture from my phone, but Sprint's showing me no love.

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   spaceliner tailight posted by: Dana on 6/6/2006 at 12:36:32 AM
hi there , i am looking for the spaceliner tailight that mounts on the very top, at the rear of the carrier plus the other components, on / off switch and battery pos./ neg. metal contacts. this seems to be one of the harder lights to find, any reproductions out there? nos? thanks, DANA

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   spaceliner tailight posted by Joel on 6/6/2006 at 1:58:28 PM
Boy's or girl's?

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT: spaceliner tailight posted by Dana on 6/7/2006 at 2:55:00 AM
it's a boys, all chrome, even the carrier, murry built i beleive it to be a 65,66 maybe. any info would be great... thanks, Dana