BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by: gary sulzberger on 6/2/2007 at 7:21:14 PM
I just came across a 1964 schwinn typhoon skip tooth. I didn't know that schwinn put out a skiptooth that recently.Anybody know where I might find a chain or how to repair a chain or any other info would help!! Thanks Gary

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Gordon on 6/2/2007 at 8:37:51 PM
Schwinn didn't make a 1964 with a skiptooth, it is probably the work of a previous owner. It would be far easier to find the original design 1/2 inch pitch chainring than to find a good inch pitch chain for a decent price. Ditto with the rear sprocket.

   RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:22:42 PM
I have the old sweetheart skip tooth chainring and bolted into the inside of it is another skip tooth chainring only this one is smaller. It fits the 1900's era Schwinn Tandem!

A testament to the awesome and odd parts and bikes I pulled from the hellish meighborhood of 6 and Livernois in Detroit. The old Shop of Gene Pourtouisi of Cyclopedia mail order. The back inventory of Cyclopedia......... Survived.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:24:50 PM
Infuriated that others from California would dare come and work my territory! You ain't having fun in this until you get mugged, robbed and the living crap kicked out of you as you walk to the truck!

Still would not have missed the adventure for anything!

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   Schwinn typhoon - skip tooth posted by Chris on 6/3/2007 at 1:31:07 PM
Today the Schwinn cranks survive on the newest bikes put out by the current Schwinn company. The cloverleaf design, that is. It's stamped overseas and the finish is different from old school 1960's Schwinn. Very odd seeing this part made overseas. Like a bit of Americana we lost but then again we've lost about everything have'nt we? All our manufacturing industry gone.
Every time I left detroit a pal escorted me to my car with a gun and belt like he's Jesse James or something except a few times I was in a hurry and this one panhandler didn't like me in "his" neighborhood. The shop is gone now but what all I got from there and where it led to and I solved a mystery and beat out huge collectors to where the real treasure really was. I tell you it was incredible!

AGE / VALUE:   The age of Rollfast Bicycles posted by: Paul L. Kordus on 6/2/2007 at 5:03:38 AM
I have 3 Rollfast bicycles that I want to know the age of them. Can anyone help me find this out or direct me to a website that may know ? I have 2 mens and 1 womens all with a 26 x 1.75 wheel on them. Thanks PLK

AGE / VALUE:   help two bikes posted by: CHARLES on 6/1/2007 at 6:02:12 PM
I,M TRYING TO FIND INFORMATION ON A PAIR OF BIKES, ONE IS A MENS DUNELT 3-SPEED RED AND GOLD W/ CHROME FINDERS, SERIAL # 4462972: the other is a ladies western flyer blue, serial # mo 2891.37205869, both have 26x1 3/8 wheels and tires, i believe the dunelt ha s/a rear hub with thumb shifter, any info on date of manufacture, and approx. value would be great e-mail me w/ info at

BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by: mike on 6/1/2007 at 2:30:15 PM
I have an old american flyer girls bike and there is a string that weaves through the rear fender (or is supposed to) I'm not sure of the purpose or how it's supposed to be threaded. anyone familier with this?

   RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Gordon on 6/2/2007 at 5:38:56 AM
Patterns varied, but the purpose was always the same - to keep the ladys skirts from getting in the spokes.

   RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by mike on 6/2/2007 at 10:39:59 AM
thanks,that does make sense.

   RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Chris on 6/6/2007 at 6:55:21 AM
The Germans had different patterns of string skirt guards. Page after page of patterns. Intricate. expensive. A true lost art this is. You'd be stunned . The material waits to added to my web page. I told the Bugatti Trust people to go ----- themselves.

This is something I want to resurrect. Find the equipment and sit and learn to make skirt guards for ladies bikes fromt the 1900's.

This material I have is the start.

   RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by ken on 6/8/2007 at 10:33:57 AM
Chris, is your page up? Link, please. We have read your posts with interest for a long time. Are you the author of that essay about Wanting It New?

   RE:RE:RE:RE:BALLOON:   string weave in rear fender posted by Chris on 6/12/2007 at 2:35:50 PM
No web page quite yet. Have to find a internet computer dude to assemble it. I've been working on it. Yes, Wanting it new. was mine. e- mail me at:

MISC:   Shimano Bell Crank posted by: paul on 6/1/2007 at 1:46:20 PM
On the English bike discussion I posted the following which may help in replacing bell crank: speaking of a Shimano bell crank, I spilled on a 1942 Westfield Compax Traveler and broke the (pot metal) bell crank that operates the 2 speed New Departure hub. The Shimano fit with a bit of thread chasing and works well but since that time I located and bought a NOS prewar made from steel and will install it when and if the Shimano quits. (I doubt it) paul