AGE / VALUE:   ACE not a arnold schwinn posted by: Tommy on 9/22/2007 at 5:32:41 PM
Hello I have a ACE bicycle female bike the badge DOES NOT say ace than alnold schwinn .It reads ACE than ace stores than Chicago USA this is a freak or what. What is its value. badge value should be interesting? I want to sell this bike but want to get more info .Cant find any that just say ace thank you for photos, new jersey


WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by: Sal Cardella on 9/22/2007 at 6:01:54 AM
I'm trying to find info about building a pee wee herman bike , what frame was used j c higgins ,fenders,tank,saddle bags.
please call me with info 520-483-1296

   RE:WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by Sal on 10/6/2007 at 10:06:16 AM
I would love to have the guys number. I just got an Elgin and JC Higgins that I was going to combine. Havig trouble with the saddle bags and rack.

   RE:WANTED:   pee wee herman bicycle posted by Glenn on 9/22/2007 at 1:47:13 PM
Hi Sal -
I happen to know the guy that actually has THE Pee-Wee bike from the actual studio movie. He can likely help you. Send me an email and I will give you his name and number. :)

BALLOON:   Columbia 5 Star posted by: Glenn on 9/21/2007 at 11:05:59 AM
Does anyone have access to a diagram of the front drum break assembly for a 1950/51 Five Star? I am looking to dis-assemble but dont wont to embark on such a journey without at least a diagram. Thanks!!

MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by: John E on 9/20/2007 at 7:12:04 AM
Greetings all. I normally frequent the vintage lightweights discussion area, because that is where my passion and expertise lie. However, I would like to learn more, such as model and year, about my first bicycle, which I bought used for $15 in the early 1960s. I hope someone here can help.

Here is what I remember about it:
black Schwinn cantilever frame w/ oval head badge
black mudguards and chainguard
chrome 26 x 1.75 rims
classic Schwinn 4-circle chainring
2-speed Bendix coaster brake hub
handlebar-mounted gearshift looked like a brake handle
(aftermarket?) paperboy/apehanger handlebars

Early 1950s Phantom? Corvette?

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 11:10:39 AM
Good call on the fenders. American had painted fenders- is it a possible?
I bet there weren't many Multi-speeds made as late as 1960. By 62 the Bendix AutoMatic was hot stuff.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Ken on 9/20/2007 at 10:15:56 AM
John, first of all, thanks for all your valuable input on the lightweight forum.

You don't mention a tank- without it, and given 1.75 (or is it 1 3/4?) Corvette is a likely choice. The two-speed Bendix goes back a ways, as does the 4-circle ring, but didn't middleweight Schwinns begin with the Corvette? Somewhere along in there, Hornet went middleweight. Then there's Tiger, and the various Jaguars. Gordon B will have more info. Consider whether the chainguard might have been the oversized one with the round logo on it- that ended about 55.
I always browse the photos on for comparables.
Keep us posted-

    1950s Schwinn model identification posted by John E on 9/20/2007 at 3:21:17 PM
Thanks for the kind words and for your help, Ken.

The tire size was indeed 26 x 1-3/4".
There was no tank under the front of the top tube.
The chainguard was not oversized.

    1950s Schwinn model identification posted by John E on 9/20/2007 at 3:25:57 PM
I am beginning to think it might be an "American."

Does anyone know when the 2-speed brake handle style shifter was used? I presume it was phased out in favor of the 2-speed kickback hub.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Gordon on 9/20/2007 at 6:44:32 PM
I think 1960 was the last year Schwinn offered the Bendix Multi-speed hub. That doesn't help a lot, but it does make the list of possible models a bit smaller. I'm thinking it wouldn't be a Jaguar, Panther, Corvette or Hornet because they would have chrome or stainless fenders. That leaves Tiger or Spitfire.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Jessica on 9/20/2007 at 7:12:46 PM
I recently just got two old Schwinns and Im having trouble figuring out the year they were built and about how much there worth. But honestly, I just want to know what year they are. The serial number for one of them is: 8L24158
and the other is E845061. Thanks.

   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Gordon on 9/21/2007 at 5:18:44 AM
8L number is March of 1958 and E8 number is May of 1958.

   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   1950s Schwinn model identification posted by Jessica on 9/21/2007 at 6:01:11 AM
Thanks Gordon!

AGE / VALUE:   Sabre Flyer help posted by: Jason Graham on 9/17/2007 at 2:02:28 PM
I saw an old bicycle hanging up in a guys garage. I have searched the Internet and can find nothing on it. The only name I could make out was Sabre Flyer on the chain guard. It has a spring seat and front forks. I am looking for any info on it. I don't know a thing about old bicycles, as you can probably tell. Jason

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sabre Flyer help posted by Jim on 9/18/2007 at 5:48:32 AM
Jason, if you will search the Discussion archives, I answered a question like this some months ago. Briefly, Sabre Flyer was a middleweight bike sold by Western Auto in the late 50's and early 60's. It was part of the Flyer series (Cosmic Flyer, Strato Flyer, etc.) They usually were loaded bikes, with tanks, carriers and spring forks. They were built by Murray and were nice bikes. Collectible, but not as valuable as the pre-war bikes and balloon tired bikes. If it is complete and in good condition, you should make an offer on it.Hope this helps!