BALLOON:   Morrow hub posted by: Forrest on 9/25/2007 at 4:27:12 PM
Anyone overhaul a Morrow? My hub sometimes takes an extra revolution to the back-stroke to apply it's brake. It's unnerving; you can imagine. Is there an adjustment of some sort that I can make? Is there some tricky way this thing should be reassembled? I thought I put it back together the same way. Or, is something worn out?

I just got this '37 Shapleigh (Columbia) together and want to keep riding it.



   RE:BALLOON:   Morrow hub posted by Gordon on 9/25/2007 at 6:11:13 PM
According to the book I have, poor braking of a Morrow hub is caused by a worn brake sleeve. It says the sleeve cannot be repaired or adjusted, it must be replaced. Hope this helps.

   RE:BALLOON: Morrow hub posted by jr on 10/3/2007 at 11:50:46 AM
Could also be that the cones are too loose or there is too much slack in the chain.

BALLOON:   what years posted by: harley on 9/25/2007 at 3:56:58 PM
what was the last year that western flyer had front truss on bike? between 59 -63 maybe. i just bought one on line for 29.00 and pics show front truss and the flat type of tank. wont have access to serial #s for a couple of weeks.
thanx Harley

   RE:BALLOON:   what years posted by ken on 9/26/2007 at 10:28:09 AM
Western Auto didn't build 'em, just sold 'em. It may be a Murray- they used several styles of truss rods in the 60s.

WANTED:   Firestone Whitewall 26X1.75 ? posted by: Ferdie Pulido on 9/24/2007 at 7:35:57 PM
I picked up a Firestone 500 bicycle recently and would like to restore it. Does anyone know if any reproduction Firestones bicycle tires have been made? These are white walls with the Firestone logos on them. If so, can anyone please direct to to where I can find them. Thanks in advance.

AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by: Deb on 9/24/2007 at 7:08:51 AM
I purchased a great old rusty bike this weekend with intent of putting a basket on it and using it for a yard decoration. As I got looking at it, I discovered the plate on the front, "Mead Cycle Co., Chicago" and model "Ranger." This bike is solid rust but has no pitting. It appears the bike is complete, even has reflectors and bell, as well as rubber from the tires. I know next to nothing about old bikes and tried to look it up out of curiosity, and it looks like it is a pretty old bike. I wondered if I should be using it as a planter or if it has some value. Thanks for any info!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 10:58:28 AM
You've got some work to do. It's a pretty old bike. The topic of manufacturer versus distributor came up here recently with respect to Mead. The Wheelmen site lists Mead as manufacturer through 1918. Some Mead Rangers are Schwinn-built. It may be as old as 1910 up through the 30's. Is there enough tire to make out a size? If not, can you determine whether the tires were wire-bead?
If it has all its original parts you can probably date it pretty accurately - and chances are you could sell some of the parts if the frame is beyond reclamation. Check for AS on any of the bolt heads; take out the crankset or stem and see what it says; and compare the chainwheel and the overall shape with pictures of Rangers of known age. And post us a picture so we can enjoy it too.
It might still be a planter, but if so it will be a very interesting one.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by Chris on 9/25/2007 at 2:40:22 PM
I asked Leon Dixon ahwile back what happened to Mead Ranger. The buildings, drawings, who owns the name today? His answer, from his reply e- mail to me.
"Most of the buildings were sold off in the 1950's, a distributor would up with most of what was left but he (The Ddistributor) committed suicude and I don't know who owns the name today.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by ken on 9/26/2007 at 10:53:56 AM
I've got a Mead Pathfinder in approximately planter condition from about 1920. Someday I need to find it a good home. As noted previously, I've done some research but would love to learn more about its history.
I have no site to post a picture to but will send one if anyone wants it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   MEAD CYCLE CO. CHICAGO-RANGER posted by Ralph on 10/4/2007 at 6:16:25 AM
In 1950 my grand mother gave me a 26" balloon tire coaster bike. It was a "Ranger" made by Mead. I was only 6 at the time but I grew into the Ranger and used it until I got my drivers license.

BALLOON:   What is it? posted by: Jim on 9/23/2007 at 8:33:50 PM
Hey, great site! I have an old Schwinn I hope someone can help me identify. Has an Arnold Schwinn headbadge that says pullman on it. I got it from the original owner but he is in his eighties and was a little foggy on when he got it. I`m trying to figure out the year and would like to see what it looked like new, as I would like to restore it to original. Has all its original parts except the tires. It also has a welded kickstand and the locking fork. It has the feather chainguard. It is covered with about 5 spraypaint jobs, but I found what appears to be original red paint behind the headbadge. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance, Jim

   RE:BALLOON:   What is it? posted by ken on 9/25/2007 at 11:00:59 AM
got pictures?
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