AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by: Carl on 1/27/2008 at 10:12:46 AM
Hello devoties, I am hoping to learn the age and model of my old cruiser. I have a Schwinn which I believe is a Panther. It has the head badge with the prop plain racing downwards above the Schwinn name in arch form. Below the name is a sedan racing a steam locomotive. The serial number, and there are a few stampings is as follows: 7000278 B19432 p 4 M(?). I have consluded that "P" stands for panther, that "B" is for February and that the ditit "1" after the B is for the year 1951. Does this sound right?
I found this bicycle beside a barn in central Texas in 1981 along side a girl's Rocket also from Chicago. It has a straight bar frame, forward rear dropouts, locking steering, knee action spring front fork, heart chain ring, winged chain guard, one inch pitch chain, Messinger saddle and AS bolts. I would add a picture, but I'm not up on how this is done. Any help in IDing this fun ride would be appreciated. Kind Regards, Carl from Seattle

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by ken on 1/30/2008 at 11:35:13 AM
Does it have the patent welded-on kickstand? If so, 51 sounds reasonable.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by Carl on 1/31/2008 at 11:16:33 AM
Yes Ken, it does have the welded kickstand mount. Thank you for sharing this trivia.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old panther? posted by ken on 2/1/2008 at 12:20:28 PM
There's more... the following used to be on the Schwinn serial # page: "Serial numbers were under the bottom hanger bracket until 1952 when they were moved to the left rear dropout. They were moved again in 1972 to the head tube. Several different numbering systems were used and sometimes the same numbers were reused in different years."
I have not seen any stampings on a Schwinn like the ones you describe; typically the serial # is just a letter and five or six digits, like the number you have starting with B- but they went through a lot of different systems. I'd use the location of the number as a guide. The B numbers on this list are from 52 and 53, which is still within the period of inch pitch chain. Bt if your numbers are under the crank, it may precede the 1948 beginning of the list... let us know what you learn.

AGE / VALUE:   Century Cycle co. posted by: Bob on 1/24/2008 at 8:07:59 PM
I would like to know sometiihng about a Blackhorse 26"
bicycle from the Century Cycle co. . It has a rear drop down stand , front and rear brakes by metal rods . I don't know if it is English or American . I read that Century bikes might have been made by Mead or Schwinn Cycle Co..
Any history would be appreciated . thanks , Bob

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn American Delux posted by: Randy on 1/24/2008 at 7:52:50 AM
I found a 1954 Schwinn American Delux in a neighbors basement. It has the fender light and the horn tank in good shape. I would like to purchase it and restore as a first project. It is has some rust, but is really fairly nice. I have no idea what I should offer her for the bike. Any help would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Schwinn American Delux posted by Roger Blake on 1/26/2008 at 7:23:32 AM
It all depends on the bike condition. First though, I don't think the American was made in 1954. Schwinn serial numbers were repeated so they can not id the age in and of themselves.

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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Take a look vintage Japanese roadsters posted by: Richard on 1/23/2008 at 4:25:09 AM
Greeting fellow bicycle enthusasts.
Anyone interested in old rod-brake single-speed bicycles complete with fender ornaments should check out the folowing. The articles are in Japanese but the albums on the left side of the page are really cool.


FOR SALE:   Heavyweight\Balloon 3sp Hand Brake Schwinn Jaguar Frames posted by: gmain on 1/20/2008 at 9:26:29 PM
I have 4 or 5 1954-56 Schwinn frames, all heavyweight, or balloon tire frames, with hand brake ribbons, seeking offers. Also 1956 Schwinn American 2 speed, factory lever 2sp, now has a sweet red band kickback, fresh laced with an equally nice S7 rim. Very nice original S7 front rim and oem tire. Its needing repainted, rear fender has been straightened, could be rolled smoother. Bike exceot rear hub is 100 percent original. The original 2sp lever hub, and cable fasteners included, never had a lever, thats why I installed a period correct kickback. Will provide pics to serious inquiries. Bike currently has front rack and rear paperboy carriers. Currently seeking trade offers mostly, but will sell these and lots of other Schwinn stuff outright.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Heavyweight\Balloon 3sp Hand Brake Schwinn Jaguar Frames posted by Ron on 1/26/2008 at 8:39:58 PM
looking for 50's fork part of springer fork,i have struts spring hardware ect. how much for fork? also want s-2 rims,thanks Ron