AGE / VALUE:   Stelber all silver bike w/ tank posted by: Michael on 5/14/2008 at 7:08:47 AM
I bought a bike that states it is a stelber. The bike is all silver/chrome with a silver tank,fenders, chain guard, etc. I can not seem to find this bike anywhere. I was hoping someone could give me a little information about the bike. Year, value, etc. If anyone has any information I thank you

BALLOON:   ROSS ID serial number??? posted by: Matt on 5/13/2008 at 6:10:35 PM

I picked up an ooollldd rusty Ross for my Fiancee last year. I wanted to restore it last winter to give her for her birthday last July...well, it was a bit overwhelming, so it sat (as it's in rough shape)
S/N is 6150538
I'm not exactly sure when it dates from, I'd assume sometime in the 1960's.

Another question is this. The rims are VERY VERY rough...very rusty. Is it possible to find a set of period correct chrome wheels? I am not doing a 100% correct resto on it, as I'd like lots of chrome. Chrome fenders might be neat, not sure though. it's got a gas tank, and rack out back. It's all in good condition (save for the wheels) and I was able to get all of the paint off, and it the frame looks pretty good. The luggage rack, and chain guard will need a bit of filler to straighten it out, which is no big deal. Like I said, wheels, and fenders are realll rusty. I can probably salvage the fenders, but the wheels probably not. I'd like to get it done and give it to her this July for her Birthday.

Lastly, Does anyone have, or make repro period correct Ross headbadges? If worse comes to worse, I'll drill out the rivets, and fill the holes.

I'm actually having a blast stripping it down, and am not so discouraged now that I've stripped the luggage rack, frame and chainguard...

I'd appreciate any help!!!!


   RE:BALLOON:   ROSS ID serial number??? posted by Jay on 5/20/2008 at 10:10:32 AM
I might have something that'll work. I just bought the remnants of an old bike shop and there are a handful of Ross's in there. If you haven't found one yet let me know.

BALLOON:   imperial blubrass bike posted by: carolynbowen on 5/12/2008 at 5:04:57 AM
I recently purchased this bike, a bluegrass imperial, at a yard sale . I cannot find any info about this bike. It has firestone tires. It is a womans bike and has a headlight with twin bulbs, no kickstand.

   RE:BALLOON:   imperial blubrass bike posted by jj on 5/13/2008 at 3:48:57 AM
Try using the black google search box above. There are a few references to that cycle in the archives here.

WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by: Chuck on 5/10/2008 at 7:17:39 PM
Recently received a Schwinn Collegiate 3 speed from a friend. Where would I look for a serial # to try to determine it's age?

   RE:WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by jj on 5/11/2008 at 5:46:06 AM
Probably next to the headbadge at the front of the bike, or at the back of the bike near the where the left nut attaches to the frame.
Then you can look the number up on the serial number charts here on oldroads

   RE:WANTED:   where to look for serial number posted by rod on 5/29/2008 at 3:37:11 PM
It's from the pre-70s era if the serial # is on the back left dropout, or the post-70s if it's on the headtube.

AGE / VALUE:   help identifying parts posted by: derrick on 5/8/2008 at 7:37:09 PM
I have an early set of ballon tire fenders that are red with white pinstripe. ON the front fender is mounted a delta rocket ray light. It is white with the top part looks like a fin painted red whith a reflector on the front glass. It has a rear carrier rack on the back that is all solid metal no holes in it mostly red with white going alone the back edge and a bit on the sides. The fender are rolled not peaked and braces are riveted on. Back fender braces top set is actually curved not straight. The rear carrier mounts to the top of the fender. There is a bracket riveted on the rear fender, the carrier sits over that bracket and screws down. So there is no braces at all on the rear carrier going down to tire. Was just wondering what these might came off, i got them from a guy i just purchased and early 40's colson.