AGE / VALUE:   Beachcomber posted by: Ryder on 8/4/2008 at 11:03:21 AM
Hey guys, i just picked up a Bike called a beachcomber, i'm wondering if anyone is familiar with it, it has no other badges on it aside from saying beachcomber on the chainguard, its got a small decal saying it was sold by a place called western cycle in my area, which is a bike shop thats been open since 1934. Its a wide tire cruiser style bike, its a single speed and has shimano components, any ideas?

AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Rollfast posted by: Renee on 8/1/2008 at 1:53:48 PM
I have a funky old Rollfast that I'm working on bringing back to life. It's basically a Frankenstein bike with various mismatched parts, so I know it's not worth anything as a vintage bike, but I'm still hoping to date the frame. The badge is round and has grooves like a 45 record with the Rollfast script logo across it. Does anyone know what era that style of head badge dates to?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Rollfast posted by ken on 8/2/2008 at 8:23:47 PM
There's a picture at
Jim Langley might answer an inquiry.

AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by: Patrick on 7/30/2008 at 5:16:22 PM
I came across an old bike at an antique shop today. They think that it is from 1958. I do not think so. The badge shows that it is a Sears and Roebuck bike. It is a dark green 10 speed. It has fenders and thin 26" tires. It has a bag rack that looks original. I think that it is from the early 70's. I will try to get more info on it but it was locked up and I was unable to examine more closely. Any input would be helpful. No matter what age I plan to buy. They only want 35.00 for it. This will be my first attempt at restoring an old bike. Wish me luck!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by ken on 7/31/2008 at 10:05:13 AM
You are probably right about the early 70s. Cheap ten-speeds with 26x1 3/8 tires were plentiful. I would bet a dollar Sears didn't sell a ten-speed in 1958. If they did it would have been equipped with Italian or French parts that would be fabulously rare now. The components should tell the story. See if they are European or Japanese. In many cases they have date codes.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help to determine the age posted by ken on 7/31/2008 at 10:13:47 AM
sorry, wrong impression-
Even if it does have Simplex or Huret, it's probably 70s.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Need help to determine the age posted by JR on 8/6/2008 at 1:12:58 PM
Sears bikes were badged JC Higgins through at least 1960. 10 speed models were not available in 58.

BALLOON:   Frame Tank Question posted by: Mike on 7/29/2008 at 11:25:19 AM
I've been cleaning up an old Columbia De Luxe lately (3 Star model, 1950). It came with a frame tank that is the correct size and seems to be somewhere in the neighborhood of right era, but is a slightly different color. The bicycle is a 1950 Three Star Deluxe, but I'm not sure what year or model the tank is from. It is differently from the "round" tanks I've seen- this one has sort of a geometric kind of design to it- it's all flat edges. Does anyone have any ideas about this tank?

Also a matter of raw opinion- is the color difference great enough to warrant keeping it off the bike? I am having a hard time deciding if the tank is just too different to put on or not- any opinions or advice are much appreciated there.


BALLOON:   jeweled hand grips posted by: Nicole on 7/28/2008 at 10:35:30 AM
I have a pair of green jeweled grips and wanted to know what bike they are from

   RE:BALLOON:   jeweled hand grips posted by ken on 7/30/2008 at 11:15:41 AM
Chances are, your grips were made _for_, rather than _by_, the maker of the bike they came on. More than one bike maker may have used them. There are a couple of people I think could nominate such a bike maker from a photo of grips. One is Dave at nostalgic dot net, the other is Leon Dixon, oldbicycle at aol dot com. Mr. Dixon has spent years answering questions like yours.
There are reproductions of vintage bike parts catalogs too, although lately I haven't been able to find any free ones.