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Archived: General For Sale/Wanted

WANTED:   What are they called? Where do I get them? posted by: Erik Pence on 7/26/2001 at 7:18:25 PM
Some old bicycles had big "wingnuts" holding the wheels on.
The only ones I've seen are on vintage bikes. I'd love
to find one or two, thread size & pitch aren't important.
New manufacture is prefered to an NOS part if I need to
modify. (It's needed for a 1920's british motorcycle
restoration. It will be an adjuster knob, not an axle nut.)

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

   RE:WANTED:   What are they called? Where do I get them? posted by sam on 7/28/2001 at 2:57:13 PM
Erik,I have one brass wing nut.Didn't come from a bike but looks old .Send me your address and I'll mail it to you free.samclingo@hotmail.com

FOR SALE:   What is it??? posted by: aMBEr on 7/26/2001 at 11:11:15 AM
I'm 23, I have red-hair and a great...oops..sorry...just kidding...I have a bicycle that my mother bought in the '70's at a garage sale. It says "Western Flyer" on the tank (which has two lights and a switch on the bottom) and on the post. The chain guard says "Sonic Flyer." The bike is all original. I am restoring it, but I'd like some help finding the year and worth. Hope someone can help. I can email pics to anyone who's interested in aiding me. I also found a "Murray Misile" (sp?) and a "Radar." Anyone know about these, as well? Thanks...

   RE:FOR SALE:   What is it??? posted by Joel on 7/26/2001 at 11:43:13 AM
Western Flyers were sold by Western Auto stores. I believe the Sonic Flyer was made in the early 60s by Murray.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   What is it??? posted by Me again... on 7/26/2001 at 3:05:49 PM
See www.ebay.com item # 1170539952.

MISC:   information posted by: Robert on 7/26/2001 at 10:40:41 AM
I have come into possesion of an ALCO Villager 3 adult trike. All I know of it is that it was manufactured in Florida and has a SA 3-speed hub that has been modified to drive the right rear (when seated) wheel. Braking is a single side-pull on the front wheel. Anyone have some info on this?

WANTED:   1960's Raleigh Professional Track Bike posted by: John Thompson on 7/26/2001 at 8:58:56 AM
Sorry for the mis-post everyone. The Raleigh is not for sale, I'm simply trying to locate a replacement Head Tube Badge and Reynolds 531 decals for the bike. Sincerely, John Thompson

FOR SALE:   1960's Raleigh Professional Track Bike posted by: John Thompson on 7/26/2001 at 8:53:09 AM
Wanted: Head Tube Badge or decal for subject bike, as well as Reynolds 531 decals for seat tube and fork blades. Thanks for your help, John Thompson

WANTED:   Looking for a 24x2.125 slick rear tire and 2 rolls of black handle bar wrap posted by: Larry Ricci on 7/25/2001 at 7:11:37 PM
Finishing up a 24-20 muscle bike i need a 24x2.125 rear slick and 2- rolls of black handle bar tape.

MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by: Ray on 7/25/2001 at 1:24:08 PM
Not sure if everyone has heard but I believe the Schwinn name was sold to Huffy USA recently. How about the highest quality company being sold to the lowest quality company. I know bike shops that will not even accept a Huffy for repair because of the liability insurance needed.

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by Doug on 7/25/2001 at 3:13:50 PM
I heard that.Schwinns quality in my opinion has been slipping for years(just like everyone elses) and not just bikes either. So the bar slips even lower what a shame! Someone gave me a brand new Huffy once God only knows why! what a piece of crap.

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by Joel on 7/25/2001 at 3:14:24 PM
Looks like it's going to happen but they still have to work out the details in court. It's too bad that Schwinn can't compete in the high end market of today. But the low end is where most of the money is made. Hopefully Huffy will use the Schwinn name to offer a higher quality bike than they currently make.

On the bright side, the next time the Schwinn trademark is offered for sale, maybe it will be within the budget of the average collector.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 7/25/2001 at 5:30:37 PM
I am horrified at the thought of it!I think a lot of folks have known that this was going to happen one day. I think of Ignatz and Frank Schwinn and how they were fierce in their determination that quality, real quality parts and workmanship was the standard that Schwinn was going to not just meet, but set. Schwinn was going to be known for quality! Schwinn Quality! Tripple plate chrome for example. These men hated ill made, shoddy bikes. They had seen this in their day and they studied the boom of cheaply made bikes that had flooded the market. They had heard of the problems of other bike makers and they were determined that Schwinn was to be The Leader in Quality. Quality was a mindset these men held dear. "You let this in here, with my name on it?" Quality kept them from trouble,from unhappy customers coming back with something wrong. Nobody was going to say anything bad about Schwinn because these men were determined to run a tight ship, and not give them the chance. It paid off for them to be like this. Read the books on Schwinn! Ignatz was old school and didn't take no nonsense. The spirit of the times changed, people and the marketplace were changing. People knock the Simplex Prestige derailer for being plastic and cheap looking. But back in the day, it was lightweight, modern, a new material and they didn't want to still be using an older traditional material or look when there was this "Space Age material" everybody was reading about called "Delrin" This was quieter too,lightweight, sleek, friction free and when you told them it was cheaper to make? Well, that sealed it! There was pressure on to make modern looking things, using new materials and a lot of experimentation was going on at this point. Nobody had a divining rod that pointed the way to the future. They had ideas, but when would it come into being was anybody's guess. They thought they were doing the right thing. If I brought boxes of history with me and time traveled to sit with Ignatz and explain how it all turns out in the future it would be interesting to hear his many comments. The battle against cheap foreign made department store bikes was never ending. Schwinn was an industry leader and they have done some cool things lately too! There were(are) too many variables, too much to try to control, too much unforseen problems, a army of lobbyists, lawyers with an exact vision of the future would be needed, plus a lot of money to drive this effort.Putting money back into the company to save for the future, extensive funding for R&D is one thing, but to attempt to drive/lead the industry for many decades would have been an incredible undertaking that few companies pull off for very long. If they knew of a way to pull the thorn of cheaper compettion out and put a stop to it, they would have done it, in their time. They knew that this type of marketing was with them forever.

Time travel back, and sit with Ignatz and Frank W. and mention "Gary Fisher" and show them the picture in the book? He would have grinned and said something like "That son of a gun! Our old Excelsior frame! "I want him working for me!" Ignatz would have recognized something special before anybody else. These men would say that "This is what happens in the business world" and that this is "just one thing that you need to watch out for, little Eddie." Perhaps they needed more visionary folks in the team that weren't afraid to bring some daring idea to the old man in charge. Boat rockers always have an uphill struggle anyway, and why risk your job? Taking a part of something old and modifying it and making it new again has been done many times over with all sorts of things and it still works today. They would have probably agreed that the reintroduction of the classic balloon tire Schwinn was a good idea. But the new stuff, the next big thing to hit the stores, the secret prototype ideas on the drawing board would have really fired up excitement and made the eyes sparkle, To have Schwinn be the one behind it, to be forcing the competition to try to catch you because YOU were the leader of the pack would make Ignatz and Frank W. most happy because they dearly loved the bicycle and the bicycle business in the United States.

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by sam on 7/27/2001 at 3:53:25 PM
I say get your head out of the sand and quit living in the past,Huffy has been making high quility bikes for some time now.There bikes are hot in the BMX market.And I can't think of a harder test that what the BMX guys put a bike through.Schwinn might be good for huffy and Huffy might be good for Schwinn--at least I hope so---sam

   RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by schwinnut on 7/27/2001 at 10:24:10 PM
Hey Sam, This is "Oldroads". Not many of us give a crap about BMX. Huffy stinks, they have not put anything half decent out since the mid '50s. Classic bikes will always reign supreme. In the cheap plastic disposable world of today, we will never again see the quality and the commitment to excellence, such as Schwinn, Columbia, Shelby, just to name a few. That's why many of us relish living in the past as you put it.

Christopher Robin, thanks for your nostalgic passion !!!


   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by todjob on 7/28/2001 at 9:24:46 PM
yeah noone wants those huffy radio bikes or those stupid star wars bikes LOL LOL

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by todjob on 7/28/2001 at 9:26:12 PM
oh by the way if you had looked (which you obviously didnt) old roads has a bmx section (putz)

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by Doug on 7/29/2001 at 6:02:00 AM
Amen brother if your a Limpbizkit fan your probably not in good company here.Elvis, Flash caddilac, Schwinns, colombias.thats where were at here!!!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:What Huffy is known for, and it ain't good! posted by Christopher on 7/29/2001 at 12:11:06 PM
The 1968 Huffy bike that had the 5 speed deraileur with the twist grip, these derailers are hard to come by, not valuable, but a good derailer. I made off with cluster and derailer unit for another crazed project.These are worth having. Some of the 1950's 1960's space or rocket stuff is worth it. Old Huffy kids bikes are interesting, but these isn't much at all with Huffy that interests me. I don't linger with Huffy.
When I think of Huffy:I think of alcholics that have lost their licence and they are coming into the shop dirty, smelly, unshaven, with booze on their breath,they don't have any money to spend and the cheap bike that is just bearly able to be fixed because it wasn't designed/ built to withstand fixing. The thing is a liability to work on in some places/shops. The mechanics hate working on these, the colors of the bikes are awful,materials used to make it are cheap.This is something I won't bother with and I leave it at the kerb. If it is too sorry for the vultures, that tells you something about the brand. Some of the kids bikes use special cables even a good, well stocked shop doesn't have because Huffy doesn't want you to fix the cables and so they have it planned out that you will get fustrated when you can't find them anywhere and that you will buy another bike. The shop cannot order these cables and we tell you to return the bike to where you bought it. The Huffy class of customer is not good for business too. They are betting that you won't be able to return it 6 months after you bought it. This is the sale bike from the chain store. A used, trashpicked bike that you put new tires on and ride is better then a new Huffy. Putting the U.S. flag on these Huffy bikes is very offensive to me, because the bike is a known piece of cheap crap. I see a shop full of Huffy's and it is depressing. Of all the great domestic makers this is what is left? I think of unhappy kids that can't ride their bike because mommy can't find a cable for it at the shop. These rust/ corrode quicker because care was not taken to rust proof it at factory. Huffy is hated, by a wide range of people who have had anything to do with bicycles for a variety of reasons.If you had one of these and the fork broke or some other defect that caused you to get hurt/killed then that is another reason entirely to dislike the cheap bike. Go thru a college town looking for old Raleigh's or Schwinns and see nothing but Huffy's.It does something bad to you to see it.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by Robert (another one) on 7/29/2001 at 12:26:22 PM
The argument remains the same, what is the best style of bike? The best bike is the one that fits the rider's body, style, needs and pocketbook. By way of example, I saw a day laborer in my neighborhood riding a bicycle that was nowhere near top of the line, probably a second hand bike that been purchased at a garage sale.. He had his lunch kit and thermos strapped to it and was headed home. Could you convince him that his bike no good? It had carried him and his needs to and from work reliably. It fit the qualities listed above. It was a great bike.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by todjob on 7/29/2001 at 10:02:41 PM
it's funny,what you say about huffy is now schwinn as well.you can say all you want and huff and puff and scream your brains out,huffy has more money than schwinn and now they own them so who sold more bicycles and whos co. was passed aroud like an unwanted orphan child.

   Schwinn falls into Huffy's grubby little hands posted by Christopher on 7/30/2001 at 9:37:28 AM
When did Huffy really make a bike that was meant to be ridden to and from work every day? The cheap mountain bike knockoff is not right for to and from work. Where are the lights on these? Don't they know folks are using these for transportation and they will be out at night? A commuter bike has lights already on it. Here in the U.S.A. the bike is relegated to toy status anyway. The fellow on the bike you mention likely has no idea of what else is out there. I could say "Here, look at this, see these handlebars they're more comfortable, saves your back and I have a rear rack for your lunch pail and the dynohub light set doesn't need batteries. Ever see a seat like this? you ride on springs! This is a gel cover, neat huh?
Next thing, I get a call and he wants my Raleigh Sports or a 28inch wheel tourist because he likes the way it rides. I see so many of these that the rider has modified by him/herself to make the standard ill- thought out bike usable and even then, if you watch the fellow head home it looks like an uncomfortable ride.

   RE:Schwinn falls into Huffy's grubby little hands posted by sam on 7/30/2001 at 7:59:10 PM
Huffman makes an industral bike made for work.They also make tons of cheep things I hate to call bikes.But they also make a quility BMX bike.Huffman started by building a great racing bike the dayton.Huffman does have the ability to build great bikes---but will they?---sam

   RE:Schwinn falls into Huffy's grubby little hands posted by Robert on 7/31/2001 at 2:05:38 PM
The point being missed is context. The fellow I saw was probably a day laborer. In this area that translates to an immigrant (Legal? Maybe.) who performs heavy manual labor for little money. Much of that pay is wired home to the old country leaving little disposable. That cheap, unsuitable bike eases the burden a little. I respect that.

As to the original discussion, perhaps the Schwinn name will survive and re-emerge as did the Harley-Davidson and Jeep names after their down time with AMC.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Schwinn sold again posted by Jim on 8/5/2001 at 2:34:50 AM
Ha ha. Now I can finally ride that huffy that I put a scwhinn headbadge on and not look like a dork.

FOR SALE:   Carlisle 20" x 1 3/8 tires , very good condition posted by: Robert on 7/25/2001 at 1:05:46 PM
Picked up a little raleigh bike that has 2 as new Carlisle
20 x 1 3/8 tires. I know one still has molding rubber on it. $20.00 plus shipping or reasonable offer.

WANTED:   2000 Univega Islander Cruiser posted by: Brian on 7/25/2001 at 7:10:43 AM
I would like to find one of these preferably a left-over new one. It is the model with the little hula dancer on the front fender. Thanks.

   MY CORRECT EMAIL IS brianenglert@yahoo.com posted by Brian on 7/25/2001 at 7:14:51 AM

FOR SALE:   24" boys monark posted by: rickey on 7/24/2001 at 9:29:05 AM
old 24" boys monark it has a front rack white wheel & red stripes black & white frame make an offer or just maby give a estement ball park price . shipping 20-25$$ us.

   RE:FOR SALE:   24 posted by Ken A on 7/25/2001 at 8:23:23 AM
Would like to see a picture of the monark,if possible email me one or more to oldbikefreak@yahoo.com
Thanks Kid A

FOR SALE:   fleet women's s60180 posted by: barb on 7/24/2001 at 7:22:01 AM
Came across a FLEET women's bicycle in the garage. It has the stand that comes from under the back wheel, skip tooth chain aND THE BACK FENDER HAS THE HOLES FOR THE NETTING TO PROTECT lADIES' SKIRTS. aCCEPTING OFFERS. THANKS, BARB

MISC:   A questioabout selling tandem bicycles posted by: Don on 7/23/2001 at 9:12:14 PM
Hello, I am thinking about selling my two tandem bicycles. I am curious, How would you ship a tandem? I am certain that even disassembled they would be too large to go by UPS. If I chose to put these for sale online, would it ruin my chances for a sale if I stated that the buyer must pick them up, or arrange for all packaging? I would be grateful for your thoughts. Thank You.

   RE:MISC:   A questioabout selling tandem bicycles posted by Cal on 7/24/2001 at 5:05:32 AM
Some shipping companies will do it, and they'll pick up at your location (Yellow Freight, for example). Also, you can ship large items by rail.

   RE:MISC:   A questioabout selling tandem bicycles posted by Gordon on 7/24/2001 at 6:37:00 AM
I shipped a 1960's Schwinn 5 speed via UPS. I basically shipped the frame in one box and the rest in a second box. I believe it was about $50 total. You just have to make sure you don't exceed UPS maximum dimensions.

   RE:MISC:   A questioabout selling tandem bicycles posted by Jim on 7/25/2001 at 3:56:06 AM
I've done it a couple of times. You have to put the frame in one box, and the rest in another as mentioned before. I have put two boxes together and cut them down to fit the frame as well to make it under UPS max dimensions. I cost around $80 to ship, but it depends where you are shipping to.

FOR SALE:   2 Early 40's Schwin Bicycles posted by: Hank on 7/22/2001 at 10:20:12 PM
1 womans schwin world bike and 1 mans schwin world bike. Parcially restored. Leather seats. Recently serviced. Excellant working condition. Asking $1500 or make offer.

MISC:   bicycle parts posted by: todjob on 7/22/2001 at 9:08:05 PM
Man,i thought prewar stuff was worth somthing,i have parts on ebay right now and have 1 bid on some sears screamer stuff and zip on the prewar stuff,looks like the prewar stuff is bound for the recycling station,I'm glad I didnt waste my time and money with the bicycles.

   RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Ken A on 7/23/2001 at 10:15:21 AM
What kind of pre war stuff are you gonna send to the re cycler?

   RE:RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Bob on 7/23/2001 at 6:24:26 PM
I'm lookin for pre-war stuff...a seat, fenders, wheels etc!

   RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by laughing my a$$ off on 7/23/2001 at 9:44:43 PM
now the vultures come out to eat.thats what i like about this world.everybody want's something for nothing.todjob don't budge on your prices don't give the vermon the satisfaction.do like i did i've got a 68 apple krate in my flower bed it even has the pogo seat post on it.make art out of your finds my brother be free uh!oh! got to go it's time for my shot!!! then it will be quite time bye bye

   RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Gary M on 7/23/2001 at 10:12:28 PM
Sold 2 prewar bikes on Ebay last year. Never again.
rather cut them up. i may donate them all to a museum

   RE:RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Cal on 7/24/2001 at 5:20:58 AM
One problem with the pre-war bicycles is the average person doesn't really appreciate them. They have standard diamond frames and skinny tires and frankly don't look old or unique.

That's why ballooners and banana bikes are so popular - you ride one and you turn heads.

   RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Duh on 7/25/2001 at 4:44:53 PM
Junk is Junk does not matter if it is 20 or 200 years old good prewar brings money just as good post war or good stinkray -

   RE:RE:MISC:   bicycle parts posted by Schwinnut on 7/27/2001 at 10:33:19 PM
There are many great ballooner prewar bikes that are very desirable as well as their parts. I have an interest in early hanging tank moto-bikes from the teens-1930's too. What are your ebay item numbers ? I will be happy to take a look.


WANTED:   Rollfast parts posted by: Bob Brode on 7/22/2001 at 5:41:01 PM
Hi Folks, I have a Rollfast V-474 ca.1940. A picture of it is in the book; "Classic American Bicycles" by Jay Pridmore on page 44. I need fenders for it, also a crank with sprocket. Anybody got any?..............Bob

   RE:WANTED:   Rollfast parts posted by BillG on 7/23/2001 at 12:59:48 PM
I don't own that book so a page reference doesn't help me. But I do have some old Roadmasters and parts. Does yours look like any of the Roadmasters in the picture database?

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Rollfast parts posted by Bob on 7/23/2001 at 6:20:57 PM
Similar to Roadmasters. There is a picture of a girls 1940's Rollfast at Bikeicons.com in thier heavyweight bike listings...mine is a boys bike, but the same.