| I am trying to find information about a bicycle I have. It is a Toyota Silk. It is black and has a generator on it and a fold out basket. It seems to be very well made.|
I was wondering if any bicycle expert could help me identify a bicycle I have been restoring. It looks like 50s or 60s to me, and the original paint was a bright blue colour, with white mud guard things and a white cover over the chain. The chain guard is quite distinctive with a moulded bit at the front that has four stripes along it, a bit like a wing. On the tip of the front mud guard there is a raised bit that protrudes slightly and is golden.
I'd really appreciate any help!
| No headbage or other branding present? Possibly painted over? Serial numbers anywhere? No mention of any gearing... so let's start there. If the rear hub is a 3-speed and in fact the bicycle is british (sounds like it ref. the "bullet" nose on the front mudguard) then clean the rear hub shell as best you can. If it's a Sturmey-Archer hub, then there should be a date code stamped on the shell somewhere. 10 67 would indicate a manufacture date of October, 1967, etc.|
Hope that helps!
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| I have an old girls bike in my basement and I am moving so I have to clean the basement. Before I sell this bike at a rummage sale I'd like to know if it is worth anything. It looks like it's from the 40's or 50's. It has the letter "r" on the crank sproket and a spring fork with a beehive shaped spring. The brass plate on the front says: "Sunracer" and has a 1940's style airplane banking against a stylised deco background of sunrays and clouds.|
Can anyone tell me if this is an important bike or is it OK to sell it at my yard sale. Thanks Scott-Milwaukee
| Completeness and very good overall condition are requisite to collectibility. Since it's a girls' model, and shipping would be prohibitive, you probably won't get much collector interest unless it's pristine. If it's not that great, a rummage sale is a good way to get it into the hands of someone who will ride it. If you want to maximize value, you would probably get substantially more for the parts posted individually than for the complete bike if you were to ebay them. You have described what are probably the most interesting parts of this bike, the headbadge, springer fork and chainwheel. But that would not be a nice thing to do...|
| I found this while searching for information about the 1970s John Deere bikes. JD is selling a 26" dual suspension mountain bike. I haven't seen this at any of the local ag dealers and it isn't even on the JD website. Here is the link to the only place I have found that sells it: http://www.rungreen.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1261|
| Hmmmm...... Well, I suppose if you like that style velocipede it's pretty neat. Certainly not at all the same as the "John Deere" velocipedes of olde though!|
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| schwinn 5 speed (not hurricane or krate), 1975, yellow. everything rechromed, show chrome, totally restored,. have won many awrds. Many extras including: schwinn whitewall slik. whitewall westwind,20 original schwinn stingray springer forks, shocks, ehite metalfake banana seat w/ silver inlay, super sport generator set w/ twin headlights, clear metalflake shwinn streamers. Powder coated to origal yellow color. rims rechromed, hubs rechromed and respoked. everything is origal except the tubes and chain. MUST SELL $1200 OBO|