AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: aaron on 10/13/2007 at 4:55:14 PM
old hiawatha bike i found on my gradmas farm i dont no the year,model. I do no the that it has coaster brake 20-1.75 tires i beleive. taller handle bars . so i need to no everything about it that u no so tell me please.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by skip on 10/14/2007 at 6:40:53 AM
Sounds like you have a 'middleweight' style old bike.
Try posting your question under the "Balloon Tire and Middleweight" topic.
Also, there's a ton of data on Hiawathas in the archives here.


AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by: Scott on 10/13/2007 at 4:05:26 PM
Hi, I don't know much about old bikes so bear with me please. I have an old ladies Arnold Schwinn Admiral bicycle that is complete but unrestored. It has a cool sprocket that has A S & Co machined into it. The serial nuber starts with TA. My guess is this bike is from the 1930's? Anyhow should I strip the badge & sprocket and part the bike out or sell it whole? I'd hate to sell it individually as I have respect for old things that are complete. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Scott

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by David on 10/14/2007 at 6:13:03 PM
Once again, try middleweight and ballooner or the Schwinn web site. (
The chainwheel you describe is seen on bikes in the 50s, but beyond that I can't help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rare Arnold Schwinn Sprocket? posted by Scott on 10/15/2007 at 12:45:43 PM
Update. I'm sure this is a lightweight bike as the tire size is 26 x 1 3/8". Also, the Musselman hub has a 1,900,000 patent number which dates it to 1934/1935. This bike has a key-lock to keep the forks from moving and the seat matches those I've seen from the 1930's. The handlebars are very rounded ie: no unbent tube except where the grips are. Still I'm mostly interested in the sprocket as described in the original posting.

AGE / VALUE:   tech help for front bar bag posted by: jason on 10/12/2007 at 6:28:47 PM
I'm doing my first 200k randonneur ride in a few days and have decided to ride my old motobecane, just because its annoyingly french. as the french like thier handlebar bags, I thought that I would use one as well.
the bag I want to use is an early eightys cannondale with the metal rack and these stabilizing elastic loop straps that hook up somewere on the front fork. with the fenders on there is nowhere to hook the loops to(I was popping them over the eyelets).
were these straps meant to hook somewere on a front rack, or am I missing a something that goes on with the skewers and has a hook? thats the problem with old stuff that you find in garages and attics. they seldom come with instructions and when they do thier not the instructions for the actual item that you found.
anyway everyone that I know who rides is not only baffled as well but doesn't care at all. any answers?

WANTED:   Info and parts bike posted by: Mark on 10/12/2007 at 6:35:20 PM
I have a 10-speed bike I received in 1972 made by International Bicycle
Corporation - "World's Finest Precision Bicycle Mechanism Guaranteed." When I
got the bike it was for my high school graduation and I understood it to be
Japanese. Recently a shop here in Albuquerque said they thought they remembered
International as a Canadian bike. Anyway I can nothing on the company. I would
like to find another one or two for parts. The front Suntour dérailleur has a
bottom pull on it and the diameters for the seat post bar mount and the sprocket
sweep match nothing around today. The bike has center-pull brakes which I don't
see anywhere nowdays and even brake pads of the size are hard to come by.

Does anyone have information on International Bicycle Corporation or one of these bikes? I can send pictures
if that might help. Thank you!


   RE:WANTED:   Info and parts bike posted by andym on 10/13/2007 at 6:59:37 AM
I believe your bike was made by Bridgestone.Some other names used were Kabuki or Submariner.Weird bikes with cast aluminum frame lugs,which is why the seat post diameter is odd.
Some parts will be very difficult to find.Of course, you've probably found that out already. Ive seen these complete bicycles on ebay but not parts for them.

MISC:   Cougar II posted by: Collette on 10/11/2007 at 8:38:24 PM
I found an older ladies cruiser bike at a thrift store today. Looks to me like mid-50s or later. On the chain guard it says Cougar II. Any idea what make it is? Someone removed the face plate. Thanks (24" balloon tire)

   RE:MISC: Cougar II posted by Warren on 10/12/2007 at 3:05:51 PM
Might be canadian...I remember Cougars. Maybe Supercycle, CCM...

But its not a lightweight. Post it on the Balloon Middleweight discussion board.