AGE / VALUE:   Sear's Muscle Bike help???? posted by: Dominick on 7/24/2003 at 4:13:12 PM
I just got a free bike, it's a sear's bike that is really rusty, it has 24" rims front & rear, 5 speed with a tube mounted shifter, banana seat, and dual rear brakes, does anyone know of web sites, or places I can buy parts???

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sear's Muscle Bike help???? posted by Richard on 7/30/2003 at 9:53:21 PM
What you have is a Spyder 500. Sounds like the late 60's. All I can say about finding parts is to keep an eye on these forums and Ebay. Happy hunting.

MISC:   Sting-ray help needed. posted by: john ( on 7/23/2003 at 10:48:20 PM
Hi, just bought a red 5 speed sting-ray, 1978. Can anybody tell be what are the correct tyres for this bike, it's got chopper tyres on at the moment.
Where can i get the tyres and where can a get a complete decal set from as the bike is to be restored.
picture of the bike on my website,
i'm in the uk. thanks.

   RE:MISC:   Sting-ray help needed. posted by CatfoodRob on 7/24/2003 at 9:43:50 PM
Stickers are from hyper rays.
Tyres are from Bicycle Don.
Why didnt you just mail me? I have both in stock!
Choppernation this weekend in Amsterdam!
200 Choppers1 cool or what.
Check for details.

MISC:   More on the August 24th Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at on 7/22/2003 at 3:32:50 PM
Here are some answers to the questions we're asked about the upcoming Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet on August 24, 2003 in Bloomfield, CT

Q: Is this swap meet associated with the Larz Anderson Show?
A: No, it is not part of the Larz Show. We set up this swap meet in response to changes in the Larz show. The organizers of this year's Larz show were critical of the past few year's "Flea Market" environment of the swap (using a photo of our shop truck loaded with old bikes as an example of what was _not_ wanted...). The Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet _strives_ to be a flea market environment. Lots of bicycles and parts in all states of condition. Good selection, good prices, free admission, cheap vendor space, food, music, etc.

Q: Can I bring cycles to show and display, but not to sell?
A: Certainly!

Q: It's being held at the New England Musclebike Museum. Does that mean the swap is focusing on Musclebikes?
A: No. It is open to all styles: Antique, lightweight, balloon, roadster, motorized, whatever. Bring what ya got. We have registrations from vendors in all categories.

Directions, registration form and more info at:

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.

MISC:   What kind of bike is this? posted by: Melisa on 7/22/2003 at 2:26:14 PM
We bought a bike for my daughter at a garage sale and we are trying to fix it up for her to ride. We don't know what kind of bike it is. The only "identifying" mark we could find is what we think is the serial number "9H756220". It is an older style bike with a bananna seat and chrome fenders and hard wheels. Can you help us figgure out what it is?

   RE:MISC:   What kind of bike is this? posted by bob on 7/23/2003 at 8:32:08 PM
The serial number format looks like Huffy.

   RE:MISC:   What kind of bike is this? posted by Chris on 8/1/2003 at 9:08:37 PM
I agree, that looks like a Huffy serial number, and it means the bike was built in either 1959 or 1969. Without knowing any other details about the bike, its hard to tell.

MISC:   Stelber Super-Shark ? posted by: Ryan on 7/22/2003 at 10:36:26 AM
Anyone know anything about these? Made in Valley Stream, N.Y. It looks like a early muscle bike, Solo polo seat, mean looking shark decal on chainguard, Super Shark tires! Owners manual came with bike and is dated Nov. 1964. I can't find this one on any of the muscle bike web sites.

   RE:MISC:   Stelber Super-Shark ? posted by Drew on 7/23/2003 at 11:28:48 AM
Stelber Industries made Iverson bikes, for a short time in the 60s they used the Stelber name and these are pretty rare. Most folks know the later Iverson Dragstripper. Your Shark model was one of the first bikes to go against the Stingray.

MISC:   wheelie wheels posted by: ben on 7/21/2003 at 2:46:47 PM
in the late 60"s i had a bike with wheeliewheels on it,also my friend had a bike with a steering wheel on it both came factory,does anyone have information on these bikes????

   RE:MISC:   wheelie wheels posted by don on 7/21/2003 at 3:17:28 PM
The wheelie bar was an add-on in the 70's. The Huffy Dragster had a steering wheel, i think??

   RE:MISC:   wheelie wheels posted by Shannon Reynolds on 7/22/2003 at 12:28:22 AM
There was also a Murray Eliminator released with a steering wheel. It was made in '69 and called the Whirl-O-Wheel. Please look on my Eliminator webpage under the heading 1969 to see a catalog pic and a couple of pics of the bike itself.

   RE:MISC:   wheelie wheels posted by Mark on 7/31/2003 at 7:15:38 PM
Huffy made a bike called "The Wheel" which obviously had a steering wheel. AMF manufactured a bike with an extended frame that had adjustable wheels, this bike is called a Skeeter. Please email me directly for pictures of both.

MISC:   Bendix hub posted by: Harry on 7/20/2003 at 9:14:39 PM
Hey, I was wondering where a good placeis to purchase parts to rebuild my single speed hub on my 75 stingray. I wanna rebuild it so its less scary, it makes noises and doesnt stop at I was wondering where a good place to buy parts for a rebuild.

   RE:MISC:   Bendix hub posted by Jack on 7/22/2003 at 11:18:10 PM
I have parts to rebuild your 75 Bendix hub. Email me as to what you need. In most cases it is the brake shoes and actuator.

WANTED:   huffy dragster V lemon-lime posted by: chris fox on 7/20/2003 at 1:58:40 PM
Looking for a 1969-70 huffy lemon lime dragster V five speed tall sissy bar. Must have 20" front wheel. Seat and grips are metal flake, along with the siisy bar pad. Cheater Slick rear tire. Sold originaly thru Aldens catalog co. in Chicago, may have been sold by other companies also. Please e-mail me with any info or parts bikes...trying to relive my childhood again!

AGE / VALUE:   PLEASE SEE FOR SALE FOR CHECKERED FLAG MIRROR posted by: Kevin K on 7/18/2003 at 6:45:55 PM
Thanks, Kevin

MISC:   JEFF Email me pics of that fastback! posted by: Corey on 7/18/2003 at 4:54:35 PM
hey got some rare aluminum mags today jeff.. called motomag 2

and if anyone wants to make an offer on them your welcome to ...

what condition is that fastback in jeff?


AGE / VALUE:   AMC Thunderball all original muscle bike posted by: Leona on 7/18/2003 at 3:41:13 PM
Hello, I have an all original AMC thunderball bike that is in great was my husbands as a child and has been stored away for quite some time....we have been trying to find out information on it as to what it's worth, the history of the bike, is it rare?, etc. but we can't seem to find ANY information ANYWHERE on it. If anyone could help me out with some information I'd appreciate it... Leona

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMC Thunderball all original muscle bike posted by Mark on 8/1/2003 at 2:17:35 PM
Leona, email me directly please.


AGE / VALUE:   Stingray Prototypes posted by: Mark on 7/18/2003 at 11:19:51 AM
Anyone have any info on Schwinn prototypes, through the years I've seen several bikes in gray primer with a large decal that reads " Property of Schwinn Bicycle Co. Not for Sale #xxxxxxx). and the number on this decal matches the one stamped into the frame? The 4th one I've seen was a Krate like, Nov. '67. Any info helpful.

AGE / VALUE:   age and value needed posted by: joe s on 7/18/2003 at 3:00:25 AM
I just bought a Sears Spyder Mark VII 3 Speed Stick Shift at a garage sale for $50 bucks. I was wondering the true value of the bike, it has all original parts down to the original Sears Slick and white flamed vinal seat. I was also wondering its age. Its serial number is 502 477830 374404. Any info on its age or value would help my, thanks in advance.

AGE / VALUE:   Sting-Ray Torpedo Boy posted by: Tracy on 7/17/2003 at 8:58:22 PM
I found a bike (20"), it says "Sting-Ray" on it and "Torpedo Boy" on the wheel rim. The "S" in Sting Ray looks like an older 1964 ad posted on this website's pictures site. I can't find the word "Schwinn" anywhere on the bike. The bar on the bike isn't real round like pictures I've looked at, it is more oval shaped and rather flat on top. Fenders are chrome, rims say "M.O. MFG. CO" on them. I can't find a serial number. I see a Pat. No. 3486727 on a metal piece by the wheel. Also the letters "F&SK" or F8SK. The style appears to be early 60's. Looks like muscle bike with the tall handlebars and banana seat.I can't find anything on Torpedo Boy other than one I found on Google made by Columbia, but mine looks nothing like that one.
Does anyone have any ideas on if this is a genuine Schwinn?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sting-Ray Torpedo Boy posted by Shannon Reynolds on 7/18/2003 at 11:05:02 AM
"M.O. MFG. CO" is the stamp that was used on old Murray-made bike rims.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Slik Chik posted by: Eric Brehm on 7/17/2003 at 1:26:17 AM
Found a purple Schwinn Slik Chik, seems to be original, at an auction this week, paid $55. Know it seems like a dumb question, but I'm a neophyte -- did I get robbed, or did I do the robbing?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Slik Chik posted by Eric Brehm on 7/18/2003 at 1:46:45 AM
Decided to let the market decide; this item is currently for sale on Ebay under "Schwinn Stingray Purple Slik Chik Bike" -- may the new owner enjoy it!