AGE / VALUE:   need info on an orange krate posted by: Terry Gragg on 2/12/2007 at 7:18:01 AM
i am looking into buying an orange krate in really nice shape for around the $500 mark, the guy claims he has had it since childhood and says it is all orignal and i have seen a pic of it and it looks real clean but it has a black seat and a chrome chaingaurd, i think the year of the bike is eather 69 or 70 not for sure yet. did the orange krate come out with a black seat and chrome chaingaurd or not and will the bike still be worth the $500? thanks for any and all help..

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   need info on an orange krate posted by davi dean on 2/12/2007 at 7:57:16 AM
the krates all had color matching seats w/ a black racing stripe down th middle w/ te letter s on the stripe.chain guard had some chrome on the top but the rest was colr matching w/ black lettering on the front

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   need info on an orange krate posted by larry fauci on 2/17/2007 at 6:00:47 PM
yes hello;
first thing u should always do, is buy a good schwinn bike book, there are plenty of them. also go to ebay, alot of books and pictures of bikes, parts etc. orange krates which i have, were white stripes on seat, and lettering on chain guard, not black. black, was lemon peeler, cotton picker and the rare grey ghost!!! it might not even be the orig. chainguard on it, or it was striped down to the chrome!! there is a guy in arizona who will paint and silk screen it, but im sure there are others. as for the seat it could be a stingray seat or a cheaper sears seat, who knows. make sure this bike wasnt re-painted!!! if it looks nice and repainted, the price is probabley right, maybe. u really got to look close at things, the springer, the fenders, they could be repros too!!!! do ur homework. this bike could be one of the repros from 98 to whatever!! just know mint all orig. krates go for 2 grand plus!! period. if thats the years, the seat should be all orange w/ white stripes and famous S circled. u could always buy repro ones. pete seats range from 60-130.00. check out good luck. larry.

AGE / VALUE:   What the Heck is this!? posted by: Robert D Hubbell on 2/10/2007 at 12:45:29 PM
Hello all, I recently picked up this little sweetie at a swap meet and have no clue what it is. Any body know? The serial number is "J60021610". There is no brand marked on it anywhere. It has the original yellow paint on it as it still sits. The rear shocks are 3 position ajdustable, the front also has springs in the tubes.(fake shocks?) What type of rear hub came on it? Single speed? 3 speed? What brand, model year? Any help and maybe even a value as is and restored would be very helpful. Thanks.
Robert Hubbell


   RE:AGE / VALUE: What the Heck is this!? posted by jimmy on 2/12/2007 at 8:11:45 PM
Looks like the yamaha bike from about 73-74 my friend had one that was orange. I think that you could get them in yellow and orange and that was it. sorta rare I imagine as it did not do well.

   It's a Moto-Bike of course! posted by Jeff Armstrong on 2/13/2007 at 11:00:47 PM
I had one in the mid 70's. They were sold in Yamaha dealerships as a novelty but were very rideable and a lot of fun. Mine was like yours but came originally with chrome motocross style handlerbars (you're missing the motorcycle style bar clamps...that's the 4 holes on top of the fork), chrome fenders, a 2 corner style seat (a banana seat was offered also) and the 20" wheels came stock with a diamond pattern tread. They are very rare to find. The metal was soft and most were cracked or bent to the point of wearing out by feral kids like myself! Some great websites are out there. Search Yamaha Moto-bike.

   RE:It's a Moto-Bike of course! posted by Robert on 2/15/2007 at 6:17:47 PM
Thanks for the info, that helps a lot!

WANTED:   1968 raleigh rodeo posted by: Dave on 2/7/2007 at 7:30:40 PM
I have a red 1968 raleigh rodeo 3+2. Bike is complete accept for the correct seat. anyone know where I might find the correct seat for this bike?

AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Bikes posted by: Nicolas Santiago on 2/7/2007 at 3:22:41 PM
Can my Raleigh's date of manufacture be traced by it's serial number? ND50022780

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Raleigh Bikes posted by Nicolas Santiago on 2/13/2007 at 9:43:46 PM
I found it myself in the picture data base (great tool) and it's a Raleigh Mountie (20", 1967).

AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by: JH on 2/1/2007 at 7:28:21 AM
I am restoring a 71? 5 speed Cotton Picker. Everything on this bike is original including tires. Any advice on touching up the paint? Will it hurt or help the value? Just a few nicks here and there...

Also, how can I find out if it is a '70 or '71?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by nate on 2/2/2007 at 6:49:13 AM
Look up the serial number on the Schwinn charts here (click on General Resources at the top of this page). That will tell you the exact month and year.

For paint - 90% of the time any kind of painting - even just touchups - will hurt a bicycle's value.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by larry fauci on 2/17/2007 at 6:14:08 PM
dude. listen, if this bike is orig. paint and it has only a few nicks u claim, DONT PAINT IT!!! cotton and grey ghosts are the most sought after, and the rarest. u dont see to many orig. paint cotton pickers. just touch em up w/ pete paint, if those really bother u. go to for the correct paint. after 65 there were two letters in the serial number, 1st letter month, 2nd letter year, ex. GG= July 1971, good luck. ur bike could be worth 2 grand plus!! larry.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by Chris on 2/17/2007 at 10:09:39 PM
My god! Do not paint it. Sell it, immediately. These go up to $2,000.00. Just as the other fellow said.

Original paint brings top $$$$$.

Please I beg you on bended knees. Please do not paint it.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by brian on 2/23/2007 at 3:16:20 PM
those guys are all right
you could easily sell that for 2000

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by Patrick on 2/24/2007 at 8:54:43 PM
You know I still have my original 1970 cotton coaster--but when I was still a kid -probably about 13-I repainted it Black and Grey---fortunately I removed the chain guard and kept it in a box of parts---So needless to say I've cried over painting it many times--I did purchase some Pete paint a couple years ago and got her back like when my dad bought the darn thing----guess I'll always have her---DONT PAINT IT IF YOU CAN SAVE IT!!!!! GoodLuck, Patrick...

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by boss 302 on 2/28/2007 at 11:16:48 AM
Keep the bike original unless the paints horrible. in that case take pictures of the bikea; every detail of it especially closeups and rechrome always leave the chainguard unpainted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! never paint it

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by boss 302 on 2/28/2007 at 11:21:04 AM
chainguard alone is worth big bucks$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cotton Picker: To Paint or Not? posted by b dog on 2/28/2007 at 11:51:22 AM
Excellent candidate for a lowrider....