Trader’s Corner

Jay Divinagracia The human eye is a remarkable thing. It can pick up on incredibly subtle details, and your brain transforms those signals into snap judgements. In the case of bicycles, the eye can pick out imperfections like a magnet. Rust, scuffed and scratched paint, shoddy or worn out components: I know how to trick the eye. There are a few simple and quick ways to restore your vintage bike and make it look like a million bucks or at least several hundred. The secret is to focus on whatever is distracting the eye, and fix it. The following are a few classic bicycle restoration tips that should help your older ride turn some heads. How you deal with this depends on how stingy you are!

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If you have issues from the s-on, we would appreciate hearing from you. Ever wonder about how the classic bicycle hobby got started? Who did what and when? And to be included in this section is our historic tour of the old Schwinn Plant in Chicago!

On bikes older than you need to use reference to other, known year bikes, or pull out the crank to look for a date stamp on it. Doing both is a good idea.

My Schwinn Paramount was the first real racing bike I ever owned. It was also my first custom made bicycle. I ordered the Paramount in the summer of while working in sales at the Schwinn bicycle company in Chicago between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I had joined the Purdue cycling team my freshman year and quickly realized that I needed a more serious setup than the entry level bike I had been riding, a Schwinn Aluminum model I really liked the look of my Schwinn aluminum bike, a white frame with simple black decals, so when I ordered the custom Paramount I requested the same color scheme.

I still recall the looks of awe from my fellow Schwinn employees the day the frame arrived from Waterford, Wisconsin, the location of the old Schwinn Paramount factory. It looks fast standing still. It was indeed one of the best looking Paramount frames any of us had ever seen. I also recall the mix of complements and looks of envy from my Purdue teammates when I showed up the first week of practice with the new bike sophomore year.

At that point I felt like a real cyclist.

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Classics such as the metal Tonka toy dump truck have remained largely unchanged for over 50 years of production. There are a few different ways to determine the age and value of antique Tonka toys. History Tonka Toys first began in as a partnership between three individuals who started Mound Metalcraft Incorporated. The company was located in an old three-story schoolhouse and began as a manufacturer of metal garden tools, such as rakes, hoes and shovels.

In , Mound Metalcraft was approached by Streater Industries, another local manufacturer, with an opportunity to start making steel toys. The partnership between the two manufacturers resulted in the first two Tonka models:

The Schwinn enthusiast site with a growing gallery of vintage Schwinn Bicycles and seller of restoration paints and decals for your vintage Schwinn bicycle.

Antique Vintage Bicycles Credit: Rather than sticking with a utilitarian style with a transportation-first mentality, the Western Flyer bicycle emulated the look and feel of motorcycle design at that time. The frame was aerodynamically inspired if not truly aerodynamic in operation , the colors were bright and included plenty of chrome, and the whole bicycle is a joy of design and style.

Some stunning examples of the Western Flyer bicycle still exist today, mainly because so many owners lovingly took care of their ‘machines! I will talk a bit about the history and evolution of the Western Flyer bike, and show some pretty pictures of the machine in action. Let’s read on, and learn about the Western Flyer bicycle in its glory days! They didn’t immediately start producing bicycles, this happened in the ‘s. The high quality of parts and reasonable prices of the Western Flyer bicycle made it an instant success, and many models were born as a result.

These were solid bikes, and they utilized the latest innovations to make sure that their frame design was seamless, sleek and totally aero looking. They weren’t exactly dainty, and most weighed in well in excess of 60 pounds massively heavy by today’s standards. However, they were solid, and you could could on your Western Flyer bicycles to last a long time.

This is one of the reasons why an antique vintage bicycle of this variety is so sought after; often they are in very good shape even now. The Western Flyer bicycle was all about cool and comfort.

The Value of Antique Tonka Toys

Night Flight takes a trip back to the early 70s head shop Feed your head: A lot of pot. Some believe that The Psychedelic Shop, located at Haight Street in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, was the first, and it may certainly have been the first on the west coast, no question about that.

Schwinn Serial Numbers and Date Codes: Dates between and are available because Schwinn kept good records. From on, several different coding systems were used, from which the manufacture date (and often the assembly date) can be decifered.

Larger Image The name says it all – the top of the Schwinn line. Schwinn today is part of Pacific Cycle. While Schwinn often had a reputation for building heavy bikes for kids, the Paramount line had a reputation for finely crafted, relatively light road bikes. That is obviously a great price. The very nice woman selling it was good natured about the low price. The bike had belonged to her uncle who no longer used it.

I believe the frame was built in The same site has the original price list.

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Now, first thing first, we have to talk about the general construction of the machine. And when it comes to that, ProForm has mastered the art of treadmill engineering a long time ago to ensure that each and every one of their treadmills came out most optimally designed. The Performance i , though at the cheaper side of thing, is no exception to this wonderful, unwritten company ethos.

Dating these bikes is usually the first step toward proper appraisal of a vintage Schwinn machine. Find the serial number. Upon production, all Schwinns had a .

If you want professional, accurate information, instead of amateur guessing, here is where you get it. But the biggest mistake that people make is they listen to DIY’ers and presume they can diagnose their own serial numbers in a snap. And they are usually wrong. It requires a lot of study and at least some expertise. And it is extremely rare that a model number or a serial number was used for one year and one year only. And forget “using the Schwinn format” or going by the name that is on the bicycle.

Here is a typical question we get: Who made it and when was it made? There were at least two dozen different companies that made bicycles and trikes badged “Western Flyer. Any ID on that basis alone is sheer nonsense. This is just one reason why we have to SEE what you may have. At least THEN we know where to start looking. Anyone too lazy to take simple photos, but then expects us to sit and dig through millions of serial numbers is mistaken.

And if that is offensive, so be it.

Antique Bicycles: The Western Flyer Bicycle

Brakes Older Raleigh-made brakes used special cables with moulded ends on both ends of the cables, as shown. These cables are no longer available. They were supplied in different configurations for front, gent’s rear and lady’s rear applications.

Vintage Schwinn serial number lookup. Enter your Schwinn serial number in the box and click button to see what date and year your Schwinn bike was made.

Locating the Serial Number – Chicago built Schwinn serial numbers are found on the left rear axle-hanger or fork-end on the frame. If letters were used for date codes, they skipped the letters “I” and “O” as they looked too much like numbers. This scheme is for all Chicago built non-Paramount models excluding Superiors and Super Sports whose serial numbers are located on the left rear axle hanger and consist of a single letter code for the month [again, skip"I” and"O”], the last digit of the year and a 3-digit sequential build number — e.

The Super Sports with Huret dropouts seem to have used a two digit year ‘C ‘ — March, , th frame. The Le Tour and Super Le Tour models had their serial numbers on the left rear axle hanger and many began with an ‘S’, followed by the Japan Made numbering system. The number will have a production month letter in either the first or second position and a production year number in the other first or second position.

Beginning in the s, many Schwinns feature a 4-digit stamp on the head badge that represents the assembly date and consists of the Julian day and the last digit of the year decodes to the th day of or — use decals and components to determine the decade. The Julian dating was adopted for Schwinn’s domestic production in See the 4-digit date code next to the “I”?

This was used to connect the remainder of a production run that spilled over into January of the next year. X should be Month X and Year 9.

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A wonderland of toys! Andy Gard; miniature Revere Ware; Elka stuffed animals. Remco toys; cap guns; and more. Brick construction sets; WIAD lineside models. Wood model kits by Yeoman; KK Jr. Gas engines; and plastic model kits by:

Find great deals on eBay for vintage ladies schwinn bicycle. Shop with confidence.

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