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  1. V-Pops

    Help with J.C. Higgins Womens Color Flow

    I just picked up what I think is a 1950 J.C. Higgins Color Flow Womens bike. The bike all around is a great candidate for restoration with the BIG exception of one the down tubes is completely rusted out. According to the previous owner, the horn batteries blew out and leaked all over the down...
  2. Krakatoa

    Sold ~ WW2 Era Westfield Columbia Fork for Ballooner! ~

    C 1945 Westfield Columbia 26" ballooner fork from a ladies model. Very nice super straight and with good threads. The current tube dimension is 7 3/4" from crown top/lower race to top of tube. SOLD
  3. hm.

    Sold 1981 Schwinn Cruiser 5

    Selling my Cruiser 5. This is a real Cruiser 5 with the one year only original chrome BMX style fork.. This is not a pieced together or upgraded coaster model. Bike is all original cardinal red paint with straight S-2 wheels. Paint shows well but has the scratches and chips that you would expect...
  4. 4

    Sold Schwinn Bicycle Books *Updated Price*

    2 Books on Schwinn Bicycles - Balloon Tire *Updated price* Books are in very good condition - Selling together - ** Updated price** $30 (includes priority shipping) No returns - prefer Paypal
  5. 4

    Sold Books on Vintage Bicycles

    3 Books on Vintage/Balloon Tire Bikes Columbia Elgin - J.C. Higgins - Hawthorne Shelby Books are in very good condition. $40 for all 3 - Buyer covers shipping TBD based on location. no returns -prefer payment thru Paypal
  6. The Carolina Rambler

    1935 Colson Rover- Fully Restored Before & After

    Hello everybody, this is something I have been wanting to complete, and show ya'll for a long time, and I have finally finished it. This is my "new" 1935 Colson Rover, Balloon Tire Bicycle. My favorite things and time period in history is perhaps the 1920s and 30s, and I really wanted a nice...
  7. Scribble

    Survivor 1953 Monark Built WesternFlyer, Begone Dent's

    Game plan so far. -Repack whole bike with fresh grease -Replace the bent crank -Boiled linseed oil treatment for the paint -WD-40 and steel wool for the chrome bits. -Might try to repair the original Troxel seat
  8. bobbystillz

    Sold '40s (early '50s?) 24" Murray 'Jet Flyer'

    FOR SALE late '40s (early '50s?) 24" Murray 'Jet Flyer' . This sweet little thing is pretty much barn found. It is all original. I HAVE gone through this one, and here's what I found/did: This was exposed to the elements but there are no cracks, breaks, or rust holes in the frame. I disassembled...
  9. mongeese

    Sale Pending Wartime bicycle license plate ‘42 ‘47 in steel!!

    Hard license plate to find to say the least. Damage in corner can be straightened out if desired. Looks Perfect to me . 150 shipped. Feel free to comment as you deem appropriate.
  10. S

    1940 Elgin Murray Ohio built . Tank bicycle pre war balloon "4 sale "

    I don't think original paint...found like this gave a bath ! Working condition . 350.00 plus shipping ! I accept PayPal and ship Black River falls, Wisconsin 715-896-7347
  11. S

    1940 Elgin murray tank balloon tire FOR SALE

    ..not original paint I don't think . Found like this and gave a quick bath !!!. Working condition . $350 plus shipping ! I accept PayPal and ship or local pick up Black River falls , wisconsin
  12. S

    AmF ?? 50/60s original paint find

    Need help identifying !!! Badge is sportsmaster ,? Any help would be cool . May be a candidate to re do ..or I might just sell .
  13. S

    Reduced For sale .1941 Elgin Murray long tank bicycle

    Not original paint .. this is how it was found . I accept PayPal or via check but will not ship till it clears ... will ship . I'll split cost . $675 or best offer !! Or partial trade ... 715-896-7347 Andrew Black River falls, wisconsin
  14. T

    Western flyer x53

    For sale Western flyer x53 $1500
  15. ZE52414

    24” Schwinn ballooner rack

    I’m in need of a 24” Schwinn rack. Preferably red. But would take anything. Not looking for the wire middleweight kind. Let me know what you have. Thank you.
  16. S

    Largest ballooner

    This may be an unanswerable question but here goes anyway. Which bike or bikes have the tallest seatpost and also greatest distance from headstock to seatpost? I'm brand new to all this but lots of the bikes posted look very short in both directions.
  17. spomalley86

    Jc higgins ladies balloon 26- various parts

    Frame- local pickup free - Spokane WA Fork -15.00 Crank/ sprocket/ hardware- 15.00 Skip tooth chain- 20.00 Fenders with reflector- 30.00 Torrington ladies pedals- 15.00 Stem - 10.00 Rear rack- 15.00 ****prices do not reflect shipping***** All prices OBO
  18. stingrayjoe

    Reduced 20" Monark Rear Carrier Balloon Bicycle

    Please PM direct with all replies do not post comments here thank you... Sheet metal is straight but bolt holes at seat post binder are damaged was $75. now $65. plus shipping in lower 48 USA
  19. bobcycles

    Sold RESTORED 1940s-50s Troxel Mens Balloon Tire leather saddle --F/S

    Fully restored Troxel Mens 26" bicycle saddle in black leather with NOS clamp, rechromed springs and new gloss black chassis and pans! 100% brought back from the dead to look as good or better than new! Wide variety of applications...>Colson, Dayton, Elgin, Higgins, Cleveland Welding, etc etc...
  20. E

    Schwinn Reproduction Fenders 2 Sets B6 with built in light and Balloon with Springer Fork

    Hi, I have some fender sets I bought from ebay and have decided not to use. I bought them from the ebay seller Bicyclebones. I have two very good quality Schwinn approved reproduction fender sets for sale. One is the B6 fenders, similar to Phantom except they get painted instead of stainless...
  21. bike


    Balloon era 1932~1965 "kids bikes" USA bike mfg I do not think of repros fantasy bikes such as western flyer "repro" (I have never seen an original- have you?) and industrial bikes as part of the balloon hobby but to each his own... Alexander Rocket Paris TX AMF American Machine and...
  22. bike

    Name the NOT only USA balloon bicycle made in the South.

    ???? (no prize but pride) OK I found my title not well considered: Name the NOT only USA balloon bicycle made in the South. Should have been more like Name the NOT only balloon bicycle Manufactured and headquartered in the South- sheesh you guys are tough! = So for me Worksman is a NY MFG CO...
  23. R

    Chain Tensioner for Balloon Tire Bike?

    I'm working on my '52 Murray today, taking off the crappy Chinese chain tensioner I had on there as a temporary fix. I shortened the chain a couple links and it looks a lot better, but the oversize 26x2.35 tires I had in it rub the frame. Is there any way I can get the back wheel to move back an...
  24. ratdaddy

    my collection of balloon tire bike books

    here a nice Lil collection of bike books.all in good condition.sold together only.pms only don't post here.lower 48 .100 shipped from Paris tx.
  25. ADReese

    Postwar balloon handlebars

    I could use a little education on what bars were typically used on postwar schwinn mens balloon bikes. Did they have their own bars or use Wald, Torrington, etc? Were they typically the 26-27" x 10" style? What is the correct diameter? 7/8 or 1"? Thanks in advance!
  26. S

    Sold prewar balloon tire wheelset / new depature D skip tooth

    Wheel Set 26" balloon prewar with new departure rear hub model D skip tooth and front new Departure hub. good shape. $55 plus $19 ship 48 states paypal friend or add 3%
  27. bikesnbuses

    Sold *72 10 9/16" NOS cad plated double butted spoke set with nipples

    Sweet set of new old stock set of 72 Torrington double butted ( DB ) spokes for your 26 balloon tire wheel set.. These measure 10 9/16" Ive built a set of wheels using these and they work fine ;) Asking $58 shipped obo May trade for cool patinad' prewar handlebar mounted horn or 80s...
  28. AndyA

    Columbia 24" girls ballooner is new to the fleet

    Appears to be mostly original bits here and they add up to one heavy bike. Rims are pretty crusty, but it looks like they were originally painted white. The sticker on the seat tube says "Matawan N.J Bicycle License 1961." Unfortunately, head badge is missing. So, can any of you balloonmeisters...
  29. Krakatoa

    Sold ~ ~ Nice Pre War SHELBY 26" Balloon Correct Dropstand! ~ ~

    Very nice pre war Shelby 'eared' dropstand for 26" balloon tire bikes, correct and original in every way. Excellent straight un-abused non-janky condition, the last two images show typical wear to bottom. SOLD thank you CABE!
  30. fordmike65

    WANTED:Iver Johnson ballooner straight-pull crossbars

    Looking for a set similar to this but in better shape. Most importantly they need to be stamped Iver Johnson. Thanks! Mike
  31. 51PANTHER

    Schwinn balloon fenders

    Im selling some fenders came off my panther they are in rough shape will need rivets for braces 55 shipped in the lower 48
  32. bobcycles


    Housepaint on the Spitfire Schwinn 20" BALLOON frame from 52 or 53. Nice little project no kickstand but takes the bolt on variety. Frame looks sound....just multi - colored.. Hard to find these little cantilever guys. 150.00 plus postage bobcycles@aol.com or pm here
  33. phantom

    J C Higgins Balloon Tanker

    Not my thing but seems priced right....... https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/d/1950s-vintage-jc-higgins-26/6582336370.html
  34. Jim Barnard

    Sold 1936 Ladies Columbia Ballooner $200 in CT

    Ladies Supurbe! See pics. I am not very familiar with these. Please ask questions. Looks completely original to me. (excepting the string skirt guard) Shipping around $80 via bike flights.
  35. Bike Magnet

    Found WTB 1936 Elgin Motorbike balloon tire front fender

    I'm looking for a front fender or fender set for a 1936 Elgin Motorbike. Any help finding a good fender is much appreciated. Thanks!
  36. spomalley86

    Schwinn 20" balloon 1950s

    This is an original schwinn 20 inch ballooner. All og except pedals. Would like to keep complete but may part out. Lmk if you have any questions. Thanks for checking it out! Asking 650.00 plus shipping
  37. MsRock2

    Sold Pair Blue Balloon Fenders, $55 delivered in USA

    Fenders for balloon tires. 3" wide - see photo for measurements.PM for more information or more detailed photos. Located in San Diego. Asking $55 for pair of fenders and I'll ship them to you in USA but not NY - too expensive to ship there but will split with you.
  38. MsRock2

    Sold Pair Black Balloon Tire Fenders

    For sale - not sure of year or make. Black with white trim fenders. Measures 3" wide. See size in photos. Located in San Diego. Asking $75 PM if interested.
  39. bobcycles

    Rare NOS wide whitewall Silent Safety 20 x 2.125 balloon tires USA NOS!!! 175 shipped

    Mint NOS General wide whitewall tires In the rare 20" balloon with zig zag tread! Super rare tires in an I'm possible size. 175 pr shipped Bobcycles@aol.com Or pm here
  40. spomalley86

    Schwinn juvenile balloon bike

    Schwinn juvenile balloon bicycle. The listing for the feather guard ONLY. og paint 400.00 obo shipped
  41. T

    1950's Huffman Huffy Bike Tank Deluxe Balloon Tire Bicycle

    1950's Huffman Huffy Bike Tank Deluxe Balloon Tire Bicycle On Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Huffman-Huffy-Bike-Tank-Deluxe
  42. Krakatoa

    ~ ~ WTB Pre War WESTFIELD 26" Balloon Fork in OG Blue Paint ~ ~

    Please like this as shown. Will consider women's for so long as cross section if fork leg is a stout. See pics red fotk is also balloon 26" but off Women's and has more slender arms. Blue fork has heavier larger cross section. Thanks, Nate
  43. ayrhead

    My Roll Fast Balloon Tire Bike

    Good Morning Everyone: Another Possible Project Bike... I know it is a Roll Fast but i don't know the Year, or Model. I know it is a Skip Tooth. Are they rare? Is it worth trying to rebuild? I honestly don't know that is why I am asking. Thanks for your time... Harry
  44. Krakatoa

    Sold ~ POST COPAKE SPECIAL SOLD! Sweet Westfield Pre War Ballooner Frame Straight Downtube! ~

    Moving along a few cool project frames tonight! Here is a very nice og paint E/G serial Westfield badged pre war 26" ballooner frame with straight downtube and dropstand ears. A good candidate for a G519 style MIL tribute bike. Solid and straight with nice dropouts, seatpost bolt, 7 seatpost...
  45. Krakatoa

    Sold ~ POST COPAKE SPECIAL SOLD! Cool Postwar Hudson Badged Westfield Ballooner Frame! ~

    Moving along a few cool project frames today! Here is a neat post war HUDSON badged Westfield 26" balloner frame. Solid and straight with nice dropouts, incorporated kickstand, seatpost bolt, headset and bb cups. I have the og crank and skiptooth sprocket in my chainrings & cranks ad. PM me if...
  46. ayrhead

    1945 Skip Tooth Montgomery Ward Hawthorne Balloon Tire Bike

    Hi:I recently picked this Bike up. Wondering if it is worth restoring or break down into parts[/URL][/IMG]
  47. schwinnbikebobb

    Fat Tire beer Schwinn

    A buddy sent me this pic. Kind of cool.
  48. Pantmaker

    The two Ballooner Jag graphics

    I was geeking out earlier tonight over the differences in the two different seat tube graphics that graced the short lived Ballooner Jaguar. I thought I'd post a pic so others could geek out too.