My "chrome Cousins" Together For The First Time


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Evans200

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2014
1,795
2,159
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Romeo, Michigan
#1
1962 Hiawatha Silver Jet and 1964 Sears Spaceliner DeLuxe.

I believe it's time for middleweight bikes to start gaining interest with collectors. Don't get me wrong, I love balloon bikes too. They are the back bone of the hobby. But I think that in order for this hobby to stay strong, our type of bikes has to appeal to young people. And young people don't have a lot of money. That's where the middleweights come into play. They are affordable, ride-able, and if you choose the right ones, every bit as eye-catching as their heavier brothers. That's the key, get the young ones hooked at the right price point. As their addiction and income grows, they'll become full fledged addicts, and pass it on to the next generation. It works with old cars, it can work here too. Not everybody can afford a 57 Chevy convertible, but a lot of people can afford a 57 Chevy 4 door sedan. We are the SEDAN collectors, be proud.
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If you like and collect middleweights, let it be known. This hobby isn't just about balloon bikes, but ALL old bikes.
 

hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
300
471
Fort Recovery, United States
#3
That's a couple of beautiful bikes!

I know it's not very "couth" but I love middleweight bikes. I have some nice balloon bikes but I just can't pass up those prices you can get a beautiful middleweight for still. And you described me perfectly even though I'm not young.....I love middleweight bikes and I own a 1952 Chevy 4-door Coupe.

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hawkster19

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2015
300
471
Fort Recovery, United States
#4
I was just laughing to myself....I also own a Dyna class Harley so I guess I'm even more about the "middleweights" than I thought.

BTW, none of those people are me or my family. Those are clients with my Harley and Chevy.

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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,734
3,172
62
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
#6
I'll admit, when I started collecting bikes, I was all about the middleweights. Tanklights, specifically.
They were more affordable and yes, a lot easier to ride.
I have gravitated to the rarer ballooner market. It's more costly and parts can be a challenge to find.

But, I still have some of my favs of middleweights.

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Evans200

I live for the CABE
Aug 24, 2014
1,795
2,159
62
Romeo, Michigan
#7
JD, we're both in the same boat! These darn middleweights can be a real distraction when you collect on a budget. Every time I have half the money saved for a balloon bike, another middleweight pops up that I can't resist, lol. So now, my collection of 5 bikes has one ballooner! But I'm determined that the next one won't be a middleweight (we'll see) I have to balance the collection.
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Bike Mike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 26, 2017
90
257
55
Fullerton, CA, United States
#8
1962 Hiawatha Silver Jet and 1964 Sears Spaceliner DeLuxe.

I believe it's time for middleweight bikes to start gaining interest with collectors. Don't get me wrong, I love balloon bikes too. They are the back bone of the hobby. But I think that in order for this hobby to stay strong, our type of bikes has to appeal to young people. And young people don't have a lot of money. That's where the middleweights come into play. They are affordable, ride-able, and if you choose the right ones, every bit as eye-catching as their heavier brothers. That's the key, get the young ones hooked at the right price point. As their addiction and income grows, they'll become full fledged addicts, and pass it on to the next generation. It works with old cars, it can work here too. Not everybody can afford a 57 Chevy convertible, but a lot of people can afford a 57 Chevy 4 door sedan. We are the SEDAN collectors, be proud. View attachment 294807 View attachment 294808 View attachment 294809 If you like and collect middleweights, let it be known. This hobby isn't just about balloon bikes, but ALL old bikes.
Great article beautiful bikes.
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,502
1,415
Rochester Hills, MI
#9
"Evans200".....Al's post brings back memories. He died WAY too young. I sold him the men's Spaceliner. Wonder what happened to his collection? I saw a couple of them on here for sale by his family I assume. I had been to his place and had seen his great collection.
Miss you Al!

Mike
 

Rollo

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 29, 2016
366
1,199
61
Lincoln Park, United States
#10
"Evans200".....Al's post brings back memories. He died WAY too young. I sold him the men's Spaceliner. Wonder what happened to his collection? I saw a couple of them on here for sale by his family I assume. I had been to his place and had seen his great collection.
Miss you Al!

Mike
... I've also been fortunate enough to see his collection just after he passed ... A couple of his ballooners were retained by a family friend ... I ended up with his Monark Coupe deVille ... RIP Al ...
 
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Kato

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 10, 2011
673
787
52
Cincinnati, OH
#12
I'm pretty sure the Hiawatha Silver Jet was one of Al's bikes.......almost positive.
Al ended up adding a Dial-Your-Ride that I once owned to his collection and did am A++++ clean up and upgrade on it before he passed away.
I didn't get a chance to chat / PM much with him but when I did I could tell he was a class act !!!![/QUOTE]
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,502
1,415
Rochester Hills, MI
#18
Yes, thanks go to all the previous owners who really took care of it. From what I know about this Spaceliner and have been told, it's all original except the pedals. Here's another angle of it.

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I sold Al that Spaceliner, bought it from a CABE'r from Ohio (I think). Al fixed the headlight and put the red pedals on it. It still had (has ?) the original Sears tires on it.

I also sold him a red Columbia Torpedo middle weight. Not sure where that went. It was in remarkable condition like most of Al's bikes.

Miss Al.......cool guy.

Mike
 

Space66

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 6, 2017
12
28
60
Saginaw, United States
#19
I sold Al that Spaceliner, bought it from a CABE'r from Ohio (I think). Al fixed the headlight and put the red pedals on it. It still had (has ?) the original Sears tires on it.

I also sold him a red Columbia Torpedo middle weight. Not sure where that went. It was in remarkable condition like most of Al's bikes.

Miss Al.......cool guy.

Mike
Mike, the Spaceliner still has the original tires and they look good and strong. As noted, I purchased 5 of Al's bikes and know where three others are at, but not sure about the Columbia. Thanks for the additional history on the bike...much appreciated.

Rick
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
2,502
1,415
Rochester Hills, MI
#20
Mike, the Spaceliner still has the original tires and they look good and strong. As noted, I purchased 5 of Al's bikes and know where three others are at, but not sure about the Columbia. Thanks for the additional history on the bike...much appreciated.

Rick
Cool Rick, glad they're in good hands.

Happy holidays!!

Mike
 

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