My "chrome Cousins" Together For The First Time

Discussion in 'Middleweight Bicycles' started by Evans200, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. #1 Posted Mar 12, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    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. 100_2692.JPG 100_2698.JPG 100_2696.JPG If you like and collect middleweights, let it be known. This hobby isn't just about balloon bikes, but ALL old bikes.
     
  2. #2 Posted Mar 13, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Amen Al....

    Mike
     
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  3. #3 Posted Mar 14, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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  4. #4 Posted Mar 14, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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  5. #5 Posted Mar 14, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    image.jpeg I'm a ballooner but I love riding my middleweight more like peddling around a VW than a Buick
     
  6. #6 Posted Mar 27, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    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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  7. #7 Posted Mar 27, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    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. 11903924_953522271377720_8386097328617492098_n.jpg
     
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  8. #8 Posted Oct 10, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Great article beautiful bikes.
     
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  9. #9 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    "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
     
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  10. #10 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    ... 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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  11. #11 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Now there is a bike friend I miss. I never got to meet him, but I loved reading his thoughts here on the CABE. RIP Al Sabo.
     
  12. #12 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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]
     
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  13. #13 Posted Oct 11, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    ... Al with some of his bikes ...

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  14. #14 Posted Nov 22, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    I was very fortunate to be able to purchase 5 of Al's bikes and some of the previous owners have commented on this thread. I have not changed anything on any of them and they are all kept in a heated garage.

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  15. #15 Posted Nov 22, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    That Spaceliner is PERFECT! I've always wanted one.
     
  16. #16 Posted Nov 22, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    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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  17. #17 Posted Dec 3, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    let me know when you want to sell your road master, nice bike!
     
  18. #18 Posted Dec 4, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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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
     
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  19. #19 Posted Dec 6, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    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
     
  20. #20 Posted Dec 6, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Cool Rick, glad they're in good hands.

    Happy holidays!!

    Mike