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Posted by: ChadB TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Sears bicycle, maybe late 50~s-early 60~s?
Here~s another of the bikes I picked up. Looks to me like it~s a Schwinn, says SEARS on it, so maybe Schwinn made it for Sears? Anyway, I~m guessing it to be late 50~s-early 60~s, but I~m not sure. It~s in decent shape, put air in the tres and rode it around the block, nice riding bike.


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Posted by Patsy
My friend & I were cleaning out some barns and shops & found one just like the one in the picture. The man gave it to my friend.Is it really worth restoring or sell it as is?
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Posted by GWScott
Yep. Flightliner. I used to own one, a Christmas gift in 1961. Great bike. I was in 6th grade. Didn~t like it then, too fancy. What did I know. So it sat behind garage and rusted for 10 years. I resurrected it for college, a shop cleaned it up. Rolled like a miracle. Absolutely smooth after all that mistreatment. I never had to lock it, either, because it looked so old and forlorn. My little joke on the many thieves of that era.
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Posted by bikebarn
sears or jc higgins, one of the same. early to mid 60~s flightliner should be on chainguard. mine looks the same and is a 63
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Posted by danny
It~s a 1960~s Sears Murray flightliner bike. Google this:
Murray flightliner bike"
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Posted by ChadB
It~s gone. I managed to get someone to give me $75 for it, so off it went. I have too many bikes as it is.
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Posted by jace
I just picked up a JC Higgins (Sears) Flightliner-
looks alot like your photo except yours has a Schwinn seat on it- I think original seat is white- I am having mine restored- it~s a really nice bike- I am hoping to get it
looking "original" soon! Have fun with yours!


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Posted by ken
It~s a Flightliner all right. Murray made similar bikes for other sellers, but the Sears logo makes it certain. Here~s a picture of what it looked like.
http://www.nostalgic.net/pictures/1162.htm
There~s actually a dozen pictures of the same Flightliner on Nostalgic.net; unfortunately, it doesn~t have its original saddle and it appears to be missing the headlight lens. I could use one of those myself...
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Posted by ChadB
Yes, it~s a bad repaint...The rims are chrome, why someone painted them white is beyond me. Hopefully the paint preserved the chrome. I didn~t see any trace of letters on the chainguard. Whatever this thing actually is, I know it~s a solid rust free frame and it rides nice.
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Posted by ken again
Oops, dumb question- I looked at your photo again... of course it~s a repaint, see the design on the fork, and the nipples appear to have paint on them. That explains the rims being white. The tank would have been white originally and the painted part of the chainguard too. WW tires. On the chrome part of the chainguard, see if there are any remnants of the word flightliner.
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Posted by ken
Good call, Cliff. It~s definitely a Flightliner, built by Murray, except for the saddle of course... Murray built lots of bikes for Sears from the JC Higgins days until the bike boom. I believe your rims are Murray but I haven~t seen painted rims on a Flightliner, would have expected chrome. Is the bike repainted?
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Posted by Cliff
That~s definitely no Schwinn. I~ve got a girls Murray bike frame with the exact same luggage rack and similar tank/light combo. I~m not saying that it~s a Murray, but maybe they made some bikes for Sears. That~s my guess anyway.
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