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Posted by: bucket TITLE: MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Indentification help
Old bike I found in my dads garage. Have not checked the serial number yet since it has heavy paint on it. Any quick thoughts on year and make?
Thanks!!


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Posted by Patrick
I~m thinkin~ the same,it was common back in the day for us poorer kids to trash pick parts to keep our bikes rolling or to have a bike at all.I had a few "Frankenstein" bikes before I got my first new one,a ~68 Murray F1 Eliminator.I think the frame~s cool,I~d install a nice set of S-7s,a Schwinn Mag and have fun with it.
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Posted by bucket
I am beginning to think that the frame is a Flying Star, the handle bars, and the paint, but not much else lol. The sprocket is odd, and I am no bike expert, but I see no possible way that there is a gear system on the back axle other than one speed go. lol. I am calling it a Flying Star with mods.
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Posted by Patrick
Check this out....http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1951_1960/1955_08.html...Not sure of the sprocket
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Posted by bucket
Thanks for the help! It is hard to find that frame in any pics. The gear shift thru me. I will have to check closer on the bike to see what it looks like after seeing some other pics. Not sure about the sprocket, like you said. Any idea where it might have come from?
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Posted by patrick
It looks like a mid 50~s Schwinn Flying Star with a different sprocket.

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Posted by bucket
lastly...


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front view


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another


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another


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Posted by bucket
Ok, got some different pictures. Thanks for all the help. Still the mystery continues......


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Posted by ken
My point about the kickstand is that (IMO, from the picture) it~s not a schwinn because they all had built-in kickstands. Further ID may be needed before any serial list will help.
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Posted by bucket
The serial number from what I can tell is U52713, late 1955. Is there a serial number/model data base out there? The rims appear the same, although the back one is not in prime working order. It would not surprise me if the kickstand was not original. It is a single speed with poor brakes lol.
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Posted by bucket
Thanks for the replies. I will check the specs today when it arrives at the house...didnt have the opportunity last week.
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Posted by ken
I think a Speedster would have a straight downtube and an integral kickstand; if 26", should be fitted with 26x1 3/8 s-5/s-6 rims (597 mm bsd) and most likely a cloverleaf chainwheel.
I have no good suggestion of my own. The back rim in the photo looks Murray to me, but that doesn~t prove anything. Can~t really see the front wheel; do the rims match?
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Posted by jj
Maybe a Scwhinn Speedster - 1960s.

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