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Posted by: Marcy Bell TITLE: BALLOON:   New bike, help to identify, please
I got a bicycle yesterday at a garage sale for $15. I *believe* that it is a balloon tire bicycle, but I~m not sure exactly what the definition of that is. It says "Zenith Marshall-Wells" on the front nametag, under the handlebars. The crank for the chain looks different than the other bikes I have had, so it must take a differet type of chain, not sure what, though. I~m including a pic. If anyone can help me, that would be great. From a cursory inspection, the only thing appearing to be wrong with this bike is that the tires are flat (haven~t checked to see if they will hold air or not) and it~s missing the chain. I pushed it around and everything seems to do what it~s supposed to. My goal is to be able to ride this bike. Any tips on how to get it ready to ride so that I don~t ruin anything?
Thanks,
Marcy in Oregon


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Posted by Erin
Mark,
Email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I have one that needs a little straightening. Off a 1936 schwinn admiral. $15 plus shipping.
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Posted by Erin
Also, factor in rust...took me an hour with a mapp torch to get the last rusty crank set apart. clearly not a 5 minute swap.
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Posted by Erin
Unless The rear is a skip tooth new departure...Needs a special spanner to remove, and may not come apart...I was trying to clarify if the sprokets were a match...if not, and one is a skip tooth, the front is easier to remove. If the sprockets dont match (which in the photo, they dont appear to) one will have to be changed.
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Posted by Gary M
the front sprockets are all the same, 5 min swap. the rear are just as easy, pop off the snap ring, toss on a standard gear. why try to fix up skip tooth on a non collectable rider? use standard readily available parts and chains.
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Posted by Gordon
If Erin doesn~t have what you need, I have many to choose from.
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Posted by mark
Hey Erin, do you have a front skip tooth sprocket for sale?
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Posted by Erin
Does the front sproket look like the rear? If so, All you need is a chain to get it going...if not...email me at lexluthier72@yahoo.com I may have a front sprocket for around $15 plus shipping.
-Erin
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Posted by Erin
The front fork looks like a Western Flyer or hawthorne. A quick Google search turns up all types of zenith-marshall wells items. Sounds like a dept store bike...But Cannot find who really made the bike...Good luck.
-Erin
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Posted by mark
Not too sure of the age or make, but I~ll bet it had a "skip-tooth" chain and sprocket. Skip-tooth sprockets have the teeth spaced farther apart so the chains links are spaced differently than a normal chain. Type in"skip tooth" on ebay and you~ll probably find one. The bad news is it will probably cost more than you paid for the whole bike! You can post a message on this site for a chain and probably get a better deal.Folks here don~t seem to be out for money, just a love for vintage bicycles. I will keep my eyes out for one for you. I just got one from my Grandfathers garage, but plan to use it for a future project(SORRY). gOOD LUCK, mARK
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