Posted by: Misty TITLE: AGE / VALUE: Schwinn Flying Star
Just picked up a bike that the chain guard says Flying Star but the serial number is E130203 and all the info I have found online doesn~t seem to match what the owner told me. It looks like it should have a tank, but there appears to be no sign of a tank being there. The front fender has holes where a headlight would have been. It~s a men~s bike and has 26 x 1 3/4 tires. The owner said he bought it in the early 50~s but I seem to find info on every other bike besides this one. I would really like to get it right before I try to restore it incorrectly. Thanks so much for ANY help/advice!
Posted by Gordon
I don~t know why the info isn~t out there, maybe it just wasn~t a popular model. Judging from the price lists I~d guess that the Flying Stars of the mid fifties probably had tanks, but those of the 60~s probably did not. If your bike has original paint, there would probably be evidence of a tank in a contrast of colors where the tank protected the paint from the sun.
Posted by Misty
That~s what I gathered from the serial number. Any idea why it~s so difficult to find info on this particular model? Do you know if I~m correct about whether there should be a tank? The wheels are stamped as you said. I know some of the parts aren~t original so I don~t know where to begin without more information. Thanks again!
Posted by Gordon
I believe your bike was manufactured by the Arnold Schwinn Co. on May 16, 1961. The wheels should be stamped Schwinn S7 Tubular, usually in the center of the rim right near the valve stem.
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