Can someone identify this bike? [Zip Cycle]

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by claytr, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. claytr

    claytr New Member

    Can someone identify what this bike is, and possibly what it is worth?
    I am thinking about purchasing it.
    Thank You

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  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Looks like this Zip Cycle a guy brought over to show me one time.

    The "Indian" version (high end) bike, assembled by a tribe over in Mississippi, for Tom's company in Double Springs.

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  3. claytr

    claytr New Member

    Any idea what it would be worth?
  4. acehere

    acehere New Member

    Look At My Pic, I Have One Exactly Like It..tom On Here Made Those
  5. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    If it is the Indian, with all the little details, I'd say if it stayed in perfect shape, it might have potential as a collector's item.

    Tom Bartlett is the one to send a message to, look under "T" on the Members List.

    The guy who brought that one here "stole" it for, iirc $500 couple of years ago.

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  6. claytr

    claytr New Member

    That's it, the guy selling it was trying to tell me it was made by Harley, but I'm a Harley guy, and knew that was incorrect. So what would a used one be worth with a spare engine?
  7. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I wouldn't have a clue, the bike frame itself is similar to the heavy old style cruisers that are now $350 and up at bike shops, in fact, it's bulkier looking than the high end Schwinn.

    The front forks are worth at least $75 by themselves. And again, iirc, those tires were a premier type, maybe $20 each.

    As far as using it daily for transportation, its is a friction model, I've never rode one more than the half mile I rode THAT bike. So you'd have to read the posts on that type system to get an opinion.
  9. acehere

    acehere New Member

    zip cycle

    These were made from 1993/2003 from what I have read .Ibought mine for 50.00 from a guy who had no idea.I felt bad buying it so cheap after I found out new they sold for around 950.00...I love mine and thought about selling it,but have no idea what they are worth now.Maybe Tom Barlett will chime in and let know the history....

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  10. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Another Ziphead has joined the conversation.

    All the Zips I've personally seen, and most of the ones I read about here, are "Mint condition"....

    I'd be interested in knowing what kind of heavier duty service could these bikes could provide.

    Does anybody ride 2-300 miles per month?

    And how does this roller design perform that all important engine break in phase, those first few tankfuls that seat the piston rings?

    I'm imagining 1,000's of potential miles of with those engines, and zero problems with the frames.

    I put in a standing purchase order, to buy ALL the used ZIPmodels you folks stumble across.
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  11. claytr

    claytr New Member

    How much are you willing to pay for a slightly used one?
  12. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Fifty buckeroos, cash on the barrelhead !!!

    Just kidding, I'm putting up a thread idea down in the buy/sell/trade section, where a fair price could be established for such a jewel, and where somebody close to you could snap it up quick.

    Customer demand is what sets the price, and this is a solid frame, for sure. Plus Tom advised us where to pick up an extra belt, which is good.
  13. retrobicycle

    retrobicycle New Member

    Can you link the thread where the replacement belt info is located? I saw it once, now cant seem to find it.