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Archived: Musclebikes (Sting-Rays, Krates, Choppers, etc.)







WANTED:   Huffy Wheel posted by: Chris on 2/17/2001 at 9:11:47 AM
39 Year Old looking for the Bike I had as a kid. Want to buy this bike for my Sons to share.
Would prefer a complete bike with all chrome and accessories in mint condition. Steering Wheel needs to
be clear/blue glitter without scratches (they always popped the concrete because they were so top-heavy).
Anyone with the bike or know of a shop with one for sale, please email me at tacosrus@yahoo.com.







FOR SALE:   Sears 5-Speed Spyder 24" Purple posted by: thetoyking on 2/17/2001 at 6:05:59 AM
Really nice purple spyder with Raised White Letter Slick. NOS Shimano 333 Stick Shift. NOS Purple Hunt Wilde Grips. Purple glitter Seat with three white racing stripes. Very nice chrome. Some stratches and rust on frame. Chaingurard is correct but faded. Still readable screen. Very nice bike! Wide 60's Style handlebars, Tall sissy bar. $150 plus shipping. Can be picked up in Ohio or Indy. E-mail for photos. Thanks!







FOR SALE:   SCHWINN posted by: DAFFY DUCK on 2/16/2001 at 7:01:08 PM
I HAVE THREE 3 SPEED BANANA SEAT BIKES ASKIN 1000 FOR ALL THREE







FOR SALE:   71' Schwinn Fastback Orange posted by: thetoyking on 2/16/2001 at 6:11:00 PM
I am selling a really nice restored 1971 Kool Orange Fastback. Professionally repainted. Whitewall NOS Tires, NOS orange lever covers, orange/silver streamers. Repop pedals, grips, headlight, sissybar, silver glitter seat w/orange S. 5-speed shifter is correct. Really a nice bike! $650 plus shipping. E-mail me for photos. Can be picked up in Ohio or Indy area. Thanks!


   RE:FOR SALE:   71' Schwinn Fastback Orange posted by john w on 2/25/2001 at 6:03:01 PM
I recently bought a close to original 1970 fastback-5 speed missing a few cable clips,wrong color cable jackets (white not grey) orig. paint with dealer sticker from 1970-almost totally original and an 8 to 9 out of 10 for $350 shipped.
you're way high for this bike its not a "Krate".






FOR SALE:   `69 raleigh chopper posted by: mike on 2/16/2001 at 2:14:33 PM
i have recently aquired this bike. its red with yellow letters and the letters have been a little touched up on one side. i`m told that its missing the front light and fender but i know nothing about these type of bikes so thats a guess. its for sale cheap as i`m getting ready to move and dont want to haul it with me across the country. please email me directly (click my name), will have some pics tomorrow.







FOR SALE:   68 and 69 5 speed Sears Screamers posted by: Eric on 2/16/2001 at 9:56:59 AM
PHoto are available. Email for details.


   RE:FOR SALE:   68 and 69 5 speed Sears Screamers posted by paulO on 2/16/2001 at 12:47:06 PM
How much??

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   68 and 69 5 speed Sears Screamers posted by ron on 2/16/2001 at 4:59:46 PM
What kind of condition is your 1969 screamer? Could you email photos and send price?
Thank you!
Ron






MISC:   Coaster Krate Update posted by: B.J. on 2/16/2001 at 12:27:34 AM
This may not be for Krate Purists,but it sure made my 8 yoa sons day. I purchased a neutered (re coaster brake krate) last fall new. For a winter project I decided to update it with gears. I had a Shimano Nexus 7 speed hub laced into a 70's stingray 20" rim. A 7 speed click shifter mounted to the handlebars along with Weinman brake handles and repo cables. An original Atom wheel & tire completes the front end. The brake stop hole had to be enlarged to accomodate the brake stop nut. The chain was lengthened by about 2 inches. A repop Manta-Ray seat was added for a little extra flair. Lots of smiles per mile. Looks good next to my 72 Pea-Picker. Who says it can't be done? Credit goes to Old Spokes Home bike shop in Villa Park, IL for putting it all together. If you would like to see how it turned out, E-mail at ticketwriter2@msn.com.







AGE / VALUE:   MANTA-RAY FRAME posted by: Kevin K on 2/15/2001 at 6:10:00 PM
Hi. I'm looking to purchase a Manta-Ray frame. I want just a bare frame. Condition is not important as long as it's straight. What is a fair price to pay ? Thanks, Kevin







AGE / VALUE:   Bicentenal posted by: sam on 2/15/2001 at 5:23:36 PM
Any comments on Bicentenal sting rays?As rays go,How desireable are they?--sam


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicentenal posted by Kevin K on 2/15/2001 at 6:05:05 PM
Hi Sam. I am by no means any type of an expert on Sting Rays. I picked up a book written by Liz Fried called " Schwinn Sting Ray ".In the book is a section called Flops, Failures, and Flukes. The Bicentennial is mentioned in this section. The book states " Unfortunately, the Sting-Ray spirit was already lost to BMX, and the Bicentennial bike was quickly forgotten. As a result, Bicentennial Sting-Rays and the accessory seats are highly collectible today ". Not my words. I'd say pretty rare and unusual. Kevin

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicentenal posted by chris on 2/15/2001 at 6:11:24 PM
i personly think it was good for 1976,and proably lifted the stingray up but the stingray had run its course and the 1974&75 were going down fast the 76 came above water for one last year then straight down

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicentenal posted by sam on 2/16/2001 at 6:01:09 AM
Thanks,kevin K & Chris for your insight.I,m was not a stingray kid,so I can put it next to the all aluminum silver king and call them my odd ball section(just kidding)Even though stingrays were not my bike,I can see why they were the 'HOT' bikes for so many.Thanks again--sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Bicentenal posted by Eric on 2/24/2001 at 5:18:08 PM
One sold on Ebay months ago for over $500. It was repainted and decaled. I have a bicentenial Schwinn Continental that I would let go for $500. I personally wouldn't have touched the bike unless under $100.






WANTED:   APE HANGER HANDLEBARS posted by: Eric on 2/15/2001 at 4:54:58 PM
Does any body out there have a pair of ape hanger handle bars does not matter what condition there in as long as I get a pair.
Thanks, Eric


   RE:WANTED:   APE HANGER HANDLEBARS posted by JOEL on 2/16/2001 at 7:12:31 AM
I have a few sets of offbrand bars.






WANTED:   Raleigh Chopper posted by: Mark on 2/15/2001 at 9:52:06 AM
Raleigh Chopper Mark One sissybar needed must be able to ship to England UK.







MISC:   NEW MUSCLE BIKE posted by: ROBERT S on 2/15/2001 at 8:35:38 AM
THE COOLEST THING HAPPENED TO ME TWO WEEKS AGO.I WENT TO DICKS SPORTS STORE AND WHEN I HEAD TO THE BIKE DEPT. I AM SHOCKED TO FIND AMONG ALL THE BMX AND ATB BIKES,A KRATE LOOKIN THING OF 70S FRICKIN BEAUTY ON THE RACK. LIKE A CIRCUS CLOWN ON AMPHETAMINES I YANK I DOWN BEFORE ANYONE ELSE CAN.COME TO FIND OUT IT'S ON CLEARANCE AT ONLY 30 BUCKS AND IT'S BRAND NEW!!!THIS BEAUTY IS CALLED THE P.T.I STREET ROCKRT AND IT COMES IN A COPPERTONE LIKE COLOR.IT HAS A SPRINGER FRONT FORK WITH A 16' WHEEL AND 20' REAR WITH THE ODDEST LOOKING TIRE THAT IVE EVER SEEN.LOOKS LIKE CRATER TREADS.TWO TONED BANANA SEAT,SADDLE? COLOR WITH GLITTER SILVER INSERT.KRATE STYLE HANDLEBARS.CHROME CHAINGUARD W/NAME IN RED LETTERS.AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPROCKET IVE SEEN SINCE THE KRATES MAG STYLE SPROCKET.(IN FACT IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE IT ,EXCEPT ITS SPOKES ARE CURVED, NOT STRAIGHT. I URGE PEOPLE WITH GOOD TASTE TO GO OUT AND SEEK THESE BEAUTIES BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE. CHECK EVERY DICK'S STORE YOU CAN. AND IF FIND ANY PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I HAVE FOUR OF THESE BEASTS AND THEY ONLY COST ME HALF OF MY PAYCHECK!!! GOOD LUCK,OH LISTEN IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE COMPANY WHO MAKES THEM,TELL ME. IHAVE A FEELIN THAT IF I HOLD ON TO THEM LONG ENOUGH, THEY'LL BECOME A LITTLE VALUABLE, SO I WANT TO TRY AND GET DOCUMENTATION AND ANY INFO. THANKS TO ALL THE FANATICS OF MUSCLE BIKES OUT THERE WHO, LIKE ME NEVER GET TIRED OF BEIN A KID.BYE!!!







AGE / VALUE:   ORANGE KENT TWIN STICK posted by: ROBERT S. on 2/15/2001 at 8:25:55 AM
I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE COULD TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS BIKE. IT S AN ORANGE CANTILEVER FRAME KENT MADE IN GERMANY FROM WHAT IT SAYS WHERE REAR BRAKE CALIPER MOUNTS.IT IS ALL ORIGINAL EXCEPT FOR FRONT CABLE HOUSING AND PAINT,DECALS,TIRES, ETC. ARE PERFECT SHAPE.THE TWIN STICK IS PARKING BRAKE ON LEFT, 5 SPD. RIGHT.ANYONE HAVE INFO, DETAILED OR NOT, WILL BE GRATEFUL. THANX







AGE / VALUE:   Sting-Ray age posted by: Kevin L. Slaght on 2/15/2001 at 6:31:47 AM
Have a Sting-Ray that is proving hard to date. S/N is on left rear drop-out and reads L312401. Thanks


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Sting-Ray age posted by joel on 2/15/2001 at 9:14:11 AM
Check the serial # list. Sounds like a 63. a rare find.

   RE: VALUE:   Sting-Ray age posted by chris on 2/15/2001 at 6:03:33 PM
Dec 63 i got aug 63






WANTED:   "patina" posted by: Cam on 2/15/2001 at 5:15:35 AM
Under the General For Sale topic someone mentioned "patina" and I thought it would make a good topic, but I didn't want it to get buried there.

By "patina" people are referring to an old bicycle in original, though maybe slightly crusty, condition. I think the term comes from coin collecting. Anyway, what helps a bicycle hold it's value more:
A Restoration with repaint or keeping it original?


   RE:WANTED:    posted by joel on 2/15/2001 at 9:11:04 AM
I would define patina as any discoloration, oxidation (rust or corosion), dirt & wax buildup, ... on an antique. Also certain finishes that react w/metal to form a coating (like bluing on a gun). Nice originals are better than restored.

   RE:WANTED:    posted by Steve on 2/15/2001 at 9:53:29 AM
there seems to be a fork in the road as far as repainted bikes go. repainting a sting-ray is death to the value, but repainting a ballooner doesn't seem to affect the value at all.

   RE:RE:WANTED:    posted by BillG on 2/16/2001 at 6:25:52 AM
Repainting is never worth it, if you are looking at the money angle. A good repaint is expensive and an average or poor repaint will kill value. Again, I'm talking just from the money aspect.
Just cleaning up the bike is the most cost-effective thing to do. It's cheap to do and it increases value.

I will not buy a repainted bike.

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:    posted by A freind on 2/16/2001 at 6:15:59 PM
Yes, I do agree with originality. The true charactor of the bike it self is rich with stories of prior owners, or that rare find tucked away out of the way deep in somebodys garage, or attic. As you guys do know, there comes a time or so, when you stummble across a beater. You know the kind, the ones with 30 or more years of paint jobs. The ones that have years of "battle scares" for ten bikes. I do agree with you on paint jobs, they are expensive. You get what you pay for. But at the same time, you might get something that dosen't match the originality. So I feel, one needs to really evaluate ones bicycle conditition before anyone makes that decision on a complete resto concerning paint. Its so true when it comes to the hardcore collector, leave well enough alone.