| Does someone know of a place or shop where I can have my old Schwinn Stingray and Raleigh Chopper restored? Thanks|
| I'm restoring my first Schwinn Sting Ray (1980 20"). I've came across a loose spoke. It will not loosen or tighten, and I don't know what to do. Any suggestions?|
| Im looking to buy some nice used handlebars for a 66 Schwinn stingray>.|
| I am restoring a Aug '75 5 speed Stingray, and was wondering if anyone knew of the correct Rear Caliper..mine ended up missing, Does the Fastback fit? or the Krate? is there a difference? I am alos looking for a replacement seat or cover...Mine was origianlly all black..with no glitter. Any suggestions or thoughts would be great...thanks.... Scott|
| Dumpster reclamation project. Starting my first restoration of a Stingray. Found a December, 1964 Lime Green frame (L426482) with cranks, pedals, headset, stem, chain guard and front rim. No bars. No seat. No shifter or brakes or fenders. Where do I find the specs for a '64? Not in it for the money. Just always wanted to do a Stingray cause my best friend in childhood had one that I envied. :-) Vintage lightweights are my main bag. |
Also in the dumpster was a Lil Chick frame with ape hanger bars. Any chance the Lil Chick handle bars would be the same ones used on the Stingray? Stems look the same on both.
Thanks in advance. Finally gonna get that 'Ray.
| Ah, so I found the Sting Ray summary and know I have a green one speed. I still need to know: |
1) is the ape hanger from a Lil Chick the same one used on a Sting Ray;
2)did the '64 come with a slick in back; and
3)where do you look for set of white transfers for a '64 Sting Ray?
| Hi DC,|
You have a pretty nice find there. I have a 64 that was my bike as a kid. I'm in the process of fixing it up now. You didn't mention if this was a "standard" or a deluxe. The deluxe came with a set (front and rear) of chrome fenders; the standard without. The Lil Chick handle bars should be fine to go on the Lime Green. I don't think the 64 came with a slick. That would have come on the later crates. So, I think that was a replacement. The rear wheel that came on the 64 would have been a "nubby". If you are looking for a set of correct decals (I am going to get a set for my project) go to this web site. Pete carries a great selection of accurate decals.
He also carries the original paint color kits (everything that you will need to make it look like new). You can also find some good "stuff" on e-bay. Do you know if your bike had one of the early banana seats (I think they starting offering them in mid 64) or the solo polo? In either case, you can get a pretty good reproduction seat (and rather inexpensively at that) from Amazon. Do a search on "banana seat" and see what you get. The appropriate sissy bar for the solo was a square backed one and is hard (but not impossible) to come across. Amazon also carries a sissy, but I've only been able to find the later round backed one. But, it will work fine on your project. Have a great time with it and good luck.
Thanks for that response. It was VERY helpful. I can't tell if my Sting Ray had a banana or a solo polo. My bike has what appears to be an original chrome seat post, but has a black Troxel solo seat on it. I assumed the Troxel was a replacement, but I just looked and it has a very old Schwinn padlock on it. What do you think? I would have assumed the original solo seat would have said Schwinn. Where would one look for evidence of a sissy bar having been installed?
| Oh, and Rocke, it looks like a standard to me, based on the chain guard. I don't see any sign of a "deluxe" written anywhere?|
| Hi DC,|
I'm not familiar with the Troxel brand ... of anything, much less seats. The original seat would have been made by the Persons company. There is an original (recovered) Persons Solo Polo available at ebay, but it "ain't" cheap. The auctioner is asking $110 plus shipping. But, if the seat you have is serviceable, I would say go with it. The sissy bar is pretty much a given. It was the way the seat was attached to the back of the seat at 2 points and to the bike at two points down on each side of the rear axle. Sounds like your sissy is missing. Again, there is an auction for one on ebay but it is going for $63 plus $12 shipping. And, if the chain guard only says Schwinn Sting Ray (without deluxe), the you have a standard. Have a great time with it. I know I am. Let me know how it goes.