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WANTED:   1970-1973 Stingray style bike called The Wedge posted by: Shane on 8/6/2008 at 10:16:49 AM
In 1973 my grampa found a used Stingray style chopper and fixed it up for me (my parents couldnt afford to buy me a bike). It looked like a Raleigh MK1 with a 3 speed stick shifter in the middle and a very high back banana seat. It was orange and had a wide flat crossbar with the words "The Wedge" written on it. Does anyone know who it was made by or where I might find one?

Thx ...Shane
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MISC:   Re: Trike stingray posted by: Russ on 8/5/2008 at 10:29:24 AM
They did not produce a stingray trike. The only trike schwinn produced was the town and country. My advise is to remove the trike add on and keep it original.
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MISC:   schwinn cotton picker posted by: Toni on 8/4/2008 at 9:06:06 PM
I'm in love with an old schwinn cotton picker stingray trike. Where they ever produced as trikes or was this something that was customized?
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          RE:MISC:   schwinn cotton picker posted by rod on 8/7/2008 at 8:53:48 PM
Schwinn never made any 20" trike; the Krate series, including the Cotton Picker introduced in 1970, are technically 'customized Stingrays.'
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          RE:MISC:   schwinn cotton picker posted by Jerry on 11/21/2008 at 8:42:09 PM
Hi, Have not been on here in a while but, saw your post, What did you do with the bike, If you have removed the add-on trike section, Do you still have it? I may be interested in the rear.
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FOR SALE:   1940's mens Schwinn bicycle posted by: Charlotte on 8/2/2008 at 3:45:14 PM
I have moved into a smaller house, and do not have the room to keep all my bikes inside. I am selling a few of them to make room. I know people say, "put them outside." But with the southern humidity we have here, I don't want them to start rusting, so they are kept indoors. I have a 1940's skip tooth chain men's 26" Schwinn bicycle, balloon tires. No tank or rear rack. Black and white in color. Paint is in good condition, considering the age of the bike. I am asking $250.00, and would rather not ship it, due to the fact I am a female and I don't have the energy to take it apart to ship. I would, however, meet someone half way for $50.00 extra dollars for gas. I will drive within a two hundred mile radius. I live in Crestview, Fl. which is between Pensacola and Tallahassee FL. Call me on my cell phone for more information if you like. Or email me. 850-232-0836. Thanks Charlotte
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MISC:   Green Dragon? posted by: Ace Kharma on 7/30/2008 at 10:53:59 AM
I had a bike in the early-mid 70's. I believe it was called the "Green Dragon", but I can't find any pictures. What I recall is it had a banana seat, big sissy bar, drag brake handle on the frame, and a fatter "flat" looking rear tire. Of course, they came in green color frames. If anyone recalls this and knows the MFG, etc, it would be appreciated, especially some pictures. thx.
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          RE:MISC:   Green Dragon? posted by Jim on 8/23/2008 at 4:33:10 PM
I have one in my museum at www.nemusclebikes.com
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WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by: Zorrick on 7/30/2008 at 8:32:51 AM
I want to buy a 1970-1974 Huffy Bicycle, Mr America it's red white and blue and sayes Mr America on the chain guard. Please let me know if any even has a photo of this bike. Thanx
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          RE:WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by nathan tadlock on 3/19/2010 at 12:01:29 AM
i have a huffy mr america i rescued frome a weed patch.It had been thare so long the front fork wold npt turn. I worked for days to free it with pb blaster. Now it is fully restored and i ride it all the time. It still has the factory fenders and chain gard. I also have 3 speed 20 inch western auto witch i need a back wheel for if you can help that would be great. I found a cash of old bikes and may be able to help. see i know 2 old timers whos kids are in thare 40s and they still have all thare old bikes. That is all but the 5 i baught. but dont worry they gave me thare word i get 1st dibs, contact me asap.
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          RE:WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by John on 8/22/2010 at 11:43:14 PM
Hi Nathan,
any chance you have a photo of the Mr. America bike? I had one in around 1972 and I think it had a red/white/blue wide striped banana seat. Probably could never afford to get another, but would like to see a picture.
Thanks, John
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          RE:WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by Jon on 8/25/2010 at 5:16:07 PM
http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/bar/1918021925.html, I just saw this on craigslist i hope it helps
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          RE:WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by DeL on 9/19/2010 at 3:32:17 PM
Hey now, I have a Mr. America as well as a Miss America, in real good condition. Mr is all original with thick slick back tire and everything, what is the going price for the pair??? Can take pics..if needed...
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          RE:WANTED:   Huffy Bicycle, Mr America posted by john bryon on 11/28/2010 at 6:10:36 AM
i still have my mr america from when i was little, its been in a shed, i would love to find some parts for it.
thx john
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn stingray pixie hunter green posted by: shelby Elrod on 7/25/2008 at 8:31:15 PM
does any one know the value of this bike it is hunter green i have seen any of these any were. its all orignal it has some ninx in pant but other than that it looks geat no rust on the crome or any were els
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FOR SALE:   amf aerobee renegade 3 posted by: xxfacta9 on 7/22/2008 at 8:28:32 AM
1 1969ish amf aerobee renegade 3 complete some rust $99 obo ann arbor mi. 734 961 2666
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MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by: Chip on 7/18/2008 at 8:21:59 AM
Hello, I am trying to find out what bike I had as a kid back in the late 60's early 70's. It was yellow with the high handles bars and bananna seat. It was a 3 speed, the shifter was mounted on the cross bar. The cross bar was not just one bar but two side by side and the shifter was mounted between the two. The chain guard had a picture of a dragster on it. I can't remember much else and I'm not sure what year I got it. I am looking for one but I need to know excatly what is was so I can do my searching. It was a great bike and I eventually sawed the forks off of another bike and had them welded onto the ends of this bike and had a custom chopper! Before that, this was my Evel Knievel bike, jumping fires and all sorts of things. I had my mom watch me one day and she said "don't you ever make me watch you do that again" but my dad would say " can't you jump higher and longer" Ah.. the good ole days. Anyway , any help would be greatly appreciated.
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          RE:MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by Chris on 7/20/2008 at 10:27:23 AM
I think your bike was a Huffy Dragster 3, from 1972. I have a copy of pictures from some old Huffy catalogs and this bike matches your description. If I can get my scanner working again I could email you a picture.
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          RE:MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by chip on 7/21/2008 at 2:40:26 PM
I looked them up and that is not what I had. It didn't say dragster on the chain guard it was an actual picture of one. Also, there where two cross bars and the shifter was mounted inside a plastic box with the gears on it, 1,2,3.
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          RE:MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by Bill on 7/23/2008 at 10:06:52 AM
You had a Huffy Cheater slick. I recently sold one of these, but in coaster form, to a lucky guy locally. Does the name sound familiar?
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          RE:MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by AndyB on 8/8/2008 at 4:10:25 PM
Hey, Those were the days, going into a jump Knowing odds are you're gonna get hurt. I remember afterschool crowds and guys jumping a bunch of people lying down...(ouch)
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          RE:MISC:���trying to identify bike from childhood posted by Kurt on 8/29/2008 at 8:40:42 PM
Sounds like you may have had a Huffy Trophy CS,
but I've only seen them in green.
See below for a picture.
Hope this helps!


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          RE:RE:MISC:   trying to identify bike from childhood posted by Sean on 10/21/2008 at 3:36:22 PM
I have a Huffy Dragster 3 spd. The chainguard has only a picture of the dragster on it and the number 3. The shifter is as you described. I will send you pics of it and my other similar huffys if you want to look (vanfunandmore at yahoo com)
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AGE / VALUE:   question about krate bikes posted by: jack pryma on 7/17/2008 at 5:55:21 PM
hi i have come across a apple krate bicycle. is this a reproduction or did they actually one that is a coaster brake bike. this doesnt have any accomadations for any handbrakes. only hole in back is for fender. serial # is above headbadge and upside down. # DANooo76 does this mean it is a 1976 ?? was there other coaster bike krates. can email to prymafamily@juno.com thanks for any info jack
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   question about krate bikes posted by the bike farmer on 7/18/2008 at 10:11:54 PM
Jack, it seems you came across a reproduction Krate made around 1998-99. Although original Krates came both as 5-speeds or coaster the serial number you supplied and it's location lead to believe it is a repop.
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MISC:   69 Orange Krate - seat/grip color posted by: Charles Partridge on 7/14/2008 at 2:52:35 PM
I have a 1968 (BDxxxxx) Orange Krate that's been in the family since new. It's had a rough life being handed down through about 5 boys over the first 20+ years of existance...then spent a little time outdoors...then about 10 years in the shed.

The seat is very worn out, but does have some area's of good vinyl still. My 1st question is in relation to the seat and handle grip colors:

The seat appears to have originally been a metallic? blue vinyl, and the grips are black (the are Schwinn orininal grips). I've never seen any pictures of this combination in the Orange Krate series.

I'm also curious about the shifter knob. Mine is a what I call a "5 ball" as in the fact that it looks like a miniature 8 ball (but with the number 5 of course). I've seen several different variations of the knob...but I'm curious if there is any relevance to the year of the bike and such?

Can anyone tell me if these are, in fact, original? (although I have no reason to believe they aren't).

Thanks for any help in advance.
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          RE:MISC:   69 Orange Krate - seat/grip color posted by Charles Partridge on 7/14/2008 at 3:00:56 PM
Sorry..incorrect subject line...meant to say "68" Orange Krate.
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          RE:MISC:   69 Orange Krate - seat/grip color posted by Patrick on 7/15/2008 at 10:47:01 AM
Hi, Your seat should be silver glitter with an orange glitter stripe running from the rear to the front with an "S" in the middle of it. The grips should be orange. The shifter ball is a 1968 only item, for the Krate series. Go to the Schwinn Site, Heritage Forums and post some pics. and you'll get more info. than you knew was available. Pat
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          RE:MISC:   69 Orange Krate - seat/grip color posted by Charles Partridge on 7/15/2008 at 1:40:02 PM
Thanks Patrick. I've posted a message on the Schwinn site now.

I know the colors *should* be as you described...but I can't remember any time that this bike would have been modified. My dad would have NEVER replaced the seat with a real Schwinn seat back in those days. He would have duct taped the original and told us to be happy we were lucky enough to have duct tape! :)

Thanks again...i hope to hear from other on the Schwinn site.
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AGE / VALUE:   kent lil rainbow posted by: shelby on 7/8/2008 at 7:56:40 AM
i have a kent lil' rainbow and i cant find any thing out about it doest any one know any thing about value of this bike ? the seral numers are W90223070
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AGE / VALUE:   1965 Schwinn Sting RAy w/ spoiler posted by: Joanne Z on 7/1/2008 at 5:38:42 AM
Have a 1965 Sky Blue Sting Ray w/ springer. My dad got it for Christmas in 1965-all original-banana seat-FABULOUS condition. Help with value???
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1965 Schwinn Sting RAy w/ spoiler posted by the bike farmer on 7/21/2008 at 10:44:06 PM
Joanne, What you have there is a Schwinn Sting-Ray "Super Deluxe". 1965 was the first year of this bike. It was equipped with the Springer fork, chrome and paint chainguard, white "Chubby" grips, wide-set handlebars. It also had the option of a coaster brake hub or the super cool Bendix 2-speed hub. These bikes fetch quite a pretty penny in good condition. I would say anywhere from $250 for fair condition to around $1,000 for excellent condition based on online auctions and prices at swap meets.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1965 Schwinn Sting RAy w/ spoiler posted by joseph on 9/24/2009 at 7:21:35 AM
please help me find out what a ladies 1960 bendix ladies bike may be worth
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MISC:   Interesting new site about restoring Sting-Rays posted by: Ignaz on 6/27/2008 at 2:35:28 AM
Check out this new site. It features before and after photos of a restored Sting-Ray, the part list, and links to the part sources.

It's www.buildthisbike.com

http://www.buildthisbike.com


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AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by: Howard Greenlee on 6/25/2008 at 12:36:08 PM
Iv"e got this ol bike that looks similiar to a ol stingray
It is made by schwinn (says so on the bike) But no banana
seat?? Several people have spotted it on my backporch and have ask if it was for sale. can you help me with approx year and value? Thanks-- H.G. How do I send picture?
by: 76.206.31.66

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by the bike farmer on 7/18/2008 at 10:15:11 PM
Seems to be a Schwinn "Typhoon" 20" version. They had the 20" sting-ray styled frame; but with a regular seat. They are the daddy of the Sting-ray. There value does not rival that of sting-rays; but still a good find.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Old Schwinn posted by mark on 8/9/2008 at 7:53:00 PM
see if the # is at the headset(69' and up) or on the rear dropout (68' and down) i believe. oldroads has a neat serial # i.d. chart that you can track the exact yr.
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