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WANTED:chopper bike collector posted by: brendon on 3/3/2006 at 1:31:09 AM
i collect 70's chopper style bikes.eg.
murray kingkats,firecats,etc.
if anyone has any 1970's long fork bikes or parts for sale please contact me.thx b
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RE:WANTED:chopper bike collector posted by wayne on 4/25/2006 at 10:49:06 PM
hi sir i have two murrays one is a black kingkat and the other is a purple firecat i to am looking for parts any luck ? do you have any extras parts for sale any photos you like to share please anything will be helpful
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AGE / VALUE:Help me out!!! posted by: Dave on 3/1/2006 at 4:49:27 AM
I bought a Bicycle at a Tag Sale about 6 months ago. It Looks just Like an Old Scwhinn Sting Ray....But it is not...It has 3 decals that Say "Executive"....It's White & Royal Blue...Girls Frame...Banana Seat...Ape Hanger Handle Bars....And a Sissy Bar....Please Help me out if you know any thing about this Make or Model Bicycle & Worth....You can email me directly if you wish at Bigd1974@sbcglobal.net

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RE:AGE / VALUE:Help me out!!! posted by Niels on 4/12/2006 at 4:50:49 PM
Executive was basically a brand that would slap their stickers on various cheaper European bikes. Around this time tonnes of bikes were being pumped out of eastern Europe, and this was one of the brands. Collectibility is effectivly zero, it will just sell for what a "generic" banana seat bike will, but it is probably a pretty cool ride for someone, regardless of its value
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WANTED:fork posted by: chas. on 2/28/2006 at 3:53:01 PM
HELP!!
need an old style fork for a 20in. schwinn fairlady to complete project bike. can you help? thanks,chas.
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MISC:Will it work posted by: Ryan on 2/27/2006 at 4:45:33 AM
I just bought a chain guard for my columbia muscle bike, it seems to be a black sheep so to speak when it comes to it's ID. I have been told it is the predesessor to the playbike. I have been hunting for a chain guard and found one.

Will this fit and if so, should I just color match my frame to the chain guard considering the decals are in such good shape? Here is my bike currently.


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RE:MISC: Will it work posted by Ryan on 2/27/2006 at 4:57:47 AM
Sorry, bad links. Here you go....
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and the bike....
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Sorry
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RE:MISC: Will it work posted by Hendu on 2/27/2006 at 4:32:22 PM
That chainguard should fit just fine.
Your bike was produced after the Playbikes,
I'd say about 1973 or 1974.
The bike paint is in pretty good shape, and the
chain guard is almost too good to paint.
Unfortunately, I've never seen a tan version
out there, most are green, purple, and yellow.
I've seen some dark browns too, but tan must
be more rare. A yellow would work, but would
still look odd.
Good luck!
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RE:MISC:Will it work posted by Ryan on 2/27/2006 at 11:06:19 PM
Thanks for the help, I think it is going to be a lot better if I just paint the frame green to go with the chain guard. You're right, it's in such great shape I don't want to risk messing it up. Besides, I think green would look a lot better than a coppertone.
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AGE / VALUE:sears robuck screamer 1 posted by: duwayne on 2/22/2006 at 11:04:40 PM
i picked up this bike in the junk heap and was wondering what year it is
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WANTED:old schwinn krate posted by: Jerry on 2/21/2006 at 2:13:38 AM
Hi, I am looking to buy and old schwinn krate frame. I'm thinking right around 1967-1973 or so.... I would just like to buy a frame in fairly good shape just as a little project bike. It would be great if I could get one with some parts, but just a frame would be great. If anyone would be interested in selling an old krate frame, please email at da_man69@sbcglobal.net
thank you.
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WANTED:Looking for Schwinn Stingray Fastback Tires posted by: Vincent Milone on 2/12/2006 at 3:17:54 PM
I am a proud owner of a 1969 Schwinn Stingray Fastback, but the tires are dry rotted. Iam Looking for two 20x1 3/8 to fit s-5 or s-6 Schwinn tubular rims. Are there any aftermarket tire manufactures or N.O.S tires out there. I am also looking for tire tubes and brake rubbers. I would like to find the orignal tires for this bicycle.
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RE:WANTED: Looking for Schwinn Stingray Fastback Tires posted by Russell on 2/14/2006 at 4:31:59 AM
Try http://www.hyper-formance.com/ for repop fastback tires.
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RE:WANTED:Looking for Schwinn Stingray Fastback Tires posted by nate on 2/14/2006 at 1:26:43 PM
They sell those tires right here at oldrhodes.
Click on "Parts" at the top of the page, then click on "Tires". Part number TI_20BW138 for $15.95.


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RE:WANTED:Looking for Schwinn Stingray Fastback posted by jim on 4/25/2006 at 6:56:09 PM
looking for a beater, somthing cheap, near madison wisconsin
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AGE / VALUE:orange krate posted by: bob on 2/12/2006 at 2:51:51 PM
i have an orange krate for sale dont know to much about it if some one can help me with it, it has a small tear in the seat and no shifter cable other than that the bike seems to be in good condition ive had it for 25 years
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RE:AGE / VALUE:orange krate posted by rod on 2/13/2006 at 10:16:54 PM
Original Schwinn Krates (orange is the 1st krate color) were made in Chicago from 1968 to '73 around the time when the government began ruling practically every boy's bike equipped w/ top bar-mounted gear shifters as 'unsafe;' however, repro Krates were made overseas in the mid-to-late 90's, and there are differences in the two: while the repro Krates somewhat recaptured the old school w/ the spring fork, sissy bar shocks, chrome chainguard, & the 16-inch front wheel, they lacked the drum brake in that 16-inch wheel, 5-speed derailleur on the 20-inch rear rim (repros have coaster brakes!?!)& top bar gear shifter as well as aftermarket accessories. The serial # locations also changed on the originals from the double-letter/five-digit stamped on the left rear dropout from 1965-69 to the double-letter/six-digit system stamped on the headtube underneath or upside down over the headbadge from 1970 to the early-80's when Schwinn permanently shut down its Chicago plant. (Unfortunately I have no knowledge of the repro serial #'s.)
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RE:AGE / VALUE: orange krate posted by Russell on 2/14/2006 at 4:32:58 AM
YHM on the Orange Krate. Pics will help.
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AGE / VALUE:ONE MORE FOR THE COLLECTION posted by: LYONS on 2/9/2006 at 8:16:08 PM
I JUST PICKED UP A TORKER CHOPPERBIKE.I GOT THE AMERICAN CUSTOM CRUISER MODEL.I PAID $279. FOR IT. IT WAS GOING FOR $300.BUT I TALKED THE BIKE DEALER INTO $279. BECAUSE IT HAD A SMALL SCRATCH ON IT.(AN EASY FIX)THIS BIKE IS AWESOME!RIDES GREAT.IT HAS ONLY ONE SPEED,AND A COASTER BRAKE. IT ALSO SITS PRETTY HIGH.YOU CAN SEE THIS BIKE ON THE TORKER BICYCLES WEBSITE.THE BIKE DEALER I WENT TO HAD ONE MORE.HE IS LOCATED IN SOMERVILLE,MA.THE STORE IS CALLED PARKSTREET CYCLES.HE ALSO HAD ANOLD BLUE STINGRAY DELUXE (SCRATCHED UP A BIT)HE WAS ASKING $250.HE ALSO HAS A RALIEGH CHOPPER (NEW) BLACK/ORANGE FOR $275.HE ALSO HAS A BAJITA CHROME 20" LOWRIDER,ALSO FOR $279.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Rail chaingard part needed... posted by: Brandon on 2/6/2006 at 11:53:29 PM
I have a Huffy Rail with the flaming stack style chainguard that is missing the rear exhaust pipe part that mounts back by the sissy bar.

Any thoughts on where I could find one?

Thanks.
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RE:AGE / VALUE: Huffy Rail chaingard part needed... posted by SuperStuff on 2/11/2006 at 5:43:31 PM
I think some of those chainguards came that way on later models without the tip I think for girl bikes. You'll just have to buy the one with the tip.
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AGE / VALUE:westcoast chopper limited chopper bicycle posted by: LYONS on 2/6/2006 at 8:30:39 PM
I JUST GOT A WESTCOAST LIMITED CHOPPER BICYCLE AT TOYS R US FOR $85.ITS NOT A BAD DEAL,NICE 24 X 3 INCH KENDA FLAME TIRES.TRIPLETREE FORKS ARE REAL CHEAP ,ALL WELDED TOGETHER .THE BIKE HAS A COOL SHAPED FRAME (ALTHOUGH THE WELDS ARE REAL BUMPY.ITS LIME GREEN WITH BLACK FLAMES.COOL COLOR.THERE ARE THREE TOYS R US STORES CLOSING SO EVERYTHING IS GOIN CHEAP.THIS BIKE WAS FOR $150.,I GOT IT FOR $85. IT WAS $69. PLUS THEY GOT ME FOR $10.ASSEMBLY CHARGE.ALL IN ALL THIS WAS A GREAT DEAL.BIKE IS THE SAME LENGTH AS MY GIANT STILETTO,AND RIDES PRETTY NICE.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:westcoast chopper limited chopper bicycle posted by Spike on 2/8/2006 at 8:31:55 PM
I recently got a Schwinn Orange County Chopper at Walmart for $81. 24 X 2.10 front tire 20 X 4.25 rear.Looks like a true mini chopper.But really not big enough for me and I'm only a 30 inch inseam.But I bought it to possibly turn over. Unfortunately it may be a tough sell but may help to increase traffic flow.I have a feeling yours is a more normal size.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:westcoast chopper limited chopper bicycle posted by LYONS on 2/9/2006 at 8:15:31 PM
YES,THIS BIKE IS 6 1/2 FEET LONG,AND IS PRETTY COMFORTABLE TO RIDE.I AM 5-11.I JUST SAW ONE ON EBAY FOR $90.YOU MAY STILL FIND SOME OUT THERE.
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WANTED:Wide Apehangers posted by: Russell on 2/6/2006 at 5:08:49 AM
Need some nice wide apehanger bars for a restoration of a Murray Wildcat. Trades are good.
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RE:WANTED:Wide Apehangers posted by wayne on 4/25/2006 at 10:55:12 PM
i have two murrats one is a kingkat and one is a fire cat i to am looking for parts any luck also do you have a photo you can share im not sure what a wildcat looks like ?
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FOR SALE:IVERSON FOR SALE ON E-BAY posted by: Darren on 1/29/2006 at 5:25:00 AM
Checkout the Iverson Dragstripper I put on E-bay!
My user name is :1950_shoebox
This bike is rare color! Check it out!Thanks!
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AGE / VALUE:early stingray deluxe serial number posted by: tom on 1/26/2006 at 1:16:27 AM
I have an early copper stingray deluxe - I am guessing it is 65 or 66 based on options etc - the serial number is strange on this one though - I tried to look it up from both my references here and old roads serial number charts - the serial number on the rear dropout of my bike is A 23144 - it is very clear but there is only one letter (A) then a space followed by only 5 digits (23144).

Anyone out there run into this before? Anyone know the correct date for this #?

Any info is appreciated - thanks
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RE:AGE / VALUE:early stingray deluxe serial number posted by Gary M on 1/26/2006 at 7:13:51 PM
according to the lists i have only 5 digits makes it a 1953 frame. there should be no space between the letter and number, if so, your missing a digit there, and probably cuts the value of your bike a ton. if the number is A231xx its missing the last number, thats a 1962 frame.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:early stingray deluxe serial number posted by Rod on 1/30/2006 at 9:08:56 PM
There were no Stingrays made until 1963; Deluxe models span from 1964 to 1974, so according to the coppertone hue as well as your serial # (which is missing the second letter standing for the year), your Stingray Deluxe falls between the 1965-1968 time span. Another factor to keep in mind: In 1965, Schwinn revamped their serial # method by using the double-letter/five digit system meaning your frame was possibly made in January of '65 when the serial # revamp was brand new from the old one-letter/six-digit system which would be the result of the missing second letter.
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RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:early stingray deluxe serial number posted by Gary M on 1/31/2006 at 6:43:27 AM
that frame however is quite old, canti framed youth bikes go way back, its the stingray seat, etc, which changed its looks
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AGE / VALUE:Girls Murray Eliminator posted by: Liz on 1/25/2006 at 6:03:36 AM
Could anyone help me date my bike. Can't seem to find anything out there on the net, especially for a girls bike. I have a Girl Murray Eliminator. Nice Flower power bannana seat, sissy bar, speedomitor. It's been in storage forever and is in great shape. Anyhow, I'm just looking for the year. The logo on the front has been worn by the basket that is attached ( which is cool too, leather straps w/ metal slides) I can e-mail photo or if you can direct me to a link that might help me identify the year I'd appreciate it. Thanks you!
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Girls Murray Eliminator posted by nate on 1/25/2006 at 1:20:29 PM
There is a boy's 1970 Murray Eliminator in the picture database here. That photo may help you narrow down the date.

Also, there seems to be a lot of info on Eliminators in the archives.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Girls Murray Eliminator posted by Gary M on 1/26/2006 at 7:17:38 PM
Keep looking. there is a guy that has an Eliminator web site, its where i learned about my F1 Whirl o Wheel. he has years, pictures, ads, timeline and all. I wont take less then $500 for my 1969 Murray Eliminator F1 Whirl O Wheel. but people will pay $1000 for a plain garden variety made a million of them schwinn almost daily.
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RE:AGE / VALUE:Girls Murray Eliminator posted by Shannon on 1/30/2006 at 7:05:36 PM
The Eliminator website I used to run, (dixiebicycles) is no longer online, unfortunatly. I am not online on a regular basis nowdays but if anyone emails me I will try to answer back as soon as I can. I still have the old site saved and have lots more info than I used to have. Eventually I plan to place it back online somehow, if nothing more than a wikipedia entry or something.

One quick point of reference for the eliminators and their year of manufactor is the rear dropout. If the dropout is constructed of one solid loop of tubing then the bike is a 68-71, if the droupout is made of a metal plate connected to two seperate tubing pieces then the bike is a 72-74.

Email me the pic Liz and I'll take a look at it.
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