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AGE / VALUE:   American Flyer 5 speed StingRay ? posted by: Gary Milam on 8/14/2005 at 3:58:32 PM
I just found a bike that looks a lot like a Schwinn Sting-Ray except it has American Flyer decals on it. It is candy apple green with a 5 speed stick shift. This bike's part of the frame that goes under the crotch and makes it a boy's bike is two tubes instead of one. The bike is pre 1975 because it has a registration/license from the city of Houston. What is this. Thanks, Gary
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AGE / VALUE:   1970's Vista Giant posted by: Robert Powell on 8/13/2005 at 11:25:47 PM
Has anyone heard of a Vista Giant? I'm not sure if it is rare or simply not desired, but I cannot find any information on them. This bike is probably from the early 70's and has both front and rear suspension like a motorcycle. Actually I have heard that the originals had fake motors mounted on them. I've only seen two in my life and want to begin restoration, but can find no parts. Please let me know. I'm new to this type of research.
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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Bluebeard posted by: Tom on 8/12/2005 at 1:18:00 AM
I just purchased a Huffy Bluebeard musclebike and can't seem to find and information on it. Are these fairly rare? What approximate value would one in descent, original condition be assigned? Any help would be appreciated.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Bluebeard posted by Justin on 9/5/2005 at 3:26:02 AM
yep - your bike ir rare - much harder to find than a sting -ray . If thats what you are thinking of. Do you want to sell it ? let me know.
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AGE / VALUE:   Need to know worth??? Please Help!! posted by: Dave on 8/11/2005 at 4:09:28 AM
I just bought a Bicycle at a Tag Sale. 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 Hlep me out if you know any thing about this Make or Model Bicycle....You can email me directly if you wish at Bigd1974@sbcglobal.net
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MISC:   Looking for info on a Wildcat posted by: Edd on 8/2/2005 at 4:12:59 AM
Hello i was given a Very old bike that is Two toneed purple and blue with a what looks like a Demin pattern banana seat and has large slick back tire and has the word WILDCAT on the chain guard any info on age / maker and value would be awesome i planning a full restore on it and need to know where to look for parts
thanks
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          RE:MISC:   Looking for info on a Wildcat posted by Justin on 9/5/2005 at 3:20:10 AM
This bike is made buy Murray - I have should have the orgianal ( I cant SPELL LOL ) parts list some place around here. cool bike ! Dose yours have a tall sissy bar ?
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          RE:MISC:   Looking for info on a Wildcat posted by Justin on 9/5/2005 at 3:23:03 AM
If you need the parts list just let me know - I will send it to you. also I have some old ads for the bike if you want them.
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AGE / VALUE:   The chase continues! posted by: Chris on 7/31/2005 at 3:34:40 AM
It's an hour each way, there'll be stairs to get up and down it'll be hot with sweat dripping, I'll hit my head on the roof beams, the thing is purple, a vintage 60's musclebike all intricatate with the original 5 speed shifter. It's rare as all get out but the thing is missing the wheels!

The flipping wheels are gone, they are not there!

The agony and tired-ness of it all, the weariness clashed with the coolness of the bike I studied it well but my frazzled mind cannot remember the name and model of the bike . Monday. I go for it Monday.

I'll pick it up. Today I brought home rims that nobody will want. I brought the small parts and rims and left the cool bike for later. It was dumb and I knew better. He's getting out of bikes but my attempt at buying all the tools failed again.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   The chase continued part 2 The conclusion posted by Chris on 8/2/2005 at 12:02:47 PM
Ok, have my hands on it. It's a Sears Screamer. Pix of it will be on the bay soon. Nice! But missing the wheels.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   The chase continued part 2 The conclusion posted by Chris on 8/2/2005 at 12:08:14 PM
Why two brakes on the rear wheel? This is all original even the derailer and in great shape.
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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   The chase continued part 2 The conclusion posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 8/5/2005 at 1:56:36 PM
Interesting question.... and I can only offer a presumption in response.... Back when I was a kid, it was "Way COOL" to get rolling as fast as you could and then SLAM on your coaster brake..... skidding wildly and striping the pavement with rubber.

Imagine my chagrin when I found out I couldn't do that with the rear handbrake on my Columbia Playbike....

So... perhaps that's why the dual brakes in the rear?

Not sure if that IS the issue... but.... it makes some sort of sense to me.....

Screamers though... are certainly... "Way COOL"!

Regards!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: mike on 7/29/2005 at 1:30:03 AM
im looking for any 20" muscle bike project, any brand, any conditon. email me at sickcyclesoptonline.net with pics and a price.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Levon on 8/11/2005 at 1:25:25 AM
I don't know if this helps you at all but I found three boys frames who all claim to be schwinns on eBay. I'll even be nice and give you the URLs

Frame with fork, seat post clamps, etc.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/SCHWINN-ORANGE-5-SPEED-STINGRAY-FRAME-FORK-1970s_W0QQitemZ7174490780QQcategoryZ42312QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
2 days left

an orange boy's stingray frame with sprocket, crank and forks
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Vintage-Schwinn-Lowrider-Style-Frame_W0QQitemZ7174794648QQcategoryZ106947QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
3 days left

and a white powdercoated stingray
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Schwinn-Stingray-Fastback-20-bike-frame_W0QQitemZ7175308454QQcategoryZ42312QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
8 days left

and there's quite a few sturmy-archer hubs and things up for grabs right now
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AGE / VALUE:   Excel Jetstar springer stingray bike posted by: bob on 7/28/2005 at 8:24:29 PM
Has anybody ever heard of this bike. Also is it worth anything.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Excel Jetstar springer stingray bike posted by John murer on 8/18/2010 at 12:24:36 PM
I have an orange one that I am trying to determine value. Have you gotten any pricing info? Thanks john
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Bantam posted by: Flavio Figliola on 7/22/2005 at 6:17:30 AM
Well about five years ago i received on my birthday a red and white with chrome fenders"Schwinn Bantam" in Excellent. What is really Great About this bike It wasn,t Made in the U.S.A It,s Made In Germany yes Germany. "Ignaz Schwinn, he was the first Generation of the schwinn family, Does Anyone know What era Schwinn began With The painted rims i,m try to date this bike.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Bantam posted by Cahris on 7/26/2005 at 7:36:36 PM
Hell there I have one of those old style pedal bikes that used to have lie a plastic gas tank but it wasn't a real one th=just a fake kind what is a website that I can find those at it has the front shock and the back shocks it is something liek a chopper bike which would be a normal bike you pedal please reply ASAP I need to find where to get a plastic gas tank I looked at a bunch of websites only websites that I came up with were the motocross diret bikes that isn't even close cause on the bike I got you can't even put a motor on it cause it is just a normal chopper bike that used to have like a plastic gas tank.
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MISC:   Firestone GTO panther posted by: Thom Thomspon on 7/20/2005 at 3:11:14 PM
I have a musclebike era Firestone GTO panther and I am looking for ALL information on it that I can get. I want to restore it. I need to find out the specs on it. I put a sturmey archer 3 sp shifter on it but I don't think that is what it had on it? It does have a 3 sp hub. I need a firestone slik for it. Any input would be welcomed thank you.
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MISC:   "Antiques Roadshow FYI" Wednesday posted by: Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, Inc. on 7/19/2005 at 11:17:19 PM
July 20. Wednesday night at 8pm on PBS (WGBH, channel 2 in Boston).

Not sure about other markets, and only 90% sure it will be showing in Boston on Wednesday the 20th.

You'll see bikes from the 1930s to the 1960s. I'm not sure if we'll be on for 30 seconds or a couple minutes.

Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, Inc.
http://OldRoads.com
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AGE / VALUE:   AMF Westpoint muscle bike posted by: Les on 7/15/2005 at 2:15:25 PM
A coworker brought an old bike to work today for me to look at. Iy's an AMF Westpoint 5 speed with the shifter on the upper frame rails. Eveything looks original, except the front wheel and pedals. Any idea how to track down the year and a value? I found a number that may be a serial number on the axle plate on the left side.

Pictures can be seen at http://triumphchoppers.com/gallery/album71

Any info would be appreciated.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Westpoint muscle bike posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/19/2005 at 12:32:17 PM
Interesting machine. When I first read your post I thought perhaps it was a British bicycle, but apparently it's not.

AMF (American Machine and Foundary) had acquired "Badging Rights) to a couple of bicycles being MFG'd. by Raleigh. AMF / Hercules being one of them.

For a time, AMF actually owned Harley Davidson and Alcourt (The original manufacturers of the immensely popular "Sunfish" and "Sailfish" sail boats). Not to mention numerous other companies.

That said... it might prove a bit difficult to research the history of this particular velociped.

Nice machine though! Best of luck with it.

Regards,

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   AMF Westpoint muscle bike posted by Kurt K. on 7/24/2005 at 1:48:26 AM
Typical AMF frame and fork characteristics - always wondered if they were manufactured by Westfield Manuf. though, as the tubing joints share similar details.

Take care,

-Kurt
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MISC:   Cental Illinois stingray, krate, OCC chopper bike show? posted by: Shawn Mason 309-365-9300 on 7/14/2005 at 4:42:50 PM
Hello-
I am one part of a large community festival in it's 19th year. For website go to google and type in -Taste of Country Fair. The show draws 30-40,000 visitors over it's 3 day run. We are a Commmunity Charitable 501 C3 organization with no midway, no beer tent, no food wagons. Everything is thru the local churches, schools, and organization in the town of Lexington, Illinois. We are located 10 minutes North of Bloomington/Normal on I-55. For years the Cushman group in Illinois has had a gathering of 20-50 Cushman's at the event . For Cushman info email me for John Anderson info.
The 2005 show will have the famous Caterpillar Chopper as seen on t.v. The Cat chopper will only be on display Sunday 9/11/05 from 8am to 5pm. I'm wondering if any of you have interest in displaying, riding, your bikes in our parade behind the Cat Chopper since we will also be highlighting the modern OCC Schwinn Stingray and most likely be raffling one of these at the event. I'm sorry I'm not being more concrete but I don't know what the response would be and I must quickly guage interest before making any commitments. Please email me at smrmason@gmail.com
Thanks
Shawn Mason


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AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Banana Split? posted by: Dave Johnson on 7/13/2005 at 5:39:38 PM
When I was a kid in the early '70s, I had a yellow Huffy, I think it was a Banana Split. Does any one remember these?
I remember the chainguard was shaped to look like a muffler and it had a knobby tire on back. It was a 3 speed, black banana seat, short sissy bar. Good memories!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Banana Split? posted by Rod on 7/13/2005 at 7:33:45 PM
My 1st bike was a yellow Huffy i got for my 6th birthday in the mid-70's, and I can't recall the name though I do know that it wasn't a Banana Split; it had a Bendix 76 single-speed coaster brake hub, a plain chainguard, a banana seat (that was either black, white or maybe yellow[?]), a short sissy bar w/ 3- or 4-holes for height adjustment, plain road tires, and the frame itself resembled Schwinn's Fastback but with a curved lower bar(think Stingray without the cantilever bars). It eventually took a back seat to a new birthday present: a '78 Stingray!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Banana Split? posted by Rod on 7/13/2005 at 7:35:05 PM
My 1st bike was a yellow Huffy i got for my 6th birthday in the mid-70's, and I can't recall the name though I do know that it wasn't a Banana Split; it had a Bendix 76 single-speed coaster brake hub, a plain chainguard, a banana seat (that was either black, white or maybe yellow[?]), a short sissy bar w/ 3- or 4-holes for height adjustment, plain road tires, and the frame itself resembled Schwinn's Fastback but with a curved lower bar (think Stingray without the cantilever bars). It eventually took a back seat to a new birthday present: a '78 Stingray!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Banana Split? posted by JAC on 7/24/2005 at 6:54:20 AM
I think the bike you are describing was called the Cheater Slick . My two Brothers got These for Christmas in 1971 or 1972.
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FOR SALE:   new raleigh chopper posted by: L on 7/12/2005 at 2:19:10 AM
For sale brand new silver raleigh chopper (new style) Let me know if interested. Price is 225.00 + shipping
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          RE:FOR SALE:   new raleigh chopper posted by kim on 7/13/2005 at 11:38:02 AM
Someone is re-popping the Raleigh Chopper?
Is it branded by Raleigh?
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          RE:RE:FOR SALE:   new raleigh chopper posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 7/13/2005 at 12:21:34 PM
Yup. They certainly are. Though, I've heard that they are not the greatest as to manufacturing quality... still, very much the Raleigh and thusly branded. Additionally, I believe the shifter is twist-grip... as having the usual and customary Stick Shift... is not as safe?

Later!

Boneman
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