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

WANTED:   Murray fire kat posted by: Greg on 6/22/2000 at 4:13:06 AM
if you have one of these bikes in any shape send me a email

AGE / VALUE:   Sears 24" Muscle Bike posted by: Ray on 6/21/2000 at 8:57:27 PM
I just purchased a Sears 24' muscle bike. Everything is there but the fromt fender and the shifter nob. It rides goods. I would like to know what it is worth. Its pretty rusted. So I would like some tips giving it back some of its luster without much expense. P.S. it has the dual rear brakes. I won't say how much I paid for it. But a friend of mine at work called me a thief.

MISC:   iverson drag stripper posted by: drag striper on 6/21/2000 at 3:32:53 PM
i have just aquiered a iverson drag stripper and know nothing about it. if anyone has any info on this or other iverson bikes i would be interested.

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn with firebolt xr-3 on chain guard 20 inch posted by: will on 6/21/2000 at 3:32:33 PM
need some info on a 20 inch schwinn with firebolt xr-3 on chain guard.

WANTED:    Western Auto Buzz Bike Parts posted by: Jerry Graham on 6/21/2000 at 11:38:26 AM
Hello Everybody,
I am new to this bike game and need direction in finding decals, paint, tires, etc., for a Western Auto Buzz Bike (boys). It is about a 1967-68 model. I see lots of info on the Schwinn Stingray but Buzz info is lacking.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

WANTED:   HUFFY SLINGSHOT AND ROLLFAST posted by: JOHN on 6/18/2000 at 6:38:54 AM
Looking for a Huffy 1969/1970 slingshot and a rollfast TOPDRAG these are 20x16 muscle bikes does anyone know of anyone selling these.



   bicycle posted by john deer on 6/21/2000 at 4:46:10 PM
help i need a lowrider bike with a shifter in the middle of the frame.

   RE:bicycle posted by mini me on 6/21/2000 at 4:50:27 PM
hello i need a bike with a 4 cylinder

AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN LIL CHIK posted by: MP on 6/18/2000 at 5:46:38 AM
Is there anything necessarily collectible about a '78 Goldenrod Lil Chik. Someone told me that this particular color was rare because no one wanted really wanted to buy a bike for their cute little daughter that had an ugly dirt-brown banana seat with equally ugly yellow flowers on it. Any info?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   SCHWINN LIL CHIK posted by Jeff on 6/19/2000 at 8:38:06 AM
The S-2 rear wheel, S-7 front wheel, fenders and the chainguard all fit regular Sting-Rays, so it is valuable as a "parts mine".

AGE / VALUE:   Wanted: Rare Bicycles by serious collector posted by: Joe on 6/16/2000 at 10:12:21 PM
I am a serious buyer. I pay TOP DOLLAR for rare bicycles. COLSON, SHELBY, ELGINS, SCHWINN, ROADMASTER and others. If it has a tank on it I am interested. 20" Krates, Stingrays, Fastbacks, Choppers, Huffy almost anyone with or with out a stick shift. I buy them all, one piece or the entire collection. Parts, litature, manuals, lights, HIGH WHEELERS, EARLY TRICYCLES. PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY. I will call you or you can call me on my toll free number 1800-908-9838 x 9243. Please reply directly will all emails. Thank you in advance, Joe

AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Swap Meet, June 25, 2000 Boston, MA posted by: kam on 6/16/2000 at 10:02:54 PM


ON June 25th, 2000 @ 8:00am to Noon, Sullivan Square Charlestown, MA. We will be having our Summer Bicycle Swap Meet. This show is free to all dealers and the public.

Directions: Interstate 93, North or South to the Sullivan Square exit, around rotary.

The big question from everyone is: “ How many are going to attend?” Please notify us if you plan to attend, so we can get an accurate count. Your confirmation will encourage more dealers to attend.

Anyone that may need directions please call me at 508-669-5222 or email us JRAPOZA@EARTHLINK.NET

AGE / VALUE:   wanted swing bike and raleigh chopper front tire posted by: La on 6/11/2000 at 6:47:52 PM
please email me with what you have and condition, price...thanks

AGE / VALUE:   stingray lil tiger posted by: Stephen Brannan on 6/9/2000 at 12:24:47 PM

The very first bike I ever had is a stingray lil tiger.
I recently dug it out of a junk pile where it was placed after being run over 10+ years ago. Any information on this bike would be helpful.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   stingray lil tiger posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/10/2000 at 9:40:48 AM
Run over? I am glad you were not on the bike when this happened.

MISC:   More problems with my stingray posted by: brent on 6/9/2000 at 7:15:12 AM
Ok, I started swapping parts from my Fair Lady to a regular Stingray frame last night. I ran into some problems. First off, the fork on the Fair Lady is longer than the stingray. I should have realized just by looking. The other problem I had was the front sprocket. The fair lady had a "mag" looking crank, but it didn't say Schwinn or mag on it. It was too big to put on the stingray frame, it kept hitting the chainstays. I didn't expect this one. Just some things I didn't know.

WANTED:   Flame GTO posted by: lg on 6/8/2000 at 3:51:58 PM
Could someone please give me any available information regarding the Flame GTO bicycycle.Who produced this?...During what time were these bikes available and what type of value is attached to these bikes. I'm not sure if it's considered a muscle bike. I remember my neighbor having a yellow version with black stripes on the fenders, while I had a metal flaked red version with chrome fenders.

AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by: http://www.ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 6/8/2000 at 12:10:26 PM
I asked if a pal needed this one wheel and the next thing I know, I have six 20 inch three speed wheels. Some Schwinn, some Raleigh. $15.00 each plus shipping. E mail me with what you need, as I may have it squirrled away.

MISC:   The Importance of Correct Gear Adjustment posted by: ChristopherRobin on 6/6/2000 at 10:44:37 AM
This is for the older style Sturmey-Archer A.W. Model Three- Speed.
Correctly adjusted, Sturmey-Archer gears will give you years of trouble- free cycling. If however they are not adjusted correctly they will not function properly and slipping will occur and this will result in permanent damage, unless corrected promptly.

Gear Adjustment
First place the gear control in no.2 position. Then screw the cable connector until THE END OF THE INDICATOR ROD IS EXACTLY LEVEL WITH THE EXTREME END OF THE AXLE. This can be seen through 'window' in the right hand nut, -Now tighten locknut. All Gears are now set.

In use, Sturmey-Archer variable gears have the easiest, cleanest and most convienent means of making a change of gear. The change may be made whilist the cycle is in motion or while stationary.

To change gear when the bicycle is moving, continue to pedal but EASE the pressure on the pedals and move the gear lever smartly.
Should it be necessary to change gear whilst stationary EASE PEDALS BACKWARDS- the internal gears will rotate and engage easily.

(This referrs to older model hubs) as today's Sturmey-Archer hubs are a diffrent breed. They require no lubrication from the user because they are factory set with grease)
A NEW HUB MUST BE OILED BEFORE USE through the lubricator on the hub shell. Afterwards add one or two drops of oil at least every month.
(Sewing machine oil found in fabric shops, not too much, as you do not want this getting onto wheel rims and tires)

   RE:MISC:   The Importance of Correct Gear Adjustment posted by Conrad on 6/7/2000 at 9:44:53 PM
How about the '69 Chopper 3+2 adjustment? I just bought a 3+2 & when both shifters are pulled all the way back(1st gear) the hub slips sometimes(like it is "popping out" of gear).Is there any wasy to correct this problem? What is the correct adjustment fo te left side? I checked & the 3-speed side(chain side) was adjusted very close to what you stated.

   RE:RE:MISC:   The Importance of Correct Gear Adjustment posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/8/2000 at 7:13:11 AM
Please tell me exactly what hub you have. Is this the S-5 , S-5- 1 or something else?

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   The Importance of Correct Gear Adjustment posted by Conrad on 6/8/2000 at 7:54:04 PM
Mine is marked S5 And the hub is also stamped 69

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   The Importance of Correct Gear Adjustment posted by Jon on 6/9/2000 at 5:49:42 AM
ChristopherRobin, thanks for all of the excellent information you contribute to the vintage bicycle community!