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

WANTED:   WTB Sears Parts posted by: Matt on 6/6/2000 at 10:44:56 AM
I'm looking to buy or trade for the following:

NOS Sears Allstate Redline Knobby 24 X 1.75; NOS Sears Allstate Redline Front Tire 24 X 1 3/8 (1/4); NOS Sears Allstate Blackwall Front 20 X 1.75 Tire; NOS Silver Glitter Banana Seat with Blue Stripes; NOS Silver Glitter Banana Seat, NOS Blue Glitter Banana Seat; NOS Sears Thunder Rod Bike Motor (just like the murray thunder rod).

AGE / VALUE:   Attention Raleigh Chopper owners: posted by: ChristopherRobin on 6/6/2000 at 10:18:09 AM
Replacement of gear cable 'sportshift' control:
To Remove Old Cable
1. Detach control unit from bicycle. Unscrew cable connector from gear indicator coupling-at hub end.
2.Remove front screw from underside of control unit fixing plate.
3.Unscrew lever knob and remove from lever, lift off plastic cover and push lever forward. Use a screwdriver to prise cable ferrule from its recess.
N.B. If your 'sportshift' has gear indication with a mechanical linkage and cursor plate from its retaining pegs and swing to right side to reveal cable ferrule.
4.From underside of base plate, use a small screwdriver to push cable nipple from recess.

To Fit New Cable:
5. Fit inner wire nipple and outer cable ferrule into recess: the domed end of inner wire nipple must face upwards.
(Note: Refit cursor plate onto its securing pegs).
6.Replace plastic cover and lever knob. Refit control unit to bicycle
7.Pass inner wire through fulcrum clip-on rear frame tube-and fit wire into clip slot.
8.Connect cable to hub end. Set gears as described.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Attention Raleigh Chopper owners: posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/6/2000 at 10:43:05 AM
Correction: (I made an error in typing so I retyped this part)

(To remove old cable)
3. Unscrew lever knob and remove from lever, lift off plastic cover and push lever forward. Use a screwdriver to prise ferrule from its recess.
N.B. If your 'Sportshift has gear indication with a mechanical linkage and cursor plate, gently ease plastic cursor plate from its retaining pegs and swing to right side to reveal cable ferrule.

MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by: brent on 6/6/2000 at 7:09:48 AM
Ok, a stupid question for everyone. I was inflating the original tires from my '78 Fair Lady and realized that the rear tire has failed in one spot and bulging out quite a bit. I know that Schwinn 26in wheels take a certain diameter tire to fit, are the 20in wheels the same way? I was thinking of buying a Chen-Shing freestyle tire from a deptment store if it will fit. If not I guess I'll have to go hit the flea markets for a non schwinn rear wheel.

   RE:MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by dq on 6/6/2000 at 8:15:13 AM
yes, the rim should have a stamping if Schwinn of 'S2' or 'S7' . The S2 takes a 2.125 tire and the S7 takes 1 3/4 (not 1.75). Make sure the tire says 'fits S7' if it is.

   RE:MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by bob on 6/6/2000 at 10:01:34 AM
No need to change out the wheel. Tires for this bike are easy to find. Post a wanted ad here or at Schwinn's forums and you will find one.

   RE:RE:MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/6/2000 at 10:17:57 AM
The Sting-Ray rear slick tire is sold thru bike shops that carry Schwinn and I saw one the other day for $45.00. Raised lettering, these are brand new made by Schwinn.

   RE:MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by Matt on 6/6/2000 at 10:43:47 AM
The tires that Christopher Robin mentions are not correct for your Fair Lady. You need a Blackwall S-7 Gripper Slik (20 X 1 3/4). If you post a message to the Schwinn Buy, Sell, Trade Forum asking for one, you'll find one and expect to pay between $25 and $35 for it.

   RE:MISC:   20 in. tire recomendation posted by brent on 6/6/2000 at 10:57:15 AM
yeah, I'm not planning on doing a correct resto at this moment. I don't want to have to mail order if I can help it and even then, I can't pay more than about $10 a tire. I guess I'll scrounge up an old bmx wheel to mount for the time being.

AGE / VALUE:   mattel stallion posted by: b. Smith on 6/5/2000 at 6:11:32 PM
I have a 1968 Mattel Stallion that I got for Christmas in 1968. It needs some work but is in fairly good shape. Does anyone know anything about these bikes? Is there a value? Please let me know

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   mattel stallion posted by Jon on 6/9/2000 at 5:50:39 AM
I see very few of these. It's a rare one.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   mattel stallion posted by b.smith on 6/9/2000 at 5:38:16 PM
jon, can you tell me more about the stallion. I've had it for, gosh, 32 years. It does need some work. Are parts available? The shocks need replacing and that is about all.
I would love to restore it for my 8 yr old. Thanks.

   Mattel Scooter posted by http://www.ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 6/22/2000 at 11:10:18 AM
I had a Mattel scooter at my Aunt's house for when I came over to visit. It was aluminum with plastic wide wheels and fake shock absorbers and I had a blast with it!!I loved it even though it was a bit crude. Today, they have regular air filled tire push scooters. And now I see these VIZZA ? gas powered scooters in the local bike shop and the kids love these big time!!! I have the Phantom diagram for the Mattel scooter but the scooter itself is gone. I never have seen another since. Those were good times.

AGE / VALUE:   20" packard bicycle posted by: Chip on 6/5/2000 at 5:10:12 PM
I have a frame of a packard bike. I believe it was made by schwinn,(not sure).Can any one tell me what year they were made and about there value? The frame is straight and true but the paint needs alot of help.The front shield is there and in good shape.Thank you.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   20 posted by bob on 6/6/2000 at 9:59:31 AM
Schwinn used that brand before (possibly after ??) WWII. I have seen the badge on several different models. Hard to say about the value. Most frames are common, few are in demand. The serial number list on this forum will help date it if it is post war.

WANTED:   Schwinn Stingray Slik Chik Chainguard Decal posted by: Robby on 6/3/2000 at 9:35:57 PM
I need a Slik Chik Chainguard decal, does anyone have one, if so how much?

FOR SALE:   Schwinn Krate Speedometer posted by: Pee-Wee on 6/3/2000 at 8:37:19 PM
Hey guys. I got a Schwinn Krate style speedometer that I am eager to sell. The speedometer (including cable and driver) is in absolutley perfect condiotin. The only thing wrong is the driver bracket is broken. The glass is not scuffed, clouded, or scratched in any way. The gold numbers are excellent, and the orange metal needle simply does'nt wobble. The chrome casing is terrific. On the black face in white reads "Schwinn Approved." On the back in tiny letters, it says "Made in France, 1981." Perfect, with only 371.0 miles on it. make an offer.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Schwinn Krate Speedometer posted by Juan on 8/16/2000 at 7:37:03 PM
If you still have that speedometer The modt i'll give is 30 dollars so if you interested e-mail me FLIPNACK@HOTMAIL.com

AGE / VALUE:   Grants Hot Canary posted by: Greg on 6/2/2000 at 3:37:10 PM
I have a old bike called a grant it has the words Hot Canary on the chain guard it looks like a schwinn orange krate it has a shimano click-stick it is a 3 speed bike the fenders are yellow with two thin black strips and one thick one the bike is all yellow the seat is black with yellow strips on it. It has hand brakes on the front and rear tire the back tire is a slick if anybody has any information about this bike it would help the bike is about 30 something years old please help

AGE / VALUE:   sears and roebuck bike posted by: david vega on 6/2/2000 at 6:28:27 AM
i have a sears and roebuck 20" free spirit has a 5 speed click stick all orignal except the paint. can anybody tell me what they go for, i havenot seen any like this one.

AGE / VALUE:   Murray F5 Eliminator Mark 1 posted by: rsa on 5/23/2000 at 1:51:22 PM
I just found a Murray Eliminator F5 Mark 1. I am not a bicycle collector, so I'd appreciate any
information I can get about its age, rarity, value, etc. It is a 5-speed with handbrakes. Color is
orange/gold with metalflake banana seat. Has a tall sissy bar on it. Original redline tires.
Condition is near excellent. Thanks for the help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Murray F5 Eliminator Mark 1 posted by Jeff on 5/24/2000 at 5:29:20 AM
See the answer I posted under the "General For Sale and Wanted" topic.

FOR SALE:   Parts page updated posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 5/22/2000 at 2:20:34 PM
We've just added some muscle bikes and parts for sale.
Click on:

"Bicycles/Parts FOR SALE"

at the top of this page to see them.

Vin - VVVintage Vintage Bicycles

AGE / VALUE:   pink panther posted by: ronald pieczynski on 5/21/2000 at 1:21:00 AM
im wondering if anybody out there has any info on a girls bike..it is a sears bike..it says "the pink panther" with the panthers face on the chain guard..it has a banana seat with the pink panthers face on it..it has deep u shaped handle bars with pink hand grips..and white wall tires..it has pink plastic fender that are small and sit up aways from the tires...the bike is all original and in great shape..the bike is painted 1/2 pink and 1/2 white with the pink being toward the front of the bike..can anybody help?..ive never seen a bike like this before..thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   pink panther posted by Jeff on 5/24/2000 at 5:31:01 AM
Probably made in the mid-1980s. Probably not worth much, unless you are a Pink Panther fan. The plastic fenders date it and detract from it's value.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Manta Ray posted by: Mark on 5/21/2000 at 12:29:23 AM
Any scoop on Schwinn Manta Rays'?
Were they an adult version of the String Ray? And what years of production?
Any details most grateful!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Manta Ray posted by Kevin C. on 5/21/2000 at 5:23:27 AM
They were the only 24" Sting-Rays, made for older kids in 1971 and 1972. Five speed Stik-Shift, oversized Fastback frame and about the ugliest saddle ever conceived. They came in orange, yellow, green and silver mist. A few coaster brake and disc brake models were made in '72. Manta Rays were never very popular.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Manta Ray posted by ChristopherRobin on 5/21/2000 at 10:29:39 AM
These is a $14.95 book in the bicycling section of your local bookstore on the Schwinn Sting -Ray. It covers the Manta-ray, "the compettion" Like the Raleigh Chopper, the Sears Screamer, the Vrroom motor attachment by Mattel. The sought after accesories like the checkerboard mirror e.t.c. Excellent book every Sting-ray- Chopper lover should have on the shelf.
Go get the book and then go turn up every rock until you fing someone who has a Sting ray stashed away someplace. Ask the question "Do you have any old bikes?" It's only a matter of time until they bring up something worth buying. The last Sting-ray I found was covered in dog hair and we had to dig it out of the back of the kennel/shed. I paid $50.00 hopped on it and rode away and I fell in love with it and I am a roadster fan.

AGE / VALUE:   swing bike posted by: duke on 5/18/2000 at 4:01:55 PM
Does anyone have background information on a "swing bike" I think it may be an early 70's model. I was wondering about who made it, how long it was in production, anything someone may know about it. Thanks, duke.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   swing bike posted by Bob Hufford on 5/18/2000 at 8:09:10 PM
See http://www.geocities.com/bobhufford/swing.html

Bob Hufford
Keeper of the Swing Bike Web Site

WANTED:   WANTED 1969 HUFFY SLINGSHOT DELUXE posted by: JOHN on 5/16/2000 at 8:41:09 PM