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

MISC:   n.o.s. bars posted by: christian on 8/19/2000 at 11:25:43 PM
what are these bars from? they are in the schwinn plastic.
here's the number on the bottom: schwinn 783668
thanx, christian

   RE:MISC:   n.o.s. bars posted by Jim on 8/20/2000 at 10:10:30 AM
Hi Christian,

Got a photo? I may be able to help you if I could see them.


   RE:RE:MISC:   n.o.s. bars posted by christian on 8/20/2000 at 10:55:44 AM
Kind of hard to get pics. It is a 45 minute drive.
I have seen the bars. they are not very tall. maybe 10"-12".
I'm guessing there for juniors or some other slightly smaller ray.
There is also two other sets. these are walds and are very high
but have no numbers. they are all really old, and brand new.
I just haven't picked them up yet. any ideas yet? thanx, christian

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   n.o.s. bars posted by Jim on 8/20/2000 at 4:53:42 PM
The short ones are probably for a Junior, like you said, or Fair Lady or Lil Chik. These are fairly abundant. The older tall & wide bars used for the 60's Stingrays and other muscle bikes are a good find. Nothing wrong with them being from Wald.

AGE / VALUE:   TRADE-Never mounted vintage krate Bow Pedals posted by: Jeff on 8/18/2000 at 1:58:04 PM
Have this terrific set of never used krate bows I'd like to trade toward Schwinn tailight or very nice early pedals. Also have super sharp large + small cap bow sets F/S or trade. Thanks!!

AGE / VALUE:   Texas Ranger Longhorn posted by: sam on 8/18/2000 at 7:19:25 AM
I just bought my first buzz bike and would like to know it's age.Says Texas Ranger on the head bage(real metal headbadge)This bike has hi-riser bars,banana seat,20'balloon tires & frame all buzz bike style.on the ghain gard also says Longhorn.THE bike is all orange,glitter orange seat,orange frame,and orange TIRES!I'm guessing the bike was sold by sears because it has sears brand tires(20"x 2 1/4" made in U.S.A.).One other thing the pedals did not have reflectors.any info on what i got?---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Texas Ranger Longhorn posted by Jim on 8/18/2000 at 3:09:41 PM
I'm kinda in the same situation. My wife's childhood bike is one of these, but a different color. It is sitting in the weeds on their farm covered in poison ivy. Figures... Anyway, I need some serious convincing to go up there and drag that thing out. Surely someone can give us some info on these bikes. They are really cool looking muscle bikes!


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Texas Ranger Longhorn posted by sam on 8/18/2000 at 3:42:21 PM
Jim,only difference between 101 inthe shade in southeast Tex.and 101 in the shade in southwest Tex. is we ain't got no shade!I say go get the bike(ware gloves)we just one away from our own discussion group.Does your wife remember about what year she got her bike? Could it be they only sold them here in Texas?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Texas Ranger Longhorn posted by Jim on 8/18/2000 at 6:26:53 PM
That's what I'm beginning to believe. I have seen pieces (frames, chainguards, etc...) of other Texas Ranger "cruiser style" bikes, but only know of these two muscle bikes. I guess I'll go up ther with a gallon of Round Up this weekend and return in a couple of weeks to get the bikes out. There are other bikes in the pile as well! Who knows what lies beneath the Poison ivy...

BTW 101 is hot anywhere...

MISC:   Appleton WISCONSIN show and swap Sept 10 posted by: Lukester on 8/16/2000 at 10:51:20 PM
Hello Folks, There will be the 2nd annual Appleton Show and swap Sunday sept 10th,. Appleton is 2 hours north of milwaukee, This is a fun show with lots of deals, We still have swap spaces left too. $15 for a 10X20 outdoor space. All bicycle stuff welcome, and MINIBIKES too.... Call (920)-731-1106 or Email vcarlson@vbe.com for more INFO......

AGE / VALUE:   What to do?? 1969 stingray 2 speed posted by: Kim on 8/16/2000 at 6:07:34 PM
Well the 69 Singray deluxe 2speed arrived today and as I pulled the parts out of the box,I was very happy to see most all the parts are in pretty good shape. The rims are in great shape and will clean up really great. The orig. seat is in great shape no tears or fading, the seat pan has a small amount of rust but also will clean up well Well here is my problem the paint on the frame is weak no rust just alot of scrapes ect.. Do you folks think a bike like this should be repainted or should I just clean it up really good and polish the frame? All my other Stingrays had to be repainted since the orig. paint was shot. Any ideas??


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What to do?? 1969 stingray 2 speed posted by Kevin C. on 8/17/2000 at 5:23:22 AM
I would clean, wax, and enjoy. Originality is important to most collectors. Few expect a 31-year-old child's bike to look like it just left 1718 North Kildare Avenue, Chicago.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   What to do?? 1969 stingray 2 speed posted by Jim on 8/17/2000 at 3:47:52 PM
I agree with Kevin. Nothin' like original paint. Unless...

You are gonna keep it forever and just can't stand to look at it the way it is now. If this is the case then you may want to have it repainted. Professional jobs look much better than amateur jobs out of the rattle can. I have been doing the latter and I'm here to tell you, it leaves a little to be desired. This is OK for good riders, but hurts you on resale and competitions. Good luck!

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Fair Lady Value posted by: Vince on 8/15/2000 at 9:30:05 PM
I'm interested in a Schwinn Fair Lady or other girl's stingray type bike from the 60's and 70's. When I see one, how can I tell which ones are the best value, other than just the cosmetics? Were these made in Asia, as well as Chicago? If so, how can I determine this?
Thanks !!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Fair Lady Value posted by Jeff on 8/16/2000 at 8:34:43 AM
They were made in Asia, too. I'm not sure what year that production started, maybe 1982?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Fair Lady Value posted by Jim on 8/16/2000 at 4:36:11 PM
Check the headbadge. If will say Chicago if it was made there. Other than that it may be hard to tell. I am inclined to believe that the older models (60's and early 70's) will more than likely be American made. Someone with "the book" may be able to provide more info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Fair Lady Value posted by Jim on 8/16/2000 at 4:40:53 PM
Here's more...

1. Look for Schwinn wheels & tires. Gotta have the wheels.

2. Look for the original Schwinn seat.

3. Look for good chrome. Most rust will clean up, but pits will not.

4. Look for original paint. Girls were not as rough as boys so good paint is easy to find.

5. Original grips, peddles, CHAIN GUARD, headbadge, etc...

FOR SALE:   FS 65 J-33 Stingray $450 shipped posted by: Eric on 8/15/2000 at 8:04:49 PM
Bike is complete. Photos are available.

   RE:FOR SALE:   FS 65 J-33 Stingray $450 shipped posted by T.W. on 8/16/2000 at 6:28:10 PM
Can you send me the pictures of the bike.

FOR SALE:   FS 65 J-33 Stingray $450 shipped posted by: Eric on 8/15/2000 at 8:04:49 PM
Bike is complete. Photos are available.

FOR SALE:   huffy cheater slick posted by: rendell on 8/15/2000 at 12:32:01 AM
i have a huffy cheater slick bike for sale. i believe it is a '69 or'70(no reflectors on pedals)and original unrestored it is candy orange w/white & sparkle orange persons seat uniroyal slick & front tire.chrome is most exelent! bike is about an 8 or 9,does have a few scratches.

   RE:FOR SALE:   huffy cheater slick posted by christian on 8/16/2000 at 7:06:56 PM
check your e-mail, please. thanx, christian

MISC:   clear coat posted by: John on 8/14/2000 at 7:56:36 PM
Did Schwinn use clear coats on there candy colors?

   RE:MISC:   clear coat posted by rendell on 8/15/2000 at 12:45:17 AM
they should have. the paint order should be:
primer,silver or aluminum base,color then clear.i am not an expert but that is how it should be done.

MISC:   Looking to Trade NOS Schwinn Red Glitter Rubber Midget Seat posted by: Steve on 8/14/2000 at 6:14:13 PM
I'm looking to trade a NOS red glitter rubber seat for a NOS blue glitter rubber seat. These were accessory seats I've seen on some old advertisements for schwinn seats. I'm restoring a 1968 blue midget and would like to install a blue glitter seat on it. Please email me if you are interested in trading if you have one. THANKS!!

FOR SALE:   stuff! posted by: christian on 8/14/2000 at 1:06:19 PM
1.roadmaster "fantastic one" frame and forks. needs paint.
2.huret "stingray rip off" style speedo. 187 miles.nice shape but needs work.
3.amf 5-speed console stick shifter. chrome and wood grain.
4.evil knievel chainguard, fair shape.
5.schwinn hurricane seat. one fixable rip.
6.rollfast "scoot" girl's frame, forks, chainguard. decent shape.
7.old school huffy bmx seat. long style. nice shape.
8.6-8 assorted high rise handlebars. different styles and conditions.
e-mail for pics and cheapo prices. thanx, christian

AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by: ChristopherRobin on 8/14/2000 at 9:06:32 AM
Why can't we get someone who worked for Schwinn in the 60's someone who was high up. Someone who oversaw production of the Stingray to answer these questions for us. A ask (someone) column. Where are the folks who were there many are still with us!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by christian on 8/14/2000 at 12:58:23 PM
excellent point you have there! i also have a question:
where did all of the big sellers and all of the collectors dissappear to after the schwinn forum shut down??

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by ChristopherRobin on 8/16/2000 at 10:43:25 AM
When I go overturning rocks in the garden of life looking for old bikes and finding people I will be looking for the old timers who made and sold them and I will say "We need you in the internet!"

The Schwinn forum was shut down for a reason and they are all hiding on you.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by christian on 8/16/2000 at 6:57:08 PM
hiding?? chris, i wasn't trying to be sarcastic.
i am only trying to find out where to go to get the
steady flow of info and parts availability.
SO KNOCK IT OFF! i even sent you pics when you were looking for chopper ideas.
why the attitude? and if i am taking this incorrectly, then you have my
apologies. have a great day, christian.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by ChristopherRobin on 8/17/2000 at 1:27:25 PM
I was kidding, teasing, You took it wrong, and I should have worded my silliness diffrently. Sorry, and thanks for the time you took to e- mail me Chopper pix. I wish I could referr you to someone /someplace to help out but I have no ideas. lets hope another forum can help out.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Lets ask the big boys posted by christian on 8/19/2000 at 11:25:28 PM
Glad were cool. I hate when everyone rags on each other all the time.
I still need a complete five speed rim for my ray.
It's the wider rim, not the skinny fastback.
And if you've got one, are you open for trades?
thanx, christian

WANTED:   Schwinn Deluxe Speedometer Cable posted by: Mark on 8/14/2000 at 6:23:59 AM
I am new to the Kool Scene of the Sting Ray® collector world. I've recently purchased a Schwinn Deluxe Speedometer for my Krate, but need to find a cable set-up for it.
If anyone can help me with this I would really appreciate it. I can't wait to mount it on my Krate!!!! Thanx

PS: Does anyone know of any Muscle Bike events that happen in the South Florida area?

WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by: Scott on 8/13/2000 at 9:11:38 PM
I need two rear sliks for my fastbacks. I would like to find NOS but Repo will do just find. These are the 20" x 1-3/8" for S-5 or S-6 rims. Any help would be great!! Thanks Scott

   RE:WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by Jim on 8/14/2000 at 3:11:00 PM

You might try Bay Area Schwinn in the Houston, TX area. They have a bunch of NOS stuff. Their website can be found at www.bayareaschwinn.com

I would call them on the phone (get from website) and talk with one of the guys there. They tend to be most helpful and may have what you need.

Good luck!

   RE:WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by Scott on 8/15/2000 at 9:19:09 PM
Thanks Jim.
I will try them. I have two Fastbacks along with several other StingRays I had when I was a kid and my Dad saved for me. Now I am undoing what I did as a kid to them including repainting my 68 Lemon Peeler. I only wish I had not made a BMX out of my Pea Picker! Hind Sight is 20/20!!

   RE:WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by Jim on 8/17/2000 at 3:52:59 PM
Ouch! Been there my friend. Remember it is a labor of love. Spare no expense! ;)

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by Scott on 8/18/2000 at 10:23:49 PM
I ordered the Sliks for the Fastbacks the other day and also got a Slik for one of my Krates. I hope to get them soon, and will let you know the quality. Thanks again for your help!

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Fastback Slik posted by Scott on 8/27/2000 at 8:17:31 PM
Got the Tires today, They look great! They even hide the "Made in Tiwain" under the lip of the rim. But all in all great repo. Thanks again for the info! Scott