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

AGE / VALUE:   Mossberg musclebike posted by: Mike on 11/29/2001 at 8:00:55 PM
Hii, does anyone have any information on Mossberg? I bought a boys Mossberg musclebike with slicks, speed selector, etc. Looks like the Stingray models. Trying to see if there is any demand for such a bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mossberg musclebike posted by JimW. on 12/3/2001 at 6:47:16 AM
There's probably a relation to Mossberg, the firearms co. Quite often this will add value to a bike, due to collectors of a given firearm wanting to have a complete collection. Unfortunately, Mossberg shotguns are kind of low-end, as compared to Remington, etc. So there are likely not as many collectors for the brand. Just like there aren't many Huffy bike collectors.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mossberg musclebike posted by Ryan on 12/12/2001 at 5:00:12 AM
Cant help you with any info but i'd love a pic for my new website. Cheers.

AGE / VALUE:    76/77 red sting ray 5 speed nice cond. posted by: bryan h on 11/29/2001 at 5:40:21 PM
Is this bike collectible or what would be a ballpark value ? It is in pretty good cond. and has never sat outside. Just curious, thanks for any info.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    76/77 red sting ray 5 speed nice cond. posted by Kim on 12/2/2001 at 3:36:57 PM
You bet it is collectible, though being a 1976 it probably has a trigger shifter instead of the stick shift, so that will hurt it's value.

MISC:   Early Stingray crank posted by: Tim on 11/29/2001 at 1:01:43 PM
Wanted to know if the '63-'64 Stingrays had a short crank like the later Juniors or the longer one like the '65-'68 regular Stingray's

   RE:MISC:   Early Stingray crank posted by toddztoys on 12/3/2001 at 2:19:18 PM
My 4/64 frame had a short crank (4.5" center to center) which was badly bent. I believe I replaced it with a similar one from a Fair Lady.

MISC:   Huffy Dragster posted by: Robert on 11/28/2001 at 3:34:39 AM
Anybody out there have a late '60's thru early '70's Green single speed/coaster brake Dragster? It was a Sting-Ray knockoff.

   RE:MISC:   Huffy Dragster posted by freddie on 11/29/2001 at 12:33:09 AM
A few days ago I picked up a nice banana seat Huffy. I don't know the year. It has a near perfect candy apple green paint job and a crushed velvet persons seat.A springer fork Razer fenders. It all looks org.That is all I can say about it. The price was 65.00.I may have paid to much for it but I liked its looks. Can any one tell any thing about it? Thanks

   RE:RE:MISC:   Huffy Dragster posted by Robert on 12/3/2001 at 3:29:31 AM
Sure would like to see some pictures. Is that possible?

MISC:   English Musclebikes posted by: Catfood Rob on 11/28/2001 at 12:28:06 AM
Hay guys. two questions concerning Raleigh Musclebikes...
First, what year did the Raleigh Fireball come out?
#Second, Did Raleigh have any other musclebikes out before the Raleigh Chopper debut in 1968?
Help appreciated...

   RE:MISC:   English Musclebikes posted by Ryan on 12/7/2001 at 6:29:28 AM
The bike your calling a Raleigh Fireball, does it look like a Raleigh Chopper? is it labeled as a Raleigh? if the answer to the second question is no, chances are its a Speedwell Fireball, a rebadged Raleigh Chopper.

   RE:MISC:   English Musclebikes posted by Rob on 12/8/2001 at 4:28:56 AM
Cheers Ryan, and Ta for the photo...Im assuming its you who sent it to me! No, the fireball and rodeo were early `65-````68 Raleigh musclebikes, and were Stingray style, with cantilever frames like Schwinn, but seats like mk1 Chopper. they pre-dated the chopper. I need dates and model styles, to completethe history of the Raleigh Musclebike.
Back to your Speedwell Fireball.... was it released in America? Any Idea why it was re-badged?

MISC:   Rams Horn Info posted by: David on 11/27/2001 at 9:56:42 PM
I have a 67/68, not sure, Schwinn Ram's Horn I got as a boy. It's in good condition, ridden a bunch when new, and has been stored for about 25 years. I need info (how to replace, where to buy, worth refurbishing, etc.)on the following items I know are a problem: 1) original metal pedals are missing; 2) rear reflector missing; 3) handle bar tape missing; 4) paint is OK, except for regular wear
5) front tire has crack; 6) 5-speed cable and chain are diosconnected.
Thanks for the help.

   RE:MISC:   Rams Horn Info posted by MM on 11/29/2001 at 12:45:21 AM
David, Try Ebay, or log onto Hyper-formance.com for your parts... good luck

   RE:MISC:   Rams Horn Info posted by Joel on 11/29/2001 at 6:07:20 PM
Ramshorns were made in 67-8. Well worth repairing. The serial number chart on this site will help date it. The parts you listed are easy to find and not expensive. Also try Memory Lane Classics and the Schwinn.com forums for parts.

MISC:   Spoke length posted by: Pat Guffey on 11/27/2001 at 1:32:09 AM
I have a '66 Stingray with a Bendix coaster brake, I have a Bendix blue band 2 speed hub I want to lace up. can anyone tell me the length of spoke needed to lace the blue band to an S-2 20 inch rim?

   RE:MISC:   Spoke length posted by Robert on 11/27/2001 at 4:41:42 AM
I just had my 2 speed laced up for a '65 Super Deluxe. I put my tape measure on a spoke and took a reading of about 7 3/4". Hope this helps.

AGE / VALUE:   picked up a sears spider 5 today posted by: Jeff Hoehn on 11/27/2001 at 12:07:28 AM
I picked up a orange sears Spider 5 today for $8.00 today. The only thing it is missing is the seat and it doesnt need much but a good cleaning. Number 1: Can anyone tell me about the bike I found? Number 2: Can anyone give me a value? Number 3: Where can I get an OEM seat?

Thanks in advance!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   picked up a sears spider 5 today posted by jeff hoehn on 11/29/2001 at 2:26:10 AM
Are there any other discussion boards I can go to for info?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   picked up a sears spider 5 today posted by Another Jeff on 11/29/2001 at 4:48:55 PM
You grabbed a good one.
They can go for between $150 and $500 depending on condition. This has a stick shift and a smaller front wheel, right?
You can find pictures in the picture database here. Also more info in the stats database. Also info in the archives and just a week or 2 ago there was a discussion here about Sears Spiders (or was it Screamers?). Look farther down this page and if it's not there click "More Messages" and keep going back until you find it.

A correct seat may be tough to find. You've just posted a wanted ad so hopefully someone will have one.

AGE / VALUE:   Pre-Stingray? posted by: toddztoys on 11/25/2001 at 5:00:02 PM
I recently aquired a 20" Schwinn boys' bike. The second digit of the SN is 9, so I guess it's a 59. Looks about right for the paint job, two tone red w/white. The chain guard is missing, and I was wondering what these bikes were called so I could do some research on it. See what it's original configuration was, etc. It currently has smaller, undated stingray-style handlebars and no seat. The fenders are razor edge stingray style. The frame is identical to a '64 stingray I have, which as many of you will know was the shorter "Junior" frame. Any help would be appreciated.

MISC:   old bike posted by: Jimmy on 11/25/2001 at 4:57:33 AM
Did schwinn ever make a bike called a whumpup one?I seen one today,it was blue with whumpup one decal on the chainguard,and it had a schwinn headbage.no serial numbers anywhere.It had a 5 speed shifter,gripper slick,springer front end,and speedo.It was all schwinn stuff.I didnt look like it was s decal added on.it said: "Schwinn whumpup one " on the guard.It looks just like a krate.any info?thanks.

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Rail 3spd posted by: Lee on 11/25/2001 at 4:11:15 AM
Hey there, I just got a Huffy Rail 3spd from my wife. Does anyone know the value of one? It is all original. Any idea of what year it was made? Is there any place that I might find out more information on it? Thanks, Lee

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Rail 3spd posted by Chris on 11/26/2001 at 3:07:47 PM
Can you post the the first two characters of the serial number (should be a number followed by a letter)? That number should the second digit of the year the bike was mfg'd. I think that 66 was the first year for the Rail, so a 6 = 66, 7 = 67, 8 = 68, 9 = 69, 0 = 70, etc. The best sources of information on these bikes is old catalogs and ads from that time period. The ads are easier to find, but both I have seen both on Ebay.

AGE / VALUE:   Stingray decals? posted by: Gordon on 11/24/2001 at 2:17:18 PM
Is there a source for decals for a Stingray? I'm putting a project Stingray in a box for my nephew for Christmas - I want to include everything he will need to put it together. The decals are all I am short. Any help would be appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Stingray decals? posted by toddztoys on 11/25/2001 at 4:58:07 PM
Try Pete at Hyperrays. He has pretty much anything you need in that department.

FOR SALE:   ww tires posted by: AJ on 11/24/2001 at 4:51:54 AM
New tires just in time for xmas,nos ww SCHWINN slick for a fastback,75.00 plus ship,a pair of uniroyal ww liteweights still in the wapper fit s5 and s6 20 1nch,30.00 plus ship,opps sudda been us royal.pair of general brigadier ww still in the wapper fit s5 s6,30.00 plus shippin,goodyear black grasshopper slick 20x2.125 nos in the waaaapper 40.00 plus shippin,email is bigtorque@webtv.net,hope yawl had a great holiday,now its over the river and through the woodsto grannies.

WANTED:   '65 High Loop Seat Strut posted by: Baldy Jeff on 11/23/2001 at 5:51:24 PM
Lookin for an original Persons stamped high loop seat strut to fit '65 Sting Ray. Have original Persons stamped terrific rechromed high loop to trade,plenty of other parts to trade,or cash. Thanks!

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn stingray posted by: R Anderson on 11/21/2001 at 3:54:13 AM
Ive got a blue stingray basic blue seat frame etc;; with 3-speed thumb shifter quite clean words are a little faded great shape i got it for 20;00 is it worth it?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn stingray posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 11/21/2001 at 8:32:42 PM
What I do to answer this question is to go to e- bay and look for another bike or part just like mine and see what it is going for. If someone has one exactly like yours, then you have your answer.
There are some books out on Schwinn Stingrays you might want to buy.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn stingray posted by sambo883 on 11/30/2001 at 3:01:22 AM
Not neccessarily all the time. U can get an idea from "ebay" but the final $ of the "high bid" may not be worth the actual value of that bike. Your basically out bidding each other for that bike. (This is only my opinion).

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn stingray posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 12/6/2001 at 1:47:18 AM
Good point. E- bay floats up and down depending on who's looking and when, also depending on condition, color, accesories, if a bidding war happens or not. Perhaps where the thing is located too.It's a loose guide and it gives you some idea. Models you never thought were made or colors you never thought done pop up. I mean to say that you see all sorts of things on e- bay.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn stingray posted by sambo on 12/6/2001 at 2:16:16 AM
Your absolutly correct! Hey, just for shits and giggles, I bought NOS two (2) 20x1 3/4" tires WW's and the rear was a Goodyear Grasshoper (slick of course) for $25. (the pair)! I saw on ebay just the slick alone black and white walls going anywhere from 40.00 to 75.00+
Plus, I bought them at a Schwinn dealership. I put these tires on a 1949 Fiesta that I'm doing over.