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

AGE / VALUE:   yellow sparkle grips posted by: doug on 12/13/2001 at 6:42:36 AM
What months did schwinn use yellow sparkle grips on the lemon peeler?

FOR SALE:   Bendix 2 speed parts posted by: JERRY on 12/12/2001 at 9:45:12 PM
ALL parts in stock, email with your needs or want, have camera, will send pics....thanks.......jerry.......

WANTED:   Run-A-Bout posted by: Toddztoys on 12/11/2001 at 8:21:45 AM
Season's Greetings to all-
I recently picked up a Runabout frame, bare except for kickstand. I have some of the easier parts in my collection, but need help with the rest. I need a chainguard, fork, and stem. If anyone has these items for sale, please contact me. I could use some information about the front sprocket. How many teeth is the original- in pictures, it looks about the size of one on a Breeze. Also, what is the length of the crankarm, center to center?

This has also raised a question for me regarding grips. Can someone give me a short lesson on them? What are the differences between Chubby and Slimline, and where were they used? I deal mostly in middleweights, where they are all the slimline.

Sorry for all the questions. Any help appreciated! Thanks-

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Dave A. on 12/11/2001 at 6:43:34 AM
Has anyone seen a bike with custom pinstriping by Ed 'the brush' Ericson, mines signed and dated 1966. The bike is a Nov. 1964 lime Stingray, under the signiture there's a decal that reads 'Frisco Customs', 88 Scott St. San Francisco, CA. The bike looks very original, & has a red solo polo seat. any info helful.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 12/14/2001 at 10:06:16 AM
Look in the book "Schwinn Sting Rays"
I don't remember the artist mentioned but it is nearly the same and I would believe that it adds value to the bike.

Most people find the bikes without this added extras. A excellent period touch as it is dated.

AGE / VALUE:   lil chik 71-73? posted by: Christy on 12/10/2001 at 12:36:40 PM
I just found my yellow Schwinn Lil' Chik in my uncles basement. I believe the year should be between 72-74. It's rusty but not in bad condition. Does anyone know the value and where would I find a serial number or identification number? I want to restore for my daughter. Thanks for any info!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   lil chik 71-73? posted by keith on 12/10/2001 at 8:15:28 PM
The # should be under the schwinn badge or mabye by the rear axle.Use the serial # chart in this site to determine year.Bike is worth about $75 as is.Fix it for your child.It'll be a first class ride and the only one on the block!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   lil chik 71-73? posted by christy on 12/10/2001 at 11:50:39 PM
Thanks for the info Keith!

AGE / VALUE:   stingray posted by: keith on 12/9/2001 at 2:03:19 PM
Do you think it would be wrong to take a mint original 83 fairlady and part it out to restore a boys 76 stingray?I value your opinion.Thanks,Keith.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   stingray posted by Andrew on 12/9/2001 at 3:06:31 PM
I would do what your heart tells you to do, may want to check serial #, I thought '79 was the last stingray type bike, if it's a '83 thats the last year the Chicago factory made bikes and that might make it collectible. It's a tough choice but after you loosen the first few bolts, your on your way.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   stingray posted by keith on 12/9/2001 at 10:45:29 PM
The # starts with CU which should be march 83,right?I'm not gonna touch it now.Anybody know about this mystery?Thanks,Keith.

WANTED:   Rollfast speedo cable and drive posted by: Keith W. on 12/8/2001 at 8:12:13 AM
I have a 68 skoot 3 sp. 20 inch muscle bike with a original speedometer.The cable and drive are missing.Does anybody have the parts to get my speedo working again.Does not have to be original parts.Thanks much,Keith.

   RE:WANTED:   Rollfast speedo cable and drive posted by Stacey on 12/9/2001 at 5:45:29 AM
Hi Keith,

I have a 20" speedo drive from a Ross Barracuda. E-mail me, I can provide a photo/scan if desired.

In the wind,

FOR SALE:   SCHWINN STINGRAY BOW PEDALS posted by: BIKEMIKE on 12/7/2001 at 6:59:18 AM
SCHWINN BOW PEDALS made in Germany by Union with Schwinn Cross logo on the end caps. I have them without reflectors for $25 a pair and with reflectors for $20 a pair.These are new,never sold or used,still in shrink plastic. Quantity discounts available. email me and i can email pictures.
thanks bikemike in boston. bac2the50s@aol.com

FOR SALE:   F/S--'65 Sting Ray High Loop Seat Strut posted by: Baldy Jeff on 12/6/2001 at 12:35:32 PM
Original stamped Persons high loop Sting Ray seat strut w/ typical scratches + dull chrome--Bar is straight--No cracks--$150. plus shipping---------------------
Plenty more Sting ray parts available--

FOR SALE:   Murray Eliminator posted by: Rich on 12/4/2001 at 4:34:53 PM
I forgot to mention that bike is magenta in color.

FOR SALE:   Murray Eliminator posted by: Rich on 12/4/2001 at 4:08:22 PM
Hello, I have a late-Sixties (?) Murray F-3 Eliminator 5-speed for sale. It comes with a chrome 5-speed shifter mounted on the dual top tube, dual-redline 20-in. tires with linear tread up front and cheater slick in the rear, and matching glitter handlebar grips and streamers. The chrome throughout the bike is pretty nice including the handlebars, rims and sissy bar. The "long" frame is very straight and the paint is in generally good shape with the exception of a 3-4 in. area along one top tube just forward of the seatpost that is pretty scratched up, but this can probably be remedied with the correct touch-up paint. The 2-tone chainguard is quite nice with a conical chrome front section and magenta-colored litho portion with the words "F-3 Eliminator" tapering toward the rear. The shifter and rear derailleur work OK and engage all 5 gears but some adjustment is definitely needed. The front wheel has all the spokes and appears very straight. The rear one is missing 3-4 spokes and could use a slight truing. I can look for a perfectly good 5-speed wheel in the meantime. Also, I believe the rear brake calipers just need a center bolt to be stabilized. The redline tires appear in decent shape and hold air just fine. The bike still rides OK and with some odds and ends would be a real champ. I believe everything on this bike is all-original with the exception of the glitter white "repop" banana seat. My asking price is $225 and I'm from eastern Massachusetts.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Murray Eliminator posted by Rich on 12/11/2001 at 2:19:56 PM
That bike has been sold. Thank you.

AGE / VALUE:   Rampar/Raliegh R-6 posted by: Jeff on 12/4/2001 at 8:38:30 AM
I have a unusual question that I hope will be answered....

I picked up a Rampar R-6, it's kind of an interesting bike,
but I have no idea as to the history behind this thing...

All I know so far is that it was made by Raliegh at one point, but
the production line was outsourced to Taiwan.

If it helps, the bike is in minty-fresh condition, and its faux-vinyl
seat with the multi-colored daisies is intact. From the design on the seat
I am guessing that this bike came from somewhere in the 70's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rampar/Raliegh R-6 posted by Cal on 12/4/2001 at 1:19:26 PM
There's a 1978 Raleigh Rampar in the picture database but it is a full suspension motorcycle-style 20" bike. Not the type of thing I'd expect to find a flowered seat on.

WANTED:   Minty only please!!! posted by: Robert on 12/3/2001 at 3:35:03 AM
Okay, here's a unusual request. I'm looking for a super clean 1968 Sting-Ray Campus green GIRLS frame. I saw some on ebay recently before I was looking for them and as I recall there were no bids on them. I live in San Diego.

MISC:   information posted by: chuck on 12/2/2001 at 4:37:19 PM
would like to know if schwinn 'Hollywood' was ever released as a Stingray or banana seat bike in 20 in.? I have an early 'S' seat one but think it would look much better restored as a stingray. Thanks.

   RE:MISC:   information posted by Cal on 12/4/2001 at 1:22:38 PM
I've seen 20" Hollywoods but not with the ape hangers and banana seat. Though they probably shared the same frame, the banana seats were put on Lil Chick, Fairlady and Slik Chik 20" Schwinn girl's bikes.

But hey, if you like it better with the banana seat, put one on! Just save the old 'S' seat in case you want to go back to original later.

   RE:RE:MISC:   information posted by Chuck on 12/4/2001 at 4:39:14 PM
Thanks Cal,
I've also got an orignal 20in girls 'Starlet' banana bike, and a late 16in. Schwinn Starlet made in Taiwon.Guess i'll leave the 'Hollywood' as is for now. Thanks,

AGE / VALUE:   20 inch westpoint posted by: jeff on 12/2/2001 at 12:49:09 PM
i own a20 inch westpoint it looks like a copy of the schwinn stingray only frame is a little longer can anyone give me any info or websites to check out nice looking bike but i want to know more about it thanx

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   20 inch westpoint posted by Ryan on 12/12/2001 at 4:58:23 AM
sorry, cant help you with any info but i'd love a pic for my new website. Cheers.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   20 inch westpoint posted by Travis Herron on 12/23/2001 at 5:53:53 AM
HI i have a amf westpoint to 20 inch and i can't find anything about them either if you find anything let me no thx