This is an archive of Vintage Bicycle Information.
For current Discussions, go to our main site: OldRoads.com

If you are trying to determine the genealogy of your bicycle by it's features, go to our Vintage Bicycle Price Guide
which details bicycle features, wheel sizes, brake types, etc., as well as showing a price estimate for your old bicycle.

If you are trying to determine the make and model of your bicycle, go to our Vintage Bicycle Picture Database
which details bicycle features, wheel sizes, etc., as well as showing a price estimate for your vintage bicycle.

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

WANTED:   Seriously Wanted]]]Original White Smoothie Seat posted by: Jeff on 9/11/2001 at 3:55:15 PM
Lookin for an original '65 Sting Ray white smoothie seat--have plenty of kool trade parts in my stash or CASH---If you've got the right seat,give me a yell--you might be surprised!!

   RE:WANTED:   Seriously Wanted]]]Original White Smoothie Seat posted by kafer_d on 9/11/2001 at 5:47:16 PM
There is one on e-bay, But good luck getting it for a descent price. I'm sure you know how some of those butt-pirates are!

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Seriously Wanted]]]Original White Smoothie Seat posted by Jeff on 9/12/2001 at 1:51:51 PM
Looked thru ebay under "Schwinn" ,but couldn't find an original white smoothie?? Under different catagory? Know item # ?? Please email me directly if possible. Thanks! Jeff

   RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Seriously Wanted]]]Original White Smoothie Seat posted by Dan on 9/14/2001 at 2:09:05 AM
Hey Jeff, Look at item #1004463330 It has 1 bid for $9.99. It ends mon. @ 5:03 p.m. Hope It's what you want, Good luck :)

FOR SALE:   Seriously Wanted]]]]Original White Smoothie Seat posted by: Jeff on 9/11/2001 at 3:50:08 PM
Lookin for an original '65 Sting Ray white smoothie seat---Have plenty of kool trade parts stashed or CASH----If you've got the right seat,give me a yell,you might be surprised!

AGE / VALUE:   HUFFY WITHDRAWS FROM BIDDING FOR SCHWINN posted by: Tom Findley on 9/11/2001 at 11:38:47 AM
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Huffy Corporation (NYSE: HUF - news) confirmed today that it withdrew from the bidding in the auction in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.

Don R. Graber, Chairman, CEO and President of Huffy Corporation said, ``While we are disappointed that we will not be able to add the Schwinn/GT brands to our current brand portfolio, I would like to thank all of the employees of Schwinn/GT for their dedication during an extremely trying time and for their assistance during the sale process. Unfortunately, the levels of bids reached a point at which Huffy Corporation believes that the price exceeded the value of the assets and trademarks. While we remain confident that our business model for the integration of the Schwinn/GT would have ultimately been very successful, the current economic environment simply will not allow for significant overpayment in a business that has proven to be very difficult over the past three years.''

Graber concluded by saying, ``In our view, in the current economic environment, we will continue to see a variety of opportunities to add to our existing portfolio of products and services. With a debt free balance sheet and anticipated increase in cash and investments as we move through the end of the fiscal year, we are well positioned to pursue opportunities to add to shareholder value.''

Huffy Corporation (NYSE: HUF - news) is a leading provider of consumer and retail services and a leading supplier of bicycles and home basketball equipment.

The discussion in this press release contains forward-looking statements and is qualified by the cautionary statements contained in the Company's report on Form 8-K, dated March 6, 2001.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   HUFFY WITHDRAWS FROM BIDDING FOR SCHWINN posted by Salvatore on 9/13/2001 at 5:16:01 AM
Glad to hear this. To have Huffy take over Schwinn would make every last American made Schwinn - lightweight, middleweight, whatever - priced so high no one but the rich could afford to own one.

AGE / VALUE:   columbia tripper posted by: joe on 9/10/2001 at 7:45:57 PM
Im building a lowrider for my six year old out of a columbia tripper serial no. 60913081 Its a 20" bike that looks very similiar to a sting ray. Anyone know the year of this bike or any pics on line of another one? thanks..joe

WANTED:   murray chopper posted by: ricardo on 9/10/2001 at 11:56:50 AM
im looking for parts for muuray chopper,or anything simalar.this includes western flyer ramrod chopper,sears sypder chopper murray kingkat. i mainly need chaingaurd,handlebars,possibly rear fender.also if possible a frame. i had one of my frames stolen,but i still have the forks.not really looking for n.o.s.

MISC:   Sting Ray Speedometer posted by: Paul on 9/9/2001 at 5:18:43 PM
I have purchased Schwinn Fastback with a Stingray speedometer. The wheel drive unit turns and the cable works but the main speedometer housing is frozen and the cable wont budge it. Does anyone know how to repain this or take the speedomete apart for that matter. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

   RE:MISC:   Sting Ray Speedometer posted by James on 9/9/2001 at 6:06:49 PM
Hey there!

Well for starters you should spray where the cable goes into the speedo itself spray the heck out of it with WD_40 or an evuivalent and do it a few times then let stand for a few try working the cable around a little bit. I hope this works I myself dont really work with speedos but I have donbe the same method with other frzen parts such as derailurs and the like and it seens to have worked for me then. DONT force things though if it wont budge after the sparying I am sure someone might have abetter idea that is if anyone answers ya!

Good luck

MISC:   Schwinn Manta-Ray Color Chart posted by: Tom on 9/9/2001 at 4:51:32 PM
What were the correct colors for the Manta-Ray for the two years it was offered?

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Manta-Ray Color Chart posted by Cal on 9/10/2001 at 6:21:57 AM
Check the "Sting-Ray Summary" in the General Resources section of this site.

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Manta-Ray Color Chart posted by Dick on 10/4/2001 at 5:27:55 PM
The two colors where......Sunset Orange and Kool Orange, I own one that's how I know.

   RE:MISC:   Schwinn Manta-Ray Color Chart posted by Dick on 10/4/2001 at 5:29:29 PM
Oop's, I thought u meant the two "orange" colors.

MISC:   Kickstand Removal - Schwinn Bikes posted by: Tom on 9/9/2001 at 4:50:18 PM
What is the correct technique for removing the kickstand on a Schwinn bike?

   RE:MISC:   Kickstand Removal - Schwinn Bikes posted by MM on 9/9/2001 at 7:09:33 PM
Tom, There are a few different ways to remove a schwinn kickstand, There is even a special tool out there,But I have found success with a pair of straight pliars,a pair of channel locks (#430 size) and a piece of duct tape, Use the duct tape on the channel lock jaws to keep from marring the paint, turn the bike up side down or place in a soft-jaws of a vise, or a bike-vise, open the jaws of the channel lock wide enough to grab the back side of the kickstand frame tube and the other side of channel lock jaw on the spring-loaded coller thats sticking out of the front side of the kickstand. Squeeze the channel locks lightly with one hand and use the nose of the straight pliers to pull the keeper pin out. I am not an expert in giving instructions in writing, but I hope this helps, I have removed(and installed)many kickstands this way without any problem or damage...good luck

WANTED:   68 Huffy Slingshot Parts posted by: Richard on 9/9/2001 at 12:01:41 PM
I have a 68 Huffy Slingshot that I built from parts when I was about 12 years old.(30 Years ago) I am looking for the parts to put it back into factory condition. I need all the Chrome, seat and chain guard. The bike was painted a burnt orange at the factory.

AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by: Nelson on 9/9/2001 at 7:02:00 AM
Hey, i was just wondering if anyone could give me some info on a stingray i picked up at a garage sale. It's a 1972 campus green stingray. How do i know if it is a regular stingray, a DeLuxe, or a Fastback? It's missing the chain guard so i don't really know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by MM on 9/9/2001 at 6:52:28 PM
Nelson, A Fastback will have a single post from the seat to the fork tube unlike a standard ray, and a stingray will have 20in. S-2 or S-7 wheels, while a fastback will have either S-5 or S-6 wheels,(most are stamped) Schwinn added fenders, handbrakes, multible speeds, and sometimes different colors to distingush them as deluxes... these are some of the most noticible differences, hope this helps

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Nelson on 9/9/2001 at 6:56:14 PM
That helps out a lot MM. I think it's a standard stingray. It has a s-2 wheel on the front and an s-7 on the back. Are the wheels suppose to be the same or not?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Cal on 9/10/2001 at 6:23:16 AM
Nope, the wheels are not supposed to be the same, so an S7 and an S2 is correct.
If it has a springer front suspension, it is a deluxe.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Nelson on 9/10/2001 at 6:38:09 AM
Thanks for the reply Cal. I really appreciate the help. Anyone know where i could find a campus green stingray chain guard for a 1972?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by MM on 9/10/2001 at 4:42:59 PM
For starters, try this site or EBAY...Good luck

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by MM on 9/10/2001 at 4:50:09 PM
Nelson, I believe the s-2 is on the back and the s-7 is on, or should be on the front...MM

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Caleb on 9/10/2001 at 8:43:59 PM
No springer on a Deluxe. The Super-Deluxe had a springer.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Paul on 9/11/2001 at 5:03:53 AM
What makes the deluxe different from the standard?

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1972 Schwinn Stingray posted by Jeff on 10/5/2001 at 5:44:09 PM
The Deluxe Sting-Rays in 72' had chrome fenders, color-matched saddles with silver inlays and narrow white line tires (Gripper Slik on rear and Superior on the front)

MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by: Dan on 9/8/2001 at 2:17:42 PM
I just have to vent a little, Theese cool little old bikes we ride around the swap meet days are gone. Do half the the people on a un-named trading site even ride bikes? Or do they buy, find, dig, or steal every little nut and bolt and auction it off w/ a $200.00 reserve on it! There is a guy right now auctioning three stingray's. Two of them have a $2000.00 reserve on them, and the other has a $3000.00 reserve! To top it all off none of them are Krates. It just makes me sick, that's all. Thanks for listening all you BIKE riders. To all you Schwinn salesmen, GO TO H*%#!!!

   RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by Mack on 9/8/2001 at 7:13:38 PM
yep i have to say i ride all my bikes and especially like showing them off afteri have worked hard on them and making them shine and look kewl

those that sell garbage are cruel and useless and if i ever met them i would not be so nice to them -- i have bought shit off people and i am upset at that bc what they say and what u get is just not right

i just want parts for my bikes that are in good shape so i can ride with pride

your in Canada

   RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by ELMER FUDD on 9/9/2001 at 7:46:56 PM

   RE:RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by Dan on 9/9/2001 at 9:50:51 PM
That's what I was trying to say. I guess I was just mad when I was typing. Sorry:)

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by Cal on 9/10/2001 at 6:27:50 AM
I'm not familiar with the particular auction you're referring to, but I'll tell you this: If it's priced too high, it ain't gonna sell, so I hope the guy also enjoys RIDING his bicycles.
I know I do.
There's nothing like taking a 30 or 50 year old bicycle out on the bike path or down town. It's fun to turn heads and it's a great conversation starter.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by Dan on 9/10/2001 at 9:49:12 PM
This is not the only hobbie I have that has turned into a $$$ fad. It really hurts

   RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by stacey on 10/2/2001 at 10:38:38 PM
I can understand your frustration Dan. It's very frustrating to see that kind of pilaging going on. However, I do feel some objectivity is needed here. The gouging goes on in other places too!

Just the other week I was at a Monday morning junk sale/flea market/auction for general merchandise. There was a guy there with a complete Krate front wheel assy. including tire, in MINT condition. His asking...$400.00!

Something to keep in mind. If it weren't for enough people buying this stuff at outrageous prices, the prices would come down. It takes at least two bidders to fetch $300.00 on a $10.00 starting bid.

Also, I'm somewhat affronted by the generalization of eBay sellers. You see, I eek out a living by selling on eBay. I found a nice Raliegh Sports for $5.00 at a garage sale, spent 3 hours cleaning and polishing for photos, etc. I listed it at $9.95 no reserve and got 1 bid. Tough way to make a living eh, Dan? Just wait till I find a Stingray at Salvation Army for a buck and it closes at $200.00! Whose to blame, ME? No, it's the bidders that drive the price up.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is PLEASE watch where you point the gun when you're taking pot shots. Someone just might be in the sights!

Thanks for letting me vent.


   RE:MISC:   I'VE SEEN IT ALL!!!!!!!! posted by stacey on 10/2/2001 at 10:40:37 PM
PS; I forgot to add I ride too.

WANTED:   Columbia Playbike Rims posted by: Randy on 9/8/2001 at 10:33:49 AM
I need a good set of Columbia 20"rims. Doesn't matter what hub they have. Write me at: rvb@ids.net

AGE / VALUE:   KIA High Rise posted by: James on 9/7/2001 at 1:38:49 PM

I have a bicycle made by the Kia bicycle corp in korea I know it was made in 1980 it is a bannana seat bike it is in near mint condition it has the cottered cranks and is 20 inch. I just would like to know of it's value if any at all.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   KIA High Rise posted by Jeff on 9/9/2001 at 11:20:23 AM
Kias were pretty popular for a couple of years. I remember seeing a lot of them around. The bike is a little too new to be valuable as a collectable but to somebody that had one when there were a kid it may be worth something. Just to give you an idea, I paid 50 bucks for a Vista Torino II that was very similar to the one I had in 78'.

FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by: Michael on 9/7/2001 at 1:23:47 PM
I have all of this.
1 Schwinn Grey Ghost 1971 complete
1 Murray Elimater frame
1 Kent frame
1 Western Flyer frame
1 Free Spirit frame
1 Galactic Cruiser complete
all are boy's frames except the Western Flyer

   RE:FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by james on 9/7/2001 at 1:46:52 PM
Hi there!
The gray ghost is valuabe I am not sure as too how much but i belive it is in the same family as the Krate bikes. The elimanator is also good to hold on to is it the 5 speed? The western flyer is older i myself have a western flyer tandem. I am far from an expert as far as old bikes go but any older bikes are worth somthing to someone you just have to find the right person. i hope i am of some sort of help. Contact me if you want to get rid of any of them or if you are willing to trade.

Thanks and good luck
James The Re-Cycler

   RE:FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by Dean on 9/7/2001 at 3:38:31 PM
Hey, you wanting to sell the Grey Ghost? How much ya want for it?

   RE:FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by Scott on 9/8/2001 at 8:49:51 PM
Michael, In the past week or so I had a flash back to when I was 9 or 10. I was reminiscing about my first bike a Grey Ghost. My dad and I went down to the local Schwinn dealer and bought it right out of the store window. Man I loved that bike. Well, imagine my surprise to now find out that people are collecting and restoring these things. I have religated myself to trying to get one of the toy replicas that are on E-bay. Your bike peaks my curiosity though.. What are you looking to get for your Grey Ghost? I sure would love to see one in the garage again and be able to share this bit of family history with by boy.
Thanks for your time,
Scott McAdoo

   RE:FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by bill on 9/9/2001 at 1:56:04 AM
If you still have the bike I have a reproduction orange krate turned chopper with add on parts(no butchering, tall sissy bar and top fueler drag fork) to trade, or would buy outright. E-mail info and for pic. Thanks.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Junk or Jewel posted by ELMER FUDD on 9/9/2001 at 7:51:01 PM

   Elmer Fudd F@%# You posted by Michael on 9/12/2001 at 10:00:48 AM
Elmer Fudd guess what at least I don't post under a fake name.To every one else thanks.For answering my post.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sting Ray Pixie posted by: Bryan on 9/6/2001 at 9:31:45 PM
I just found a red Schwinn Pixie,Serial #965152.I can't seem to find any info on this bike.It has a banana seat,high handle bars 16 inch semi pneumatic tires and says Sting Ray Pixie (not pixie II)on the chain guard.It matches my 68 Apple Krate.Any info would be appreciated.