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

AGE / VALUE:   Bicycle Show Boston, MA posted by: Joe on 5/25/2002 at 3:11:45 AM
Bicycle show. Sullivan Square 1 Mile north of Downtown Boston. Please email me with question. The show is free to all.

FOR SALE:   F/S-Schwinn Sting Ray NOS w/w Set posted by: Baldy Jeff on 5/25/2002 at 2:50:29 AM
NOS bright white vintage Schwinn Sting Ray 20 x 2.125 SLIK / matching NOS bright white vintage Schwinn Sting Ray 20 x 1 3/4 WESTWIND-------------$250.set
PLENTY more misc. Sting Ray tires and parts-

   RE:FOR SALE:   F/S-Schwinn Sting Ray NOS w/w Set posted by dave on 5/26/2002 at 5:54:23 PM
Jeff I may want your tires email me ok thanks

   RE:FOR SALE:   F/S-Schwinn Sting Ray NOS w/w Set posted by chris on 6/2/2002 at 12:08:46 PM
hi, looking for a couple of nos muscle bikes for my collection . the rarer the better. also mint or near o.k. hope you might steer me in right direction. will be happy to pay more then fare price with finders fee . preferably raliegh chopper 10 speed and schwinn stingray thanks

AGE / VALUE:   Hub cones posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/22/2002 at 12:46:59 AM
What are you guys doing for hub cones? I never see anybody asking for them. Where can you get Schwinn hub cones. I took this hub apart and it was over tightened. Old crummy dried grease, worn pitted bearings. I re- greased it, put in new cones,bearings and it spins and spins so nicely! It just keeps rolling. Now that it is adjusted properly.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hub cones posted by Jeff on 5/26/2002 at 11:45:32 PM
Thad from Bikes R Us had some genuine Schwinn cones and the super rare easily damaged dust seals for a while. The real ones are tough to find but I believe Wald makes a cheapie replacement axle set that fits the old Schwinn hubs.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sting-ray posted by: Alexi on 5/21/2002 at 3:31:52 AM
I stoped by a yard sale yesterday a picked up a sting ray for 3 bucks.
it is red with yellow forks and accs.
looks much like and could be a sting ray 2.
any help with a price or restoration tips would be great.
thank you much!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sting-ray posted by butnut on 5/22/2002 at 8:22:55 AM
Hey Alexi. What you got there is a damn good deal on a quality USA built classic Sting Ray. That 3 buck bike will outlast any sporting goods or XXXXmart POS bike. It's by no means a desireable collectible unless someone is really looking for a Sting Ray II. I bought a green and yellow one cheap too. The green is very close to an early Lime, so I rubbed out all the lettering, put the old style decals on,Krate springer, 63 handlebars, Solo Polo leopard seat with super tall sissy bar and made a kool beach bike. I have a lot of Schwinns I would never take to the beach but with this one, no problem. It was all spare parts in rough shape, so what the heck. It's a fun rider. So fix it up, shine it up, ride it and you'll still turn heads with that American classic Ray.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sting-ray posted by Alexi on 5/22/2002 at 1:20:29 PM
Thank you for the info, i think i will shine it up!
and i live near the beach as well woohoo!
Im just rolling back into this collecting stuff.
P.S. I also found a Vista sting ray copy? What is this thng? i got that like 3 years ago for 5$ inclueding a sting ray seat!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sting-ray posted by SuperStuff on 5/23/2002 at 1:39:49 AM
You can't beat $3 for a Stingray. I don't care what model it is. I found a Stingray II at a yard sale for $20 that a kid made into a lowrider. It has a really bad paintjob. I put a new sissy bar on it, raised the seat, and put new Kenda tires on it. I ride it around downtown Raleigh all the time. Enjoy your bikes...


AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by: Jimmy on 5/20/2002 at 1:20:33 AM
How much is a black schwinn corvete, all original, no imperfections, worth? I know were one is at, all orignial, headlight, racks, decals, and chrome, all there. Any information.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/20/2002 at 2:51:30 PM
The Corvette is lower down with it's 26 X 1 3/4 wheels.
Look for Krates, Rays, Choppers, 26 X 2.125 wheel Schwinns. Don't mess around with the Corvette. It's not worth bothering with they don't sell easily.
Watch completed auctions on e- bay, what are the Corvettes going for or not going at all?
English 3 speeds, pick these up.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by Chris on 5/20/2002 at 3:03:23 PM
The Corvette is one of those things you can get stuck with.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by metlhed on 5/21/2002 at 8:14:16 PM
i actually would like to buy a schwinn corvette, but it has to be cheap and not require much work...

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by Jeff on 5/26/2002 at 11:50:44 PM
The Corvette is a pretty common bike. They were made from late 54 to the late sixties. They're solid bikes and are fun to ride. If you are lucky you will find one with the original whitewall tires and the correct headlight. The five-speed model and some of the early ones still bring a decent price.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Corvette posted by Chris on 5/28/2002 at 8:27:55 PM
Is a Sturmey- Archer S.W. hub with a 3 speed Cyclo cog making it a nine speed common on these bikes?

AGE / VALUE:   Info help on Bridgestone kid's bikes posted by: Ian Williams on 5/19/2002 at 9:07:32 PM
Does anyone have any information on Bridgestone bikes made in Japan for kids? I have two girls' bikes-one white with 16 inch wheels and one black with 20 inch wheels. They both have fenders with Japanese characters hand painted on. They both have the full chainguard with hand brakes for front wheel and back drum. These were obviously used in Japan (one has an apparent bike license sticker with Japanese characters.) I have tried to investigage Bridgestone bikes but have found no info on such small bikes. They weigh a ton. I don't assume they are very old. I was wondering if they are of any value.

WANTED:   Fair Lady pic posted by: big aardvark on 5/18/2002 at 4:10:15 PM
as ive mentioned before, im lookin for a mid to late 70's purple fail lady 3 spd for a pal who owned one back in the day. its been 24 years since ive seen it so im hopin that someone has a good quality pic i can use to reference. my searches havnt turned up anything yet and im hopin someone can help. color isnt as important as original spec. i recall it with the flowered basket and seat, white wall slick and westwind tires and a sturmy archer 3 spd. how close am i? email me if ya can help out.


   RE:WANTED:   Fair Lady pic posted by SuperStuff on 5/23/2002 at 1:44:09 AM
I thought I saw a pretty nice '65 purple Fair Lady frame up for sale on eBay. I can't remember the last time I saw another 3 speed Fair Lady, but they do exist.


   RE:RE:WANTED:   Fair Lady pic posted by big aardvark on 5/24/2002 at 1:38:53 AM
thanx man. tryin to piece one together is my last resort but a possibility.

   RE:WANTED:   Fair Lady pic posted by butnut on 5/24/2002 at 5:06:14 AM
Nice purple Fair Lady on ebay NOW! Has the flower power seat and basket too. Looks to be in good shape and good price. It's a coaster, but you can always convert to 3 speed later. Lots of pics too.
Good luck.

AGE / VALUE:   Early Stingray headsets posted by: Rick Cole on 5/18/2002 at 12:23:55 PM
Wanted to know how late Schwinn used the early tall headset on Stingray's, and does the correct '63-'64 knobby have large letters or small?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Early Stingray headsets posted by A friend on 5/22/2002 at 2:28:14 AM
From my experince, I've seen the head sets your talking about on 63's, and early 64's, then they took a change. As for the Sting Ray nobby the letters were large.

WANTED:   wtb: seat, lights, chainguards, etc... posted by: big aardvark on 5/18/2002 at 4:10:00 AM
hi folks!

im lookin for a few things still:

a silver ribbed seat for my black 67 fastback. my near perfect original grey stingray seat is cool but id like the real thing. must be in real sweet shape. original, repop or recoverd is ok.

sissy bar for same bike. i love the cushy repop krate unit i have but its not the real deal. original or repop is ok.

a black chainguard for the same bike. must be in real good shape or at least better than mine. the screen print is all but gone. original preferred but a restored will be considered.

a purple chainguard for my 67 stardust. must be in good shape or at least have a sticker/silk screen unlike mine. original preferred but a restored will be considered.

headlight(s) for the same bikes. would prefer 67 period pieces but other is ok.

a checkered flag mirror for my fastback. i hear theres some repops floatin around. thats cool by me.

a mid 70's 3 spd purple fair lady all or close to all original and in good, ridable shape. this ones for a dear friend who rode one to deliver our paper as a kid. she saw my bikes and loved em so i thought it would be cool to find her one too.

keep in mind im just a poor bike shop geek whos re-fallen in love with the bikes from my childhood so price is a big deal to me. this is for my private collection of ridden bikes, not profit.


   RE:WANTED:   wtb: seat, lights, chainguards, etc... posted by big aardvark on 5/18/2002 at 3:52:44 PM
maybe i should tell ya that the fastback is a 5 spd and the stardust is a 3 spd. might make findin the chainguards a bit easyer.

thanx again.

MISC:   can we please move on now? posted by: big aardvark on 5/18/2002 at 3:12:39 AM
hi gang.

ive been followin all the hoopalaw over the last week or so and im a little bummed that its still goin on. ya must realize how cool it is that we have a free site such as this to buy, sell, trade, ask good questions and get good info. ya think that the folks who manage this site intended it to be for a more adult type of communication, and not have the quality of a grade school sandbox argument. lets get past this already and get back to the fun stuff now that we know whos worth talkin to and whos not. thanx for listenin.

WANTED:   RESPECT posted by: Jimmy on 5/17/2002 at 2:57:07 AM
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   RE:WANTED:   RESPECT? LMAO!! posted by Stacey on 5/17/2002 at 10:40:28 AM
Respect begets respect Jimmy. Respect isn't a right... it's earned. How? By first treating others respectfully. I think you'd be suprised at how much respect you are given when first you respect others. Take the blinders from your eyes and rewiew your posting history... maybe you'll then understand why it's so hard for you to get it!

   RE:WANTED:   RESPECT posted by JSR on 5/17/2002 at 11:30:13 PM
No one respects blowhards, bullspitters, tellers of tall tales, liars, bad storytellers, attention seekers, insulting people, know it alls who really know nothing, wannabees, whiners, or pimples on my butt. And for some odd reason everyone seems to be getting quite a bit of respect around here, except you. And that schwinncol guy, but that's another story.

   RE:WANTED:   RESPECT posted by wes on 5/20/2002 at 3:02:33 AM
id like to say thanks for the information ive recieved the advice and the friends ive met and have dealt with its bad that a few rude and uncareing people can sure mess something as nice as we have here up
to the good keep up the good work and great knowledge you share and keep bikeing

AGE / VALUE:   MINI TWINN posted by: James on 5/16/2002 at 4:07:25 AM
Can someone tell me just how many Minn Twinn were built? A break down in color if possible..

AGE / VALUE:   Cable housing madness posted by: ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/14/2002 at 6:09:52 PM
While getting this Simplex 5 speed t bar shifter cabled up I noticed that the thing has a very cute but tiny little barrel and adjuster. Standard replacement cable housing was too large, so was Huret and origonal Raleigh housing. I couldn't thread in another barrel adjuster because I don't have French bicycle taps in this size. Plus this has to fit properly. I sat there and looked at it and thought. I remembered I have a huge roll of black ribbed cable housing that was smaller than Sturmey Archer 3 speed cable housing in black. Where was it? Did I sell it like a nitwit? Or did I still have it and where was it now? Ye gods!
48 boxes later I found it, going "Yess!" This will work!
It came together and works great! Now see, if I didn't hoard, packrat like a crazed loon I would not have been able to complete this project and once I got two of these shifters in my hot little hands I didn't want any other shifter!
Would shop hopping have solved the problem? Doubtful. The shops don't have much old stuff and I would be forever looking for this.
I have gone crazy making almost every 3 speed bike I own into a 9 speed hybrid with Cyclo converters and Huret Alvit derailers.
Another question I ask myself is why in blazes did I allow this latest 26 inch alloy rim to be laced up with a steel shell hub? I wanted a alloy shell. Where was my brain? It wasn't the shops fault but mine!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Cable housing madness posted by edgarecks on 5/14/2002 at 7:49:13 PM
I have a complete Cyclo Benelux converter set (3 cog sprocket, derailleur, shifter, even the box!) that I am thinking of selling. What should I ask for it??
p.s. - glad you're still with us, Chris!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Cyclo Benelux shifter posted by Chris on 5/15/2002 at 12:40:28 AM
$177.00 comes to mind. I don't know where I saw that or if it is accurete. The cogs alone go for $20- $30.00
Is yours the one with three cogs or the smaller two speed version? The origonal box is a big plus! Love the cool boxes!

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Cyclo Benelux shifter posted by edgarecks on 5/15/2002 at 7:34:06 PM
It's a three cog. $177?! Yikes, e-bay here I come! (Just kidding, haven't decided to sell it yet). I got a Shimano megarange derailleur and shifter at a bike swap for $5 in case I decide to put it on my S5.2 equipped Schwinn cruiser, the stuff that came with it doesn't look that great.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Cyclo Benelux shifter posted by Chris on 5/15/2002 at 11:43:48 PM
Dude, with the origonal box, yes.177.00 is possile.

   murray eliminator F5 streeter posted by jott on 5/19/2002 at 11:54:46 AM
I was wandering if any one might know the value of a Murray eliminator F5 streeter witch I bought for $15. It has the ram handle bars; original chain gaurd, front shocks, rims, chain wheel, crank, pedals, shifter, brakes,and seat post but I'm getting a slick, sissy bar, and bannana seat soon.

WANTED:   Huffy Dragsters posted by: Bob on 5/14/2002 at 5:27:27 AM
Wanted! Info on how many different single speed models/colors were available for this particular bike. Anybody have one, or a collection of them? Send email to my personal email address. Thanks.

AGE / VALUE:   Columbia Playbike posted by: Russell on 5/14/2002 at 4:52:47 AM
I was going through my stack of bikes found my Columbia Playbike. It's red and has a weird chopper motorcycle style fork assembly. The fork is rusty to the point of chrome flaking off. If anyone has a fork like this in fairly good shape I would be interested in buying it.

Enjoy your bikes,