AGE / VALUE:   Chopper fork posted by: Midwest Custom Creations on 5/14/2003 at 9:33:12 PM
Hello. I have just finished building my chopper bike frame, but I need a fork. I dont want to make one because i cant make the plates for it, so I want to know if anyone has a fork. It doesnt need to be nice, just so it could be rechromed. I am going to probably chop it up any ways to make it right. The headtube length doesnt matter. Please email me with price, and picture if you have one.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Chopper fork posted by jaden on 5/21/2003 at 7:14:01 PM
email for pics of a fork that I have made.nice looking only 50 dollars with out chrome springs.

MISC:   Stingray Stardust posted by: Frank Rice on 5/14/2003 at 3:48:20 AM
I just picked up a '71 Stingray Stardust girls bike frame and was wondering about the size. Is it a twenty inch or were there other sizes available?


   RE:MISC:   Stingray Stardust posted by Santa~s Little Helper on 5/15/2003 at 2:22:42 PM
I think they use 20x1-3/8 tires. Tire and rims usually stripped for a Schwinn Fastback.

AGE / VALUE:   cant find any info please help posted by: justin on 5/14/2003 at 3:24:16 AM
i have an old schwinn stingray fastback. It has a five speed stick shift and all original in pretty good condition with no cleanin even done yet. I woud like to know the year and value of this bike. The serial number is CB22024. Any help would be much appreciated

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   cant find any info please help posted by Andrew on 5/14/2003 at 12:13:35 PM
CB indicates March 1966. '66 was the first year of the Fastback, check ebay to see what they're selling for.

MISC:   Stingray Stem/Seatpost... posted by: Q on 5/13/2003 at 1:26:52 PM
I am doing maintainance on a on 1967 schwinn stingray
project. The stem and seatpost are pretty stuck.. any recommendations
on how to remove these guys 'gently' they are both in
very good condition so i'd like to keep the original parts
where possible.


   RE:MISC:   Stingray Stem/Seatpost... posted by Hall on 5/14/2003 at 12:22:12 PM
Had the same problem, they can get very stuck, try Liquid Wrench and let it sit for a day, then clamp on vise grips(use thin pieces of wood between grips and post so not to damage post), then tap down & up. Twisting can leave Z shaped scratches in the post. It may take a bit of work but it should free up.

   RE:MISC:   Stingray Stem/Seatpost... posted by Tim on 5/14/2003 at 4:36:07 PM
check out bunch o he`s been a great help to me

AGE / VALUE:   63 coppertone posted by: freddie on 5/13/2003 at 2:13:17 AM
I just picked up a nice stingray. about a C5+. serial is #D3...Now the questions. The chainguard looks like the one on the typhoon except it has a just readable stingray decal.The F tire is a westwind but the rear is marked stingray gripper slick. The fenders are also the full type without the duck tail. The sissy bar is a axle mount type. It does have coppertone slim schwinn grips and the saddle is tost. Are these correct parts or has somebody dressed up a 20"typhoon. All the parts ,paint and decals look to be the same age. Any guess as to the value of this bike? thanks Also the handle bars are wider than the ones on my later stingrays.

AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by: on 5/13/2003 at 12:19:24 AM
Grab the camera, take the pictures, get them developed, send them out to somebody in the Chopper group. Get them scanned, ask the fellows. Eventually, I'll find out. Until then I don't know what in the devil this bike is.
Worth? Ha Ha!
I'm gonna swoop in there with a BIG truck and load up everthing and be done wit it. Oh Crap, before summer is here and I hear again "Oh, it's too hot, I'm tired, there is too much stuff in the way, Not today ( after I have driven 100 miles each way. "What do you want all that stuff there for?" or the worst which is "Nope, not gonna sell it!"
Weird and chopper ish and incomplete.
I love the drive on the highway out to this place and back.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ on 5/13/2003 at 12:33:36 AM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by Chris on 5/13/2003 at 12:36:48 AM
It ain't no Raleigh R.S.W. 16! neither!
I encountered an elderly lady in 1987 who snapped at me "No! it ain't for sale!" and this experience led me to rabidly collect them and now I have 15 of these in varouus colors, schemes, and also 2 Raleigh R.S.W. 14,s and parts. Sheldon Browns Raleigh Twenty page got me re- hooked with that also.
Nope I don't have no foggy clue what this is.
One of the R.S.W. 16 says: "Notts Police coded cycle" on it. This was the time the fellow in the U.K. shipped this stuff to me that I did not ask for and the parts were sticking thru the box and the man would not touch it and so we went in and I took it and the parts jabbed my leg and these were four bloody R.S.W. 16.s by the time I got them home!
Never pre- pay something and trust somebody overseas. And please pack a bicycle responsibly!
I remembered him saying: "I cleaned out my loft!"
Now if these were Choppers they would have been worth it!
Why was I not chasing Choppers instead? If the 85 year old white haired widow was into Raleigh Choppers then I'd be better off today!
They're gonna say: "Where did you find this one?"

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by Chris on 5/13/2003 at 12:38:28 AM
This bike is not boring and if you saw it you'd agree!

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by kev on 5/13/2003 at 12:13:09 PM
go on then, send me a pic so I can have a look
- I love these mystery choppers!!
(it's not an eatons fastback is it?!?!)

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by jesse james on 5/14/2003 at 11:50:11 AM
how much would a mint pair of tires be worth for a eatons fastback 100. I have several parts that im selling for a eatons fastback email for parts,pics,and prices.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by on 5/14/2003 at 6:20:21 PM
I have to first see an Eatons Fastback first to be sure!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by kev hill on 5/15/2003 at 1:10:33 PM
Jesse, I have sent you email about your tires and parts, please get in touch - thanks - kev

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by CatfoodRob on 5/15/2003 at 10:27:34 PM
What tires did the Eaton come with? std raleigh redlines?
Theyre still available from Raleigh. Rare ones are made in Holland.
Chris the Eaton was a Raleigh Chopper rebadged by Eatons in Canada. Just the decals were different I think....maybe some had odd seats.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by kev on 5/16/2003 at 8:13:42 AM
I'm not sure about tyres rob, thats why I'm asking this guy, see if he knows more than the small amount I do.
On my Eatons, (on route from canada) they appear to have a different (not raleigh) headbadge, as well as having no herons on the chainwheel - almost as if the raleigh brand name has been removed?
I'm just hoping their on raleigh pedals - otherwise I'll never find any?!?!
(ps rob - -finished the story on eatons for yet?)

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Mystery Raleigh Chopper bike posted by on 5/17/2003 at 8:46:32 PM
Catfood,I'll send you the pictures along with another free gift or two.
I'm asking for your help in identifying what it is that I have.I took snaps today of it.

I doubt this is an Eatons. Thanks for the description.

MISC:   Fastback posted by: brent on 5/12/2003 at 2:49:49 PM
I had a chance to buy a Fastback f/f over the weekend. The guy said he would sell it to me for $9, he's got tons of muscle bikes and is trying to unload some of them. This frame needs painted, but no rust. Think I should go for it if he's there next week?

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Zach on 5/11/2003 at 2:33:22 PM
I figured it wasnt one, I will ask my uncle about it today. It has no head badge/decals/and it has a non original sprocket on it so i couldnt tell anything from that.
Thanks for the help.

AGE / VALUE:   Barn fresh (stingray?) posted by: Zach on 5/11/2003 at 2:21:51 AM
How can I tell if this bike is a real stingray, my dad said that some companys made knockoffs that look the same. I just wanted to make sure it was worth it before i spent the time and money to restore it. I dont mean to sell it, I just want a neat bike to go with my chevelle.

Thank You for your help,

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Barn fresh (stingray?) posted by Zach on 5/11/2003 at 3:36:59 AM
The serial # on the left rear fork is 502477671 42229 these could be wrong though, (very rusty). Once again thanks for your help.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Barn fresh (stingray?) posted by Stacey on 5/11/2003 at 12:27:33 PM
Look at the head tube Zach, if it don't say 'Schwinn' then it ain't a Sting-Ray. If it does say Schwinn, it still may be a Typhoon in Ray clothing. Though by the S/N you give I have my doubts of it being a Schwinn... too many numbers. Look the bike over. What's the headbadge say? How 'bout frame decals... are there any, what do they say? Look through the picture data base here, compare things like chainguard and sprocket styling. Look closely at the frame lines. I have a Ross Baracuca frame that looks similar to a Sting-Ray frame, but a comparison of the frame lines (curves) will show one to be a real Sting-Ray and the other to be a 'Sears'(Thanks Frank Zappa) Sting-Ray.

MISC:   what type of tubing do I need? posted by: Mike Speck on 5/9/2003 at 1:27:17 AM
I am getting ready to build my personally designed custom chopper bike. I just son't know what type of tubing to start with. I want to be able to bend it and mig weld it but still be ok for street riding. I'm going to modify a 14" car wheel for the rear and make it look alot like a custom motorcycle. Any help would be appreciated.

   RE:MISC:   what type of tubing do I need? posted by bob on 5/25/2003 at 3:24:32 AM
I have built a lot of bike projects and i use old road bike frames that i cut up for the chrome moly tubing

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn string-ray posted by: Dale on 5/8/2003 at 1:29:30 AM
just picked up a schwinn string-ray, numbers on bike are MA67610 can you tell me what year it is by these numbers and what it's value might be, thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn string-ray posted by Mark on 5/8/2003 at 12:21:53 PM
According to my chart, it's a Dec. 22, 1965. Value depends on a lot of variables..... the condition, originality, $100. if rough, $600. plus if original mint Super deluxe model.

AGE / VALUE:   NEED CONFORMATION posted by: Ron on 5/7/2003 at 11:52:48 PM
Need to know have had this lemon peeler since brand new. Due to adolescent stupidity, I repainted the bike . But have always held on to it. I recently had it restored about 2 years ago. 95% done. Only thing missing is the seat. By the records I see that this bike did not come on the market until 1969 but the serial number from the bike is JD60416. Which would indicate that it is a 68. Is it possible that since it production date was in Sept. it could have been any early model introduction for 69, kinda like what the car manufactures do?? And I need to get some kind of idea of value do the fact I am going thru a divorce, so unfortunately I might have to part with this wonder bike. So anyone interested drop me an inquiry be glad to fill you in all the extras included with my bike.
Thanks for taking time to answer my questions.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   NEED CONFORMATION posted by Andrew on 5/8/2003 at 12:39:24 AM
I think it was likely assembled around New years as a '69 model. Schwinn often went ahead of itself when producing parts (frames included) and by the time the bike was built it had parts 2,3 or even 4 months predating when it all came together. If you've had it over 30 years, do what you can to keep it, you'll never have your childhood bike again. If you have to sell, ebay always seems to be a good bet. ay be hard to get what you spent in restoration back.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   NEED CONFORMATION posted by joel on 5/12/2003 at 3:19:50 PM
The Lemon Peeler was introduced late in 68.

MISC:   SCHWINN MANTA RAY/VARSITY WHEELS... posted by: Fred A on 5/7/2003 at 6:22:21 PM
Question....... I have a 24'' wheeled Schwinn Varsity 10 speed from the middle 70's. Will these wheels fit a Manta Ray?

Fred A

   RE:MISC:   SCHWINN MANTA RAY/VARSITY WHEELS... posted by Tom on 5/8/2003 at 12:48:15 AM
I think they do fit. Back in the 70's a friend did that swap. Everybody hated you had a Manta-Ray back then, this friend of mine had his tires slashed, glue on the seat, even hoisted 40 feet up into a tree and padlocked! It was a real curse of a bike in those days.

   RE:RE:MISC:   SCHWINN MANTA RAY/VARSITY WHEELS... posted by Fred A on 5/8/2003 at 12:59:32 AM
Whoa! Sounds like it was the Rodney Dangerfield of bikes in your respect!
Well, if anyone out there is interested in buying them for their Manta Ray, let me know. They're in mint condition with brand new tires on them.

FOR SALE:   More Bikes For Sale posted by: Richard on 5/7/2003 at 6:00:09 PM
More bikes have been added for sale.
Huffy Clean Machine $35
Western Flyer Convertable $35
20" Ross $25
20" Murray Stingray Style $45
Murray Firecat $175

FOR SALE:   Cleaning out the shed posted by: Mike Patterson on 5/6/2003 at 11:49:15 PM
Spring Cleaning Time;
Several muscle bikes in various conditions from well-used to frames in need of painting. Perfect project bikes, a CCM, and several others. For more imfo and pictures contact me.