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

AGE / VALUE:   spring cleaning all must go! posted by: tom on 5/11/2004 at 11:02:17 PM
i have a 1970 something green rollfast skoot all orig with banana seat boys bike 45.00

1970 something black ross apollo 5 speed shifter banana seat bike great cond all there rideable 45.00

1966 schwinn fastback black project has rims fork frame seat post sprocket banana seat bike 50.00

1970 schwinn stingray frame campus green has chainguard and fork 50.00

custom chopper built by me has mags chopper fork banana seat all black 100.00

mongoose mountain bike sycamore newer model greyish color great cond 30.00

calol little bike needs tires 20 inch rims not banana seat 25.00

1970 something murray elimiantor pink no rust banana seat 3 speed shifter 110.00

1970 something red rollfast frame and parts needs rims chain and handlebars 30.00

1980 schwinn stingray mini scrambler all orig banana seat 16 inch rims awesome! 50.00

new gt mountain bike red all there jsut need to put on the rims very expensive bike new..50.00

all prices are reasonable email me at murrayfirecat77@aol.com or you can call me 856-983-8364 and ask for tom

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   spring cleaning all must go! posted by john benedict on 6/14/2004 at 6:19:27 AM
would like to know if you could send me pics of the ross apollo bike. very interested . Thanks John

FOR SALE:   Spring Cleaning posted by: VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRoads.com on 5/10/2004 at 12:00:36 PM
We need to make room for an upcoming purchase and have reduced prices on our inventory posted on OldRoads.com.
Click on "Bicycles for Sale" at the top of this page. We've got a 3-speed Stik shift Schwinn Sting-Ray Fastback in there.

VVVintage Vintage Bicycles, Inc.

WANTED:   Mid/late '60's Huffy Slingshot posted by: Chuck Jones on 5/9/2004 at 11:48:45 PM
I have a mid-to-late 60's Huffy Slingshot (I beleive) which is my original bike. It is a green fade to lime color, with a twin stick (5 speed with a 'parking brake'). I am looking to restore this bike and am seeking the name(s) of individuals/shops who would do an outstanding job on this project. Please email me directly at: cjonesonthelake@hotmail.com or phone: 269-923-3941. I am located in Southwest Michigan. Thanks! Chuck

AGE / VALUE:   SEARS SCREAMER posted by: Bob on 5/9/2004 at 12:37:39 PM
I just purchased a Sears Screamer, I've seen the number 1 & 2 on chain guard what does this mean & how do I date this bike.

Thanks; Bob

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   SEARS SCREAMER posted by steve on 6/25/2004 at 10:06:22 PM
I bought a Screamer 1 from Sears in 1969 or 1970. It had a 16" front wheel with a torsion spring suspension in front, a @0" wheel in back with shock absorber like springs in the sissy bar uprights. It was a five speed with a black round plastic knob for the gear shift beside a red plastic "t" handle for the parking brake mounted on a plastic console on the bars in front of the seat. the painy was yellow in the front of the back fading to orange the farther back you went. I hope that this helps.


MISC:   stingray colors posted by: manny on 5/6/2004 at 8:08:54 PM
Does anyone know the names of the original paint colors that schwinn used for the bikes of the 1960's and the 1970's 20" bikes. Or a web site that I can find it. I'am looking at the stingrays and fastback type of bikes.
thank you very much

   RE:MISC:   stingray colors posted by Kim on 5/7/2004 at 11:36:03 PM
Yes, right here on oldroads they have that "stingray summary". Click on General Resources at the top of this page.

   RE:MISC:   stingray colors posted by wade on 5/8/2004 at 6:02:56 AM

   RE:RE:MISC:   stingray colors posted by ziggy on 5/14/2004 at 11:38:29 PM
If you can't find original paint, Dupont has colors that are very close

WANTED:   ram horn hirise bars posted by: dennis on 5/1/2004 at 10:58:39 PM
help please i need a set of hirise ram horn bars for bike my grandson and i are building a nice used set would be great any info appreciated

   RE:WANTED:   ram horn hirise bars posted by ziggy on 5/3/2004 at 10:09:35 PM
You can get those on ebay, but they can be pretty expensive. You could always take a set of ramshorn bars for a road bike and make them into highrise bars by cutting and lengthening them. You may get lucky and find a repop set for pretty cheap if you look in the right places.

AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by: Brian on 4/29/2004 at 6:51:50 AM
Hi, I have a Huffy Stiletto. The bike is orange with a five speed stick shift, a white seat with racing stripe. The bike is in original unrestored condition with the following defects: a small tear in the seat, matching size but non original tires. The paint is nice and there a small amount of suface rust. Can anybody help me put a value on this bike? Any further info on the bike would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by ziggy on 5/3/2004 at 10:10:41 PM
What is the serial number?

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by Brian on 5/4/2004 at 12:43:34 AM
Ziggy, can you tell me where to look for it? I looked on the frame but I can't seem to find the serial number.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by ziggy on 5/5/2004 at 11:04:46 PM
check under the crank tube, or look closely by the rear dropouts.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by Brian on 5/8/2004 at 4:38:45 AM
Ziggy, I found the serial on the left rear dropout. It is 1H235392 Thanks, Brian

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by ziggy on 5/14/2004 at 11:44:10 PM
I can't be certain, but I believe the bike dates back to the sixties. You may have better luck than me and email this site (VVVintage@AOL.com). hey might be able to help you. I did my best. A busy work schedule keeps me away from my computer and I can't answer all of the questions that catch my eye or answer questions that will help someone.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by john on 2/9/2006 at 2:55:28 AM
I had one..bought new in '72 for $72.00. Got it for Christmas. Met. Green w/black triple Rally stripe. 5 -speed rail frame...20" front tire. Way cool back then for kids who could not afford a crate.

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Huffy Stiletto posted by john on 2/9/2006 at 2:55:48 AM
I had one..bought new in '72 for $72.00. Got it for Christmas. Met. Green w/black triple Rally stripe. 5 -speed rail frame...20" front tire. Way cool back then for kids who could not afford a crate.


AGE / VALUE:   chopper posted by: gene mcdonald on 4/27/2004 at 11:06:29 PM
hi i found a orange raleigh chopper bike ser nu 0698561 trying to find out the year and worth anybody thanks

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   chopper posted by keyzkev on 4/28/2004 at 1:32:40 PM
Hi Gene
I have emailed you - but if it didn't get through - your email was a little suspect! - drop me a line, and I'll help you out
ok - keyzkev

MISC:   Muscle bikes in NYC posted by: jim on 4/27/2004 at 12:29:04 AM
Come visit the New England Muscle Bicycle Museum as we hit the road and display 20+ Muscle Bikes in New York City at the Armory. see http://www.nycbicycleshow.com/ to see who else is comming! Test ride a new sting ray or buy a new chopper! Ride with us in the 5 boro ride. Ill be on a Murray Mk4 Eliminator, W will be on a 67 Schwinn Fastback, what will you ride?

   RE:MISC:   Muscle bikes in NYC posted by Max on 4/28/2004 at 2:36:28 PM
i will ride a NOS 1969 CCM Mustang Marauder

   RE:MISC:   Muscle bikes in NYC posted by ziggy on 5/3/2004 at 10:12:33 PM
Is the "new stingray" you mentioned that dumb chopper wannabe, or is it a repop stingray from back in the day?

MISC:   lowriderbike posted by: a fizz on 4/22/2004 at 2:30:12 PM
i have a lowrider but it got stolen i'm starting over is this a good choice of parts for a beginnerIt has lots of twisted parts sissybar,forks,fender brackets,mirrors,spare tire holder,crank and pedals and a few more items.Also a gold chain steering wheel,red crush velvet seat.Gold High rise Handlebars.They dont make the ram handle bars that are on the bike in the pics. 3-Gold 20"72 spoke rims on trike.With spare tire.

   RE:MISC:   lowriderbike posted by ziggy on 5/3/2004 at 10:15:00 PM
Yeah that new stuff is cool looking, but it all adds up to a pretty penny especially if you go slap happy with all of the twisted and gold parts. It just sounds like another bike that you will have stolen from you again.

MISC:   Vista Torino ??????? posted by: roach on 4/21/2004 at 4:02:31 PM
I found a bicycle that had been painted like five times w/ house pain. When I stripped it I found the decal "Vista Torino 100" is there anyone who can provide info on this style of bike? If you do cld you please send me a quick e-mail
Thanks all, Roach

   RE:MISC:   Vista Torino ??????? posted by roach on 4/21/2004 at 5:23:49 PM
it looks like a stingray, but it isnt a schwinn????

   RE:MISC:   Vista Torino ??????? posted by keyzkev on 4/23/2004 at 12:09:54 PM
If you go to www.nemusclebikes.com
there is a vista bike on page 13 of the museum pages - maybe not what you have??? - not sure!
- hope that helps!- keyzkev

WANTED:   WTB Mint Violet Stardust Guard posted by: Matt on 4/19/2004 at 3:52:46 PM
Must be mint paint/screen.

MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by: David Ditt on 4/16/2004 at 4:50:48 AM
I always thought my bike when I was a kid was a stingray. But I'm not sure now, maybe I just thought a bike that looked like a stingray was one. I got it for christmas in the mid sixties, its been in my moms basement untouched for 35 years. Its got the banana seat kind of metal flake looking, the easy rider type handle bars and its purple. It doesnt give a brand name anywhere only an emblem on the front that looks like a globe above an eagle and says made in germany on it. there are also that eagly looking decal running down the spokes. the only other markings are the serial number, and the seat says made in holland.
Anyway thanks for any help even if you burst my bubble and I've always had just a piece of junk


   RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by keyzkev on 4/17/2004 at 12:17:03 PM
Really could do with a picture???
Its a bit hard to ID without - and hey! - offbranders are cool also!
- keyzkev

   RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by Russell on 4/20/2004 at 3:51:52 PM
I've only seen two German banana seat bikes. One was made by Executive and the other was called a Hercules. If you can send a picture to Keyzkev he might be able to help identify. He's probably seen a few German bikes in England.

   RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by keyzkev on 4/21/2004 at 10:07:19 AM
Hi Russ!
I was actually offered a hercules style muscle bike a while back -it was very rusty though - so I left it!
I think it had shimano gear components (3 spd) - so maybe that could help to identify the mystery bike??
Have you got your tomahawk yet Russ? - I bought a nos crankset for one recently - dirt cheap - it's all still out there! (and there is a nos rear rim in my local shop!)
Cheers! - kev

   RE:RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by Russell on 4/21/2004 at 6:40:13 PM
No Tomahawk frame yet. Maybe this summer. I did find a 69 Apple Krate in rough shape a few weeks ago locally.

   RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by David on 4/22/2004 at 3:00:06 AM
Guys thanks for the help, I'm trying to add some pictures of the mystery bike, don't seem to be smart enough to pull it off, I'll keep trying.

   RE:MISC:   I always thought it was a stingray posted by keyzkev on 4/23/2004 at 12:04:37 PM
Hey Russ
cool find on the krate! - is it a coaster or 5???
I'm weird when it comes to krates - I definately prefer the coasters!!
I think it's because we didn't get them (coasters) so much in the uk - could explain why I have a mk1 chopper coaster, mk2 chopper coaster, and a schwinn stingray coaster!!!
cheers - keyzkev
ps - david - send me and russ the photo's!!

WANTED:   krate disc posted by: Mark on 4/16/2004 at 2:06:16 AM
Working on a 72 orange krate. I got it with a junker rear replacement wheel. Any leads help or advice would be great.

FOR SALE:   Selling off some of my Sting Ray collection posted by: Ray on 4/14/2004 at 6:59:09 PM
Yep, after holding these bike for several years its time to part with them. Look at my auctions for a nice 65 Sky Blue coaster with hi loop sissy bar, a nice 67 coppertone Rams Horn and a beautiful 68 three speed stik campus green. You can see them here
Better with someone who can use and take care of them rather than just collecting dust in my cellar.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Selling off some of my Sting Ray collection posted by dennis on 5/1/2004 at 10:54:43 PM
i would like to buy hirise ramshorn bars anyone have any ideas i know they are not currently mfgd however a good used set will do im builing a replica of copperhead the bike my dad and i built when i was 10we coulnt afford a new schwinn so my dad got a used one and we completely dissasembled and blasted then painted it copper it was beutiful all the krate guys were jelous what a memory! i have a stingray cantilevver frame and its for my grandson who is now 9 any help will be appreciated