AGE / VALUE:   decal found on stingray posted by: brian on 2/23/2007 at 4:33:54 PM
im working on restoring a schwinn stingray which i thought was a fastback 5 speed but i found a sticker while sanding the frame that had crossed checkered flags with a 5 above them. i was wondering if this indecates the bike is a fastback or a krate. i think fastback because it was violet and no production krates were violet. i was just wondering what they ment and if i could get reproduction decals of it for the restoration. any help would be appreciated since i am a speedster/suburban guy and havnt ever worked on a stingray but this has been sitting around my shop and i decided to finally build it

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   decal found on stingray posted by Chris on 3/11/2007 at 3:26:48 PM
Thats a magical, awesome decal isn't it? Wish I knew where to tell you to find one.
I'm sure you'll find this by posting on the schwinn bike forums however.
Good Luck

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   decal found on stingray posted by rod on 5/14/2007 at 3:14:42 PM
If the frame has a straight bar running from the headtube to the crank with that decal, it's a Fastback as opposed to Stingray's curved bar and cantilever bars; you may be able to find either original or repro decals at Memory Lane Classics or Mpale Island Sales. Good luck!

AGE / VALUE:   Need Help-Otasco Flying O Bike!!!! posted by: Al Kasishke on 2/23/2007 at 8:52:45 AM
I am looking for information on a bike I had when I was a kit. This would have been in the late 1960's. My parents purchased this from Otasco (Oklahoma Tire & Supply). The bike as a "chopper style", was all chrome and had a wheelie bar. This is about all I can remember. It seems like it had twin frame tubes. Thanks for any help you can give, Al.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help-Otasco Flying O Bike!!!! posted by nate on 2/26/2007 at 6:26:03 AM
Check the archives here. There's a lot of Flying O info

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need Help-Otasco Flying O Bike!!!! posted by Cathy on 8/6/2007 at 5:28:10 AM
My friend has a 1960ish Flying O mens bicycle, in pretty sweet condition, we are trying to find out it's worth. It is red, chrome fenders, white wall tires. Any info would be great..

MISC:   my bike posted by: billy joe on 2/17/2007 at 10:41:50 AM
i have a bike i found in a feild its made by a western flyer it looks like a stingray but only schwinn made them right help i havent a clue about anything with help please.

   RE:MISC:   my bike posted by Jerry on 2/24/2007 at 5:03:20 PM
Is it a single speed? Depending on when it was made, it could be a huffy, Murray or amf built. They all built bikes for Western auto. Do you have any pics, you could send?


FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by: tim on 2/16/2007 at 11:23:09 AM
i have heard numerous rumors and i am sure that it has been disscused before here but i am unable to find any information on the subject. the subject is, " DID SCHWINN EVER PRODUCE A COAL KRATE OR A GRAPE KRATE"? if so, what years would they have been produced? i heard possibly only 1968. also, what type of seat did it have, black w/white stripe and letters, black w/silver sparkle w/black or white letters and the same goes for the hand grips. also, did they make them in 5 speeds, 3 speeds or coasters? disc brakes? drum front brake? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks tim

   RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by Cal on 2/17/2007 at 3:10:16 PM
No, in the original run of Krates (1968 to 1973) never included a Grape Krate or a Coal Krate.
They made a reproduction Grape Krate in the late 1990s. It was a single speed.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by boss 302 on 2/28/2007 at 11:17:53 AM
never say never aobut that cal

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by nate on 3/1/2007 at 6:55:53 AM
Hey boss302, are you saying Schwinn did make a Koal or a Grape? I've seen people make their own, but never heard of a true original.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by tim on 3/7/2007 at 2:53:58 PM
i have seen clones but none with years that would match. i think 1968 would be the year because that was when they did the first experiments with the colors and didnt a black fastback come out then? i have also heard that there might have even been a BLUEBERRY KRATE as well.

   RE:RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by Chris on 3/11/2007 at 3:28:04 PM
I saw the reproduction grape krate myself, and it was a single speed just as he said.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Koal Krate or Grape Krate posted by Tom cat Franks on 10/14/2007 at 9:37:46 PM
I did show up to a bike shop in central Texas with my Orange Krate, the owner told me he had helped a kid fix a weather-beaten bike like mine, only it was purple. He said it had the Schwinn headbadge, and a 5-speed shifter like my Krate. It had been a couple years back, and he didn't know where the kid lived. I kept my eyes peeled, but never saw the bike. I'm still searching for an answer to the Grape Krate too, as well as recent rumours to a "Cocoa Krate", in brown.

WANTED:   1949 schwinn black phantom frame posted by: rombo on 2/14/2007 at 1:40:40 AM
hey. i have a 1949 black phantom...all original except for the frame. Go figure! Horn still works & everything. Looking for frame with serial numbers that jive with my bike. thanks.