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OK, it's just a Stingray....(9 posts)

OK, it's just a Stingray....gibbons
Nov 9, 2002 6:55 AM
Not a road bike, but still think this is cool. I hope someone will get a kick out of it. It's my very own Schwinn Fastback I got new in 1971. It was in my mom's basement for years resting in a cool, dark place. My sons and I brought it home and cleaned it up.

It weighs 43 lbs, and I bought it cuz it was the "light" model. I chose it for speed, it has narrower, higher pressure tires than the regular stingrays and the famous
"Crates". Man, it is work to just ride it around the block. Can you believe they really put those shifters on??? I wonder how many men never had children because of them.

I rode it ($79) for a few years until I got my Bianchi Strada ($139). I now have a Specialized StumpJumper Pro FSR full suspension and a Bianchi EV2. My sons and wife also have Specialized FSRs. We have other toys, too, like a perfect 68 Chevelle SS and MasterCraft ski boat. But I will always like bikes best.
Ooops, with picture this time (I hope)gibbons
Nov 9, 2002 7:13 AM
Picture says a K of words, but it didn't come through. I hope it works this time.
Durn, that's quite spectacular ...Humma Hah
Nov 9, 2002 1:12 PM
... to have been left in the basement so long. Some folks would kill for a great old Chicago-built Stingray.

I'm surprised by the weight. My Typhoon-based 26" cruiser, built in July 71, weighs about the same, sans the original chrome fenders, and with the lighting system. It strips down to about 40 lbs.

Bet mine's better at "look, Ma, no hands!" ;-)
I had a friend who had one just like that.look271
Nov 17, 2002 7:29 AM
Cool bikes, weren't they? I had a knock-off of them, can't remember what brand. (My parents didn't have the $$$$$)
They only made those for one year I thinkColnagoFE
Nov 19, 2002 2:01 PM
Was a big bomb for Schwinn I guess. Might be worth some $ as a collectible, but the ones in big demand are the Krates with the smaller tires. Some getting $2000 plus for one in good shape.
Wow, I remember those with the...Lone Gunman
Nov 9, 2002 4:03 PM
little front wheel and the shock system for putting it down hard after riding a wheelie for a block. Seems they also had a shock in the sissy bar also?
Wow, I remember those with the...gibbons
Nov 9, 2002 5:11 PM
Yeah, those were the Crates. 20" slick on the back, 16" tire in the front with a springer suspension and drum brake. They had shocks in the banana seat strut. The last ones had a disc on the rear.

Crates are worth a bunch of $$$, check ebay. A good one goes for $3000. If you have a set of all 5 colors from same year in good condition, look for $25,000 for the set. I'm not kidding!

The funny thing is, I specifically didn't want a Crate because the were heavier and sluggish. I wish I had one now, my wife told me to look for one until she found out how much they cost.
Oh, yeah!Andy M-S
Nov 10, 2002 5:55 PM
I still remember opening the '69 Schwinn catalog and having to wipe up drool from the table. They showed an Orange Krate in (where else?) Orange County, on the dragstrip. Hah!

Of couse, my parents couldn't see spending that much for a bike, so I had a Columbia "Playbike" (a Stingray copy) with a 5-speed stick. I customized the heck out of that thing, and boy, did it ever end up ugly! But I took it (and it took me) everywhere...

Thanks for the memories!
only for the 70s Krates thoughColnagoFE
Nov 19, 2002 2:03 PM
They reintrroduced the Krate in the mid 90s but without the ball busting stick shift. Those are still worth some $, but not as much as the "original" Krates.