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Old 04-04-07, 08:50 PM   #1
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Is there a Stingray expert in the house?

getting a old style Schwinn Stingray Deluxe (66?) off my neighbor (hed rather see someone do somethin with it than leave it hangin in the garage in pieces), single speed coaster brake w/o springer, should i try to keep this thing original ? his kid messed with the wheel bearings and lost em along with the coaster brake / drive and the paint is extremely faded (blue by the way). Just figured id swap wheels on it and ride, Ive just been wonderin what the different "models" of stingrays were and what options they had (And what the options were on the Deluxe). everytime i search for em i see tons of different options like drum/disc/canti brakes, bar styles, w/s's, 3/5 speed, etc... and does a springer fork mean it was a krate? Im totally clueless and would just like to get a little schoolin on em, Thanks.
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If the wheels look ok just put new bearings in . clean and wax the frame see what comes up. I put 4 coats of wax on paint that looked hopeless and it came up nice. I dont know much about the models but always wanted that springer fork. The krates had a smaller front wheel to go with the springer I think
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Stingrays were the single speed with front and rear 20" wheels and foot brakes and no springer, Krates came with 20" rear slick and a 16" front wheel with springer forks and an Atom drum brake, rear canti brake, five speed with the top bar shifter, sweet duck tail fenders, theres the Lemon Peeler, Orange Krate, Cotton Picker, Apple Krate, Pea Picker, and I think there may have been a Charcoal Krate? or at least plans for one? I know a couple guys built them up themselves, a single speed Stingray Deluxe in blue is a common find, but a nice one none the less, the Stingray Deluxe came with cool duck tail fenders too, Ill see if I find some pics for you
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Sure did, I was looking for pics at the same time and forgot my favorite, the Ghost Im going to add the pics now, was kinda hard finding a Stingray deluxe?? but I found one in Purple? Grape I guess?
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Heres a few pics of mostly Krates, the purple one is the Stingray Deluxe, the trike is a Grey Ghost I built up, it no longer exist though enjoy!







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cotton picker politicaly incorect and wasent there a gay one in pink
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cotton picker politicaly incorect and wasent there a gay one in pink
Thank goodness where I was raised there was no such thing as "politicaly incorrect" we could talk to, or call each other just about anything, and we knew that there was a meaning for all words, and we also knew that there was no truth to the made up meaning of words and beleive me when I tell you, there were also white, hispanic, and just about every other race cotton pickers out there too! I believe that being politically incorrect only applys to those who have something to hide, or fear a false definition of a word (did I spell definition right?) so Cotton Picker it is! and yes, someone did make a Gay Krate, I saw picks in the Schwinn forum, it was actually a sweet bike and very well done! I have to say that the above statements reflect my opinion and mine alone, and I, in no way, am trying to disrespect anyone on this forum or any other forum/place as everyone including myself are entitled to there own opinion
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Using gay in a pejorative manner is politically incorrect too. I've never seen a pink stingray, not even a fairlady.
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Using gay in a pejorative manner is politically incorrect too. I've never seen a pink stingray, not even a fairlady.

I use the word gay as all my gay friends also use it to described themselves, including my gay sister, and as mentioned, if we know what we mean when we use the word "gay" and it doesnt bother us, why should it bother someone else? If you want to see that Gay Krate (its not a Stingray or a Fairlady) just shoot on over to the Schwinn site and do a search, as I mentioned in my post, I thought it was really cool and well done
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Finding guts for the Bendix coaster brake and front hub should not bee too difficult. Schwinn rims were way above all others in finish back then. Tires if needed are around, probably uses 20 x1 3/4" front and 21 x 2.125 rear Junior Sting -Rays had 1 3/4" front and rear, note that the bead seat diameter is different between the two. A neighbor had a Sting -Ray from 1964 or 65 with a springer front fork, designed for a normal 20" front wheel, the Schwinn stor nearby, W.L.A. Bike and Hobby had them on display, not cheap back then, like $25. when a new base Sting Ray was $55 or so.


Boy I like my Schwinn bike, Schwinn is the finest bike! As heard from the TV in 1965. Can you inagine a bike maker buying a National commercial on TV now?
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I remember Schwinn would always have a pair of bikes being advertised on each episode of the Captain Kangaroo show before they outlawed on-show advertising on children's shows.

Shows how old I am!
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I remember Schwinn would always have a pair of bikes being advertised on each episode of the Captain Kangaroo show before they outlawed on-show advertising on children's shows.

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I use the word gay as all my gay friends also use it to described themselves, including my gay sister, and as mentioned, if we know what we mean when we use the word "gay" and it doesnt bother us, why should it bother someone else? If you want to see that Gay Krate (its not a Stingray or a Fairlady) just shoot on over to the Schwinn site and do a search, as I mentioned in my post, I thought it was really cool and well done
Haha, the politically correct comment was meant to be kind of a snarky one, I was unable to resist after you made a comment on political correctness and used the word gay that way in the same sentence. I use the word that way sometimes but I really need to stop, some people do find it offensive, and rightly so.
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Just a bit confused? "I was unable to resist after you made a comment on political correctness and used the word gay that way in the same sentence." in what way? and if some people do find it offensive, how is it "rightly so" Please explain?

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The high lighted area above is the only thing I can think of when you mentioned that I "used the word gay that way" but again, we all know what the true definition is, and we all know what it is used for today, even the gay folks! that Gay Krate, even though it was "perceived by others to be typical of gay people" was a hit when I showed it to my daughters best friend, my own best friend, my cousin, my older brothers brother in-law, and my sister....all gay you see its all up to the person your talking to, if they have something to hide, or fear a false definition of a word, then the problems with them
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WOW i never new stingrays were so gay !!!
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Finding guts for the Bendix coaster brake and front hub should not bee too difficult. Schwinn rims were way above all others in finish back then. Tires if needed are around, probably uses 20 x1 3/4" front and 21 x 2.125 rear Junior Sting -Rays had 1 3/4" front and rear, note that the bead seat diameter is different between the two. A neighbor had a Sting -Ray from 1964 or 65 with a springer front fork, designed for a normal 20" front wheel, the Schwinn stor nearby, W.L.A. Bike and Hobby had them on display, not cheap back then, like $25. when a new base Sting Ray was $55 or so.
but weren't the Schwinn tire sizes different (but the same as far as numbering goes!) than others, like with the middle & heavy weights (ISO's different)? I might be wrong, but i'm thinkin' I'm not.
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all i know is a 26x1.75 is NOT the same as a 26x1-3/4 schwinn.
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I forgot to put a smiley big grin at the end. Brite and showey ya thats how I ment it. Is politicaly incorect incorect yet? And witch one of us is in politics anyways
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Great stuff, ilikebikes !
The trike is too kool !
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did I see that trike in a small but very cool shop in south philly somewhare east of broad st?
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I still don't think there were any pink stingrays, krate or otherwise. Somebody may have painted a stingray/krate pink and had a silk screen done like they do for the Grape Krate and the Coal Krate, but I'm almost 100% sure Schwinn never made one. As it turns out there were some late fairladys that came in pink, but that's it. Not even a Pink Slik Chik.
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