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Old 01-17-15, 05:49 PM
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What To Do With The Kids' Stingray?

In the basement, unridden lo these many years, is the Stringray bicycle that the kids rode when they were young. Don't get excited, it is one of the re-issued Stingrays that Schwinn was selling in 2007, and maybe is still selling today for all I know. No pic of the bike itself yet, but it looks exactly like this:



In sparkly purple. Single speed, coaster brake, the size that a kid would ride.

My son and I were wondering what we could do with this bike. Something that gets it back in use. Looking for ideas.

Maybe fit it with drop bars and derailleurs? With the banana seat high enough for adult legs, there would be an insane saddle to bar drop.

Or maybe keep the ape hanger bars and add an Xtracycle extender, to make it a groovy cargo bike?

How about I install a mid-drive motor and build a rat fink e-bike?

Ideas, pictures, inspiration, razzing?

(By the way, most of these ideas will require an effective front brake. I have no idea how to accomplish that.)

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In the basement, unridden lo these many years, is the Stringray bicycle that the kids rode when they were young. Don't get excited, it is one of the re-issued Stingrays that Schwinn was seeking in 2007, and maybe is still selling today for all I know. No pic of the bike itself yet, but it looks exactly like this:



In sparkly purple. Single speed, coaster brake, the size that a kid would ride.

My son and I were wondering what we could do with this bike. Something that gets it back in use. Looking for ideas.

Maybe fit it with drop bars and derailleurs? With the banana seat high enough for adult legs, there would be an insane saddle to bar drop.

Or maybe keep the ape hanger bars and add an Xtracycle extender, to make it a groovy cargo bike?

How about I install a mid-drive motor and build a rat fink e-bike?

Ideas, pictures, inspiration, razzing?

(By the way, most of these ideas will require an effective front brake. I have no idea how to accomplish that.)
There was an aftermarket stamped steel bracket that bolted into the threaded hole under the steerer (for fenders originally) that was for mounting a rear brake on the front. I bought and did just that decades ago. I saw one on ebay stumbling around a while ago. Schwinn also made a for designed for fitting a brake.
One kid in the neighborhood took the drivetrain from a Varsity and transplanted most of it to a Stingray in the 60's. An interesting concept, he used the stingray crank arms but moved over almost everything else, took the rear wheel from a Krate also.

Mattel made the Varoom motor accessory for them… all looks, no power, just noise. Kind of looked like an old Hodaka motor.
Wonder if a Whizzer motor would fit?

I think you will find though that the reproduction just does not fully capture the essence of the original though.
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Well, the more we mod it, the less it will be like the original . . .

The kids had fun with it, they rode "two up" to the store and brought milk and cookies home in the basket, back when going out on "missions" without mom and dad was a big deal. When they moved on to better bikes, they asked me to keep the Stingray.
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Hmm, this $36 adapter is supposed to permit fitting a disc brake to almost any fork.

* FRONT BRAKE Solutions - OCC Schwinn Stingray - PedalChopper
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How about this?

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I still remember the very last day of summer vacation before my senior year of high school. One of my friends got hold of an old stringray, and we completely overhauled it. He then had fun kicking around the neighborhood on it. His unique chrome-plated 1960 Schwinn Continental with the suicide shifter, single Campagnolo barcon, and Gran Sport derailleur was more practical, but the stingray was kind of fun to goof around on.

If you can find an internally geared hub with the proper number of holes, consider upgrading to a 2-speed kickback, a 3-speed (fixed gear, anyone), or even a 5-speed.
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The stingrays were the first BMX bikes; change the handlebars and seat and you'll have a BMX to bum around on..I reversed engineered a BMX once when my oldest son was younger.

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Give it away to a kid who needs a bike.

Or better yet, convince your kids give it away to a kid who needs a bike. This should be easy; a no-brainer. Unless they seriously plan to give it to their kids.
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The major drawback to repurposing a stingray is the short crankarms.
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I found the 16x3" tires from the smaller OCC chopper make excellent trailer tires.
But, that doesn't apply to yours.

Sell it, give it away, or store it for the next 50 years hoping the price will go up.
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