In the event you had been a child of a sure age, there was no cooler bike than a Schwinn Sting-Ray. Schwinn introduced the original Sting-Ray in 1963 after the corporate realized children in California had been customizing their bikes to appear like bikes. In 1968, Schwinn launched the most well liked Sting-Ray line of all of them: The Schwinn Krate. And younger minds had been blown!
The unique Krates consisted of three fashions: The Orange Krate; The Lemon Peeler; and The Apple Krate. The Krate was to the Sting-Ray what dragsters had been to cars. Actually, the Krate identify was borrowed from a preferred California dragster of the time.
What actually made the bike stand out was the distinctive five-speed “Stik-Shift” mounted on the highest tube, proper between the seat and the handlebars. The bike featured entrance and rear suspension through articulating forks in entrance, and a spring-loaded sissy bar for a “floating seat” out again.
A drum-style entrance brake was situated up entrance, whereas a clamp brake was arrange within the rear. In later years, disc brakes had been put in on the rear. The bikes had been dressed up with a customized banana seat, a vivid entrance fork, ape hanger bars and chrome fenders on each ends. And with a 20-inch slick again tire and a 16-inch entrance wheel, they really regarded like a bicycle model of chopper bikes.
The beginning value for a Krate was $86.95, a critical chunk of change greater than fifty years in the past. Even so, the bike line was wildly fashionable. Schwinn stopped manufacturing Krates in 1973 however the bike’s affect on the Boomer Era’s early life was monumental. A 1972 Schwinn Sting-Ray Orange Krate lately bought for $2,900 at Van Eaton Galleries. Relying on situation and provenance, values for earlier Krate fashions may be a lot increased.