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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 6:39 am 
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The shifter deal and slicks came from the muscle cars. The seat and bars grew from motorcycles with paperboy influence.

This site is kinda clunky but filled with facts regarding the rise of the muscle / custom bike. All pages have license plate icons at the bottom for article by year but the links only work on the first page. Some great history that may surprise you biggest shocker being Huffy as the first to market banana bikes with Schwinn following close behind. Schwinn had the market but Huffy was first.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150201031 ... ory58.html



Yep, I wasn’t lucky enough to get a real Stingray, banana seat bike, so I made my own. I had a cruiser Schwinn and wanted a Stingray. My older brother helped me obtain that. We went and bought a banana seat and ape hanger bars. Chopped the rear fender inline with the sissy bar and removed the front fender. A larger wheeled bike than a real banana seat Stingray but much better for riding wheelies and riding on trails. I also ran a paper route with the paper bag strapped across the bars. At one point I even obtained a rear wheel / slick / 5 speed cassette off a real Schwinn Stingray. I mounted it and rode it that way for a few weeks. It threw the geometry way off with the smaller rear wheel so I went back to the larger one pretty quick. Good times and as Norton said great memories, thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Due to extensive travel schedule, moderator granted exemption 4 hours in advance of Friday, CET.

This is another of my favorite toys. It pretty much has anything that wants to go uphill fast.
The paint job is Saeco American championship team colors, RWB at its finest, in my humble opinion.
What is interesting, is that those colors were to my knowledge, only used for the CAAD 4 team bikes, but this is a CAAD 5.
I've never seen another like that, but quite a few CAAD 4's in that color scheme.
It's fairly light as well, and accelerates like a 26" wheeled bike.

Where to begin?

It's got all the usual traits of a CAAD 5, light, stiff, corners like it's on rails, is stable at high speed, yet nimble.
Campagnolo Proton wheel set, with Tufo C S33 tires.

DuraAce 7700 shifters as usual, counting out the front derailleur, that is a Ultegra 6500, as I ran out of 7700 front derailleures when I built this one. Got a few coming, so that's gonna be sorted.

Coda Magic cranks and BB.

DuraAce 7700 titanium cassette.

Hollow pin TiN coated chain.

3T Zepp XL stem and bars.

Thomson Seat post

Flite Evolution carbon-Ti saddle, one of my favorites saddles. I'll make a 2018 version of it in the near future.

Ciamillo Zero Gravity brakes, modified DuraAce brake pads

DuraAce 7410 SPD pedals.

.............yeah, I know, the bar tape is worn down, I'll replace it some time soon.


Magura :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:11 pm 
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I’m siding with you on the best RWB award. Done but not overdone. Even got the stars in there.

I think you need to pull that one out for a spin this weekend


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It was out for a spin yesterday.

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:13 pm 
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DJ mentioned Schwinn and Magura requested (?) RWB so here is my Schwinn collection covering both. Not much to see.

This 69 Fastback was the second or third banana bike in my collection and it didn’t stay long. I cleaned it up, got it rolling with a cheap wheelset then donated it a short while after that. Was missing the shifter and chain guard when I bought it. Wheels were poo too. Even with aluminum wheels replacing the SA 3 speed it came in at 40 pounds. Baffling. Frame must have been filled with lead. It was beautiful but no fun to ride.

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I owned it over memorial weekend so I decked it out and tailed a parade. :D

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And I managed to have some fun with it. Had 3 ladies ride it at once during this party. Two on the seat and one on the bars.

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This dumpster salvaged 70 stingray jr is currently my only Schwinn. Had next to nothing to start with. Added parts bin items and a wheelset/drivetrain from a $5 donor trek BMX to get it rolling. Tossed a vintage suspension tiger seat on it, cheap BMX pedals with a tiger tail to add some interest. I may keep it. Right now it’s the bottom project.

It rides far better than the fastback. Plus it won’t be a loss if I take a car jack to the rear triangle and stuff a 3” wide tire in there :twisted:

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:13 am 
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40 pounds???!!! That's water pipe territory :o
I've been fascinated by the old Schwinn banana bikes, but 40! pounds is on the verge of ride-able. My old M1 DH rig is a good 10 pounds lighter as I recall.
At least you got some fun out of it.

The Stingray is kinda cool. Like a dwarf clunker, with a giant banana seat and 40" risers.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:15 pm 
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I passed on a two bike deal over the weekend because one was a krate, disc brake lemon peeler. Rough but easily worth what he was asking. The other bike was a Columbia ss5. Ugliest bike ever so I must have it! He wouldn’t split it. Had to buy both.

I believe the krates ran around 50 pounds!


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Geez Mini, are you going to open up a bike museum? ;)

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:32 pm 
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You bet! I’m hooked and the writing is on the wall. Less ridding in the future not more

It’s a cheap hobby
I’m saving bikes from my youth
It keeps me active and productive

Who wouldn’t want to collect classic cars or world war 2 aircraft? These are just as cool to me and I can fit the herd in a basement. There is something creepy about an old man in a basement full of children’s toys :lol:


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MiniTrail wrote:

I believe the krates ran around 50 pounds!


50 pounds??? That's unrideable! And they were meant for kids I take?

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:12 am 
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Rich kids who’s folks drove them everywhere. I didn’t know anyone with one growing up. Western auto, Kent, Rollfast ruled the streets in my area.
They might ride ok for some. Not going to bag on anyone that likes them. They are eye candy and if you’re not riding them you may as well have the finest. That they are


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:27 pm 
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MiniTrail wrote:
Rich kids who’s folks drove them everywhere. I didn’t know anyone with one growing up. Western auto, Kent, Rollfast ruled the streets in my area.
They might ride ok for some. Not going to bag on anyone that likes them. They are eye candy and if you’re not riding them you may as well have the finest. That they are



Yep, rich kids had them. There was one kid in my neighborhood that had an Orange Krate. I never saw him out doing anything with the other kids. I knew about the Krate though, drool.


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Ride of today, a Klein TT bike from Team Gerolsteiner.

There are two of these to my knowledge, mine that I ride, and one in the private Swiss Klein museum, that never was built up.
http://www.klein-bike.ch/zeitfahrrahmen-team-gerolsteiner.html

It's a bit of a pity, that the other frame never saw any use, as it's in fact a fairly nice ride.
Mine has gotten the usual DuraAce 7700 groupset, as anyone following this thread by now will be familiar with, the usual Flite titanium saddle, tubulars, well, really just business as usual.

The paint job is the known Klein standard, with some air brush stuff here and there.

The Vision bars came with the bike, but will be replaced with a Cinelli Angel at my nearest inconvenience, so will the measly Vision brakes, as they're useless.

Is it faster than a Cannondale CAAD5 with Spinergy REV X wheels and a DuraAce groupset, well, marginally.
It's great fun to ride though, so that's what I do.

Magura :mrgreen:


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Looks fast. Nice bike.

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I’m thinkin you must be somebody pretty special to own some of these bikes!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:47 pm 
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Busy day, busy night. Quick Friday post

Bought a pile of bikes to get one Couple weeks back. 1 is aleady parted out, 2nd is all tore down to get it working.

I don’t have the heart to scrap the remainder of the 1st so I think it’ll get stuffed in the shop attic till I find time. Maybe not

68 Huffy built Firestone
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Late 90s Dyno with some cool period bling
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With that I ended a few searches.
The full take: A clean seatpost, rear fender and stock fork for my Slingshot. Displayed here in a recent crate find for my pig bike billboard. Of course I had to buy some of the Dewars product so I wouldn’t be a poser
Cheers,

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Next week I have another Dyno I just picked up for my youngest grandson. Super cheap, super clean find.
Also, state side collectors may be interested in visiting Toys R Us. They are selling displays as they empty the stores. I picked up 10 bike racks to hold the herd

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MiniTrail wrote:
I’m thinkin you must be somebody pretty special to own some of these bikes!


I'm extremely special, ask anyone who knows me :laughing-rolling:

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The parts you just collected are hard to get, or?

Looking forward to the Dyno....in fact I want one!
They just seem to be too much fun to ride. On the top side, you don't even have to lock it, as any clown that tries to steal it, will crash right in front of your eyes :D

What's the deal with the spring in the fork?

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The spring is an ornament. Several bike makers offered the 20” rear, 16 inch front wheel dragster look. Schwinn had the springer fork that looked hideous with a high mounted fender. Others had the lower cross brace for fender and brake mount same as huffy with a gaping hole above it. Huffy built bikes used the chrome spring to fill in the hole.

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Have to admit it works

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And yes some of these parts are unattainium. I remember stripping off the chain guards and fenders on my own bikes back in the day. Seems everyone else did too


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Damn Mini.........total bike porn. 8-)

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That's one beautiful bike there Mini!

Hmm, and that explains. I thought I read something wrong, when you made a pic specially for a fender. Sure everybody removed them back in the day, and today they hardly exist.
When I get a fender, the question is usually how I fit it in the dust bin :D

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This Friday's entry is belonging to the Mrs.
It's much like a real road bike, just smaller.....

Business as usual, counting out that she managed to get a Dura Ace 25 group set.

So the usual list:

Cannondale CAAD 5 frame, size really small.
Cannondale Ultra fork.
Dura Ace 25th. anniversary group set
3T Zepp XL stem
Ritchey Curve bars
Spinergy Rev X clincher wheels
Selle Italia Flite Titanium, Genuine Gel saddle.
Michelin Lithion 2 tires
Easton bar tape

One hell of a bike!

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As always you have a sexy bike there. Really dig the mags! Real sharp


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mags?

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Sexy wheels. I’ve always called them mags


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Painter just sent me pictures of the candy orange powder coat just applied to the swing bike. Pick it up early next week. I hate waiting

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That's gonna be one fine ride!

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Lots of work left to do. I’m always looking at entertaining solutions :lol:

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Entertaining, clearly, solution, well, not so much, or at least not very long. :D

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