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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:16 am 
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Had my slingshot out for a trial fitting of the stock fork. I had to spread it to fit the newer wheel and I need to find a sexy modern roadie caliper. Whole bike gets painted this winter. I have mixed feelings about that.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:24 am 
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What size is the front wheel?

If you can go 2" up, and fit a low profile tire, a standard road caliper may fit.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:45 am 
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I’ve not started shopping yet, only lusted for them lol


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:49 pm 
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This is the brake above them all:

http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx? ... b&Enum=117

Shimano Dura Ace BR-7700.

.....or if you can find one, Magura HS77 calipers, with Magura Hydrostop Lever.

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TY mr M! I’m pretty sure I can find something sexy to work. I forget the true wheel size but it is used on bents. That and this is a custom job so I can relocate the brake mount if needed. I already had to spread the fork to fit my wheel too. Whatever it takes


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:23 pm 
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Just wanted to share my recent find. Hemi orange Iverson road runner. Very proud to have any Iverson model in my collection. Hopefully the first of many. Iverson and Columbia made a ton of odd variants. Not just one or two models like the big makers. This is a simple model but cool just the same

Will update with improvements in the weeks to come. Stoked


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:23 pm 
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Mini, you have to explain this stuff better. What makes this Hemi special?
I'm really trying to kep up here.........

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:21 pm 
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it goes back to our discussion about the relationship between muscle bikes and muscle cars and remember I'm a relative noob at this so I can only share what I think I know.

Schwinn stingray was named after the chevy corvette. This bike shares it's name with the Plymouth road runner. The hemi engine powered version was a real badass street machine available in some wild colors. Hemi orange was one of those colors

https://fastlanecars.com/vehicles/767/1 ... oad-runner

The Iverson name was connected to George Barris, custom car builder to the stars. Bat mobile, Munster's cars and the monkees to name a few. The bikes he designed are some of the most bizarre bikes you'll ever see and extremely rare. Mine is a common model but even the common ones are pretty scarce

click around here. Krate has a few and used to hang around with George while he was alive

https://www.flickr.com/photos/krate-may ... 259414044/


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:36 am 
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Keep that collectors' passion going as long as you got space to store them, Mini!

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Will do sir. Aiming for bicycle bag lady status


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:13 pm 
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MiniTrail wrote:
it goes back to our discussion about the relationship between muscle bikes and muscle cars and remember I'm a relative noob at this so I can only share what I think I know.

Schwinn stingray was named after the chevy corvette. This bike shares it's name with the Plymouth road runner. The hemi engine powered version was a real badass street machine available in some wild colors. Hemi orange was one of those colors

https://fastlanecars.com/vehicles/767/1 ... oad-runner

The Iverson name was connected to George Barris, custom car builder to the stars. Bat mobile, Munster's cars and the monkees to name a few. The bikes he designed are some of the most bizarre bikes you'll ever see and extremely rare. Mine is a common model but even the common ones are pretty scarce

click around here. Krate has a few and used to hang around with George while he was alive

https://www.flickr.com/photos/krate-may ... 259414044/


Which is all right up my alley. May I add that the Hemi Orange color was not just one of the many wild colors [high impact colors] offered as paint schemes on their high performance muscle cars. But the color also designated the engine color on all of Mopars high performance motors. Any motor that wasn’t considered a “high performance” motor was painted in Moper Blue.

Hemi Orange painted motors included: 426 HEMI, 413 and 426 Wedge, 440 Six Pack or 6 Barrel, 440 Magnum, 383, 340 4-barrel, 340 Six Pack or Six Barrel. The Six Pack or Six Barrel moniker was brand specific. Plymouth called theirs Six Barrell and Dodge called theirs Six Pack. It’s the carbureter setup used on specific models, which is 3 two barrel carburetors. The 426 HEMI had two 4-barrels which in slang musclecar talk would be “dual quads”. Which was never used by Mopar in designating the 426 HEMI.

All motors considered below”High Performance” got the blue paint scheme on the engine block.

Cool hobby Mini. You keep surprising me with models I never knew about.


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This thread is awesome........... 8-)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:00 am 
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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Cool hobby Mini. You keep surprising me with models I never knew about.


Nice addition and thanks. The odd stuff is what appeals to me. I myself had western flyers, kent and Ross bikes as a kid. Never owned the real cool stuff that I saw around. Trying to make up for it 50 years too late

I also like the other stuff in this thread a great deal. Not kidding when I say how much I like the sleek looks of mr m’s roadie fleet or Norton’s classic MTB rides. Certainly more capable rides than my children’s bikes. Just not as ideal for wheelieing puddles ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:28 am 
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I had an Iverson that I got for my birthday, but I can't recall if it was my 4th or 5th. The model was "High Speed", and was a metallic green color. On the part of the fork with he decal trying to look like a spring, mine had flat-wound plastic around it as well until they broke from me messing with them. My dad had the bars welded a couple of times since I broke them. I know I spent a summer swiping my sister's bike before getting a Huffy "Stars and Stripes" (I think) in '75.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:20 am 
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MiniTrail wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Cool hobby Mini. You keep surprising me with models I never knew about.


Nice addition and thanks. The odd stuff is what appeals to me. I myself had western flyers, kent and Ross bikes as a kid. Never owned the real cool stuff that I saw around. Trying to make up for it 50 years too late

I also like the other stuff in this thread a great deal. Not kidding when I say how much I like the sleek looks of mr m’s roadie fleet or Norton’s classic MTB rides. Certainly more capable rides than my children’s bikes. Just not as ideal for wheelieing puddles ;)


Same here. The Navy PX didn't always have the cool stuff. But Western Automotive in National City did. A stingray clone with a leopardskin seat and a 3 speed Sturmey archer hub which made it a 3 speed with an early version of grip shift that worked pretty well.
I always got to the store that had the Marvel comic books before my friends. The made up for their fancier chrome-plated genuine Schwinn Stingrays.
My bike had an orange metal flake paint job. This military brat had no complaints.

I think it was either a Ross or a Western Flyer.

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Neat thing now is people are catching on to the non Schwinn muscle. I’d take a Iverson, Ross, WF or Huffy over a Schwinn any day. Can’t fault anyone if it’s their brand just not mine.

Stars and Stripes was one cool RWB bike! Seen a couple


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:41 pm 
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MiniTrail wrote:
Neat thing now is people are catching on to the non Schwinn muscle. I’d take a Iverson, Ross, WF or Huffy over a Schwinn any day. Can’t fault anyone if it’s their brand just not mine.

Stars and Stripes was one cool RWB bike! Seen a couple


It seems like back in the day Schwinn was the Shit.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:51 pm 
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^ It was indeed. Still is.

This bike purchase reminded me of the other purpose for kids bikes. Helps them learn. Learn how to tinker, paint and customize. Amazing what harm crude tools, lack of skill and bad ideas can cause.

I thought the bike had an incorrect sized fork on it. After the tear down I realized the former owner made a poor attempt at customizing this road runner. I knew the sprocket wasn’t original. Looked to be from a Huffy. Crank and guts were Schwinn as were the pedals. Crank bearings were void of grease. :doh:

These bikes used nylon pucks and a long sleeved bolt to attach to the frame. The young customizer had cut an inch off the top and bottom of the head tube. Only thing I can think of is he was trying to attach a conventional fork and gave up. Also looked like he had repaint plans having sanded the paint off easy to get at surfaces before giving up. Guess he learned it wasn’t his calling.

Forks look like this if you’ve not seen one apart
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See the gaps between the fork and head tube here. Look close you can see hacksaw wiff marks too.
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Using washers for spacers I was able to cobble it together for now so I can ride it and plan a more permanent repair
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Right now my thoughts are to repaint the frame only then distress the finish so it matches the rest of the bike. I really hate to repaint that beautiful original chain guard. Bike rides well. Quiet, smooth and unique. Nice patina
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Mr M we need more bike porn. Don’t leave me :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Mini, I chased this guy down a couple of weeks ago. Yep chased him down just to look at his bike. LOL

I was driving and he was riding along with his young son. He dropped down off the main road onto a river front sidewalk. I raced to where I hoped he’d be next, the next street over. Sure enough here he comes. I waved him down like some lunitic. I knew what it was right from the get go. A reproduction Schwinn Gray Ghost. I knew from a distance it was one of the later reproduction ones Schwinn made because of the lack of a stick shift on the top tube. Which the originals had in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. Still a cool bike though and I thought of you and this thread. I know they had a reproduction run of these back in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s. He said he recently purchased it new from I think he said Dicks Sporting Goods in Denver. Kinda weird unless they had another reproduction run on them recently, I’m not sure.


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Score!!!!!!! 8-)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:01 am 
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Yes they had a recent run and the Schwinn diehard collectors ate them up.

I get it. It’s like owning a legend without most of the worry and you proved it gets attention. They are a very cool looking bike for sure!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:04 am 
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Oh and good on ya for giving it your attention. I’m sure the proud owner was ok with that


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Awesome, DJ. You really go the extra mile for this forum (literally).

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Awesome, DJ. You really go the extra mile for this forum (literally).


If I were to measure it, I’d say it was a little over a 1/4 mile. ;)

Mini, do you know how many runs they had of the reproductions? I’ve always been the same way, if it’s not one of the originals, meh. Didn’t keep me from chasing it down for a look though. And yes he ate up the attention. Although he’s not into these bikes for nastalga reasons. He said he just wanted something different to ride around with his son. He just stumbled upon this and liked it. He was in his 50’s so I assumed he knew of the original ones. After talking to him for a bit it seemed he didn’t.


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No I do not know but I believe there were at least 3. I’m really not into the Schwinn muscle at all. I do recall quite the fuss over the recent krate clones on a few Facebook groups though. Black Friday buyer kinda vibe to the crowd. Each of them bragging about the production number on their bike.

If I can say so without sounding like an elitest dick the new Schwinn buyers remind me of the bikes direct moto buyers. It’s a decent bike and I may find myself owning one some day but it can’t live up to its name or history. And for $400 I can own a tired old real Schwinn with more character than that clone may ever have. Like the BD moto deal if it gets someone else out riding it has real value

The fat biker in me wouldn’t mind picking up one of the repop manta rays they made some years back! Probably an anchor with pedals but cool af :lol:

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Sweet!!!!! 8-)

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