Dating a schwinn stingray
If you find yourself in Chicago, you might check out the Bicycle Museum of America and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Oscar Wastyn Cycles The best source I know of for old Schwinn parts and bicycles is The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange Mark Smith has a nice page about his Schwinn bikes , also some good Schwinn Repair and Restoration tips.
If you like Stingrays and Krates (I don't...don't get me started!
), check out the Stingray Universe If you are interested in Varsities or the Electro-Forging process, you .
This seems to have been a system started by Emil Wastyn.
There are necked-down parts that fit into the top tube and down tube, like internal lugs. Muller has a very detailed explanation of this process, in his superb article: , also on this site. The Typhoon probably dates from the late '50's or '60's.
If I recall, it was what Schwinn called a "cantilever" frame, where the seat stays pass by the seat cluster and continue on in a graceful curve to join the bottom of the head tube.
Older Schwinn "cruisers", such as the Excelsior that was the inspiration of the first mountain bikes, used a straight lower top tube from the bottom of the head tube to the seat tube.
They also manufactured their own rims in the Chicago factory, the "Schwinn Tubular Rim".
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