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Schwinn Super Deluxe Sting-Ray, 1965

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Schwinn Super Deluxe Sting-Ray, 1965


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Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — The collection, 1935-1965

Schwinn Super Deluxe Sting-Ray bicycle
Catalog #: 326,804, Accession #: 265,701
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This bicycle was donated to the Museum by the company who made it in 1965. The Schwinn Super Deluxe Sting-Ray was a children's bicycle and was designed to be sturdy and durable.
Physical Description

Artifact. This cycle has a cantilever frame in which all members but the center stay are curved. The back stays sweep forward in a continuous curve, drop below the upper main tube, and are secured to the sides of the lower main tube.Chrome-rimmed 28-spoke wheels carry 20-inch whitewall tires, the front being 1 3/4 inches in diameter and the studded rear, 2.125 inches. The front wheel is mounted in Schwinn's spring-fork. A 36-tooth front sprocket and a 20-tooth rear sprocket carry the driving chain, and the pedals turn on 5 1/2-inch cranks. The rear hub contains a Bendix automatic 2-speed coaster brake, which is shifted from one speed to another by back-pedaling slightly, while the brake is applied in the usual manner by back-pedaling more firmly.

A chain guard protects the rider's clothing. Handlebars of the high-rise type have white plastic grips. A white, padded "banana" seat is unsprung, but adjusts to three different heights at 1-inch increments. Finished in a metallic sky-blue, this Sting-Ray has a short chrome-plated rear fender, and an even shorter front fender. Because the rear fender does not extend far enough downward to carry a reflector, a large red reflector is mounted under the rear of the seat. The cycle is supported when not in use by a built-in kick-stand to the left rear of the pedals.

Date Made:
Gift of Arnold, Schwinn & Co.

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