Guide to vintage road bike steel frame tube manufacturers and types

Steel types are often mentioned when discussing quality vintage bikes and sometimes modern bikes.  The big names in steel are Reynolds out of the UK, True Temper from the USA, Tange from Japan, and Columbus from Italy.  Each brand has many different grades of steel.  Reynolds Reynolds is one of the biggest names in bicycleContinue reading “Guide to vintage road bike steel frame tube manufacturers and types”

Vintage Motobecane Bicycles History and Facts

Motobecane was founded in 1923 in France and was a manufacturer of bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles.  I believe the name is ment to mean motorbike by combining two slang terms.  They were one of the biggest French bicycle manufacturers and are often compared to Gitane and Peugeot.  Most of their bikes were road bikes fromContinue reading “Vintage Motobecane Bicycles History and Facts”

Schwinn Sting-Ray guide and history

The Sting-Ray is the best-selling bike that Schwinn has ever offered.  The style of bike started in California with kids modifying their bikes to look like motorcycles with 20-inch wheels, long seats, and ape hanger handlebars.  It didn’t make the 1963 catalog, but it started with a sales ad in 1963 and is referred toContinue reading “Schwinn Sting-Ray guide and history”

1973 Schwinn Lil’ Chik Sting-Ray Bicycle Kool Lemon

This is the young girl version of the Sting-Ray in Kool Lemon color.  Steel frame is a step through design with chrome fenders, medium-rise handlebars, floral print banana seat, coaster brakes, and 20” tires.  Was also available in opaque blue color this year.  The 73 catalog lists this kid’s bike at 35lbs!  A really neatContinue reading “1973 Schwinn Lil’ Chik Sting-Ray Bicycle Kool Lemon”

1984 Bianchi Grizzly Mountain Bike Red

This is a really cool example of an early mountain bike.  I believe these were the first mountain bikes that Bianchi ever made and one of the first mountain bikes made by a major bicycle brand.  Nice, lugged manganese steel tube frame in a red color.  The one-piece bullmoose handlebars are quite different than whatContinue reading “1984 Bianchi Grizzly Mountain Bike Red”

1969 Huffy Dragster III Green

I don’t normally like a Huffy, but this is a really neat bike.  First, it’s a 3 speed stick shift on the top bar which is cool.  Next, it’s got the tall bars with the banana seat, the Sting-Ray look.  The seat is a two-tone green metal flake color.  This is a kids bike withContinue reading “1969 Huffy Dragster III Green”

Vintage Bicycle Component Companies History

The current world of bike components is really dominated by Shimano, but that wasn’t always the case.  There used to be a lot of different brands in the game, here are a few: Araya Araya wheels were very popular on bikes in the USA during the 1970s and 80s.  The company started back in 1903Continue reading “Vintage Bicycle Component Companies History”

1976 Schwinn Sting Ray Fair Lady Holiday Rose

Here is the girl’s version of the Schwinn Sting-Ray, the Fair Lady.  The color is holiday rose, and it also has a nice flower banana seat.  Wheels are 20” with a coaster brake.  Fenders match the steel step through style frame.  Same Sting-Ray style bars as the boys bike. This coaster brake model was theContinue reading “1976 Schwinn Sting Ray Fair Lady Holiday Rose”

1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray 2-Speed Campus Green

Here is a nice example of a 1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray in campus green.  This one has the 2-speed automatic kick back rear hub.  Other features are the chrome fendors, front brake, and white glitter sparkle banana seat.  This kid’s bike has 20” wheels.  The hub is a Bendix yellow band.  These sound pretty neat, thoughContinue reading “1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray 2-Speed Campus Green”

Vintage Sanwa Bicycles

Sanwa is a bicycle brand that was owned by Wisconsin Cycle Supply starting in 1977.  From what I have seen these were all road bikes imported from Japan.  Wisconsin Cycle was a distributor from Sheboygan, Wisconsin that distributed bikes, another brand they used was Timberlin.  Riteway would buy Wisconsin Cycle Supply in the 80s andContinue reading “Vintage Sanwa Bicycles”