Schwinn Sting-Ray Lemon Peeler Bicycle, 1970

Summary

After noticing kids in Southern California who customized their bicycles with "longhorn" handlebars and "banana" seats, Schwinn introduced its Sting-Ray line in 1963. The sporty bikes were a smash, selling two million copies by 1968. Drag racing funny cars inspired this 1970 Lemon Peeler Sting-Ray with its small front tire, front drum brake, springer suspension fork, and five-speed stick shift.

After noticing kids in Southern California who customized their bicycles with "longhorn" handlebars and "banana" seats, Schwinn introduced its Sting-Ray line in 1963. The sporty bikes were a smash, selling two million copies by 1968. Drag racing funny cars inspired this 1970 Lemon Peeler Sting-Ray with its small front tire, front drum brake, springer suspension fork, and five-speed stick shift.

Artifact

Bicycle

Date Made

1970

Creators

Schwinn Bicycle Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Made by Schwinn Bicycle Company, Chicago, Illinois.

Keywords

Bicycles 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

70.89.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Schwinn Bicycle Company.

Material

Chromium
Metal
Rubber (Material)
Vinyl

Color

Black (Color)
Gold (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 40 in

Length: 56 in

Width: 14 in

Inscriptions

Chain guard: SCHWINN, STING-RAY, LEMON PEELER Front tire: SCHWINN SUPERIOR Rear tire: SCHWINN STING-RAY SLIK Serial number on frame left side at rear: MD 49201 Seat: S Plat on rear of seat: SCHWINN / STING-RAY / MADE IN U.S.A. PAT. NO. D-204121

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