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    Oct 2004

    Passing of someone who you may not know...

    ...but if you are old enough, I'll be you had one, or wanted one, of his bikes.

    Al Fritz dies at 88; Schwinn exec developed the Sting-Ray bike
    Al Fritz became known as an industry visionary for creating the Sting-Ray, 'the Corvette of bicycles.' The low-slung bike with sky-high handlebars became a national phenomenon.


    I hope he is riding around, with playing cards clothes pinned to the spokes (and if you had one of these bikes, I'll be you did that too!).
    "...when your ride is nearly over, it seems to have lasted but an instant..."


  2. #2
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    Had a buddy that used to be the neighborhood daredevil on a sting-ray. A door, ramped up on 3, 15" tires. He could get it about 30' back then.

    I liked a balloon in my spokes. Deeper rumble of the motor.

  3. #3
    R.I.P. DogFriend
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    I got one for my birthday the very first year they came out. LOVED that bike!

    RIP Al

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    T , V , & K Rider
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    Nov 2004
    I remember the banana seat so you could easily slide back to do wheelies ! TIG.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2004
    I wanted one but we were poor. I did have a beatup knockoff that my dad got me from a police auction. At least I was on a bike. Thanks Dad.
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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