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    Rest in Peace Al Fritz - Inventor of the Original Schwinn Sting-Ray

    "We are deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of the brilliant Al Fritz, inventor of the original Schwinn Sting-Ray. In 1963 as Director of Research & Development for Schwinn, Al helped revolutionize cycling and the entire bike industry with his prototype for the one and only Sting-Ray, a bike loved and cherished by so many. Our thoughts are with Alís family at this time.

    Today we ride in honor of Al." - Ride Schwinn

    Without this man's vision, it's hard to say where modern freestyle riding would be today. Freeride, DJ, modern urban trials, etc. have been heavily influenced (if not completely derived from) BMX freestyle. And, of course, we'd never have BMX without the Schwinn Sting-Ray.

    Rest in Peace, Al Fritz.

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    I remember summer evenings after dinner all of us kids would meet up and have wheelie contests on an empty street. I had a chrome sting-ray with a fat dragster style slick that was way more bad a$$ than I was. RIP AL.

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    RIP Al. I will honor you with a ride this evening on my 1983 Schwinn Predator!
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    nice thread op

    I got my Sting Ray in '66. To this day it might have been the coolest bike I ever owned, with the possible exception of the Schwinn Apple Crate with the stick shift I got after the Sting Ray. Thanks AL for all the great times and memories with those bikes, RIP

    I will ride for Al this afternoon

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    I will be heading to happy hour later on my Schwinn beach cruiser as I do on most Thursdays.. Only today I will have an extra beer for Al. RIP

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    Yep, this started it all

    Wish I still had it.
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    What was the old Schwinn with a steering wheel, instead of handlebars?

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    Rest in Peace Al Fritz - Inventor of the Original Schwinn Sting-Ray-orangekrate.jpg

    Sitting in my garage. Love this bike!

    RIP Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    What was the old Schwinn with a steering wheel, instead of handlebars?
    I think that was a Huffy named "The Wheel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronk View Post
    I think that was a Huffy named "The Wheel".
    Yes! That's it. I rode one once as a child. It was freakin' bizarre.

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