1968 SCHWINN APPLE KRATE STINGRAY VINTAGE BANANA SEAT MUSCLE BIKE STIK S2 RED 68. Here is a rare original August 1968 Schwinn Stingray "APPLE KRATE" 20 Krate MUSCLE BIKE! (HD Serial Number) This bike is from the era when most everything was cool! The HEMICUDA, Mach 1 Mustang, and Camaro Z-28 come to mind!This is agruably one of the very COOLEST Schwinn bikes of all time! EVERY kid wanted one back in the day... Few were lucky enough to own one. You did not see them often back in the day, and almost NEVER see them in any condition these days! They were designed after the drag racing muscle cars of the time! They hit the nail on the head with this one! The bike is LOADED with cool options only found on the top of the line "Krate" series at the time. The bike has the cool "cantalever" 5-speed Schwinn frame, (repainted but looks nice) wide apehanger handlebars, matching red Schwinn hand grips, chrome Schwinn SPRINGER front forks, (strangely has original "AS" bolts, I would think they were changed at some point) cool Schwinn BOW pedals, chrome rear fender, has dents. The 68 never came with a front 5-speed "Mag" sprocket, 5-speed chainguard, cool rear SHOCKS sissy bar and so much more! It has the cool Schwinn S7 front rim with the correct ATOM drum brake. The rear wheel is a 5-speed S2 Schwinn wheel.
Both front and rear tires hold air. The front tire is a Schwinn. The rear tire is a Schwinn Stingray tire. I dont know where you would find another like it! The bike has the cool 5-speed STICK SHIFTER with a slightly newer lever (read on to find out why) and with operable hand controlled brakes.
(YES, even has the overload tube in place) It shifts and brakes. Could use standard fine tuning. Seat is original and shows age. Check out the 1968 ONLY "pogo" seat post. The Krate series of bikes is awesome!These bikes continually go UP in value and will make for a great investment! If I got the story straight, the top of the 69 style Stik shifter broke off in the 70s so it was replaced at the Schwinn shop along with the cables and the rear tire. (see pics and be your own judge) I like the history of how this came to be. The bike has literally had the same owner since NEW and has not been owned by collectors. Now is your chance to own one of the COOLEST bikes EVER MADE! Make someone in your life happy with this one. This is a cool bike that you can enjoy for years!
You RARELY find these bikes anymore! They were all abused and thrown away back in the 1970s-80s. Finding one these days is a big challenge. They are very cool and people enjoy owning, riding, and displaying them! Most people do not sell these bikes once they have them.Be the first to get this bike back out in the light and have fun with it! I believe this to be a fairly nice original unmolested bicycle unless otherwise noted. This is a legendary bike! I got this one like you see it.
I LOVE the fact that this bike wears its original paint. (has obvious chips scratches etc) The chrome is shiny but is not perfect show quality. (would look nicer detailed or restored) Both wheels have a slight wobble when you spin them. (most every used bike out there seems to) I got this one just like you see it.
Lower rear sissy bar hardware looks to have been changed long ago. Be your own judge of what it is original and what has been replaced. View all the pics and let me know if you have any specific questions. I have nothing to hide! Most people do not sell them who have them.I hope you love it! THESE CONTINUE TO GO UP UP UP IN VALUE! There are way more people out there that want these than there are original bikes available.
The reproduction bikes made in china simply dont cut it. Flawless originals sell for thousands of dollars! Own this one for much less!
People will ABSOLUTELY LOVE seeing you riding this one! Take it to a car show or cruise night! People remember these but never see them these days! People will talk about you and your cool bike for years!Sorry for the LONG description, these bikes really excite me. People will ENVY you when you ride by at a car show or on the street with this bike! I try to list anything I notice with the bike.
Keep in mind this is a vintage bike that has probably not been ridden for a while so it may need minor tuning, bearings greased, polishing, etc, These bikes are getting harder to find and are more popular than ever before! You will enjoy owning, riding, and displaying it for years! People always remember these bikes but seldom see them in person.I take them in to have them packaged so they almost always arrive in the same condition as they left us. They are all available right now!
I try my very best to describe as accurately as possible. The item "1968 SCHWINN APPLE KRATE STINGRAY VINTAGE BANANA SEAT MUSCLE BIKE STIK S2 RED 68" is in sale since Thursday, November 25, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Bicycles\Complete Bicycles". The seller is "shadow27" and is located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States.