'77 Sunset Strip - 1977 Schwinn Sting-Ray Refresh

Mar 26, 2012
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1930 today and I've only got 4 pages and no video promotion haha... But you're in a different division. We ain't competing till February.

Carl.
Yeah, just pulling your chain Carl. I always enjoy our banter.
And, look for more 'promotion' by me in the coming months. I have to do something to stay relevant. :21:
 

tjwilson

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Checking in late too... you've got some great finished shots. Beautiful bike, really like the original paint.
 
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Checking in late too... you've got some great finished shots. Beautiful bike, really like the original paint.
Thanks TJ! The original paint was in pretty good shape, needed cleaning and polishing to bring the color back and make it shine. I had one good, sunny and relatively warm day in October to get the photos shot; we had a short Fall this year. The bike park seemed like the perfect setting for a muscle bike!
 
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Always loved Schwinn orange, and dig the grips with end caps - nice detail. Great little ‘Ray!

furyus
Thanks furyus! In my research, I found that apparently 1978 was the only year they made the Sting Ray in Sunset Orange. It's a great muscle bike color, and I didn't have any other bikes in orange, and never owned a true Sting Ray; so two birds with one stone! The original grips on there were worn and torn through on the ends of the bar. So after the chrome shined up so nicely, I thought the caps might fit the bill-d.
 
Mar 26, 2012
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Nice job again, OJ. If you're in AZ this winter, come on down to Tucson. We can ride two of my vintage cruisers along our loop!
Since you brought it up SD....yes, I am in Arizona! The BACK40 Southwest got busy today. This is not a muscle bike, but since the Winter Build Off is not happening, and after all, it is Winter (even in the desert); I figured I'd share a few pics of my results from today.

Last year, while riding my WBO bike from '16 / '17, Mesa Boogie Woogie, I went off a jump and snapped the chain stay. Luckily, I was only about 3 miles from home, and it was a nice day for a walk.

Here are the results of that...
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I had my klunker build, Desert Sky (yes, that's really what I named it 3 years ago), a Hiawatha framed klunker with motocross bars from a '78 Yamaha and 2.4 tires on original wheels sitting in the BACK40 in Minnesota. It was the perfect candidate for the switch over.

So I picked the frame clean of the rear wheel, derailleur, chain, disc brake, cabling and levers, BB conversion and crank set. I will hang the '51 Schwinn DX frame on the wall for decor. The '50s Hiawatha frame wears those parts well!

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I elected not to use the fat wheel / tire combo from Mesa Boogie, and go with a standard 26" front to match the rear.

I found a Next full sus bike in bad shape at the Goodwill near us, slapped down my $4.99, and hauled it home. My main attraction to this budget dirt buster, was the front wheel; a bolt on disc hub alloy rimmed wheel at that! I will order another CST Cheyenne 26 x 2.4 knobby to mount on the wheel, and spray the rim and spokes all black to match the rear. But I wanted to get this ready for the Arizona Coasters ride this Sunday, so it will ride as is for now.

It was a fun day in the garage in NE Mesa, at the base of the Red Mountain. And by 4:30 pm, MST, I was on a test ride in my neighborhood trail.

Again, it's not a muscle bike per se, but it is 'muscly' and, I'm biding my time till I can post my final pics 77 Sunset Strip in the 'Finished Build Thread' ....*nudge nudge wink wink* .... :21:

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