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Hey all,

My name is LoLo, I live in Breckenridge, CO. We have crazy long winters so when our short summer rolls around, I take advantage and stay outside as much as possible. Riding bikes is a great way to do that; I'm lucky to have mountain biking trails out my front door and I love taking my old hardtail Trek out for a rip. Mountain biking is fun and all, but I have always wanted an old bike to cruise around with, always dreamed of owning a Schwinn Stingray.

A few days ago, I went to the dumpster to throw out some trash and saw a bunch of old bicycles leaning against the dumpster, obviously being thrown out. A white banana seat caught my eye. I walked closer... Schwinn! Stingray! Fair Lady!! The front badge said Chicago on it... I rode it back to my truck... it rode!!! How could I not take it? A free Fair Lady!

I am SO excited about this bike. I cleaned up the chrome and got that seat raised (that was tough... needed a towel and a hammer to get it up). I think I will leave the paint as-is, it's pretty rough but it gives it character. It needs a clearcoating though. Since this was a dumpster find, I'm not too concerned about keeping it original. I have tires, grips, and a new banana seat on the way :grin:

Here's a pic after I cleaned the chrome and raised the seat... I removed the front reflector.

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I looked up the serial number and it's a 1975. I'm excited to join this forum and to work on this bike!
 
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Welcome to the addiction :) old bikes will never leave, but like gremlins in water, they tend to multiply! If you ever feel like making the trip down the hill to Denver we have a good group of folks on oldies. Meet up third sunday of every month for a cruise around town, swap meets a few times a year, and bikes, lots of old bikes :)

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Awesome find welcome to the club. your front fender looks like it's on backwards and I would keep that seat it's original and really quite rare.
 
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Welcome LoLo....Nice find.....I'm partial to the stingrays 'cause Ray's the name. I'm a mtn biker as well and like here in the northeast, Colorado has some awesome riding to be had. Now get to collecting and build up your stable!
 
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Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

Squirreldh- thanks for the info! My best friends just moved to Golden, I'm hoping to come down from the mountains more often now.

Scribble- the front fender is indeed on backwards... my boyfriend flipped it around and said it looks cooler, less like a "kid's bike"... whatever. Haha. I'm gonna flip it back soon, I liked it better the right way. I will keep the original seat, it has two stickers underneath that warns it's for one riders, not two... I like it! :)

Falstaff- one bike was definitely a toddler's bike and the other looked like an older BMX bike, it said Piranha on it.... I wish I had taken that one too, but I only had room in my truck for one bike. There will be more dumpster bikes! I once rescued an old Huffy cruiser going to the trash, that was such a cool bike. It was a lady Huffy Bay Pointe 3 speed cruiser... shifted perfectly... I cleaned it up and gave that to a friend.

1oldbikelover- awesome to see other people from Colorado on this forum and also into mountain biking! We live in the perfect state for that :) I'm hoping to get a whole mess of old bikes some day!
 
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Welcome! Sweet find!! By the way, one of our members here, ifitsfreeitsforme, sells some of the coolest grips ever. Check him out in the for sale section. Here's a pair I bought from him.

 

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