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Orange Krate Bicycle

Schwinn Bicycle Co.1968

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

This purchase represents one of the "icon" artifacts chosen by the memory team for that section in the second floor exhibit. A Stingray (actually Schwinn's brand name) bicycle was on the wish-list of many an adolescent in 1968. They were called "banana bikes," "buzz bikes," "stingrays," and even "choppers." They were modelled after chopped-frame motorcycles of the era (choppers) and were often customized with added on "sissy bars,"--long tall headrests at the back of the seat--much as motorcycles were. The Stingray style of bicycle was well-established by 1968 when Schwinn made the first of its "Krate" series. These bicycles actually featured working springs on the front forks and working hydraulic shocks on the rear forks; a front wheel smaller than the 20 inch rear wheel; and a functioning front disk brake--patented by Schwinn. All these features combined with colors possible only in the 1960s made the "Krates" the bikes that everybody wanted. And Schwinn did sell a lot of them. Schwinn had invented the Stingray style of bicycle, but other makers imitated it in many forms.

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  • Title: Orange Krate Bicycle
  • Creator: Schwinn Bicycle Co.
  • Date Created: 1968
  • Location: United States of America
  • Subject Keywords: Bike, Bicycle
  • Object ID: 72e430b33f8ec24a

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