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1968 Schwinn Sting Ray, Krate, Fastback, Ram's Horn, Run-A-Bout & Mini-Twinn


Every year Schwinn was innovative, and 1968 was no exception. This is the year they introduced the infamous Krate models, the folding Run-A-Bout, and the Schwinn Mini-Twinn tandem.

Blast off and move out to a whole new world of cycling thrills aboard the flashiest Sting-Rays ever designed, the Orange Krate, Lemon Peeler and Apple Krate drag racer! - Schwinn Ad


Here is a nice example of a 1968 Orange Krate which retailed for $85.95




The Schwinn Krates, model C30, had several new features which included:

16" x 1 3/4" front tire
20" x 2.125" rear Slik
"Full Floating" bucket seat saddle with racing stripes
Strut and seat post with suspension springs
Large aluminum front drum brake (Atom brake)

These bikes came in 5 speed with the Stik-Shifter. The shifter handle was changed this year from smooth to ribbed on the handle. The front drum brake worked very well and rear braking was done with a caliper.

Also new for 68 was the pint-sized Run-A-Bout. It came in 2 models, both 3 speed, one with the Stik shifter and the other with a thumb shifter. The neat thing about this bike is that it folded up to fit in your trunk. The spring seat went down and the quick release handlebars would fold out of the way. The 16" tires made it smaller too. This bike came in Campus Green and Sierra Brown.

Schwinn also made the Mini-Twinn which was a Sting-Ray bicycle built for two! It had a Slik 20" whitewall rear tire and a regular middleweight front tire for easy manuverability. It also had chrome fenders, Sting-Ray seats, front caliper and rear coaster brakes, and came in Campus Green, Coppertone and Sky Blue in 1 or 2 speed. These are pretty rare these day since they only made them for one year and I've seen them go for around $400-800 in various conditions. The one above sold on Ebay for $810 on 9/08. I imagine you were the "cool" kid if you had one of these back in the day!

Lets not forget the other Sting Rays! The Fastback and Ram's Horn models were basically unchanged and came in Campus Green, Black, Sky Blue and Coppertone. The Fastback was touted as fitting 5 and 6 foot riders with taller handlebars and adjustable saddle although the seatpost was the same. They came in 5 speeds although the shifters on these had a different handle from the previous year as it was ribbed, not smooth anymore. The Ram's Horn came with the unfriendly to your barefeet pedals called Rat Traps and the regular Fastback had bow pedals.

The Deluxe Sting Ray (J39) had chrome fenders, a bucket saddle, and 20 x 1 3/4" Schwinn Whitewall front and Slik rear tires. It came in 1, 2 and 3 speed Stik Shift in Campus Green, Coppertone and Sky Blue. It came with handbrakes on 2 and 3 speeds only.

This year Schwinn added 5 speeds and a Stik shifter to the Sting-Ray (J38). It came with front and rear handbrakes too. Sting-Rays came in 3 other models including coaster brake, 2 speed overdrive, and 3 speed Stik Shift. It came with handbrakes, except for the coaster model, and only one brake on the 2 speed. All had a Slik rear tire and a 20 x 1 3/4" front.


And a beautiful 68 3 Speed Sting-Ray



Below are current Ebay auctions for 1968 Schwinn Sting-rays, Fastbacks, Lil Chiks, Fairladys, Ram's Horn, and parts.


 

 
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