Recollection Road is well known for putting together beautiful compilation videos that showcase aspects of American life in the early to the mid-20th century. This time, they present Schwinn bicycles in all their glory.
The Schwinn Sting-Ray and Schwinn Krate were incredible feats of engineering. They were fast and flashy, made to look like the motorcycle choppers that had become popular especially in California.
That design was appealing to young riders in the 1960s and 1970s, and Schwinn quickly discovered that their new bicycle line was a best-selling hit. Anyone growing up in that era remembers the thrill of their first Schwinn.
Now, viewers can relive the feeling of climbing on their Sting-Ray – the elongated banana seating that offered style and comfort, the ape handlebars, just like those used on real choppers.
The Sting-Ray truly revolutionized the world of bicycles for America in the 1960s and 1970s. Designed with flashy colors and names like Orange Krate and Lemon Peeler, the bikes stood out.
Subsequent models included bright chrome fenders around the chain as well as a never-before-seen gear shift on the center of the bike frame. They also designed coaster brakes on the back tires.
Overall, the Schwinn Sting-Ray changed the game for young riders in the 1960s and 1970s. Even today, the image of a classic Schwinn riding down the street is enough to evoke strong and happy memories.