Sweet Wheels, Vintage Schwinn Sting Ray Fair Lady
For our middle daughter’s birthday this week, we gave her a vintage Schwinn bike. She had outgrown her old one and had been asking for a new bike for months. We had been looking for a new bike for months, scouring Craigslist religiously. We had a specific style in mind. We were leaning toward a cruiser style, because she really isn’t a mountain biking kind of girl, but we didn’t really want to pay new prices for a good quality cruiser and there really aren’t too many kid’s cruisers out there. We were giving up on finding what we were looking for, but about 8 days before her birthday I saw an ad on Craigslist that caught my eye. It was an older ad and I wasn’t sure the bike would still be for sale, but I emailed the seller anyway and arranged a meeting. My husband went to look at it and not only did he love it, but he got it at half the price the seller was asking. So, for $50 we got an excellent condition vintage Schwinn Fair Lady Sting Ray 20″ tire bike. The nearest we can figure is that it was manufactured between 1969-1973; everything on it is original, including the tires, which still have plenty of tread. It certainly isn’t in mint condition, but the original chrome has only minor rust spots that were easily removed with a little elbow grease and some Scotchbrite. The paint job is original, with some nicks and it still has the decals. It’s a sweet little bike for this girl. She thinks it’s a snazzy set of wheels and she looks wonderful riding it.