In 1963 the Schwinn Stingray was born, and it changed the lives of children all over America. Before it, bicycles had not changed since the turn of the century – they looked quite charming and sweet. But with the Stingray, kids had the opportunity to become outlaws as they rode down the street on their low-riders with a banana seat, high-rise handlebars (hangers), 20″ wheels, and the ability to pop wheelies. The Stingray was like a rad motorcycle, but one made just for kids!
And to make the Stingray even cooler, Mattel came out with the Vroom. A plastic engine that fit right about your Stingray peddles that generated motorcycle sound effects as you pettled. Very rad indeed!
Then came the Wham-o-Wheelie which everyone just had to have…
If you think Stingrays are as cool as I do, you should check out the book Liz Freed wrote about them – the Schwinn Sting-Ray. Click here to check it out on Amazon.com