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COMPLETE PICK-UP: 1981 Schwinn Sting

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(Posted on FB, but I always like posting on the site too)

Every so often - over the years - I have been fortunate enough to stumble upon a complete bike that is really cool. This is one of those bikes.  I have known about this Schwinn for quite a while, but I kept my trap shut. I asked the owner if I could circle back around to him when I had what I believed to be a reasonable amount of money to offer him for the bike. He agreed and 18+ months passed. On Election Day (I'll always remember it that way), I made him the offer and he accepted.

1981 Schwinn Sting survivor pick-up:

  • FRAME: Schwinn Sting
  • FORK:  Schwinn
  • HEADSET: Schwinn
  • STEM: Schwinn
  • BARS: ?? Schwinn approved alloy I assume
  • GRIPS: Mushroom style
  • BRAKE: Dia-Compe lever, generic caliper
  • POST: Schwinn
  • CLAMP: Schwinn
  • SEAT: Kashimax Aero
  • CRANKSET: Shimano DX
  • PEDALS: Suntour MP-1000
  • RIMS: Araya 7C
  • HUBS: Cook Brothers
  • FREEWHEEL: Suntour
  • TIRES: IRC MX-5

 

 

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Beautiful little Sting you got there with some hi-end parts to boot. I especially like how the red/black tire combination works aesthetically on that bike, knowing that the rear is a replacement from back in the day.

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Glad you’re posting here.  Things are searchable and others will be able to find it to check it out.  
 

great find.  :rockout: The black is sinister!!! :Scrutiny:

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Very nice bike! 

The wheel build is first rate. 4 cross spokes over/under and double butted= nice work! And the Cook name on the hubs is in good shape.

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That is sweet.  Insane jealousy here.  Prime frame and crank on that rig.

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Wow!  That is such a crazy build?!?  DX cranks and Cook Bro's hubs!?!  I love it!  Big ups, made love brother...

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So, I am told that the black frames were Warranty replacement frames? Is this correct? I was checking out the old Schwinn catalogs online, and black is not listed. Regarding the components on the bike...I agree...it is a crazy mix, but it's cool.  The tires are actually the same - IRC Super MX-5 - and I agree, I really like the contrast in color.

I wish the red components had not turned the usual faded pink, but I can get past it. Thanks for the kind words guys.

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