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1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

#1 2015-08-21 10:49pm

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1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

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1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

98% original, 100% original finishes and decals

Spent most of my evenings in front of the TV in 1981 staring at page 24 in the Schwinn catalog that came with my '81 Sting Comp, dreaming of the day I could afford it's big brother, the King Sting. Never imagined it'd take 34 years, but he's finally come home. This little gem is as OG gets, 100% original finishes 98% original parts (with the addition of some vintage upgrades) and has about the nicest chrome you'd ever expect to see on 35 year old bike. Don't know it's story, but it looks like it was rode hard for a season or two based on the heavily chain-chipped stay and the hammered state of the original wheels, and then shoved in a basement and forgotten for decades. Decals are all original and cracked to prove it, but show zero fade. Had a rack and bottle cage, and maybe a pump too- someone put some serious miles on it after performing a 10-speed conversion, which was a professional enough job to have perhaps been done by the original Schwinn dealer.

A little rough when I acquired it, I swapped in some original hoops levers sourced from a 1981 Sidewinder,  removed the front derailleur and shifter, some NOS grips, NOS Team Schwinn Terry-style cables, and some vintage upgrades including an early Chris King headset, Schwinn/WIN slant stem, Predator Tuff Neck clone clamp, Campy Record seatpost, Campy BMX low flange hubs, Suntour Cyclone derailleur, Suntour Ultra-6 freewheel with Suntour Microlite Alloy cogs (14/15/16/18/21/24), and NOS 40t chainring and a Regina spoke protector. And of course the obligatory Cal Lite pad.
Included for your visual arousal, pictured with his great-granddaddy, a 1939 Excelsior DX.

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#2 2015-08-22 12:44am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

Absolute cracker! Very nice, there is one on my wish list too. cool


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#3 2015-08-22 6:40am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

Ty. And yes, I know I'm missing a couple chainring bolts in the pics smile


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#4 2015-08-22 6:54am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

Very nice!  I'd still like to find a single speed King Sting for my collection. cool

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#5 2015-08-22 10:19am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

SWEEE-EET OG goodness!!  cool  Also that meme avatar you have is hilarious..!

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#6 2015-08-22 3:24pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

cool


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#7 2015-08-23 9:06am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

big_smilebig_smile cool find


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#8 2015-08-29 12:32pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

WalkerInTN wrote:

Very nice!  I'd still like to find a single speed King Sting for my collection. cool

Don't tell anybody, but I'm not saying if the right SS frame came a long there wouldn't a little Bruce Gender action happening here... wink


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#9 2016-01-19 9:58pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

Funny growing up working in the LBS Schwinn shop I build quite a few of these. Even my old boss used to rave about the features of this bike as had a Sting but in my youth I did not see the wisdom...if I only knew how much ahead of its time this piece was.,,


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#10 2016-03-24 9:11pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn King Sting 26

Now that's a STING!smile


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