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#1 2009-08-30 12:37pm

cwstnsko
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1981 Schwinn Sting

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1981 Schwinn Sting

The Sting I built and raced in the early 80's
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1981 Schwinn Sting by Chris W4, on Flickr

I built this bike while working at a Schwinn shop. I took a Sting off the floor, put the stock pieces in the display cabinet and built up what I wanted to race instead. I recently updates this bike into the color scheme my daughter calls uber-red smile  With the exception of the seat and the rims, this is very accurate to the way I raced it.  It's still the quickest bike in my stable smile

There are 2 historical inaccuracies in the way it sits right now.  Those of you looking at the pictures closely will notice the stem is not an early 80s piece, and the freewheel is a new AC racing 15t. which allows me to run the 42t front spocket that was on the bike as the annodizing faded.  My other chainwheels were in my race bag and didn't fade so they no longer match as well.


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#2 2009-08-30 1:07pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

yikesyikes Speachless! Nice Schwinn Sting!


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#4 2009-09-01 5:57pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Now that's sharp!.... just black and silver. cool


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#5 2009-09-04 6:03pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Put the back back closer to BITD.  I still like the black with red accents from my "renovation" in '99, but this is more true to how I raced it.  When I raced it I generally ran red grips and a red front chainring (still have both smile )  The red chainring adds a lot to the silver and red theme, but the REDLINE sprocket has a serious cool factor as well smile

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#6 2009-09-04 6:09pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

I own a STING bcuz i remember them well BITD big_smile big_smile big_smile

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#7 2011-01-23 5:25pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Got the Sting "refreshed".  My daughter calls this Uber-Red! 

It pulled the 401 cranks to my Redline project, but I still had my Takagi one piece and my old Surefoot IIs in my old race bag. Also in the bag was my old Sugino spider and the red 42t chainwheel that is faded to match the rest of the annozized parts. To go with the 42t sprocket, I picked up something that didn't exist BITD, a 15T freewheel (from AC Racing) that fits the normal size threads.

I picked a MINT set of Chrome 7Xs on a set of wheels I bought for my new Sting. I laced them up along with the chrome spokes from the other wheels to the original faded Suzue hubs and faded red alloy nipples  The old aeros found there way onto the Redline build. 

Between the 5" headtube, the ACS stem and the tall CW bars, I always felt the bars on this bike were too tall. Since a set of Sting bars hasn't fallen in my lap lately, I pulled the ACS stem over to the Redline build.  What the Sting really needs is a longer, lower early 80's stem.  Since Pro-Necks and Tuf Necks have gotten stupid expensive, I grabbed the only stem I had handy that fit the bill.  A 1994 Mongoose stem sad  Oh the shame of an incorrect era part smile  It'll have to do until I stumble across a deal I can stomach on an era-correct long low stem, or a set of Sting bars smile  I used to take all my picture without the stem pad to show off the ACS, now I take pictures with the Mongoose stem under wraps smile

When I was re-doing the wheels, I came to the sad realization that my 1.75 rear, yellow label Mistsuboshi Silver Star Competition III tire was at the end of its life sad  when I let the air out of the tire, the dried up rubber from the sidewall turned to powder and fell out, leaving just the threads. The bead feels like it's breaking into pieces, It can be mounted and aired up and it actually looks OK, but it doesn't seem safe to ride since I know how far gone it is.  Since I ride everything I own, I decided it was time to order up a set of fresh rubber for the Sting.   I opted for the skinny-skinny pair of CSTs from BMXGuru. I got over the colored tire thing befoer I built this bike, so I stuck with black skinwalls.  This is actually how I raced about 75% of my races, with this size tires. For really smooth tracks I swapped a Stadium tire on the back and for reall rough tracks I ran a 2.125 on the front. The reason my 2.125 Comp III is insuch good shape, is because I rarely found a track that needed that much front tire, so it just got carried around and stored.

The black AME Tri grips were swapped out for red ones like I ran BITD, I still have my old red Tri grips, but they look more like a science experiment than bicycle grips at this point.

The last tweak to the Sting was to swap over to a red saddle.  I don't even remember why I had a black saddle to begin with, the shop must have been out of red the day I put it together.  Kashimax Aeros have gotten crazy expensive, and the Sting didn't originally come with an aero saddle to begin with, so a Kashimax MX style was the ticket to make the Sting look more proper.  This one is only marked made in Italy, but it's just the look I was after, didn't break the bank and it seems to be of good qaulity.  The black Kashimax Aero is on the Redline at the moment.

The only thing I have left to do for now is get some red zip-ties so I can attach my old Zeronine numberplate that I raced with BITD, and get the front brakes reinstalled.

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#8 2011-02-10 12:38pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

nice lookin bike


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#9 2012-02-27 7:56pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

This bike is awesome, I have a question for you. What kind of seat clamp is that? I bought an identical one from a guy  that I know who raced early mongoose and has a sting frame that was made for him. He was on the team for a while. Also he may have those bars if your still looking.


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#10 2012-02-28 2:33am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

The seatpost clamp was a Schwinn accessorie clamp.  The stock Sting clamp was a Suntour style, and the accessorie clamp is more similar to an eXcaliber.


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#11 2013-08-13 9:47am

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Simple...... That's Bad Azzzzzzzz

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#12 2015-01-09 8:38pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Wow!Thats one killer STING!smile


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#13 2015-01-09 8:54pm

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Re: 1981 Schwinn Sting

Stings were always hot. I too worked in a  Schwinn shop growing up. Ah the days of pulling parts/ swapping just to make it look right. I had two different Stings a black one and then red one. Long story on how that happened.


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