58 here, and I had one just like that, same color even. Must have put a million miles on it.
The only things missing are the “ram” handle bars and the “sissy bar”!!!!!!!!!!
p.s.Have you seen the PRICE on stingrays lately????
Oh yeah, wheelies, donuts and skid stops.
Is that yours? I’ve become addicted to that show Pickers. The guy keeps saying how much more valuable a good condition boys bike is since they wailed on them much more than girls.
My Dad went to the Bike Shop on his way home from work and helped the owner assemble it. Since we lived where there were a bunch of off road trails, my Dad had the guy put on front and rear over sized knobby tires. I was the envy of the Elementary School that year.
Like everyone else here, I used to put playing cards secured with clothes pins on the frame and forks that would flap when the spokes hit them. It didn't sound like a Harley, but it was cool.
is that a Western Auto, Huffy or Murray
Schwins were more elaborate
believe it or not those style bikes were first designed for folks with physical and mental handicaps but folks thought they looked cool
remember folks who would turn a bike upside down on the frame and make it taller
Most of us had "good" bikes from Santa, but it was the "beaters" we rode everywhere -- including pounding our tails off riding for miles on the railroad's crossties... But our favorite summertime "trick tracks" were the huge, dry, surface drainage ditches that abound on the Texas Gulf Coast (between Houston and Galveston Bay).
We never bothered with "fancy stuff" like fenders, chain guards or kickstands -- because they would surely get "thrashed" anyway. (You could spot a "beater bike" owner: their right jeans leg usually showed signs of "chain bite"...)
We learned some physics, too -- because we were thrilled to find scrapped bikes with different tooth-count rear or front sprockets. We had a great time messing with different ratios. (No ten-speeds -- or three-speeds -- for us!)
Used to ride wheelies for hundreds of yards.
I see that one has a “Slick” on it. Butterfly handlebars,banana seat!
I used to build my own from scavenged parts.