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Schwinn Sting-Ray (Bicycle Books ) Paperback – August 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Bicycle Books
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 1st edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933201885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933201880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great pics. and excellent reading.
MGEORGE
We collect classic Schwinn's and this book was very helpful to us.
valpip
I couldn't put it down and finished it in one evening.
Big Al

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Liz Fried captures the look and feel of the musclebike era in her book. She details the inception and development of the Sting-Ray craze, but doesn't provide the necessary details for collectors to use this book as a reference. The book includes some very fine photos of Schwinn Sting-Rays and wets the reader's appetite for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Shearn on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have no idea if the author, Liz, is male or female. The author's gender is not relevant. I call this book good but not great because it takes a fluff and fold approach to the topic and really never progresses beyond the level of casual when it comes to research. If you are interested in the subject of Schwinn Stingrays you will find this book informative but not all that well written. If you are a collector of Stingrays then you probably already know most of this book's content simply having spent time reading the different online forums that cover the topic of Schwinn bicycles in general. What would have moved this book beyond the casual level would have been, at the very least, a year by year break down of the different models with a comprehensive overview of the many production changes and differences that Schwinn chose to incorporate between 1963 and 1982. Unfortunately most of this information remains esoteric as it is enjoyed only by a small collection of very dedicated enthusiasts. For a comparison read a copy of "Original Porsche 911" by Peter Morgan and the difference between a serious reference work and Fried's book will become quite clear.
What Fried covers instead is the broader overview of Stingray production and interweaves some relevant information of the social climate in which the Stingray was conceived and produced. For those that grew up during the 60's and 70's it will be a pleasant walk down memory lane. For other readers those passages of the text will seem less than important unless they dream of living in the 60's. Overall Fried's approach and skill as a writer tends to wander. The content does repeat at times and the entire text shows the earmarks of being self-edited.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on July 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book new when it came out and lost it and look how valuable now. The reason is only one printing and much demand has driven the price of used copies into the statoshpere because so well done and packed with rare photos and information. I owned a red 1973 Scwhinn 5 Speed Sting-Ray as a child and most of the kids in my school drove Schwinns and mine remains the best gift I ever got from my father. The bikes were costly even then but worth it, I recall my friend had a Hawthrone bike from Montgomery Ward that rusted away after 2 years, mine lasted and there was trade-in value afterwards. I wish this book were back in print so I could afford another copy!
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By valpip on March 26, 2014
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We collect classic Schwinn's and this book was very helpful to us. Loaded with good information that we used when we were inspection potential bikes.
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By DJ on May 14, 2013
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Great photos and statistics on the one hobby I love Very informative and shows a Blue Book of the various models and options.
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I got my copy of Schwinn Sting Ray. It arrived in good condition. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one evening. I found it was laid out well chronologically and had a good mix of historical info. There were also the authors own insights as well as comments from industry insiders from the era and others in the hobby. As someone just getting into the hobby, I found this book to be a solid foundation of general Stingray knowledge.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
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an amazing book about the best bike ever made. The author is very intelligent and has an excellent grasp of her subject. The only real bummer is the design. Perhaps the publisher could have had a best-seller if they had spent a nickel on the design. Otherwise a very resourseful and brilliant work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
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a truly amazing overview of the best bicycle ever made. My only regret is the publisher's lack of design skills. The content is so amazing, yet the layout is a shame. Intelligent writer who really knows her stuff.
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