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1980 Schwinn King Sting 26

#1 2011-02-15 12:25am

MYASTRON1
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1980 Schwinn King Sting 26

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1980 Schwinn King Sting 26

5-speed BMX/ early mountain bike

My roomate recently found this King Sting in a trash pile during our cities annual fall clean up. The bike looks like it sat outside for many years, the decals are badly cracked and faded, and the anodization has faded off of the hubs, cranks, and pedals on the sides that were facing the sun. After re-packing all of the bearings, installing new cable and housing, and removing the siezed seatpost, rotted seat and rusted chain, the bike is back in use. Its a great townie and fun on the mountain bike trails around town, but the chain doesn't like to stay on (it needs a chain guide). King Stings must have been great mountain bikes in 1980, before mainstream mountain bikes like the Stumpjumper were available. Its funny that they aren't usually credited as being early mountain bikes!


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#2 2011-02-15 3:43am

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Re: 1980 Schwinn King Sting 26

COOL FIND!!!! I'M GONNA START LOOKING THRU THE NEIGHBORS TRASH. WHO KNOWS WHAT I'LL FIND.


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#3 2013-02-15 2:41pm

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Re: 1980 Schwinn King Sting 26

I have wanted to find one of these so hard. a pair came up local last year for 100ea. Then the feeding frenzy started and they pulled the ad. My buddy got them for 500 each. Sweet bike. Great part of the bmx/mountain bike history as it was splitting!

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