Schwinn Sting-Ray 50th Anniversary Bike announced

500 'Fritz Fifty' Sting-Ray bikes to be sold this holiday season

The banana seat, the ape hanger bars, the mismatched wheels... Schwinn is bringing it all back with a limited edition Sting-Ray as a tip of the hat to the bike's late innovator, Al Fritz, who passed this May.

Way back in 1962, Fritz, while working as a Schwinn designer, seized on a trend of young Californians tricking out their bikes with moto-style parts. His Sting-Ray bike, which came out the following year, quickly caught on. Schwinn today claims that Sting-Rays held a whopping 70 percent of US bike sales in 1964. Schwinn kept making the bike until 1981, and has produced a few throwback versions in recent years.

For this holiday season, Schwinn is celebrating the bike and its late designer with the 50th anniversary Fritz Fifty all-chrome Sting-Ray, of which 500 bikes will be made.

The Fritz Fifty Sting-Ray will look quite familiar to those who owned an original Sting-Ray, with the same style frame, a banana seat, a springer fork, and mismatched wheels. Each individually numbered bike will come with a seal of authenticity signed by Al Fritz. A portion of the proceeds from the bike sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Al Fritz.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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