In 1963, the new Schwinn Stingray was an instant success as a highly stylized bicycle that captured the California car culture of the1960s. The most elaborate versions had front drum brakes, springer front forks, and rear shock absorbers mounted on “sissy” bars. Given the name Krates, they were sold with wild name and color combinations such as Orange Krate, Pea Picker, and Cotton Picker.
The Fastback was a simpler, lighter bike based on the Stingray design. Both the Krate and the Fastback featured a 5-speed frame-mounted shift knob, another automotive styling cue, giving many teenagers an introduction to derailleur shifting.
This color is Radiant Coppertone.
Designer/builder: Arnold, Schwinn & Company
Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Weight: 18597g/ 41lbs.