Schwinn Stingray

The Schwinn Bicycle Company owned by Dorel Industries was the primary manufacturer of bicycles in the U.S.A. for the better part of the 20th century. The Schwinn Stingray was introduced in 1962 when Schwinn's designer, Al Fritz, discovered a growing teenage fad in California revolving around retrofitting bikes with motorcycle components resembling either the Bobber or Chopper style.

Inspired by these high-rise bicycles showcasing smaller wheels, low placed banana-shaped saddles and butterfly style handlebars, Fritz designed a wheelie bike that began making its way into stores in 1963 as the Schwinn Stingray. The Stingray became the 1st mass produced bicycle aimed toward teenagers. The new model was seen as an artistic revelation, featuring chrome fenders, the high rise handlebars, banana seat and 20" tires that had inspired Fritz. As soon as American teens were exposed to the design, they quickly took to it and would demand nothing less for their biking needs. By 1968 Schwinn Stingray's made up roughly 75 percent of U.S. bike sales. Roughly 20 million teenagers owned the Stingray by that time.