Schwinn’s 1968 Lemon Peeler Sting-Ray bike — limited reproduction now available

Schwinn Sting Ray bicycles! I had on, in purple. And if I didn’t have a bike already, I’d be jumping on this, literally: Schwinn has released the iconic Lemon Peeler in a very limited quantity – a run of 500 bikes. They are available only on Amazon — click here (affiliate link).

I asked Schwinn PR for a historical image and yippee, they sent me the ad above.

I spent years on my Schwinn Sting Ray. I am not kidding. Years.

More info from Schwinn:

The Lemon Peeler is part of the Sting-Ray family of bicycles. It’s one of the most popular and beloved bike designs for generations of Schwinn fans! It is very exciting as Schwinn fans will be able to own a piece of the brand’s history.

The Schwinn Sting-Ray rose to popularity in the 1960s, and became synonymous with the brand and childhood. The Lemon Peeler was the bright yellow favorite among kids. The new Lemon Peeler looks just like it’s 1960s cousin — equipped with a banana seat, fenders, and a coaster brake. This is the first time in almost 10 years that we’ve introduced a Sting-Ray.

The limited edition Lemon Peeler will feature a spring suspension fork, a Schwinn 16-inch front wheel and a 20-inch Sting-Ray Slik rear tire just like its original counterpart. Additionally, the bike is equipped with a striped banana seat, fenders and a coaster brake.

Each bike will come with a numbered certificate, and once they are gone, they are gone. The bikes will be available at amazon.com for a limited time for $349.99. (affiliate link)

The color is so vibrant, and it really evokes the history and nostalgia of Schwinn.

Oh happy, sunny day.

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  1. Shambie says:

    We had too many kids for that — mine was a $25 special sold in front of the Winn Dixie. The first of several ‘banana bikes,’ this one was pink. Good times!

  2. raz says:

    i like the looks of the originals. not the newsiee. we called schwinns iron pipe specials. they were well built and almost indestructible. almost. i bought my own bikes. i wanted fast. the bananas were not fast. i rode european the asian.

    you can now laugh. i now ride a $40.00 used mongoose ledge. used walmart crap bike. with several hundred sheet metal screws in the tires. purchased the bike from one of my customers, then did the tires. i ride on frozen lakes. i still ride to fast. i still fall off or get pitched. mostly the second. a lot of people ride mongo. most people just pace me on my ice skates. i can see a pair of speed skates in my future.

    i’m 72. i ride yard sale bikes. buy ones with good bones, then new bearings. new skins. good ones. way to much fun.

    ice cream. raz

  3. David Osinga says:

    Holy Cow Batman! Outstanding…

    I had a a Pea Picker in Lime Green…

    My Pops bought it for me around 1966 at our local bike shop in Cleveland Ohio, I picked it out, and .

    We were poor back then with my dad in college at Case Western Reserve University, and even at 6 yrs old I recognized it as a rare luxury @ $199.

    I mastered the art of backwards wheelies with the front drum brake among other tricks that made my Mom wince with trepidation when performed with pride!

    Good times!

    What I didn’t understand however was the concept of stealing, and it was stolen from the fence at our local pool, I was devestated! Thats why we can’t have nice things…

  4. Scott says:

    Make that 3 for Team Purple… seat was dazzling metallic purple too, like the upholstery used on fair rides!

  5. Joe Felice says:

    I never had a Sting Ray. For that matter, I don’t recall ever having had a Schwinn. But I seem to recall my brother did.

  6. RAnderson says:

    We still have the tamer version of the 20″ Schwinn in candy apple red with chrome fenders that we bought for our daughter in the ’70s. No ape-hanger handlebars or banana seat, just their standard model kids bike, with a removable top bar for girls. At the time still all USA- made quality, and when the tires are pumped up, it’s still rideable after 40 years!

  7. GlenEllyn says:

    I still have my Schwinn Hollywood bike. I got it in sixth grade, which was about a hundred years ago – at least it seems like it. It’s blue. It has lots of dents and dings but I still ride it. Could use some refurbishing though…

  8. Mike says:

    Had the Lemon Peeler. Wow, it was a heavy bike. Had to pump the “slick” rear tire up all the way just to ride it, but it was awfully cool. What, they cost just $86.95? Perhaps I’ve lived too long.

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