Our Mission: Serving the community while
inspiring people to learn the art of bicycle repair.

Quick Answers

Location: 3961 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA MAP

Currently our volunteer days are on pause due to COVID-19. Main volunteer workdays when we're not in a pandemic are 10am to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January-October. See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.

Donate bicycles and parts by appointment. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and details of what you have. We have specific drop-off times on Wednesday and Friday and other times by special arrangement. We'll let you know if we have a need for your items and get you drop-off details.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a Section 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More Contact info

Facebook icon   Instagram icon

Bike of the Month: Schwinn Stingray, Refurbished by Cap'n Jonny

With all the mountain bikes, sport bikes, and race bikes that have graced this space, it might seem that this rather odd-looking kids’ bike is a bit out of place here. It is, in fact, the first Schwinn Stingray (more accurately, Lemon peeler) I have seen in the shop.

You might not realize it, but this is one of the best-selling bicycles in history. Produced from 1963 to 1981, in its heyday something like 60 percent of all the bikes sold in the US were Stingrays and variants.

Schwinn Stingray, Refurbished by Cap'n Jonny © Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange bikex.org
Schwinn Stingray, Refurbished by Cap'n Jonny © Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange / bikex.org

Many consider it the direct precursor of the mountain bike, dreamed up by Southern California kids to mimic custom motorcycles and an instant smash hit when a production version was introduced. 

The Stingray was one of Schwinn's most popular bikes.
The Stingray was one of Schwinn's most popular bikes.

This Stingray was built in 1968 and had been painted with house paint over the original purple enamel when I received it. The frame was stripped to bare metal and painted Rustoleum Safety yellow. I disassembled the springer fork, cleaned off rust, polished, and re-assembled it.

The famous springer fork of the Schwinn Stingray
The famous springer fork of the Schwinn Stingray

The original sissy bar was damaged. Luckily, Craigslist produced someone who was selling a nice chrome one with a new seat.

A new Schwinn seat completes our Schwinn Stingray
A new Schwinn seat completes our Schwinn Stingray

New front and back wheels and tires completed the build. Original parts include the frame, fork, bars, grips, crank, pedals, and seat post.

Original Schwinn grips!
Original Schwinn grips!

This bike will soon be up for grabs on our online store at shop.bikex.org and should help us refubish and donate a handful of bikes to those in need.

Have a bike in your garage that's collecting dust? Consider donating it to SVBE! Learn more here

Enjoy reading about our featured refurbished bicycles? You can read our past Featured Bicycles posts here. Featured bicycles are typically bikes we sell to cover parts for bikes we donate and operating expenses. You can browse our for-sale bikes here: https://shop.bikex.org

Read More

Wondering where the rest of the home page articles went?  Turn to our Past Articles page to see them.