Al Fritz creator of the Sting-Ray passes away

schwinn_stingray 1982

I was saddened to read that Al Fritz, former Director of Research and Development at Shwinn has passed away, aged 88. Al was the creative force behind the Sting Ray, one of the most iconic of bikes; template for the chopper, predecessor of the BMX and a bike that defined the look of kids cycling for years. Would Spielberg have filmed that  scene in ET without it? (Below – it wasn’t a Sting ray, but the bike’s DNA runs through that scene like double wheeled helix).

Al Fritz died leaving a legacy to be very proud of.

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