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Old 01-16-20, 08:39 PM
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Stratoflight?


Has anyone any information on this bike? I've heard of the Murray Stratoflite but this doesn't seem to be related. Research vaguely mentions a Sears connection so maybe Puch??
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Old 01-16-20, 10:51 PM
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Thanks for posting the picture. From the distance it is hard to make out the details. My first guess at this would be that it may be made in Japan, We are going to need some detailed pictures. Is there a headbadge? Does it have a serial number?

It looks like it is from the '70's.
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Old 01-17-20, 08:34 AM
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I see stays that are crimped and spotwelded to stamped rear dropouts. Steel, cottered, crankset. Rear derailleur appears to be a Shimano Eagle with the integral bash guard. Brake safety levers. Stem mounted shift levers. Nutted hubs. Everything points to an entry/hardware store level, boom era product. While that dropout attachment was not unique to them, it turns up most often on Bridgestone manufactured bicycles, so I'm also leaning towards a Japanese origin.

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Old 01-17-20, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I see stays that are crimped and spotwelded to stamped rear dropouts. Steel, cottered, crankset. Rear derailleur appears to be a Shimano Eagle with the integral bash guard. Brake safety levers. Stem mounted shift levers. Nutted hubs. Everything points to an entry/hardware store level, boom era product. While that dropout attachment was not unique to them, it turns up most often on Bridgestone manufactured bicycles, so I'm also leaning towards a Japanese origin.
You should work for the police reviewing photos and videotape for evidence, T-Mar. All I was seeing was a bad photo washed out by bright sunshine.
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Old 01-17-20, 07:28 PM
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Probably more air time than the bikes worth but sometimes I get bored.🤭
Here are some additional pictures. I researched the stratoflight, and saw one of these. The Stratoflite was a single speed coaster brake, newspaper delivery vehicle.



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Old 01-18-20, 03:14 AM
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Rock bottom early 70s bike. Looks identical (even the color) to a Wards bike someone dumped on me once. Looks like it's in pretty good shape.
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Cigar to those that said Japanese. I did get it for $20. The thing is all original (not sure that's entirely a good thing). It must weight 40lbs.(steel wheels, steel cottered crank)! Once stripped the frame is lugged, not terribly heavy and the paint is amazingly good. Not sure if all those steel parts can be made to shine and I want to put it back together the way it was.
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Well done! Another one saved from the landfill. It's an interesting color, and I actually find myself looking forward to seeing it all clean and shiny.
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The front derailleur is the original version of the Thunderbird, so it's pre-1977. I'll echo the previous requests for a photo of the head badge and serial number. TIA.
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Old 03-08-20, 11:42 PM
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The front derailleur is the original version of the Thunderbird, so it's pre-1977. I'll echo the previous requests for a photo of the head badge and serial number. TIA.
Its turning out way better then I expected. The "Cherry" brakes and levers are beautiful. The safety levers look really nice. I am swapping the wheels with some nice aluminum ones and I have an aluminum crank set that should help the weight issue. The stem shifters are actually kinda nice too.


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Cannot offer much comment on the bike, but the name sounds like it belongs on a late-1940's bomber prototype.
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Old 03-09-20, 11:19 AM
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There was a Strato-Flyer marketed by Western Auto Parts, made by Cleveland Welding Company.
Completely different animal... it was a slightly restyled version of the Sears Spaceliner.
(Photos courtesy ratrodbikes, the CABE respectively)

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Old 03-09-20, 01:35 PM
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There was a Strato-Flyer marketed by Western Auto Parts, made by Cleveland Welding Company.
Completely different animal... it was a slightly restyled version of the Sears Spaceliner.
(Photos courtesy ratrodbikes, the CABE respectively)

Cool. There was a similar "Stratoflite" made my Murray. It wasn't nearly as nice. This "Stratoflight" should be ready to photo and sell in a few days. I'm giving the touch up paint a chance to cure.
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Old 03-11-20, 03:33 PM
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Well done! Another one saved from the landfill. It's an interesting color, and I actually find myself looking forward to seeing it all clean and shiny.
OK. Here it is. Not sure this is a silk purse but the sows ear fits:


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Old 03-11-20, 03:37 PM
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A couple more pics



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You did a fantastic job on that bike!
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