1964 Sears Spaceliner















 














The Spaceliner was sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1964 to 1968. It was manufactured by the Murray Bicycle Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. Victor Schrenkengost designed it, plus several other "Space Weight" models. They were sold by Murray, Western Auto Supply, and Firestone Tire stores.

I found out about Spaceliners in 1998. In 1964, I had the best bike built, a Schwinn Mk II Jaguar. There was no need to look at other bikes, and I was interested in AC Cobras and Mustangs. When I first saw a Spaceliner on the Internet, I thought it looked neat enough to get.
Spare parts are hard to find. The bikes were sold by stores which did not sell spares. I found the rear carrier reflectors, seat, chainguard, and sprocket hub on www.ebay.com
The bike is not finished to factory specs, due to cost or unavailability of perfect parts. To find out what I did, click on the Restoration Notes Link.

After making this presentable, I found that one Spaceliner was not enough. A Deluxe Spaceliner showed up at the Antique Bike Show in Marietta, GA in April, 2001. It had a complete tank, so I bought it.

The bikes are noticeably lighter than Schwinn middleweights. This comes from using thinner metal and some plastic parts. The tradeoff is that the parts are flimsier than Schwinn parts, and break or bend more easily. Murray bikes were made to last a few years.

If you grew up in the 60's, get a Spaceliner for occasional use and have fun.
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