A kid in my neighborhood had one of these Top Wheels, I don't remember seeing many at all.
My first "muscle bike" was a gold Japanese 5-speed stingray knock-off I got for Christmas, probably 1967. In 7th grade I got another stingray style one-speed. My neighbors had Krates. Did any of you have stingrays or knock-offs?
I never had a proper stingray, much to my chagrin, but I did have a Mattel V-Room, with the toy motorcycle treatment. It was my first two-wheeler. Eventually I got embarrassed by the fake-ness (and ran out of batteries,) and removed the engine and exhaust pipe. I rode it for a couple of years, until the handlebars snapped off one day, leading to a nasty fall. I still wanted a cool stingray, but the next bike I received was an English racer style, with Sturmey-Archer 3-speed (which always got hopelessly fouled up.) I thought it was rather stodgy, but had to live with it. After that, the focus of my desire matured to a Schwinn 10 speed, which I ultimately did get.
this is the first bike accessory I really coveted. I traded something for a set of used angel wing handlebars and stripped the fenders off my too big to be a stingray Sears bike. But no Banana seat. More like a beach cruiser.
looks like i was a little behind the trends. bmx bikes became the de rigeur rides prior to upgrading to 10 speeds. thought it was closer to 1980 when they became popular but heres a mongoose from 1975. they were pricey too if memory serves.
My first bike was a one-speed Schwinn, then the five-speed stingray knock off. In fifth grade I got a mitsutani 10 speed. In seventh grade I returned to the sting-ray style because I missed going off jumps and popping wheelies. I got a Webco bmx bike in 1976, my sophomore year, which I hardly rode because I wasn't good enough at the tricks and was constantly challenged by kids who could shred. I wasn't great on a skateboard but could do 360's well enough, fortunately the ollie and other more advanced tricks hadn't been invented yet and because of Portland's climate there were no swimming pools which I certainly would have sucked at riding, so the skateboard was a relatively shame-free source of transportation for my 15th year. Getting my driver's license brought some relief to my wheeled woes.