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Birmingham Messenger: 1914

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

October 1914. Birmingham, Alabama. "A typical Birmingham messenger." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Track Bike

This type of bike is also favored by extremely serious bike riders/racers. I've been on touring rides where a few of riders had track bikes: they are tough going up hill and scary downhill.

A number of years ago I knew a woman who lived in Washington and commuted to work at the Library of Congress on one. One day a local punk tried to ride off on it and went down almost immediately when he tried to freewheel. She walked over, picked up here bike and to the jerk, "My bike doesn't like strangers riding it."

fixed gear baby!

fixed gear baby!

[Recent NYT article on fixies here. - Dave]

birmingham messenger

interestingly, fixed gear bikes are especially popular among urban bike messengers.

birmingham messenger

This would most likely be a fixed gear bike, which is stopped by applying stopping force to the pedals while moving. There is no ability to coast. Some people still ride these type of bicycles today! Lee

Birmingham Messenger

Just curious how he stopped the bike since there appears to be neither a "coaster" brake nor hand brakes?

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