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Bike Chained: 1920
... the physical feat of crossing the country handcuffed to a bike than I am with the thought of simply taking care of, shall we say, the ... to know. How did he go to the bathroom chained to a bike? Also, did he sleep on top of the bike or underneath? Just asking? ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2015 - 2:07am -

Bike Chained: 1920

Our Lady of Lourdes School
... of 1940 and 1941. I had a weekend job in 1941 with Ike's Bike Rental on 141st. He needed someone to identify the kids who rented there ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 9:17pm -

Our Lady of Lourdes School

I'm De Whole Show: 1913
... About $8500 per year. Not bad for a 12-year-old. Bike Light Probably not many bicycles today have kerosene lanterns on the handlebars. Fascinating. Re: Bike Light Are you sure of it being a kerosene lamp? Looks like a carbide ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:26pm -

I'm De Whole Show: 1913

Cool bike
My brother's cool bike with banana seat, sissy bar, hand brakes and either a 3 or 5 speed ... Boy, does this photo bring back memories I had a bike exactly like that (in the late 60s as well) except it was blue. Pretty ... of the neighborhood boy "Clifton" who had a similar bike. Until this post, I had completely forgotten the term "sissy bar." On ... 
 
Posted by Gman77 - 05/05/2009 - 8:07pm -

Cool bike

Bike Shop: 1919
... tells me they went broke. Ceiling spokes The bike wheel light fixture -- cute. Bike shop clerks these days Can you imagine walking into your local bicycle ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:13pm -

Bike Shop: 1919

Running Behind: 1963
... down Savoy model with a six cylinder engine. A Cheap Bike Lock seems to have found a better use as a hood tie-down on this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2015 - 10:24pm -

Running Behind: 1963

The Busy Corner: 1906
... [That's a fire hydrant, not rumply pants. - Dave] Bike riders It's interesting to see how casual bike owners were in this instance. Bikes are parked all over the place with no ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 6:50pm -

The Busy Corner: 1906

Dirt Bike Riding: 1983
Red River Texas; what a blast that place was. 3,000 acres. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by Zone47 - 06/05/2015 - 9:35pm -

Dirt Bike Riding: 1983

The End of the Innocence: 1941
... Is that a spring for suspension on the front? Cool looking bike. Spring or light? Isn't that the headlight? [It's a spring-thing. - Dave] Bike In fact I'm pretty sure it's a spring, making for a pretty interesting ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

The End of the Innocence: 1941

Fixing Up Li'l Sister's Bike
Polishing the chrome. Mid-60s, Ohio. View full size. Turtle Wax I recognize that green bottle by the front tire, having used a bit of the stuff myself, helping my dad polish the family car in the 60s. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by Zone47 - 04/24/2015 - 9:25pm -

Fixing Up Li'l Sister's Bike

Bike Parade: 1954
... are surely in there somewhere. View full size. No bike There's something unutterably sad about that kid on the right leaning ... unlike all the other kids in the photo, doesn't have a bike. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 09/27/2013 - 9:18pm -

Bike Parade: 1954

Alpha Females: 1942
... on those bikes. I know a gal that wears dresses on her bike that has clear skirt guards lashed to her rear fender (mud guard). Biking is not just a sporting event in Minneapolis. I want a bike like that ... thought the little girl to herself with the patriotic ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/24/2015 - 2:19pm -

Alpha Females: 1942

Bike Shop: 1912
... and probably the US. Below, the Huber & Metzger bike shop at 13 Grand River Avenue. A hipster's dream What ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:13pm -

Bike Shop: 1912

Vital Foods: 1937
... Makes Mr. Kellogg's health regime seem mild. The bike Can someone identify that great bicycle parked out front? What is that ... soup lines. Tire pump The cylindrical object on the bike is a tire pump. I carry one on my bike in exactly the same place. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

Vital Foods: 1937

You Like It: 1942
August 1942. "Bike rack in Idaho Falls, Idaho." Brought to you by 7up. Medium format negative ... Up high like a Texas Longhorn. Down low for that racing bike look. Regular for the majority of bikes. Looks like a couple of Schwinn bikes are represented. (far right and middle) Bike locks to ward off free rides or thieves? Seat springs for those roads ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/04/2015 - 2:55pm -

You Like It: 1942

Bud and Dick: 1915
... Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size. The Bike Looks like the 1915 V-Twin Indian. And after 10000 miles she'd have ... didn't. ow ow OWWW Ten thousand miles?! On that bike? My butt goes numb after a couple hundred miles on a comfortable, modern ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:56pm -

Bud and Dick: 1915

Snow's in Summer: 1953
... Laundry." With plenty of free parking for your car, bike or wagon. 4x5 negative from the News Archive. View full size. More ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2015 - 12:30pm -

Snow's in Summer: 1953

Grant Six: 1920
... Christopher Helin. View full size. Once Rail, Now Bike Trail. Today's bike trail is probably on or near the railbed in the photo. The Golden Gate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/28/2014 - 2:21pm -

Grant Six: 1920

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906
The Detroit River circa 1906. Steamer Tashmoo at St. Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. What was he thinking? When enlarging these pictures, I often find it riveti ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/08/2014 - 8:11pm -

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

To the Rescue: 1925
... every fast stop would be a "panic stop" when riding this bike! I guess he could always throw an anvil on a rope overboard! HD A ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/07/2015 - 8:14pm -

To the Rescue: 1925

A Day at the Races: 1918
... Clearly I don't understand what's going on here. The bike, the bike! The cars are great but my eyes naturally go straight to the Indian in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2011 - 1:22pm -

A Day at the Races: 1918

Incognito: 1890
... print. View full size. Awesome (and imposing) bike! How on Earth did you get on top of that? And how did you keep your ... but it certainly failed to conceal her gender in those bike pants. Horsing around with a bicycle I'm pretty sure one mounts ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:26pm -

Incognito: 1890

Our New Ride: 1921
... 1921. "Times bicycle contest." Winners of a Mead Ranger bike for selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. National Photo Co. View full ... From a few period ads, it appears that a Mead Ranger bike might fetch about $20. In today's money, that's about $240. Pretty nice ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:38pm -

Our New Ride: 1921

Birmingham Messenger: 1914
... Birmingham Messenger Just curious how he stopped the bike since there appears to be neither a "coaster" brake nor hand brakes? ... messenger This would most likely be a fixed gear bike, which is stopped by applying stopping force to the pedals while moving. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:39pm -

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

Instant Messenger: 1913
... The bicycle's tires look to be skinny like modern day bike tires are. I guess the big balloon tires as used on the Schwinns that I remember came later. Bike to the Future The cars from 1913 have hardly any resemblance to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2014 - 9:41pm -

Instant Messenger: 1913

Bike Raffle: 1954
... display in city hall, with the reminder to register your bike.) I think the plate cost 25 cents, which was a substantial amount for a ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 07/21/2013 - 10:08pm -

Bike Raffle: 1954

Open for Business: 1908
... Slice of Life What great characters! Dapper guy on bike right, man with big cigar behind him. White shirt clerks on left, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/29/2015 - 11:02am -

Open for Business: 1908

Law & Order: 1932
... $773 out of his own pocket for provisions." The bike It appears to be a flathead, but I don't know what make it is. The ... The kick pedal kicks you back! Harley Davidson The bike is a V series Harley Davidson, a 74 cubic inch flathead. 1932 was the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/02/2014 - 9:00am -

Law & Order: 1932

Bike Registration: 1954
Third in a series of bicycle-themed photos from Lafayette, Indiana. Check out that police car! View full size. Studebaker The police car is a c.1954 Studebaker Starliner coupe, a rather interesting and unusual choice for law enforcemen ... 
 
Posted by ZebraMan - 09/27/2013 - 9:19pm -

Bike Registration: 1954

The Prize: 1921
... subscription-selling contest and his prize, a Mead Ranger bike. More here and here . National Photo glass negative. View full ... My only other bicycle noisemaker is a St. Christoper bike bell inscribed in Latin. Alas, St. Christoper has been relegated to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:40pm -

The Prize: 1921
 
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