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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 - 12:07am -

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 - 02/14/2017 - 11:50am -

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 - 3:26pm -

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 - 6:07pm -

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 - 4:13pm -

Bike Shop: 1919

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 - 4:50pm -

The Busy Corner: 1906

Boy on a Bike: 1900
"Boy on bicycle ca. 1895-1916" is the improvised title of this 5x7 dry plate from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C., whose legacy is a collection of some 30,000 glass negatives recently digitized and catalogued by the Library of Co ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/27/2016 - 10:42pm -

Boy on a Bike: 1900

Suburban Cowboy: 1963
... are all things I remember. The easy days of riding your bike up and down the neighborhood with your friends, not a care in the world. ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/20/2011 - 9:24pm -

Suburban Cowboy: 1963

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 - 3:35pm -

The End of the Innocence: 1941

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 - 7:18pm -

Bike Parade: 1954

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 - 4:13pm -

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 - 3:35pm -

Vital Foods: 1937

Grass Routes: 1940
... kids did, riding a balloon-tired Schwinn or Western Auto bike with a big basket on the front. I'll never forget one Friday in 1963. ... does have a conventional seat pillar. It was my first bike, a hand me down from an older cousin. He, in turn, must have received it ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/20/2017 - 1:03pm -

Grass Routes: 1940

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 - 11:56am -

Bud and Dick: 1915

Tower of the Press: 1905
... Parking problems. Hopefully they'll install the bike racks soon. Time was Beautiful ornate buildings and no locks on the ... happened, America? [Someone eventually invented the bike lock. - Dave] Connections I am looking at the connection to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/24/2016 - 12:10pm -

Tower of the Press: 1905

Bill on Wheels: 1922
... assist in making a splint should you need either. The bike Is an Indian single-cylinder flat track racer from sometime in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/22/2016 - 2:58pm -

Bill on Wheels: 1922

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 - 11:22am -

A Day at the Races: 1918

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943
... steering wheel is a '40, '39 would have a banjo wheel. Bike Plate I remember getting a bike plate in Florida even in the 60's. We filled out a form and paid a few ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/03/2016 - 12:14pm -

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943

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 - 12:21pm -

Grant Six: 1920

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 - 3:26pm -

Incognito: 1890

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 - 12:55pm -

You Like It: 1942

Mobile Newsboy: 1914
... taught me was not to be a paperboy. I ran my route on my bike between May and August of 1964 and delivered every day to about 90 homes ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/15/2011 - 1:20pm -

Mobile Newsboy: 1914

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 - 3:39pm -

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

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 - 3:38pm -

Our New Ride: 1921

Chautauqua: 1890s
... lake has a beach with sand, there are numerous trails and bike paths but it is indeed a built up community of homes. Performers worked in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/13/2016 - 5:34pm -

Chautauqua: 1890s

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 - 8:08pm -

Bike Raffle: 1954

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942
... 80's it was still there minus the water. I used to ride my bike in that space. It's now filled in and part of quickly disappearing history ... each Saturday from 11 to about 4. I learned to ride a bike at Coffey Park, was mugged there, skated and went to see the Yo-yo man ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 09/08/2011 - 6:48pm -

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942

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 - 7:25pm -

Fixing Up Li'l Sister's Bike

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 - 7:35pm -

Dirt Bike Riding: 1983

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 - 6:11pm -

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906
 
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