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Birthday Bike: 1959
This is my husband Peter and his Rollfast Deluxe bike in about 1959 - I'm assuming he's about 10 in this photo. It was taken in ... View full size. Oh, that seat The seat on that bike looks just like the one on my Dunelt in the early 1960s. It was a piece ... 
 
Posted by jckazoo - 01/31/2018 - 9:03am -

Birthday Bike: 1959

Boompy's Bike: c. 1920
... When I was little, my dad took me to “Cousin Bernie's” bike shop to get an old English Racer refurbished for me to use. ... 
 
Posted by hoteldennis - 03/31/2011 - 10:03am -

Boompy's Bike: c. 1920

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

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

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

Playtime: 1943
... Additionally, I knew my neighbors and was allowed to bike all over the town. Now I live in an urban center where I still walk to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2018 - 7:43pm -

Playtime: 1943

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

Bevo 10 Cents: 1917
... by Anheuser Busch. Wikipedia link . - Dave] That bike Amazing bike. HUGE bars, and check out the saddle. I would love to ride that thing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/04/2018 - 11:32am -

Bevo 10 Cents: 1917

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

Three Indians: 1915
... fantastic The one smart enough to put the light on his bike will win it for them. Gold mine The guys from "Pickers" must be ... fender, hand-grip clutch, an electric headlamp on the rear bike (as opposed to Prest-o-Lite [acetylene]), and "soft-tail" rear suspension. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:57am -

Three Indians: 1915

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

Undeliverable: 1925
... Background bin What's that in the bin behind him - bike tires? Was some doughboy trying to ship an Army motorcycle home piece by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2018 - 2:41pm -

Undeliverable: 1925

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

We Are the Champions: 1920
... same park policeman visiting the circle every day on his bike. We never called him Officer, but Mister Whatever. When I was growing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:06pm -

We Are the Champions: 1920

General Store: 1943
... of that 3-C road and the former rail line, now a bike path, in Fosters. Maybe some other local history deep divers will find ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2018 - 10:37am -

General Store: 1943

Manley Boy: 1917
... in 1903. Track Stand It looks to me that Manley's bike isn't in motion, that he is executing a "track stand," a technique in which a rider balances his bike with little to no forward motion. His pedal cranks are horizontal and the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/04/2018 - 11:31am -

Manley Boy: 1917

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

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

The Children's Army: 1942
... them as they were in '42. That would be a photo The bike The bicycle at the bottom right gave it away for me. No tires, no ... glance thought I thought 50's or 60's until I spotted the bike. Great color for the early 40's! DC Kids I love this picture. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/26/2017 - 11:23am -

The Children's Army: 1942

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

Chicago Bound: 1960
... turn into the station is now part of the North Shore Bike Path through Lake Bluff, and heavily treed. Still helping people get from ... 
 
Posted by prrvet - 03/28/2018 - 8:33pm -

Chicago Bound: 1960

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

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

SuperCenter: 1941
... the railroad tracks are long gone, replaced by an asphalt bike/ped trail, which young hiker seems to be enjoying. Minus a chimney ... few hundred yards west of the store. This bridge is now a bike trail but was placed into service as a highway bridge when a bridge on the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/28/2018 - 3:08pm -

SuperCenter: 1941

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919
... explained here . - Dave] Early Harley Adventure bike? Now THAT looks like fun - looks like some type of HD - perhaps a model ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/21/2015 - 11:01pm -

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919

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

Rollfast Redux: 1959
... a second look at my husband Peter's Rollfast Deluxe bike . Chenango Bridge, New York, 1959. Anscochrome slide. View full size. ... today, even. Perspective of Time I look at that bike now and think "It's cooool, maaaan." But I know my 12-year-old 10-speed ... 
 
Posted by jckazoo - 02/04/2018 - 11:11am -

Rollfast Redux: 1959
 
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