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Sidesaddle: 1929
... Sidesaddle will be face-down in the dirt. My favorite bike! They used this inline four engine for aeroplanes also. I first ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 2:44pm -

Sidesaddle: 1929

Dad's Indian: 1950s
... I bet the aviator's cap didn't hurt either. Nice bike! That's a nice Indian and your dad must have been popular with the ... 
 
Posted by niceleyj - 11/09/2008 - 1:47am -

Dad's Indian: 1950s

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 - 11:24pm -

Suburban Cowboy: 1963

Miss Handlebars: 1900
... her unbraided hair is knee length. I'm surprised that her bike has skirt netting on the rear wheel but the chain guard stops at the chain ... Ms. Sprocket Amazing hair. Very cool chain guard and bike. Bicycle "Take me away". Freedom at last look on her face. Toto? What ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/19/2014 - 3:23pm -

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Rover Boys: 1900
... just a simple platform pedal are preferred. Also many bike commuters and touring bikers prefer "rat trap/mouse trap" pedals which ... shoes for ease of walking and lower cost since cleated bike shoes cast more and must be used with "clipless" pedals. However there ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/19/2014 - 3:23pm -

Rover Boys: 1900

The New Century: 1900
... were not average household items of the day. In the duo bike picture, one of the fellas is wearing a pretty nice watch chain too. For ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/24/2014 - 12:48am -

The New Century: 1900

Future Biker: 1935
... 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. Sweet bike West Virginia is great place to ride. What a ride Hmmm ... 1930 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:49pm -

Future Biker: 1935

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 - 10/23/2014 - 1:12am -

Manley Boy: 1917

No Parking: 1906
... It's over by the curb to the right of the kid on the bike. +102 (Memphis) Below is the same view (looking west on Madison ... some massive perception problems? The kid on the bike Seems to be the only one who knows his picture is being taken. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 1:45pm -

No Parking: 1906

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 - 09/12/2011 - 3:42pm -

Undeliverable: 1925

Nighthawk: 1943
... with an office girlfriend, and going to dances or on long bike rides around San Diego on their one day off. She was 18 and shy and had ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:24am -

Nighthawk: 1943

Syracuse Panorama: 1901
... the lower right hand corner, you can see what looks like a bike rack on the sidewalk. Of course the 1890s had been the golden age of ... emerge, but not yet, not in 1901. When it did, sidewalk bike racks probably wouldn't come back for, oh, about 100 years, until about ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2012 - 6:16pm -

Syracuse Panorama: 1901

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 - 09/13/2011 - 4:17pm -

Playtime: 1943

Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901
... the same font for its masthead. America's Choice Bike Shop Anyone have any idea what the name of the bike shop with the awning is? I would love to know if there was once a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 2:22pm -

Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901

D-Day: New York
... my trike when a Western Union messenger rode up on his bike and went into the three-family apartment in which I lived. I heard a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/06/2013 - 12:25pm -

D-Day: New York

Breaking Away: 1908
... Americans have been able to learn a lot about (and enjoy) bike endurance racing. But Armstrong's 17,370 career points in 17 years and ... very nice eHistory site, here’s a look at six-day bike racing by Ari de Wilde. Note that although he wrote “Strapped into ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:32pm -

Breaking Away: 1908

Truck Up: 1928
... of Rock Creek Parkway between M and P Streets (before the bike path was paved). Mechanism It looks like those rollers would be ... the foreground. At first I thought that was a boy with the bike, suggesting some informal setting open to anybody, but I think he's an ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:42pm -

Truck Up: 1928

Over and Under: 1900
... The car is clearly a C&NW car. Upgrading a bike I noticed that the older boy has upscaled his bike to cool by flipping the handlebars over. Very racer looking. (Prints, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:44pm -

Over and Under: 1900

American National: 1918
... look like that. Sidewalk sidecar Check out the bike with the cargo sidecar in front of the bank! And what are those brass cans ... took it with him while he was shopping. Motor Bike I'll be. It looks like a Smith Motor Wheel. They were usually mounted ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2012 - 7:35pm -

American National: 1918

Pittsburgh: 1940
... well as unusual challenges for pedestrians, joggers, the bike police, and especially pizza delivery. . . ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/03/2012 - 3:42pm -

Pittsburgh: 1940

Lake Worth: 1908
... the trees on the left side of the walk. Favorite Bike Trail When I lived in WPB I used to ride on the Lake Trail regularly. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:38pm -

Lake Worth: 1908

Little Red Wagons: 1965
... taken. I think it has a lot to do with the sidewalks, "bike" ramps at the corners and, unfortunately, no trees. Not gorgeous, but ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/24/2009 - 6:53pm -

Little Red Wagons: 1965

Columbian Caravels: 1905
... has a hand-powered trike, and has competed in a few bike races with it. Hers looks more like a recumbent bicycle, though. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/13/2014 - 12:27pm -

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Provincetown Summer: 1937
... this photo alot, and I keep thinking how the girl on the bike would fit right in with the students at Appalachian university here in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:35pm -

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Harley-Davidson: 1925
... to work. I want me a Harley-Davidson fifteen speed road bike! [Actually they would pedal to work and peddle at work. - Dave] ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:56pm -

Harley-Davidson: 1925

Biking in Suburbia: 1968
My younger brother, riding his new bike. Our street was a cul-de-sac in Walnut, California. This was probably ... for me. An invitation to dream that it's me on that bike, growing up in California in the 70's as a child, and then as a teenager ... trim. Great handlebars Love the handlebars on the bike and his red shirt, matching the bike too! This could have easily been one ... 
 
Posted by Mvsman - 06/28/2014 - 12:55pm -

Biking in Suburbia: 1968

Board Track: 1925
... discovered he couldn't remove his foot from the peg of his bike and found that a large splinter had pierced the leather of his boot and wedged itself between parts of the bike. Fortunately it somehow missed his foot. It was all insanely dangerous ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2012 - 6:56pm -

Board Track: 1925

Young Granddad: 1963
... the fence and he reached over while passing by on his bike to pull off a leaf. Zzzziiippp. Several hours and a spools worth of ... 
 
Posted by Tony W. - 09/17/2011 - 10:08pm -

Young Granddad: 1963

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900
... Channel into the Wayne County Bridge for use by vehicular, bike and pedestrian traffic. The rail tracks across the island were replaced by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:36pm -

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Junior Driver: 1949
A Schwinn bike and its garage-mates circa 1949, from a set of 35mm Kodachromes I acquired ... not carbon fiber composite and Shimano parts. That bike looks as heavy as a tank too. I think when cars hit these the cars got damaged NOT the bike. Trunk Trim The trim on the Pontiac, the car on the right, ... 
 
Posted by historic52 - 12/08/2012 - 7:25pm -

Junior Driver: 1949
 
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