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Bike and Sidecar
Jack Riley and friend in Centennial Park, Paddington. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by KJ - 08/22/2011 - 2:31pm -

Bike and Sidecar

Little Miss on a Big Bike: 1929
My mother tries out my grandfather's bicycle for size, around 1929. The photo was at my mother's insistence. My grandfather sports the popular mustache of the day, "The Toothbrush". Heaven knows why it was so popular. Mother appears to have alread ... 
 
Posted by Mudhooks - 01/28/2010 - 9:59am -

Little Miss on a Big Bike: 1929

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904
... from this photo. I had no idea you could park a bike at a curb without using a kickstand. Po'town All these ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/11/2014 - 11:15am -

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

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 - 12:47am -

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 - 10:24pm -

Suburban Cowboy: 1963

Genesee Street: 1904
... sort. -tterrace] Cyclecuse, NY Has to be the most bike friendly city in the early 1900's. You've posted many street scenes from ... Rack it Apparently the bank wasted their money on the bike racks. They don't seem to be very popular. When we were 21 ? An ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/25/2014 - 3:19pm -

Genesee Street: 1904

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 - 12:49pm -

Future Biker: 1935

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 - 5:32pm -

Breaking Away: 1908

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 - 11:25am -

D-Day: New York

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 - 12:45pm -

No Parking: 1906

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 - 4:44pm -

Over and Under: 1900

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921
        Evidently a haunt of John Quincy Adams in the 1820s, "the old house" on F Street was transformed into an office building in 1885 by innkeeper Caleb Willard, who employed the latest fireproofing ideas while managing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/09/2014 - 6:45pm -

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921

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 - 4:38pm -

Lake Worth: 1908

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 - 07/17/2012 - 11:24pm -

Nighthawk: 1943

Sally's Harley: 1937
... as much. More on Sally I learned to ride a "Big Bike" in 1965 -- my buddy's 1939 Harley 61. At 150lbs I was not much of a match ... I ride my 1980 GoldWing with pride at 35 years on the bike. (Prints, D.C., Harris + Ewing, Motorcycles) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/26/2014 - 6:58pm -

Sally's Harley: 1937

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 - 3:17pm -

Playtime: 1943

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 - 4:35pm -

Provincetown Summer: 1937

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 - 1:22pm -

Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901

Pittsburgh: 1940
... well as unusual challenges for pedestrians, joggers, the bike police, and especially pizza delivery. . . ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/03/2012 - 2:42pm -

Pittsburgh: 1940

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 - 6:35pm -

American National: 1918

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 - 5:56pm -

Board Track: 1925

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 - 12:56pm -

Harley-Davidson: 1925

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 - 5:53pm -

Little Red Wagons: 1965

Century Road Club: 1913
... brake anchor lever that clamps to the frame on the one bike. It was never much fun as a kid when that lever came loose and you hit ... you will note the toe clips. I did some 100 miles per day bike trips in my salad days and toe clips made it a lot easier by locking your ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:25pm -

Century Road Club: 1913

Bicycle Queen: 1959
... Annette: going to a soda shop, or the movies, or even a bike ride. She was the sweetheart of my pre-teen years! One Classy Lady ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/01/2014 - 6:01pm -

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Teeth Without Plates: 1905
... store next door. Oh? This reminds me of my first bike which was too big for me. I finally grew a bit, as I'm sure he did. ... and/or everyone is looking further to the right. The bike isn't brakeless: it has a 'coaster brake' inside the rear hub. A slight ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:35pm -

Teeth Without Plates: 1905

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 - 6:25pm -

Junior Driver: 1949

Rambler Biclorama: 1902
... built for two, or maybe three? interesting, the first bike has the more modern low set handlebars one associates with racing bikes. I ... if the first has some digestive problems. The second bike however has the step-through frame more commonly associated with ladies' ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:31pm -

Rambler Biclorama: 1902

Up Worthy: 1910
... can hold a finger in front of your ear if you're riding a bike or in a convertible, and the wind noise will decrease dramatically. As ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/23/2014 - 8:11pm -

Up Worthy: 1910

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 - 9:08pm -

Young Granddad: 1963
 
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