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Hell Gate: 1915
... View full size. I remember this bridge! I used to bike out on Ward's Island & sit next to the base of this bridge! It brings ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 7:34pm -

Hell Gate: 1915

Harlem River: 1890
... now and they are refitting it for a linear park and bike path. It should be open by 2009. Historic slide show of the Harlem ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 3:33pm -

Harlem River: 1890

My Eldon Christmas: 1964
... withdrew the funds. Getting the thing home balanced on my bike was a bit of a chore, but I had a paper carrier which made it easier. ... 
 
Posted by Vintagetvs - 09/19/2011 - 1:04am -

My Eldon Christmas: 1964

Daytona Beach: 1910
... NASCAR scout I think that's Bill France Sr. on the bike looking for a place to race stock cars. The Ridgewood Based on the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 8:15pm -

Daytona Beach: 1910

Penn Varsity: 1914
... dates back to 1874, invented by the good people at Bike: http://www.bikeathletic.com/History.aspx Support From ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 8:28pm -

Penn Varsity: 1914

Johns Hopkins: 1903
... Monument was a favorite destination when we felt like a bike ride. The main attraction was a great view of our town and the cost ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 2:57pm -

Johns Hopkins: 1903

Cowboy Tricycle: 1963
... Dad on a trike? There is the picture of your brother on a bike that says 1968. Love all the photographs you post. [You are ... 
 
Posted by Tony W. - 09/17/2011 - 10:06pm -

Cowboy Tricycle: 1963

Diapers Online: 1941
... our old Chevy had no seat belts, and I must have rode my bike hundreds of miles without a helmet. Dangerous times no doubt. Colors ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/18/2012 - 4:20pm -

Diapers Online: 1941

Diplomatic Pooch: 1915
... for a woman of means who couldn't handle riding a bike or horse into town. (Prints, Cars+Trucks, D.C., Dogs, Harris + Ewing) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 5:43pm -

Diplomatic Pooch: 1915

Eastern Elevator: 1900
... stands abandoned today? It's a great place to ride your bike to and explore. What Gives With the giant arms that seem to extend ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 2:21am -

Eastern Elevator: 1900

Marines vs. Army: 1924
... "Fast Electric Trains" of the WB&A gave way to a nifty bike trail. http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm Cameras It's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 12:52am -

Marines vs. Army: 1924

Pony Boys: 1905
... was the 1905 equivalent of having your Jet Ski or Dirt Bike at the Shore. Messy Beaches As if the beaches are not clean ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 8:56pm -

Pony Boys: 1905

NuGrape: 1924
... A friend of mine bought some solid tires for his 10-speed bike back around 1980. That was a rough ride. The cross-drilled tires on ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 9:45am -

NuGrape: 1924

Strange Leaf: 1908
... to West 208th. The stretch from Dyckman to 155th is now a bike trail. - Dave] Strange Leaf Strange Leaf ran in a trotters ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 5:44pm -

Strange Leaf: 1908

Dueling Big Wheels: 1968
... brothers big wheel to the sissy bar of his Stingray bike. Together they sped around the neighborhood taunting other kids to the ... 
 
Posted by Kilroy - 12/21/2012 - 9:57pm -

Dueling Big Wheels: 1968

The Biker & The Cowboy: 1966
... got for Christmas 1965. A little research I did shows that bike was $39.88 new (About $289 today). The "engine" in the middle was an ... 
 
Posted by Hey Mark - 03/30/2012 - 11:47pm -

The Biker & The Cowboy: 1966

Detroit during 1967 Riots
... passenger train. Had just turned 12. Remember riding a bike down a street and being passed by a tank. Interesting times. Saw a lot ... 
 
Posted by brianvnt90 - 08/17/2012 - 10:12pm -

Detroit during 1967 Riots

Speed Demon: 1938
... and of the same period as the Russell Lee photo. The bike also had many travel decals on the windscreen, most from the South. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2008 - 3:08pm -

Speed Demon: 1938

Bricks and Mortar: 1901
... the tracks that didn't have the raised crossties that the bike tires had to bump over. I remember hiking over them, and if your stride ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/20/2012 - 12:56pm -

Bricks and Mortar: 1901

Easy Rider: 1966
... cap riding with my friend Robert. He taught me to ride a bike after getting tired of hauling me around like this. One day he got off the bike and gave me a push and I was solo for the first time! Next-door neighbor ... 
 
Posted by Cerrito68 - 10/05/2012 - 10:45pm -

Easy Rider: 1966

Sunday at the Park
... skinned knee needed several stitches. I had skidded off my bike on an evening ride with my friends and I walked the bike back home. I kind of remember going to the local clinic and getting sewed ... 
 
Posted by Mvsman - 12/19/2011 - 12:25pm -

Sunday at the Park

Welcome To Florida: 1963
... sister and her husband were also on the trip and the other bike in the photo belonged to them. They were riding from Birmingham, Alabama ... 
 
Posted by Retrophile - 12/21/2012 - 9:55pm -

Welcome To Florida: 1963

Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965
... Sting Ray like that. I also had the "slick" rear tire, and bike lock too. No basket,but I did move up to a tall "sissy bar" on mine. Must ... 
 
Posted by Vintagetvs - 09/19/2011 - 1:07am -

Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976
... the peg board in the garage. I knocked it down getting my bike out one day and it fell on the hood of my mom's car. Suprisingly, I didn't ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/24/2009 - 7:01pm -

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

Youth Council: 1942
... two cities have contiguous borders. Back then, I rode my bike through a mile or two of country land between my house and the Fair. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 1:05pm -

Youth Council: 1942

Rice Rocket: 1938
... Did they double as a canteen for long rides? My sister's bike has a "tank" of sorts, only the top/front end of it has 2 small lights in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/03/2008 - 6:53pm -

Rice Rocket: 1938

Star Newsie: 1972
... colored socks and black canvas tennis shoes. Never had a bike till I was a teen though, I delivered my papers on foot! (ShorpyBlog, ... 
 
Posted by delworthio - 09/22/2011 - 9:56pm -

Star Newsie: 1972

Indians... Back to the Future
... American Indian. There are three of them and only one bike so I don't think they are not going to get very far. And there were cars ... 
 
Posted by Phadrus - 07/12/2011 - 9:36pm -

Indians... Back to the Future

San Francisco Peace Rally: c. 1970s
... 1000cc in the CHiPs Kawasakis KZs. A respectable off-road bike for a grown adult displaces at least 250cc.) (ShorpyBlog, Member ... 
 
Posted by JimMac - 12/09/2010 - 6:18pm -

San Francisco Peace Rally: c. 1970s

Lemonade Stand: c. 1969
... kid came by to buy our stuff who had a banana seat on her bike. I got one later on. We spent all summer barefoot. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by LikeItorLumpIt - 12/13/2011 - 1:19pm -

Lemonade Stand: c. 1969
 
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