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Bicycles, Cadillacs: 1910
... October 2009 General Store? Ah yes, autos, bikes and... funnels? I guess fueling up could be quite the adventure in those ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:58am -

Bicycles, Cadillacs: 1910

Tyres & Fittings: 1910
... other words, almost nothing standard in the US fit Limey bikes! The Brits eventually sold out to a metric way of life, thankfully! ... idea frame pumps were around so early. I like the two bikes in the foreground that have the skirt nets. I'm happy that in the Twin ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:30pm -

Tyres & Fittings: 1910

Breaking Away: 1908
... At least three riders have decided that motors on their bikes will make the six days fly by. Spirits! Think we should call it ... Looks like a motorcycle race to me. Looks closely at the bikes, they have tanks and motors. Then there is the advertising for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 4:32pm -

Breaking Away: 1908

Speed Racer: 1925
... and over the handlebars you go. Fixie Track racing bikes still have no brakes (and no freewheel device). The rider slows down by ... and in the 1950s and '60s "Beezers" were legendary racing bikes. They couldn't keep up with Japanese manufacturers, though, and by the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:34pm -

Speed Racer: 1925

Harley-Davidson: 1925
... Awesome! Great pic Dave. Would love to see their bikes. I don't think 'elf and safety was top priority then. Time Traveler ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:56am -

Harley-Davidson: 1925

Galaxie 500: 1964
... paper. Mysterious and tantalizing! A few of us rode our bikes there one Saturday to see whether we could sneak a better look, but were ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/21/2016 - 5:47pm -

Galaxie 500: 1964

Board Track: 1925
... mph on the boards and having splinters thrown up by other bikes with such force that they would pierce the protective leather gear. At ... board track When I was a kid, we used to ride our bikes in the woods there. Unfortunately, the current image above does't show ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2012 - 4:56pm -

Board Track: 1925

Seabreeze: 1904
... the whole town turned out in their winter finery, riding bikes, carriages or just coming on foot to watch a pig take a swim. Proof ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/08/2013 - 3:01pm -

Seabreeze: 1904

The Rat Patrol: 1973
... they managed to keep upright! As for helmets, we rode bikes, skateboards and mini-bikes without helmets because nobody did. I don't remember when the helmet ... 
 
Posted by AmericanJarhead - 09/12/2011 - 5:55pm -

The Rat Patrol: 1973

Motorcycle Mama: 1937
... time or two. What about it? Go Biker Chick!! Most bikes are too tall for the shorter-than-average woman and man even today. I'm ... I think apart from Harley, there are better starter bikes, but if you must have a Harley and you're a newbie, a Sporty is hard to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:51am -

Motorcycle Mama: 1937

Chevy Baby: 1963
... car seats. Not to mention the pedestrians and kids on bikes all over the place. Backseat Rider I was put in a seat like this ... 
 
Posted by deluxeczech - 12/31/2008 - 6:46am -

Chevy Baby: 1963

Alpha Females: 1942
... demonstration." Which includes Synchronized Stationary Bikes. Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full ... 50's Skirt guards I love the skirt guards on those bikes. I know a gal that wears dresses on her bike that has clear skirt guards ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/24/2015 - 12:19pm -

Alpha Females: 1942

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943
... to it since we thought they were cool to have on our bikes. 40 indeed That sure is a '40, for all the reasons you state. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/03/2016 - 12:14pm -

Howard's Chicken Shack: 1943

The 1960 Look
... miss those days. As a teenager in the 50's, riding our bikes to the local dealers to check out the new models. Sneaking to the rear of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/01/2016 - 2:46pm -

The 1960 Look

Incognito: 1890
... (the penny) and the little wheel (the farthing). The bikes were mounted via a little step just above the small wheel -- partially ... - the pedals ratchet while coasting, just as most modern bikes do. The small "finger" looking device at the top of the wheel is the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:26pm -

Incognito: 1890

Childs Restaurant: 1918
... I love the two policemen riding bicycles: police on bikes vanished for many decades only to be recently revived as an effective ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2014 - 9:09pm -

Childs Restaurant: 1918

You Like It: 1942
... 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 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/04/2015 - 12:55pm -

You Like It: 1942

Ithaca: 1901
... as primary transportation. But just look at all the bikes on the street! Comparing photos This has to be my favorite then ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 11:05am -

Ithaca: 1901

Sugar and Spice: 1900
... play... "In my day, no one wore helmets riding their bikes and we all lived to tell about it!" "In my day, had metal monkey bars ... above and cracked their heads open, fell off their bikes and got concussions, and broke their arms falling off the monkey bars. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 - 2:04pm -

Sugar and Spice: 1900

Street View: 1905
... Bicycle technology I don't know too much about bikes (god knows I haven't ridden one in 30 years) but when did someone invent ... bike racks? Many of these Shorpy street views include bikes leaning against the sides of buildings buildings or perilously propped ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 4:31pm -

Street View: 1905

Tour de Fence: 1900
... with outstretched hand? Where is everyone ridind? 3 bikes and 5 people with no fenders - where did everyone ride? Old Woman ... at full size. Brakes? These look like pretty good bikes, but they don't seem to have any brakes unless they're coaster brakes. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/25/2014 - 11:51am -

Tour de Fence: 1900

Neumann Grocery: 1910
... trees in our yard. In spring it was pure joy riding our bikes in the street with all the blossoms. Next subdivision over were in a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2012 - 12:30pm -

Neumann Grocery: 1910

Western Electric: 1917
... factory advertising, not all of the 1912 production bikes had one. The 61 cubic-inch engine developed 7hp and in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/21/2016 - 12:46pm -

Western Electric: 1917

Vital Foods: 1937
... a Colson or a Huffman Best I can tell. Both of these bikes of this vintage had the radical curve in the twin bars near the seat. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:35pm -

Vital Foods: 1937

Our New Ride: 1921
... full size. On the fringe Looks very close to the bikes we had in the 50's. Just add handle bar fringe and a few playing cards in ... The lady's bike in the window is something to admire too. Bikes were built for transportation back then, not just playing a sport as so ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:38pm -

Our New Ride: 1921

Rover Boys: 1900
... 1900, back at the Handlebars Homestead . Lettis, bikes. f5.6 no filter +2" shirts is what it says on the sleeve. 4x5 inch ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/19/2014 - 1:23pm -

Rover Boys: 1900

The End of the Innocence: 1941
... spring fork setup used on millions of Schwinns and other bikes over the past hundred-plus years. Still in use. Not unusual. ... least 100 different badges, as Schwinn made private label bikes for hardware stores, tires stores and many other outlets. The model is ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:35pm -

The End of the Innocence: 1941

Tashmoo Trippers: 1900
... Detroit. - Dave] Lovely day Great collection of bikes, too. Do you think the group of white-coated boys is a band, or a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 8:18pm -

Tashmoo Trippers: 1900

Stadium Parking: 1942
... Bike Support I love the old-fashioned kickstands on the bikes. Lifts the whole rear wheel off the ground. Better than the ones on newer bikes. Time Machine & the 10th Commandment It's a good thing that ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:33pm -

Stadium Parking: 1942

A Crowded Field: 1943
... this photo was taken my friend Bob and I jumped on our bikes and went off on an adventure. We would load up our war surplus ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/22/2013 - 6:35pm -

A Crowded Field: 1943
 
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