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Old 10-05-11, 07:02 PM   #1
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1912 Picture of Shop in Detroit

http://www.shorpy.com/node/9414?size=_original

Interesting that some of the new bikes I see today look a lot like the ones here.
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Old 10-05-11, 07:10 PM   #2
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Single-speed, upright bars, white balloon tires, sprung leather saddles... some would say the bikes were better than today's.
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Old 10-05-11, 08:26 PM   #3
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I don't think they would feel much more diferent than today's beach cruiser. Who knows, those bikes could still be on the road today.
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The tires in the US were all tubulars without an inner tube until the '33 Schwinns, and maybe a few imports.
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What's with all the phonographs? The owner having a tough time making a living selling bikes? Or is it really a phonograph shop that's selling bikes to get by?

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I see an Indian as well. I think this is the same Metzger:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_E._Metzger
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The tires in the US were all tubulars without an inner tube until the '33 Schwinns, and maybe a few imports.
Tubulars have an inner tube, it's sewed up in tire. That's why they're also called "sew ups".
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Ah, the good old days, when you only had to choose between white, gray, and black bikes.
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Super cool, thanks for the share!
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I see an Indian as well. I think this is the same Metzger:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_E._Metzger
It is the same Metzger. He was instrumental in promoting bicycle, cars, and airplanes in Detroit and beyond.
http://www.m-bike.org/blog/2010/12/1...-shop-in-1912/
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Ah, the good old days, when you only had to choose between white, gray, and black bikes.
I guess you guys are being nostalgic, but this is crap.

With all the new tech, everybody can get a bike that fits their needs and riding style.
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I guess you guys are being nostalgic, but this is crap.

With all the new tech, everybody can get a bike that fits their needs and riding style.
My comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek. I do prefer leather saddles, steel frames, and wide tires. My commuter is a single-speed. Oh, and the commuter is grey too.
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Single-speed, upright bars, white balloon tires, sprung leather saddles...
There were hipsters back then too???
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My comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek. I do prefer leather saddles, steel frames, and wide tires. My commuter is a single-speed. Oh, and the commuter is grey too.
Righto. It sounds like our bikes are nearly twins (though 28 mm tires are edging a little close to "narrow").
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What's with all the phonographs? The owner having a tough time making a living selling bikes? Or is it really a phonograph shop that's selling bikes to get by?

Well how else are they going to get muzak in their store back then?
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Righto. It sounds like our bikes are nearly twins (though 28 mm tires are edging a little close to "narrow").
Close. 32s on my commuter - narrowest tires I own.
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Those appear to be phonograph cylinders occupying the cubbies in the cabinetry on the right wall. Anyone else have a better idea? Disc records had been commercially available for twenty years when this photo was taken, but cylinders were still (apparently) readily available. Technology was a slower animal then.
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Got records (discs?) on the left wall. Yup things moved A LOT slower back then.

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Tubulars have an inner tube, it's sewed up in tire. That's why they're also called "sew ups".
Those tires didn't. They also were vulcanized as a tube and were not sewn up. They had to be repaired from the outside if punctured. They did, however, make for a less expensive wheelset and tires.

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Had that pic as my desktop for awhile, had no idea where it was taken.
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picture is too small, can't see a thing. can anybody blow it up for me?
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I see an Indian as well. I think this is the same Metzger:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_E._Metzger
Thanks for posting, Metzger was an interesting guy.
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I was in the National Air and Space Museum this spring. I got to see a Wright St. Clair bicycle in the Wright Brothers exhibit. It really was a pretty modern bike, a fixie with mustache bars, steel frame, tires close to a 26 x 1.25, what I run on my utility bike. Considering how rough the roads were then, I don't think you'd want skinnier tires.
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I also noticed that Indian on the left side of the shop. That's one of the goofiest looking rear fenders ever.
Wikipedia has a better picture.
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I also noticed that Indian on the left side of the shop. That's one of the goofiest looking rear fenders ever.
Wikipedia has a better picture.
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I noticed a small handle? on the top of the fender, perhaps it's a small cavity for carrying built into the fender.
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