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    1912 Picture of Shop in Detroit

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    Interesting that some of the new bikes I see today look a lot like the ones here.
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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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    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:
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage sale GT View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeters11 View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Single-speed, upright bars, white balloon tires, sprung leather saddles... some would say the bikes were better than today's.
    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by itsthewoo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Single-speed, upright bars, white balloon tires, sprung leather saddles...
    There were hipsters back then too???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by itsthewoo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepro View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeters11 View Post
    I see an Indian as well. I think this is the same Metzger:
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    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IndianHedstrom.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwp View Post
    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IndianHedstrom.jpg
    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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