I just recently read somewhere how in one generation the number of kids that ride a bike or walk to school has dropped an enormous amount. I don't remember the exact number, but it was quite a drop. It got me thinking back to when I was a kid and how much my friends and I rode our bikes back then. My friends and I rode our bikes everywhere - school, each other's houses, trails in the woods, in town, out of town. We didn't have our parents shuttling us to 10 different activities like today, probably because most families, mine included, only had one car. Heck I can remember riding my bike to football practice in full gear - helmet included! One of my friends had an older brother with a '10 speed' and he would take us for a long ride in the outskirts of town. We didn't have helmets, energy gels, water bottles, gloves, or any of that other stuff we think is so essential these days. Just us boys riding shirtless in our fat-tired banana seat choppers. Man, what fun that was! I had an "Apollo 5 speed" or maybe it was a three speed, can't remember, bought used from the 'bicycle guy' in town. He had this huge pile of old bike frames and parts spilling out of his garage and he would put together bikes and sell them. I remember making ramps out of scrap pieces of plywood, and barreling down the highest hill in town, in complete disregard for the stop sign that was at the bottom!
What bikes and/or riding memories do you have from your childhood?