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Old 07-04-24, 06:35 AM
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Vernors Bike

Hi Everyone:

I found this bike in a shed of a house we bought. I've tried to search for it and found nothing. I asked in another web forum and they told me it was a Vernors boike made for promotional purposes. I was hoping I could get more information than that so I've come here. It has presta valves and the bike is kinda heavy duty. Does anyone know more about these bikes? Thanks ahead of time for any responses. I can't post a pic because I just joined and I need to post 10 posts before they let dumbass bike newbies like me share an image.
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here is a Monark of 1951 which was found wearing a Vernors transfer on its front mudguard

no word as to if it is "as made" or an owner addition...

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Cool Bike

Thanks for responding. Being from the 50s it has a high coolness look. I think the one I have is from the 80s. It's weird that I couldn't find mention of it on the internet.
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no shortage of workarounds for images:

a) if you attempt to post images and are told you are not allowed they shall go into a forum section called "gallery" and can be pulled out by readers and put into the thread

b) on your member page here at the forum there is spot on the right margin where yuo can create a "member album"; there is no minmum number of posts required to do this. readers can visit album and place images into thread

c) you can post images to a third party host and place URL into thread in munged form to get it past censor. remember to include de-munging instructions.


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Vernors is a ginger ale company. I'm sure it's just a sticker put on by the original owner.
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Excellent advice. I'm on it today! Thank you.
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Having grown up in Detroit in the early 50s, where Vernors was launched. I don’t remember a Vernors bike. As a previous poster mentioned Vernors was is a soft drink. It is a highly carbonated, very ginger, ginger ale. We would have contests to see who could drink it quickly as the high level of carbonation made it difficult. Add ice cream, vanilla is preferred, mix it in a blender, and the mixture is called a Boston Cooler. Don’t ask me why. Some people add milk.

it is now available in most of the country but you may have to ask for it at your grocery store. I bought some on special not long ago. Taking my time, remembering my youth.
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an example which sold from a classified advert, not poster's machine -

​​​​​​https://hibid.com/michigan/lot/37001...nal-bike--nice

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How much of that horrible gingerale do you need to drink to get that?
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Add a fifth of Barrel Select and it can be pretty tolerable. Smiles, MH
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Vernors bike

Love the nostalgia. I grew up in Detroit and knew the beverage well.
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had me first Vernors in 1962 at a grocery operated by a friend o' me dad's in Santa Maria California

the friend was vey positive about the product and insisted I try it

have na'er much cared for the taste of ginger...


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Now, now. Don't be dissin' on Vernor's. It is wonderful. And cures most ailments and known communicable diseases.

That bike, however, is a cheap, almost worthless, bike shaped object.
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ha nuthin' agin it

just be not to me tayste...such as that be...

at least me samplin' were done in the days afore high fructose corn syrup

that abomination came into usage in seventy-four


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My dad despised Verners. I love it. Haven't had one in forever, I very rarely drink sugary drinks these days. IIRC, I think it was aged in oak barrels; Given the volume and price for sodas, I have to think that was the flavoring syrup, not the soda itself, or it would be priced more like wine. Supposedly, Verners is sweeter, like ginger ales from before Prohibition, when less sweet versions like Canada Dry became popular as mixers, but now, they're all the same sweet which is too much, even the latter is too sweet for me. I like a good strong ginger beer which is less sweet.
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cbBill400 is correct about its restorative properties: When I was a kid growing up in metro Detroit, my Mom would make us warm Vernor's when we were sick and it worked wonders. I also remember that the Vernor's plant on Woodward Ave. had big plate glass windows and to a kid it was amazing standing on the sidewalk and seeing where the magic happened.
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I vaguely recall one of the Russian-speaking Detroit Red Wings (circa late '80s or early '90s) doing a TV commercial for Vernors in Russian with English subtitles, then saying in English, "Eet eez... how you say... geengurry (with hard Gs)", then taking a sip, "Gude", translated as "Good."

I loved AW root beer (experienced in the greater Detroit area), but only at the restaurants, it was different on tap, a very slight mintiness, served in a freezer-chilled mug so after pouring it immediately had this very soft ice that formed in the drink. Free refills, so always two big mugs, now that would be about a quarter pound at least of sugar, can't do that any more. Variations at restaurants, some would serve a mushroom-swiss-melt burger or chicken sandwich, some would serve a kraut-dog with the sauerkraut *grilled*, some other A&Ws didn't have.
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That ad was with Czech hockey player Peter Klima (RIP).

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Originally Posted by cb400bill
That ad was with Czech hockey player Peter Klima (RIP).

Vernors Commercial with Petr Klima 1987 (youtube.com)
HAH! Thanks man! I had only seen it once or twice, and my memory was off. Classic.

Spent most of my life in that region, but didn't have an appreciation for the city at the time. I would have spent a lot more time downtown. Glad to see the Pistons and Lions move back downtown.
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My father grew up in Detroit Michigan and told me a story about how there was a drinking fountain on the outside of the plant that issued forth Vernors ginger ale instead of water. No charge; kids would stop by when they were in that area….

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My father grew up in Michigan and told me a story about how there was a drinking fountain on the outside of the plant that issued forth Vernors ginger ale instead of water. No charge; kids would stop by when they were in that area….
That's hilarious.

Here's what I didn't know until years after leaving the area:
"Yeah it's a shame about White Flight. Detroit was the Paris of the midwest."
(me) "What did you say?"
"Detroit was the Paris of the midwest. The auto moguls, either themselves or at the behest of their wives, poured money into the arts in the city. Great art, jazz clubs, a thriving downtown, you name it."

That's when I realized what had been lost. I grew up in the 'burbs after that.

From what I read, Detroit has been on the way back to recovery.
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I can tell you that Detroit has come a long way in the last 20 years. It got pretty bad but Dan Gilbert (Quicken loans) began dumping tons of money into rebuilding the center of town. Then came Comerica Park (Tigers), then Ford Field (Lions), Little Ceasar's Arena (Ummm errrr Wings). MGM and Greektown Casinos. Many new restaurants as well. They've made "that" area very safe. Unfortunately things have gotten very expensive downtown.



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That's hilarious.

Here's what I didn't know until years after leaving the area:
"Yeah it's a shame about White Flight. Detroit was the Paris of the midwest."
(me) "What did you say?"
"Detroit was the Paris of the midwest. The auto moguls, either themselves or at the behest of their wives, poured money into the arts in the city. Great art, jazz clubs, a thriving downtown, you name it."

That's when I realized what had been lost. I grew up in the 'burbs after that.

From what I read, Detroit has been on the way back to recovery.
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Thanks for posting. Mine is very similar. Will show soon!
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"bike shaped object." LOFLMAO!!!!!!!!
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Nowadays the health inspectors would probably shut it down (
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