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Old 03-20-18, 09:26 PM
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Your very first bike(s)

When I was about 4, my first bike was a direct drive (fixie), hard tires, no brakes, training wheels. red and white. 4 sided friction adjust bolts for seat and bars. (Circa 1972) I remember taking off the training wheels myself, and rolling down the driveway and peddaling along. I'll never forget that moment....The next day.... I received my first REAL bike: an All Pro (K-Mart branded Huffy). 20", coaster high rise, banana seat with metallic red seat bolsters. Bike was red and white.(1974). My grandpa bought it for me, and several weeks later, he bought one for me to take home too. I always favored the first one as they were not totally identical. I just liked it better for some forgotten reasons. Over the years, I converted them into BMX wannabees.
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A bicycle from Target my dad bought me. Once I outgrew it my brothers took it apart and left it in 100 pieces.

My first road bike was a Miyata 110.
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Old 03-20-18, 09:56 PM
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My very first was a beat-up green(?) loop-frame something-or-other with high-rise bars. I feel like there might be a picture of it in some photo album at my mother's house. But my second bike will live forever in its "Motocross-look" glory in a scan of an old Sears catalog. It's the silver and orange one:
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Phillips Pilot in Blue which meant a girls frame, my Mom wanted to insure the chance of grandchildren.
Training wheels were added, and removed a bit later.
Then came a Mattel X-15 Varroom cycle recumbent rear wheel steering trike. So cool. "joystick steering", seatbelt, Stickers!.
So cool I bought another for my kids decades later.
My daughter learned to ride on a Raleigh Mountie that I bought in 1977 for my little sister. Grandpa threw nothing away.
He had so much stuff that when a tool was needed and he did not have one, you could MAKE one.
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My first bike was one of those "Peewee Herman" bikes,a Schwinn I think, with the gas tank looking thing. It had a button on the side that made a warning buzz. I was about 8 or 9. I think it got stolen, I can't recall exactly what happened to it.
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Summer of 1962: Used mid-50s Schwinn "middleweight," 26x1.75 tires, 2-speed Bendix coaster hub with handbrake-style gearshift. I was turning 12 and finally able to balance a bicycle. (Physical coordination has always been one of my weaknesses -- I didn't walk until I was almost 2, and I am still your basic klutz.)

December 1962: Requested and received my first road bike -- a brand new, bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa, with 26x1-1/4" Pirelli tires, Huret-Allvit derailleurs, 52-47/13-16-19-23-26 half-step gearing, wingnuts on the axles, Bianchi-branded tensioned leather saddle, steel Universal sidepull brakes.

Fast forward through a couple of used 3-speeds converted to 9- or 12-speed hybrids (13-19-25 or 14-16-18-20 cog block and long axle on an otherwise standard Sturmey-Archer AW) to March 1971, when I bought the only other new bicycle I have ever owned, an American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition]. I rode the hell out of it for 20 years and an estimated 40K miles, including a few centuries and a double, until the frame finally broke.

What do I ride now? Back where I started, with a fat-tired Schwinn and a Bianchi road bike (see signature).
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My first bike was one of those "Peewee Herman" bikes,a Schwinn I think, with the gas tank looking thing. It had a button on the side that made a warning buzz. I was about 8 or 9. I think it got stolen, I can't recall exactly what happened to it.
Must've ended up in the basement of the Alamo
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Schwinn "Apple Krate"



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A 5 a 24" Girls frame bike with really big balloon tires. My dad had rescued it from an irrigation ditch where it had been thrown, painted it a nice red/white and completely overhauled.

replaced 1 1/2 year later with a candy apple red coast to coast hardware brand schwinn clone the was similar to this

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Schwinn Bantam, like this one only in the more desirable gold & white colorway. I remember maxing out the seat post shortly before my grandma bought me a new green Sting Ray for my 10th B-day. Grandma was a most excellent provider of bicycles for my siblings and me -- all seven of us! Every two or three years, with the older bikes sometimes being handed down to the next younger sibling, sometimes being surplussed.

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Here's mine - I would've been about 4 or 5 when this was taken:

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Streamers and fenders!

[/url]Bike # 1 by Robert Markwardt, on Flickr[/IMG]
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This was my first bike, but the picture is from like eight or ten years later.
It's a 67 Stingray with Bendix "Overdrive" 2-speed, and it got regular use throughout my childhood into my teens, even after I had a Raleigh Record. I "borrowed" the longer fork from my older brother's 26" bike when he left home, which gave it better geometry and greater ground clearance, making it more off-road worthy.
I finally did a full rebuild and repaint and sold it to a younger neighbor.
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When my father was a kid, he wanted a Schwinn bike but didn't get one. His family was poor. So at his first chance, he bought me a Schwinn, right before I turned four years old. As well as I can guess, it was probably a Pixie. It had solid tires.

Here is a picture from a catalog around that time. It's from a page about the Pixie.

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mine was basically like this one:

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Early family pics are of me on 2 or 3 different tricycles, then some kind of balloon tire bike I remember "stripping" off fenders, tank etc.

Bike I best remember, was an overhauled & repainted (no decals) Raleigh Sports received for Christmas 1951 or 1952. My best friend, John Greene, got a brand new one, with generator light set! We had the best bikes in our neighborhood. Rode them all over for miles & miles the following Summer. Don
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I rode various bikes that were pieced together but the first one actually bought for me was a 1978 AMF Showdown. About a year or so after I got it the headtube welds gave out and put me on the ground. My neighbor had the Green MX @Fahrenheit531 shows in post 3 above.


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I remember that one - it used to be in your sig, didn't it?

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Good one.
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I remember that one - it used to be in your sig, didn't it?

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Springer fork and racing slick, bobtail fender, mag crankset, ape-hangers, ...switchblade comb?
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This preceded a trike, circa 1958-1959.

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A used J.C. Higgins coaster-brake bike, red, white, and silver, with fenders and chain guard. I received it for my 9th birthday.




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Resurrecting this dead thread to show a picture of me getting ready to deliver newspapers on my Western Flyer banana seat bike in 1979 or so. I probably put a couple thousand miles on that bike. Kind of wish I still had it, but it was getting in pretty bad shape toward the time I stopped riding it. But I really loved that bike.


This was taken before I put on the chain guard, since I ruined many pairs of jeans from getting my pants leg caught in the chain. I also later had a red reflector on back and a white one on the front of the basket. Eventually the shiny fenders were taken off, because IIRC they were starting to fall off, and later the basket was taken off, too.

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Secondhand Sears Spyder chromed 3-speed with the stick shift.

The previous owner had left it outside a lot and the rear brake didn't work, the front one was kinda weak, and it was stuck in high gear. No one in my family had any mechanical aptitude when it came to bikes, and I limped along on it for a couple of years before getting my first 10 speed, a cheap Kalkhoff labeled as a Brownie.
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