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Old 05-28-22, 10:20 PM
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What's he riding and where do you suppose he's going?


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Old 05-28-22, 11:29 PM
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What's he riding and where do you suppose he's going?


Appears to be a bicycle, and looks like heís going places.
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Old 05-28-22, 11:33 PM
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His son's (decent) ten-speed, avoiding the oil embargo.
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Hat?, gloves, warm zip up sweater under his jacket, trouser leg clips and sturdy dress shoes.

On his way to work and he ain't playin.
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That is a great picture.
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His son's (decent) ten-speed, avoiding the oil embargo.

I see only '65 and earlier model cars in the photo, looking fairly fresh. Along with the guy's attire, that looks like mid-60s to me.
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He's going to work for The Man.
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I seldom wear long pants today while cycling, but those metal Terry's trouser hoops were part of my standard commuting attire for many years. Back in the mid-to-late 1960s, when that photo was taken (you can see a 1965 Ford Galaxie behind the cyclist), centerpull brakes did separate middle and higher end bikes from the department store specials (and the tubular-forked Schwinn Continentals from the flat-forked Varsities).
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I’d love a Marathon. Is that a Volvo on his right? I’m guessing a Raleigh
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This could have been a picture in Richardís Bicycle Book if they hadnít chosen to go with the lovely line drawings, to accompany the passage where he mentioned how bicycles won every race point to point against cars, buses and subways Ö or was that Tom Cuthbertsonís Anybodyís Bike Book that cited that factoid?
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This could be one of the posters in C & V . . . .
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Iíd love a Marathon. Is that a Volvo on his right? Iím guessing a Raleigh
63-64 Dodge
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63-64 Dodge


63 Coronet, rompin, stompin stock/super stock terrorizing drag version were and still are amazing how hard and fast these behemoths can run.

These can hook up so hard they will pull 3 wheels off the ground while running record setting numbers.
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Strange now to think that in the mid sixties there were hardly any bikes for adults. Much less drop bar derailleur bikes. He was a rarity.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Iíd love a Marathon. Is that a Volvo on his right? Iím guessing a Raleigh
Chrysler product I think.
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it's not exactly an example of commuting, but perhaps more like utility riding...
I've been scanning some of my dad's old photos & slides, and some are from the mid 50's when he was serving in the Army in Germany. It looks pretty interesting, overall, and sure beats fighting the North Koreans at that time.
In any case, it's been fun poking around and looking at the various details in the photo.




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'63 Polara on his right, '65 Coronet across the street. This stuff mattered in high school.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
it's not exactly an example of commuting, but perhaps more like utility riding...
I've been scanning some of my dad's old photos & slides, and some are from the mid 50's when he was serving in the Army in Germany. It looks pretty interesting, overall, and sure beats fighting the North Koreans at that time.
In any case, it's been fun poking around and looking at the various details in the photo.




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Wow, that's a Tempo Matador on the right.
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Wow, that's a Tempo Matador on the right.
only in Germany would a Matador be gray and ugly.
[edit: although the AMC Matador might not be so great either. I gotta give Germany a break, since it was in the difficult post-war years]
The Spanish & Mexicans have a more colorful tradition!



Of the two, the Spanish and Mexican version might be more dangerous, though.

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(the bullfight was in San Luis, Mexico, circa 1980, so fairly C&V)

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I’d love a Marathon. Is that a Volvo on his right? I’m guessing a Raleigh
Discernible vehicles, from left to right, 63 Dodge, 65 Ford, Checker Marathon (no model year differentiation), 65 Dodge Coronet.

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Originally Posted by old's'cool View Post

I see only '65 and earlier model cars in the photo, looking fairly fresh. Along with the guy's attire, that looks like mid-60s to me.
I think you're right!
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since folks seem to like looking at old cars, I'll offer up a follow-up to the earlier shot of my dad cycling in Germany. This is another shot on the same street, but with a (beer?) truck outside of the gasthof, probably delivering something. Neat truck, but I also notice the abundance of VW Beetles.




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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
only in Germany would a Matador be gray and ugly.
[edit: although the AMC Matador might not be so great either. I gotta give Germany a break, since it was in the difficult post-war years]
The Spanish & Mexicans have a more colorful tradition!

Of the two, the Spanish and Mexican version might be more dangerous, though.

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(the bullfight was in San Luis, Mexico, circa 1980, so fairly C&V)
On the other hand, there is no record of a Spaniard or a Mexican ever invading Poland. And the bull might prefer the Germans.
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What's he riding and where do you suppose he's going?


I think I see "NY" in the lower left hand corner of the taxi's license plate, so I'm guessing Manhattan and he's on his way to a morning of drudgery before his three martini lunch.

Lousy helmet, BTW. That soft shell thing simply won't get the job done.
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I think I see "NY" in the lower left hand corner of the taxi's license plate, so I'm guessing Manhattan and he's on his way to a morning of drudgery before his three martini lunch.

Lousy helmet, BTW. That soft shell thing simply won't get the job done.
nah, thatís an early prototype of a MIPS helmet
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