Do You Remember Your First ... Bike?

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    Aug 26, 2016 7:34 PM GMT
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    Describe what you remember about your first bike!

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    Aug 26, 2016 10:43 PM GMT
    Yellow with a black motorcycle style seat... Coaster brakes...
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    Aug 27, 2016 12:05 AM GMT
    woodsmen said
    Describe what you remember about your first bike!

    I remember it very clearly. Age 4 turning 5 , 1954, my Father took me to a bicycle shop in Montclair, New Jersey. The bike was a cherry red, with diamond frame, narrow fenders with lovely pin striping, and brown leather seat. It had frame lugs for the hand pump it carried, 16 or 20-inch wheels (that part I don't remember well), and a coaster brake.

    Initially fitted with training wheels, as this was my first 2-wheeler. It was a Flandria make from Belgium, and my Father called it a "Belgian racer, although only its diamond frame and relatively thin tires & light design for that era made it only remotely related to anything that would race. I rode it 5 years until I got a 26-inch bike, a properly tanky, heavy classic America design.
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    Aug 27, 2016 1:32 AM GMT
    Mine was an apple red Dutch bike with humongous wheels and too tall for me. It had a light in the front electrically coupled to a small generator that was geared to the front wheel so that when the front wheel turns, it actuates the generator from which electricity flows to alight the light. I explored my neighborhood at night when there was no car and what joy it was. Eventually I used it to get to school and ran errands for my family.
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    Aug 27, 2016 2:17 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidMine was an apple red Dutch bike with humongous wheels and too tall for me. It had a light in the front electrically coupled to a small generator that was geared to the front wheel so that when the front wheel turns, it actuates the generator from which electricity flows to alight the light. I explored my neighborhood at night when there was no car and what joy it was. Eventually I used it to get to school and ran errands for my family.

    Yeah, that Belgian Flandria was a bit large for me, too, I really needed those training wheels, and the saddle adjusted as low as possible. But being a kid I grew into it soon enough. I don't recall there being anything really smaller back then, like the micro-bikes some little kids begin with today.

    We've got a Dutch bike now, too, and way too tall for me to ride, as well. They must really have long legs over there. But's it's used by us as a show bike, never been ridden. Its size and broad fenders were ideal to be hand-painted by an artist here in the States, that depicts the fight against HIV/AIDS, and features the charity bike ride to Key West. We take it to fundraisers as a showpiece. Hence the appropriateness of a bicycle for that purpose.

    It's got front & back lights built into the frame. But solar electronic LED, not mechanical. They charge by day and come on automatically in the dark. But can be switched off when the bike isn't being ridden. Interesting novelty. They don't light very well, and only burn a short while before they dim. But contribute to the bike's unique appearance to aid its attention-getting as an advertising vehicle.
  • jockguy1

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    Aug 27, 2016 4:00 PM GMT
    Yes I remember it well. Think it cost me $5.00. Balloon tires and coaster break. I painted it lemon yellow with paint brush. Learned to ride it by myself on our front lawn. It was a wonderful thing. Living way out in the country would ride all over by myself off fishing in the local brooks. As long as I was back for supper all was good.
  • OHCanon

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    Aug 27, 2016 4:15 PM GMT
    Definitely. Green five-speed Schwinn Stingray Fastback circa '72. Banana seat for the passenger in the back. Additional feature (from more paper route $$$) was front / back lights powered by wheel generator.
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    Aug 27, 2016 7:39 PM GMT
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    Living way out in the country would ride all over by myself off fishing in the local brooks. As long as I was back for supper all was good.

    Thanks, that brings back great memories. I rode my second bike, a big heavy Murray, looked like a classic Schwinn cantilever, all over the countryside as a pre-teen.

    I'd join friends and we'd go boating on the river. The bike had a built-in lock that made it fairly safe to leave on the river bank. I'd take it some 15 miles away, to a big field used by a model airplane club. I'd sit there and watch them fly their tethered gas-powered planes, going in circles. No one had radio remote controlled yet, at least not there.

    Or I'd go to Curtiss-Wright Field, now named Fairlfield airport I believe. Not even fenced at that time, I'd crawl out on the grass right to the edge of the runway. And lie on my back and watch the private prop planes land right over me, their landing gear just feet above me. Stupid, I know, but a lot of fun.

    And just ride around and see things. And like you, be gone all day in the summer, my parents not the least concerned. So long as I returned in time for supper. For which purpose they gave me a nice wristwatch.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Aug 27, 2016 8:01 PM GMT
    I got my first bike after my daddy past away. My mom bought it for me and it was blue with a blue long seat, coaster breaks. We had a long rock drive way and I would race up and down the drive way all the time on my bike.