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For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby wa_desert_rat » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:28 am

Bicycles have been around a long time. They were one of the first consumer items produced in the "industrial revolution" and greatly improved transportation but mostly for the upper class; at least at first. They were not cheap! Many bicycles produced in England around the turn of the 19th/20th century advertised themselves for "gentlemen". The same class of people who bought Rolls Royce automobiles.

In the USA bicycles were more proletarian. I have seen a photograph of mounted horsemen (cowboys) posing for the camera in front of Judge Roy Bean's "Law West of the Pecos" store-and-courtroom. In the middle is a bicycle.

A few of us on this forum are old enough to see a progression in bicycle design over the past 50 years (or more). A "classic" (old) or "antique" (older) bicycle is, I believe, categorized by two attributes: Its age (obviously) and its type. A mountain bike from the 1980s is clearly classic and possibly antique. A road bike of the same age would be only classic, while an antique road bike would date back into the earlier decades of the 20th century or earlier. Certainly, any bicycle of the 1800s would be antique.

What is remarkable - to me, at least - is that the design of the has remained so consistent. Barring the huge-front-wheel types, most bicycles built in the 1900s are very similar in looks to bicycles of the 2000s. Especially lately with the trend towards "Dutch Bikes" in many metropolitan areas.

I will start things off with a link to a web site Steady Eddie found which has a plethora of classic and antique English and European bicycles (and at least one "racing tricycle") with photos, drawings and even some pricing. The "Online Vintage Bicycle Museum: For the Veteran and Vintage Bicycle Cycle Velo Bike Fahrrad" (http://oldbike.wordpress.com/1-www-oldbike-eu-museum/)

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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby to the beach » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:35 pm

I like to read about the early inventions of bicycling. Cool link. I got a kick out of the 1939 Murray Mercury Pacemaker that had a spotlight in the World's Fair. Since I'm in my 40s, I remember Murray as a US built "affordable" bicycle since that is what the company transformed into.
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby BrownJones » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:05 am

I didn’t know so much about bike history thanks. I ride bikes and I love it. Well before it was only mode for transportation but not now. But I still feel sometimes those were the golden times.
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby steady eddie » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:59 pm

BrownJones wrote:I didn’t know so much about bike history thanks. I ride bikes and I love it. Well before it was only mode for transportation but not now. But I still feel sometimes those were the golden times.


Brown---

The years are still golden, my friend, it is just that now days you must make time for the cycling part if it...either you carve out a block of time and then just do it---OR---you go very extreme and go car-less..going with out a car is a real challenge, but the rewards are worth it..

I have been medically unable to drive now for nearly one whole year..I also have full-sized Walmart Store that is 1.1 miles away, which very nice, I think....my plans are now to buy a used trike and flat ride the wheels off it...with me riding the trike plus my old dog riding in the old school Cannondale trailer that I have, we should do real well together... 8-)
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby wa_desert_rat » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:34 am

Eddy, so happy to see you post here. Are you able to continue to bicycle? I know you used to have a collection of bikes.

Best regards,
Craig :)
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby steady eddie » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:16 pm

wa_desert_rat wrote:Eddy, so happy to see you post here. Are you able to continue to bicycle? I know you used to have a collection of bikes.

Best regards,
Craig :)


WDR---

Yes, I can still ride..but it is very dangerous for me to do so, as my neurologist has put me on notice that, if I should fall, and conk my head once again, and suffer yet another concussion, well, she might not be able "to put Humpty back together again"....so-- it looks like I will be on an old Columbia trike..now I just need to find one..... 8-)
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby ledfoot106 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:30 am

Good read I really enjoyed that. We should do a spotlight on the use of bikes in the war (went back to school to become a military historian) I think that would be pretty awesome to see. I might delve into that a little and see what I can come up with
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby wa_desert_rat » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:11 pm

ledfoot106 wrote:Good read I really enjoyed that. We should do a spotlight on the use of bikes in the war (went back to school to become a military historian) I think that would be pretty awesome to see. I might delve into that a little and see what I can come up with


Great idea. Looking forward to it. :)
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby junkyarddog » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:19 pm

dont know how I missed this till now.......I have been bitten by the old bike bug bad.... I seem to prefer old chicago schwinn's.....the 80s schwinn MTB's built by giant are one of my faves too
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Re: For the True Bicycle Afficionado

Postby lurker » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:49 am

i haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else, and this looks like a good place to mention it. the wright brothers who invented the airplane had a bicycle shop in dayton ohio before they did airplanes. they used the proceeds to fund their experiments. the technology transfer seems fairly obvious, you need light and strong. steel and gas engines were just coming into their own at the consumer level, it seems in retrospect like a natural confluence. having been to kitty hawk where the museum is, i've seen a couple of wright bicycles, and they look pretty much like a modern single-speed road bike.
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