Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
Photograph - Photography
Introduced just after the First World War
by several manufacturers,
such as Mead, Sears Roebuck,
and Montgomery Ward,
to revitalize the bike industry
(Schwinn made its big splash slightly later),
these designs, now called "classic",
featured automobile and motorcycle elements
to appeal to kids who, presumably,
would rather have a motor.
If ever a bike needed a motor,
this was it.
These bikes evolved into the most
heavy designs ever.
It is unbelievable today
that 14-year-old kids
could do the tricks that they did
65 pound machines!
They were built into the middle '50s,
by which time they had taken on design elements
of jet aircraft and even rockets.
By the '60s, they were becoming leaner and simpler.
January 1st, 2013
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