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edmonds59

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Dec 13 2011 at 11:42pm #

Wow, a piercing way back when. Hip!


Pseudacris

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Dec 14 2011 at 12:07am #

hahahaha, now I am seeing that logo differently. thanks a lot!


erok

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Dec 14 2011 at 3:34am #

what were they thinking?


Beth

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Dec 15 2011 at 5:32pm #


erok

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Jan 3 2012 at 3:31pm #

wonder if you can still get these?


Kordite

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Jan 5 2012 at 2:45am #

This is one of my favorites. And while the uninitiated might think, “Of course, boobs”, there is actually a much more involved symbolism happening here.

According to an auction website at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8524304

“Utilizing the allegorical imagery frequently associated with the French proverb “La Verité sort du puits” (The Truth comes out of a well), in which a nude female representing Truth is seen leaping forth from a well, here we are presented with an advertisement for a bicycle chain. Rather than the usual rope-pulley system, a bike-chain like mechanism is depicted behind her as she makes a superstitious hand gesture against bad luck. Apparently, if you use this brand of bicycle chain, you will be protected from all harm — no lie. “


erok

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Jan 27 2012 at 2:54pm #

what a difference just a few years makes in the dorkiness factor.


erok

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Jan 27 2012 at 3:51pm #

couldn’t resist


asobi

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Jan 27 2012 at 11:08pm #

http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=331


Kayla

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Jan 28 2012 at 12:01am #

This thread is so full of win. Got my good laugh in for the day.


Nick D

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Jan 28 2012 at 12:52am #

I’m sorry Beth, but when I saw your avatar next to it, I couldn’t help it…


boostuv

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Jan 28 2012 at 12:57am #

haha hooolllyyyy shiiiitt


Steven

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Jan 28 2012 at 3:05am #

Asobi’s link in turn links to an interesting 1869 book, The Velocipede; Its History Varieties And Practice, that claims to be the first book about bikes. Some quotes:

When the rumor first came across the water, a few years ago, of that wonderful and fascinating little two wheeled machine upon which one could so gracefully annihilate time and space, the author of this little book was seized with his first attack of Velocipede Fever.

We think it an invention which will not have ephemeral popularity, but which will, in its way, revolutionize travel for all time.

At a later date M Dreuze made an improvement on this invention, which met with some success as a toy. A number of these machines were constructed after his model, and distributed among country postmen, who used the novelty for a time, until a heavy fall of snow rendered them unserviceable, when they were abandoned, greatly to the gratification of a conservative class, who, detesting anything in the way of innovation, had prophesied their failure.

Its want of adaptability to the roughly paved road ways of our cities is already, in a great measure, overcome, and experience has proved its facility in rure. We have seen the bicycle run with ease on country roads, and dashing with full speed through city streets, totally regardless of curbstones or crossings. In New York, no matter where you go, a velocipede is sure to whiz past you. The school boy rides up Fifth Avenue in the morning with his books strapped before him. In Broadway, where stages, wagons, carts, trucks, and carriages clog the street from morning till night, the iron steed may be seen gracefully cutting its way among the larger vehicles.

Almost a century and a half later, but some things haven’t changed.


Nick D

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Jan 28 2012 at 4:07am #

Sorry the link broke, here it is:

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bicycle heaven

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Jan 29 2012 at 4:56am #

The Carefree Girls just left Bicycle Heaven today,,a bit cold out,,but had a great time


erok

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Jan 29 2012 at 3:10pm #

whoa nick, that is the creepest gif on earth


erok

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Mar 5 2012 at 10:23pm #

here’s an ad for those bowden bicycles that they have like 10 of at the Bicycle Museum.

They were $4100 msrp in 1946

more info here: http://www.retronaut.co/2010/08/spacelander-electric-bicycle-1946/


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 7 2012 at 10:34am #

I wonder how old that Bowden ad is. Can’t be any earlier than 1970, when 800 numbers came to be (and they weren’t all that commonly used until about 1980). Five-digit zipcodes are only a few years older, about 1965. But no website, so no later than about 2000.


Kordite

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Mar 7 2012 at 12:22pm #

The Bowden Spacelander was produced in 1960 but was reissued in 1997.

http://nbhaa.com/indexBowden.html

http://www.43bikes.com/bowden.html


erok

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Mar 7 2012 at 3:39pm #

ah, it said it was designed in ’46 for an exhibition


Erica

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Jun 24 2012 at 8:46pm #

Schwinn loves their redheaded kids

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