My First Bike....
how could anyone forget? I'm not sure about your childhood, but back in the mid 1940's tricycles were the popular bike, til you could ride a two wheeler. I'm not sure if there were training wheels back then, but my bike didn't come with any. I had to learn to ride it without them, and it seemed the norm, to me.
I remember getting it in the summertime, not on my October birthday. My little sister had graduated to what was called a " 6 yr trike", with the larger front wheel, bigger frame and a platform across the back that you could give someone a ride. It was the traditional red and white. The new bike was maroon...and cream and a Schwinn...and was a very big deal in the neighborhood. The girls were jealous, and the boys tried to make you crash and scratch it up...right away!!!
I loved my Schwinn, but as with most children, I outgrew it a few years later. It passed to my younger sister and I was given a lovely blue Hiawaatha bike with a seat across the back fender for giving a ride. It had a battery run bell and a headlight...boy, was I decked out.
Back in the 1940's and 50's, kids rode bikes, alot. Even as a teenager, having a car was not an option for most of us. Maybe at graduation, but mostly, when we were old enough to drive, we drove the car of our parents...and were content(at least a little). And if the car was gone, most of us would hop on our bikes and petal where we wanted to get to....the library, the swimming pond,the root beer stand or a friends house.
Of course bicycling is still around, and in some smaller town and villages, the kids still do ride all over on their bikes. But only til they can drive, then look out!
Cycling has had a comeback for sure, over the years, with as many kinds of bicycles as there are people to ride them, mountain bikes, racing bikes, trail bikes and so much more. But being a kid, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer just wouldn't be the same without a snappy bicycle to ride around the neighborhood. Do you remember your first bike???? P.S. Note the bare feet and snazzy zip on the ride side jeans...LOL
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