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I do not remember Placentia Schwinn Cyclery at that Chapman address, maybe before I moved back to So. Cal.?
The Placentia Schwinn Cyclery I remember was located in a small strip center on Placentia Ave. It was owned by Bill Cordes and run by Bill and his son. Their business was tied closely with Cal State Fullerton located close by. They had previously built a large two-story building on Tustin Ave in the City of Orange and operated Bill's Schwinn Cyclery. It was a very high volume operation. The building is still there and currently houses a Patio Furniture store.
Both Vincent's, and Snider's controlled the cycling business in Kern County for decades. Both were diehard Schwinn accounts.
Too bad their dealer sticker lasted on a Schmurry.
There's a classic bicycle photo that has floated around the bicycle hobby for years. It's 10" high, and 48" wide. My guess is it was a panorama photo, as wide as it is. It's dated May 14, 1916, and was taken in front of George Snider's Harley Davidson in Bakersfield, CA. There's something like 35 guys on all kinds of vintage bicycles and one vintage motorcycle. It's quite the history piece with all of the different styles of riding gear, hats, and a good look at how many different handlebars were in use during the early teens. Only three bikes were being ridden with "turned down" bars, about the same number with "box bars". Most popular was various riser bends. This period was way before anyone thought to ride a vintage/classic bicycle because it was cool. These bicycles were almost new, and the street in East Bakersfield was still unpaved.
If someone has a copy of this photo, please post the picture for everyone to enjoy.