How did you get introduced in to the antique classic bicycle hobby

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Jon Olson

Finally riding a big boys bike
I was an Education Specialist at a High School and the shop teachers didn’t think my students would be safe in their shops...so I took part of my classroom and made it into a shop. We started repairing bicycles. Didn’t take long and we were building frame up bicycles. Parts were left by my door, others came from dumpster diving behind bike shops, and yard sales. Then one day I got an Iver Johnson boy’s bicycle and said,”What the hell is this?” After researching it turned out to be a 1937! That was 1980 something? Who knows for sure, it just happened!
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I still have it in pieces...someday?
 

MEKANIXFIX

Wore out three sets of tires already!
My father was the youngest brother, so we're the youngest primos! When we was working at the auto repair shop,my older cousins has the newest stuff and then passed to us! So I got some Schwinn bikes from cousins, big
brother, to me like one blue Schwinn stingray 1970 that I remove all the looks of stingray and turned into 20" version of an full 26" whit Araya heavy duty 20x2.125 rised rims w brake drums in the 2 wheels,short handle bar and small paded tan seat and change the fork blade for a Schwinn chrome springer!I used to delivery the news papers in the morning and rides along the friends after school* I still have a rides sometimes
Also got a Schwinn 16" and performed the exchange from stingray to mini phantom look! Also still have! But what really hook me up,was the red delivery bike use to buy parts,gas, paint or even the breakfast or lunch*!* The amazing all mighty different bicycle,too odd to drive for some people that ride the bike watching the basket not the road*!* Yes Schwinn cycle truck 1955 that I still uses for groceries or fun*!* Now have different ballons from Schwinn Colson Huffman SK etc,,,
 

MEKANIXFIX

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I forgot the photos from the first trike and goes on,we have to give a lot of thanks to our Lord who gives us the opportunity to play w the family & friends and rides or collect those nice machines call the bikes! As always said in 2 wheels of a
Schwinn cycle trucks!

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49autocycledeluxe

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I never stopped riding bikes. I have owned at least one bike since age 5. got big into road biking in 1984 when I bought my first new bike. before that time i started collecting pedal cars and vintage bikes... most of my bikes were bought one part at a time... there was a thrift store that had bike parts piled high out back, so I'd grab all the Schwinn parts because Captain Kangaroo said they were the best. my first complete original bike was a 1960 or so Schwinn Tornado. most everything else was just parts put together to make a bike... all Schwinn parts down to the tires and every nut and bolt. Bought my B6 around 1985 or so. sold almost everything I had some time in the 90's but kept the B-6.

about 4 years ago a buddy bought the remains of a 37 Schwinn and put that together, which prompted me to put my B-6 back together with all the parts it was missing. which prompted me to then buy my DX. then I found the Cabe so now I am a bike expert who amazes my friends with all the things I know about old bikes.
 

ian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I started this journey in the late '70s or early '80s finding $5.00 bikes at yard sales. Quite a few were skip-tooth , ND equipped beauties. That morphed into fixing and gifting bikes to youngsters in the neighborhood, a lot of them friends of my young stepkids. I had 18 bikes in various states of repair! We would all go as a family and ride at HB or Oceanside CA, a lot of the places I see on here.
Then I was on the road, looking for greener pastures while raising the kids and owning a small farm in Oregon.
I went through divorce and found a new partner, and have settled back into playing with old bikes, thanks to the Cabe.
This site has restarted the dream.
Thank you Cabers!!
 

ian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I bought a 1961 2 speed Schwinn Tiger at a yard sale for $10 in 1995. Later that same year i was in a bike shop in Walla Walla WA and saw one like mine (except in green) and mine was nicer. They wanted $200 for their bike.

The shop owner saw me eye balling the Tiger and asked me if i liked old bikes. I answered in the affirmative and he then took me into the back room of his shop. Hanging in that store room was multiple old balloon bikes from the 30's through the 50's that he had taken in on trade over the years. I bought some of those bikes from him and also refurbished several for him. He gave me one bike free for every 2 i refurbished for him. He also reimbursed me for parts i had to get elsewhere to complete the bikes.

One bike i did for him was a late 40's CWC Roadmaster. That bike needed rims as the originals were nothing but rust. Somehow, i got connected with Jerry Germeau in Seattle, as he had a set of good rims for the bike. I had the new rims chromed and found the other needed parts and the rest is history...

At one time the shop had multiple bikes that i did on display in their showroom. They still may, but i have not been in that shop again for years.
They still have quite a few hanging on the walls. The Bike Barn. About a mile away from me.
 

Astroyama

Look Ma, No Hands!
During High School I was a service tech at a bicycle shop and raced BMX.
Also had a few motorcycles when I was young (13) and raced flat-track as a member of the Jackpine Gypsies and Sioux Valley Cycle Club...whereas the Ol'Gheezers in the club always had classic whips.
Also the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as locals...Vintage Motorcycle Racing.
 
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