The Man & Mancave that started my love of bicycles

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Visiting family for the holidays means going back to my bicycle roots. The houses and workspaces always change. But the people and love of toys always remain.

    Growing up bicycles were a part of life. Our family friend, Jim Barnard and my mother collected bikes and eventually Jimmy started Mostly Musclebikes. A small museum and a website dedicated to Raleigh Choppers and lighter weight Schwinn stingrays.
    I spent my weekends on garage shop floors with the family tinkering, at swap meets watching bikes, riding late into the night as a kid barhopping on bikes with them, digging deep in barns for candy colored rusty gold, and even one year going with them to England because they had found the oldest dated Raleigh chopper and were being given an award. My first bike was my beloved blue girls Raleigh Chopper.

    Bikes turned into motorcycles, then into cars. The collection of a couple hundred waned and ended up in other collections around the country.
    A handful of years ago the bicycles came back around into the family. I remember having found my '57 Luxury Liner from Sam in Baltimore. Jimmy wanted it but I couldn't part with it. So I always joke that he's been trying to fill the hole of that bike I won't sell him. Five bikes turned to ten. Then to twenty... And now the number is a mystery.

    Jimmy has built a beautiful house that deserves a thread here of his own. But I'd like to share with you his work shop in the basement, filled with toys, machines, and photos that I was surrounded with as a child.

    Please enjoy. Happy holidays.
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    This is large marge, who drove me to prom as a kid IMG_20171224_152111858.jpg IMG_20171224_153843105.jpg
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    My mom's motorcycle IMG_20171224_153700267.jpg
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    A spaceliner signed by the Star trek cast
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  2. #2 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    is the triump a thunderbird?
     
  3. #3 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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  4. #4 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Astonishing!:)
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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  6. #6 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Dang Jimmy, way to go, nice cave.
     
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  7. #7 Posted Dec 24, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Triumph 21 also known as the Bathtub
     
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  8. #8 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Very, very, very cool!
    Love the little baby blue trumpet.
     
  9. #9 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Wow!! Very impressive.
     
  10. #10 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    :eek::eek: Thats a serious collection!WOW
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    DOUBLE WOW...........Thanks for sharing the memories and the pictures. Where is home from your roots ? I admired your Xmas lights on bikes. You have good taste.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Nice!!!! Love the Ramones shirt!
     
  13. #13 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Very cool story and a great collection!
     
  15. #15 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I think 500cc?

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  16. #16 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thank you!!!! Appreciate it so much. Grew up in upstate Connecticut, on the Mass line. Lovely country up there. I certainly miss it.

    The area is full of old barns hiding treasures and lots of early 1900 bicycle manufacturers. Can't beat it!
     
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    I live for the CABE

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    No it's definitely a 350cc model if it's a T21 model (350cc = a little over 21 cubic inches). The 'bathtub' nickname refers to the shape of that big rear mudguard, imagine it removed from the bike and flipped upside down, it looks a lot like an old tin bath. They were fitted to pretty much the whole range of trumpets for a few years.
     
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  18. #18 Posted Dec 26, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Nice looking man cave,Reminds me of my early days
     
  19. #19 Posted Jan 1, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Ive been to the Muscle bike museum during the swap meet, it was beyond awesome. Jim and your mother came down to Providence to ride the East bay bike path with myself and few others about 12 years ago and I rode this

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