The Man & Mancave that started my love of bicycles


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Kstone

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2017
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Pittsburgh
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#1
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
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My mom's motorcycle
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A spaceliner signed by the Star trek cast
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barnyguey

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 7, 2012
2,873
1,565
Rathdrum, Idaho
#3
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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 remains.

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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A spaceliner signed by the Star trek cast
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WOW!
 

Herman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 23, 2009
252
83
Jeannette, United States
#5
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 View attachment 728601 View attachment 728592
View attachment 728590 View attachment 728591 Nice collection ! , luvin that blue band hub , looks NOS ! , someday I'll get one , what's the folding bike behind the black Raleigh ?

My mom's motorcycle View attachment 728593
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A spaceliner signed by the Star trek cast
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dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,465
3,449
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#8
Very, very, very cool!
Love the little baby blue trumpet.
 

Nashman

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 2, 2016
830
1,172
61
Winnipeg, Canada
#11
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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Kstone

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2017
469
3,270
26
Pittsburgh
katiestoneceramics.weebly.com
#16
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.

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!
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,465
3,449
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#17
I think 500cc?

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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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Siestabikes

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 29, 2016
44
38
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Warwick, United States
#19
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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