What Was YOUR First 2-Wheel Bike???


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Will & Wendy

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 16, 2013
494
36
51
Bear / Newark, Delaware
#1
Hello All!
I had the day off today so I was hoping parts I ordered recently would have arrived so I could tinker with a few of my projects - but no luck.

After spending an hour reading updated posts here I got an idea to start a new thread hoping to get some interesting reading from your responses here???!!!

SO - What Was YOUR First 2-Wheel Bike???
(And do you still have it or one like it???)

MY first 2-wheeler was a Lowly & Humble AMF RoadMaster Jr!

The bottom bracket bearings got messed up so my Dad got rid of the bike to a friend of his from work (Very Much against my will!!!)...
... but I got Very Lucky and was able to get the bike back some years after Dad passed away!

This originally came with the Colored Hard-Plastic Seat...
... but the dealer we bought the bike from (at the New Castle County Farmer's Market) sold us the Troxel seat to replace it.
(That plastic seat HURT a young boy - even at THAT age!!!)


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All the kids made fun of my bike in our development because of it being a "girl or boy" convertible bike...
... but I thought it was a Great Looking bike with the tank in the up position and I was Very Proud To Have It!!!

I've got a ton of memories with that bike and that's why I keep it in a corner of the living room even today at 45 years old!!!
(... and I STILL get a smile every time I glance at it when I walk by!!!)


I'll put a post in "Wanted To Buy"...
... but I'm still hoping to find a set of Bottom Bracket Bearings and the Rear Fender Reflector for this if anybody has them???
Please feel free to email me direct at OldToyTrains@aol.com with photos & price if you have them???

Looking forward to hearing about YOUR First Bike and maybe seeing pics if you can show one!!!

Thanks!
Blessings!
Will,

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RoadMaster Jr 7.JPG
 
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decotriumph

Moderator
Staff member
Apr 16, 2013
1,079
268
Tullahoma, TN USA
#3
First bike?

I have to say that I do not know what my first 2-wheeler was. All I remember is that it was a beat-up brown and white 20" hand-me-down from older cousins. My first new bike was a 1960 J.C. Higgins Flightliner that I got for my 9th birthday. I have one exactly like it now:
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OldRider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 2, 2009
3,082
37
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
#5
My first bike would have been a 40s ladies loopframe CCM with 28 inch wheels. My brothers and I all shared this bike and us shorter kids had to ride standing up. I had one just ;like it till a few years ago......nothing special as you can see.
 

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Terry66

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 21, 2011
320
12
Dayton, Ohio
#6
Mine was a '69 Ross built 16" musclebike. It was badged as a Grants Department Store bike. Here I am cruising on it at about 3yo. That's my dad's Ford in the background. I wish I still had the bike (or the car!)to give my grandson, but I have no idea what happened to either one of them.

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I found a ratty '71 Schwinn Lil Tiger for my grandson. I had it powdercoated metallic green, had the seat recovered, fresh decals and added 12" air filled tires with a coaster brake...and streamers of course! He loves it.

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ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
1,570
135
Leonardtown, United States
#7
I've got a ton of memories with that bike and that's why I keep it in a corner of the living room even today at 45 years old!!!
(... and I STILL get a smile every time I glance at it when I walk by!!!)
That's pretty neat...still having your childhood bicycle.

My first bicycle was a 26" AMF Roadmaster from around 1959/60, don't recall the exact year it was given to me. It was a tank model with chrome plated fenders and a star chainring. Colors on it were red and black. The seat was black vinyl with white edging. There was a horn button on the tank, but I never put batteries in it. I gave it to one of my cousins after buying my Schwinn Suburban in 1974. That's about all I remember about it. Seems it had a model name but I can't remember what it was.

Oh, and Terry, you did a terrific job on that Lil Tiger. Looks better than brand new!

Dave
 
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looneymatthew

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 3, 2010
894
107
san clemente ca
#8
pimp

thats classic . did you photo shop your head on that seventies ad . love the poly pants. killer .


My first 2 wheeler was parted together from several bikes pulled out of the town recycle pile by my father. Basically a Columbia Playbike. After several years of riding "junkyard" bikes I finally got my first new Columbia like the one here only in "Radiant Mocha" View attachment 97467
 
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looneymatthew

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 3, 2010
894
107
san clemente ca
#10
I can relate to that story.

cool story.




Hello All!
I had the day off today so I was hoping parts I ordered recently would have arrived so I could tinker with a few of my projects - but no luck.

After spending an hour reading updated posts here I got an idea to start a new thread hoping to get some interesting reading from your responses here???!!!

SO - What Was YOUR First 2-Wheel Bike???
(And do you still have it or one like it???)

MY first 2-wheeler was a Lowly & Humble AMF RoadMaster Jr!

The bottom bracket bearings got messed up so my Dad got rid of the bike to a friend of his from work (Very Much against my will!!!)...
... but I got Very Lucky and was able to get the bike back some years after Dad passed away!

This originally came with the Colored Hard-Plastic Seat...
... but the dealer we bought the bike from (at the New Castle County Farmer's Market) sold us the Troxel seat to replace it.
(That plastic seat HURT a young boy - even at THAT age!!!)


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All the kids made fun of my bike in our development because of it being a "girl or boy" convertible bike...
... but I thought it was a Great Looking bike with the tank in the up position and I was Very Proud To Have It!!!

I've got a ton of memories with that bike and that's why I keep it in a corner of the living room even today at 45 years old!!!
(... and I STILL get a smile every time I glance at it when I walk by!!!)


I'll put a post in "Wanted To Buy"...
... but I'm still hoping to find a set of Bottom Bracket Bearings and the Rear Fender Reflector for this if anybody has them???
Please feel free to email me direct at OldToyTrains@aol.com with photos & price if you have them???

Looking forward to hearing about YOUR First Bike and maybe seeing pics if you can show one!!!

Thanks!
Blessings!
Will,
 

Larmo63

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Aug 17, 2010
4,355
450
San Clemente, Ca
#11
My first bike.....kind of

My dad bought this trike second hand and re-painted/restored it in red, white and blue. My sister

looks pretty excited about it, I have a "yeah, I'm cool and I know it look..."

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Levine

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Dec 8, 2017
17
1
63
Marina Del Rey
#13
First bike?

I have to say that I do not know what my first 2-wheeler was. All I remember is that it was a beat-up brown and white 20" hand-me-down from older cousins. My first new bike was a 1959 J.C. Higgins Flightliner that I got for my 9th birthday. I have one exactly like it now:
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Your post was years ago so I don't know if this will reach you, but - Beautiful. If you ever want to sell it please let me know. It's almost identical it to my own first bike. I was in love with it but it was stolen soon after I got it and it was only recently that I figured out what it was...
 

Jon Olson

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 15, 2009
59
280
Stockton, United States
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My Dad on his newspaper bike in Long Beach, Ca. My Mother with her Packard in San Francisco, Ca.(1920’s) With my Brothers and our 1st 2-wheelers given to us by “The Knights of Columbus” after the death of my Dad at 33 yrs. old. My Grandfather put 2/4 wood blocks on my pedals so I could reach them and ride to any soft place to lock the brakes and skid to a dismount in Modesto, Ca.(1950’s)
 

Jeff54

I live for the CABE
Sep 11, 2013
1,849
619
Ft Myers, Florida
#19
3 bikes about 1962. 2 were prewar, 1 Schwinn another probably CWC, the 3rd post war Schwinn, likely DX. Of course, How could I have a clue as too pre and post war bikes? I didn't but I know now, duhh. My dad bought the pile in an auction for a few bucks, they were junk, only for head badges you could know the schwinns. I remember then, only because they needed adjusting all the time. But, the least were the two Schwinn's, especially the DX. I was just a tiny guy and could hardly ride any. Albeit Taping wood to the peddles helped. The thing was though, it was those two Schwinns that learned me the differences between crap and solid. The pre war bikes were a pain because, you had to get the pins tightened in right to keep the rear wheels from movin an we were too ignorant to know how too lock em down right. The post war DX though, with forward drop outs was the bike that remained stable. That bike embedded Schwinn quality in me mind. The prob CWC was also a learner because the rear dropouts were weak. They'd been expanded to many times so, even after I figured out how to lock in the pins, hammering back the drop-outs to narrow em down enough to hold the nuts and washers would slip. It was like metals from chna, cheap a..s soft. probably lost its tempering. But that prewar Schwinn drop out would hold those nuts. Well, hold the rim for a short time, until I learned to adjust the pins. It was short lived though because, my disobedient brother burned the garage down, playing wit matches for the um-teeth time. The following year sept 63 we moved into a brand new home. With Christmas coming, guess what I spected Santa to put under me tree?? Yeah duhh, A Stingray! But ya know, new home and all expenses I was hoping there was a real santa as me folks hardly made it through that year. But there were two , brand new bikes anyway. Two POS 3 speed Royce Unions. Another lesson in quality and crap. Disappointed of course, that it wasn't a stingray, or Schwinn as I knew the difference in a good bike and crap. I was very happy to just have a brand new bike, just the same. Yet, Royce Union gives me another lesson in only a few short days ,, My Brother's got stolen xmas day or the very next so I had to share with a knuckle head who abused everything. Those click shifters were crap, cable locks for brakes and shifter crap! the pedal arm pins would slip and nuts strip out. Yet all grown up now, I may have been able to get that crap set right and last longer, or a bike shop back then, if could afford such luxury. Yet, still the peddle pins and cable nuts had soft metal. But for Kids?? . NEXT time get a dam SCHWINN! Because buying crap like that, even way back then, expecting you kids to maintain them?? It's almost no different than the crap at wally world today, providing the dopes assembled em right, , ain't gonna last more than a few months. As fact I don't recall even a month on the 3-speed, having its shifter cable broke then for the peddle arm pins getting striped out.

So, actually, my 1st two wheeler was 3 Junkers. 1 crap, 1 better and lastly, one good solid post war, prob. DX that learned me difference quick. That is, even me older bro, excepting matches, couldn't F up.

My own privet 2 wheeler no sharing wit idiot, you guessed it? Scraped up parts into a danged stingray!
 
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,310
420
Western North carolina
#20
I only had mine for a couple days before it was stolen! I remember it was purple, with a banana seat. When we moved, my parents let me pick out my own, and I chose a Columbia "All American". White, with red fenders, and I think the banana seat was blue. It was early 1977, so there were a lot of USA themed bikes after the bicentennial! Three years later, I bought my first rusty old bike, a '57 Schwinn Corvette! And so the madness began!!!
 

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