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Bicycles 101: 101 years of bicycles (1901-2001) Wheelmen

Classic Bicycles, antique bicycles, Huffy, radio bike, Tribune, blue streak, Mead, ranger, Trek, Fuel, Y22, Schwinn, Aerocycle, Schwinn Hornet, Sturmey Archer, shaft drive, Monark, Bianchi, Cambio Corsa, Fausto, Coppi, Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong, Schwinn, Apple Krate, krate, Racycle, Sears Master
Huffy Radio bike (1955) with a tube radio in the tank
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Huffy Radio bike (1955) with a tube radio in the tank

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Radio Bike and Kids.jpg
An advertisement from a 1955 issue of Boys Life Magazine.  This bike is not a toy.
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An advertisement from a 1955 issue of Boys Life Magazine. "This bike is not a toy."

A Victorian bell with an embossed Turtle on it.
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A Victorian bell with an embossed Turtle on it.

1901 Tribune Blue Streak shaft drive bicycle.  This was made one year after Mile-a-minute Murphy rode 60 mph using a Tribune bicycle.
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1901 Tribune Blue Streak shaft drive bicycle. This was made one year after Mile-a-minute Murphy rode 60 mph using a Tribune bicycle.

A close up of the crank on the Tribune
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A close up of the crank on the Tribune

1907 Racycle with an extremely large sprocket.  A carbide gas lamp is attached ot the stem. Note the front suspension.
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1907 Racycle with an extremely large sprocket. A carbide gas lamp is attached ot the stem. Note the front suspension.

Each link of the chain has Racycle on it.
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Each link of the chain has "Racycle" on it.

1916 Sears Master 3-speed bicycle.  The 3-speed gears were made by Sturmey Archer, a British company.  They stopped exporting 3 speeds in large numbers after WWI began.  They began exporting them again in the late 1940s.
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1916 Sears Master 3-speed bicycle. The 3-speed gears were made by Sturmey Archer, a British company. They stopped exporting 3 speeds in large numbers after WWI began. They began exporting them again in the late 1940s.

A close up of the shift mechanism for the 3-speed Sears bike built in 1916.
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A close up of the shift mechanism for the 3-speed Sears bike built in 1916.

A 1920 Mead tall-frame Ranger.  The tool box tank is open for inspection.
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A 1920 Mead tall-frame Ranger. The tool box tank is open for inspection.

1935 Schwinn Aerocycle. This bike was found in a dumpster two years ago.  My friend found it, but he didn't sell it to me for cost!
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1935 Schwinn Aerocycle. This bike was found in a dumpster two years ago. My friend found it, but he didn't sell it to me for cost!

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa shifter on the rear wheel (note the two levers).  One releases the rear wheel so that its reposition in the dropout can free up chain slack; the other one moves the chain to a different cog on the rear sprocket.
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Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa shifter on the rear wheel (note the two levers). One releases the rear wheel so that its reposition in the dropout can free up chain slack; the other one moves the chain to a different cog on the rear sprocket.

Close up of the shift mechanism on the 1946 Bianchi
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Close up of the shift mechanism on the 1946 Bianchi

Fausto Coppi rode a bike like this one.
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Fausto Coppi rode a bike like this one.

1952 Monark Super Deluxe with a train headlight and a cheese grater rack.
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1952 Monark Super Deluxe with a train headlight and a cheese grater rack.

Front view of the Monark Super Deluxe highlighting the Harley-like front suspension and the plane on the front fender.
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Front view of the Monark Super Deluxe highlighting the Harley-like front suspension and the plane on the front fender.

1950s Schwinn Hornet middle-weight (1.75 inch tyres) bicycle showing a close up of the front suspension (knee action).
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1950s Schwinn Hornet middle-weight (1.75 inch tyres) bicycle showing a close up of the front suspension (knee action).

An early 1970s Schwinn Apple Krate -- one of the muscle bikes of the era.
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An early 1970s Schwinn Apple Krate -- one of the muscle bikes of the era.

1995 Eddy Merckx Motorola frameset like the one Lance Armstrong rode to his first stage win in the Tour de France.
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1995 Eddy Merckx Motorola frameset like the one Lance Armstrong rode to his first stage win in the Tour de France.

One of the last steel professional racing bikes -- note the artwork on the front fork.
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One of the last steel professional racing bikes -- note the artwork on the front fork.

1996 Trek Y-22 carbon fiber frame.  It's a dual suspension mountain bike.
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1996 Trek Y-22 carbon fiber frame. It's a dual suspension mountain bike.

Close up of the rear suspension on a Trek Fuel 100, a dual suspension mountain bicycle.  The frame is aluminum and carbon fiber.
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Close up of the rear suspension on a Trek Fuel 100, a dual suspension mountain bicycle. The frame is aluminum and carbon fiber.

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The battery tube is wired to a generator in the rear hub -- the battery charges when the wheel turns, just like the one in an automobile.
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The battery tube is wired to a generator in the rear hub -- the battery charges when the wheel turns, just like the one in an automobile.