Hook N Ladder 1969 Pedal Car

I didn’t have one of these but this reminded me of the barber shop where I got my hair cut as a child.

Hook N Ladder Pedal Car from 1969
Hook N Ladder Pedal Car from 1969

I can remember wanting to sit in that fire truck while I got my hair cut. My parents said that was also the only way to get me to stop crying. I guess I hated getting my haircut.

Dune Dragster Wagon from 1972

I thought this wagon was unique.

Fireball Racer Dune Dragster Wagon from 1972
Fireball Racer Dune Dragster Wagon from 1972

You have to love a wagon that has mag wheels on it! This was made by Radio which I assume is the same company that made the infamous Radio Flyer wagons. The Radio Flyer company was founded in 1917 and is still producing wagons to this day.

Free Spirit BMX Bikes from 1979

BMXing had become a huge sport where I lived during the late 70s and early 80s.

Free Spirit BMX Bikes from 1979
Free Spirit BMX Bikes from 1979

I never took part in the BMX racing but I do remember my first BMX bike. I traded an old stereo for it. There was a slight problem with the bike and that was the back wheel which had become an imperfect circle from all of the jumping the previous owner did, but I didn’t care. I road that bike everywhere with a slight bob in the tire. 🙂

Unicycles from 1971

I was talking with a guy in Tampa who is about the same age as me, and he was telling me about when he was a kid, everyone had a unicycle. I remember seeing them on TV and at the circus but I did not know anybody who had one. Then again, small town so maybe the fad just never made it there.

Unicycles from 1971
Unicycles from 1971

 

Swinger Bicycles

I don’t remember any of the bikes I had when I was younger. I recall getting a new brown 10 speed when I was in my teens but I am guessing that the other bikes I had were probably hand me downs or garage sale deals.  But we will be posting several bikes because I am sure that many of you do remember, especially if they were Christmas presents you were wanting.

The first round of bikes for this blog will be the Swinger Bicycles from 1970. They have the classic banana seat with big wheels in the back and smaller wheels in the front giving it a cool dragster look. Some of them had up to 5 speeds with dual shifters.

Swinger Bicycles 1970
Swinger Bicycles 1970

Goodbye Training Wheels, Hello Gravel

I still get a chuckle with my parents about the many incidents I had as a child. I being one of those children that just seemed accident prone.

On this particular sunny day, it was decided that the time for my training wheels to come off my bike was at hand. (I think it was my older brother who decided this. I don’t remember my parents being outside at the time.)

So one side of my bicycle was cleared of a training wheel and I rode around until I got used to it. Then the other side was removed and I rode some more. In no time at all I was biking around just like the big kids do.

As I got more confident my speed became faster and faster. We had a gravel road for a driveway back then and there was a sharp curve to get back to the barns. I remember hitting this curve and I don’t know if the front tire hit something or if I just lost control but the front wheel turned side ways and the bike stopped suddenly sending me face first into the handlebars resulting in a bloody mouth and lots of skin abrasions.

I had already lost my upper front baby teeth and my new ones were starting to grow in when I kissed the handlebars. And as you probably have guessed, I ended up pushing both of those two front teeth back into my head.

So off to the dentist we went where the doctor assured my parents that I was fine and the teeth would resume their course of filling the big hole in my mouth. And eventual they did, though to this day I wonder if that is the reason I have a severe overbite.