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Remember Your First Bike?
What About Your First Cool Bike?

 5:08 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I remember the first bike I had that I thought was really cool...

It was a 5-speed, it had front disc brakes, front and rear shocks, it was candy apple green with lots of chrome, it even had ape hangers, and always made me feel like I was riding a motorcyle. There were others like it, in red, orange, white and purple. They had names like Apple Krate, Grape Krate, Cotton Picker, and mine, was a Pea Picker.

They were all made by Scwhinn and it turns out they were part of a group of bikes now called 'muscle bikes'. Other manufacturers made muscle bikes, some had plastic gas tanks and huge sissy bars, but all of them were made to look like motorcycles.

Rummaging around the web I found a few pictures-

Pea Picker [mostlymusclebikes.com]

Schwinn Krates [nemusclebikes.com]

So do you remember your first 'cool' bike? I know that my sister had a bike that was definitely not cool. It was yellow and white, had sunflowers on it and yellow and white tassles streaming from the handlebars...



 7:57 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

It was a metalic red Grifter the only bike ive ever owned, came off it once performing stunts, broke a tooth and badly cut up my face.


 8:44 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't remember much about my first bike other than that it was green.

My favorite bike was/is a Peugeot 3-speed road bike that I've owned for over 20 years.

During good weather I ride it almost every day for errands around town. It's fitted with collapsible wire baskets that are just the right size for a bag of groceries.

My sons thought it was hopelessly uncool to start with, and adding those baskets was the kiss of death. But over the years their opinion has gone up, especially after two of them worked in a bike shop and dealt hands-on with the difference between quality bikes and department-store cheapies.


 8:46 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I bought my first cool bike last year. It's the first time I've ever splurged and bought a bike from a professional bike shop and not a place like Target or Toys R Us.


 10:06 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I remember the first bike I had that I thought was really cool...

Those pics were funny.

Here's one...

Huffy Monoshock [vintagebmx.com]

It was much cooler in my memory. :)


 10:13 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>It was much cooler in my memory

Funny how that works isn't it? ;)


 2:14 am on Sep 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

My coolest bike (maybe I'm dating myself here) had big tall handle bars and a banana seat, cards clothes pinned in the spokes for that hotrod sound and a flag! I thought I was so cool!


 12:20 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I had the best first bike of all.

It was built for me by my 3 big brothers mostly out of parts from the city dump.


 2:44 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sounds familiar Lilliabeth. My first bike was similarly pieced together by my father. It was an absolute pile (even had hard rubber tires with no tubes) but it was mine.

In retrospect it probably helped me be a much better rider than my friends. I really had to work to ride that thing and when I got my first "real" bike I could ride circles around all of them.

That was my first bike, but my first "cool" bike was a 1977 Free Spirit sold by Sears.


Although, now that I think about it... my dad always bought me bikes that were a son-of-a-"gun" to ride. I wonder if he wasn't secretly trying to kill me.



 3:43 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

1971 Turquoise 10 Speed CCM Targa.

I had various 1-speed and 3-speed hand-me-downs, but the
Targa was my first bike bought for me for Christmas 1971.

This memory was buried for 20 years. Amazing how your brain
can come up with buried facts, with the right stimulation.


 4:57 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I remember when "all" the cool kids had a banana seat with a tall "sissy bar" on the back



 9:23 am on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

It was a metalic red Grifter

Grifters were cool. You could "invert" the front plastic mudflap so it hit the front wheel and the tread on the tyre made it sound like a motorbike... :)

Also one of the first bikes with a twist grip gear change I think - funny that's become popular again on mountain bikes.

In fact, you could probably say that the Grifter probably was the first production mountain bike (circa. 1978?).

I can't find any picks of my first bike - it was called a "scrambler" (can't remember the maker) and was a purple rip-off of the Chopper.



 12:00 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

My brother made me my first cool bike. Banana seat with flames on it, tall handle bars, and he painted the bike black and put flames on it.

My parents made it even better when they added this device that looked and sounded like a motorcycle engine. That kinda ruined me pretending that my bike was a horse, but oh well. :)

[edited by: AWildman at 12:01 pm (utc) on Sep. 11, 2006]


 2:50 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Was it a Schwinn Scrambler? Couldn't find a purple one, but cruising through the BMX forums looks promising.

Schwinn Scrambler [bmxnonstop.com]

I did find a Red Grifter [mostlymusclebikes.com] though.

[edited by: digitalghost at 2:59 pm (utc) on Sep. 11, 2006]


 2:57 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Cards clothes pinned in the spokes for that hotrod sound and a flag!

Wow! A stroll down memory lane. I had a little pouch on my bike where I kept a couple of decks of cards along with extra clothespins.

My first "real bike" was something that a friend of mine and I made. We basically pieced it together and it became the rave of my hometown. Heck, that was back in the 60s/70s? Yikes!

It was a "chopper". We cut the forks off other bikes and then extended the forks on the primary bike. We also extended the frame a bit with the help of my friends brother who was a bit older and had a talent for assembling things.

It lasted for a whole month until we put two riders on and the frame snapped right in half due to the weakness caused when we extended the front forks out way beyond what they should have been. ;)


 3:04 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Right vintage DG, but no it wasn't a Schwin and didn't look quite like that one (similar vibe though).

My purple "Scrambler" had a front wheel smaller than the back wheel, and a stick-shift gear lever on the top frame bar.

I did find a Red Grifter though.

Nice Healey(?) in the background too ;)


 8:02 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thats the one! Remember it well.

And yes you could invert the mud flap but they wore out pretty quickly, my dad went mad when he saw mine and what id done to it.

The gear change being in the handle was an awful idea, many a time id be doing stunts, land and my hand would slip and change gear that hurt!

I could jump three people on mine laying down, not bad.


 8:22 pm on Sep 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I could jump three people on mine laying down, not bad.

Is there a someone somewhere bearing the scars of your failure to jump 4?



 9:23 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

CCM was a Canadian company that made a purple Stingray copy called a Scrambler.

CCM stood for Canada Cycle & Motor (company). Before fading away, they were reduced to being an importer of Asian-made hockey equipment.


 9:37 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

CCM and Schwinn had a long-standing agreement to not sell their bikes in each other's countries, so CCMs are rare in the US.

I don't remember when CCM got out of the bike business, but it was before Schwinn started signing up Canadian dealers, which was around the late '70s or early '80s.

[edited by: Car_Guy at 9:38 pm (utc) on Sep. 12, 2006]


 9:05 pm on Sep 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

A small Red BMX which I later sold when I was thriteen (decades ago) But I sure miss the thing..


 1:46 pm on Sep 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Check out an old ad for the Schwinn Phantom here:


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