6 Comments on "Take a Ride with Take Ivy"

  1. I love that old dark green and white bicycle. My grandparents had two, a male and female model, hanging in their garage for years. I wish I knew what happened to them, I would dig slipping on the weejuns and chinos and just tool around.

  2. I think it’s interesting how short these bikes are. In most of the pictures, their knees are near, if not above, the handlebars. It’s been awhile since I’ve ridden anything but a modern mountain bike, so I don’t know if this is just the style of the bike. Is this how yours rides? Or are they just riding the bikes they had when they were kids? It looks uncomfortable to me.

  3. elder prep | March 13, 2019 at 9:03 am |

    In addition to Eric’s comment of bike size is all of them have fenders and many baskets. I was an avid cyclist owning an inexpensive Raleigh “Record” in 1976 for recreation and no serious cyclist had fenders on theirs. I think the ’70s was a time of transition from the bicycle as transportation to the bicycle as recreation and fitness. The photos are fascinating, especially the one with the student in tweed sportcoat, madras shorts and thick socks with his weejuns.

  4. In my small town in the 1950s-60s, only one kid I recall had a 3-speed “English Racer”, with handbrakes. All the rest of us had the good old one speed with coasters. He also had the only broken bone; he got hit out on “the highway” (2 lane state road), which all our moms had told us to stay off of.

    The 10-speed got popular quickly when I was at Chapel Hill around 1970, even though the town and campus are pretty flat.

  5. Henry Contestwinner | March 20, 2020 at 7:31 pm |

    I have a Raleigh three-speed that a gearhead tarted up with skinny tires. I bought it off of him and added a trunk, a water bottle holder, and a bell. Yesterday, I went for a ride with my son, with him on his mountain bike. It was a beautiful day for a ride.

    I hope others are also able to enjoy a ride in the near future.

  6. pocketsquare | March 30, 2020 at 1:19 pm |

    Great photos, a few years ago we bought his and hers yellow late 70s Raleigh sprites. Cool bikes. Lots of great rides around town.

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