|1950s Roadmaster Luxury Liner - about 90% original parts|
You will not believe how much this rickety bike costs. PhP45K! Huwat.
|Firestone Cruister - PhP20K|
|1950s Firestone Supercruiser/ Monark - PhP17.5K|
I like this bike the best.
|1942 Westfield Columbia - PhP17.5K|
Although I wouldn't mind owning this one too.
After a little Googling, I discover that these are called Cruiser Bicycles developed by the Schwinn Bicycle Company right after the Great Depression, when the U.S. experienced a decline in the sales of bicycles. Cruisers gained popularity in the late 1930s through the 1950s, because they were durable and more affordable than the bikes then existing in the market. These had heavier frames, which meant they were able to resist abuse but which also meant that they were not very fast and could only manage flat terrains. Hence, their popularity with newspaper boys like - fast forward 60 years - me!
|Not me, by the way. But a lovely little girl on a vintage bicycle. |
Photo credit: nostalgic.net
If we lived within a gated village and I had money to spare, I would move heaven and earth to get one of these. But alas, I have neither. So I'm just sharing the discovery with you. Most of the pictures above are from Bzkleta - a shop that specializes in restoring vintage balloon bicycles. As it turns out, their warehouse is soooo near our house. I have convinced Pao to take me there one of these days. I'll take pictures!
|This one sold for PhP37.5K. Exclamation point.|
|I like the color on this one too.|