Can you guess what decade these vintage bicycle ads are from?

Take a ride back in time!

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Since their invention in the 1800s, bicycles have gone through many eras. There were the first iterations with giant front wheels, then more complex bikes like tricycles and tandems. The second half of the 20th century is when the bicycle really took off. Adults liked the exercise and kids liked the freedom to roam the neighborhood. There was nothing like hopping on the banana seat and pedaling around to your heart’s content, a playing card flapping in the spokes for dramatic effect.

Here are 16 vintage bicycle ads from the 1950s to the 1980s. Can you place each one in the right decade?

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Can you guess what decade these vintage bicycle ads are from?

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FLETCH 3 days ago
8 out of 16
I sucked at this one
ChrisandLane 7 days ago
You got 13 out of 16
Did you roll through this quiz or did you hit some bumps?
JL1965 7 days ago
First bike bought by myself was a Santa Fe by Huffy
Dario 7 days ago
14 out of 16. Got #2 & #9 wrong. 😁😁😁😁😁
KellyShort 7 days ago
15/16
I ride over 20 miles a day but I've never ridden a tandem missed # 12
bnichols23 7 days ago
14. I blew 2 & 3. In most cases the derailleur (or lack thereof) was a dead giveaway, & if not that, the double-knit &/or hip attire was. 2 I screwed up because it looked late 60s, & 3 because it looked late 70s. "Go figure...."
Filmnoirfan 8 days ago
7/16 - fell off about midway through - faulty handlebars
daEducator 8 days ago
For the love of God, I have NO idea how I went 15-16 on just guesses
Barry22 9 days ago
10/16, should have done better. Owned several Schwinn bikes throughout the years. Even did some racing in the 80's.
TheDavBow3 9 days ago
Missed 3. Thought we might have taken this quiz before 🤔
Thank you for bringing that up coz I thought the same thing 🤔
TeeTwoThree 9 days ago
The woman in the #16 ad looks like Veronica Hamel from 'Hill Street Blues'.
jimmyvici 9 days ago
13/16.....loved bmx bikes of the ‘80’s. I always had fun with my bmx
texasluva 10 days ago
Thanks to MrsPhillHarris guessing the movie and Pacificsun giving his all with great guesses...............

Columbia Pictures present ...........................The Professionals......................

Yes The Professionals in vivid color with stars galore. A man wants his wife back. She's in the hands of a notorious Mexican bandit. These brave men are being paid a handsome sum to deliver her back.

The Professionals (1966)
I hr 57 min
Burt Lancaster
Lee Marvin
Robert Ryan
Jack Palance
Woody Strode
Claudia Cardinale
Ralph Bellamy

https://archive.org/details/ThPrfsnls1966

Trivia below:
According to Richard Brooks, Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin did not get along during filming due to Marvin's alcoholism, which was making him unreliable and difficult at the time, infuriating Lancaster. Brooks, who had directed Lancaster in Elmer Gantry (1960), felt the need to intervene because he feared Lancaster was going to "take Lee Marvin by the ass and throw him off that mountain".

Lee Marvin was very happy to be reunited with his old friend, Woody Strode. Although they hadn't worked together since The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), the two men had a genuine friendship between them ever since. Strode said about Marvin, "He got me some kind of half-ass-ed billing for "The Professionals". Strode also went on to say Marvin was a "nice, decent Marine, pure in heart."

Despite the principal male actors being in their 50's (except for Lee Marvin, who was only 42), all of them insisted on performing their own stunts. However, only Woody Strode performed all of his stunts as there were no black stuntmen who came close to his height and stature. Burt Lancaster, who was 52 at the time, did most of his own stunts, including being hung upside down in Coyote Pass and running across the top of the moving train car. The studio balked, however, at Lancaster climbing the side of the cliff in the pass to plant the dynamite and a stuntman was substituted. Even though Palance was as tall as Strode, he had to use a stunt double for the scenes where he was wounded and fell off his horse, because falling the wrong way off a horse could lead to serious injuries.

During the filming of the scene where Maria attempts to escape through a canyon wired with dynamite, Claudia Cardinale's stunt double was badly injured during the explosion. Cardinale, who had never ridden a horse before, performed the stunt herself for the final cut, and escaped uninjured.

In his book, "Lee Marvin: Point Blank", author Dwayne Epstein describes Richard Brooks as an old fashioned, screaming director who drove his cast and crew to exhaustion, causing them to blow off steam at night when they got back to their Las Vegas hotel. Lee Marvin and Woody Strode created legendary debauches in the casinos, but still managed to perform the next day. No matter what they'd been up to the night before, Marvin was a total professional by the time they arrived on the set the next day. According to Strode, "I saw it when we'd drive to the set. He'd study the dialogue, and by the time we got to the set, he got it all in his head. He'd say, 'Now watch me make Burt blow all his lines'. Burt's been up all night studying and going through the regular routine an actor would go through. Lee didn't do that. Guy was gifted."

Most of the film was shot in the desert outside Las Vegas, so the cast and crew stayed in Vegas hotels during shooting. Reportedly, some of their nightly antics included dangling nude showgirls out of their hotel room windows, firing prop shotguns and shooting arrows into a Las Vegas landmark. A famous story goes that one night Woody Strode and a stuntman (Woody later wrote that it was Lee Marvin) decided that they had had enough of "Vegas Vic", the renowned neon cowboy astride The Pioneer Club. So, they took a prop bow and blew out old "Howdy Podner" with one well-aimed steel-tipped arrow shot from their hotel window. They knew that the police would arrive quickly, especially since they had been raising hell on the Strip the previous several nights. Reportedly, Marvin also fired a prop shotgun out his hotel window. The police quickly showed up, and their antics should have landed them in jail but Marvin's star status apparently kept them out of serious trouble.


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Sounds like what little reprimanding LM got amounted to one of the cops throwing him over his lap, two holding LM down, while the one with LM across his lap, giving him a sound thrashing by spanking him! I'm not saying this is what happened, just giving MHO on how strong his "punishment" was.
It would. I was laughing when I posted it.
Well you know that "Boys will be Boys" Plus what happens in Vegas "Stays in Vegas". In this case though someone tells all for our benefit. A lot of times you can find a ton of tidbits on the internet or someone's trivia site. Whether is true or not is something else. That being said can you imagine all the stars such as Elvis, Sinatra and some of the known notorious party goers most likely were doing .
How bout me. If he's a she and I called her a he
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