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Classic bikes have place alongside cars at Knoxville Cruise Night – News – The Register-Mail

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KNOXVILLE — While the 13th Annual Knoxville Cruise Night in downtown Knoxville drew many with classic cars from all eras — Bel-Airs, Camaros, Corvettes, classic Fords, Dodges, Pontiacs and more — another section was devoted to a different set of brand names.

Those of Goodrich, Vista and Schwinn were on display, as classic bicycles took up an area in the grass. A number of “muscle bikes,” Schwinn stingrays from the ’60s and ’70s were there, as were several tandem bicycles from the same era.

Many replicas of boardtrack racers, a kind of bike from the 1910s and ’20s, were made by Larry Lynch of Knoxville.

Dick Biddle of Knoxville talked about one he had on display, a 1951 Goodrich Model D.

“My son found it in a pasture somewhere with a tree growing through it, so he cut the tree and brought me the bike,” he explained. “So, me and Larry Lynch restored it.”

“It’s what would have been a “paperboy bike,” he said, “it’s the kind of bike I dreamed of having when I was a kid.”

“When I was a kid one summer I went to the movie house in Aledo every week, to enter to win a Gene Autry bike. It had a horse’s head on the front and holster and everything. I didn’t win, but my neighbor did.”

“But now I have this,” he smiled. “I always wanted one.”

 

Talbot Fisher is weekend reporter for The Register-Mail. Contact him at talbotefisher16@gmail.com; follow him on twitter at @TalbotFisher16.

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