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 firstname.lastname@example.org; follow him on twitter at @TalbotFisher16.