JStew here, flying solo this week on TBT, and I got to wondering what everyone's first set of wheels were. Not your first car, because not everyone got their first car in a timely fashion... Such as myself. I didn't even get a license until I was 36, so I didn't even get my first car until then. But that's whole different story.
But I can distinctly remember that my first set of wheels, where I was fully mobile on my own around the rough streets of Bangor, was my Hot Wheels big wheel. It was black with a grey seat and matching grey "rims". And it had streamers coming out of the handles that were the colors of flames. It made you look like you were on fire!
Around age 6, I upgraded to a hand-me-down girls bike from a friend of my mom's. She got it in her head that since I was just learning, I should have a girls bike so I didn't "hurt myself" on the cross bar if I fell off. It was tragic really, because all the neighbor kids made fun of me for riding a girls bike.
Ah, but then, a couple years later, I upgraded to my first Huffy BMX. It was red and yellow, and was bad ass. For like two minutes, I had the raddest bike in the neighborhood. Until this kid David moved in down the street, and his father was one of the owners of Bicycle World that used to be on Central Street in the 70's & 80's.
Naturally, that stupid kid David (actually, he was really nice) had the nicest bikes in the neighborhood until I moved away. He had the first mountain bike I'd ever seen. It seemed really cool. Kind of like a cross between a 10-speed and a BMX. But still, I had a Huffy, and at school, Huffys were king.
So let's take a walk down Memory Lane together, and see what rad whips you terrorized your neighborhoods with...