Bicycles are fun to ride, are good exercise, and are a great way to get around. Learning to ride one is a childhood milestone. This bike is called the "Black Phantom," and it was made by Schwinn® in the 1950s.©2012 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
Photo by Wendy Kaveney
A bicycle was, to a boy of 5, as a first car is to teen. I could go anywhere I wanted as long as I was back before the street light came on and didn't cross the highway. It was a ticket to adventure and discovering new sights and places I had only previously seen whizzing past a car window. It taught me responsibility in that I had to treat it with respect and maintain it if I wanted it to take me on a magical journey to the far reaches of my Speedway neighborhood. On occasion it may have even taken me racing along those forbidden trails around the gravel pits along Eagle Creek. It was truly a 5 year old's first step along the road to freedom and adventure. I still have that brown 24 inch Huffy hanging from the rafters of my garage. Maybe I'll get it down and see what adventures a 64 year old can get into... once again. - Dennis, Speedway, IN