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

Take a ride back in time!

Image: Schwinn / Huffy

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?

  1. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Schwinn
  2. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  3. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  4. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  6. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  7. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Roadmaster
  8. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Schwinn
  9. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Huffy
  10. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  11. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  12. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  13. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  14. What decade is this bike ad from?
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  15. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Sears
  16. What decade is this bike ad from?
    Image: Schwinn

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

Your Result...

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Flash4001 6 hours ago
I loved my Banana Seat with a tall Sissy Bar. Had the seat rear low and the front high
Mob39 15 hours ago
14/16 not too bad...loved my banana seat bike!
FLETCH 7 days ago
8 out of 16
I sucked at this one
ChrisandLane 11 days ago
You got 13 out of 16
Did you roll through this quiz or did you hit some bumps?
JL1965 11 days ago
First bike bought by myself was a Santa Fe by Huffy
Dario 11 days ago
14 out of 16. Got #2 & #9 wrong. 😁😁😁😁😁
KellyShort 12 days ago
15/16
I ride over 20 miles a day but I've never ridden a tandem missed # 12
bnichols23 12 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 12 days ago
7/16 - fell off about midway through - faulty handlebars
daEducator 13 days ago
For the love of God, I have NO idea how I went 15-16 on just guesses
Barry22 14 days ago
10/16, should have done better. Owned several Schwinn bikes throughout the years. Even did some racing in the 80's.
TheDavBow3 14 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 14 days ago
The woman in the #16 ad looks like Veronica Hamel from 'Hill Street Blues'.
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