Things I miss: the Big Wheel


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/04/things-i-miss-the-big-wheel.html


#2

Things were tight in the 80s and I didn’t have the coolest or most toys. But I did have a Big Wheel.


#3

It’s 2016, you don’t have to miss anything anymore.


No love for the Green Machine?


#4
Things I miss: the Big Wheel
No you don't. You miss the Platonic Ideal of Big Wheel. The Platonic Actual of Big Wheel kind of sucked.

#5

Look at the photos above, via IEK. Think again.


#6

https://www.huffybikes.com/sliders/


#7


#8

None of those were genuine, original Big Wheels, two aren’t moving and none are on a hill.*

  • [Edit: Note that this refers to IronEdithKiddRegular’s post, not the page, because the page is mostly blocked where I am]

#9

You were lucky enough to have the Polish knockoff?


#10

Ask, and the WebTubz deliver:


#11

I had a Raleigh. More precisely, I had a Raleigh that was older than I was. I’m pretty sure that made me a proto-hipster, which would explain the mustache.


#12

Like this commercial, we had a roving Big Wheel gang on my block.
I remember I was such a small kid, I had to scoot that seat all the way forward. My little brother had a Little Wheel, too.

There was a kid down the street who had a six-wheel rover that operated with hand cranks, but he was kind of a jerk so we didn’t play with him often.


#13

Oh so much fun I had with my brother and our friends had zooming down the sidewalk racing each other with those and wearing holes in the plastic wheels.


#14

Hey! I wondered why I was always alone… That thing had treads on the wheels, so it worked better on our gravel driveway. I would sneak out on the paved road and ride down the hill, but it really wasn’t very safe.


#15
There was a kid down the street who had a six-wheel rover that operated with hand cranks, but he was kind of a jerk so we didn't play with him often.
The Wild Rider.

#16

Put a cardboard appliance box around the big wheel. Apply aluminum foil and some upside down salad bowls, etc — SPACE SHIP.


#17

Safety? We are children of decades where that word hadn’t even been coined yet.

Come to think of it, looking at the enormous bruise on my arm, I still haven’t quite internalized the concept.


#18

That’s roughly the motto for childhood.


#19

Thanks.


#20

#Ooooooooh!

#wantwantwant