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Posted by Nate Goldman on Monday, August 10th 2020:

In Reply to: Bicycle Flats posted by Bob Friedland on Sunday, August 9th 2020:

I used to go to a bicycle repair shop on Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue H and Glenwood Rd. The proprietor was not a nice person, as he made very uncomplimentary remarks about my bike, since I didn't buy it from him. I remember him repairing a few flats for me. Eventually, he went out of business. I don't remember his name, or the name of his shop.

In 1960,I bought a bike from Strauss Stores on Kings Highway and Coney Island Avenue. Strauss Stores also sold auto parts, as well as various products for the home. I remember the salesman asking me if "I had any money". The bike at Strauss didn't cost more than $35.00, and I gave him cash.

I used to take my bike on the bike path on Ocean Parkway and ride past Avenue Z to Hubbard Place, to see my cousin, who was a combat veteran of World War Two in the European Theater (Anzio, Italy, and Germany). He would always tell me about his war time experiences. Later, I used to go with a group on the bike path on the Belt Parkway, where we would go to Idlewild Airport, and see the new terminal, and the new jet planes taking off and landing.

Years later (1969), I took my bike to downtown Brooklyn, went over the Brooklyn Bridge, and up third Avenue in Manhattan to the Triborough Bridge. I went over that bridge to Queens, and took some road (I don't remember the name), which I stayed on for some time until I came to JFK Airport. Then, I came back with the bike path on the Belt Parkway, to Pennsylvania Avenue to home. It was a long trip, which took about five hours. I could not make that trip today. I gave up bike riding a number of years ago.

Reference ID: BK96457



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