Riding your bike was like having a license to go anywhere (as long as you were home when the street lights came on.) In the 80s, our bikes were a way to express ourselves and act like we were a little older than we were. If you wanted to sound like a motorcycle, all you had to do was grab a clothespin and a playing card, attach it to your spokes, and you were good to go.
These are some of the other bike memories that kids from the 80s will definitely remember.
1. BMX Bikes
Nothing felt cooler than racing down dirt paths and showing off some sweet freestyle moves! There were many different brands of BMX bikes, but Redline was the one we all wanted.
2. Spokey Dokeys
These were the best. If your bike was decked out in Stokey Dokeys, it was clear you meant business. They not only made your bike look cool, but they also made it sound like a rain stick, and who doesn't love that? Well I mean, your parents probably hated it...but what kid doesn't love that?
3. Raleigh Bikes
I remember when my older brother got his Raleigh Burner, he instantly became the coolest kid on the block. From the Chopper to the Burner, or the Bluebird to the Tomahawk, getting a Raleigh bike was the defining moment of your childhood.
4. Kelloggs Bike Reflectors
These were free in cereal boxes, but we would have paid at LEAST 75 cents each (we were kids, we didn't have a ton of money.) Even though you told your mom you'd be home before dark, this reflectors attached to your spokes and made sure you were visible after the sun went down.