Schwinn parts

While I had the roll of Adox HR-50 in my Olympus OM-1, I made a series of photos of my bicycle. Some years ago I bought a 1986 Schwinn Collegiate from a Craigslist seller, had it overhauled, and have been riding it ever since. I like its springy seat and upright riding position. The bike has a few dents and the paint is chipped here and there, but it rides well.

The 50mm f/1.8 F.Zuiko lens and the Adox HR-50 came together to render my bike in ways that pleased me deeply. These photos show a rich range of tones, and the selective focus adds dimension and depth. They could be a little sharper, but I’m not sure I’ve fully dialed in my scanning and sharpening settings yet.

Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts

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Schwinn Collegiate

A series of photos of details of my bicycle.

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Bike Xing

Bike xing
Canon PowerShot S95
2011

My Canon PowerShot S95 was a gift at Christmas in 2010. I can’t believe it just keeps working. Aren’t digital cameras supposed to be fragile, and fail after just a few years of use?

I’ve certainly used mine heavily. I’ve probably made 10,000 photographs with it.

I was still learning this camera’s ropes when a few co-workers and I took a photo walk Downtown. The city had just installed these bike-path markers in the pavement.

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single frame: Bike xing

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Schwinn Collegiate

Schwinn Collegiate
Olympus OM-1, 50mm f/1.8 F. Zuiko Auto-S
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200
2015

This is my 1986 Schwinn Collegiate 3-speed bicycle. It’s a Taiwan Schwinn, meaning purists look down their nose a little. But it’s sturdy and of good quality. I bet if I compared it part by part with my 1973 Chicago-made Schwinn Collegiate 5 speed, I wouldn’t detect significant quality differences.

I photographed the bike at Washington Park North Cemetery. I use cemeteries as backdrops a lot. I’ve made many portraits of my sons in them, and I shot a series of my bicycles in Washington Park North. I usually don’t show the cemetery bits in shots like those. But tomorrow I’ll share lots of photos from this cemetery. It’s a favorite subject because it’s within walking distance of my home.

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single frame: Schwinn Collegiate

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Decorative bicycle

Decorative bicycle
Nikon N2000, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor
Kodak T-Max 400
2016

This iron fence and bicycle are on a side street in the Garfield Park neighborhood in Indianapolis.

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My bikes

Vintage Schwinn seats
Minolta SR-T 202, 50mm f/1.4 MD Rokkor-X
Kodak Gold 200

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Road Trips

The bicycles of Knightstown, on the National Road in Indiana

Knightstown, pop. 2,182, isn’t what you’d call a big town. But it’s the biggest one Henry County has to offer along the National Road, which cuts across the very bottom of the county. It’s a typical Indiana small town, with most buildings fronting the main drag built within 20 years either way of 1900. What makes Knightstown stand out to the person just passing through is the bicycles.

The bicycle planters of Knightstown

Chained to every pillar and post, a basket or tub or pot sits on each one, filled with flowers. Mums, actually, given that it was autumn when I passed through.

The bicycle planters of Knightstown

Each is painted a bright color — not just the body, but the tires, the chains, the gears, the seat, everything.

Bicycle planter

But it’s a clever idea that makes Knightstown stand out.

The bicycle planters of Knightstown

I’ve driven the National Road from its beginning in Baltimore, MD to its end in Vandaila, IL. To read everything I’ve ever written about it, click here.

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