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John Thompson


Northbrook, IL

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  • 1948 Whizzer
  • 2008 Tomos Streetmate
  • 1974 Tanaka Bike Bug
Old timer, started mopeding in 1948, with a Whizzer mounted on a Schwinn "knee action" balloon tire bike.

Until a few years ago, I was riding a light weight Schwinn Breeze with an antique 22 cc Tanaka Bike Bug friction drive bicycle motor installed on it - works and looks a little like a Velo Solex - very slow and hugely uncomfortable, then . . .

Glory be! I finally was able to score a brand new '08 pedal start Streetmate from a dealer in California, and had it shipped to Chicago.

The bike is amazing - everything I thought it would be & more - and I am now content.
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