Look what my husband parked under the Christmas tree! “Close your eyes,” he said, and when I opened them, there she was: A girl’s AMF Roadmaster Jet Pilot cruiser manufactured in the late ‘50s or early ‘60s.
(Bicycle historians help me out here!)
The bicycle’s curvaceous frame design sports a faux gas tank, characteristic of the first cruiser bikes from the ’30s, which drew their inspiration from motorcycles.
It’s equipped with a coaster brake, truss rod forks, chrome rims and fenders, a chain guard, front and rear carrier racks, integrated dual headlights, and a button-activated horn. (An earlier, red and white men’s version of the Jet Pilot that I checked out on eBay yesterday had an additional cool feature: a sprocket with cut-outs shaped like stars.)
After we finish restoring her, my cruiser is bound for the beach. It’s not too early to start planning summer vacation 2012, is it? Thanks Pete, for this super-fun present!