The first time I saw one of these bikes in person, was in 1975, the summer after third grade. A kid in the next neighbor over cruised down 38th Street astride this god-like bike, taking his time and making sure we ALL saw what this lucky little fucker’s parents bought him. I hated that kid so much. These were OUR streets, and our bikes sucked! How dare he!?
I never got the Schwinn of my dreams, but I took some satisfaction in learning that this kid was a bully and his dad was complete asshole.