I believe the year was 1967... at the time I had a regular old 26" whatever bike that was completley uncool at the time. I massively lusted over some bikes my friends had... two in particular, Jimmy had a gold Schwinn 5 speed "Fastback" Stingray, and Louie had the Schwinn Orange Krate. The other guys had similar bikes, but all Stingray types with ape hanger bars and banana seats I begged my parents to help me get with the program... and after weeks of bugging them, they finally shut me up. Thing is, they said if I was to get such a bike, it would have to be bigger than the 20" wheel variety because at 13/14 years old I was already 6' tall. Huh? They looked at the Sears catalog.. (Sears? no Schwinn!?!?) and showed me the picture of the bike they were willing to get me. I looked long and hard at that picture that day. Actually, I looked looked long and hard at that picture every damn day... It actually looked ok, the frame was purple with purple glitter banana seat, matching purple glitter grips, 5 speed stick shift, (but not the very cool 10" long shifter like the Fastback had) and... oh yeah... those 24" tires. It just didn't seem right, those bigger tires on such a bike, but I had no choice in the matter. My little brother of course was allowed to get the 20" version. It seemed like years before the delivery truck finally pulled into our driveway, the two big boxes were dropped off, and my old man and me started putting them together... it was a special day indeed. I rode the HELL out of that bike. Growing up in the "Wonder Years" of the mid sixties, our bikes were basically the center of our Universe, all the kids had them and were constantly riding them from here to there, our bikes were a fundamental part of our lives. Anyways, I found what may have been the very Sears catalog page I looked at way back then, it's the bike in the bottom right of the page for $58.95. It's funny, I also remember lusting for the 20" chrome bike at the upper left hand part of the page with the red flames on the seat. I saw that on display at Sears before getting my bike and thought it was totally bad ass.