Historic Hood River
Readers of the Hood River Glacier may have been tempted by this ad for the 1896 and 1897 Rambler bicycles, but it would have been a pretty big purchase. $80 was worth something in the range of $2000 today. And it doesn’t even have a suspension or disk brakes.
The company which made the Rambler bicycle until 1900 went on to make the Rambler automobile, which lasted in the US until 1969. I have fond memories of waving at cars behind us from the fold-up rear-facing back seat of a blue-green 1964 Rambler station wagon.