The Schwinn bicycle has a rich history in New York’s Nuyorican communities. In many of these enclaves, you’ll find members of riding clubs showing off their stylish vintage bicycles–their bicicletas antiguas– decorated with chrome, car horns, and flags. This tradition dates back to the beginning of Puerto Rico’s mass migration to the US in the 1950’s. Jack D’Isidoro explores this cultural phenomenon.

Roberto, 68, and his 1950's Schwinn Phantom in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Roberto, 68, and his 1950’s Schwinn Phantom in Bushwick, Brooklyn.