Cast-off Shoes Make Tires for “Rough Rider” Bicycle (Sep, 1931)

Cast-off Shoes Make Tires for “Rough Rider” Bicycle
IF YOU don’t know what to do with your old shoes, here’s a suggestion—make bike wheels out of them. No less a unique stunt has been performed by Marie Glory, a well-known Parisian bicycling enthusiast, as the photo at left shows. The regular wheel has been dispensed with altogether, and the “shoe wheel” substituted.

Each shoe is fitted over a form, which is in turn attached to the ends of a spoke, of which there are six on each wheel. Although these bike wheels are the last word in novelty, it cannot be said that they are the last word in comfortable riding. The inventor, however, enjoys the sport.

  1. jayessell says: March 2, 20107:23 pm

    More recently, used tires are used to make shoes in the 3rd world countries.…

  2. Scott B. says: March 3, 201012:45 am

    I’ll refrain from making a rough rider joke, and ask, aren’t the shoes facing the wrong way?

  3. David Moisan says: March 4, 20104:29 am

    No, those shoes are in the right direction. Think of how that wheel rotates in use. Looks strange though. You *can* be a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest with this bike!

  4. Don says: March 4, 20105:17 am

    @David: Which shoes are in the RIGHT direction? Looking at the front “wheel”, I see four pointing one way and two pointing the other!And anyway, “correct” rotation direction is opposite for front and rear because of the different loading requirements for power, braking, and steering.

    (I think I might have over-analyzed . . . just a bit. ;^)

  5. Don says: March 4, 20105:45 am

    Uhhhh . . . on the front “wheel”, there are four shoes facing one way and two shoes facing the other way . . . .

  6. Paul says: March 4, 201011:06 am

    Looks like something from a Tex Avery cartoon.

  7. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 6, 201011:17 pm

    This was done quite a few times. Old shoes could be had for cheap or nothing where as bicycle tires and inner tubes cost money. 1931 was deep in the Great Depression [I wonder what they’ll call this period “The Great I’m sorry it’s not a depression.”?] It crops up again in WWII when trying to get tires for bicycles was difficult at best. I’ve seen this done by artists making art bicycles like you’d see at Burning Man.

    I don’t think it matters to the bicycle which way the shoes are facing. I wonder how the brakes work, coaster brake possibly?

  8. pete Leather says: January 10, 20116:08 pm

    This was done very frequently- especially for Circus & Clown acts; There is one ‘Clown Bicycle” in the “Metz Bicycle Museum” in Freehold NJ, that has these wheels. It was also ‘updated’, onto an automobile, on the Canadian TV show “Red Green” in the mid 1990’s.

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