Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build (Apr, 1940)

Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build


FANS who would like to install a radio on their bicycles so they can enjoy their favorite programs while riding around town or on short trips will find the inexpensive set described on these pages just what they have been looking for. Fitting in a basket mounted on the handlebars, the battery-operated, four-tube receiver contains its own loudspeaker. It gives excellent results on local broadcast stations, and if iron-core coils instead of the air-space type specified are used this range will be increased.



A BICYCLE lock which works on the principle of a slot machine has won favor in European countries where the automobile has not displaced the two-wheeled machine in popularity. As shown in the picture at the right, the locking device is attached to the wall of a building. When a coin is inserted in the slot a stout chain is released with which the bicycle is fastened. A key is obtained at the same time.


I’m pretty sure I saw that guy riding his bike in Portland the other day…


IN THE TUB is gay Hollander, J. Zwart, who put it on wheels. It is said to hold a lot of water. Helmet wards off flying soap.

BIG German shoe, size 640, weighs 2.000 pounds. It would fit an 80-foot tall man.

KEY MAN is Johann Kelnberger of Germany. He’s collected over 200,000 keys and can produce one for almost any lock in world.

BED-PEDALING lad is Jim Willmore of Whitman College in Walla Walla. Wash. He made it from old-fashioned metal bedstead.

One Way To Get There! (Jan, 1942)

One Way To Get There!

THE Edward Joneses and their year-old baby made the 1,591 mile trip from Chicago to Miami, Fla., in perfect comfort—so they say—in this strange vehicle. It is a dual bicycle joined by a welded frame.

IT’S NEW! (Nov, 1955)

That flight-suit on the second page is one of the most steam-punky looking things I’ve ever seen that wasn’t actually designed to look that way. I also love the habit of just throwing a woman in the frame when they show pictures of weird stuff. Balance?


HYDROFOILS in kit form are easily installed on almost all outboard craft from 12 to 16 feet Safe, smooth, they literally make boat fly. Atlantic Hydrofin, Miami. Fla.

GROWING UP LAMP’S base has yardstick with spaces for marking date, weight, height of little Oscar, who likes to see how much he “growed.” Device was exhibited in Chicago.

SLIT SPECS, originated by the Eskimos, are considered the most on Canadian ski slopes these days. Glassless, slits guard against sun’s glare. This pair costs $20.



RIDING around on a genuine Shanghai-manufactured rickshaw is Buster Mattingly’s Chinese cup of tea. The Louisville, Ky. owner bought it from an Army officer and set about fixing it up. He installed a new convertible leather top, chromed the metal parts, put in a Clinton gasoline engine which is supported by a small steel mount welded to the bicycle frame and painted it a pale green.



By Elliot H. McCleary

TRAFFIC IN TOKYO, the world’s largest city (population: 10 million), is, to put it mildly, dense, wild, fast, and furious.

The very diversity of vehicles, as well as their number, is startling. There are automobiles of varying shapes and sizes— Japanese, French, German, an occasional, looming Chevy or Plymouth.

Coveys of goggled motorcyclists thunder their motors at intersections, roar away in blue smoke when the light changes. There are three-wheeled trucks guided inside by handle bars.

New Bike Seat Adjusted En Route by Handle Bar Lever (Mar, 1931)

Why would you want this?

New Bike Seat Adjusted En Route by Handle Bar Lever

USING a new bicycle saddle which was recently displayed at the International Exhibition of Inventions in London, cyclists can now raise or lower their seats while on the move. This change of altitude is achieved by simply operating a hand lever attached to the handle bars, as shown in the photo at the right. The lever in turn operates a small pump which supplies compressed air to the cylinder formed by the bicycle frame.

New-Style Bike Frame Gives Floating Ride (Nov, 1937)

New-Style Bike Frame Gives Floating Ride

Floating on a separately sprung unit containing the seat and pedal sprocket, the rider of a new-type bicycle negotiates bumps in the road with maximum comfort, according to the claims of the manufacturer. Pivoted to the main frame at the rear hub, the floating assembly absorbs shocks, giving an even, jarless ride. Seat and pedals are the same distance apart at all times. Further cushioning is provided at the handlebar, which is mounted in rubber to permit free flexing.

Re-Enacting a Race of the 80’s (Sep, 1929)

Re-Enacting a Race of the 80’s

SAN FRANCISCO society girls recently staged an old fashioned bicycle race in front of the city hall. They are shown below as they lined up at the start. In order to make the contest realistic, they delved into dust-covered attics and produced clothes that were the last word in style in the late 80’s. Six of the girls dressed like boys and the other six were attired like grandma used to look in her girlhood days.