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“Home, James” by Tandem Bike (Dec, 1940)

“Home, James” by Tandem Bike
With gasoline impossible to obtain for use in private automobiles in Denmark, wealthy Danes hire chauffeurs to take them to and from work on tandem bicycles. Sue h cycle-chauffeurs do the steering and most of the pedaling. Since July, the number of bicycles in Copenhagen has jumped from 1,750,000 to 3,800,000.

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Bike Craze Raging-Rentals Make Money (Sep, 1933)

Bike Craze Raging-Rentals Make Money

CREDITED to comely Miss Joan Crawford who started daily bike riding six years ago as a method of keeping physically fit, the bike riding fad has swept to all corners of the nation. Bicycle makers rub their hands with gusto, wink at the Depression, and continue to sell great quantities of wheels at around twenty dollars per machine.

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Radiation Proof Bike Suit (Mar, 1952)

I get the feeling this poor kid’s father embarrassed him during his whole childhood. I can imagine the picture of him modeling his father’s bullet-proof lederhosen.

Lead-Lined Suit specially designed to protect against radioactivity in an A-blast, was designed by Leo Pauwela of Los Angeles and is modeled here by his son. “If it doesn’t land on us, we’re safe,” they say.

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Stilt Bike Gives Second-Story Ride (Feb, 1940)

Stilt Bike Gives Second-Story Ride

Bicycle riders will have no trouble in making their way up in the world if they construct a stilt bicycle like the odd one pictured below. Built by Bryant Guthrie, a telegraph messenger boy, the odd vehicle was made from the frame of an old bicycle and lengths of pipe welded together at the joints. One long pipe runs down from the handlebars to the bottom of the frame, where it is connected to two shorter iron rods to form the steering mechanism. A cross-bar on the rear fork of the frame makes a convenient spot for any hitch-hiker to stand while getting a ride on the queer vehicle.

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Collapsible Bike Trailer Has Comfortable Bunk for Camper (Jul, 1935)

I’ve always wanted a bike with an attached sleeping coffin.

Collapsible Bike Trailer Has Comfortable Bunk for Camper
A COLLAPSIBLE bicycle trailer which can be converted into comfortable sleeping quarters has been built by Joseph Do-rocke, 25-year-old Chicago youth. With it he intends to make an 8-months bicycle tour of America, retiring at night in his ingenious sleeping compartment.

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Australians Ride Side by Side on “Bicycle Built For Two” (Aug, 1934)

Australians Ride Side by Side on “Bicycle Built For Two”
IN Australia an odd “two-seater” bicycle has been invented by Hubert Opperman, famous distance cyclist. The seats are fitted side by side instead of the tandem style commonly used. Two seats, two pedal hangers, and two handlebars are mounted on a frame made of steel tubing. An extra sprocket is added on the rear wheel. Both handlebars must be turned to steer the bicycle.

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Tandem Bike Tows Loaded Cart in Gas-Rationed Europe (Feb, 1941)

Tandem Bike Tows Loaded Cart in Gas-Rationed Europe
Many ingenious methods of cartage have been devised in Europe because diversion of gasoline for war purposes has curtailed the use of automobiles and motor trucks. In Sweden two youths pedal this tandem bicycle to tow a loaded cart in truck-and-trailer fashion.

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Put An Outboard Motor On Your Bike (Feb, 1943)

… Or Put An Outboard Motor On Your Bike…
AN ATTACK on the trans– portation problem from a different angle has been made by G. E. Griffin, of Vass, N. C, at left. Mr. Griffin has attached a 3/4 h.p. aircooled outboard motor to his bicycle, the shaft geared by friction directly to the rear tire. He reports that the arrangement works very well, can do 30 m.p.h. or even better, and doesn’t appear to wear the rear tire badly at all.

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Levers Control Bike Brakes (Jun, 1938)

Levers Control Bike Brakes
A FRONT wheel brake, operated from the handlebar and a two-speed rear wheel coaster brake, operated by a lever mounted on the frame, have been developed for bicycle use. The rear brake has a change speed gear which provides extra power on hills, quick pick-up, and more speed. Photo shows fingertip controls.

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New Bicycle Gearshift & Man with telephoto eyes (May, 1934)

Bicycle Gearshift Makes Hill Climbing Easy for Cyclists

CYCLISTS no longer have to jump off and push their wheels up the steeper hills, now that a bicycle gearshift is available.

The high gear is used for normal riding; the rider has but to shift to low gear, and ride up the steepest of grades in comfort. The coaster brake functions as usual with both gears.

In one type the gear selection is controlled by a lever on the frame; in the other the shifting is done by a foot-controlled lever on the pedal crank.


One-wheel Trailer Folds Up on Car

THE latest in trailers, a one-wheel affair that folds up against the spare tire when not in use, is finding great popularity among English motorists.

A single caster wheel automatically reverses or turns with the car. The luggage rack trailer is hinged to rear bumper at two points.

Eyes Magnify Objects 100 Times

ALVA MASON of Minot, Maine, has eyes which magnify everything within his range of vision one hundred times, making pores appear as deep holes in the skin. He wears demagnifying glasses when at work, since his range of acute vision is limited.

Luncheon Trays for Motorists

A TRAY which tits inside any closed car permits motorists patronizing curb service stands to enjoy food and drink as if they were sitting at a table. The tray can be instantly leveled by turning a thumb screw. No crumbs need get on the upholstery.

New Crystal Radio Is Powerful

THE latest in crystal sets, housed in a beautiful black Bakelite case, has even an illuminated tuning dial. It is claimed that the quality and volume of reception far exceeds that of any ether crystal receiver. No batteries are needed—only aerial, ground, and headphones.

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