HOBBYHORSE REALLY GETS SOMEWHERE (Nov, 1936)

HOBBYHORSE REALLY GETS SOMEWHERE

When a child jumps up and down in the saddle of a hobbyhorse of new design, the mechanical steed carries him forward several feet with each bounce. The secret of the ingenious motion lies in a locking mechanism that enables the rubber-tired wheels to move frontward only. Each jounce compresses the spring frame, exerting a forward kick against the movable front wheels and a backward kick against the locked rear wheels, and thus propelling the whole vehicle ahead.

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  1. MAKE: Blog says: April 11, 20078:50 pm

    Springy hobbyhorse…

    This “Hobbyhorse” from Popular Science 1936 reminds me of those new fangled springy bicycle/scooters I’ve seen advertised around, might be a good (re)make – Link…….

  2. sanjim76 says: March 5, 201611:12 am

    I have one of these hobby horses. I am currently restoring it. I need wheels as the kids really have worn them out and it sat in the weather for many years. Wheels are ruined. Also would like to get wheels if someone knows where to get these. I am going to use pedal car wheels in the mean time.Does anyone know what company made this horse? Thanks.

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