PROPELLER DRIVES NOVEL BICYCLE (Nov, 1936)

PROPELLER DRIVES NOVEL BICYCLE

A whirling, three-bladed propeller provides the motive power for a bicycle of odd design recently exhibited in Paris by a French inventor. Mounted at the front, the propeller is attached to a driving rod in a gear box supported over the front wheel by a metal frame. The gear mechanism is connected by a chain to the conventional bicycle sprocket wheel, which is pedaled in the usual manner. An extremely high gear ratio, it is said, enables the cyclist to drive the propeller at high speed. A hand lever is used to operate a rear-wheel brake, as in ordinary European bicycles.

9 comments
  1. Stannous says: April 7, 20078:24 am

    That’ll get dogs and pedestrians out yer way!

  2. Kryten007 says: April 7, 200710:07 pm

    Wow–that’s got “efficiency” written all over it!

  3. MAKE: Blog says: April 9, 20077:28 pm

    Propeller driven bicycle…

    Propeller driven bicycle, Popular Science 1936 and surely coming soon to a Critical Mass ride – Link. Related: Bicycle projects @ MAKE – Link.Bicycle archives @ MAKE – Link.From the pages of MAKE: The Rocketman’s Garage, rocket powered bicycles!……

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  8. Riczander says: June 23, 20107:16 pm

    We see this in Miyazaki’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
    http://www.verycoolthin…

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