Sailbike – PROPELLED BY WIND, ODD BEACH VEHICLE GIVES THRILL RIDE (Oct, 1939)
Sailbike – PROPELLED BY WIND, ODD BEACH VEHICLE GIVES THRILL RIDE
WHEELING over hard-packed sand at high speeds, an odd vehicle designed and constructed by a European inventor combines features of a bicycle, a scooter, and a sailboat. Starting with the framework of a tandem bicycle, the inventor joined the front and back wheels with a tubular steel framework that supports a wooden, scooterlike platform into which was stepped a wooden mast. The latter is braced by steel tubes, two of which terminate at the hub of the rear wheel. A mainsail strengthened by six battens was then attached to the mast, with its control lines running over pulleys and terminating at the handlebars of the sailbike.