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Early Strida c1920?

Postby Triangle Man on Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:05 am

"Photograph shows a man posed with unusual bicycle; approximate in size and shape of a unicycle."

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Re: Early Strida c1920?

Postby Blackstridaaustria on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:41 pm

If you're interested in ancient bikes and Strida it will be also remarkable that the 3-speed bottom bracket gear drive of the EVO is not really new...

Back then in ~ 1949, there was already a bottom bracket drive with FIVE gears!
The Mervil Mervilex:

The Rappa had - built 1935/36 - FOUR gears:


Interestingly, there was also the Mutaped, a three speed drive from 1950 (1930?):


Unlike the others, at that time mostly acivated by cables or levers, the gear shifting worked on this one...guess how?
Yes, by pedaling backwards - the same way as the EVO drive; 1-2-3-1-2-3 :lol:

And there are more...

Hope you've seen this post, too:
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Re: Early Strida c1920?

Postby Bietrume on Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:35 am

This one (bottom picture) looks like the ancestor of the Strida:

It is the 1897 model of US company Owen Mfg Co, called Owen Pyramid. They claim the simplicity of the frame, its low weight, and a good weight distribution between front and rear wheels.
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