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Duchamp Exercise Bicycle :: Circa 1930

By July 26, 2011Gear

If Marcel Duchamp had designed sports equipment – I think it would have looked like this 1930 exercise cycle from Sports Antiques UK.

Vintage exercise bicycle.
This early 20th century excercise bike is in full working order. The cast iron fly wheel can be adjusted by a canvas tensioning belt. Each full rotation of the wooden disk in view of the cyclist indicates a quarter of a mile. The handle bars are height adjustable as is the sprung leather Brooks saddle. The whole bike is secured onto a polished pine board.

(The cycling distance is measured by the rotation of the flywheel which is connected to a sprocket that turns a worm wheel which turns a bar with a small wheel that is connected by a rope to the large wooden disk).

+ Source: Sports Antiques UK