[Homestead] Your steam or diesel-powered bicycle

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sat Nov 13 21:39:10 EST 2004


In 1954, Schwinn mounted a Smith-type steam generator on one of their 
bicycle models---it powered a mini-steam engine.

And in 1952 or 1953 I had a Willy Messerschmitt variable-compression 
diesel that powered a bicycle.  The compression was lowered for starting 
by a cable from one of the bicycle handles.  The cable rotated the 
diesel cylinder-head.  After the toy 3/4 horsepower diesel started, the 
cable was released to restore normal compression and power.

Annoying as hell, can't even find a reference to these two little gems 
in the stupid search engines.




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