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Bicycle Built for Ten
Posted By: reh321, 08-17-2018, 09:43 AM

This bicycle hanging from the ceiling was my daughter's favorite exhibit - and then it disappeared. Looking at the column numbers, I determined that this entire area was repurposed into a movie theater - so I guess the bicycle is back in their storage area.

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Did anyone ever use that bike? What a great idea!
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Did anyone ever use that bike? What a great idea!
I don't remember what was ever said about that object. In a room like that, they tend to do a better job of documenting objects sitting on the floor, with placards right next to them, than with the stuff hung from the walls and ceiling.
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They must be a well coordinated committee of like minds to ride this contraption .

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I guess propelling it forward would not be so hard. But taking a corner cold be a nightmare.
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They must be a well coordinated committee of like minds to ride this contraption .
I would expect a "team" effort comparable to a rowing competition, where someone is in charge of keeping everyone coordinated.
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I guess propelling it forward would not be so hard. But taking a corner cold be a nightmare.
Yes, I'm guessing the organizers would have to determine a path with gentle curves - no sharp turns - in advance.
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After all these questions came up, I contacted my daughter, and she directed me to a museum page about this artifact:
The Orient "Oriten" Ten-Person Bicycle with Cyclists on a Street, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1899 - The Henry Ford

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Charles Metz of Waltham, Massachusetts, built the Orient Oriten as a way to promote his Orient line of bicycles. Metz sent the 23-foot-long, 305-pound ten-seater to local bicycle meets where cyclists mounted and attempted to safely ride the machine. This photograph, taken in Detroit, Michigan, about 1899, shows a group of area cyclists seated on the vehicle.
So, this was constructed as a publicity stunt by a bicycle manufacturer and was used only occasionally.

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