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from: The Boy Mechanic, Vol. I

copyrighted 1913 by H.H. Windsor

publishers: Popular Mechanics Co., Chicago

There were at least 4 volumes of this series, each several hundred pages long filled with projects large and small. Weird modifications and hints, such as how to convert a motorcycle into what would today be called a snowmobile, and clever project ideas to inspire the boy in you. I suppose I should say the 'child' but back then this was boy's work and play.

I have volumes 1 and 4, and am pleased to offer a couple examples to the public. Perhaps I'll do more in the future. How about a Biplane Hang Glider, or a classic stern steering sailing ice yacht?

Wait, I find that someone else has already put much of this book on line:


Mark Anderson

How to Attach a Sail to a Bicycle


This attachment was constructed for use on a bicycle to be ridden on the well packed sands of a beach, but it could be used on a smooth, level road as well. The illustration shows the frame to consist of two boards, about l6 ft. long, bent in the shape of a boat, to give plenty of room for turning the front wheel. On this frame is built up a triangular mast to carry the mainsail and jib, having a combined area of about 40 sq. ft. The frame is fastened to the bike by numerous pieces of rope.

Sailing on a bicycle is very much different from sailing in a boat, for the bicycle leans up against the wind, instead of heeling over with it as the boat. It takes some time to learn the supporting power of the wind, and the angle at which one must ride makes it appear that a fall is almost sure to result. A turn must be made by turning out of the wind, instead of, as in ordinary sailing, into it; the boom supporting the bottom of the mainsail is then swung over to the opposite tack, when one is traveling at a good speed.

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