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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-07 17:02
Subject: Fun day
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Music:Dominck Dunne: Power, Priviledge
Tags:photos, scrapbooking
After getting my allergy shot this morning, I went up to Auburn Hills to see if there was anything worth shooting at the Cars Inc. Open House. There were plenty of beautifully restored classic cars, but the best part of the excursion was getting a ride on the Kriewall Swing Bike.






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betagoddess: ShinySequins
User: betagoddess
Date: 2008-06-07 21:29 (UTC)
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Keyword:ShinySequins

Very cool cars!

You got to ride on the Swing Bike? Well how cool is THAT? *g*

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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-07 23:01 (UTC)
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It was EXTREMELY cool. I talked with the father and son behind the bike's construction for quite a while and told them I thought their bike was the coolest thing at the show. Back in 1960, the year his son was born, the dad saw a pencil drawing for a swing bike. It was in Coronet magazine and was part of an article about worst inventions from the 1800s. It struck his fancy and he told himself that someday he was going to build one. Thirty years later he showed the drawing (which he'd torn out from the magazine and kept for all those years) to his son and asked him what he thought of making one. His son replied that it looked like fun. It took twelve weeks to construct; eleven of them on the wheels. The swing bike is now 18 years old and has driven approximately 10,000 miles.

The son, by the way, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's largest unicycle. The unicycle is as tall as the Statute of Liberty and to finish its construction they had to rent the Pontiac Silverdome (former home of the Detroit Lions football team) as it was the only building in the State of Michigan with a high enough ceiling.

I had an absolutely awesome time talking with these two guys.

Edited at 2008-06-07 11:02 pm (UTC)
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betagoddess: Fireworks
User: betagoddess
Date: 2008-06-07 23:02 (UTC)
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Wow! That's fascinating.

I presume no one actually can ride the unicycle? =>}

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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-08 02:28 (UTC)
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Actually, it can be -- and was, once. I found a video about mid-way down on this page: http://www.gadling.com/2007/05/17/worlds-biggest-forms-of-transportation/
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betagoddess: ShinySequins
User: betagoddess
Date: 2008-06-08 02:50 (UTC)
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Yikes! Well, I guess it takes all kinds. =>}

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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2008-06-07 23:12 (UTC)
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Great photos.

That swing bike is amazing. What moves it?

Are you going to the Motor Muster at Greenfield Village next weekend?
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-08 02:10 (UTC)
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A gasoline engine located underneath the bench.

I've been thinking about Greenfield Village for the past couple of days and wondering when I can get there, but I don't know if we'll make the Motor Muster. Our pond needs a thorough cleaning and we'd penciled in next weekend to work on it. On the other hand, we don't know what the heck we're doing when it comes to cleaning it and I did find a pond service taking on new customers. So maybe.
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Chuck
User: thatguychuck
Date: 2008-06-09 02:27 (UTC)
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That's fantastic! Thanks for providing the photos. I wish I could ride something like that, too.
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mbumby: Joy
User: mbumby
Date: 2008-06-16 19:39 (UTC)
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Keyword:Joy
Oh my -- how neat is that!
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