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Grandpa's "Ride-Along" Cycle Is Big Hit At Parades
"It's a real crowd pleaser," says Ray Funk, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, about his home-built 3-wheel cycle with a seat on back for a small passenger and an extra set of pedals. Both riders are protected by a big blue-and-white umbrella.
  The rig rides on three 26-in. high wheels with a smaller, 12-in. wheel between the rear wheels. The main driver sits on a comfortable padded seat, while the rear rider has a bicycle seat. A hinge mechanism transfers the rider's weight to the wheel to provide it with traction.
  "With two people pedaling it moves along quite easily," says Funk. "I drive it in parades with my 6-year-old grandson Charlie on back. He does most of the work so I don't have to pedal hard. We can both use the pedals to stop. There's a horn mounted on a cane behind the seat, with a timer connected to it that's activated by turning a knob. Charlie gets a big kick out of ringing the bell."      Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ray Funk, 7735 Donwick Dr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 (ph 614 755-4351).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3