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World's Longest Bike
What has 72 legs, 36 heads, weighs 10,000 lbs. and zig-zags like a snake? No, it's not a creature from outer space. It's actually the world's longest bicycle which showed up at a parade in Chicago last fall.
The amazing 36-rider bicycle travels all over the world as an attention-getting, fund raising vehicle and is ridden by a group of Shriners from Milwaukee who call them-selves the "Long Riders". The purpose of the attention-getting bike is to raise funds to support the Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Children.
Designed as a class project by a group of Marquette University engineering students, the bicycle has four sections; 36 pedaling units, and weighs nearly 10,000 lbs. A special trailer was built to transport the bicycle and follow it along the parade mute. Men on the team range in age from 30 to 70 and are all members of the Tripoli Temple. The Long Riders have taken the bike to several Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans as well as to events in Las Vegas and Toronto. In 1988, a Japanese television crew produced a documentary about the bicycle, which airedon a popular Japanese television show.

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2