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Push Pedal Tricycle
Inventor Harold Fratzke of Cottonwood, Minn., has come up with a one-of-a-kind "push pedal" tricycle that kids couldn't stay away from at the recent Minnesota Inventors Congress in Redwood Falls.
Fratzke calls it the "Kiddy Kart". Instead of moving the pedals in a circular motion, you pump them together straight up and down in unison. The pedals are fixed onto one end of a steel rod. The other end of the rod is attached to a crankshaft-like mechanism that attaches to the rear axle. Pushing the pedals up and down forces the rear axle to rotate.
"The trike's large pneumatic rear tires and single smaller pneumatic front tire provide a soft ride," says Fratzke, who's looking for a manufacturer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold Fratzke, 234 Shoreview Drive, Cottonwood, Minn. 56229 (ph 507 423-6341).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1