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LIFE Magazine Mutant Bikes from the 1940′s

Times change, but in some ways slower than it may seem. LIFE Magazine posted an incredible gallery of mutant bikes from the 1940′s, reprinted form a 1948 issue about a number of amateur craftsmen hacking together bikes every which way they could think.

“By artfully applying welders’ torches to metal tubing, the chapter’s members transform ordinary, utilitarian bicycles into traveling monstrosities. By far the most outlandish ideas have come from the Steinlauf family, who produced from their bicycle repair shop most of the oddities [shown in the article]. They are hazardous; generally at least one member of the clan is to be found in the hospital.”

Read more at: Hell on Wheels: Crazy Bicycles Built By Chicagoans in the 1940s

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