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Old 10-30-08, 11:39 AM   #1
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Really old Alt-Bikers

Anybody heard of these people? Do you know if any of their descendants are still in the Alt-Bike field?
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Old 10-30-08, 12:47 PM   #2
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totally unrelated

just wanted to say that i have an elkhound and i love that dog. unfortunately he is going to pass this week but he is a good dog (old age).
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Old 10-30-08, 04:05 PM   #3
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his seat's too low.
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Old 10-30-08, 10:55 PM   #4
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just wanted to say that i have an elkhound and i love that dog. unfortunately he is going to pass this week but he is a good dog (old age).
Sorry to hear about it. Lost a JRT last summer from old age.

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THe're pussing a really low gear. Suppose they need to if the females can't pedal.
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That's totally awesome. There's been a couple of videos posted that included it- check on youtube, maybe. They were generic alt-bike videos from way back when that included little short clips of this contraption.
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Here's the video:
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/08/19...vations-2.html

Every odd bike from today is in there in 1939-1943- Tandems, tallbikes, clownbikes, unicycles, ultimate wheels, giant bikes, rowbikes, recumbents, rollerblades, bicycle trailers, etc.
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Old 11-16-08, 05:06 PM   #8
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I wrote a little about the Steinlauf family on my website:

http://www.chicagofreakbike.org/2006...amily-were.php

Those articles were given to me by a Chicago old-timer. He didn't know anything about it. Even though I roamed the streets of Chicago for eight years looking for freakbikes, and hearing about and tracking down old freakbikes (I mean that's what the website is about), I never heard or found any evidence of them. But in a city of 3 million people, who knows? I was always surprised by the bikes I ran across.

If you click the link you can see more pictures and read an article about them.
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Old 11-16-08, 08:55 PM   #9
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You might try calling AM YISRAEL. I found a hit for "Fred Steinlauf" on one of thier PDF newsletters. I think he is dead though, (Yahrzeits?), so you would have to ask about his kids. I guess you might have to ask some questions to see if he is the right Fred.

AM YISRAEL — 4 HAPP ROAD NORTHFIELD, IL 60093 847/446-7215, FAX: 847/ 446-7202 WWW.AMYISRAEL.ORG

I mapped the shop at 3851 Ogden and the Synagoge and they are only 23 miles apart.

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