Mutant Bikes of the 1940s


Photo: Wallace Kirkland/Time & Life Pictures

Forget the hipster fixie bike and say hello to the mutant bicycles of the 1940s. LIFE magazine wrote:

“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.”

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