posted at 01:50
Author: Chris Wild
Dont try this at home: 1930s daredevils attached rockets to bicycles
Rocket propulsion was all the rage in pre-war Germany. People attached rockets, with varying degree of success and danger, to skates, cars, boats and bicycles. In 1931, German engineer Herr Richter added 12 rockets to his bicycle to create his "Raketenrad." The white box on the frame contained the battery used to ignite the rockets, all solid fuel. When he reached a speed of 55 mph, he lost control and was thrown off as the rockets exploded. The 1930s also saw the first rocket bicycle race, held in Berlin Stadium.

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