Zany Umbrella Circus, Tinker
The umbrella bicycle in action. The rear wheel is
raised an inch or two off the ground, making it essentially an
exercise cycle. As Ben squeezes the handlebars together, the
umbrella splits into two flapping wings.
Another view of the "flying bike," as the
Zanies call it.
My inspiration, one of a series of "concept"
sketches by artist Alberto
. When I first saw it, the shape of the "bat" wings brought
to mind the bottom edge of an umbrella. An idea was born.
Our scale working drawing, from which Dave and I
constructed the steel "skeleton."