Crazy Bicycles Built by Chicagoans in the 1940s

Four-man bicycle is powered by five chains and has brakes on both its wheels. The bike was built by Art Rothschild (top position) who broke three ribs while learning how to ride it.

Chicago, 1948.

Ice Bike, with protective mittens on handles, is Joe Steinlauf's own solution to Chicago's icy winter streets.

Chicago, 1948.

Chicago, 1948.

Bedstead Bike was dreamed up by Joe Steinlauf, who got the idea while lying around in bed one morning.

Chicago bicycle dealer Andy Koslow rides a tiny bike built by a former vaudevillian.

Only springs connect rear of Maurice Steinlauf's bike with roving front wheel.

Uno-Wheel, if braked suddenly, has been known to spin its rider round and round inside the big main wheel.

Riding a preposterous bicycle, Chicago, 1948.

Chicago, 1948.

Chicago, 1948.

Square-wheeled bike held by Bernard Steinlauf was built by son Dave after seeing a bicycle wreck.

Gangbusters Bike mounts 13 shotguns, two revolvers, six bayonets, flare gun.

(Photos: Wallace KirklandTime & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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