Spacelander Bicycle Doesn’t Fly

The spacelander bicycle was handmade in 1946 by MG Auto Company. The bicycle “incorporated an ingenious dynamo that stored downhill energy and released it on uphill runs” The bicycle was too expensive to produce and remained that way until 1960 when the Bomard Industries were asked to created a “one speed version.” Bomard Industries created 522 examples, as they were too expensive to create; leaving the bicycle unreleased to the public.

The Brooklyn Museum has the Spacelander Bicycle in its Visible Storage Exhibition. Instead of being a means for traveling, the Spacelander ended being a piece of art.

One persons failed business is another’s work of art.

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