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History A Los Angeles icon-The Perrywheel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by toml24, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,474


    Heavily promoted in the Los Angeles area in the early 1960s during afternoon kid cartoon shows was the Perrywheel, a aftermarket steering wheel by bicycles or tricycles. In my early youth I thought this was about as cool as it gets to have a steering wheel on a bicycle. The ultimate showoff item that no one would have. In my neighborhood I never did see one on the street and I never had one myself, and now, after many decades, maybe that was best for all. The company was in Los Angeles, so they advertised a lot on kid television.
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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,405

    from Oregon

    Yes I remember seeing that on a actual bike. Just cannot place it.
  3. utahdodge
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 175


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  4. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,764

    from SW Wyoming

    I had completely forgotten about those, deadly to a kid just learning to ride, I can still feel scars on my knees, that I got with long pants on.
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  5. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,009


    When I was about 12 I found a 59 Olds wheel behind a bodyshop. I put it on my bicycle and hooked up the horn buttons to work the bike horn.
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  6. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,474


    I just turned 63. Oh to be 6 years old again!
  7. Can you imagine the lawsuits today!

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  8. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,474


    I just saw the corporate headquarters building on the internet. It's about the size of a 1-car garage.
  9. What the WHAT!.
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  10. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,539

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Never knew that idea was marketed, but had some early teen uncles when I was small that had steering wheels on their bikes, they also had 2, 3, maybe even 4? sets of forks slid onto each other to make chopper forks as well:D
    That was the 70s:cool:
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  11. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,806


    Older kid down the street had a wheel on his ratty bike. Boy, did I want one!

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