Hand Pedal Cyclist Aka Bicycle 1956

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    Feltham, Middlesex.

    Johnny Bird can't use his legs but this hasn't stopped him cycling. He has adapted a bicycle so that he can pedal with his hands. He uses a four speed hub gear and two speed duralia - eight speeds in all - to reach performances like 25 miles per hour.

    Johnny with his wife Anna outside their house studying map. His wife gets on a racing bike and Johnny sets off by pushing pedal with one hand and steering with the other. Point of view shots of the two of them on open road. He cycles 25 miles to work and back every day.

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    British Pathé
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    01:24:04:00 / 01:25:18:00
    CP 078
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    CP 078
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  • "two speed duralia" should read two-speed derailleur.

    jamied 4th Jul 2012

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