Reinhardt Bicycle, 1935

Reinhardt Bicycle, 1935

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The Otto Reinhardt Fahrrad-fabrik, of Bielefeld, Germany built this Reinhardt bicycle in 1935. Donor Fred Birchmore purchased the bicycle for 67 Reichsmarks in Gotha, Germany. Mr. Birchmore nicknamed the bicycle, "Bucephalus" after Alexander the Great's horse and rode it “around the world”—through western Europe, eastern Europe, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Siam, Indochina, and the Philippines—over the next two years. Birchmore estimated that his travels covered approximately 40,000 miles, of which about 25,000 were on the bicycle, and the rest by boat. Approximately four saddle covers and seven sets of tires were worn out during the journey.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Bicycle; Road
date made
Fahrradfabrik Otto Reinhardt
Associated Place
United States: Georgia
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Credit Line
Gift of Fred A. Birchmore
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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