What is "Pedaloco"?
Pedaloco is the name of a bicycle produced in the early 1950's by a Japanese manufacturer known as Hikari. The name is derived from the combination of "pedal" and the abbreviated form of train, ie "loco" thus rendering "Pedaloco".
I received a request from Y-san who is looking for information on this very rare bicycle. I remember years ago having posted this photo along with other Japanese vintage bicycles (Japanese only) from a 1953 export catalog shown below.
Years ago a fellow enthusiast, now living in Germany and working at a museum as a "restorer" sent me the following information. The below magazine is entitled "Science Club" from the early 1950s. It provides a close-up of the lever-action pedals.
It would be interesting to ride one of these and experience firsthand the difference, if any, that this unique lever-action design renders.