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2024年2月10日 (土)

Bicycle Sidecar (Ambulance)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the previous post we looked at an old pedicab (aka cycle rickshaw), known as RINTAKU in Japanese.  
In this post we will look at another pedicab, t
hese photos were in the public domain and appeared on the Yahoo Japan auction site several years back.
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Interestingly, this pedicab belonged to a pediatric ward of a hospital.  The bicycle served as an ambulance-cab or pedi-ambulance.  Pay close attention to the following points:

1. Frame
The front wheel and rear wheel are offset (not in-line with each other)

2. Handlebars 
Normally, there would be rods on the handlebars to activate the front and rear brakes; however, the handlebars have no rods.
The handlebars are offset and attached to the handlebar stem at the far right-side handle.

The convertible top provided protection in cold or inclimate weather.
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From this angle it is easy to see how the front and rear wheels of the bicycle are offset.
Also, from this angle we can see how the handlebars are offset and attached to the handlebar stem at the far right-side handle.
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As previously mentioned, here we can clearly see that the handlebars are offset and attached to the handlebar stem at the far right-side handle, and, there are no rods attached to the handlebars to activate the brakes. 
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The passenger (patient) cab.
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There is a dynamo attached to the front fork to power the headlamp.
The battery box (below) was most likely for the siren or horn.
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Siren/horn
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No front stirrup brake nor front fender ornament.
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Undercarriage, note the brake linkage.
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Brake lever
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Brakes linked to bicycle rear wheel and side-car (cab) wheel.
Note the heavy-duty carrier (cargo) cycle brake pads (shoes).
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I'm unsure what happened to this unique pedi-ambulance, but I certainly hope for the sake of posterity that someone eventually restored it .

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