from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The trade-name of a combination of two tandem bicycles side by side, between which are the tanks and appliances appropriate to a chemical fire-extinguisher, and a propelling motor. The saddles of the bicycles will carry four men, and the motor will propel the machine at high speed. See also
- noun Same as
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- noun A vehicle somewhat like a
moped, having a small motorwhere the pedals would be, and a petrol tank located within the frame.
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Falling under the general category of autocycle, the Pulse we encountered had its five minutes of fame in the Wim Wenders movie "Until the End of the World," appearing in a scene shot in San Francisco's North Beach.
Here was a tape recorder (vast bulky reel-to-reel, circa 1945) and an autocycle to carry it on -- a bicycle with an engine, uneasy in either role.