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Charles Minthorn Murphy’s Bicycle Rollers
Antique bicycle on antique rollers in US Bicycling Hall of Fame

Origin

Charles Minthorn Murphy

Type

Bicycle Rollers

Effects

Lets a vehicle move with minimal energy expended

Downsides

Heats up the user and obscures their vision

Activation

Placing inside a motorized vehicle

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Olympia-776BC

Aisle

663685-4027

Shelf

86496-7640-849

Date of Collection

April 30, 2015

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OriginEdit

Charles Minthorn Murphy (October 1870 – February 16, 1950), also known as Mile-a-Minute Murphy, was an American cycling athlete. He was the first man ever to ride a bicycle for one mile in less than a minute. He performed this feat in 1899 by drafting behind a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) passenger car along the LIRR's Central Branch between Farmingdale and Babylon on Long Island. He accomplished the feat while facing heated cinders and smoke coming off of the train into his face.

EffectsEdit

When put in any motorized vehicle, it can then move with minimal energy wasted. The motor will not need to work as hard, as the air in front of the user will be pushed out of the way. This stops drag and lets the user go faster. Essentially, it recreates the benefit of drafting behind a train, without the train. Cars, boats and airplanes can reach their destination in record time at average speeds. However, it also creates a hot cloud of smoke, making the user uncomfortable and unable to see.

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